Welcome to our independent gift guide! Make is full of makers, thinkers and doers creating wonderful products all year round. It’s always important to support our small independent businesses when you can, especially during the festive season. Giving a handmade gift always feels that little bit more special, when you know someone has put their heart and soul into it. And it is a fact that small business owners do a little happy dance when you buy something from them (I’ve seen it myself). Check out our roundup of makers who we think you’ll love!
A craft I absolutely love to do myself is cross stitch and Curious Twists quirky designs are one of my faves. There are some amazing patterns available and they’ve even got some festive themed patterns too!
Where to Look: HTTPS://WWW.CURIOUSTWIST.COM/COLLECTIONS/CROSS-STITCH-KITS/PROD
The perfect gift for a coffee lover is a bag of Riccardos delicious locally roasted coffee. (Often referred to as the best coffee in Liverpool) The coffee is roasted from our on site café at Make North Docks, and is a personal fave of mine!
Our Favourite: 150g Bag of Roasted Coffee
Where to look: HTTPS://WWW.CAFFERICCARDO.COM/
Social media: @CAFFERICCARDO
Alex Fletcher Art
Another one for the football lovers, whether you’re a red or blue, they’ve got a design for you. Grab a t-shirt for a football lover with magnificent artwork from artist, Alex Fletcher. Alex also does art commissions and has some brilliant art pieces, if football isn’t your thing.
Where to look: https://alexfletcherart.com/
Social media: @alexfletcherart_
Treat Them Green
If you’re looking for an ethical and sustainable gift this year, Treat Them Green could be the answer. 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
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!
Where to look: https://beersofanfield.com/
Social media: @beersofanfieldroad
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. Or give a loved one the gift of craft and get them a gift voucher to one of Noctua’s super popular silversmithing workshops!
Where to look: https://noctua.co.uk/
Social media: @noctuajewellery
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, there’s something for everyone.
Where to look: https://www.quirkydesigncompany.co.uk/shop
Social media: @quirkydesignco
Pop Up Poetry
Gift hampers can be a great option if you’re struggling to pick just one big gift for a loved one. Pop Up Poetry makes the perfect hampers for all occasions, filled with magical gifts, and can even be personalised!
Where to look: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PopUpPoetryShop
Social media: @popuppoet
Willow and Blossom Botanicals
I absolutely love getting a candle as a gift! If, like me, you know a candle lover, check out Willow & Blossom Botanicals. Their lovely botanical scented candles are hand poured from the North Docks Liverpool, and are cruelty free and vegan!
Where to look: https://willowandblossombotanicals.com
Social media: @willowandblossombotanicals
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!
Where to look: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AVHomeware
Social media: @auraliving.home
If you know someone who loves to knit or crochet, be sure to head over to Lottie Knits. Their hand dyed yarns come in the most beautiful colours and combinations, perfect for socks, jumpers, scarves and more!
Where to look: https://www.lottieknits.com/
Social media: @lottieknits
If you’re looking for lovely jewellery and amazing fabric prints, check out B’VARI. Based at Make Baltic, they specialise in bespoke garments and statement jewellery pieces.
Where to look: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BVARI
Social media: @bvari_collection
A keyring is a good way to jazz up your keys and makes for a lovely stocking filler! The ultimate jazzy keyrings are Ian’s new boot keyrings, made from his studio at Make North Docks! And for any car lovers, he also handmakes classic car keyrings.
Where to look: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MadeAtMake
Social media: @ianskeyrings
One for the vintage lovers out there is Pretty Flamingos. Based from their shop Freida Mo’s on Lark lane, they have all the vintage wonders you could dream of. From coats to jewellery and some cute trinkets for the perfect stocking filler
Where to look: Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PrettyFlamingos
Social media: @prettyflamingosvintage
If you know a gin lover check out Pentone Family, they have a massive range of tasty botanical gins, perfect for cocktails or a G+T!
Where to look: https://www.pentonefamily.com/shop
Social media: @pentonefamily
Bees Knees Art
It’s good to have a little bit of art in your life. Abbee Lewis creates cute and quirky prints and greeting cards, which make a lovely gift for an art lover or someone who needs to zhuzh up a plain wall.
Where to look: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeesKneesArtUK
Social media: @beeskneesartwork
Cappa E Spada
Another one on top of the interior design game is Cappa E Spada, they design bespoke furniture with some brilliant designs, and you can even submit your own. They also have a range of super stylish cushions if you’ve got someone who loves decor in your life.
Where to look: https://www.cappaespada.com/
Social media: @cappa_e_spada
We couldn’t do a gift guide and not give ourselves a cheeky plug. We have lots of super exciting classes coming up in the new year, from mosaics, to woodwork to tie dying! But if you’re not sure which class is best, we also have gift vouchers over on our Etsy page, along with woodwork vouchers which can be used on a woodwork class or monthly membership. By supporting us here at Make your also supporting our community of makers and practitioners.
Where to look: Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MadeAtMake
Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/make-8132732393
Winter Arkade 2021
Loads of the makers above will be at our Winter Arkade taking place on Sunday 12th December, 11am-4pm, alongside loads of other talented makers. Head down for a festive day of independent stalls, food and entertainment and tick off your shopping lists!