Shop Local: Christmas gift ideas

        
Shop Local: Christmas gift ideas

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With the face of the High Street changing rapidly at the moment, it's never been a more important time to support our local communities. There's an abundance of little local businesses run by passionate people, offering unique gifts. So how about treating your friends and family with something a bit different this Christmas? You know you'll be putting a smile on the face of that hard working, local business owner too!  The good news is, most of these businesses can deliver so you can buy online, but still support a local business.


Clothes:

Bodhi & Rose: based in Stourbridge, they supply hand sewn children's clothes made with unique, colour fabrics, such as romper suits, dungarees, snoods and accessories. Christmas fabric is now in stock! Get a 10% discount with Raring2go. Use code RARING when ordering.

Olive & Rose: Handmade children's clothes including gorgeous tartan outfits, perfect for Christmas.

Bumble Beez: We are a local online ladies boutique.  We know that looking stylish can make your whole day better; that’s why we are committed to being your source for the newest trends at prices to suit all budgets.  Never be bored with our range, new stock is added weekly and we always try to despatch orders within 24 hours. Click our name to see our facebook page.


Soaps and Smellies:

Earth- Natural Soaps and Wax Melts: "I have a huge passion for making my house eco, no single use plastic and taking toxics 6705f53e5d79db84b5d55160d09c8282.jpgout my families life. So began studying essential oils. They are wonderful. It takes us back to old medicines. I now sell natural essential oil soaps and soy wax melts. They help you relax, focus or just bring back lovely memories. They make ideal stocking fillers. Christmas smellies now in stock!

Pure Essence: At Pure Essence we make candles & wax melts using natural wax and natural oils: -Vegan friendly  -Cruelty free  -Paraben free. Handmade with love.

Lavender Tree Therapies: Kidderminster based. Empowering people to take control of their own health and well-being. Encourage your body to heal itself using reflexology and support it with natures own medicine cabinet, essential oils, both will enhance your overall well-being, naturally.


Local Shops:

Winnie and Olive: Little family run shop in Chenevare Mews Kinver DY76HB. Eco products , Natural Candles, Plants, Art, Chrstimas Decorations and more. Also a stockist of Fenchic paint. Products available to order online. Click here. 

Ecomaniax in Stourbridge: Doing our bit for the environment....we sell fabric advent calendars, refill gift sets, vouchers and more www.ecomaniax.co.uk Stourbridge Ryemarket. We have just launched our sets of 6 DIY Christmas cracker kits. Each pack is made up of 6 blank cardboard crackerboards for you to decorate however you choose, hats, jokes and snaps. Or how about buying a cotton drawstring produce bag that can be purchased for £1.50 along with a gift voucher for your choice of amount (min £5) attached and a poem to tell you how 7b33216eef5aa49ddd354cf8607c5207.jpgand where to fill/spend it.  (We are still open during lockdown)

Something Special Kingswinford: We sell cards, gifts, balloons and Thornton's Chocolates. We are open for Click and Collect.

Hattention: Shoes, Hats and Bags and also Hat hire, in Stourbridge. Big hats, small hats, fancy hats, plain hats, statement hats, whatever hats, I have them all! Offering an online service too.


For the home:

Allen-istic Creations: Handmade items for around your home/Garden and for special occasions. We even supply personalised face coverings. Christmas light-up bottles are now in stock.

Look What Daddy Made: local dad based in Kingswinford making toys for children. We make children’s awesome mud kitchens, garden paint easels, mini workshops and sensory tables! Click here. 

McCartney Makes: We sell bespoke, handmade Christmas wreaths and decorations.

Ohana Events: We are a family run event styling, hire and balloon decor business based in the West Midlands. Just like many other businesses we have had to adapt this year and branch into other things. We are super excited to have branched into gifts and personalised gifts now just in time for Christmas - such as our personalised Christmas crackers!


Jewellery:

Mermaids and Dinosaurs: I hand-make personalised and unique jewellery from scratch using quality materials, each piece of jewellery is made to order so no 2 pieces are the same and this also means my designs can be tweaked to suit everyone’s style. The name for my business is a little out of the ordinary for c9fbf693dd7e28eb13376ca970876c62.jpga jeweller but with my daughter loving Mermaids and my son obsessed with Dinosaurs I couldn’t think of anything more fitting. Follow ,e on Instagram to see my designs.

Silverblue: Handmade Jewellery and Headdresses created from sterling silver and silver clay, handmade especially for you.


Books:

Sam's Bundle of Books: I’m an independent Usborne organiser. If you are looking for the right Usborne book for your child, there are lots of ways I can help.

Julie's Bookworm Bazaar: Hello I am Julia! I am excited to be part of Bookworms UK. I am passionate about introducing children to the joy of reading. All my books, regardless of their recommended retail price are £2.50. Many many bargains. You can also order direct from www.bookwormsonline.co.uk and use the referral code Julia O to get books for £2.50 as opposed to £3.00.


Arts & Crafts:

Expressive Gifts: I make bespoke keepsakes and gifts from actual handwriting, children's drawings, photos, paw prints and more and am based in Stourbridge, but post locally and worldwide

Handmade at Harveys:  Inspired by a childhood of crafting and the desire to give beautiful quality personal products as gifts, I set up Handmade At The Harveys in 2012. Creating an ever growing selection of personalised gifts for you to enjoy. Lots of seasonal gift ideas.

The Keepsake Crafter makes special keepsake items personally for you, such as teddy bears or cushions. A reminder of special events or people that you 02affc3e54fabac6c70ea86360e32be4.jpgwant to cherish and treasure forever. Click here.

Peartree Design and Print: At Peartree Design and Print we create professional & beautiful, modern family portraits using your home/phone photos. Each family member takes a photo, sends it to us for professional editing and enhancement and we create a beautiful portrait printed on 5mm foamex board for a clean, modern look that is easily hung using adhesive picture hanging strips. Various sizes & finishes available. Call: 07968 898 211 for more info.

Catsi Creations: Established in 2014, we are a small business run by husband and wife team Cat and Si. We create bespoke gifts for all occasions including weddings, birthdays, christenings, etc, which can be personalised to suit your needs. Our range of wooden and slate gifts are handmade by us and inspired by you.
We also work with a number of small businesses, including a hotel chain, a UK based coastal resort and photographers. Recently we have been approved as an East of India retailer
giving us the opportunity to extend our range into ceramics,
soy candles and other niche creations.

Lisa Bees Craft Hive: Handmade/painted gifts and accessories for the home, a special occasion, special person or just as a treat for yourself! Commissions also undertaken.

Doodle KegHi, I'm Karen, the local artist behind Doodle Keg. I create hand drawn cards, prints, cute & quirky family illustrations, pet portraits, badges & more. I hand print & paint lots of beautiful ready made 1dc320019eae276f7aa9d67b5f37c041.jpggifts & take commissions too. Capturing a special moment in line & ink, it's what I do.

Posi Pixie: My name is Hannah and I run a small handmade business in Kingswinford called Posi Pixie. I make macrame Pixies, gifts and garlands for both children and adults in the hope that they bring a sprinkle of positivity into your life and home. I also offer personalised letters of encouragement for children, which include some positive affirmations and gives each Pixie it’s own personality and story. After such a turbulent year, I wanted to create something that brought a glimmer of hope into peoples lives and in particular, encouraged children to think happy thoughts. Follow me on instagram @posi_pixie.

Saz's Ceramics. There’s no stopping us at Saz’s Ceramics & Crafts at the Red House Glass Cone, Wordsley! As our studio is closed to the public, we are working hard to deliver our ‘click and collect’ service. Takeaway kits and gifts will be available to order through our website, including children's pottery painting kits. We will be outside the gates of the cone every Saturday, 1-3pm for collection. Just pick a time slot


Unique ideas:

Load Street Studios in Bewdley: How about buying someone a mini recording contract? The gift voucher is an actual CD! You can even record your personal message directly onto the voucher (optional). Click here.

Fruits of the Forest will be selling Activity Bags for children. Build a den for your teddy! You can also purchase vouchers for a Mini Beast session at the Pedmore based Forest School. 


EXPERIENCES: See our article on 'Giving Experiences over Plastic' for more ideas for Christmas gifts, including vouchers for Family Days Out.


If you call any of these lovely businesses, please tell them that Raring2go! sent you (I'm a small business too - let's support each other!)

If you'd like your business added, please email Sally with a brief paragraph about your business and a link to your facebook page or website.




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