Being a business owner isn’t easy at the best of times but this year has been a real struggle. If, like me, you’d like to do your bit to support local businesses then check out this guide for some fabulous Christmas gift ideas for friends and family from luxury bath salts and scented candles to photography gift vouchers and local fashion.
Look no further than the Lotus Reflexology online shop for your luxurious body lotions, foot creams, bath salts and scented candles. The Velvet Rose candle for £20 can be likened to luxury brand Jo Malone which sell for £60 (they’re even made in the same factory!) What’s even better is that you’ll be left with that warm, fuzzy feeling as 100% of profits go towards The Potential Project – funding reflexology for children with autism.
Marcus Ahmad Photography Gift Vouchers
Give the gift of learning this Christmas and buy someone a photography gift voucher which will help them take amazing photos in 2021 and perhaps even turn professional. Taught by former senior university lecturer, these lessons are suitable for beginners and intermediaries.
Do you know someone who’s pregnant or is a new mum? Seed Nutrition is selling Nourished Bump and Mumma Boxes that will nourish them inside and out.
Tranquility Health & Beauty
Why not buy a loved one a pampering session for when lockdown is over? Salons like this one in Keynsham are offering gift vouchers for hair and beauty treatments once businesses are open again.
For cakes and sweet treats to help you celebrate special occasions check out this local cake maker in Keynsham.
Bristol-based designer Eva Thyghoj is part of a collective opening a shop in Chepstow on December 5 where you can see her gorgeous clothing and homewares. You can also order her contemporary Danish fashion online direct, check out her Facebook page.
Mobile Guitar Tuition
Do you have a budding rockstar in the family? Then why not buy them some guitar lessons and also help out a local guitar teacher.
Wild Rose Beauty
Treat someone you love to a pamper package for the perfect night in from £39.
Personalised mugs and bookmarks from this Bath designer start from £9 and you can check out this independent maker’s Facebook page.
Initial Design Crafts
If you’re looking for gifts for kids then check out these Space Craft Kits where they can make their own t-shirts which should keep them busy for a bit.
Loose Leaf Tea & Gifts
If you love tea as much as me, then you’ll love this tea hand blended in Keynsham where you can buy luxury Christmas gift sets.
Get kitted out for Christmas while supporting local designers like this one in Keynsham which has great customer reviews!
Oh So Kel
I just love these clear fillable DIY cocktail baubles from Portishead designer Oh So Kel. As well as
Christmas decorations, she also makes cushions and cute little accessories, you can see more on her Facebook page.
The Dressing Room
Treat yourself to a t-shirt with prices starting at £9 from this small independent local boutique bringing you the latest fashion and style at affordable prices.
Jewellery always makes a great present and you can order some lovely earrings from local jewellery designer Bluebell Jewellery.
Starry Skies Sleepovers
Starry Skies Sleepovers are offering a contactless DIY service during lockdown so it could be the perfect treat for your little ones over Christmas.
Wild This Shop
For handwritten calligraphy and artwork look no further than this local shop where prices start from as little as £4.50.
The Wright Things
If you’re looking for bags, embroidered linen, fun cushions, lavender pillows then check out The Wright Things online shop on Facebook.
If you’re looking for something a little bit special then you’ll love these custom made trainers! Not only are these designs unique but it also means preloved trainers are saved from landfill and given a new lease of life.
We Make Bristol
You can get some awesome local gifts from We Make Bristol including these Bristolian Christmas cards which will put a smile on someone’s face.
Purple Ness Creations
Love these jewellery designs from Purple Ness Creations and you can pick up stocking fillers for under £10.
Hummingbird by Victoria
How about a snowflake onesie for the little ones? There are loads of lovely designs to chose from and prices start at £10.
The Treatment Room at 152
Give the gift of perfect brows with a gift box or voucher made to order from this salon in Keynsham.
Glue & glitter
Get prepared for Christmas by stocking up on these personalised Christmas sacks from local designers Glue & Glitter.
Give a gift voucher that’s a little bit different and buy someone a Ready, Steady, Cook session.
Cheer the kids up this Christmas with a personalised balloon to celebrate winter birthdays or other special occasions which you can order from their Facebook page.
Pig & Pony
How about a personalised Roblox water bottle from Pig & Pony in Portishead? A great idea for a stocking filler and it’s practical too.
Hand Forged Bristol
Support local business by buying one of these handcrafted pendants from Hand Forged Bristol.
We are BS3
See what BS3 has to offer from the comfort of your sofa! From toys to glass designs and upholstery, it’s all going on in Bedminster.
Born in Bristol
Pick up preloved and new baby stuff from this local shop in St George. It’s run by two local mums who can arrange free local delivery if you spend £10.
Truly Scrumptious & Fudgilicious Sweets & Treats
Nadia bakes delicious homemade fudge, treats and gifts that will put the smile on anyone’s face especially if they’ve got a sweet tooth!
Emily Dennys Ceramics
Look at these lovely porcelain vases and lamps which are handmade just up the road in BS4!
If you’re looking for a charitable or ethical gift then why not check out Frankly of Bristol for ideas. Just look at these recycled leather bags which are amazing and unique.
Susan Taylor Design
How about a mug or pencil with an iconic Bristol design made locally by Susan Taylor? Check out her work here.
Wine tasting Bristol, Bath & Cardiff
Now this is more up my street! The Clifton Wine School is offering Wine Tasting Gift Vouchers from £25.
For cute Christmas cards, fridge magnets and prints check out Totterdown’s very own local artist Jane Vellender where you can order her work online.
Party animals will love the bespoke festival and carnival headwear custom made for all occasions. Take a closer look at their Facebook page.
Bristol Pop Up Shop
This is a one-stop shop for all your Christmas shopping needs as it features 100 independent makers in Bristol. Featuring gifts under £5, £25 and a section on luxury gifts there really is something for everyone.
Stock up on board games, puzzles and quirky gifts from Toyville in North St, Bedminster and the whole family can have fun together over the Christmas period.
Mini Potters Bristol
A pottery take away kit would make a great present as it will also keep the kids occupied for at least one day during lockdown. Check out their Facebook page for more details.
Cat Maker Glass
For contemporary modern glassware check out CatMackGlass on Facebook.
This family of crafters from Longwell Green create unique gifts from wood turning to vinyl and crochet with lots of gifts under a tenner!
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