Sunday, 24 November 2019

5 Independent brands that'll make you look like the most conscious present buyer

It's that time of year again.  Christmas present buying desperation time.  And I say desperation because as wonderful as it is to have family and friends that you've known for a very long time, you do tend to run out of ideas for what to buy them.  For me it gets trickier every year to come up with gifts that are unique and individual.  It's all too easy to nip in to Next, M&S and Boots and grab the first gift set that you come across.

But there's nothing like buying someone special a gift that they are delighted with and say "I love it, I've not seen anything like this".  They feel special and so do you.  I live for those rare times you give a gift and you've got it spot on, and it's a genuine surprise.

I've got 5 independent UK brands that I've either bought from myself or I follow and really like their ethic and wares.
I bought the natural coloured leather handled personalised Jute Bag for my daughter's 21st.  She loves a shopper style bag and has many in her car boot for shopping.  This one is such good quality and sturdy.  Although it's only £30, I got it when there was 20% off and currently for Black Friday deals there is 30% off everything until 2 December.

Tillyanna is a family run business based in the Monmouthshire hills in Wales.  They sell bags, all manner of accessories and stationery.

If I were treating myself, I'd get the personalised denim shopper bag (above) £40.  I just wish I had a cooler name to go on the front!
I discovered Angel Rocks when I attended one of their 3 day yoga retreats earlier this year (blog post) and treated myself to a message bangle and necklace.

Selling bags, accessories and gorgeous jewellery, this rock chic brand set up by Phillippa is something a bit different to your stacks of Monica Vinader etc.

The message bands are a great, affordable gift at £29 and come in silver or rose gold.  I've got the rose gold love heart band, with "rock star" message on the inside (because that's what I am in my own head).
And this is the Choose Joy silver necklace I have (£69):
And if I was treating myself, I mean buying a gift for someone, I think this Punk Rock mixed metal necklace (£75) is so cool.
Based in Birmingham, Disco Kids is run by a couple who have a background in the music industry and produce original designs inspired by music on clothing and prints.

As 2020 will be my 50th year, I have to get my year of birth on a sweatshirt surely?! (£38)
And everyone loves a good print (A4 size £10)
Loads of children's clothing as well.  I really like this kids sweatshirt (£26).
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I came across this brand on Instagram and what really got my interest, aside from the unique personalised handmade letters on the clothing, is Lindsay offers an "upcycle your own jacket" service.  You can send in your old denim or utility jacket and Lindsay will sew on a letter of your choice with added stars or lightening bolt.  For just £25! Every letter is made by hand, so no two designs are the same.  You'll have a truly personalised jacket.

Make Skincare offer luxurious skin and body care creams and oils, all made by hand in a barn in Somerset and all ingredients are sourced from an ethical supplier.

The Face Treat box at £35 includes a Face Glow facial oil, a day cream, an eye cream and lip balm.
Or as a stocking filler or gift for a friend, the smaller sizes in the Hand, Face and Feet set are great travel sizes. £18.
Let's all broaden our horizons and tastes and support independent brands who are more ethical, sustainable and working really hard to bring us some really special offerings.


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