Illustration by Hermione Ross
With the temperature dropping several degrees, light displays, crowding shopping centres and present lists being drawn up, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
This year has been a difficult year for everyone. There’s been uncertainty and loss, making it all the more important to spread a little bit of joy where we can and what better way to do so than a gift to a loved one or even to yourself.
At times like this it’s also important to support small businesses who have particularly struggled this year as those who are self employed were not furloughed, and Universal Credit provides a lot less support. So from art pieces, to jewelry to clothing, we’ve rounded up a list of places where you can find the perfect christmas gift!
Hermione is an illustrator and artist based in London. With her unique prints available at an affordable price her work would be the perfect gift for the self confessed art lover!
Inku Designs features prints full of positive vibes and gorgeous designs. A personal fave of mine is the creative spark print aimed at inspiring those who have been struggling to create. Add a frame and these gorgeous prints can be the perfect addition to any room
Dreaming of a “fuck the tories” mug or a “good dogs bite fascists” note pad? Who am I kidding, of course you are! In that case Katy Did These is the store for you!
Artwork designed and created with love in England, Sakina Saidi is home to calendars, t-shirts, pins and totes. You’re practically spoilt for choice here!
Centring slow fashion and providing real gold jewellery, Aurum LDN is heaven for the gold hoop obsessed! Spotted on a star studded list of people such as Ella Eyre and Maya Jama if you’re in the mood to spoil yourself then head over to their site.
London based store The Label Jewellery is home to a range of affordable jewellery pieces. Their minimalistic style of pieces are essential additions to any outfit!
Set up with the aim of making jewellery shopping a little less daunting for you, Bossed And Glossed certainly achieves this and more with their range of affordable jewellery pieces such as celestial themed earrings and butterfly anklets. With the option of gift wrapping also on offer, there goes your evenings spent fussing over tape and wrapping paper.
Christmas themed jewellery? Yes please! If you’ve ever fancied rocking a pair of candy cane earrings or tinsel style hoops then ALL OUT GRL will surely be your perfect destination this winter.
World wide shipping? Check! Custom pieces available? Check! 90s style beaded accessories? Check! Ugly Accessories has it all!
“SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING FOR HAPPY SOULS” sound like your cup of tea? If so then Made by Martha's selection of crop tops, crochet jumpers and more will be sure to spark joy in your happy souls.
For those of you missing the festival lifestyle, sew high clothing will go a long way in helping you reminisce about days spent dancing in muddy fields! Leopard print flares and crop top co-ords are just some of the unique items offered by Sew High, so check them out if this has made your heart sing as much as it has made mine!
1 word. TULLE! Quite possibly one of the dreamiest fabrics out there and there’s a whole London based store dedicated to tulle designs?? If you’ve ever fancied owning a tulle tote paired with a matching scrunchie or a custom made tulle dress then KMI Studios is the perfect choice for you!
With these selection of stores just a click away, your winter shopping stresses can be cured with tulle pieces, gold hoops and unique prints! Support your local businesses whilst treating yourself and others this winter!
Written by Rachella Lartey