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july #shopindie sales hotting up

Six UK indies and creatives celebrated sales during the Twitter #shopindie showcase #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM last weekend.

This takes the number who have tempted buyers since the beginning of July to 24 - and the total number of indies and creatives who have achieved sales through #UKGiftHour since it started to 110.

Read about how the sales reached this point here and here.

  • Latest to join the #UKGiftHourPower sellers list (top row from left) was north London artist artwithmollie. Joining in for the first time she made an immediate impact with her handmade prints and cards inspired by nature.
  • Nature also provided the appeal for Peterborough glass artist SamphireGlass who created a sales buzz with his honeycomb dichroic glass pendant and sweet bee charm.
  • Beautiful pillar candles made from fallen yew tree branches by Herefordshire wood artisans Goodmans Handmade proved an irresistible attraction.

Bottom row from left:

  • New face coverings from London homeless support collective Beanies Masato were in demand. Seven designs in several colours were added to the range for pre-ordering with funds raised going to homeless outreach.
  • Saturday was #ecogiftsday on #UKGiftHour (separate update to come) – it was also #UKGiftHourPower day for Carmarthenshire outdoor gift specialist Adventure Accessories who snapped up a sale with this fun raffia bucket hat.
  • #UKGiftHour wouldn’t be #UKGiftHour without a sale for Liverpool earring designer ForeverChic. She’s reported up to a dozen sales over the past few weeks and these daisy hoop hotties joined the roll call.

Join us for UKGiftHour UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon – there’s always fun, support and a very warm welcome!

#shopindie point of sale

Our weekend Twitter #supportsmallbusiness marketplace #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM can't guarantee #shopindie sales – but it's showing it can increase the chances for UK indies and creatives.

For the second weekend in a row, almost a dozen makers heard the online sales tills ringing and reported cases of what we call #UKGiftHourPower.

It included a number of first-time sellers – taking the total number of creatives who have achieved sales during #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM since it started to 109.

On this occasion, buyers were tempted by (clockwise from top left):

  • A set of British Sign Language tiles by Lincolnshire sign language specialists The Worble Shack
  • Handpainted robin keyring by West Yorkshire illustrator Fawa Shah
  • Rainbow bracelet by Bedfordshire jewellery designer The Beaded Magpie
  • Blue hydrangeas notebook (featuring fabric from Suffolk suppliers The Little Fabric Shop) by Cambridgeshire bookbinder Handcrafted Books by Sue Day
  • Madness-inspired ‘Our House’ T-shirt – from which some sale proceeds go to Beanies Masato homeless outreach fund – by London fashion and homeware collective Masato Jones
  • Burslem spring flowers platter or jewellery tidy, handpainted with poppy and daisy flowers, from York vintage homeware curator The Georgian Cottage
  • Teal and black leopard print polymer clay earrings by Liverpool jewellery designer Forever Chic – taking her July sales during #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM to an amazing dozen
  • Nature journal stencil by eclectic Nottinghamshire craft house Spratt's Designs
  • Centre – a sale from the #UKGiftAM Facebook page. A box of HB grade superior graphite pencils from UK online stationer Stationery and Art. The retro styles are a re-edition of independent Portuguese brand Viarco’s products from the 1940s to the 1960s.

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

Now you can find us on Facebook and PInterest too!

another power of good for #shopindie

#UKGiftHourPower was on active duty again at the weekend Twitter #supportsmallbusiness marketplace #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM.

UK indies and creatives caught buyers’ eyes with special #shopindie #giftideas including (clockwise from top left):

  • Long drop earrings from the pink summer stripes collection by Liverpool polymer jewellery designer Forever Chic - actually one of four #UKGiftAM sales that set her till ringing and her happy dancing!
  • Multi-coloured baby elephant by Norwich ceramic artist Hazlehurst Ceramics
  • Handmade wooden pizza and pesto knives by Staffordshire wood artisans Whispers of Wood
  • Egyptian cotton sarong by bespoke fabrics and furnishings stylists Neith Textiles
  • Two tone silver disc earrings by East Sussex enamel jewellery designer MaisyPlum
  • Pink Flamingos card by Laura Stone from the Sarah’s Online Cards independent artists collective
  • Hedgehog keyring by Lincolnshire felt and fabric fashioner Ellie’s Treasures
  • Floyd scarf – inspired by the Pink Floyd artwork for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ – by Manchester accessories aces Ollie and Fred, a member of the Masato Jones design collective
  • Centre – We’re not just selling on Twitter, we’re selling through our Facebook page too! This handmade antique book-themed bag-in-a-bag by Yorkshire maker ZebraMingo Crafts was snapped up over the weekend – as was a selection of #ecofriendly cards by Berkshire art and stationery virtuoso DaisyWings

We were also notified of sales for Isle of Wight recycled fashion designer SammDesigns and Lincolnshire handmade multi-skiller CreateEngland.

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

Now you can find us on Facebook and PInterest too!

men's gifts directory


ARTISTS/ILLUSTRATORS

Resplendent Artworks

Exclusive original artwork and products

Lauren Marie Studio

Artworks and stationery inspired by nature

Kate Beinder Artworks

Artist and mixed media/pebble artist

Amazingrace

Eclectic Scottish artist, animal lover and vegan

Sarah Robinson Designs

Original linocuts, greeting cards and paper bunting

Beetlestudios

Nature inspired modern pen and ink art

HollowWayShop

Art and handmade goodies

EmilyTull

Artist and needle painter, wildlife and portraits

CW Photo Art

Photographic and illustrated prints, cards and gifts

Lucymeiscribbles

Dogs and other cute cuddly things - plus the odd building

Cards by Mormor Jan

Handmade cards, original art

MorvennaUK

Unique Scottish artwork and homeware for distinctive home living

Michelle Campbell

Illustrations of animals and wildlife

Cards

DominosDoodles

Greetings cards, shortly expanding to colouring sheets, dog pics and more

SthDifferent Cards

Bespoke hand-drawn greeting cards

Lorna Kyle Cards

Cards, eclectic artwork and framer of 7” vinyl

Shelli Graham

Greetings cards, gifts and homeware

Charlie Collis Design

Plastic-free business specialising in plantable greeting cards

Dawny DT Designs

Beautiful hand-stitched cards and handmade jewellery

ARTISAN CRAFTS

Bookbinding

Crafted Books by Sue Day

Eco-friendly handcrafted notebooks , journals and photo albums

Ceramics

Ashes and Oak Creations

Ceramic sculpture, pastel drawing, woodwork and clay therapy

Copper

Copper Cup

Handmade, copper home accessories and gifts

Felt

Fiona Finlayson Art

Needle-felting artist of animals and pet portraits

Glass

Samphire Glass

Striking home decor pieces and jewellery

CraftyGlassStudio

Handmade fused glass art, jewellery, gifts and homeware

Scarlet Impressions

Glass artist, eco-conscious pendants and marbles

Sarah Greening Glass

Fusing glass and chemistry to create unique jewellery

Kits

Krasnaya Crafts

Cute craft kits and Russian dolls

Wood

Whispers of Wood

Wood artisan - wooden cheese knives and boards, Highly Commended in Gift of the Year 2020 awards

Alba Gifts & Designs

Bespoke gifts using traditional and modern woodworking methods

WoodenYouLove

Handmade, personalised wooden gifts using the art of pyrography

Davenports Handmade

Wooden bowls, pens and jewellery boxes

FromTheTree

Specialist woodturner, unique vessels and boxes

MJAWOOD

Wood art, woodturning and sculpture artist capturing the unique beauty in nature

Ammonite Studio

Fine handcrafted bentwood rings, one tree planted for every ring

FASHION

Paloule Scarves

Designer of cotton spaghetti scarves and unique fashion accessories

MerrilinMusic & Tie-dye

Tie-dye T-shirts, entertainment accessories, festival wear

Goathouse Tees

Quirky, eco-friendly organic cotton T-shirts

Bags

Bees Attic

Bespoke handmade bags, purses, hats and gifts

ZebraMingo

Brightly coloured and patterned handmade bags with the aim of reducing plastic

SewSofia

Funky, fun and functional handcrafted bags and accessories for kids and grown ups

Barmadebags

Eco-friendly, sustainable bags from reclaimed fabrics

Beads and buttons

KCBraidsandBeads

Braided and beaded jewellery and accessories

BlackCatButton

Maker of new and nostalgic pretty things from buttons

FOOD AND DRINK

Marvellous Mixes

Bake at home mixes for gifts, wedding favours and party bags

The Pudding Man

Family owned traditional pudding makers using original recipes

Marzipan Artisan

Marzipan sweets for all occasions

GIFTS

Spratts Designs

Eclectic range of handmade creations from stencils and journals to watering can sun-catchers and painted canal artwork

iSeeCollections

Exclusive artwork, prints and gifts for the home

TheDollyBird

Handcrafted and made-to-order gifts that can be personalised for any occasion

MacGillivrays

Celtic jewellery and Scottish gifts

SophiaStrangeGB

Gifts and accessories for the beautifully strange – earrings, necklaces, bookmarks and more

HighlandWolf

Handmade and handcrafted homeware and gifts made mainly using reclaimed and recycled materials

NolaGifts

Personalised gifts for all occasions with 20% profits donated to help fight homelessness

GetGlobal1

Variety of discounted gift ideas

New age

WildSeaWitch

Handcrafted Pagan, Wiccan and New Age wares

Independent gift stores

Blighty’s Quintessentially British

Family gift shop in Cranbrook, Kent, supporting gifts made in the British Isles

Just Because (You Love It)

Boutique gift shop in Chippenham offering reusable, eco and vegan-friendly lifestyle products and gifts

Gingerbugs & Co

Gift shop in Ingleton, Yorkshire, featuring handmade art, craft and design from the Dales and beyond

HOMEWARE/LIFESTYLE

HandDrawnWorld

Hand drawn teapots, cups, mugs, plates, bowls and clothes for all occasions

The Blueberry Patch

Decorative items for the home from vintage illustrations handprinted onto fabric

BirdandButtonUK

Bright and bold handmade lamp shades

Shaktiism

Non-profit social enterprise, ethically handmade accessories using upcycled saris

BeautyInDesignShop

Contemporary home decor and accessories with a twist

Proven-salle

Furniture with a French countryside and Provençal influence

TykesBoutique

Luxury hand-made aprons, boxer shorts, handkerchiefs, peg bags and table runners

JEWELLERY

Chalso Jewellery

Handmade jewellery featuring semiprecious stones, Swarovski crystal elements and Sterling silver

MaisyPlum

Contemporary handmade enamel jewellery that incorporates beautiful stand-out colours

TheArtofJewelleryUK

Creators of handmade and bespoke jewellery

Raven Handcrafted

Wood and resin jewellery, woodturning and art Inspired by the sea and magical landscapes

Cheryls Jewellery

Handmade jewellery in Bohemian–Avant Garde–Minimalist styles featuring sterling silver and plate, gemstone and crystal

SKINCARE/AROMATHERAPY

MelTempleSpa

Award-winning skincare treatments, products, advice and gift ideas

Natura Emporium

Natura self-care range and handmade accessories

Soap & Pamper

Luxurious vegan and palm oil free soaps, shampoo and lip balms

ScentsbyMandy

Safe and affordable stylish and quirky scents

STATIONERY

Stationery & Art

Pens, pencils, paper, notebooks and gifts

Spotlight Stationery

Monthly or bi-monthly subscriptions, one-off purchases of past boxes, corporate and personal gifts

VINTAGE/RETRO/UPCYCLING

Junkbots

Steampunk robots made from recycled vintage items

The Bottle Bin

Upcycled, handcrafted glass bottles with micro LED lights for gifts or home decor

Suitcase Trains

Bespoke model train sets housed inside vintage suitcases

CoopsRetroBar

Brewerania - vintage glasses, jugs, decanters, cocktail shakers, coasters and more

WEDDINGS

WeTalkWeddings

Stylish, affordable wedding and bridesmaid gifts

WRITERS/AUTHORS

Cassandra Clark

Author of the Hildegard of Meaux medieval noir series and the Brother Chandler trilogy

Paul Cude

Author of The White Dragon Saga

. . . AND FINALLY

SUPPORT SERVICES

Packaging

Shredded-paper.co.uk

Award-winning recyclable shredded paper for hampers and gifts

Small business support

Rebecca's Reviews

Award-winning #shopindie champion and blogger

Cost reductions

Martyn Rhodes

Cost reduction and services agent, gas, electricity, merchant services, telecoms and water

imaginative gift ideas for men

Gift ideas stereotypes were cast aside in a fast and furious #mensgiftsday special on #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM last weekend.

UK indies and creatives treated the ever-popular Twitter marketplace to a surge of lateral thinking with Fathers Day approaching.

More than 90 makers brought thoughtful and original #shopindie #giftideas to the party – and this is just the first review we’re going to make of some of the inspiration on show.

Clockwise (from top left):

  • Men like fashion too. . . these quality upcycled cotton scarves are from Durham fashion designer Paloule Scarves "and can be made in any team’s colours," she adds
  • Men like jewellery too. . . and Kent jewellery designer Amanda Tamsin Jewellery told us this earth colours glass and wooden bead shamballa bracelet would be a great choice
  • Men like pampering too. . . and Devon natural soap, shampoo and lip balm maker Soap & Pamper can offer handcrafted soaps in gift boxes as well as shaving kits
  • Men like baking too. . . Worcestershire baking and party suppliers Marvellous Mixes suggested gifting a mix or baking one yourself and gifting the results
  • Men like crafting too. . . and Derbyshire craft kit designers and producers Krasnaya Crafts thought this Ozzie Owl needle felting picture kit would provide the ideal opportunity
  • Men like cooking too. . . and a spalted hardwood rolling pin from Staffordshire wood artisans Whispers of Wood would offer a handsome helping hand
  • Men like accessories too. . . and a large Japanese linen toilet bag featuring retro scooters from Leicestershire bag maker and pattern designer Sew Sofia would be a handy place to park their personal products
  • We’re not sure if men like hanging out the washing too. . . but the peg bags from Yorkshire crafter Tykes Boutique are multi-purpose and she also has dashing ranges of handkerchiefs, aprons and boxer shorts
  • Centre: Men definitely like their mancaves. . . and they can be spruced up with some of the brightest and boldest handmade lamp shades around from East Sussex lampshade maker Bird and Button

For all these imaginative ideas and more, the #mensgiftsday hashtag on Twitter is still there to scroll through.

Join us for #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon – there’s always fun, support and a very warm welcome!

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