Whether you are a Blogger or not, countless people have pieced together Christmas Gift Guides this year. It’s been a few years since I participated in this blogging tradition and I won’t be joining in with Blogmas, however I decided to write a Christmas Gift Guide entirely featuring only small businesses in light of this year’s unexpected events. Nevertheless, we should try our best to keep spirits high and give back to small and/or local businesses this Christmas when it comes to gifting and sourcing food/drink. The brands and businesses you’ll see here are diverse, many of which are female owned businesses. So without further ado, here is a Gift Guide with special thanks to all the contributors to this post!
Anniemestudio – Etsy
Annie is a UK based illustrator who began her Etsy shop in the midst of the first UK lockdown. Initially she created letter writing sets so that people could keep in touch with their loved ones, regardless of not being able to meet together in person during the pandemic. It goes without saying that her beautifully detailed stationery items can be adored by anyone and everyone, however hand written letters are greatly appreciated among those who aren’t so confident with keeping in contact via technology.
Annie’s personal favourite among all the items she currently has on her Etsy shop, is the Aesthetic Stationery Set – it includes tape stickers, memo sheets, note paper and bujo stickers. She also has some handmade and vintage style stickers which are sold in individual sheets/packs to add to your own stationery collection. Personally, I intend to use my Anniemestudio letter writing set to begin to write to pen pals or an elderly person who is in need of a friend.
Uma is a Sri Lankan born Corden Bleu trained pastry chef who now resides in London. She had always dreamed of concocting her own Ceylon (Sri Lankan) blends of spices and flora. After having the opportunity to learn about professional and traditional tea brewing in the UK, Miss Teasmith was born. Their black tea is sourced from all over Sri Lanka, with more subtle tasting teas being sourced from the Highlands. Miss Teasmith have a variety of unique and distinctive teas to choose from – each are sure to have a delectable punch of flavour which beat any standard cuppa.
One tea to mention is the Miss Teasmith Dark Romance Mint Chocolate Black Tea Blend – a steamy treat before bedtime which also accompanies chocolatey desserts well with its hints of cocoa, peppermint and liquorice. Refills are available to restock your tea caddy as well as samples to assist you in identifying your favourites.
Kōsame is the online destination for K-beauty within the UK and Europe. They are constantly updating and improving your online shopping experience by adding new brands and products lines to their ever-expanding selection. And may I mention that Mélusine – the founder of Kōsame Beauty – is an absolute angel. She always ensures the best customer experience and is often present on Instagram to share with you the latest deals and to give in-depth information on new arrivals to Kōsame. All the K-beauty products on Kōsame have been tried, tested and approved by Mélusine and her team to ensure they reflect the high quality and standards they aim to uphold.
They currently stock well-known Korean Skincare brands including Dear Klairs, Cosrx, Abib, Dr Althea, Dr Ceuracle and more. One major perk to ordering from them is that you can avoid the long wait for your favourite K-beauty products to arrive from Asia to the UK or Europe, as they have already imported the products beforehand. It means you can get the holy grail COSRX Good Morning Cleanser within a week or less! Feel free to use my affiliate link to get yourself a one off 10% discount*.
Say It With Champers
Do you know someone who loves champers? If you do, then you’ll be pleased to know that Suffolk based Say It With Champers is a personalised Champagne and mini Prosecco business who can wrap a personalised label on a bottle of fizz. A bottle is sure to put a smile on the face of your loved one this Christmas or perhaps you’re looking to congratulate someone on a special occasion next year.
Bespoke label design is available for customers who want a corporate gift designed around their company branding. Their premium range is produced by the brand owner’s family in Reims. They also offer a Vegan Champagne with notes of apple and lemon. Their website is simple to use, especially as you can refine your search by occasion. They currently have a sale on so get your orders in soon.
Grace Etc – Etsy
Grace Etc. are a Vegan friendly and cruelty free soy candle businesses operating through Etsy. Each and every handcrafted candle is delicately poured in London. Who doesn’t love a unique handmade candle!? Currently they have five soy candles to choose from and are each available in two sizes. Definitely check out their Movie Night Scented Soy Candle – a soft vanilla mix with the sweet aroma of buttery toffee popcorn, transporting you back to your favourite movie theatre or a memory of a cozy night in, in Autumn/Winter. Or do you gravitate towards fresh aquatic/light floral scents? – Then the Sail Away candle has top notes of bergamot, lemon, lime and sweet mandarin with cool notes of cyclamen, freesia, rose and jasmine followed by base notes of cedar, patchouli and moss.
Amy, the talent behind Lotty Stitches, is also someone who has always had a flair for art and craft hobbies. As an escape from school/uni life, she began to immerse herself more into her creations and last year got really into embroidery. The more she created and developed her skills, she began to sell her pieces online.
In present time her website sells quirky stickers, embroidery art, tote bags, notepads, embroidery patches, prints of her embroidery creations and so on. Make sure to stop by her social media pages to get informed about newly added products. I love all her cute tea themed stickers 🙂
Glam Touch is a female owned K-beauty retailer here in England. They recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary and donated a percentage of their August profits to support the Lebanese Red Cross after this year’s disaster in Beirut. To today, Glam Touch stock 25 Korean skincare and beauty brands. They are the official UK retailer of Banobagi Cosmetics – a skincare brand produced by the infamous Banobagi cosmetic surgery and dermatology clinic in South Korea.
This festive season they have numerous holiday gifting sets to suit all budgets; more than one of these sets include products from d’Alba, who curate skincare using White Truffles derived from Italy. Among all the individual d’Alba products which they stock, my favourite is the d’Alba Piedmont First Spray Serum: an oil plus water solution mist which provides nourishment and long-lasting hydration to all skin types. A few new gifting sets to mention are the Glam Touch Korean Beauty Trial Kit and d’Alba White Truffle Pamper Set.
Miracle’s Mission is a animal welfare charity who bring a rewarding opportunity of being able to buy a Christmas dinner or toy for a rescue cat or dog that they have fostered. As a non-profit organisation it has been difficult for this charity to care for the animals under their care during these unprecedented times. Not only do they provide quality care and a place of safety of cats and dogs, they aim to educate individuals about how to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets.
The charity is named after Miracle, a dog rescued from the streets of Borneo at the young age of 1 week old. Victoria, who has since become the fonder of the charity, was able to help Miracle to make a miraculous recovery despite suffering from several injuries. To continue to help more stray and abandoned dogs like Miracle, Miracle’s Mission kindly ask that you donate just £5 in time for Christmas – as mentioned, this will go towards a toy or a meal for a cat or dog this Christmas. Your donation will come with a certificate which you can gift in someone’s name as a stocking filler. You can make your contribution to the appeal ‘here‘.
Rebel Chocolate are a Glasgow based chocolatier specialise in creating moreish chocolates which are made with 50% less sugar and a higher protein content (25%) than standard chocolates which you may find at your nearby supermarket. All of their chocolates are free from palm oil, gluten and lactose. They have a range of milk chocolate, white chocolate, vegan-friendly peanut chocolate and Japanese Matcha green tea chocolate. Their chocolate bars are perfect as stocking filters or to lay out on the table of nibbles this Christmas.
And now that concludes this gift guide. I hope it helps you to discover something new this Christmas. Once again thank you too all the businesses who contributed to this blog post.
Stay safe & have a wonderful Christmas 🎄
Disclaimer – Some of the products featured in this post were gifted or part gifted PR samples. Links marked with an asterisk are affiliate links, I receive a small percentage of commission from any order purchased though the link which goes on to help me produce more blog posts like this one.