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ARTISTS/ILLUSTRATORS

KateLisaDesigns

Digital prints of afternoon tea themed characters

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

RaeBelle Felt Fibre Art

Colourful artworks in felt and stitch

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

Hygge Crafts Gifts

Woodcrafter/artist, unusual and bespoke gifts

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, Scottish gifts

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

CraftyBijouxBoutique

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!

vouching for digital #shopindie

We’ve noticed an enterprising #UKLockdown trend of UK indies and creatives offering downloadable #giftideas or #shopindie vouchers.

Downloads, of course, get straight to the heart of doubts over mailing by ensuring direct and immediate delivery of your gift ideas (or isolation activity suggestions).

And buying vouchers is a wonderfully supportive way of helping to keep small business going in tough times like this. For the business, some cash flow is maintained (and a warm feeling that #supportsmallbusiness is not being forgotten). For the buyer, time to choose and plan ahead for when all is a little better with the world.

Here we highlight some of the downloads and vouchers that have featured on #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM since the onset of lockdown:

Clockwise (from top left):

  • Gift vouchers for classic car hire valid for 18 months from Wiltshire-based Vintage Classics Car Hire
  • E-mailable vouchers for hand-burnt wood items from the online gift shop of Yorkshire’s Wooden You Love
  • Gift vouchers for the original and sought-after kitchen and dining knives, boards and stands from Staffordshire wood artisans Whispers of Wood
  • Downloadable and personalised milestone heart map gifts – for ‘where we met’, anniversary and all manner of memories – from East of England illustrator LaraKingDraws
  • Wall art downloads from specialist London photographers The Picture Studio
  • Wildlife and botanical print downloads (this one is a Snakeshead Fritillary) from Buckinghamshire pen and ink artist BeetleStudios
  • Printable landscapes available for immediate download from Ipswich digital artist Resplendent Artworks
  • Digital gift vouchers with no expiry dates from Northumberland artist, illustrator and map maker Sarah Farooqi
  • Centre – downloadable dog art and home and family prints from ‘crazy dog lady’ illustrator lucymeiscribbles

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!

#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

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