10 Small Businesses You Should Be Supporting This Christmas

Three years ago, when I started my blog, I had no idea about the kind of work that goes into starting, growing, and maintaining a business, and I take my hat off to anyone doing the same. As a Mum, juggling a business alongside raising a family, I try my hardest to support others doing the same and, in a world where there is always someone waiting to bring you down, I think it is incredibly important that we all help to raise each other up. And one of the easiest ways to do just that  is to support small business’s this Christmas.

I’m sure we all know someone, a family member or friend, who runs a small business from home: trying their hardest to get their ideas and products out there, battling against the ever changing algorithm on Facebook, coming up against hurdles and working hard to overcome them. This Christmas I wanted to share with you ten wonderful and talented ladies whose products I really believe in, and I urge you to check out their sites and support them where possible.

1. Karma Cactus

Karma Cactus is all about the good vibes – founded by three friends who together, with a love of music, health and wellbeing, have designed a range of handcrafted luxury bath bombs. They want their customers to relax and enjoy a wondrous bath time experience and have even created their own Spotify playlists which sit hand in hand with their bath bombs and they thoroughly recommend playing during bathing.

They make all of their own products which are safely assessed and, with prices starting at just £2.50, are hugely affordable. Personally, I think this is an amazing idea for a business venture and have never heard of anything even remotely similar with an accompanying Spotify playlist. I think it’s clever, quirky, and the products speak for themselves. Be sure to check them out this Christmas over on Facebook, Instagram, and their gorgeous shop over on Etsy.

2. No Boys Allowed Fashion

No Boys Allowed Fashion is the most gorgeous online store selling stylish women’s fashion at amazing prices. From Winter woolies to party dresses, Dawn has a fantastic eye for fashion and hand picks her stock to suit women of all ages and all sizes. Many of the items are one size making them the perfect Christmas gift, particularly if you are unsure of a dress size.
I love how No Boys Allowed offer items you don’t find on the high street, with quirky details and beautifully soft fabrics, at affordable prices. With Dawn only selling a limited number of each piece of clothing, you can be sure to stand out in a crowd this Christmas. Please take a look at the website here and the facebook page here. 

3. Lola Pops

You may remember back in September I worked with the wonderful Debbie at Lola Pops where we reviewed her gorgeous handmade children’s clothing, here. Debbie, a Mum of three, makes the most amazing custom made outfits in bright and quirky prints to really make your child stand out. From birth to 12 years there is a style, and design, for everyone and Debbie is always open to ideas if you have something specific in mind.

I am a huge fan of Lola Pops having seen first hand how comfortable they are to wear, can be personalised on request, and durable enough to survive even the most boisterous of adventures. Lola Pops clothes are amazing quality, fantastically affordable, and would make the perfect gift this Christmas. Make sure you pop over to the website here.

4. D & B’s Waxy Wonders

Christmas is the perfect time for scented candles and D&B’s Waxy Wonders have some of the best I have ever smelled. Partners Beth and David started off selling their 100% soy wax melts, candles and burner sets, to save money to take David’s son on holiday and yet, given how popular they were, launched D&B’s Waxy Wonders and the Facebook business has gone from strength to strength.

In just over a year their products have received all 10/10 reviews from satisfied customers. Together they have developed the most creative designs and scents, including the most amazing unicorn range which my girls went crazy for! They also have a Vicks VapoRub range which are perfect for this time of year and help everyone in the home to breathe more easily – so necessary when the germs strike!

Their Christmas range does incredibly well with scents such as Cinnamon Snowflake, Gingerbread, Pine Tree, Mulled Wine, and Cinnamon and berry. Beth and David can provide custom made gift sets which are perfect for Christmas or, at just £2.50 a bag, the wax melts make the perfect stocking filler.

Having tried the wax melts for the last couple of weeks I can honestly say that they smell incredible and everyone who walks into our house asks where they can get some! Make sure you check them out over on their Facebook page here.

5. Made At Midnight

Made At Midnight is the most gorgeous business, ran by one of my oldest and best friends Joanne alongside a friend. What initially started out as Dear Santa plates last Christmas has fast expanded into a whole range of beautiful and personalised items.

Their ring dishes are incredibly popular and can be personalised for family members, weddings, and as thank you gifts for teachers. I absolutely adore their on-line store and how the products are all hand created, high quality, and yet hugely affordable. Check out their Facebook page here.

6. Patacake-Parties

Suzanne is another amazing Mum who created Patacake-Parties at home in Ilford, selling cupcakes, cookies and cakes. I am always in awe of how beautiful her cakes are, and how delicious others say they are, and very proud of what she has achieved with her cakes going from strength to strength.

Suzanne has a large menu of flavours including traditional vanilla with jam & buttercream; chocolate sponge with a vast range of buttercream flavours to choose from; zesty lemon sponge with lemon curd buttercream; chocolate orange sponge filled with layers of orange curd and chocolate buttercream; champagne & strawberry; coconut & lime; rich fruit cake; Baileys… the list goes on and on…

Although Suzanne cannot post cakes, she can post out cookies and has done previously as far as USA and Canada. That’s a sure sign of how delicious her cookies are! Please do check out her Facebook page here and her website here.

7. Teacup Doodles

As a child Toria loved to doodle and so, after a career in TV production, she decided to launch Teacup Doodles with a clear mission – to create fun bespoke artwork to make you smile.

Every doodle is created and illustrated by Toria from her Victorian terrace ‘Teacup House’ in Manchester. She creates the most amazing family portraits, perfectly capturing every members personality, likes and hobbies. Her doodles are brightly coloured, beautifully drawn, and the most unique present for someone special. Toria is also running a series of children’s Christmas illustration Workshops which sound amazing! You can find her on Facebook here.

8. Emily Pike Jewellery

With a BA Hons in Designed Metalwork and jewellery, Emily has always had an interest in creating jewellery and now, as a Mum of two, she creates the most beautiful and unique contemporary silver jewellery at Emily Pike Jewellery.

Working from home and selling her jewellery at local craft fairs, her designs are stylish and elegant, and make the most beautiful gifts for Christmas. You can check out her Facebook page and place orders here.

9. Are We There Yet Travel Bags

For anyone planning any Christmas getaways, Are We There Yet travel bags, created by the lovely Holly, are a must!! As a mum of five, Holly and her family love to travel and she would spend ages looking online and hitting the shops with the mission of finding activities to see them entertained on their travels. Disappointed not to find a one stop shop she would put together a bag for each of her children, hiding them like Christmas presents so they had maximum impact on their journey’s.

​She soon realised that there was a real market for ready made travel bags and, using her experience of what children, and parents, want from an activity bag, Are We There Yet was born! 

Holly kindly gifted the children one of her travel packs each for our recent holiday in Cornwall and they were a huge hit! With bags for children of all ages, they contain a whole host of exciting little crafts, toys and treats – perfect for keeping children entertained when travelling or away.

My children were over the moon with their travel bags, getting so excited over each perfectly thought out item. And, as a parent, I loved that the children had age appropriate activities to entertain them on a 10 hour drive and during our stay.

For Christmas you can buy the most fantastic Christmas activity boxes and travel packs, filled with festive crafts, activity and sticker book and a festive story. Not only are they great for travel but they also make the perfect ready made Christmas Eve box! Please do pop over to the website here, and the Facebook page here. We definitely recommend them!

10. Purple Plum Gifts

My lovely friend Claire creates the most fantastic personalised gifts for children and adults over at Purple Plum Gifts. With her range including clothing, custom frames, key rings and water bottles, there is something for everyone and particularly this Christmas!

Claire has gorgeous personalised Christmas Santa Sacks for little ones for just £10, way cheaper than you’ll find on the high street! I also love these sparkly personalised journals, perfect for older children and adults who love a little bling!

One of Claire’s most popular items are these elf water bottles – the ultimate addition to any Christmas Eve box! Personalised with your child’s name they can be packed in lunch boxes for a festive feel and even used all year round for those who just love Christmas! I want one! Make sure you check out Purple Plum Gifts Facebook page here!

So there you have it, ten wonderfully talented and inspirational ladies who have worked so hard to create a whole range of fantastic business’s with so many gorgeous gift ideas for this Christmas. Happy Shopping!

 

 

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25 Comments

  1. November 27, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    I love trying to support small businesses where I can and try to shop local so I love this post! I’m off to check out Karma Cactus right now because their products look right up my alley.

  2. November 27, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    These all sound like lovely small businesses to support. Those cakes look amazing especially the chocolate one.

  3. November 27, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    I always try to support small businesses when they pop up so thank you for sharing this, you’ve introduced me to some fab new businesses that I will certainly be checking out!

  4. November 28, 2018 / 9:39 am

    I absolutely love supporting smaller businesses, especially at this time of year! I’ve not heard of many of these, so I’m off to check them out 🙂

  5. November 28, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    I’m making a real effort to support local businesses this Christmas. The baby clothes by Lola Pops are so gorgeous.

  6. November 28, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    I love the sound of made at midnight and the idea of personalising plates especially for Christmas themes like Santa and his reindeers!

  7. November 28, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    What a fab round up – I love supporting small business when I can. I love the Teacup Doodles!

  8. November 28, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I love supporting small business and I love those travel bags, what a great idea. My girls would love them for our next adventure x

  9. November 29, 2018 / 12:20 am

    So many lovely Christmas gift ideas. Loving those fab unicorn soaps xx

  10. November 29, 2018 / 6:38 am

    I really want to support small medium businesses get around especially during this time of year. It seems like the Patacake-Parties’ cookies and cakes are really delicious and look good as well.

  11. November 29, 2018 / 11:35 am

    I LOVE supporting small businesses (I have one over on my blog at the moment too!), since coming back to the UK, it’s so depressing the amount of small shops that have disappeared from the high street, so its so important to help keep them going! Love that jewellery especially!

  12. November 29, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    So many talents and I am already looking at Karma Cactus because it sounds right up my street x

  13. November 29, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    I love to buy from small businesses since I did run a small business for many years and definitely relied on recommendations and word of mouth from friends and family. I love the bath bomb + music playlist combo x

  14. November 29, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    D & B’s Wax Melts sounds so good! I love companies like that. The Are We There Yet? travel bags look like great fun too, especially the cardboard car! 🙂 xx

  15. November 30, 2018 / 7:24 am

    I love supporting local small businesses – I help run a local networking group and love to see them doing well this time of year. Definitely checking out no boys allowed though

  16. November 30, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Goodness. I can’t pick one specific item because I like every one you’ve listed! I used to run an online marketplace that supported UK handmade small businesses – I know how hard it is to get noticed/find your niche. So yes, I alway support UK small businesses

  17. November 30, 2018 / 9:29 am

    So many gorgeous things and I love that you are supporting others when buying from small businesses! You also get what you pay for and i dont mind paying a little bit more when i know its been handmade.

  18. November 30, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    This is a lovely list. I think it’s great to buy from and support small business. The Santa plates are pretty cool.

  19. November 30, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    What a lovely list! I love supporting small businesses at this time of year. We have a few amazing ones in the local village x

  20. November 30, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I totally agree, it is important to support businesses, whether you know the person or not

  21. December 1, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Oh my son would absolutely love one of those Elf water bottles. They are so cool

  22. December 1, 2018 / 9:17 am

    I think supporting small businesses is important and some of these sell so beautiful and brilliant things. I absolutely love the plates from Made at Midnight and also the elf Purple Plum Gifts

  23. Mellissa williams
    December 1, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    I always try and supper small business Mrs when I can I love the Emily Pike jewellery

  24. December 2, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    I love supporting independent traders at Christmas, it’s such a good way to find an unusual gift!

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