#HideTheBags Supporting small businesses this Christmas

It’s all too convenient these days to pick up your Christmas shopping from the giants – the mega toy stores, the supermarkets during your grocery shop and the online retailers offering sales and bulk delivery services. 

This year though, in my quest to keep pushing for original and thoughtful gifts, I’m going back to some of the small businesses I’ve fallen in love with in the last year or so. It’s a double win – a beautiful gift and a leg up to the folk working hard and chasing their dreams. Many of them are run by parents looking to find success around their families, so knowing you have made a difference to an individual family just packs a whole lot of feel good into your Christmas shopping. It’s win win guys… Here is a totally ad free collection of my favourite small brands purely because I absolutely love them, and they are definitely featuring on my Christmas spreadsheet this year.

Stanley & Maud

Stanley and Maud logo

Stanley and Maud has become my go to shop for special birthday gifts, this bespoke stamped jewellery collection by Dotty is gorgeous. Simple personalised jewellery teamed with stunning liberty prints – I have been known to treat myself to a bit of S&M and their collections are always at the top of my wish list.

Liberty Fabric Silver Bee Wrap Bracelet ★

Sterling Silver Wing Necklace ★

Sterling Silver Bar Necklace ★

Note there is a 2 week dispatch time and last orders for Christmas will be announced on S&Ms instagram page, where you can also lust after Dotty’s latest designs.

Packapunch designs

Pack a Punch Designs logo

Once upon a time, a fellow blogger called Sophie set up a bespoke prints company. Then she found her forte in funny cards. So whether you’re looking for Christmas cards which are a gift in themselves (so funny – don’t believe me then check these out) or her classic family welly boot print, this is a gift that will definitely put a smile on someone’s face.


You can also follows Sophies designs on Insta here.

Craft Magic

Someone bought our daughter one of these mosaic kits last Christmas from Craft Magic  ( a bricks and mortar shop based in East Sussex) and we were immediately in love. A combination of a craft activity and a lasting wall hanging to enjoy make the perfect present for a kid who likes to get hands on. Each kit contains a board, paint, glue, googly eyes and tiles. They have Mermaids, rockets, unicorns, butterflies… the hardest part is choosing which one!






It’s no secret I love a LiteCup. The glow in the dark beaker for kids which have become a godsend to our girls. There are definitely going to be a few more parents sharing the litecup love come Boxing Day!

Little Litecup wins Made For Mums Award

Memories of growing up

Memories of Growing Up

Chances are, if you are my friend and you have a child, I’ve probably already bought you a Memories or Growing up talltape. A reasonably priced unique measuring chart which stores away or hangs beautifully on a wall… the perfect baby gift. Which is lucky, because the babies, they keep coming! This brand also designs purpose built and beautified memory sticks to save all your children’s photos, and keepsake bee jewellery items. I’m a huge fan and a very regular customer. Camilla and her business have always provided amazing customer service – and what more do you need to keep you coming back. You can also follow them on instagram here.

Talltape - choose from 2 different sizes and various designs

Memories Stick - choose from 2 different sizes

Memories Jewellery - necklaces, bracelet and bee earrings

Matilda and Grace

A recent Instagram discovery – this small Oxford based seller took my Stanley and Maud liberty print obsession and raised me some hair accessories, which may or may not have made their way into the girls Christmas stockings this year. So beautiful! Based in Oxford, and also beautfying up my Instagram feed, you can follow them here.

Give a little to our British businesses this Christmas, support the small brands. After all, if the joy is in the giving, isn’t it better to give two gifts in one parcel.


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13 thoughts on “#HideTheBags Supporting small businesses this Christmas

  1. beautybabyandme Reply

    Wow some of these are gorgeous – running off to check them out now! x #coolmumclub

  2. Pass the wine please Reply

    I love this! Bookmarking these to have a look at later – have really been struggling on ideas for a few people, I think you’ve just saved me! #CoolMumClub

  3. Mrs Lighty Reply

    I’m also trying to support all businesses this year, so this is fab! Some great finds here which I’ll be checking out, thank you! I LOVE the mosaics and hair bows! Thanks for the tips and for hosting #coolmumclub!

  4. Alice | Letters to my Daughter Reply

    These sound like great gift ideas! I do like to support local businesses – we have thriving ‘creative quarter’ in Folkestone with the old high street packed full of little independent designers, artists and quirky shops. I try to buy at least some of my presents from there each year, but sometimes, the call of the giants is strong. Especially as the prices are often, necessarily, quite high in independent shops. #CoolMumClub

  5. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Some gorgeous gifts here from some lovely small businesses I am in love with them all but particularly the goodies from Stanley & Maud which really caught my #coolmumclub eye xoxo

  6. mummyhereandthere Reply

    I’ve seen the light up cup before, think it is an excellent idea. I love the illustrations, so fun and quirky X #coolmumclub

  7. oldhouseintheshires Reply

    So many lovely, lovely gifts! I especially like the Pack a Punch cards! I love the smaller shops or ones on Etsy. I use them a lot for interesting and unique gifts. Thanks for sharing!
    I have a Christmas linky if you fancy it?


  8. Helen Reply

    Those bows are just gorgeous, they’d make fab stocking fillers. I think the mosaic craft would be a winner too x

  9. Aleena Brown Reply

    I love that there is this huge wealth of unique options out there, not to mention that buying them means being supportive of the smaller boss! #coolmumclub

  10. Mrs Mummy Harris Reply

    ahhhh these shops look amazing!!! Gonna bookmark these incase one of the twins is a girl so i can get cute hairbows =]
    also a big hint to hubby for some jewellery haha! #coolmumclub

  11. The Queen of Collage Reply

    There are a few Etsy pop up shops appearing around here but the one I visited didn’t have any of these gorgeous pieces. #coolmumclub

  12. Wendy Reply

    Oh I love these, those personalised necklaces looks beautiful and those growth charts sound fab. Lovely list xx #coolmumclub

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