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 Christmas gift guide, are you even entitled to buy rose gold accessories?
Obviously, I’m joking, but for a second year running I felt that an essential tool in my blogging arsenal was lacking deployment (as well as my annual charity gift guide which I’ll pop up shortly.)
Much of my freelance/day job has been intentionally focussed on working with small businesses that a full of passion, so 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, some 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. And being the size of a fingernail, they ooze subtle sass – the very best kind.
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.)
Silver and Stone – Handmade Silver Jewellery
Tammy owns a shop in a corner of Esty called SilverandStone_TX. She is a recycle/reuse queen, and creates the most beautiful, quirky jewellery, including some really cute coffee bean earrings that I adore.
Biscuiteers – Iced biscuit gifts.
Having received few of these packages I can vouch for how much pleasure these confections bring. They are such a sweet (excuse the pun) gift, especially when the recipient is 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.
And, all of these can be ordered online and sent directly to the recipient.