This year for Christmas presents I’m trying to keep it as local as possible. This means buying from one of the thousands of small businesses in our region. This year has been hard for everyone but small businesses have taken a real hit. I thought I’d share my favourite businesses from wines to prints in case you’re still looking for a couple of gifts and want to keep it local yourself. These companies all give incredible value and great service, so what are you waiting for? Pop your order in and help someone do their happy dance!
Rebecca is the owner and creator behind Rebecca Kate Printmaker. She creates the most wonderful and original lino prints that are inspired by our wonderful city of Liverpool and all of it’s incredible features.
They are hand carved, printed and made into art prints in a variety of sizes from A4, A5 and A6. Prices start from £8. These amazing prints are available in a variety of sizes, A4, A5 and A6 and prices start from £8.
Check out Rebecca’s Insta to order and take a look at the fantastic behind the scenes videos on there.
Fed up of paying a fortune to smell good? Try designer inspired fragrances for a fraction of the price!
I recently opted for a FM perfume and got my husband an aftershave to match. They smelt exactly like the branded scent that I was used to and lasted just as long, and it was half the price! All of the fragrances are made in the same factory as many designer fragrances, but contain a minimum of 20% perfume oil meaning they last ever longer!
There is a huge selection of fragrances and all bottles are 50ml and are priced between £16.90 – £26.50!
Black Friday offers are available all this week saving up to 25% on the most popular products so get your orders in!
If you fancy something completely unique for your walls then meet Steph from Acrylic Pouring!
Steph is a mum to 5 year old twins and has recently found her passion for fluid art during Lockdown. From starting it as a hobby, her now business has grown and she’s now getting requests for commissions. Her passion for her business shines through and Steph shares her creation process over on her YouTube here. They are the most mesmerizing and relaxing videos ever.
Check out her Etsy where Steph lists her canvases and check out her other items such as matching coasters.
If you’re a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know I’m obsessed with skincare! I have loved Kate McIver Secret Weapon Serum for years now, I still use it and still recommend it to all my friends and now they love it too! I even reviewed it for my YouTube channel and you can see the results for themselves here. They have expanded the range and now include cleansing balms, fragrance and gift care sets.
I cannot even begin to tell you how good this range would be for someone who loves their skincare! Hint Hint to my husband!! Check it out here.
‘Allura…. Made with love in every order‘
Handcrafted sterling silver stacking jewellery, designed to carry personal and special meaning.
Laura from Allura has gone from making gifts for family and friends on her kitchen table to recently celebrating 4 years of making beautiful designs for everyone to enjoy.
Laura’s designs are gorgeous, from stacking rings, necklaces and bracelets with fabulous additions such personalised options, her jewellery is a perfect choice for Christmas gifts. You can even send gifts straight to the recipient with her gift service. Prices are from £24 and all items come in an Allura gift bag with an organza pouch and tissue.
For more information then see her Instagram here.
Candle Collective are my go to for candles and wax melts. I have been a customer of Carol’s for almost two years now and I’m a huge supporter of her products. Her candles are amazing. They are made of soy wax and they are gently fragranced giving off the most beautiful scents. They burn cleanly and evenly and you can smell the scent even if they aren’t lit!
The wax melts are heaven as well. So easy for a hit of fragrance and my fave to light throughout the day, I have them everywhere. In our office, in my dressing room, in my hallway! I can’t get enough of them.
Candle Collective also offers an easy gifting range. This is where you can purchase a whole gift that is ready packaged and you can send direct to the recipient, also comes with a card and you can add your own personalised message. Great option for this current climate.
Scent wise, Candle Collective have 2 ranges: Signature Range and The Christmas Collection. Spoiler Alert: Candy Cane from The Christmas Collection for the win!
And to finish, I thought I’d mention some drinks. Because what is Christmas without a bevvie!?
Bacchus Wine Tasting is something we have discovered through Lockdown and it has literally been our lifesaver. Forcing us to have a bit of normality in our lives when things were, let’s face it, frankly quite shit! Jonathan is a wealth of knowledge of anything wine based and he knows his stuff. He takes out all of the snobbery that is usually associated with wine and helps you understand the different blends and grapes. Bacchus Wine Tastings offers both virtual and in person tastings, we’ve done both and they are fab. The virtual tastings are great as you get sent your wine, usually a minimum of 2 bottles (free delivery in Liverpool), a zoom link and on you go! Jonathan picks out special guests from the wineries to share their knowledge, not only in the chosen wines but also in the development, from vine to bottle. The evenings are great fun as you can literally join in from your sofa in your pj’s. There’s no pressure, everyone is muted apart from the presenters so nothing is stopping you from having a good gab while enjoying the wines.
The private tastings are great fun and when lockdown restrictions were lifted we had a ball at my late birthday celebrations. Johnathan literally brings everything from the chilled wines to the glassware! And what wines we had! We opted for the Explore Wine package and enjoyed 6 amazing wines including a supermarket choice!
Johnathan offers vouchers for his virtual tastings, private tastings, wine and cheese hampers so if you know any wine lovers this is definitely a sure fire hit of a gift!
Want to bring some fun to your festive Christmas bubble parties? Then check out the Balearic House Drinks Company. They are a creative drinks brand, inspired by the Balearic Islands, Sunsets and House Music.
Their products currently include a own recipe bar quality Sangria pre mix, available in Red, White and seasonal Winter Spiced which can be served warm like mulled wine. Just pour in a jug, add fruit juice and top up with lemonade, ginger Beer or even Prosecco.
Keep an eye out as they will be adding more products in the very near future.
I really hope you manage to find some inspo here, thanks for reading guys!