Small Business Gift Guide

As a small business owner I can confirm that it's true; we all do a happy dance when someone chooses to support our work. I read recently somewhere that every time you make a purchase, you're deciding what kind of world you want to live in and this really hit home for me. Ever since going self employed and taking my illustration work full time, I've appreciated more than ever the support of shopping small and independent as well as how precious every single order is. Because of that, I also love to support my fellow indie businesses and love to share them with you too for gift ideas or treats for yourself. I thought I did a good job last year with gifts and supporting small business but this year I've taken it to a whole new level and found even more amazing creatives to support.

The Punky Bunny
I ordered myself an adorable vegan themed print from Emma over at The Punky Bunny and I was SO blown away by the quality. Emma is a small biz chum of mine and a fellow vegan, a passion which is channeled through Emma's work along with a care for the environment and making things as eco friendly as possible. The print was made with a thick recycled card with the most vibrant, solid colours with the little grains of the card's texture still showing through which I adore. I even ended up ordering some of the card for my own shop I loved it that much. Emma boxes everything up using recycled wrapping and packaging too! Very recently Emma also released these adorable key rings and pins into the wild and I just had to get myself one.

Lily in Space
Lily is another of my online pals who I have met through the small business world and I recently backed her Kickstarter for wooden pins featuring her adorable 'through the seasons' woodland critters. Lily has an enormous love for animals, especially those who live in the woods and the badgers...don't show Lily any badgers or she will quite literally loose her mind. Lily is also a physicist hence the awesome name for her small business and the badgers in astronaut attire! Never have I known anyone with so many badger themed mugs and jumpers but I think it's an adorable obsession to have.

Sugar & Sloth
I'm a regular over at Sugar and Sloth but it wasn't until this month that I decided to treat myself to the Pin Party subscription box as a little birthday treat to myself. Basically, each month for £9, you get quite literally a little party in a box and a brand new enamel pin amongst other treats. Each month has a different theme and the pins aren't available to buy separately unless you're lucky enough to buy any left over boxes Anita might have from that month. This makes them really special and exciting, plus a subscription service is a great gift idea especially for the person who seems to have everything or the crazy pin collectors. The price also includes delivery! 

Scent Circus
A few weeks back, Scent Circus and I did a little product swap and I received a selection of wonderful wax melts from them to try as I'm a massive addict when it comes to making my home smell fresh as a daisy. This one was my favourite and it's the 'So Horny' melt which if you don't find funny, who even are you? It really tickled me and everything from this store has a really cheeky yet sweet vibe about it and I can't wait to go back for more. The prices are very reasonable too and there are even little gift pouches you can buy as extras to make your gifts that tad more special. My order came beautifully wrapped with tissue paper and confetti in a letter box friendly sized parcel box - ready and waiting to give as a prezzie!

Ann-Mari Reigstad
Ann-Mari is one of my new online small business friends from the beautiful country of Norway and she creates stunning pieces of what I believe to be mainly watercolour art. She truly is such a talented illustrator and was kind enough to send me some samples of her work which was super thoughtful and my goodness, I am SO in love with her style especially her cheeky little animals! This little emu guy is getting framed for my studio wall because I find him so funny. I'm always collecting gorgeous greeting cards to frame so if you have someone who's walls are full yet they still love to collect art, greeting cards are a fab alternative due to their little size and they're great for adding a bit of variety to a display.

These stores are just a few of my current favourites right now and I love to support them where I can! I also enjoy discovering new ones too so if you have any favourites or regular places you love to buy from, feel free to throw them my way!

Thanks for reading,

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