Presents of Mind blog

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


• 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

#shopindie - and make it posthaste!

#postagiftday delivered first class #shopindie gift ideas from UK independent and creative businesses.

The special theme day on the #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM Twitter marketplace unwrapped packets of post-friendly inspiration – from original art prints, stationery and jewellery to bags, cosmetics and homeware.

We’ll be following up on it a lot more but for now we’re focussing on the most post-friendly aspect of all – gift ideas that came with free P&P!

Clockwise from top left in our picture (above):

  • Bookmarks are one of the handiest gifts to pop in the post and Devon bookmark specialists VanityFairGifts told us all of their magnificent markers came with free UK postage.
  • Crochet baby shark cocoon described by Warwickshire handcrafter FluffyKnittens as great for pram, cot or new born photography. Great for posting too - and it's in her sale.
  • All necklaces and earrings offered by Lincoln hand-etched glass virtuoso CreateEngland fit the bill for stocking fillers and Secret Santa. And at low prices with free UK P&P, for posting as well.
  • Lovely wildlife bookplates were just one of the gift ideas that Sussex artist bySWTeal said were being offered with free UK P&P in her shop.
  • Friendship was well and truly extended by Nottingham's gorgeous gifters Five Little Piggies Gifts who presented this celebratory stretch silver bead bracelet with free shipping.
  • Notebooks are very post-friendly too – there’s free postage on this A6 lined book with hand-drawn cover from London card aces SthDifferentCards and others can be made to order.
  • Here’s a felt ornament that will hop into the post with no problem – bunnies were just one of a menagerie of cuties offered by London handmade hotshots PrettyHopsandJumps with worldwide free postage.
  • Buttercup moon from LapinLuneStudio – whose resin jewellery is made from flowers grown in the Breton countryside and is despatched free to the UK and EU.
Join us for #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon – we’re the giftfinder 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

powerful weekly gift guide

With Christmas on the horizon, perhaps it’s time to give your gift planning a bit of #UKGiftHourPower!

UK indies and creatives produce an epic weekly gift guide on the #shopindie Twitter hashtag event #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM.

If you plan ahead and #shopindependent now, it means you’re giving them plenty of time to deliver their fitting and fabulous gifts, freeing you up to actually enjoy the festivities – and the praise you’ll receive for being so different and thoughtful with your gift-buying!

Here’s a sample of the most recent indie delights that caught the eyes of enlightened #supportsmallbusiness buyers:

Clockwise (from top left)

  • Festive penguin earrings from Yorkshire jewellery designer TwiggyPeasticks
  • Charity beanies from London homeless outreach volunteers Masato Beanies Homeless Support. For each beanie bought, another goes to homeless people and #UKGiftHourPower was thanked for helping the campaigners to reach their latest sales target.
  • Christmas reindeer from Norwich ceramic artist Hazlehurst Ceramics
  • Cork journal from Cambridge traditional bookbinder CraftedBooksBySueDay – or should we say two journals as she reported: “Happy dancing for the second time.”
  • Swizzle sticks from Sussex glass jeweller MaisyPlum Fused Glass – two sets were reserved after she unveiled them on #UKGiftAM.
  • Sparkly shawl by lifelong knitter Granny's Fireside – part of the Masato Jones indie collective. “it sold after its first showing on #UKGiftAM,” she said.
  • Aromatherapy bath and showel gel from Sheffield lifestyle consultant MelTempleSpa. “I’ve just ordered!” a #UKGiftAM buyer declared, “I can’t wait to receive it!”
  • Vintage hydrangea floral wreath from Northern Ireland home décor specialists Jasmine & Lily Floral Wreaths
  • Centre - Lancashire seaglass creative Beachtcrafts announced a sell-out of all her Christmas cards during #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on #SundayMorning. “I was madly posting them on Etsy at 9am and then straight on to #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM,” she told us.

Don't be last-minute, be #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM! We're the UK indie and creative giftfinder at your fingertips on Twitter every weekend from 9am-noon!


• 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

#shopindie for children's delights

It’s a prime time to be looking for #childrensgifts with #Halloween and #Christmas coming up. . . and where better to look than #UKGiftAM, the weekend Twitter marketplace of #giftideas from UK indies and creatives.

When the door opened to last weekend’s #kidsgiftsday it was like entering Narnia! A parade of one magical and original gift after another all designed to bring wonder and joy to the young ones.

As always, it feels unfair to pick out just a small sample of the inspiration on show. Be sure to check out the hashtag on Twitter for a great starting point for your #childrens #gifthunting.

Clockwise (from top left):

  • Ceramic toothbrush monsters by South Lanarkshire ceramics artist The Wee Mud Hut
  • Landlubber to love by Newcastle crochet creator Bitzas
  • Children’s storytelling stool by Dorset restorer and recycler Former Glory
  • Dinosaur bear refashioned from a child’s favourite jumper by Wales keepsake queen Elisabeth Sews
  • Retro annual from Sheffield vintage and handmade shop Hatties Emporium
  • Handknitted perky pelican from Derbyshire arts and crafts shop Cutterly Knitted
  • Personalised framed heart from Lancashire cornucopia of copper CopperCup29
  • Wonky donkey garland by Wales fabric gift designer Molle Collection
  • Centre - Quirky Flat Cats noughts and crosses pebble and slate game from Edinburgh arts and crafts emporium Elbri Crafts

Join us for UKGiftAM #UKGiftHour on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon – we’re not just for kids! We’re the #giftfinder that keeps on giving for everyone!


• 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

sales power to UK indies!

With the all-important Christmas season getting ever closer, we’re delighted to report more #giftideas power to UK indies and creatives!

Here’s the latest rundown of original and thoughtful gifts that buyers have snapped up during our three-hour Saturday morning and #Sunday morning Twitter marketplace.

Clockwise from top left:

  • South Wales outdoor gift specialists Adventure Accessories kicked off last week’s #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM hailing a #UKGiftHourPower sale – we don’t know if it was for these crochet ear warmer headbands but they’re worth recommending too!
  • Cambridge traditional bookbinder CraftedBooksBySueDay reported another ker-ching during #UKGiftAM for her popular palm-size journal/notebook wrap, handcrafted using vegan and eco-friendly Portuguese cork
  • The ‘amazing craftsmanship’ of Isle of Wight eco bag designer SammDesigns was highlighted by delighted customer Whispers of Wood, who added: “My friend will be so thrilled to receive it as a very special gift.”
  • They’re slow burners but #UKGiftHour sales began to take-off for these handmade wooden log candle holders by Herefordshire wood creatives Goodmans Handmade
  • No need to travel back in time – now was the ideal moment for a customer to buy this Doctor Who style scarf by South East knitter extraordinaire Granny’s Fireside, one of #shopindie collective under the umbrella of London fashion designer Masato Jones
  • #UKGiftHourPower struck again for East Sussex jewellery designer MaisyPlum when she received a custom order one of her exquisite pill boxes
  • Silver tree of life earrings by Yorkshire jewellery designer TwiggyPeasticks didn’t take long to find a new owner – posted on Saturday’s #UKGiftAM, it was announced on Sunday they’d been sold
  • Sussex woodturner and artist MJA Wood attributed an order for his ‘C’ walking stick to positive feedback he had received to his ‘B’ walking stick on #UKGiftHour
  • Centre – with Halloween approaching, there had to be interest in these cute pumpkin beanie hats by Buckinghamshire maker Bettysmumknits. And indeed another #UKGiftAM sale was rung up!

If you're selling or looking for gift ideas - or just like to spend time in fun and supportive company - there's always a welcome and plenty of inspiration at #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM from 9am-midday every Saturday and Sunday.

• 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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