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Support small businesses this Christmas with these unique gift ideas from entrepreneurs

Gifts from UK small businesses in 2020


    This year has been difficult for most of us, and small business owners are no exception. So, rather than buy from that gigantic online retailer who we won’t name, we asked members of our supportive Self-Employed Facebook Group to share what they’re selling this December.

    So, if you’re struggling for present ideas this Christmas, what better way to show you care than to support a small business by gifting something unique to a friend or loved one?

    Playful & stylish illustrated gifts by Fond Company

    Fond Company specialise in playful and stylish illustrated home and giftware, designed and illustrated by Hannah Catchlove from her studio in Kent. Their products are inspired by Hannah’s favourite things, and her love of animals and nature! Visit their website.

    Delectable handmade chocolate by Nia’s Sweet Treats

    Mike Jenkins left his job of 20 years as a partner in a Big Four accounting firm in March 2020 to take some time out and focus on mental health leadership, financial consulting and other ventures. He set up Nia’s Sweet Treats in November with the family from their home in Edinburgh, and they’ve been inundated with orders!

    At present, they do four main grown-up flavours of chocolate honeycomb made with top-quality local ingredients. Their best seller is the Gin-Infused Chocolate Orange Spiced Honeycomb made with Harris Gin, and the Christmas selection gift boxes are proving popular too. Mike is really excited about the next steps for the business as they look ahead to 2021! Visit their website.

    Get snug with Tweedylove by Langbank Studio

    Carol is very passionate about making her handmade crafts using recycled and reclaimed tweeds, tartans and wools. She also supports local charities by purchasing cottons, buttons and fabrics to give back to the community. You can place a bespoke order for her wreaths to match your interior colour schemes. Visit their Facebook page.

    Indulge in sumptuous chocolate thanks to Nibblette

    Shaoni Nandy is a chocolatier at Niblette, who make award-winning, handmade chocolates and hot chocolate bombes, made to order. At this time of year, and after the challenges of 2020, what’s not to love! Visit their website.

    Send personalised Christmas cards with Gorgeous Paper

    Joelle runs Wheel Design – a Graphic Design Agency in Brighton. During the pandemic, work has been quieter than Joelle would have liked, but that gave her the chance to set up another business idea. So, in December 2020, Joelle launched Gorgeous Paper, offering beautiful personalised stationery, covering everything from wedding invitations and notecards to personalised Christmas cards! Visit their website.

    Artwork & Commissions, Courses & Workshops by Gail Wareham Artwork

    Gail is an artist and tutor with her very own gallery and teaching studio in the Scottish Borders! She also runs her own online shop, with her artwork featured on all of the store’s products. There’s something for everyone from original artwork, giclée prints, and unique producs displaying Gail’s artwork, and gift vouchers that can be used for either product or tuition days. Visit their website.

    Post gorgeous brownies to a loved one with Calligraphy and Catering

    Leilani started baking cookie cakes post-lockdown for family birthdays. After some fantastic feedback, she created an Instagram page and started taking orders. At the time, Leilani was also producing Arabic calligraphy and framed art, so she decided to sell these too! Head over to her store to order a personalised brownie box! Visit their store.

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