Starting a business in 2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster, but one joyful thing for me has been the number of other small, independent businesses that I've come across and connected with as a result of diving into running an online business. What better way for me to reflect on this and hopefully pass on some good vibes than by featuring these and others in my Christmas Gift Guide for 2020.
This will be an assortment of gift ideas, rather than one strict category. I hope there is something in here that is inspiring for you, either as a Christmas gift for a loved one, yourself or a new business to follow on socials and save for the future.
W : keepandkind.com
IG : keepandkind
Keep + Kind provide stylish, sustainable gifts and supplies, curated with a conscience. The store has a big range of items perfect for gifting for others and yourself and there is also the option to build a unique gift box from the full range of items in the store. Spread happiness, not waste.
IG : outdoorprovisions
Outdoor Provisions have dependable, portable and (most importantly) tasty all natural energy bars with plastic free, compostable wrappers. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the ‘fresh-air head’ in your life, and can’t quite stretch to that outdoor, down, recycled, multi-functional coat/sleeping bag, there might be something here that will do the job. They have gift bundles available at the moment too for Christmas, portable food and coffee, I mean… I’m just off to treat myself!
W : loamandlore.com
IG : loamandlore
Loam & Lore specialise in eco-friendly products, so you can relax, browse and shop, knowing that all their products have the highest eco credentials.
W : shellonearth.co.uk
IG : shell_on_earth
Shell on Earth are a family business based in Wales. They take the waste whelk shells from the business and recycle them to create beautiful toppings for plants and gardens. They also have a range of plants, succulents and accessories available on the website with some extra special gifts available at the moment for Christmas 2020.
W : root-houseplants.com
IG : root_houseplants
If you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one to (in my opinion) one of the best gifts possible, a new houseplant, then Root houseplants will get you sorted. Based in Liverpool and using plastic free packaging, Root provide well cared for houseplants in great condition with care information and support.
IG : surreal_succulents
Staying on a plant theme, if you’re looking to delve into the magical world of succulents for yourself or a loved one, Surreal Succulents, based in Cornwall, have an amazing selection of probably all the succulents you’ve ever heard of plus their own hybrids and rare species.
W : javabere.co.uk
IG : javabere_shop_studio
Java has a beautiful collection of illustrations inspired by food, home and celebration in prints, cards or commissions. Along with curated vintage homewares and unique finds this is a place to find that magical something special gift you’ve been looking for.
Let there be light candles are handmade by Sarah May, a bespoke chandler and home perfumer, these artisan, soy candles look as beautiful as they smell and would be a real treat to give as a gift.
IG : alittlehive
Beautiful watercolour paintings by Hattie, ranging from botanical to animals, these stunning prints and cards will make a beautiful, thoughtful gift.
And of course it wouldn't be a gift guide without also including some of Hilda's special Christmas gift packs. This year we have made it as easy as possible for you to treat your loved ones with two Christmas gift packs, the Plant Lovers Essentials and the Plant Pot gift pack. They both come beautifully gift wrapped and postage is free too! If you'd like to send straight to the lucky recipient just add a gift message at the checkout, or use the gift tag to write your own message.
I hope you find something inspiring from this list of independent designers, makers and small businesses. It's certainly inspired me to get going and find some unique gifts made with love, that I can give this Christmas with love, knowing that I'm also helping to support someones business dream. Let me know if you found something useful, inspiring or surprising in this list!
"When we shop small, we're supporting people just like us and helping to make the world a better place"