This the season for gingerbread lattes, red berries on sticks, trees, and getting white-girl-wasted at the company Christmas party (four checkmarks for this chick so far)– and it’s also, apparently the season for giving!
Now as a personal rule, I do not purchase from UK Amazon for a variety of holier-than-thou reasons, and as a result I’m always on the lookout for some interesting and different places to shop.
Blogger and designer Cassie McDaniel did a great list recently of alternate good-for-the-world places to buy Christmas gifts, which you can read here, and now I’d like to share some of my top picks for where to buy cool, clever, and unique Christmas gifts this year.
There’s a catch for my criteria- and it’s a big one- and that is that all the people who I’m singing the praises of on this post are friends of mine- very talented friends, that is. So I’m biased, but really I just have good taste in friends.
Some are global, some are local and something here should be inspiring to someone!
Beautiful things to wear and hold
A mixture of clothing, accessories, and homeware items
Boo & Pancake
Gorgeous hand-knitted scarves and hats
Nikita and Vesper
One-off vintage finds, and wonderfully made bags. I have their giraffe Hidden Babe bag and it’s the best work bag ever.
Very bright colourful clothing – most of which is from handpainted designs printed onto fabric!
Earthy and stunning pottery and jewellery from Australia
Coffee and PlanB
Handmade and poured candles in china tea cups.
Perhaps something nice for your walls?
Here’s some photographers and graphic designers (who sell their work*) to check out.
*There’s a scary amount of photographers and designers I know without webshops. Scary.
Becca Beeston – Unleash the Beest
Vibrant and eye-catching prints, illustrations and patterns.
Colourful and energetic illustrations and prints.
Eco-artist making sculptures, prints, and stunning cards with as many found materials as possible.
Illustrations and lovely graphics with a Swedish twist. She’s also selling lovely Christmas cards in her shop.
Clever and beautiful landscapes and travel photography.
Illustrations and designs from her travels around the world, as well as stunning geometric designs.
Happy shopping! And if I forgot or missed anyone – let me know right away!
PS – I’m on twitter @makingthemarrow