Is there really something to be found for everyone this Christmas from independent small businesses? Absolutely! We are making it our mission to get the brilliant work of local small businesses who are doing amazing things out there whilst solving your gift giving dilemmas. Joining the the #shopindie #supportsmall #independentchristmas and #justacard campaigns to spread the word and encourage a mooch in a different direction... like many things in life, it's a case of use it or lose it and what a duller, uninspired market place it would be without these beauties.
We are largely featuring businesses who are joining us at The Thoughtful Night Market: Winter Edit 2018 as we genuinely love them all. There are links to their businesses throughout in case you like what you see but can't make the market. All goodies made by the creative business here already tick the 'unique' and 'thoughtfully-made' boxes so your investments are sure to be loved.... if you can bear to gift them (maybe you will just keep some as a treat for yourself). We have picked some of our favourite products (it was a tough job!!!!) and loosely applied some headings to hopefully help navigate the treasure hunt... grab a cuppa, pen and paper, here we go!
For the lover of artisan makes
Some makers stand out because what they make will always be one of a kind in some way. The lush thing about something being handcrafted is each piece will have it's own character that won't be exactly replicated again. Starting with our favourite ceramist Megan Randall of Colbalt & Lustre, whose stall at the fairs she attends are a site to behold! We were thrilled when she agreed to collaborate with us by making the porcelain pots for our new limited addition candles. We already own (or have gifted) many of her pieces and still find something new to add to our growing collection on each visit. The ceramic brooch featured above is a particular favourite (and was less than £10!). Next up are woodwork wizards Crescent Fifty One who create a whole host of totally beautiful pieces that you'll just want to touch and we especially love their stunning clocks. Next up are two very different jewellery makers: Becca Macdonald specialises in silver - her brush stroke earrings are on our most wanted list this Christmas; Kate Gorman works with acrylic, some of which is repurposed to create unique shapes, angles and features on earrings, necklaces and bracelets. More statement than accessories.