After writing my ‘Local Gift Ideas Under £20’ blog post I was still eager to highlight so many other local businesses out there that don’t fit under the £20 mark but whose products are still amazing and worth that little bit more.
Justin wood designs and hand-makes the most beautiful wooden household items. This family run business based in Bangor have a variety of products on their website but they also offer custom orders. If you have an idea they want to hear it, they will do their best to help make recreate your ideas into a long lasting product.
Shop Here - www.justinwoodni.co.uk/products
So Soy Candles
Só Soy Candles are hand poured, 100% natural eco-friendly candles made in the North Coast. They sell range of different fragrance combinations that will leave your room smelling so fresh! They offer three different candle sizes and a variety of wax melts.
Shop Here - www.sosoy.co.uk
If I could buy all of Astrl Fibres handmade plant hangers I would! So much time and care goes into making these macrame products. Alison has a work space in Studio Souk in Belfast where you can have a look at all of her handmade pieces.
Mcnutt Of Donegal
McNutt design and make collections of throws, scarves, baby blankets and linen bags. Each item is made from high quality materials by their team of in house designers in Donegal. You can purchase these lovely products on their website or they are also available at Oscar and Joy in Holywood or Wild Thing in Donaghadee.
Shop Here - www.mcnuttofdonegal.com
Flax Fox is an artist working and living in Belfast. Danielle designs lots of products with northern Irish landscapes on them. As well as selling original work and prints she sells tea towels, mugs and cushions. Perfect for your home loving friends or maybe a long distance friend that wants a memento of Northern Ireland.
You can find Flax Fox at St Georges Market every weekend.
Shop here - www.flaxfoxdesigns.com
A bag with a story! Madlug started with an intention to give children in care a bag for their belongings. For every bag you buy, a child in care is given a bag to put their important belongings. Madlug offer a range of bags from backpacks to luggage in loads of different colours. They would make a great school bag or work bag.
Shop Here - www.madlug.com
Edamame Eco offer great quality environmentally friendly products that encourage you to use less single use plastic. They sell long lasting stainless steel water bottles and straws in a range of different colours. Encourage your friends and family to be a little bit more environmentally conscious with these great quality gifts.
Shop Here - edamameeco.com
Amy Scott Design
Amy Scott designs her cushions by her seaside home in Bangor. Her hand made cushions are really unique and will add a splash of personality to any room. I can guarantee you wont find products like these anywhere else!
Shop Here - www.amyscottdesign.co.uk
Paperchain make the most beautiful handmade jewellery. They are a registered charity who through their sales support the rescue of street children in Uganda where their jewellery is all handmade from paper. They have a variety of styles and colours to choose from and have recently released some home-ware items to their online shop.
Shop Here - www.paperchainjewellery.co.uk
Clean Slate are local business that sell beautifully fragranced eco friendly home products. They offer soaps, sprays and candles made from natural ingredients, with their range of different aromas they have something for everyone.
Shop Here - cleanslate.ie
I hope these local gift ideas help in the madness of this years shopping. If there are local makers markets near you in the weeks coming up to Christmas try and go to support the independent makers near you this Christmas.