Get ready to unwrap the magic of the holiday season as we (an independent natural skincare business) dive headfirst into our Small Business Christmas Gift Guide for 2023! This year we're all about spreading the festive cheer and championing the heart and soul of our communities: small businesses.
What better way to celebrate Christmas than supporting these other entrepreneurs, artists, and makers who pour their love and creativity into their craft? After all, small businesses are the heartbeat of our neighbourhoods, and they've got a sleigh-full of unique, handcrafted, and one-of-a-kind gifts to make this holiday season truly special.
Join us on this jolly sleigh ride as we explore the finest treasures and delightful surprises that these small businesses have to offer. From bold cat lady prints to must-have reward stickers, from custom-made wall hangings to eco-friendly home decor, we've scoured the corners of our communities to bring you this diverse and extraordinary selection of Christmas gifts that will light up the faces of your loved ones.
1) Cat Lady Art Prints by Skudaboo
Skudaboo is a Bristol based business run by fellow small business owner, Katie McArthur. Her store has a delightful range of handpicked and affordable homewares, as well as premium and bold art prints to match everybody's vibe and personality.
Katies mission? To showcase amazing artists and artisans from around the world to help create lovely, dreamy rooms that perfectly match your individuality and personal interior style. We like this a lot!
We personally love this vibrant Cat Lady Art Print. We think this would be the puuuurfect Christmas gift for those 'Crazy Cat Lovers' in your life, we're sure you know at least one of them.
2) Reward Stickers for 'Getting Through The Day'
Move over Moonpig, out of the way Funky Pigeon, we've got an independent, small business in the line-up for your Christmas card and gift needs. Rock Paper Swan is run by contemporary illustrator, Amy. Amy started designing her own cards and gifts back in 2018 when she couldn't find what she wanted on the market. Her range doesn't just stop at cards though, she also has notepads, stickers and prints to keep you organised and motivated.
We personally love the idea of her Reward Stickers for ‘Getting through the Day ' Some days we have intrinsic motivation, and some days we need stickers ', we couldn't agree more Amy.
We think these motivating stickers make the perfect addition to your loved ones Christmas stocking, what a clever and thought provoking gift.
3) Personalised Wall Hanging
Who doesn't love a personalised gift?! Receiving something that's had a little more thought put into it feels a bit special, wouldn't you agree? Let us introduce our next small business in this Christmas Gift Guide, Blue Stiggy. Blue Stiggy is a handmade and eco-conscious business run by Lincolnshire based, Michaela and her vintage typewriter, Dorothy.
Number 3 in our Small Business Christmas Gift Guide is this delightful personalised wall hanging that gives you the chance to earn some serious brownie points with your loved ones. Whether you choose to have a private joke, quote, poem or memory typed up using her vintage typewriter Dorothy, we think this is a truly personal and thoughtful gift idea.
4) Hand Dyed Yarn For The Post Holiday Project
Do you have a friend or family member who is a self-confessed knitter and/or crocheter? Here's an idea: why not gift them some hand-spun yarn for a post-christmas project.
Eleanor Shadow is an Edinburgh based business run by Leonor, a self-taught fibre artist. Her business started with her love of natural fibres which then progressed into spinning and hand dyeing yarns to satisfy her addiction. Now she sells all her hand-spun yarn and wool to help eager creatives to create their very own bespoke projects.
Number 4 in our Christmas Gift Guide is this Rainbow Hand Dyed Sock Blank which we know could make a fabulous shawl, quick-knit hat or unmatched and funky mittens. Something for them to remember you by.
5) Personal Touch Christmas Cards
A Christmas card designed by a small business holds a special significance in our hearts. Unlike mass-produced cards, these creations are crafted with passion, creativity and a personal touch. So this year, why not make your greetings extra special by choosing a Christmas card designed by a small business like Jess A Little Creative.
Jess designs and illustrates a wide range of greeting cards from her home studio in Cheltenham. Her style is highly unique and massively influenced by pattern, colour and shape - not something you're going to find in the supermarket for sure.
Your Christmas cards should tell a story of care, craftsmanship, and community, this is why number 5 in our Small Business Christmas Gift Guide is this hand drawn, eco-friendly Dark Blue Nature Christmas Card which will surely fit the bill for your green fingered friends and family. Want to purchase more for the whole family? Well there's options to build a multipack of your choice and save as you do, yes please!
6) Refillable Body Wash & DIY Candle Gift Set
This Christmas gift is one for your sustainable, plant-based and natural loving friends and family, a Refillable Body Wash + a DIY Candle gift set from Ethosa. Ethosa is on a mission to 'Switch up personal care and protect the planet, one shower at a time' - something we at Wild Rising Skincare love very much. Their water-less formulas are 100% naturally derived, cruelty-free, free from sulphates, parabens, and synthetic colourings.
This ideal Christmas present is perfect for creative eco souls, featuring 1 x body wash starter kit with a lifetime refillable bottle, 400ml body wash refill, and a body Konjac sponge; along with 1 x DIY candle kit containing all essentials to craft a stunning all-natural candle.
7) Collection Of Wellbeing Home Rituals
Amidst the twinkling lights and festive melodies, there exists a deeper essence of Christmas – a celebration of peace, unity, and spiritual harmony. So number 7 on our Christmas gift guide is a gift from a business who wants to awake your authentic spiritual self, in a conscious and sustainable way, Rock+Realm.
Rock+Realm is run by founder, Laura, whose spirituality experiences led her to wanting to make spiritual wellness easily accessible to people all over the UK. Her journey to reconnect with her authentic spiritual self is what inspired the business and she now wants to pass this wisdom onwards to us.
This Retreat - Home Sanctuary Gift Box by Rock+Realm gift box is ideal for your already spiritual friends and the people who need a little helping hand. The collection of seven wellbeing essentials and remedies will help bring peace of mind to your loved ones. This Christmas wellness set contains ritual bath salts, a crystal infused aromatherapy pulse point oil, a Californian Sage Stick, a Amethyst Bracelet, meditation Selenite palm stone and a citrus scented candle - what an absolute delight for your spiritual pals.
8) The Ultimate Hair Lovers Gift Set
How could we write a Christmas Gift guide championing fellow small businesses and not include ourselves. If you didn't already know, and we should never assume you do know who we are, Wild Rising Skincare is an award-winning, natural and organic skincare brand based in beautiful Torbay, Devon. Wild Rising Skincare was born when a natural skincare obsessive, Danielle grew frustrated by the offerings on the market and made the decision to start making her own products at home that she knew would meet her expectations. Fast forward three years and our natural and organic beauty range has grown exponentially.
Our newest addition to our Christmas Beauty Gift Sets is our Mane Event Hair Gift Set, featuring three styling and shine-boosting must-haves to leave you with ultra-glossy and soft results. Consider it the new glow-boosting routine for the festive season and beyond.
This hair lovers Christmas gift set makes the perfect present for your haircare loving bestie, sister and/or mum! Ideal for all hair types and conditions, and superb for lacklustre hair that needs a quick pick-me-up. Give a gift of natural beauty this Christmas and earn loads of brownie points in the process.
So, this Christmas, let's come together to make a difference by shopping small, making an impact, and bringing a little extra warmth to this festive season. Our Christmas gift guide has been packed with thoughtful, meaningful, and eco-conscious presents that will not only delight your friends and family but also support the dreams and aspirations of small business owners.
Lastly we want to make a special Christmas egg-nod to Aime Cox from Studio Cotton, who heavily inspired this gift guide. She was instrumental in bringing these small businesses to our attention.
Studio Cotton is Bristol-based website design company working exclusively with small and independent businesses and podcasts. Founded in 2016, Studio Cotton has supported hundreds of small business owners to make the most of their online presence through sharing free advice via their popular blog and social media profiles, one-to-one website consulting, and website design services.
In 2022, Aime launched her Studio Cotton Club House Membership which has been vital to us growing as a Business. Thank you Aime - we love you!
Merry Christmas to all!