2020 has certainly been a challenging year and now, more than ever, it's important that we support local and small businesses as we approach the festive season.
Every year shoppers in the UK put tens of millions of pounds into some of the largest retailers in the world, and we want to see some of that come back to the small and local businesses in our communities and across the country.
Thats why, this year, we're challenging you all to shop small where you can. We know its not possible for everything and the convenience of Amazon is certainly a draw, but when shopping for gifts you generally don't need them to arrive next day so give your local / small businesses a chance to give you something unique.
Whether £10 or £110, every penny goes towards supporting small businesses and keeping them doing the amazing work they're doing. We wanted to showcase some of the amazing businesses that we've had shared with us on Instagram.
Full Disclosure: We've had these businesses volunteer to be listed on our showcase and we've not shopped at each of them personally. We want to give something back and help support local businesses and use the community we've built to do so.
We're updating this page all the time, so if you want to get involved? Drop us an email at email@example.com
Jess @ JesRose Vinyl and LoftNQ
Last updated: 15 November 2020
- Cakes and Bakes
- Clothing and Apparel
- Designs and Art
- Handmade Gifts
- Home Decor and Improvements
- Pet Accessories
- Something For The Adults
Before July is a fashion brand run by Elisa. Originally Manchester based but recently located in Cheshire, Before July design and make sustainable fashion that's better for our planet!
Pin and Bow
Emma at Pin & Bow sources all sorts of lovely vintage apparel like scarves, brooches and ties for gents. Whether it's a gift or a treat for yourself, there's a big range to choose from!
MXCI is an independent clothing brand. They produce handmade items of clothing and small batch printed and embroidered items. Their aim is to produce unique items and still have a low waste attitude to fashion.
Xaie, pronounced Zay, design and produce womenswear clothing in their summerhouse studio in Essex. They aim to be as sustainable as possible by using all fabric waste and upcycle them into hair accessories or mini me pieces for custom orders.
Ash Victoria Rowe Prints
Ash makes some adorable personalised pet portraits, family portraits and some landscapes too! If she can design it, it can go on a greeting card!
Based on the memories of places their owners have been and loved and the inspiration that comes from different cultures. The art prints and scented candles are handmade but other pieces are sourced from different countries to reflect their aesthetics and craftsmanship.
Emily Renwick Design
Emily has turned her amazing talent into her business by producing some amazing art onto prints, cards and more. She'll even make you personalised pet portraits too!
Ditsy and Daisy
They hand pick flowers completely personalised to the receiver. Every bouquet is completely unique! They also recently gave out free bouquets to those suffering with their mental health.
But Firstly, Tea
A small business, fuelled completely by Tea! (We know the feeling!) Selling handmade crocheted 'Face Scrubbies' and other lovely items, its another business looking to help reduce our impact on the environment too.
Sterling Stone Jewellery
With everything handmade in Chloe's home studio, there's some beautiful custom jewellery on offer. Currently 90% eco friendly, she's working hard to get completely neutral soon!
Suzanne took up silversmithing at the beginning of lockdown and has been showing off her skills through her beautiful handmade jewellery and she does custom commissions too!
Worsley Candle Company
Another awesome Manchester business, the Worsley Candle Co team make lovely handmade natural and organic candles and have just released their Christmas candles too!
Making adorable hand-painted earrings, pins and key-rings, Charlotte at Proud Pumpkin is making a huge range of traditional and non-traditional wearable designs!
Jes Rose Vinyl
Making the home glow-up affordable! We've seen some amazing transformations performed with as little as a meter of our vinyl to make some huge changes to a room. With over 200 designs, there's bound to be something you'll love.
Hand crafting personalised wire words and wire art for around the home, Copper Blush have such a great range of inspirational messages and clever wire art. They even have some great seasonal stuff too!
Booze and Burn
This business is all about being eco-friendly while being cost effective. Recycled and repurposed bottles made into candles and other household products. Reducing our waste, one bottle at a time!
What Millie Did
Offering a range of handmade vintage collages and playing card signs, Millie professionally mounts and backs each design before sending out to her customers.
Gina at Hound Couture make some adorable luxury custom accessories for dogs and cats. Ranging from custom sized collars for tiny dogs, to beautiful leads and pet beds, there's something your pet will love!
Gemma at Scoff Paper make natural, flavoured edible greetings cards for dogs from their base in Lancashire. Their cards are natural, wheat and gluten free and in a range of flavours!
Swiftly removing minds from gutters, we've got some businesses that are making some artisan alcoholic beverages.
To cover all bases, please do not visit the below sites if you're under 18, and please remember to consume alcohol responsibly!
The Little Red Berry Co.
Based in North Yorkshire, the Little Red Berry Company makes, bottles and labels their own Gin, Vodka and Whiskey. Make from locally sourced ingredients in Yorkshire, everything happens in their workshop in Ripon