Hello colour lover!
If you are looking for handmade, handcrafted or unique colourful gifts to give this Christmas and you also want to support small businesses, then my Christmas gift list might just be what you’ve been looking for.
With Christmas markets being cancelled (not to mention most markets this year) so many small business and independent artists, creatives and makers are doing it tough. So I’ve been looking at ways I can help.
I put a call out on Instagram Stories to see if being featured in a gift blog was of interest and response has been wonderful with over 1000 views and many requests from around the world.
So below you’ll find a selection of gifts you can purchase no matter where you are in the world, beautiful handmade items direct from the maker and you’ll be helping small and fledging businesses during these difficult times. Oh and their products are available all year round so if you have a birthday, anniversary, need a thank you gift, or maybe even to treat yourself you can always pop back here.
Clarissa Hulse designs
Location: Highbury, London UK
Product/s description: Clarissa Hulse designs beautiful and luxurious homeware & accessories with an emphasis on botanical imagery and bold and dynamic colour. Clarissa’s designs are based on her nature photography, which is just as likely to originate from a tropical rainforest, as it is to feature leaves from the pavement by her London studio.
Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK
Product/s description: Smug Vegan creates organic and ethically produced clothing that is colourful and fun. We believe in doing things right, so our factories run on renewable energy and have closed-loop, zero-pollution dying processes. We send our products in funky, plastic-free packaging, returns are free, and we donate half of all our profits to UK animal sanctuaries. You can even send old Smug Vegan clothing back to us for recycling.
The Happy Colour Shop
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Product/s description: Brighten your day and your work from home space with The Happy Colour Shop’s range of joyful stationery that puts the fun into writing lists and getting organised. Perfect for all colour loving stationery addicts, with wall planners, desk planners, rainbow pens and more. Come and explore your new found happy place and embrace the little things in life that bring you joy!
Katie Baptiste Designs
Location: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Product/s description: All my original artwork and products have fun, play and colour at their core. Whether it is a large abstract painting, or garden sculpture or perhaps a pack of greetings cards – it’s all about being playful and having fun! I’m launching a couple of creativity courses early next year – so come over to my website to find out more!
Location: Enfield, London, UK
Product/s description: I design my leather gloves, bags and purses to be timeless, have a slight playfulness, and I use bright colours to have a point of difference from anything else on the high street. Hopefully they will make you smile every time you wear them.
Ideal customer: My customers have a keen interest in design and standing out from the crowd – I design both women’s and men’s gloves and women bags + purses, men’s wallets.
Purchase over at: www.mabelsheppard.co.uk
IG handle: @mabel_sheppard and @frederick_sheppard_
Happy Stuff Studio
Location: London, UK
Product/s description: Happy Stuff Studio exists to bring colour and silliness to even the drabbest corner of your home. From joyful prints in a range of sizes; bold, bright and optimistic typography to 90s patterned tea towels, for crying out loud; prepare to be cheered, prepare to be very cheered.
Ideal customer: My work is for people who have an eclectic and colourful style, and who want to surround themselves with brightness and positivity. People who are not interested in trends, who know themselves and who want their homes to reflect that too.
Purchase over at: www.happystuffstudio.co.uk
IG handle: @happy.stuff.studio
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Product/s description: I am always looking for universal symbols which I use in my works, to connect people on a visceral level. I utilize a variety of mediums, mostly natural and organic depending on where the artwork is created, for example, tree ashes found in my art installations and Japanese paper washi.
Location: West Sussex, UK
Product/s description: A husband & wife duo who create bold, personalised prints with a difference. Each name is designed from scratch, with over 26 fabulous colour combinations, printed on high-quality recycled paper. The creation of bespoke, typographic art for any room for anyone…including Max the dog! Not just for the children’s room! A gift as unique as they are.
Ideal customer: This is for everyone, for children’s names, pet names, surnames, a sentimental word for family and friends. Anything!
Purchase by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or DM on IG
IG handle: @chawbrookdesign
Helen Lamont Design
Location: Nottingham, UK
Product/s description: I create bright, colourful and fun, hand decorated wooden jewellery, baubles and wall hangings. My pieces often feature rainbows, leopard print and florals. I love exploring colour and discovering new combinations. I want my work to make people smile and bring joy through colour.
A Bit Of Becka Creations
Location: Brighton, UK
Product/s description: Fun and bold typography and illustrative posters, usually with a motivational adult tone. Bright colours are used to really make a punch and these look great printed and framed. If you don’t mind the odd swear word, a love for all things bright and punchy quotes these should be right up your street!
NossaRua Decal Tiles
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Product/s description: Add an artistic Portuguese touch to your home with NossaRua Decal Tiles. Made of removable vinyl, our tiles come in different collections inspired by the city of Lisbon and its people and in two different formats: Square tiles: 15x15cm (6”x6”) – 12 mixed units and Stripe tiles: 5x20cm (2”x8”)- 15 mixed units. Their decorative potential is limited only by your imagination.
Millennial Menu Shop
Location: Hastings, East Sussex, UK
Product/s description: Millennial Menu Shop was created by a self-confessed foodie seeking functional yet stylist kitchenware. It is fun and contemporary; selling hand painted utensil sets, prints and food themed products. As a lover of all things colour and pattern, we express this through our work with a maximalist inspired shop. We offer international shipping so everyone can enjoy these products.
Lisa-Marie Price Art
Location: North London, UK
Product/s description: Original, detailed and lovingly painted artwork created using natural, foraged pigment. All the paint colours are made by hand to make each piece unique and eco friendly. My paintings are bespoke and I make connections between people, the earth and their journeys. I can make paint from a rock from your favourite place and paint a place specific to you.
Ideal customer: People who are interested in gifting a bespoke piece of artwork to friends/family or something special for their own home.
Purchase over at: https://www.lisamarieprice.co.uk/
IG handle: @theworkshopn4
Location: Richland, Washington, USA
Product/s description: I make happy, colourful macrame plant hangers for plant lovers & plant newbies, for plant moms & plant dads of all kinds! These handmade macrame plant hangers can be hung inside or out &, if you’d like, you can choose your own cording & bead colours.
Location: Hertfordshire, UK
Product/s description: These beautiful hand-crafted clocks are carefully made using stunning clothbound Penguin Classics, making them the perfect Christmas gift for book lovers! The vibrant, tactile covers make a wonderfully quirky addition to any room. The clock mechanism is cleverly concealed inside the book, allowing the clock to hang flush with the wall or be displayed on a table or shelf.
Location: London, UK
Product/s description: I design and produce unique printed homeware products, all items are made in the UK. I love pattern and colour and have developed this range to showcase my print designs. All items are stylish and fun to add a dash of colour and pattern to your home.
Kate Whyley Designs
Location: Southampton, UK
Product/s description: I am a designer and mother, I print and make during school hours. I try and buck the trend for design styles so you can look unique, I love to hear how people have stopped my customers and noticed they are wearing something bold and different.
Ideal customer: My products are for women who want to embrace their strength, joy, fun through colour and accessories, when you look at them they remind you of who you are and a side of you you want to celebrate.
Purchase over at: https://www.katewhyley.com and www.facebook.com/katewhyleydesigns
IG handle: @kate_whyley
But wait, there’s more!
I couldn’t fit everyone in this blog so I decided to also have an Instagram post so that we could keep the gift list going and it’s turning out to be a cracker of a list. If you didn’t find quite what you were looking for here, then head over to see if your ideal gift is there and meet even more wonderful designers.
Wishing you a colourful day!
Image courtesy from each talented artist, creative and maker featured here.
I am in no way affiliated with any of these businesses. All correspondence and transactions are between the you, the purchaser and the supplier.