Christmas Gift Buying
The Christmas shopping season is upon us, the annual tradition of choosing the perfect present for your loved ones to put under the tree.
I will be avoiding the mass consumerism of Black Friday that we have inherited from America. I am passionate about creativity! Therefore, I’ll be supporting the wonderful and unique variety of independent retailers we have in the UK, online and locally.
Just A Card
If you too are passionate about celebrating local stores and independents in the run-up to Christmas then do check out the Just A Card campaign. Learn more about how amid the crazy shopping frenzy we can redress the balance for small and independent businesses.
This is another non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ in their communities.
Where to start
From parents, in-laws, siblings, partners, children, friends and co-workers – your shopping list can seem endless at times. So where to start?
Whether your recipient is a creative, a geek, a gardener, a bookworm, a foodie – or a combination – the perfect Christmas gift will be well received if you have truly thought about what the recipient loves.
Thoughtful Gift Buying Tips
A good idea is to keep your ears open for clues. Note down if they’ve mentioned any particular interests or hobbies.
Gift giving and taking time to make sure that you choose something special shows that you care and love the person that the present is for. It is a gift from your heart.
Flower Gift Ideas For Christmas
Do you have someone in your life that loves flowers and are stuck for flower gift ideas?
Here are a few ideas from some lovely, creative independents selling their unique flower inspired gifts online
‘Technature’ Set of 6 Cards – Lewes Map Store // ‘Bee & Pollinator’ Friendly’ Cut Flower Patch – Higgledy Garden // Scottish Thistle Rubber Stamp–Little Stamp Store // Fine Art Cushions & Lamp Shades – Yvonne Coomber // Limited Edition Prints – Yvonne Coomber // Sterling Silver Hydrangea Necklace – Grace and Flora // Unique Hand Embroidery – Hen’s Teeth Art // Wheel Thrown Porcelain Bud-Vases – KT Robbins Ceramics // Wild Garden Candle – Essence + Alchemy
Sales, no matter how small, do make a big difference to independent businesses, designers, makers and artists.
I’d really love to encourage people to buy less, but more considered purchases for loved ones this Christmas. Unique, beautiful creations with a story and soul that will be treasured, appreciated and admired for years to come.
I know how hard it can be to be heard over the giants in retail. The wonderful local businesses in Totnes and on your high street offer so much more than a product or a service; they offer memories, experiences and a special place to go. These people and businesses are what make our communities. If you care about your community then share a little of your spending power within it.
I hope you find the perfect gifts for all your treasured ones this Christmas and enjoy supporting local and independent small businesses as much as I do!
Festive Blessings 🎄