choosing to shop independent at christmas is the very best way to see your festive sparkle spread far and wide.
not only will you be gifting your loved ones with a beautiful and thoughtfully crafted present, you’ll also be giving a wonderful gift to the independent business owner too. whether they are the designer/maker of the product or the curator of a beautifully edited boutique (be it bricks and mortar, or online), they will have poured their hearts and souls into their business all year, and the festive season is often make-or-break time. by choosing to give your money to these people, who care passionately about craftsmanship, expertise and community, you’ll be helping to make a far bigger impact on your local economy and society, than playing it safe and sticking to high street brands.
when you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance ~ unknown (if you know who to credit this to, let me know!)
for my next gift guide i’ve rounded up a selection of gifts under £25, some championing unique handcrafted design, some social enterprise, and others the personal wellbeing of the recipient. these include luxury ethical bodycare products that create life changing job opportunities for people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged; understated ceramics handcrafted in a hackney studio; and toxin-free nail lacquer made from natural ingredients, including wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn..
– gifts under £25 –
are you a local boutique owner or designer-maker selling lovely ethical, sustainable or unique gifts? feel free to leave a link in the comments below and help others discover your products!
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