Yeah, yeah, throw bricks at me…I’m talking about Christmas in September. I don’t even fricking care anymore. I start planning Christmas in March…it is not a dirty word in our house.
Before you trudge down to your local high street to battle other world-weary buyers on a dismal Saturday afternoon on the run up to christmas, buying yet another box of smellies from Boots… I would like to divert your attention to the plethora of wonderful and talented folks who create beautiful thingummies for all types of people.
If you didn’t know, there is a world of small businesses out there, swashbuckling with Royal Mail and the Tax Man, trying hard to reach you, yes you, with the gorgeous things they make and sell from their kitchen tables/2nd bedrooms/sofas.
You can find them on Facebook, you can find them via Twittter, you could hotfoot it to a craft fair or two before Christmas, but for your convienence, here are a few folks and their wares that I adore!
Dayner runs Mozzypop, and it is her dream to run her little business full time. She creates and sources gorgeous items and sells them for really good prices. Find a perfect gift for your daughter/sister/friend (and yourself!). I have personally bought things for myself from Dayner, and I wear them all the time. She pops them in the post quickly and never fails to impress.
Carolyn and Karen set up Lovers Orchard with the idea to offer shoppers a place to find quirky, clever or beautiful gift for someone special – without breaking the bank. Carolyn, who is an artist herself, wanted somewhere where aritsts and talented craftspeople could feel supported within the creative community. It does just that.
Jennifer is the mother of two small boys, and she runs Twinkleballs, a bespoke cake topper business. I love her creations that you can pop into a clear bauble and hang on your tree! What a perfect gift!
Naomi is lovely. FACT. I speak to her via Twitter and through our blogs, and she is proper nice. Not only does she have manners and grace, she also creates the most gorgeous pieces of art that I have ever seen, by paper cutting. I have got my eye on a few of her rabbit greeting cards that I want to frame in my new home…..P loves bunnies…How about framing one of them for a christmas pressie?
The Pink Strawberry is a little Facebook business that has been running for over a year. Facebook is truly a great way to fond Kitchen Table sellers and I love the things that this little shop posts into my shop feed! She has a sale on these at the moment… £4 each with P&P! What a great deal for a stocking filler! To buy leave a comment on the item you would like to purchase.
I have personally bought from Cristine and I love her products. She makes them all herself and each batch is made with so much love and care. I especially love her travel sized cocoa butter bars that are £1 each! Such a bargain and some lovely scents. Also her postage is £4…however much you buy… so load up!Cocoa Butter Bar – £1 (I love the coconut one!)Dry face scrubs (just add water/milk/juice) – £3.50Bath Delight Gift Box – £7.00
Please support small businesses this Christmas. Buy something unique for those you love and get great service from people who care about their customers in the meantime.