If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? If you are a blogger who doesn’t write a gift guide, are you even entitled to buy rose gold accessories?
Obviously, I’m joking, but having never written a gift guide in the 5 years that I’ve been blogging bar my annual charity guide (an updated version to follow shortly, don’t worry) I felt that an essential tool in my blogging arsenal was lacking deployment.
Hoping that Santa has blog reading on his agenda in the run up to his busiest day of the year, I thought I would share some of my favourite small businesses that do some amazing stuff in the world.
As a disclaimer, many of these businesses are founded and run by people that I know, but I can honestly say that I’ve personally purchased their unique products and have witnessed first hand the passion that they have for doing some good in the world – not to mention their talent. There are no affiliate links, no commissions, no old-fashioned bribery – in fact, they don’t know I was writing this.
Zeal & Heart – Limited edition hand engraved sterling silver jewellery.
Thoughts can be dangerous, they can warp your thinking and turn light into dark. If you need a little reminder that sometimes thoughts lie, then this or one of the limited edition pendants (including customizable ones) is for you or your loved ones. They can be a daily reminder that what is inside your head isn’t always reality. £5 from each ‘don’t believe everything you think’ pendant will be donated to Mind UK (Registered Charity Number 219830), a mental health charity working to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Ripped Up Art – Unique handmade pictures and cards.
They do quirky handmade pictures, and their unique greeting cards are made from 100% recycled paper and seeds. After the card has been gifted the whole card can be planted in a garden or a pot and with just a bit of water and light and love grow into beautiful wildflowers.
Bookwagon – Online Children’s Bookstore.
They select every book featured on their site; they read every book they sell, unlike multi-nationals that just put out any old title. Their promise is to leave no stone unturned to offer unique, new, challenging, spine-tingling, classic, exciting books for every age and interest, from every genre, from around the world, to readers, turning them into life-long book addicts. They also offer a personal shopper service for the hard to buy for.
Toothbrush Travels – An exclusive range of beautiful prints, cards and jumpers.
Taking pride of place in my office is one of Amy’s prints (pictured below) which I ordered whilst in New Zealand to wait for me when I set up my new desk and career chapter. Every day I look up to remind myself that the world is my oyster (and to be honest, it’s usually that point that I need to top up my bloodstream with caffeine too.)
Biscuiteers – Iced biscuit gifts.
Having received one of these packages for my birthday (thanks again B!) I can vouch for how much pleasure these confections bring. They are such a sweet (excuse the pun) gift, especially when they are hard to buy for.
Yes Starling! – Custom laser cut objects.
Sarah and her husband design and make all kinds of awesome laser cut things. They make to order, so get in touch if you would like something made.
Steph Rubbo Saddlery & Leather Work – Luxurious hand stitched leather bags and accessories.
The Saddlery is owned and run by Steph Rubbo, a qualified Saddler and keen equestrian who loves the look and longevity of leather. A chance encounter reading The Last Horsemen by Charles Bowden ignited her passion for creating high-quality leather goods. Since then, she graduated with a Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making from the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. Steph produces beautiful accessories and bridles, winning top prizes from the Society of Master Saddlers.
And, all of these can be ordered online and sent directly to the recipient.