This year, 70% of the gifts I’m giving will be from small, independent shops & makers.
As a small business owner myself, and someone who has grown up in Cornwall where there’s a strong sense of ‘community spirit’ (especially at this time of year), I believe it’s really important to support small and local businesses and crafters/artists/makers when you can.
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Without further ado, here’s a list of my favourite independent online shops to buy gifts from (and some that I have already bought from this Christmas!), so you can buy from them too if you want to!
First up, here are my Cornish faves:
Jewel Box Cornwall
I’ve got to know owner, Carrie, fairly well over the past month or so through my Cornish Creatives Facebook group, and I love her jewellery! Particularly these gorgeous starfish & druzy earrings…
Isobel Woodcock Illustration
How adorable are these? Truro-based Isobel’s adorable hand-drawn items are so cute and fun. These would make great gifts!
Wading Bird Designs
Another Truro-based maker, I love the prints from Wading Bird Designs – very summery, which is perfect to add some brightness in the depths of Winter.
Soul and Soap
Yummy! I’ve ordered a couple of these soaps for my 7 year old cousin, and a bath bomb too, because seriously who doesn’t like to smell like cake?
We all know I’m a big fan of Matt’s photography, and I featured him here on the blog earlier in the year! His calendars for 2016 will make the perfect gift for anyone who loves Cornwall and wants to see the stunning landscapes every day of the year!
If you’re interested in Cornish Etsy shops, I’ve listed several more in this blog post!
Now, onto the other UK Etsy sellers I’m loving at the moment:
I love Essi’s bright designs. She sells them in A4 screenprint format, so partnered with a nice frame, could be a super present for lovers of colour!
Caroline Jane Candles
The design of these candles are right up my street, but I love that they are completely vegan as well!
Okay, they’re not cheap for a gift, but man are they gorgeous 0_0.
A shop full of gorgeous handmade clutches and iPad cases! I may have bought this for someone for Christmas, and I may now want one for myself…
Not Only Polka Dots
Look, I know I’m not the only one here with an obsession with quirky little notebooks. Bought this too; what you gonna do about it?