Not only does shopping from independent businesses mean your gifts are going to be more unique, meaningful and considered, but they are also often more sustainable and of a higher quality. It is also guaranteed to mean an awful lot more to small business owners than it does to the retail giants, making you feel good about your purchases too. It's a win-win-win-win type situation.
We have put together a few of our favourite independent businesses for you to support and shop from this Christmas.
1. THE 5TH
At THE 5TH, we are a fine fragrance house creating unique personal fragrances with sustainability and clean beauty in mind. Our debut scent DŪMBO is paraben free, phthalate free and vegan and our packaging is either 100% plastic free, recyclable, reusable or biodegradable.
The best part about it is that it's a risk free gift. Each bottle comes with a free sample for your loved one's to try. If it's not for them, just send us the full sized bottle back for a refund.
Looking for a stocking filler? Our 2ml sample bottles are individually boxed and create the perfect gift for just £3.
We also offer free shipping on all orders.
2. Lofty Box
We recently discovered Lofty Box and love what they are doing. Their monthly subscription boxes help to save past dated stock from being thrown away with a curated selection of different products from other small sustainable brands and ship them straight to your (or your loved ones) door.
The contents of the box change each month with a mix of food, drink, health and beauty products.
It's a great way to explore brands you may not know about and it's always nice to get surprise products through your door each month.
From as little as £8 you can treat your loved ones to a Lofty Box.
3. FJE Design
We met the lovely Eliza at a market for independent artists and makers and we saw first hand how amazing her hand-crafted jewellery is.
She has a wide selection of pieces available in both gold and silver from rings, to necklaces, earrings and earcuffs.
Each piece is made by Eliza in-between studying for her university degree and she ensures her materials are all ethically and sustainably sourced.
The focus is on slow fashion and Eliza's jewellery is designed to be timeless, 'making the classical contemporary'.
The perfect unique gifts for your loved ones.
Candles are the perfect gift to give your loved ones, especially during the winter months. They add luxury to the home and promote a little rest and relaxation.
ŚURŪ candles offer exactly that, with a sleek luxurious design and a burn time of 60 hours!
They have a choice of thoughtfully crafted scents inspired by the founders' roots in Punjab, including a brand new release.
With sustainability in mind their candles are made in small batches from a 100% natural wax blend and are packaged with dissolvable protective peanuts.
Treat your loved ones (or yourself) this Christmas.
5. FLO London
From homeware, to clothing accessories and tote bags, FLO London have a collection of unique and colourful pieces.
Each item is made from Ahwenepa Nkasa fabric and handmade in Ghana.
As if that wasn't enough, FLO London (For the Love Of London) also have a great online publication sharing all things to do, see, eat and drink in London.
There is something for everyone with such a diverse range of products, colours and patterns, you won't struggle to find Christmas gifts with FLO London.
We are confident you'll love these independent businesses as much as we do and that your gifts will not only stand out, but help out the planet too. Shopping small is big.
See you on THE 5TH,
H & G