This year, more than ever, we need to support our independent businesses. Rather than further lining the pockets of existing billionaires, why not spend your hard-earned cash on something truly unique? Following many of these artists, makers and artisans online I know each purchase means so, so much to these individuals and is made with passion and skill. Rather than sorting by gender or other narrow categories, I’ve sorted these gifts by broad interests: thoughtful items with a bit of a difference. Be sure to check out the rest of these companies’ offerings. Without further ado, here’s my independent gift guide! Click here for the PDF of A Rosie Independent Gift Guide where you can click on each image to go straight to the products!
Clockwise, from top left: 1 – Daisy edge side plate from KC Hossack Pottery; 2 – Hibernal Solstice Print from The Future Kept; 3 – Circus Stripe Linen from Projektityny; 4 – Vintage wooden mushrooms from F&P Wares on Etsy; 5 – starry sky tumbler by Sarah Bagouin Pottery on Etsy; 6 – stoneware Ardennes salad bowl from Merci; 7 – Hand forged copper cup from Ingredients LDN; 8 – Housse de Coussin Brodée/ embroidered cushion from Mezzanine.
Clockwise, from top left: 1 – Matilda Goad rose ribbed beeswax candles; 2 – Goldrick beeswax candles from Nadinoo; 3 – Fairholme for Kitri taper candles (bees and soya wax); 4 – set of six matte light green twisted candles from Anna and Nina at Liberty London; 5 – white star pillar candle from Domestic Science; 6 – Advent Candle by Can to Candle; 7 – set of dusky pink advent candles from Closet and Botts; 8 – festive candle holder set with pair of dipped beeswax candles by KT Robbins Ceramics.
Clockwise, from top left: 1 – Advent Candle holder from Forest and Co on Trouva; 2 – vintage baubles by Absolutely Nice Vintage on Etsy; 3 – Beeswax pinecone candles from Bramble and Wild; 4 – pine tree ceramic decoration from Feather and Wild; 5 – vintage strawberry baubles from Cutter & Brooks; 6 – antique brass metal star garland from Rose & Grey; 7 –handmade Christmas banner from Oh Squirrel; 8 – Bableit Candles.
Clockwise, from top left: 1 – Style your Spaces Christmas special edition dried bouquet; 2 – Gloam eucalyptus bunch; 3 – Simply by Arrangement workshops (date tbc); 4 – Wild Gorse Narnia everlasting Winter wreath; 5 – Tales from Apple Tree House mini flower press gift set; 6 – Rose and Ammi string of hearts plant; 7 – Pyrus Spring flower subscription gift; 8 – The Allotment Florist seasonal foliage with berries.
Clockwise, from top left: 1 – Coco Chocolatier Advent Calendar or Chocolate School experience; 2 – Edward and Irwyn salted honey caramels; 3 – Ballintaggart voucher for a stay, the Cook School or dinner; 4 – Mary’s Milk Bar Mary’s Milk Bar fruit and nut collection or double scoops voucher; 5 – Aran Book package (signed Aran Bakery book, tote and granola); 6 – Timberyard Edinburgh voucher; 7 – Lon Torres black truffle crisps; 8 – signed copy of Jessica Elliott Dennison’s Tin Can Magic or a voucher for Elliott’s Edinburgh.
Clockwise, from top left: 1 – Natural Dyeworks botanical dyed socks; 2 – Rowen and Wren candles and accessories; 3 – Straw London basket bag; 4 – Little Women Atelier Beth Dress in moss green; 5 – Our Lovely Goods soy wax candle from Century General Store; 6 – Travelling Basket handmade Polish pottery bell jug; 7 – Maison Isiodora the rouge vintage blouse; 8 – All the Beautiful Linen red pinafore dress with flutter sleeve.
Clockwise, from top left: 1 – The Simple Things gift subscription; 2 – “Where you Are” A5 Watercolour Illustration by Dear Prudence Studio (cards also available in The Portobello Bookshop) ; 3 – Wildflower Paper Club gift subscription; 4 – Hannah Longmuir roe deer notebook; 6 – Gemma Koomen Bringing the Light in calendar; 7 – Bloom magazine from Alice in Scandiland; 7 – Annie Brougham traditional gift boxing service – I love everything she does, especially the gold calligraphy artwork ink and scalloped notecards; 8 – Emma Block’s new book or why not learn with her online.
Please do recommend your favourite independent shops in the comments. What are you hoping is under the tree for you this year? Styled pictures feature my favourite starry snow scene hug mug by Sarah Bagouin Pottery (keep an eye on Sarah’s Instagram to find out when the next Etsy update is live), Pyrus DIY wreath with kit and course from The Village School, Can to Candle Advent candle, and Puffin in Bloom Rifle Paper Co edition of Little Women.