As a small business we do really do a happy dance when you order! Anyone who knows us knows that our phones ‘kerching’ and our 4 year old daughter shouts ‘we’ve had an order!’ then tells us what she’d like to be arriving in an order for her… We’re working on that!
All small businesses are the same; the orders you place help pay for ballet lessons, fill the car with petrol and allow them to go on holiday and make memories themselves. Your orders make a real difference, so this Christmas – where you can – then think about who you are buying from, and who you are buying for. There are so many inspiring gifts out there that the person receiving them won’t have seen before and you never know something that relative who has everything might actually use!
You’re reading this on our website but please don’t forget to have a look around our shop while you are here – there’s new products that might just be perfect for that hard to buy for person!
During our business journey we’ve met so many amazing, creative people and it only seems fair to share some of them with you so you can benefit from their inspiring gifts. So we bring you our Small Business Christmas Gift Guide – ta da!!
There are a lot of people we want to shout out so we’ve chosen our fellow #SBS Autumn Fair winners because the range of gifts within the group means there really is something for everyone! And we’ve personally tried all the products and understand the why behind what they all do, please do go and have a look 🙂
You will never have seen anything like these beautiful, handmade olive wood chopping boards decorated with coloured resin. She also makes gorgeous tableware and candles in her signature style.
Sandwick Bay Candles
Handmade in the Outer Hebrides (somewhere now on my list of places to visit!) these candles and diffusers are divine. You can also get a subscription box with her beautiful scented candles and a treat each month. And if you (like me!) do take the trip then her candle making workshops are a must
Little Beau Sheep
Finalist in the Rural Business Awards this year Sarah has created tumble dryer balls out of local wool. Not only are they the cutest sheep design there are collectors editions, limited runs and they reduce noise while drying your washing faster!
For some me time
Bee keeper Carly has created the most gorgeous 100% natural skin care from her own, and local, beehives! From Body Butter to Lip Balm and baby products to candles these are gifts anyone will appreciate.
Ascent Bath and Body
These are bath bombs, fizzes and body products with a difference! Michelle has woven beautiful stories into her products with a literary range (scents to take you to Mr Darcy’s garden at Pemberley for example) and a whole host of exotic locations in her Journey Collection… Not to mention the Santa bath bombs…
The Smokey Carter
The tastiest smoked rubs for meat, marinades and chutneys that will make any meal a taste sensation. Howard has created a fabulous range of award winning products available in gift sets – delicious!
The Bottled Baking Co
Who doesn’t love brownies, cakes and cookies? I thought so!
These clever bottles make home baking so easy – containing all the dry ingredients just shake and add the required liquid. Our favourite is the White Chocolate and Raspberry Tray Bake… Delicious!
Whispers of Wood
Handmade wooden knifes, yes you read that right!
These beautifully crafted knives perfect for cheese lovers or pizza makers these are a fabulous gift that will get everyone talking.
Angels Share Glass
A must for any whiskey lover – these handmade glass stoppers are beautifully crafted and have such and amazing angelic story (also not just for whiskey, I love the gin pig!). Check out their festive range – whiskey filled baubles are for life, not just for Christmas.
Holly’s Lollies & The Slabb
If your festive drink is missing something it is likely to be a deliciously flavoured alcoholic stirrer! And your Christmas tree is crying out for the first boozy candy cane – trust us, you need these!
Holly is also responsible for the delicious chocolate blocks I bought last year for gifts and ate them all before I could wrap them…
For the kids:
Our Little Globe
The cutest suitcases for kids to learn about the world every month!
These activity filled boxes are fun and the gift that keeps giving – just don’t blame us if you have to book a trip to Galway or Italy…
Teepees by Lulu and Weasel
The place to go for personalised teepees – imagine the peace and quiet on Christmas day! – and Sarah hand makes them all!
She also has a beautiful range of toys, storage and accessories, win win!
Paint My Dreams
If it is a first Christmas you are celebrating then look no further. The super talented Kate has created a range of personalised, embroidered clothing and blankets that everyone will want to snuggle up too.