As we all know life this year has been a real face slap. For some small businesses it may mean the end which would be a shame; however we can all help by shopping consciously and buying high quality unique gifts that are proudly British.
I’m a big advocate of handmade; we have a wealth of skills and creativity everywhere throughout this country. To help I have put together this small local gift guide for businesses based near me in Nottinghamshire that I personally know and love their products, I hope you like it!
For your tummy:
www.cathyschocolateandcakes.co.uk is run as the name suggests by Cathy who uses the highest quality Belgian Chocolate to create beautiful flavours and shapes. She even has mini treat bars so you can try lots of flavours at once!
www.fudgeology.co.uk is run by Zoe and is hands down the best fudge I’ve ever eaten. She has a fantastic range of flavours and my personal favourite is the salted caramel.
For the home:
www.caythorpecandles.co.uk run by Amanda making hand poured soy wax candles and melts with the most wonderful scents – they even smell gorgeous unlit. My current seasonal favourites are gingerbread and festive spice.
www.suzannecurtisart.co.uk is a haven of pretty magical things all sewn by hand in Suzanne’s gorgeous workshop (I’ve been there and could spend hours just looking!). Everything is made using vintage textiles and found items that are often hand dyed then put together to create little pieces of magic and wonder for your home. I have a number of pieces and love the velvet toadstools.
www.annacollettehunt.com is another lady who makes magical things! Anna’s ceramics are just beautiful – her gilded butterflies, bees and beetles are amazing and come in a range for all budgets. At this time of year Anna also creates ceramic Christmas decorations that are so much fun and can be treasured for years to come. Things include: Gilded sprouts (my fave), avocado’s, pigs in blankets, macarron, and many more.
For your pets:
www.stridez.com produces the Showfit equine recovery suit for use after competing and injuries. This has been developed with sport horses in mind and uses low level compression to aid recovery. Also made by Stridez are the Kanfix bandages for use on dogs and horses following injury.
www.premierproductsltd.co.uk produce a large range of items including dog mats, car mats, seat covers and waterproof boot liners to fit any make of car and stop those mucky paw prints getting everywhere. These can all be tailored to your needs and there is a wide range of colours.
www.polypads.co.uk produce fantastic saddle pads, travel bandages and pet beds which are second to none. They have a huge range of colour combinations to choose from and even offer personalisation.
For your people:
www.jsteamwear.co.uk is run by Jane & Sarah who have masses of experience in producing custom embroidered or printed items. Their range is immense and if you can think of it they can make it from single one-off items to thousands. As well as clothing they also have a large range of horse wear, animal beds and corporate items that can be personalised too. If you have an idea but need a logo they offer a design service too. Personalised family hoodies, embroidered soft toys, branded workwear, personalised horse rugs? They genuinely do it all!
www.waringbrooke.com is run by Samantha who designs luxury knitwear that is using superfine merino wool which has many natural benefits. The personalised pieces are really unique giving you the opportunity to choose your colours and have a pattern created using your own initials that is then knitted into your very own hat, scarf and other items.
www.thepeskypartridge.co.uk ME! I make bespoke country clothing and accessories to fit every body shape with all materials sourced within Britain. You can choose your colour and style and I will make it creating a unique item you can treasure for years. This year’s top accessory picks have been baby booties, baker boy caps and clutch bags.
For your skin:
www.seegreene.co.uk aromatherapy and reflexology is run by Caroline who creates the wonderful skincare products that relax you just from smelling them. Caroline carefully mixes products that are bespoke to your needs and likes with a number of the ingredients being grown in her own garden. Products include: bath and body oils, face balms, lip balms, rollerballs for pulse points and many more. Caroline mixed me a wonderful bath oil to help relax tired muscles which also moisturises and smells divine.
www.fuarainskincare.com is a new and unique skincare that harnesses the power of Deeside Mineral Water and natural botanical extracts. One of the co-founders lives nearby and told me about her new product, the ethos behind it is lovely and well worth a read. The cream has a super light, soft texture and a little goes a long way but it really feels lovely on your face at the end of a long day.
I know there are many more wonderful businesses in Nottinghamshire and nationally. These are just ones that I can personally recommend as all being fantastic. I hope you enjoy browsing through them and please let me know what you like!
Regional Reporter - East Midlands
Hello, I’m Lucy I live with my husband, daughter and various animals on our farm in Nottinghamshire. After being a rural chartered surveyor for twelve years I set up my business; The Pesky Partridge Making bespoke country clothing and accessories. I’m passionate about making high quality garments that fit real people using materials made in the UK. My hobbies include: horse riding, singing, baking, cross stitch and reading.