Hello everyone! I hope your week is treating you well so far. With December practically upon us, it’s time to share my 2019 Christmas Gift Guide with you!
I started this little Gift Guide two years ago, to celebrate those small businesses that I have met on my creative journey on Instagram. More now than ever, it’s so important to really think about what we buy, and where from. Choose wisely, and you can buy gifts that have been made and packaged with love, and that will be treasured for years to come. I’m so happy to share these makers/creators with you. Please do bear in mind that unlike the big high street stores, they won’t all be taking orders all the way up to Christmas, so do check their websites for final order dates!
Please do check out my previous guides too, as there are so many lovely shops, makers and sellers of vintage treasures!
(The cute laurel clip arts were a free download from Angie Makes, thank you so much for your generosity Angie.)
Katie of Ceramic Magpie, was one of my first Insta friends. Her simple yet beautiful ceramics are not only practical, but are handmade lovingly in a range of delicious pastels. It’s only since I started following Katie that I realised just how much works goes into handmade ceramics – follow her on Instagram to see her mesmerising time lapse videos of her at her potter’s wheel.
One of Katie’s newest creations is this beautiful Strawberries and Cream travel cup. In shades of pink blush and matt white (also available in slate grey and matt white), this eco-cup holds approx. 9oz of your favourite beverage. Thrown on the wheel in luxury porcelain clay, it comes with grey silicone lid and transparent band to protect your hands from the heat. Available here on Katie’s website, do check out her vases and candle holders whilst you’re there.
Seeking Slow by Melanie Barnes
I have followed Melanie for years on Instagram. Her beautiful photography evokes a sense of calm and nostalgia, and share her journey of living a slower, more sustainable life. Melanie has just written a book on this very subject, and she very kindly sent me a copy to review. It has been so lovely to put aside time to read Seeking Slow, which is full of inspiring and practical tips on decluttering your life and concentrating on the more meaningful things, which is something I’ve been thinking about a lot this year. It’s a book I will refer back to time and time again. You can see stockists of Seeking Slow on Melanie’s website here.
Gaelle Jolly is a calligrapher, and she uses her gorgeous handwritten notes to create dreamy, evocative photographs in her Instagram gallery. These bottles with bespoke hand written messages in them, are like something from a fairytale, and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them in her gallery. What a beautiful, unique gift they would make, not only for Christmas, but also for a new baby, or for a wedding. At the time of writing this, Gaelle had just two bottles left in her shop, and although she will make more in the New Year, head over to her Etsy store now if you would like to order.
No only does Bex make really beautiful wreaths, (see her gorgeous botanical gallery over on Instagram) she has also just opened up a Dried Flower Bar on her website, which I am SO excited about! I fancy buying some not only for some wreath making of my own, but also to scatter in vintage jars across the house over the long winter. Bex also does workshops, which would be another lovely gift idea. Bex’s shop will be closing on the 11th December, so you have up until then to order something gorgeous in time for delivery for Christmas.
Alice Stewart Jewellery
So there we have it folks, I hope you have fun browsing these lovely websites and Instagram galleries, and I do hope it goes you some inspiration, for Christmas and beyond.
Anyway, who is ready for me to start sharing some festive, twinkly photos?! I am feeling decidedly more festive than I did this time last year, and I’m excited to decorate, and even do a little crafting! So dear readers, I would love to hear what you would like to see me share over the coming weeks. Festive mantelpiece? Gift wrap ideas? My vintage bauble collection?! Let me know!