Christmas Gift Guide: Support Local NE Businesses
Last but not least, my last gift guide blog this time filled with North East businesses you can support this Christmas.
At Christmas-time you would usually find lots of small business owners at Christmas markets, and with the way 2020 panned out, markets have been cancelled this year. There are online markets which are a bit of a new phenomenon we’re all trying out but it’s just not the same as meeting your customers face to face, being able to showcase your products in the flesh. But it is what it is, and we’ll get through this – safer than ever for the new year filled with vaccines.
Again, as per my last blogs, this obviously only scrapes the surface with small businesses you can support, and if there’s any you love remember to share them on social media, gift them to your friends and family, shout about them, make sure to remember them when you need their products and services.
Tori Lo Designs
I absolutely love this small business and you are guaranteed to be able to order something for all the family.
Handmade leather bags, purses, wallets, belts, and much more, it really is never ending the wonders that Vicky creates in her Newcastle Studio, she even lots of gorgeous stocking fillers & Christmas accessories.
As everything is hand stitched by Vicky, if you’re after a Satchel for someone special make sure you get your order in before 27th November to guarantee delivery before Christmas.
Hand Dyed Shoe Co.
While I’m on the theme of leather, and a possible pressie for Dad, I bring to you The Hand Dyed Shoe Co.
Why not pay it forward for him this year with a Unique Gift Box, choose your gift amount, so he can design his own bespoke shoes in the New Year.
The Gift Box includes with your gift voucher, a lush pair of socks, style cards for inspiration and a personalised letter from us on your behalf. It really is a full experience gift.
Cloud Nine Ceramics
For beautiful ceramics decorations, touch stones and much more, head over to Cloud Nine Ceramics.
Katie’s work is stunning, and I’m sure we all have someone on our present list that could use one of her touchstones in their stockings.. or maybe you’re going for a more thoughtful secret santa theme this year.
The Fempowerment Box
With the help of Rebecca at The Fempowerment Box, you can put together a thoughtful box of absolute must-have girlie gifts. Rebecca has collaborated with small businesses to curate the best selection of gifts that you can choose from and bundle, from stationery to self-care and everything in between.
What makes this small business even better is you can buy now to send later.. Rebecca has popped this option onto her site to make sure you can buy the perfect gift but send it closer to Christmas if you’re sending it direct to a friend it can go straight under their tree.
From socks & shoes to skincare, Pauline has been making skincare for over 16 years. Her products are all her own recipes and made all by hand.
She has something for everyone, and is the perfect person to help you put together a gorgeous skincare hamper for someone special.
Phil Benton Photography
For your wildlife, North East loving relative or friend. Phil’s photography is stunning, and he has the loveliest range of products. From greetings cards, tote bags, mug & coaster sets, jigsaws and much more.
You’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift on Phil’s website.