This year has been a little strange and we understand for some Christmas is too far away to contemplate at the moment. But we also appreciate people are starting to think about gifts and might be looking to give something a little different this year. With this in mind we have put together a gift guide we hope some of you will find useful. Our thought process has very much been Think Small, Think Local, Think sustainable.
Big thank you to the Really Helpful Club for sharing some of their finds. Do go and check out their fab Christmas guide too!
Nic’s Mix is a small business based in the Hampshire/Surrey borders. Selling a range of baking mixes presented in gorgeous glass jars, these make a fab gift for someone who enjoys baking or just a lovely present to yourself! Just add butter and an egg and bake in the oven. Available to buy online or free local delivery can be arranged.
Muddy Trowel. Their aim is to deliver plant joy around London and the home counties. They pride themselves on taking the hassle out of gardening by curating beautiful quality outdoor plants in exciting and interesting pre-designed plant combinations, for you to order online. The plants are then lovingly delivered to your door for you to transform your outdoor spaces. Perfect as a special gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself. And they have just launched some gorgeous and very festive collections. They have been very kind to share a 10% discount code. Pop in muddy10nannies for 10% off.
Who doesn't love a beanie? Zaini is a company dedicated to bringing people new, colourful and unique hats. All designed in Scotland and all handmade with attention to detail in every way. They can also make custom beanies!
Support local with SW19London.com. A pop up boutique founded in Wimbledon by Nick and Amanda in 2002. They showcase British and Danish brands not found on every high street and those with a strong ethical and environmental commitment. Local customers can enjoy their personal approach either visiting them at home or making use of their "Try Before You Buy" drop off service. If you fundraise for a charity, they'll run a pop up in your home and donate 10% of sales to your charity.
Macmillan Merton are delighted to announce that they are holding a "virtual" Early Early Christmas Fair. Hosted by Brilliant Little Brands and featuring over 100 small, independent stalls, including unique Christmas Cards designed by local artists, it's a fabulous shopping experience. They also donate 10% to charity so not only can you shop for unique gifts, you can also shop to give. Brilliant Little Brands Was Created In The Early Days Of The Covid-19 Lockdown. A group of small business owners, friends who had met on the charity fairs circuit, joined forces to fight for the survival of their businesses and to raise vital funds for the charities they support.
Whirli is a UK toy sharing subscription service. Saving money and reducing waste, what's not to love! A Whirli gift card or electronic voucher can be redeemed against any new or existing Whirli subscription. Why not give them a Whirl!
Really think outside the box and buy a gift voucher from Wheeliezzz Campers. Based 10 minutes from the M25 with a secure place to leave your car you can hop in the gorgeous Lagoona and head off to the lakes of Scotland or beaches of Cornwall. With room for four people this fully equipped campervan has everything you need!
Why not give the unique gift of a printed Treasure Trails Gift Voucher bundle this Christmas. A brilliant family adventure for young detectives and budding spies to adults who never grew up. Treasure Trails are a captivating challenge that combines mind-twisting clues and fascinating stories for anyone with a sense of adventure.
Send a special gift with an entrance voucher to Battersea Zoo! They also sell vouchers for a Mini Keeper experiences. With the zoo having to close during lockdown (hoping to reopen in December) this would be a lovely way to support our local animal park.
We love the Polka Theatre! Polka is one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to children. Based in Wimbledon since 1979, Polka creates world-class theatre to entertain and inspire young audiences. They need support to keep going though especially after a tough year. Why not treat somebody with some vouchers for when they reopen their doors.
Other voucher ideas - London Transport Museum, Bocketts Farm and local independent cinemas! Many businesses have had to close through the year so why not show them some love by gifting a voucher to a loved one.
We recently stumbled across this wonderful website. For the book lover in your life step away from the big guys and support local booksellers through Bookshop.org
Have you visited Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park? A visit to the Dinosaurs makes for a great day out, and they are a popular visitor attraction — free to visit and open daily. The Dinosaurs are located in Crystal Palace Park, one of London’s great green spaces. The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs section of the park is free to visit and is open during the park’s opening hours. Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a small, volunteer-led charity and rely on the generosity and kindness of our Friends and the community. They have a number of fantastic local business friends who support them by making CP Dino themed products and donating a portion of the profit to us. So buy something fun for yourself and help us out at the same time! The Cookie Raptor sells fun, handmade CP Dino vinyl stickers, a lovely children’s colouring book and Christmas cards and Penge business The Little Picture Company makes lovely posters, coasters, key rings, mobile phone covers, bags and more featuring the Dinos.
There are enough soft toys already in the world to never have to produce another again. Loved Before is a one-of-a-kind soft toy adoption agency on a mission to change the world. A few years ago, the founder was working in a charity shop. Charlotte noticed that one of their most frequently received item types were soft toys, and that objects which often held great sentimental value, were being thrown onto a pile and sold for as little as twenty pence. She witnessed how the love, and the life and the stories were lost and forgotten, just like that. Loved Before was born in an attempt to change the way we think about, and use soft toys forever by challenging our perceptions of pre-owned objects and showing that instead of losing value, a toy once loved is made even more valuable by the love and life it has already experienced. Check out their site to find out how they work and who is available to adopt!
Don’t forget to order a gorgeous traditional advent calendar from Paw Print!