Welcome to my ultimate Christmas and festive season local, ethical and sustainable gift guide. In it you'll find something for everyone, from expectant parents to that most important person in your life. It includes local businesses and artists based in the south west of England, with a wide variety of price ranges that reflect the breadth of creation in the region. But of course, everyone ships nowadays, so wherever you are, I hope this guide inspires you to support my fellow entrepreneurs, and keep shopping local, sustainable and ethically wherever you are.
BLACK AND WHITE BOOK PROJECT
Book Flashcard Gift Set
Ruth, founder of the Black and White Book Project, is passionate about the natural world and inspiring children from birth about the beauty of our wildlife. Her black and white books are perfect for early development and support baby’s visual experience.
Sensory Storytelling classes to delight and inspire your little ones!
Songs, stories and sensory activities including parachute time and messy play.
Create special memories with your baby and make new friends!
Toadstools Winter Hat
Organic cotton plush lined hat that keeps little heads just at the perfect temperature. This is the only hat you need for your little one as its wonderful 100% cotton plush lining is so soft and completely natural. Whether you are buying a hat for that sensitive toddler that won't keep a hat on, or sending someone their baby's first ever winter hat, they will be so grateful for this amazing find.
Available in sizes from birth to kids, made in Bristol with GOTS certified organic cotton.
PRINTS BY THE BAY
Working under the name Prints by the Bay, illustrator & printmaker Nicole Revy creates beautiful, thought-provoking and emotionally engaging hand printed linocuts. Her print work examines connections between people and place; often dealing with the female experience. Much of her work addresses ideas of nature, climate, and the human connection we have to our environment. The printmaker creates all her print work in her studio in Bridport, Dorset, using a Gunning etching press.
She has the perfect gifts for the wild women in your life, send to your moon
loving friends and sisters.
WILDLY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
Handmade, natural body and bath products. Ingredients found in nature.
Gender neutral Eau de Parfum, gifts, salt soap, body balms, bath oils
and creams. Based in Totterdown, Bristol.
‘Wild’ is vibrant, mossy & intense green, a lush dewy forest.
Base notes of moss, subtle sandalwood, hints of earthy bergamot
and green mandarin.
Brick and mortar shop: St Nics Market, Exchange Avenue, Bristol.
TUCK IT IN QUILTS
Natural Dye Patchwork Stocking
Patchwork Stockings by Tuck It In Quilts.
Handmade and naturally dyed linen stockings in a range of colourways.
Each features an eight-pointed patchwork star and loop for hanging.
Available online from mid-October.
Crop Rework Sweatshirt
Fruit Salad is a colourful & sustainable fashion brand from Bristol, UK, creating unique and super fun handmade fashion pieces from pre-loved fabrics & clothing. Fruit Salad supports slow and sustainable fashion & strives to create a circular economy by reworking existing materials that are sourced locally, to reduce fashion waste & help save the planet.
Moss Side Cape
Play outdoors without covering up in a full length raincoat!
25 years of UK festivals led Cat, the founder of Carny Valley, to design a new kind of raincoat. Designed for freedom and fun but with practicality and eco values at it's heart.
Carny Valley capes will keep you dry AND look great, complement not cover up. When it's time to take them off, use our unique hands-free stow system so you don't
have to carry, tie or wrap around, or stash and lose them!
TIME MACHINES UK
Vintage Automatic Wristwatch
Seiko 'Bullhead' Nov. 1977
Lovingly restored and serviced vintage automatic watches are seeing a resurgence, not only with collectors but as special gifts. You can even find one made in the same year and perhaps month as you!
SEATS & SOLDER
Upholstery gift voucher
Seats & Solder is the baby of Bristol born and based upholsterer Hannah Frances Wozniak. Using both traditional and modern methods Hannah specialises in sourcing luxurious and eclectic fabrics to make bespoke pieces tailored to her clients needs or can work to give existing old and drab pieces a new lease of life.
Whether it be used for a sentimental restoration project or a simple bespoke cushion buy your loved one something unique by purchasing a personalized Seats & Solder gift card this Christmas.
Fairmined Gold Hexagonal Sapphire Ring
Victoria creates elegant, understated ethical jewellery.
With a focus on clean lines, soft brushed finishes and minimalist designs, her jewellery is intended to be worn and loved.
Ethics are integral to her work, which means Victoria only uses Fairmined and recycled metals, with pops of colour from beautiful ethical gemstones. Pieces can be created from scratch or by remodelling your own gold and gems.
Abstract Pitcher and Cups
By manipulating, tearing and stacking vessels thrown on the potter’s wheel, Emily creates sculptural representations of the female form. Movement and fluidity are brought into her work by bending and distorting/shaping pots straight from the wheel. Glazes are brushed and poured across the surface, adding colour and spontaneity.
Emily celebrates the versatility of clay and the journey of the maker. Her work explores body perception and the ancient connection between clay and womanhood; from early goddess figures to the anthropomorphic qualities of the vessel. Inspiration comes from her background in social anthropology and interest in prehistoric and modernist sculpture.