We’re back this year with our festive gift guide, and this year we have so much independent goodness to show you that it’s going to be a two parter! I think this year most of us are feeling the pinch, which is why its more important than ever to spend your money in the right places. Its always important to support small creatives and makers when you can, but this Christmas our small businesses will be more grateful than ever to have you shopping with them. So to help you keep our local businesses thriving this year, we’ve rounded up some of the best in the biz from the Liverpool City Region to help you check off your shopping lists and shop more consciously (and sustainably)!
If you’re looking for amazing quality leather products that will last you forever then look no further than Rawhide Custom. They make bespoke leather wallets, dog collars, belts and more, and they age fantastically! The pieces can be embossed with initials to add that little extra touch for a loved one.
Where to look: www.RAWHIDECUSTOM.CO.UK/PRODUCT-PAGE/
FACEBOOK and TWITTER: @RawhideCustom
The perfect gift for a coffee lover is a bag of Riccardos delicious locally roasted coffee. Take it from me that Ricardo’s coffee is the absolute best. The coffee is roasted from his cafe at Make North Docks!
Our Favourite: 150g Bag of Roasted Coffee
Where to look: HTTPS://WWW.CAFFERICCARDO.COM/
Social media: @CAFFERICCARDO
Treat Them Green
If you’re looking for an ethical and sustainable gift this year, Treat Them Green is your one stop shop. With products ranging from candles, to beauty products, stationary and more. On their website you can build your own gift box filled with eco-friendly goodies. AND a tree is planted for every purchase!
Where to look: https://www.treatthemgreen.co.uk/pages/treat-them-green-links
Quirky Design Co
Everyone needs a bit of colour in their life, and where else to look than the Queen of Colour, Quirky Design Co. From customisable children’s stools to their signature rainbow coloured chairs, and even a chance to try your hand at pyrography with their craft kits.
Where to look: https://www.quirkydesigncompany.co.uk/shop
Social media: @quirkydesignco
Who doesn’t love receiving jewellery as a gift? Especially when it’s hand made! Noctua Jewellery have lovely handmade jewellery pieces from earrings to rings. Noctuas Jewellery workshops are the best in the biz, so why not give an experience and check out their brilliant range of jewellery workshops. (It’s on my Christmas list this year)
Where to look: https://noctua.co.uk/
Social media: @noctuajewellery
Know a homeware lover? Aura Living hand craft beautiful ceramic and eco resin homeware pieces from their North Docks studio, to add that touch of elegance to any home. From coasters, to wax burners and more! You’ll also find Aura Living at the Winter Arkade
Where to look: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AVHomeware?ref=shop_sugg
Social media: @auraliving.home
If you’re looking for some colourful pieces for the home, check out Rob Ellis Artwork. From prints, to pots, bookmarks, coasters, and mugs, all in lovely bright colours and patterns! You can find Robs work on Instagram, and at Future Yards Winter Market on Saturday 10th December.
Social media: @robsartwork2020
Victor Chudecki’s work is a marvellous mix of metalwork and woodwork. Selling lovely christmas gifts from handcrafted pens, to keyrings, and home decor pieces.
Social media: @victorseveryn
Add a pop of colour in to a loved ones life with Disco Slabs POP homeware. Functional Art, homemade in Liverpool! Every piece is a one off, so you couldn’t buy a more unique gift. From coasters, to trays, plates and slabs, their pieces are guaranteed to make the home more fun.
Where to look: https://discoslab.co.uk/shop/ols/categories/christmas-wrapped-up
Social media: @discoslab
Beers of Anfield Road
A great gift for a beer lover or a fan of Liverpool FC, Beers of Anfield road create coasters with LFC themed designs. Perfect to go along with a cold brew or can be framed to create a great print for your wall! If you’re shopping for a blue, they also have Beers of Goodison Road, with you guest it, Everton themed gifts.
Where to look: https://beersofanfield.com/
Social media: @beersofanfieldroad /@beersofgoodisonroad
Gifts from Make CIC
Now, we couldn’t do a gift guide without a self plug could we?
Our herb infused balms make a fantastic small stocking filler. You can choose from Chamomile & Calendula, Lavender, Rosehip, or Sage & Rosehip. Our balms are made with beeswax from our Hamilton Bees and infused with herbs grown in the garden at Make Hamilton. You can pick up a balm from our Make Hamilton Cafe, open Monday to Friday 10am till 3pm. CH41 6ND
Our creative workshops are a great way to gift an experience this year! We have lots of classes to choose from in the new year including, intro Woodwork, life drawing, macrame, terrazzo and more! You can check out all of our classes on Eventbrite.