Independent Shop Christmas Gift Guide

Over the years I have tried more and more to shop from independent stores for a whole host of reasons.

One being I know from experience how hard it is to run your own buisness, and how much blood, sweat and tears goes into making it a success. Because of this you always get that personal touch when shopping small and I know that each and every sale that is made will be appreciated.

I have compiled a gift guide this year showcasing a few of my favourite gifts from my favourite independents.

Something For The Kids – I always try to limit the amount of plastic contraptions that go on the kids Christmas lists and steer them towards things that are going to last longer and mean more…this doesn’t always work, but I definitely give them lots of alternative ideas to the ones that they see on screen.

Kind Words – I love anything that inspires children and encourages them to think about their day to day actions. Curious Child have a gorgeous range of fun, colourful clothing that they will love just as much as you!

This Be Kind jumper is certainly one of my favourites!

Colour Popping – For anyone who follows me regularly, you will know how much I love colouful clothing for the kids – and this is exactly what you get with We Love Frugi. They have a huge range of colourful, organic clothing and accessories from babies to adults. This super snuggle fleece and bobble hat would make a wonderful christmas gift.

Scrub Up – Bathtime gifts aren’t just for adults. I know that mine all absolutely love gifts that can be used in the bathroom. Childs Farm have everything covered, from this beautiful washbag full of body wash and bubble bath, a money box full of goodies and this super cute cracker for the tiny ones in your life.

All of their products are dermatologist and paediatrician approved, which makes them sutiable for even the most sensitive of skin.

Something Personal – Frankie suffers terribly with anxiety, with a large part of this attached to separation . When I came across these hoodies from Olive & Pip I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for him. Each super soft hoodie has a secret message printed on the inside cuff that is hand written by you. I think it will be a comforting reminder that there is always a little part of me with him when he is wearing it.

Olive & Pip don’t just stop there, they have a huge range of gifts from clothing to picture frames, prints to hampers and lots more so be sure to check them out.

Subscription Boxes – A gift they keeps giving in the form of a monthly subscription is always a lovely gift, and I think you are going to like this one.

Cover Those Toes – Socks are always a good idea at Christmas and what makes this Socks In A Box gift even better is that each month you get a box of of one or two pairs of beautiful bamboo socks through the door every month. They are lots of different options to choose from, including one off gift boxes.

Something Pretty – Christmas is definitely a time for jewellery and I have a couple of beautiful pieces here you might like to take a look at.

Snowflake Loveliness – Snowflakes and Christmas go hand in hand and this beautiful enamel snowflake pendent from I Am Rachel Shop would make a stunning present. This handmade pendent comes in white or mint green and hang from a sterling silver chain. Rachel also has a gorgeous range of other pieces that are definitely worth checking out!

Personalised Jewels – If you are looking for delicate, beautiful, personalised jewellery then Bloom Boutique is the place to go. They have stunning pieces such as this secret message birthstone necklace and bracelet. That are gorgeous on their own, but made that little more special with the personalisation.

Something Smelly – Who doesn’t love a scented gift at this time of year! I for one have always loved to fill the house with christmas smells and these wax melt hampers from Scentsational Candle Co give you a whole range of different Christmas scents – the hardest thing is to pick which one I like best!

In The Kitchen – I love gifts for the kitchen as I spend so much time in there and here are a few pieces that have really caught my eye.

Eco Friendly Kitchen – Sustainability is at the forefront of most peoples minds these days and I have been trying to move away from plastic food covering and EdiBee have got the perfect solution to this. They have a stunning range of sandwich bags, snack packs and bowl coverings in a range of different sizes and designs.

They have even done a Christmas Gluhwein mix in a reusable snackpocket that brings you that delicious smell of Christmas the moment you open them.

On The Go – Last but by no means least is this gorgeous flask, designed by my very own Oscar! Dinky Artist has a massive range of different items that can be personalised with your little ones creations. Oscar went with Santa as he said we love hot chocolate at Christmas and this could go in our thermal flask.

I really am in love with how well made and thoughtful these pieces are and I think they would make for a wonderful Christmas gift.

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Selfie Jewellery Review

  
Number three has always loved making jewellery so when we were asked by GALT to try out their new Selfie Jewellery from their Express Yourself range she was over the moon.

This set comprises of beads, silky cord, elastic, stickers and pendants to create your own bracelets and necklaces.

 
What sets this apart from most sets is that you can take your own photos and use them to create a more personal gift.

Number two decided the first one she would make would be a Christmas present for her Nan.  We found a picture to fit the size of the pendant and then easily stuck it on with the adhesive stickers provided.  There is then a clear protective layer to place over the picture to prevent any damage.

  
To finish it off she chose some silver beads to thread on either side.

   
 
Her plans are now to make some more colourful bracelets to give to her friends for pressies at the end of term.

This is a of lovely way for children to get crafty and create something personal.  It would be a great end of term gift to keep them occupied in the run up to Christmas.
We were gifted this set for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.

Love 2 Read Personalised Book Review

  

 

I know most people will think the same thing but my Dad really is the best Dad you could ask for.  The children absolutely adore him so when we were asked to create a book by Love 2 Read we opted for a story about Grandad.

This is such a great concept and there are lots of other stories for you to chose from.  It is all done by simply selecting your pictures and text to create your own perfect book.

I’m a real techno phobe and this was easy even for me.  I love the fact you can chose your own personal message to put in the first page to make it feel that bit more personal.

The older children were suprsingly impressed with this and loved looking to see where they featured inside.

  
It has fastly become a favourite bedtime story for the younger ones and number five is still in shock each time we turn a page to reveal another familiar face.

  
They are more expensive than your usual paperback book coming in at £14.99 but it is more of a keepsake and is well worth the money to see the expression on your little ones faces.

  

We were given this book by Love 2 Read for the purpose of this review.  They are all my own honest opinions.