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#ukgiftam hits indie sales landmark

More than 50 UK indies and creatives can now call themselves #UKGiftHourPower players!

That’s the number of makers who have achieved sales on #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM since the the Twitter #shopindie showcase began.

A flurry of purchases at the weekend saw the landmark figure reached.

“It’s no mean feat and it could easily be more than that,” said #UKGiftHour creator David Knight. “These figures rely on what feedback we’ve received – many, many more makers could have achieved sales without us knowing.”

Among the latest gift ideas and creatives attracting the call of the ker-ching were (clockwise from top left):

  • Handmade sea glass jewellery by west of Scotland lochside designer ArgyllSeaGlass
  • Baby keepsake pebble by Manchester creative Pebbles4Thought
  • Headband/ear warmer by Hertfordshire slow fashion knitter KnitsandBobsKLR
  • Wooden hanging bird house by Aberdeenshire wildlife food friends Hedge Buddies
  • Seaglass flower by Fife sea glass and pottery artist fifeseaglass
  • Personalised bunnies by London fun and celebration crafter AHeartlyCraft
  • Mixed media wildlife artwork by Yorkshire textile artist and designer UniqueByHannah (accompanying card created by purchaser DellaByDesign)
  • Handwoven two-tone shawl by weavers and fabrics fashionistas Neith Textiles
  • Centre - painting of Firth of Clyde island Ailsa Craig by Glasgow artist Amazingraceart

Armagh garland designer Jasmine and Lily Floral Wreaths, East Sussex jewellery designer MaisyPlum, Sussex woodturner and artist MJAWOOD, Cambridge traditional bookbinder CraftedBooksBySueDay and Shropshire photographer and artist CWPhotoArt have also recently added to their #UKGiftAM sales tallies.

Join us for #UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon – we’re the #shopindie #giftfinder at your fingertips!

eco gift ideas enterprise - part 2

Here’s part two of our #shopindie lookback at #ecogiftsday before it’s full steam ahead from tomorrow (22 Feb) for Mothers Day and Easter on #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM.

If you recall, we asked UK indies and creatives to demonstrate their eco-friendly gift ideas and practices on Twitter and we were treated to an environmental fiesta.

You can see the first instalment of our review here. Taking the spotlight in part two are (clockwise from top left):

  • We unashamedly fell in love immediately with these packaging stickers from Shropshire photographer and artist CWPhotoArt imploring all customers to ‘recycle me please’. “Great to add onto your small biz packaging,” said Charlotte.
  • All the packaging used by spellbinding Dorset witch healers and sisters BohoBanshees is recycled and recyclable - “including the bath bomb shrink wrap!” they said. “All our product ingredients are organic and if not homegrown are ethically sourced. We also reuse and upcycle any bits we can.”
  • Reclaim, restore and recycle is the mantra of Dorset weaver Former Glory. She placed the ‘for sale soon’ sign on this fully restored pair of oak arts and crafts chairs “probably made by William Birch of High Wycombe late 19th century”.
  • East Sussex papercraft maestra Esselle Crafts is “proud to be a zero waste small business, promoting upcycling and sustainability to create gorgeous, unique gift ideas" – such as these instant download papercraft templates.
  • Nottingham jewellery designer ponyponyponyjewellery makes all her jewellery with recycled sterling silver. “It has all the same properties but less waste,” she said. “And is still equally shiny.”
  • York sewing and stitchwork queen Anita Rose Designs treated us to a display of cotton shopping bags, reusable make-up wipes and these ‘lovely to use’ eco-friendly nautical napkins.

If you’re on Twitter and you’d like to see a full list of the indies and creatives who provided #ecogiftsday gift inspiration, you can find it here.

Join us for #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon – we’re the #shopindie giftfinder at your fingertips! #supportsmallbusiness

eco gift ideas enterprise - part 1

So much #ecogiftsday enterprise on #UKGiftAM last weekend that we’re splitting our review into parts.

We asked UK indies and creatives to demonstrate their eco-friendly gift ideas and practices on Twitter and we were treated to something of an environmental epiphany.

Here we highlight (clockwise from top left):

  • Unique dolls with attitudes from Sheffield recycler extraordinaire DollsWithAttitudes. “All my dolls are made completely from #plasticfree #recycled fabrics,” said creative Jane Blake.
  • Zero waste pendant from Wirral polymer clay artist IndigoCreate. “When I make a galaxy veneer for my silhouettes I sometimes have some clay left over,” said Jen Shelton. “Instead of throwing it, I use it in these pendants.”
  • Lampshade made with reclaimed and recycled coffee sacks from Aberdeen #ethical venture and social enterprise Highland Wolf. “Almost everything we sell is handmade using reclaimed and recycled materials. All of our suppliers are small makers, crafters and businesses.”
  • Range of natural, handmade, vegan and cruelty free skincare products from Loughborough hypoallergenic cleaning and personal care hub The Cleaning Cabinet. “We partner with like-minded small businesses to bring top-notch eco alternatives.”
  • And ending this review on a high note, as it were, an exclusive music pendant made from vintage sheet music by Wiltshire creator of quirky, upcycled gifts and goodies MooseintheMint.

Watch this space for more examples of #shopindie eco gift inspiration.


Join us for #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon – we’re the #shopindie giftfinder at your fingertips! #supportsmallbusiness

#shopindie #giftideas sales spree!

You often hear us say we’re the #giftfinder at your fingertips – it’s been proved by the way #UKGiftHourPower has started 2020.

Several UK indies and creatives have recorded multiple sales on the #shopindie #giftideas showcase hour #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter – most notably two who chose it as their platform to launch new designs.

Sarah Skilton of South Wales outdoor gift site Adventure Accessories unveiled new boot cuff ankle warmers last weekend for hiking, climbing, exercising and relaxing. She said: “The #UKGiftAM community has totally blown me away this morning with its amazing support. I have sold five pairs already. I am overwhelmed with happiness.”

London fashion designer and #shopindie champion Masato Jones announced his first design for 2020 – a limited print ’Our House’ T-shirt. Before too long he was adding: “Five sold already with £3 from each sale going to Beanie Masato homeless outreach hamper fund.”

Our illustration of gift ideas that set the tills ringing features (clockwise from top left):

Coptic stitch A6 notebook by Cambridge bookbinder CraftedBooksBySueDay
"Happy dancing as I sold this little beauty last night on the back of yesterday’s #UKGiftAM"
“Fired Larch” heart pillar candle T-Light holders by Herefordshire maker Goodmans Handmade
“Last week sold a set of these thanks to #UKGiftAM and now another set this morning!”
Hand-stitched greeting card by Durham creative DawnyDTDesigns
“What a weekend I've had!! So many sales, and at least two of them were due to #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter”
T-shirt logo by Masato Jones
Wiltshire artist Harriet Lowther finalised an order for two of her doggy bone china mugs during #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM
Silver-plated snake chain necklace and wire earrings with recycled glass pendants by Lincolnshire designer CreateEngland
“Sold during #UKGiftAM but don't panic, there are still two of these available, and plenty more recycled jewellery items on my Etsy site”
Valentine’s Day card by London card originator SthDifferent Cards
“Delighted that @UKGiftHourPower struck just after #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM when one of my Valentines Day cards sold. Thank you :)”
Ceramic puffin ornament by Norwich creator Hazlehurst Ceramics
“I sold three pieces today as a result of #UKGiftHourPower”
Boot Cuff ankle warmers by Adventure Accessories

And just see what other sellers had to say:

Northern Ireland garland specialists Jasmine and Lily Floral Wreaths:

“I shared my Wild Spring Garden Floral Wreath and it SOLD OUT! Absolutely delighted!! What a fab start to February!"

London vintage cognoscente Loves Vintage 43:

“Whoop Whoop! Fabulous to get a sale from #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM this morning, am made up :)”

Nottinghamshire gift house Spratts Designs

“This beauty is going to head off to a new home today big cheer for @UKGiftHourPower

Shropshire’s Charlotte Wade Photography and Artwork:

“I have had my very first official #UKGiftAM sale, **happy dance** A lovely lady has bought three of my handmade one-of-a-kind trinket dishes. This has completely made my day.”

Glasgow jewellery designer Chalso Jewellery:

“I often get sales during #UKGiftAM, I had three this morning.”

Lancashire copper home accessories ace CopperCup29:

“I also made 3 sales during yesterday’s #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM. My favourite twitter hour by far and the most supportive!”

Join us for #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon – we can't guarantee happy dances but we'll always do our best to play the right music! #supportsmallbusiness

for the love of valentine's - shop indie!

If you want to give with true love on Valentine’s Day, give something that was created with true love.

That means any one of the gift ideas carefully and skilfully crafted by UK independent and creative makers.

They put their hearts into #lovegiftsday on the Twitter marketplace #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM at the weekend.

Their inspiration followed the course of true love throughout – we’ve picked out some charmers here but our selection is by no means definitive. If you’re on Twitter, the #lovegiftsday hashtag is there for you to scroll through; a bounty of gift ideas is also being posted on the #UKGiftAM Facebook group page.

We hope to feast your eyes to another selection soon but, for now, throw some admiring glances this way (clockwise, from top left):

  • If you’re contemplating the full Valentine’s approach – popping the question or planning a wedding – couple it with some handmade ring dishes from Shropshire photography magnifico CW Photo Art
  • Bouquets are beautiful but floral wreaths are positively blooming – especially from award-winning Armagh garland designer Jasmine & Lily. Peonies and hydrangea feature in this Valentine’s extravaganza.
  • Give the occasion a silver lining with exquisite handcraft jewellery from Leicester silversmith and designer The Sylverling Workshop. Traditional tools and methods are used to produce stunners like these heart earrings.
  • The way to your Valentine’s heart could be through these fused glass hanging decorations from East Sussex jewellery designer Maisy Plum. A cute and stylish token of affection, they make great sun catchers too.
  • Lift the lid on your emotions with a romantic ring box from the enchanting range of Scarborough wedding gift grandmasters OhSoLoveleigh. All the luxury boxes have a leatherette interior and can be personalised.
  • Ylang ylang, jasmine and clary sage oils are all well known for being aphrodisiac – and all feature in the Natura Venus Oil from the natural plant-based self-care product and gift ideas range of aromatherapist Crafty Bijoux Boutique.
  • Candles always set a perfect mood and they don’t come more bewitching than this patchouli-scented love candle with potent love herbs and rose quartz crystals from Oxfordshire family-run luxury soy candle business The Magick Cauldron.
  • Forge your relationship with spectacular welded hearts from Wiltshire artist and blacksmith Melissa Cole. Melissa hand forges metalwork for the home and garden and her Love Heart features tapered scroll details to the top and flared curves for extra shape and style.
  • Centre: You’ve heard of love birds – now, thanks to Edinburgh arts and crafts specialists Elbri Crafts, we’ve got dove birds! It’s an adorable hand-painted white dove nesting doll set in which you could even hide a little love note. . .

Join us for #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon – we’re the #shopindie giftfinder at your fingertips! #supportsmallbusiness


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