When it comes to Christmas shopping there are hundreds of shops to choose from but not all of those businesses personally spend hours making and designing their products and not all of them feel extremely happy when someone purchases their products. This year why don’t you try and shop local. Here is a list of local gift ideas at reasonable prices…. and I can guarantee that every purchase makes the owners of these small independent businesses incredibly happy.
Deborah Neill Soaps
Deborah makes her beautiful handmade soaps from her home in Donaghadee. Each soap bar is made with natural ingredients and they are free from any chemicals or preservatives. Deborah has a variety of soaps to choose from, even a soap especially for men….and we all know a man that’s hard to buy for!
You can purchase Deborah’s soaps on her website - www.deborahneill.com
Or you can buy them from local stockists such as -
Oscar and Joy - Holywood
InKlover - Hillsborough
The Craft Room - Comber
The Wicker Man - Belfast
Roberta Marina Stitches
Roberta hand makes unique embroidery’s from her home in Bangor. If you are thinking of getting a personal gift for a friend or family member, Roberta is your girl! She loves taking on commissions and designing something that suits you. Personalised gifts can be enjoyed for years to come and an embroidery can be great edition to someones home.
Visit Roberta’s Etsy page here - www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RobertaMarina
Rowan Beg Design
These lovely concrete range of Soy wax candles from Rowan Beg design are hand designed and hand-poured in small batches in their Studio in Connemara. They have a range of different scents to choose from. These are a great long lasting gift for that someone special.
You can purchase their candles from their website - rowanbegdesignstudios.ie
You can also purchase them at The Handcrafted Gallery in Newtownards.
These handmade natural lip balms are made by Valerie in Belfast. She has a number of shades of balms and tints to choose from. Made from natural ingredients these vegan lip balms are a perfect stocking filler or you can go that bit further and buy a gift set.
You can purchase Plumpy balms on their website - plumpybalms.com
For all your plant friendly friends (everyone has at least one) Wild Thing in Donaghadee is the place for you! They offer a various range of plants and plant holders. They also sell gift vouchers if your plant friend is maybe a little more picky about their indoor plants.
Check out Wild Thing’s Instagram to view their current selection or pay them a visit.
Sasha ferguson Art
Sasha is an artist based in Belfast who designs and sells the best little pins. Pins have become Quite a collectible product and its great to be able to collect and promote a local pin maker.
You can purchase Sasha’s pins on her Etsy page -sashafergart.etsy.com
Brown Paper Packages
Brown Paper Packages are a husband and wife team who work together to create these beautiful hand painted and hand drawn prints. They have a range of prints to choose from on their website but they also offer commissions.
Prints are available for purchase from their website - brownpaperpackagesni.bigcartel.com
Girl Limit is a Jewellery and Gift ware brand based in Belfast. They design one of a kind monochrome jewellery products and they sell a really great range of minimal prints. A perfect gift for a Home lover.
These can be purchased on their Etsy site - www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GirlLimit
You can also find their products in The Handcrafted Gallery in Newtownards.
Made By Darkling
Rachel makes her unique and fun handmade jewellery from her home in Bangor. Her pieces are beautiful and would make a great gift for someone this Christmas. Rachel has also recently released her new range of teething necklaces, perfect your friends that may be new mum’s.
You can purchase these lovely accessories on Rachel’s Etsy Site -www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DarklingShop#about
Also check out her Instagram to see what markets she will be selling at in the next few months.
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If you are able to spend a bit more on gifts this year, I will also be posting a local gift ideas under £100.