Shop Independent This Christmas: A Gift Guide

November 14, 2017

Shop Independent This Christmas: A Gift Guide

Small Business, Big Difference
Shop Independent This Christmas

Choosing to shop independent at Christmas makes a big difference to small businesses. When you shop small and buy handmade, you're supporting creators and designers who pour their hearts into everything they do. Unlike shopping from high street retailers, shopping at independent small businesses means choosing to give your money to someone like you; someone who cares passionately about well designed, thoughtfully crafted gifts designed to last.

With everything you have to to think about over the festive season, scouring the internet to find small businesses can seem like a huge chore. Shopping from the high street is so easy.. but are you really getting memorable gifts when you shop from big-box stores? Even if you choose to buy your wrapping paper or cards from a designer/maker or stocking fillers from an independent shop; you don't have to buy every gift from a small business to make a difference, every purchase has a huge impact.

Multi-brand websites make it so easy to shop all in one place that it can be frustrating having to hunt down specific gifts from independent sellers. That's why I wanted to share a guide for shopping independent this Christmas so it's as easy as possible to shop small and make a big difference.

Items featured in photograph: Hand Dish by Jen Collins / Rose Clay Soap by M Botanicals / Black Poppy & Wild Fig Hand Cream by The Soap Co. / Horizontal Bar Necklace by Oh My Clumsy Heart / Good/Bad Luck Pin by HEIHO / British Bee Pin by Annie Dornan-Smith / Nourishing Cleansing Cream by Honest / Rope Bowl by Ropeworks Studio

Shop Online

Homewares and Gifts: Collective Sites

The Future Kept - items from independent designers, makers, and artisans
Ethical Superstore - Fairtrade, organic, vegan, and eco-friendly products
Forest and Found - a sustainable craft and design partnership
Fred Aldous - arts, crafts, and gifting
Home By Kirsty - beautiful, modern products
Honey Bee Home - luxury home accessories
Hus and Hem - Scandinavian design, interiors, and gifts
Meggie's - gifts, lifestyle & lovely local things
Momosan Shop - handmade homewares and gifts
Native & Co. - an independent homeware shop
Objects of Use - kitchen and household tools, and useful devices
One World Trading Co. - furniture and interiors from around the world
Osmology - the home of scented candles
Our Daily Edit - clothing and lifestyle brands
Pencil Me In - fine stationery, art & gifts
Postcards Home - unique homeware and gifts
Push The Boat Out - traditional homewares and gifts
Such & Such - contemporary and unique homeware
This Modern Life - fun and modern decor for babies, children, and the home
TwentyTwentyOne - designer furniture, lighting, and accessories
Workshop Living - simple design for everyday living

Homewares and Gifts: Individual Designer/Makers

And Smile Studio - illustrations and artwork
Annie Dornan Smith Design - illustrated stationery and homeware
Art By Rachel Card - artists and illustrator
Charly Clements - original cards
Claire Leach - original art and illustration
Dot Creates - homewares, gifts, and accessories
Emma Block - custom portraits, wedding stationery, illustrations, and prints
Faye Moorhouse - peculiar original artwork and illustrations
Floss & Mischief - cross stitch patterns and kits
Fran Meneses - original artwork and prints
Geo Fleur - beautiful plants and homewares
Heiho - lifestyle shop with prints and accessories
Hello Harriet - accessories, clothing, and stationery
Holly Exley Illustration - original artwork
Jacqueine Colley - illustration & pattern design
Jess Hinsley - greeting cards, prints, and accessories
Joanne Hawker - gifts, prints, and accesories
Katie Moody - illustrated prints, wall art and stationery
Katrina Sophia Art - cards, prints, and stationery
- hand printed cushions & home accessories
Liz Mosely - notebooks, prints, and gifts
Lorna Scobie - animal inspired prints and illustrations
The Lovely Drawer - lovely stationery
Mary's House Designs - art, stationery and gifts
MhairiStella - original artwork and prints
North Doodle Co - cards, stationery, and art
Northern Sunshine - hand-lettered art
Nutmeg and Arlo - original accessories
Ohh Deer - illustrated gifts including stationery, greeting cards, cushions, and more
Papersmiths - fine paper goods and lifestyle accessories
Present & Correct - office sundries for the modern workspace
Rosemary Milner - wallpapers, fabrics & bespoke embroidery
Sew and Saunders - embroidery hoop art
Shedquarters Online - homeware, stationery, and gifts
Sighh - accessories, stationery, and homeware
Steph Says Hello - art, illustrations, and homewares
Stranger London - children's homewares and gifts
Tusk and Twine - embroidery hoop art
The Happy Pencil - art, illustrations, and homewares
Victoria Clare Gray - prints and accessories
We Are Stardust - cards, prints, and gifts
West Plum Studio - greetings cards, prints, and stationery


Birch & Brook - hand crafted scented candles
Clement and Claude - soy wax candles
Cocofour - small batch soy candles and home fragrances
Essence + Alchemy - organic natural fragrances and candles
Join Store - natural soy wax and essential oil scented candles


Charlotte Mei - fun handmade ceramics and accessories
Common Objects - wheel thrown ceramics
Jode Pankhurst - small batch pottery
Hilda Carr Pottery - high-fired stoneware
Kinska - original ceramics
Limehouse Ceramics - small studio ceramics
Lucia Fraser - ceramics with distinct colour palettes
Zoe Austin - original ceramics and pottery
Illyria Pottery - decorative and functional pottery


Bamboo Clothing - organic clothing made from bamboo
Beaumont Organic - organic and ethical clothing
Bibico - simple, natural, and ethical women's clothing
Birdsong - unique, hand made women's clothing
Braintree - thoughtfully-designed clothing
Colenimo - timeless, quality clothing
Elizabeth Martin - traditional British clothing
Finisterre - functional and sustainable products
Gather & See - organic, fair trade, and ethical clothing
Henri - locally and ethically made clothing
Komodo - organic and eco-friendly clothing
Lite Apparel - ethical casual clothing
Lowie - ethical women's fashion and accessories
Nadinoo - well-designed women's wear
Oska - fashion for women
Ownbrown - high quality nude tights for women of colour
People Tree - fair trade fashion
Riyka - created with love and sustainably made
Stalf - simple easy-wear
The Acey - women's ethical clothing
The White Shirt Co. - luxury organic cotton clothing
Trouva - 150 of the UK's best independent boutiques
Veganized World - plant-based slogan tees
Veryan - ethical and organic minimal designer womenswear
69b - independent womenswear boutique

Nightwear & Lingerie

Gilda & Pearl - luxury lingerie and sleepwear
Luva Huva - eco-friendly lingerie, Nightwear, bras, and active wear
Neon Moon - supportive lingerie for all ages, shapes, and sizes
Tales of Thread - classic and contemporary sleepwear
Yawn - sleepwear made for relaxing


Bourgeois Boheme - vegan and vegetarian footwear
Wills - vegetarian shoes and vegan shoes


By The Lock - handmade accessories
Dianne Tanner - handmade, vegan-friendly clutch bags
Matt & Nat - eco-friendly, vegan-leather bags, and accessories
Oh My Clumsy Heart - minimal everyday jewellery and macramé
Thamon London - bags made with leaves

Skin Care

Honest Skincare - organic, handmade, natural, and ethical skincare
Kindred + Wild - natural, organic products
M.Botanicals - natural organic skincare
Ravenscroft Apothecary - handmade, vegan-friendly, all-natural skincare
Sister & Co. - raw, food-grade, 100% natural beauty and skincare
The Soap Co. - an ethical luxury brand employing people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged
Made By Coopers - natural aromatherapy candles, mists and spa products

Shop In Person

Markets, Fair, and Events

Crafty Fox Market - lots of events; click link for details!
Paper Doll Handmade - 25th Nov, Custard Factory, Birmingham Etsy Made Local - 2nd Dec, Tram & Social, London
Renegade Craft Fair - 9th + 10th Dec, Old Truman Brewery, London
Insta Gift Market - 2nd Dec, Spitalfields, London

Physical Shops

Austin and Co - Great Malvern
Eyebrook Gallery - Uppingham
The Hepworth Cafe - Wakefield
Honest Skincare - Birmingham
Isherwood & Co. - Birmingham
Nola Boutique - Brighton
Our Handmade Collective - Leeds
The People Shop - Birmingham
Pippin Gifts - Edinburgh
SMUG - London
Yellowstone Boutique - Staffordshire

My criteria for including shops on this list was: they must be an established UK-based independent business available to shop online or in-person; websites must be trustworthy and well designed with a good range of products. I tried only to include businesses and products that could be considered responsible, ethical, sustainable, or otherwise environmentally conscious. If you sent me your link or a recommendation and it's not on this list, it might not have met my criteria for this guide - but please do share in the comments so others can find you!

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