Presents of Mind blog

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

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• 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

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

#ukgifthour high five

High five to this handful of #giftideas creatives who had #UKGiftHour in a tizzy at the weekend, judging by the number of retweets, likes and comments.

Clockwise from top left:

Adult rainbow hats from Buckinghamshire knitter Bettysmumknits

Needlefelted guinea pig from Scottish artist Fiona Finlayson Art

Mugs from the Sea and Sand collection by Highlands ceramic artist Mudness Ceramics

Dog linocut cards from Essex artist and printmaker Inky Dog Studio – part of the Masato Jones collective

Handpainted Christmas gin glasses coming soon from award-winning Surrey glassware queen Sunny By Sue

Join us on Twitter to spread #giftsinspiration every weekend from 9am-11am – with Halloween and Christmas coming up, it’s an ideal gift finder

• 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

#ukgifthour brings out nature's finest

You could say there were scenes at our first #UKGiftHour #naturegiftsday on Twitter. Both on display and in the reaction.

There were also animals. And natural ingredients and materials. In fact, there was a bountiful collection of gift ideas for nature lovers from UK indies and creatives.

Above is a snapshot of some of the pick of the crop (in other words, that attracted the most ‘likes’, retweets and comments).

Clockwise from top left:

Hedgehog shelter from London home and garden gurus Wood Sage Design

Needlefelt landscape brooch from Manchester artist Noseytoes Creations

Gambian pouched rat tote bag from pet portrait artist Louisa Houchen

Healing amber necklace from London jewellery designer MadeByMissM

Coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax solid lotion bars from Canterbury natural soap makers Ellies Farm Shop

Bead and wire tree of life sculpture from Cornwall artist Twysted Roots

Nature-themed handsewn keyring from Lincolnshire designer elliestreasuresuk

Silver bracelet with turtle charm from Nottingham gifters Five Little Piggies Gifts

Centre:

Kiln-fired chaffinches from the Crown Studio Gallery in Rothbury, Northumberland

Join us on Twitter to spread #giftsinspiration every weekend from 9am- 11am

• 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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