Presents of Mind blog

spooky spectacular

It’s 13 days to Halloween but the tricks and treats were being lined up in advance by UK indies and creatives on Twitter’s #UKGiftHour last weekend.

Spooky spectaculars are guaranteed if this selection of gift ideas from the weekly marketplace is anything to go by (clockwise from top left)

Halloween wax melt casket from Hampshire rustic and rural gift candle charmers Hobby Coffee Shop

Wolf necklace from Wiltshire jewellery and accessories designer MollyGDesigns

Halloween pop up box from Welsh greetings card producers Dimensional Art

Silver raven skull earrings from Yorkshire jewellery designer Twiggypeasticks

Hand-carved painted Tiki Hawaiian mask from Manchester Balinese gifts emporium HadiahUK Bali Importers

Gothic beaded lace earrings from Kent geek tatting lace designer Tatania Rosa

Beastie finger puppets from Cheshire felt artist Stephanie Cowburn

Pumpkin candle from York luxury soy wax candles and melts masters PQSoyWaxCandles

Centre - Halloween head handmade pottery from Scottish Highlands ceramics artist Mudness Ceramics

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solid grasp of different gift ideas

There was an inspired display of how #UKGiftHour can make a material difference to your gift-giving during the top-trending Twitter UK indie and creative showcase last weekend.

In recent weeks we’ve been treated to imaginative #giftideas in a range of crafts – from wood and textiles to crochet and needlefelt – but last weekend the focus turned to more solid examples.

Stone, glass, bronze and concrete made a heavy duty impact thanks to the ingenuity and skills of (clockwise from top left, above):

Dragon hand carving in local stone by Sheffield stone artist and sculptor Stephen Nicholson

Dichroic glass pendant by Peterborough glass artist Samphire Glass

Bronze leaf sculpture by London architectural and decorative bronze sculptor Ashleaf London

Concrete pastel rainbow necklace by Weston-super-mare jewellery designer Concretely Shop

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indies bring animal magic to gift ideas

UK indies and creatives worked their animal magic on #UKGiftHour’s first #animalgiftsday at the weekend. There were gift ideas for animal lovers of all kinds on the top-trending Twitter hashtag hour – from majestic wildlife to furry domestic friend.

Included in the shop indie parade (clockwise, from top left):

Tiger coin purse from Liverpool purse virtuoso Handmade Sew Heartfelt

Wire wrapped fairy rat necklace from Suffolk artisan jeweller Branch Beads

Swan felt bookmark from foremost Northampton felter Heart Felt Fancies

Fluffy duckling crochet pattern from Sussex sustainable kits and crafts masters Little Conkers

Forest baby blanket from Lanarkshire soft furnishing snugglesters Precious Hugs

Horsey tablet/phone device beanbag stand from London handbag luminaries Bagsie That 1

Hand embroidered bunny from London handicraft hotshot Pretty Hops and Jumps

Gecko slate paperweight from Wirral polymer clay and mixed media artist IndigoCreate

Needle-felted jumping spider from mighty Manchester felt artist Noseytoes

Join us on Twitter to spread #giftsinspiration every weekend from 9am- 11am – we’re the gift finder at your fingertips. We're the ideal place with Halloween and Christmas coming up.

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autumn colours fall on #ukgifthour

#UKGiftHour was imbued in the golden glow and shades of autumn at the weekend. The rich colours and character of the season unfolded in a vibrant set of #giftideas.

Mellow fruitfulness provided here (clockwise, from top left):

Zip purses from Nottinghamshire textile designers Janie Knitted Textiles

Ombre garnet necklace from Glasgow jewellery designer Chalso Jewellery

Woodland nature necklace from Devon jewellery designer Lonely Cove

Autumn hare card from Gloucester artist and designer Yasmin Jones Cards

Copper autumn leaf barrette from Wiltshire jewellery and accessories designer Molly G Designs

Acorn necklace from Sussex and Dorset handmade and vintage suppliers The Dorothy Days

Join us on Twitter to spread #giftsinspiration every weekend from 9am- 11am – we’re the gift finder at your fingertips

• We reproduce product pictures with the sole intention of promoting the work of the UK indie or creative concerned. Where possible, we will link it to the owner's site to make it easier for potential customers to reach the buying point. We are not interested in or in any way attempting to pass off the products or pictures as our own. If you are an indie or creative and you are unhappy with any aspect of our presentation, please get in touch and we will cooperate to ensure all due permissions and credits are honoured and made clear #shopindie #supportsmallbusiness

wood you believe the skills

Heads are turned week in and week out on Twitter by some of the woodturning talents in the #UKGiftHour community.

Among the extraordinary skills on display during the UK indie and creative gift ideas showcase last Saturday and Sunday morning (clockwise from top left):

‘Endgrain’ chopping block from Staffordshire wood artisans Whispers of Wood

Freestyled handburnt wooden heart from West Yorkshire pyrographers Wooden You Love

Beech vessel with acrylic and link decoration from Leicestershire wood sculptor From The Tree

Beech bentwood ring with vine inlay from Cumbria wood jewellers Ammonite Studio

Join us on Twitter to spread #shopindie #giftideas love every weekend from 9am-11am – the ideal gift finder with Halloween and Christmas coming up

• We reproduce product pictures with the sole intention of promoting the work of the UK indie or creative concerned. Where possible, we will link it to the owner's site to make it easier for potential customers to reach the buying point. We are not interested in or in any way attempting to pass off the products or pictures as our own. If you are an indie or creative and you are unhappy with any aspect of our presentation, please get in touch and we will cooperate to ensure all due permissions and credits are honoured and made clear #shopindie #supportsmallbusiness

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