CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017 – THE CONFESSIONS OF AN ONLINE SHOPAHOLIC
Welcome to my first Christmas Gift Guide! It’s almost one year since I started this blog, so I’m VERY excited to be able to share this guide full of unique Christmas ideas with you!
“From gift experiences to personalised presents, I’ve got you covered!”
I’ve decided to take a different approach to my gift guide. I wanted to exclusively use smaller companies and brands that people may have not necessarily have heard of. This is mainly because I know what it’s like as a small blogger to build exposure and build a name for yourself in this competitive world. So, I wanted to share some gift ideas that will mean the world to the owners of the companies. And, will also mean every product you order with them will be full of love and care. These gifts are bound to bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones!
Let’s jump straight into it!
A Gift For The Positive Soul of the Party
There is always that one person in the group who always has a positive spirit and enjoys spreading the love! However, even the most positive person needs a pick-me-up every now and then, and the Motivationery range at Got2Jot may be the perfect gift!
“The refreshing new collection of ‘Motivationery’ at Got2Jot consists of a range of motivational postcards and posters, which aim to inspire and provide positive affirmations. They may be utilised as postcards, notecards, vision boards and journaling prompts! Got2Jot believe strongly in using these products to provide positive mantras and affirmations to inspire and empower women throughout their daily life.”
The Person Who Is Crazy About Nuts
So, there’s probably someone you know who is obsessed with everything nutty…I mean who could turn down Nutella spread?!
The Nut Kitchen may be the one to satisfy their nutty cravings with their beautiful foodie gift sets! They have the perfect spreads and pastes for the gourmet chefs to the home chefs. They’re even suitable for coeliacs, vegetarians and vegans!
The Candle Obsessive
Do you ever go shopping with your mum, girlfriend or friend who ALWAYS buys candles? Why don’t you give them the gift of candle-making? Lunar Oceans have just released their Scented Candle Making Kit and this is guaranteed to be a winner! It is available in 3 wonderful scents, and I promise that you won’t go wrong with this gift! The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, and if you’re loving the copper trend right now, YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE!
For the People Who Live In Water
You may by chance know someone who literally lives in water…by that I mean they’re a massive watersport fanatic who spends most of their time in rivers or oceans. Why not give them the gift of experience?
eola are a fantastic start-up that help to connect you with watersports schools around the UK. They are offering e-vouchers ranging from £1-£180 to suit any budgets to give the gift of fun! You can purchase the gift vouchers here.
“eola is a discovery platform, looking to help bring far more people into a wonderfully active lifestyle. We are partnering with all of the greatest and friendliest watersports schools in the UK, to help you explore and uncover your passions. Not just that, but we are also closely tied to an array of green initiatives and charities, working to ensure that we are giving back to the environment in any way we can!”
The One Who Loves To Add A Personal Touch
There is always that person who loves a personal and sentimental touch to their gifts! For the difficult-to-buy-for, a personalised gift may be the solution! Ellie Ellie may be the brand for you.
“Ellie Ellie is a small independent personalised gift & lifestyle brand based in Hove. We sell unique & innovative gifts to create special moments with loved ones. Men’s, women’s, kids, pets… birthdays, weddings, graduations, new jobs… We have something for everyone & for all occasions! All our products are assembled & personalised by our in-house team, creating local jobs & proudly flying the flag for ‘Made in Hove’.”
The Freelancer At Heart
Do you know that one person who loves to design their own products, but don’t have an outlet to print it? Printfizz are here to save the day!
“Printfizz are a company based in Birmingham that specialises in custom printed products ranging from photo gifts to clothing. We started off selling on Amazon and eBay and we have slowly expanded from there with the recent launch of our website and social media platforms.”
The Unique Adventurer
Are you planning a birthday, hen-do, stag-do, or just want a unique gathering with friends? Have you ever thought about HotTug? HotTug offers the most unique experience in London!
“The HotTug is the world’s first floating hot tub. Imagine the experience as you sail down a canal with a group or friends or loved one, sitting in fresh, clean water heated to 38° by a wood-burning stove whilst drinking a glass of champagne. This has to be one of the most unique Christmas gift ideas around. Each HotTug experience voucher is £230 which includes a 90-minute experience for up to 7 people along with a HotTug captains hat sent out with a voucher. Booking via: www.hottuguk.com.”
For the Wanderlust Traveller
This one is for the avid traveller! Here, There, Everywear is a clothing brand for travellers. They offer custom travel shirts, onesies or tote bags that leverages airport codes for travellers to share where they’ve been, where they’re from or where they are going. Their site let’s the traveller or holiday shopper to customise shirts to exact flight itineraries in a minimalist graphic design (Helvetica, just like the signage at airports). Travellers can choose from one way, round trip, multi-city and frequent flyer logo options.
For The Person Who Is Always Late To Everything
Why not give the gift of telling the time to the person who always turns up late to everything? Mosaiqe is a unique watch company based in East London with a great message behind its brand! Their watches are made of 100% natural wood. For every watch purchased, 5 trees are planted in the origin in which the wood was sourced from e.g. Congo, Thailand, Hawaii, Canada, etc. No two watches are ever the same, due to the natural timber used. They work with local charities, such as the Hackney Pirates and the Amberleigh Foundation to sow seeds for the futures of children in need. Their work is inspiring and definitely a fantastic company to get behind!
The Homeware and Furniture Obsessives
We all know that one person who buys homeware or furniture ALL. OF. THE. TIME (me for example)! Why not give them the gift of feeding their obsession? The Maker Place is a website you need to check out.
“The Maker Place is a curated online marketplace showcasing the work of over 50 of the UK’s most talented designer-makers from established and award-winning designers, to emerging talent. From handcrafted ceramics & kitchenware, to unique textiles, furniture, art prints & accessories, every piece is both stylish and sustainably made. With 100’s of hand-picked items to browse, and new makers to discover, The Maker Place aims to make shopping for unique homeware and accessories as enjoyable as possible, with an emphasis on quality, craftsmanship and design. Combined with free UK delivery on many items and free UK returns, we help support UK-based makers while making it easy to find & buy new and exciting home accessories and gifts which are made to last.”
The Fashionista In Your Life
Treat the fashionista in your life to stylish small leather goods, a new bag, graphic tees or jumpers with The Changing Factor! They are a fantastic brand that send out a great message. They have been featured in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Idol, The Telegraph, Stella Magazine and many more recognisable names in the journalism world!
For The Quirky Accessoriser
You’re bound to know someone who loves to style fun and colourful jewellery and accessories to bring their outfit to life! Melody G is a handmade jewellery and accessories store, which specialises in ‘wearable art’ jewellery.
“Melody G was created with the aim of making artwork more accessible and versatile by making it ‘wearable’, combining visually exciting digital art with wearable fashion. We wanted to bring an element of fun to the designs, focusing on bold and vibrant print design to inject some whimsy into the normalcy of everyday life. Using a range of techniques, we create original digital designs and produce them as jewellery, fashion accessories, prints, stationary and home ware, using the highest quality materials.”
I really hope everyone enjoyed my first Christmas Gift Guide 2017, and I would love nothing more than everyone supporting these wonderful businesses! Remember that we all have to start somewhere, so support growing companies and brands and I can guarantee you will get more satisfaction out of your purchase!
Do you have a favourite product out of the brands suggested above?
I would love to know in the comments below!