Small Business Saturday is taking place next weekend (2nd December) and aims to encourage people to support small businesses in their communities. Here we’ve highlighted some of our favourite gifts, all from small local businesses 🙂 Happy shopping! #LoveLocalLife
Grace & Rose Handmade was set up in June 2017 by local mum Rachel Airey, following the success of her stationery business, The House of Airey which sells beautiful handmade wedding and event stationery.
We spied these gorgeous personalised baubles on The Grace & Rosie Handmade Facebook page and promptly ordered 6!! They are so pretty and at £9 for a personalised bauble, they are a steal!
We’re also rather partial to a G&T, so I think a personalised Gin glass, wouldn’t go a miss 🙂 There are two options:
A beautiful hand finished personalised balloon gin glass with wording of your choice in silver mirror or Black Glitter script lettering (handwash)
A beautiful hand finished personalised balloon gin glass with wording of your choice etched into the glass
Again a snip at £12 and £16 respectively.
Offering baby, child & family castings, this is such a unique gift! We’ve included two gift ideas from Halycon Casts. The first being a personalised gift frame with handmade star details. You can choose a quote & add a name if you wish. £25+ p&p (or free collection from Chesham)
We also love these framed baby casts from £80 for a newborn. We got a casting for each of our children when they were born and love them. Such a lovely memento of when they were little (and didn’t answer back ;))
Facebook: Halcyon Casts
Sarah Cooke is the owner of Halia Rose – a stylish, baby-safe jewellery collection for busy mums and active women. They are super-durable, washable and heat resistant yet still look modern and feminine.
They also have range for little people. The Little Stars collection is bright, fun and perfectly safe for children to wear (3yrs +). Like the adult range they are waterproof, washable and durable – perfect for dressing up, messy play & outdoor adventures (they are also chewable which is ideal if you have little nail biters!)
E-Side in Gerrards Cross is a family store for modern organic living. Offering a wide range of design-led and natural toys, kids clothing, gifts and furniture. Pop in and have a browse as they have loads of wonderful goodies.
‘Celia’ is an organic cotton doll and costs £35. Her long braids are tied with cotton twill ribbons, but theyr’e not stiched closed so you can untie them and play with her hair. Celia’s face and toes are hand stiched with cotton thread and she’s stuffed with polyfill so she can washed and air dried as needed. If I didn’t have 2 boys and a tom boy J, this would be on my list of gifts to buy for my children. I love the thought of playing with simple traditional toys…
Parent Apparel (based in Wendover) came about after two local mums decided there wasn’t enough light-hearted clobber out there for today’s parents. The designs are intended to add colour and bring humour to everyday parenting. We’re all for that 🙂
Every mum should look FAB YULE OUS at Christmas – so get her this super-cool t-shirt to remind her and everyone else what a truly fabulous job she does. FAB YULE OUS women’s tees – RRP £26
GINGLE BELLS make-up pouches (RRP £18)- perfect for mum to keep all her ‘stuff’ in… a bright red lipstick, eye mask…. can of G&T?!
Local mums, Suzy & Lou, launched their new online home décor store Layered Lounge, earlier this year, focusing on providing design led, good quality products at an affordable prices. These porcelain white Christmas trees, which come in varying sizes (from £7 to £26) are gorgeous:
and we absolutely love these vintage style champagne coupes with oval etching (please Mr Chiltern Chatter be reading this :)) They cost £72 for 6 glasses.
Jeraldine Curran, The Food Nutritionist, is a fully qualified nutritionist specialising in nutritional workshops, pregnancy and weaning, nutritional consultation, corporate work and wellness retreats. She also sells double oven gloves (RRP £18) and tea towels, made from 100% cotton (RRP £12). Perfect for any budding chef out there….
Facebook: The Food Nutritionist
Local mum Niki Hall, runs The Style Hall, a local image consultancy offering help with which colours & styles suit you. She will also declutter your wardrobe, creating outfits from what is left. A personal shopping service is also available – now that could be dangerous 🙂
The Style Hall are offering 10% off any of their services booked by 1st December 2017
Facebook: The Style Hall
We don’t know about you, but our children have so many toys, that we do like the idea of ‘experiences’ (less clutter) and so when Kassie from Tumble Tots suggested an annual membership to TumbleTots and a 10 week term of classes (costs £84), we thought it was a fab suggestion. See their website for further information re class locations and timings.
Facebook: Tumble Tots Amersham
L’s – Lots for Kids, is a Children’s online store offering unique and good quality Christmas gifts. We spied some fab stocking fillers including these Christmas Tress Clips (£6), Glitter & Fur Bag £14 (I actually want the cream version for myself ;)) and this furry pompom head band (£8).
Facebook : L’s -Lots for Kids
Instragram : @Lslotsforkids
Calling all Chocolate lovers, head over to Auberge du Chocolat where you will find a wealth of pressie ideas – from monthly subscriptions, to teachers gifts and workshop vouchers, there is a lot to choose from. Auberge du Chocolat was established in 2005 by Anne and Ian Scott, in Gerrards Cross and now in Chesham.
A few years ago we both bought our parents & parents in-law a Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery tour and tasting voucher and they really enjoyed it. I mean what do you buy the person that has everything :)? An experience of course! The voucher costs £30 for two people and lasts 2 hours. The tour is completed with a tutored 30-40 minute tasting of a generous selection of our Wines, Ales & Liqueurs. Perfect gift for the wine lover 🙂
We’ve long been a fan of Sara Hughes Home Ltd, an independent shop and studio in the middle of Marlow selling painted furniture , chalk paint and accessories from the Autentico brand. Along side this a range of unusual home accessories and prints. A few years ago I bought some tin houses from Sara Hughes Home and I absolutely love them and keep them out all year round! They stock a range of shapes and sizes and look beautiful when lit up by a candle. Prices vary from £8.50 to £37.50.
Website: Sara Hughes
Facebook: Sara Hughes Home Ltd
Chiltern Candle Company
From her workshop in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, Trish has designed and created her range of luxurious scented candles that are inspired by the stunning surrounding countryside. Trish uses premium soy wax, 100% cotton wicks and a combination of all-natural essential oils that are carefully combined with cosmetic-grade fine fragrance oils. Only the highest quality materials are used, free of potentially-harmful additives. Each box or tin has a handwritten note from Trish indicating the size of the batch that the candle was a part of; there is no set batch size as this can vary from one lot to another.
Ok, not in Bucks, but close by, we stumbled across Lucky Lobster Art and fell in love. Selling a gorgeous selection of prints, stationery, tea towels and cards. All designs are created using traditional linocut methods in a studio fondly known as The Lobster Pot 🙂 The below print costs £20 and is oh so cute!
Looking for a special, interesting, different Christmas gift? Claudine’s Kitchen has customised Christmas vouchers available, which will enable that someone special to attend a cookery class of their choice (no time restraint), Claudine’s kitchen cookery classes are fun, informal and informative. The lucky receiver will also enjoy a delicious leisurely lunch of all the foods cooked that day and come home with between 7-10 new recipes to recreate in their own kitchen. The classes run from 10.30-2.30 and the voucher is £55. For more information or to order your vouchers please email Claudine on the above.
Is there a local company that you love? Comment below to let us know 🙂