Christmas is not that far away, especially if you’re planning to order your gifts online. I’ve found that small independent shops offer more unique gifts than most. They are often handmade, have a story and sometimes give back to the community.
This year I’ve been thinking about what makes a good gift. Big statement presents may be suitable for growing children whose needs are constantly changing but for us adults I think it’s the everyday objects that elevate our experiences of the ordinary; items that bring comfort or a little luxury to our day-to-day. This year why not buy someone you love something they’ll use over and over again. It could be a beautiful handmade cup to enjoy their coffee or tea in throughout the day, a linen cushion or warm merino wool blanket for when they sit down and relax at the end of the day, or even a pair of socks that feel comfortable against their feet all day long.
Independent shop owners spend hours searching for the best makers and artisans. They have done the research for us and offer a curated selection of well-made items, often made here in the UK.
I’ve selected a few of my favourite independent shops (that I buy from) to highlight; sharing some of the incredible products they sell, that I believe could make someone very happy this Christmas.
Aerende is an Olde-English word meaning ‘care’. It’s a great word for describing everything about this online shop. All their products are made by people in the UK who face social challenges. They are all beautiful ‘life-improving homewares’, that have been made to last.
Oggetto is an Italian word meaning ‘object’. Owners, Helen and Charlie Camm make and source the handmade pieces they sell, with a focus on quality, craftsmanship and longevity. They are keen to help keep traditional artisan skills alive, both for the benefit of the makers and the end users.
Olea Living was set-up by two mum’s with young families, looking to create adaptable, relaxed spaces in their homes. They source timeless, traditionally crafted products, made by small-scale manufacturers and artisans, with a focus on natural materials.
The Small Home
The Small Home seek out small, socially responsible artisans and makers, who produce useful and beautiful products that will stay with you for years to come. With their products they hope to celebrate simple, life-enhancing pleasures.
Workshop are interested in helping us achieve more balance in our lives, with respect for what sustains and protects natural elements and materials. With the help of their well-curated goods, they hope to bring back an appreciation and connection to the value in the craft, technique, materials and history of a product.