This year I have promised (& promised and sworn) myself that I won’t go overboard this Christmas, I’ve budgeted, wrote lists & checked them twice & have enlisted the help of Facebook, Etsy and Instagram to find local independent gifts & homemade if I can!
When you buy from a small business, a Mummy maker from home, an individual with a passion for something, you aren’t helping a multi national CEO buy his third yacht that year or contributing to a company with no heart, you are helping to fund after school classes, Christmas presents, University fees and a real love for their makes and ideas coming to life!
Here are my favourites and those I’ve personally ordered from, how lovely is it gifting someone something homemade than shop bought? See for yourself:-
Personalise Your Canvas
From picture canvases to word art and celebration canvases, Personalise Your Canvas can do it all, even diamond dust! Prices are dependable on size, wording and colour, inbox them for more information.
I had these canvases made of Frankie last Christmas which I gave out to his Grandparents and Aunties as gifts & I had an anniversary canvas made for my Mum & Dad a few years ago.
They also offer Christmas box frames for just £15.
Gemma & James are married and live in Wickford with their four children.
Truly Senti Metal
Truly Senti Metal offer a wide range of personalised metal jewellery, key rings and beautiful keepsakes. I’ve highlighted below a few of my favourite items, including the ‘love you to the moon and back’ key ring and the trio of sister bracelets.
They are also offering Christmas Makes including Reindeer!
Anna lives in Rochford with her husband, four children, a cat and a horse. She loved jewellery but unfortunately is highly allergic to most things made of metal, except silver which is expensive! After stumbling across aluminium a few years ago, which is hypoallergenic, her love affair with stamped metal began!
Little Lady Lane Bows
Little Lady Lane Bows are so cute & have a wide range of headbands, bows, bag charms & key ring bows.
They kindly gave me the below samples which I’ll be giving to my best friend’s little girls in the lead up to Christmas. I absolutely adore the elf on the shelf twin bows!
- 2.5″ – £2.50
- 3.5″ – £3.00
- 5″ – £4.00
- 7.5″ – £6.00
Deals usually on for 5 for £10 on sets! Personalised Bows around £1.50 extra.
Cari lives in Wickford, Essex with her husband, daughter and a cavapoo, Teddy. She works part time as a paediatric nurse and makes bows in her spare time. After spending so much money on different bows for her daughter Cari decided to set up a page on Facebook and have a go at making them herself! She got so busy she couldn’t keep up due to demand and stopped to ease her daughter into school in September and now she has re-started!
By Cecily make 100% soy wax melts and candles with long lasting lingering smells which are beautifully packaged. The smell has lasted longer than market favourites! My personal favourites are pumpkin spiced latte and coconut.
They are currently offering a Christmas Hamper including a wax burner and three scents of Mulled Wine, Christmas Tree & Christmas Pudding for just £15 (Mulled Wine smells amazing!) which is packaged beautifully.
Cecily started making her own wax melts and candles in June 2018. She made her gran some who liked them so much that she gave her the idea to start selling them. She thought it was so much nicer gifting something that is completely handmade rather than a mass produced product. Cecily lives in Essex with her boyfriend and their rescue cat Dexter.
Perfect Creation offer personalized gifts made from solid wood including toy boxes, memory boxes, free standing letters and much more. How lovely are the money box trucks as per below?!
Perfect Creation were lovely enough to send us a name block for Frankie which has now taken pride of place on his book shelf.
Sinsimilla lives in Thurrock with her husband and son. She started Perfect Creation once she realized that there was a lack of furniture for children, that was made from solid wood but also looked nice. She now says creating new pieces of furniture is her most relaxing thing to do!
Already featured on Christmas Makes, Catsi Creative have a wide variety of personalized gifts on offer for presents this year.
How lovely are these ceramic hanging decorations and I just adore the Three Maps guest book for a couple!
They are kindly offering £3 off of all orders excluding sale by using code – 20ISHMUM.