The season of giving is upon us, but before we rush out to pick up a bundle of festive goodies from our favourite well-known brands, make sure you make a stop at one of your local independents.
Golden Oak Restoration
Buy a gift from Rory McDonald and play a part in his mission to create second chances for people, places and products.
Golden Oak Restoration rescues barrels – some more than 120 years old – and crafts them into unique pieces of furniture including coffee tables, console tables and barrel chairs. In the true spirit of recycling, a range of smaller gifts are made from the offcuts of furniture.
Here come the Dooblies
Give the gift of heartwarming stories.
Your little one will love unwrapping this bright, bold and colourful book on Christmas morning.
Here come the Dooblies is set in Cupboard, a land that is populated by the Alphazooblies, all based on the letters of the alphabet. Readers meet the Dooblies and various other characters, who star in an illustrated adventure in rhyme. The book aims to entertain and educate children, helping them to enjoy discovering more about letters and words.
The fun doesn’t end with the reading, this wonderful book comes packed with activity and colouring pages too. A joyous masterpiece for children created by the five members of the Lines family from County Durham, with illustrations by Kev Stevens of the Art Room North East.
All About Words
A creative corner in the North East packed with Christmas crafts.
It’s safe to say that this year things are going to be a little different and some of us may not get to spend Christmas with the ones we love. But fear not – All About Words is on hand to help with their fabulous range of greetings cards and personalised gifts.
Think beautifully-crafted cards and personalised picture frames – a meaningful gift they can cherish forever.
Love & Love
The perfect gift for the fashion-conscious.
Frustrated by the wastage that comes with fast fashion, Manuela Baraad decided to take action. Her luxury vegan handbags are designed for lasting love. Manuela launched her brand in 2019 and her passion for veganism is sewn into its very fabric.
The brand is about more than looking good. Manuela is dedicated to looking for proactive solutions to age-old manufacturing issues which previously have not been cruelty-free or good for the planet.
Love & Love now stocks a collection of six styles including the Sunflower Belt Bag, £55, Daisy Crossbody, £70, and Tulip Tote, £85, available in caramel, black, yellow and blue.
Be the first to own Soundbops. Start your child’s music educational journey early with an instrument designed specifically for children, supported by a monthly educational book and app.
Soundbops is the brainchild of inventor and musician, Michael Tougher, who wants to make music accessible to all children. His innovative solution, inspired by his own experience of learning to play the guitar with his dad, is making waves in the design world.
The revolutionary instrument is supported by the Soundbops music course that teaches children as young as three how to read, play and enjoy music. Soundbops has already been nominated for the Beazley Design of the Year 2020. A must-have!
Does your loved one struggle to get their sweet fix due to allergies and intolerances? Worry not – Freedom Chocolate are on hand to deliver the goods.
Sarah and Simon Wood launched their own chocolate business after struggling to find treats suitable for their family’s food intolerances. The couple source high-quality ingredients that are ethically produced and have mastered age-old techniques to craft their chocolate by hand.
Their chocolates range from the purity of dark to creamy milk and the butterscotch tones of blonde; and come in a variety of flavours including mint, orange, lemon and cherry.
Gift packs, perfect for Christmas treats, include the 8 Mini Bar Selection Box, £14.95, and the Chunky Bar Gift Pack, £11.25.
My Next Plant
This one is for the houseplant lover in your life.
Dreamed up by self-confessed plant obsessive, Ricky Burt, this green-fingered startup sells a range of beautiful houseplants at great prices.
Each comes with suggested ‘guaranteed fit’ pots to create the perfect plant and pot combo.
Looking to shop from a variety of brilliant independent businesses? Transmit Startups has got you covered.
The Gateshead-based company is responsible for launching thousands of UK businesses. In a year when small businesses need the festive spending power of customers more than ever, Transmit Startups has launched its first Christmas Gift Guide to showcase the outstanding ideas offered by its makers and retailers.
Take a look for yourself…
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