Small business Christmas gift guide
10 small businesses to support this ChristmasWe've tested and complied products from ten small businesses to create the perfect Christmas list exclusively featuring small UK based companies. Designed to suit everyone on your shopping list and at friendly budgets, if you're not sure what to buy or need some inspiration here's 10 businesses you can support this Christmas. You could be in with a chance of winning a hamper full of items from businesses on this list, head over to our Instagram to enter!
1. Woodland Beard Balm
£12.50, The Bearded Stagg
With Movember ending soon we all know a few men who've been inspired to grow more facial hair for 2021. Set them off the right way, with some TLC, using this high quality beard balm that's full of natural oils and musky scents, this balm will keep their beards looking, feeling and smelling amazing. If woodland isn't quite the smell you love, try their Golden Stagg balm, its very similar to popular perfume. They're also environmentally friendly making combs and keyrings in house to avoid manufacturing waste, these items are part of their Christmas bundles.
£10, Otter Candle Co
Is there anyone who'd say no to a candle? Maybe, but there's definitely no-one who'd say no to these once they'd smelt them. Otter Candle Co, a small business run by Amber, specialises in high quality hand poured candles made from soy and coconut wax, essential and fragrance oils. One of their top scents is Oud & Amber a beautiful musky scent well known in the middle east, this Christmas they've released delicious festive scents such as mulled wine and cinnamon swirl. Get these nicely priced candles as a stocking filler or secret Santa or even size up and make it the big gift. No-one can be disappointed by this cruelty free, vegan brand with brilliant packaging. Let these candles take pride of place this Christmas and support a small business whilst doing it.
A gift for the fashion and eco conscious . If you haven't heard tie-dye is back and Baile, a small Irish clothing brand, has perfected the colour and type. in and turned comfy, perfect for lockdowns. These tie-dye sweatshirts are not only bang on trend and easy to wear they're also eco-conscious A Christmas gift list wouldn't be complete without a Christmas card. Amy Writes provides simple yet beautiful Christmas cards in her special font and drawings, each card also has a little gold foil to make them pop. They're not only great to send out but they're also so beautifully packaged you'll enjoy receiving them too. That's what's nice about shopping from small businesses, every order means a lot and they always add in extra touches to say thank you.
£3,95, Borneo Pantry
The best gift for any foodie this Christmas, these unique pickles and chutneys are the best addition to any cheeseboard and are guaranteed to delight. Pickled watermelon and Proper Piccalilli have both won great taste awards. Testament to the hard work this family run business, originally started in Borneo and brought back to the Isle of Wight.
Specially sourced in Brazil for its unique flavour this coffee is both unique and special, perfect as a gift to any coffee drinker. Available in 7 grinds this'll make a coffee shop worthy cup in any home. Scarlett coffee can be trusted to choose the finest blends as they've been serving them in their London based coffee shop, artfully decorated with their pink ibis. Unfortunately this year hasn't been the the best for small businesses on the high street but the team behind Scarlett have done a great job sending their coffee into peoples homes.
A beautiful gift for an avid reader. These bookmarks are handmade by small London based seller Cartofleur, a specialist in pressed flower art. They would make great stocking fillers and can be personalised with names, messages and dates. If you'd like something larger, this 5 star Etsy seller also creates pressed flower art in glass frames.
Everyone loves a bit of Christmas décor they can keep and this car makes for a lovely and price friendly gift. These tiny concrete sculptures are handmade by the Little Peanut family all year round and released in collections that with collections launched that they are extremely special in their ability to create such unique designs that people love. Outside of their recent Christmas collection there are lots of minimal and fun ways to represent family such as their concrete Lego men.
A one woman business creates these quirky earrings for fabulous people. If you've got any quirky people on your Christmas list then this is the brand to buy from. These bold statement earrings come in a wide variety of styles and shapes with matching necklaces.
A Christmas gift list wouldn't be complete without a Christmas card. Amy Writes provides simple yet beautiful Christmas cards in her special font and drawings, each card also has a little gold foil to make them pop. They're not only great to send out but they're also so beautifully packaged you'll enjoy receiving them too. That's what's nice about shopping from small businesses, every order means a lot and they always add in extra touches to say thank you.
Crystals + anything = win. That's just how things work, this small business creates the best scents and combines them with crystals. If you know someone who's a bit of a scent connoisseur, these wax melts are perfect as they come in over 20 scents. Our personal favourite is lime, basil and mandarin as it adds freshness to any room. If you don't think wax melts alone will be enough Bella Flame also have the perfect Christmas sets and lots of complementary products.