I’ve always believed that presents shouldn’t just be practical. They should touch the heart. Delight the imagination. Conjure up cuddles. And that’s exactly what small businesses do. Each one here has been carefully selected for their originality, quality and talent. Plus when you give a gift from an independent business, you’re giving a gift twice. Once to whoever you’re buying it for, but also once to the person whose life you’re changing by shopping with them. And that’s the greatest gift of all.
Alice Funge Ceramics
Using traditional wheel-throwing techniques, Alice makes beautiful and functional ceramic pieces that immortalise cherished handwritten family recipes.
Created to be handed down through the generations, Amy Swann’s distinctive decorations make an eye-catching addition to any home: beautifully made and a twist on the traditional.
Arthouse Unlimited supports artists with complex neuro-diverse and physical support needs. Their bright, colourful and creative work adorns thoughtful gifts that make a difference.
Basil & Ford
Screen printing extraordinaires Basil & Ford create prints, pins and stationery that beautifully combine delicate details and bold, visionary fonts.
Why have flowers and chocolate when you can have flowers in chocolate? The Blushing Cook’s floral brownies are edible art and make a stunning, stand-out gift.
Celebrating all of life’s milestones, founder Faye’s personalised prints and giftware are notable for their characterful and colourful aesthetic.
Colourful embroidery kits designed with beginners in mind, Cotton Clara’s mission is to provide you with ideas and tools to get creatively crafting.
Made by hand in London and forged from beautifully deep and rich recycled gold, Cece Jewellery creates luxury, fine jewellery. Their pearl and diamond embellishments mean that every ring is individual to the wearer; a mystical heirloom to last generations.
Cult of Youth
With the tagline ‘jewels to keep your loved ones close’, it was helping others to celebrate their families that allowed founder Kelly to support her own. All their made-to-order pieces are produced in London using recycled materials where possible.
Capturing Rabbit’s daily adventures, sporting escapades and social outings in silhouette form, HAM’s homewares are thoughtfully designed with a story to capture the imagination.
The HappySelf Journal
HappySelf’s daily journals encourage positive habits of gratitude and mindfulness to help children of all ages.
Hiro + Wolf
Hiro + Wolf creates comfortable and stylish accessories for cats, dogs (and their humans!). With a focus on fun, original designs, everything is handmade in the UK by their all-female team.
Honeywell Bakes has a mission to bring planet friendly baking to everyone. Being environmentally conscious is at the heart of their business — as well as being B Corp certified, a percentage from every sale is donated to ‘1% for the Planet’.
Glosters create handmade ceramics in the heart of North Wales. Their beautiful designs use stoneware clay and glazes inspired by their local surroundings.
Joanne is the brain behind the #MeetTheMaker campaign, and she brings a creative touch to gifting with her surprise scratch celebration cards and cotton washbags.
Labelled the ‘Queen of Sequins’, Kate Gwilliam makes sparkly embroidered artworks and ornaments that make your favourite items everlasting — from martinis to mayo.
Beautifully handmade, tongue-in-cheek porcelain jewellery and pottery with attitude. Inspired by modern life, mental health and founder Karen’s ‘wicked sense of humour’.
Marby and Elm
Frank and funny, bold and beautiful, these modern letterpress cards, gifts and stationery are carefully made with love, wit and insight. You can even get your own bespoke versions made.
Marigold and Lettice
Creating handmade chunky white china (with the odd bit of colour now and again), Marigold and Lettice pottery is packed with character, heaped with texture and perfectly imperfect.
Made for the brutally honest, Mean Mail gives you the power to send blunt (but secretly affectionate) putdowns to those you love.
Mapology design playful and thought-provoking illustrated self-help maps, to give you the emotional toolkit you need to navigate life’s ever-evolving journey.
In her recognisable font and eye-catching illustrations, Nicola Rowlands’ mugs, cushions, stationery and accessories celebrate our joyful idiosyncrasies.
Beautiful kitchen knives, crafted from scratch in Bristol using quality materials. Their knife making classes have also been enjoyed by students all over the UK for more than four years.
Inspired by treasures from founder Nicola’s travels, Oklahoma has grown to become a much-loved hub for eclectic and unusual homeware and gifts.
Our Lovely Goods
Our Lovely Goods celebrates the feeling of home. A wholesome collection of lifestyle and homewares will make any space feel calm and tranquil.
Family-run Petalon designs two stunning bouquets every week that are packaged in biodegradable and recyclable materials and are grown on the family’s farm in Cornwall.
With an emphasis on promoting good mental health, Poetry Pharmacy dispenses ‘poetry on prescription’ and houses books displayed by mood.
The chocolatiers of choice for Edinburgh Castle and Scottish National Trust properties, Quirky Chocolate are an iconic Scottish brand showcasing illustrator collaborations, a successful tartan range and, of course, chocolate sprouts!
SevenSeventeen’s vegan-friendly candles and diffusers bring an oasis of calm and a comforting fragrance to your room while boosting your mood and helping you unwind.
Sew Your Soul
Founded by artist Lucy Sparrow in 2014 after the overnight success of her first major UK installation ‘The Cornershop’, Sew Your Soul creates art to boost mental health.
Handmade by traditional Polish artisans, Sheepers create sheepskin slippers based on a traditional design that has passed through generations of the Skowronek family.
Single Variety Co
Single Variety Co are makers of seriously delicious fruit preserves and chilli jams from their Bristol jam factory. Every product in their core range has won a Great Taste or Taste of the West award.
The Clay Club
The Clay Club’s DIY pottery kits bring the art of pottery to your home. You can sculpt and mould your own ceramic pieces to display with pride, so these make an ideal gift for the craft lovers out there.
The Happy Blossoms
The Happy Blossoms live up to their name by creating bold florals and colourful bouquets. Mother-daughter duo Lauren and Barbara make both baked and fresh blossoms to spread joy.
The Jacksons are known for their wonderful ‘word bags’ which are handmade, one-of-a-kind, designed in Notting Hill and showcase the skills of talented Bangladeshi artisans.
The Oak & Rope Company
Carving personal messages into beautiful oak, The Oak & Rope Company create treasured pieces that will last a lifetime.
The Printer’s Devil
Specialising in original hand-printed woodblock designs and Japanese collaborations, The Printer’s Devil has its artistic fingers on the pulse of modern life.
The Tartan Blanket Co.
Bringing cosiness and a taste of Scotland to your home, The Tartan Blanket Co. create sustainable and natural blankets with sumptuous wool and cashmere.
The Thoughtful Potter
Picking treasures from her garden and hedgerows, founder Deborah presses them into clay alongside uplifting words to create unique, heirloom pottery pieces to treasure forever.
Suzi from Twisted Twee makes kickass clothes for ‘ageing crones and codgers’. She aims to celebrate and elevate all that is derogatory and dismissive about fabulous, unencumbered, creative and irrepressible older people.
Vinegar & Brown Paper
Wit, wordplay and wisdom etched into glass, Andy at Vinegar & Brown Paper transforms everyday objects with meaningful and humorous details.
Handcrafted, ‘tongue in cheek’ tableware that playfully pairs porcelain pottery with the intriguing idioms found in everyday language.
Yawn’s pyjamas help you have the best night’s sleep. Featuring hand-drawn prints, superfine ethical fabrics and feel-good features, they are designed to help women relax.
Bespoke ceramic pieces designed and made in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, Zara’s glorious mugs will have you longing for a hot chocolate by the fire. Just wait till you see her other wares, too…