Welcome to our Small Christmas Gift guide. Will you be joining #SmallBizChristmas this year? Will you #shopsmall on #smallbusinesssaturday?
I’ve been dabbling in it for a few seasons now. Buying a few bits online from small biz friends that I know and follow.
This year I’m going the “whole hog” and buying all my gifts for family and friends from small businesses – on my local high streets, on instagram and online. It’s not that difficult really, and very enjoyable.
We’ve got 10 magical ideas for you this Christmas. 10 perfect places where you can buy gorgeous gifts.
It’s over on Instagram so make sure you’re following us for updates. When you enter our #smallbizchristmas giveaway you can win the whole bundle worth £180 to keep for yourself or giveaway as gifts. Details of how to enter and win amazing free gifts on our instagram grid (@judithbondcakes)
We’ve been oohing and aaahing over Mamws Interiors for a while now, and they keep adding gorgeousness to their already swoon-worthy collection. Marcia’s designs come from the heart of rural North Wales and would be a lovely addition to any home. Candles, cushions, ceramics, rugs, blankets and her now famous bespoke lampshades. We’ve snagged one of her hand thrown ceramic candle holders for our #smallbizchristmas giveaway and couldn’t be more delighted. It takes a large size t-light, will burn for 8 hours and look magnificent on your mantelpiece.
Bath time isn’t quite right without something delightful from Nat & Andy to pour or sprinkle into your tub. They’ve created a small but perfectly formed multi-use skincare collection, handcrafted using organic and natural ingredients. Whether you need to Revive or Unwind, Bloom or Glow, or just treat yourself to some liquid Sunshine – it’ll be hard to choose. Some days I need all 5 in the same 24 hours! We’re especially in love with the Bloom collection. Perfect for giving (even better for keeping). Use the code JUDITHBOND15 for a joyful 15% discount.
If you fancy something truly unique you’ll need a bunch Sarah’s little houses in your life. Each one a slightly different shape, size and colour to match your decor. Sarah also makes the most adorable driftwood houses. Gifts to support #smallbizchristmas don’t come more special that this. You’ll find her on Instagram @sparklysarah
Last Christmas my husband bought be a pair of fingerless gloves and honestly, I didn’t have them off my hands all winter. They’re the ideal gloves to stuff in your pocket and keep your hands warm all winter long. And the colour range is to die for. But they have a secret that you might not have heard. All their gorgeous products are made from preloved, reused cashmere knitwear. We all love cashmere but with Turtle Doves you can know you’re helping the environment as well as #smallbizchristmas. The choice of colour is yours but we love these soft rose pinks teamed up with forest green.
When I first came across Sarah Kelly at Shark Alley (anagram if you’re wondering), I totally fell in love with her jewellery. I’ve always been a fan of brooches. Think I inherited this from my Mum who simply has the world’s largest collection of brooches dating back to the 1960s. Sarah loves wildlife and her brooches reflect the creatures living in our gardens, woodlands and rivers. She’s adding new designs all the time which are super hard to resist. How cute is this hand painted laser cut hedgehog created from cherry wood veneer.
15% discount with the code SMALLBIZ (minimum spend £25)
The super talented and tres chic Carole lives in France but a few years back spent some time in Wales – when I met her, and she did some design work for me. She’s a graphic designer and illustrator and sells her lovely work on Etsy. We’ve managed to snag a few cute cards and an adorable print for a little girl’s bedroom for our #smallbizchristmas giveaway. If you follow her instagram, you’re guaranteed a daily dose of cuteness
You can’t buy Tropic skincare in the shops and there’s a good reason for that. Each pot of loveliness is handmade in the south of England using fresh plant based ingredients sourced from all over the world. Their shelf life is short but to be honest once you get you hands on one of their delightful products you won’t want to wait.
Sandra relocated to North Wales from the Big Smoke a few years back and when she’s not enjoying the mountains and beaches, she’s helping women with their beauty and skincare in her role as a Tropic Manager. Sandra is my go-to skincare and healthy lifestyle guru. You’ll mainly find her talking about beauty trends on a Facebook Live, you’ll. enjoying 1-1 make up sessions with clients, or sharing Tropic goodness with local groups. Check our our recent skincare review.
The diary is the essential stocking filler – right? Look no further than the lovely ladies at Busy B for the cleverest diaries on the internet. How about a pretty in pink Perfect Planner to get you through 2019. It’s a week to view with 4 handy pockets for keeping bits and bobs in good order. It even includes a mini notebook for extra jottings. the faux leather pink cover with elastic closer and pen loop will keep it all together in your bag. Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll get 15% off your first order.
Cara and Richard live right on the edge of Rhosneiger beach on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey. They have a range of children, pigs, chickens and pets as well as a enviable vegetable patch. They are passionate about caring for the environment, reusing and recycling in the most creative ways. Cara combs the local beaches for seaglass from which she creates stunning and unique jewellery. Every piece is different and a complete one-off. You can find out more about the fascinating and creative process here. We love this gorgeous pink leather bracelet with pretty seaglass stones. 3 cheers for #smallbizchristmas.
It would be remiss of me to finish without telling you about my ‘go to’ gift shop. It’s simply the prettiest shop in Llandudno and I go there every time I need a gift for a friend, or sometimes – just for myself! Kate and her team are passionate about creating an oasis of magic and sparkle. You’ll find a heartwarming blend of Christmas cheer and homely hygge, with jewellery, gifts and clothing. We’re thrilled to be able to include a pair of cosy winter socks in our giveaway bundle to keep your toes festive all season long.
And if you still need to be convinced, here’s our reasons why you should join in with #smallbizchristmas.
1 It’s usually a good ethical choice (sweatshops should not be on anyone’s Christmas list)
2 It will help build your local economy (good news for everyone)
3 It will support your local community (it’s a kind of club, so why not join in)
4 It will keep local folk in employment (yay)
5 It will keep your High Street vibrant (no more empty shops thank you)
6 You can give something handmade and original (what could be better)
7 You will get better and more personal service (remember people buy from people, always)
8 You’ll make a personal connection with “the maker” (if you watch insta-stories you might even see them making your gift)
9 You will make new friends (I’ve made loads of insta-friends, you should try)
10 You will feel all “glowey” on the inside (promise!)
Look forward to seeing you over on Instagram to share the festive love.
I’m Judith. I’ve been blogging here since 2014. I’m a writer, keen photographer, cake decorator, lover of travel, drinker of coffee and reader of books. . This is my Lifestyle blog – a fresh authentic space for thoughtful women – where I write about my life in North Wales – the things I love to use, the issues that matter, and the places I love to visit. I’d love you to join my community.
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