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salute our crafty scots

Indies and creatives from all over the UK showcase their imaginative makes and gift ideas on the weekend Twitter marketplace #UKGiftAM.

But we thought we’d break it down a little with occasional region-by-region looks at some of the splendid artists and designers who regularly grace us with their talent.

Starting here with Scotland – which, as we all know, is more of a magnificent dominion than a region (can you tell we’re based in Glasgow - Ed).

Of course, there are many, many more gifted artisans than those featured here. But you can rest assured, we’ll be back at the end of our round-UK tour to start a new cycle with them.

It’s going to be a bit like painting the Forth Road Bridge. . .

Clockwise (from top left):

No round-up of Scottish craft or guile would be complete without the inclusion of west coast jewellery designers ArgyllSeaGlass who ‘rescue mermaid’s tears and transform them into beautiful seaglass jewellery like this frosted aqua necklace and earring set

Puffin painting from Edinburgh artist and designer Morvenna – in this case, transformed into a pack of five greeting cards. Her ‘unique Scottish artwork for distinctive living’ also embraces original art, prints and homeware and accessories

Aquamarine pebble stack jewellery from Glasgow jewellery designer Chalso Jewellery Semi-precious stones, Swarovski, crystal and Sterling silver all feature imaginatively in her designs

Scottish thistle art from Glasgow artist Amazingraceart – one of the many vivid Caledonian visions she bestows upon wildflowers; forest, lake and sea scenes (sometimes with their angel or fairy inhabitants) and, of course, Heiland coos

Single pink tulip seaglass artwork from Fife beach-find artist and potter Fifeseaglass Wave upon wave of cute images in all sizes of frames, also available as cards

Seascape by Ayrshire landscape and abstract artist Rose Anson Rose builds and layers directly onto canvas until she captures the moods and emotions she feels are right. Commissions make up a lot of her work

Celtic hip flask handcrafted in Scotland from polymer clay - Lothian designer Bedecked Beads also fashions the modelling clay into stunning classic and contemporary brooches, necklaces, bracelets and pendants

Kitsch pins and cards from colourful Edinburgh illustrator and pun-peddler Lady Kerry

Centre - Salad bowls from Highland ceramic artist Mudness Ceramics - just one example from a range of richly-coloured and exquisite collections of mugs, plates, yarn bowls and objets d’art

If you like to spend weekends in fun and supportive company, join us for #UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon – whatever part of the UK you’re from!

• 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

making first impressions count

What collective term should we give creative newcomers to #UKGiftAM? A galaxy of gifteds? A marvel of makers? There’s a flourish of first-timers every weekend to the Twitter hashtag hour that showcases and celebrates #shopindie #giftideas – and here we highlight some more who have burst onto the scene recently.

Clockwise from top left:

Peppermint foot lotion and moisturizing kaolin clay mask from Staffordshire natural and organic artisan skin carers NaturallyQueenBee

Man’s best friend teapot from Stoke Art Pottery, curators of handmade pottery from leading potters and ceramic artists around the world

Fake taxidermy trophy head from Hull sewing passionista and fabric gift ideas sage KraftyKoriginal

Handmade wall hanging from London home décor specialists It's OK Kid

Feather print Malini Fayre cushion from Cheshire’s happening hub of home accessories My Kind Of Interiors

Children’s book The Reynolds Five Adventures – based on a family’s real-life travels around Northern Ireland and Scotland – by Northern Ireland author and illustrator Sarah Jane Reynolds

Greeting cards packed with puns and innuendos from Docklands card designer doyenne Dippyfish Cards

Cork wrap journals and notebooks from Cambridge traditional bookbinder and contemporary designer Handcrafted Books by Sue Day

Centre – steampunk sterling silver heart pendant with Victorian clockwork cogs from jewellery design dynamos ClockworkPunk

Remember to #shopindie #shoplocal and #supportsmallbusiness not only in gifts but also in as many areas of your buying as possible.

And if you like to spend weekends in fun and supportive company, join us for #UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon – you’ll want to come back time after time!

• 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

great indie gift ideas from the first

One of the joys – and there are many – of #UKGiftAM lately has been to spot the amount of UK indie and creative first-timers to the hashtag. We love our weekly regulars but we’re always delighted to welcome more inventive makers and small businesses to our trending Twitter marketplace week by week.

Here’s a snapshot of some of our latest debutants and the gorgeous #giftideas they’ve brought to us. We hope to make this a regular feature so make sure you join us for #UKGiftAM on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon – especially if you haven’t joined us before!

Clockwise from top left:

Steampunk junk robot refashioned out of opera glasses, brass candlesticks and an Oxo tin from UK upcycler Junkbots. If we could tell you more about the maker, we would, but there’s precious little information to go on (could they be a robot?)

Hand-blown glass whisky angel on an oak stand from award-winning Stirlingshire glassware specialists Angels' Share Glass

Handmade pendants filled with sweet treats from sprinkles to herbs from Southampton jewellery designer Cranberry Cakes

Organic hemp weekend holdall from Portsmouth cruelty-free handmade traders Reborn Rewild – every sale supports local hand-crafters in a Himalayan community

Biscuits T-shirt from Manchester-based Food Tees – T-shirt designers and printers with a taste for gastronomic fashion

Sterling silver flower, pink sapphire and pearl pendant from London artisan gemstone jewellery designer Black Lotus London

Coptic-bound, fabric-covered A6 journal from Fife-based handbound book and linocut card maker HelloFlorrie

Succulents garden necklace in polymer clay from inspirational London jewellery, bags and cases designer 815amUK

Centre: Memory bears made out of shirts, uniforms and outfits by Wales handcrafter Elisabeth Sews – Elisabeth helps children who have lost someone by making bears from clothing that belonged to their loved ones

• 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

share indie valentine's love

So many imaginative, witty and striking gifts on display on #lovegiftsday – the special day co-hosted by Presents of Mind on Twitter last weekend to showcase Valentine's Day gift ideas from UK indies and creatives.

If you’re looking for memorable tokens of love and affection, the thread is a go-to source of inspiration – and it’s being added to all the time. Share your love for your special one with #smallbiz!

Featured here (clockwise from top left):

Love cube candles in pure vanilla and sticky Welsh honey from Powys artisan candle handpourers Red Kite Candles

Love-in-a-Mist seed card from Hampshire vegan-friendly and plastic-free plantable greetings card specialists Charlie Collis Design

Couple’s bracelets from Glasgow jewellery designer Chalso Jewellery

Heart shaped cyclamen leaf pendant from PF Jewellery, who hand craft jewellery from photographs 'printed' into aluminium

Hearts canvas acrylic wall art from family crafting business Biscuitbarrelcrafts

Pair of burr oak pendants from Sussex woodturner and artist MJA Wood

Fragrant frogs (they might turn into princes) scented with lavender buds from Norfolk micro-nursery specialists in herbs Jemima's Garden

Boho heart earrings from Yorkshire jewellery designer TwiggyPeasticks

Centre – indie undies (or make-your-own knickers pattern) from Cardiff haberdashery and fabric boutique Trixie Lixie

Join us for #UKGiftAM on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon – 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

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

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

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