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Whilst many of you might already be planning what you’re going to be buying during the Black Friday and Cyber Weekend sale, I want to promote the great work local businesses do on the run up to Christmas – especially by work from home parents in this Gift Guide.
Not only are these mums and dads making their own preparations for their family Christmases, they’re working long hours to fulfil orders, without big fancy automated systems! They’re the ones driving around after dark to ensure they meet delivery times by hand posting them. These work at home parents are juggling so much in order to spend more time with their kids but often working more hours a day than those who go into an office because being at home is more flexible to fit in with their children’s needs. And yet even though they’re working so hard, these are some of the most creative and innovative designers you will come across!
If you’re looking for something unique for that special someone then your local network of work at home parents is a great place to start. I came across these incredible business people through a local Facebook group and so I wanted to create a little round up of the fab gift ideas for this Gift Guide.
Independent Business 1.
Little Walrus Company is a shop ideal for those of you who love alternative versions of traditional! Homewares and children’s items are inspired by owner Vickie’s love for different and her daughter who never settles for anything plain. Little Walrus is a shop available to buy from on Etsy. Her garlands and pom pom Christmas tree decorations are adorable and would make lovely gifts.
*Vickie from Little Walrus has kindly offered a garland up for a Christmas giveaway. The competition will be held on the ThriftyMum Facebook Page and will be drawn at 7pm on Saturday 3rd December 2016 (Small Business Saturday)*
Independent Business 2.
Daisy Roots Tutus & Pretty Things is a small business which sells handmade party tutu dresses and skirts in sizes newborn to adult (so you can be matching!) These unique creations are all bespoke and made to order. Owner Liesl also makes cute little glittery hair ribbons – perfect for upcoming Christmas parties. You can find Daisy Roots on Facebook.
All of the Daisy Roots Tutus & Pretty Things handmade dresses are made from the highest quality materials all bought within the UK and meet safety testing standards – EN71-2 (Flammability) and BS EN71-3 (Migration of certain materials).
Independent Business 3.
HMB Natural Health is run by Hull aromatherapist Heather Barnes. Heather has over 20 years’ extensive experience in aromatherapy, natural health, training and family support. She has always been passionate about natural health, and starting using aromatherapy to combat some of her own health issues. This led her to study as an holistic aromatherapist at the Northern School of Aromatherapy in 1999. She qualified with a distinction and is accredited through the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists.
Heather also offers beautiful bath salt and oil gift sets plus aromatherapy gift vouchers for massages. You can find her price list for massages and treatments here.
Independent Business 4.
Paint Me Pretty is a local business run by Vicky who specialises in CND SHELLAC®. With the CND SHELLAC® Nail Colour system you get 14 days of flawless wear, superior colour and mirror shine, with zero drying time and no nail damage. Vicky is offering gift vouchers for nail treatments on the run up to Christmas. Paint Me Pretty is available to contact through Vicky’s Facebook Page.
This is an example of her festive work which uses SHELLAC’S® Nude Knickers with Lecente Sleigh Bells glitter – truly gorgeous!
Independent Business 5.
Peanut & Boo is run by local lady Chloe and is named after the nicknames she gave to her children. Chloe, started embroidery whilst she was pregnant with her second child but has always enjoyed making various crafts, though sewing is one of her biggest passions. You can find Peanut & Boo over on their Etsy shop site.
Her work includes these gorgeous embroidery circles perfect for hanging on your wall or gifting to someone who needs a prompt to pick themselves up and sparkle this festive season.
Independent Business 6.
You Are My Shine is a real breathe of fresh air kind of store run by Sophie in a little village just outside of Hull. Sophie designs her own range of baby clothing with the most amazing colourful prints. You can view her full range on her Etsy store here. It was difficult to pick one item to feature but seen as this is a Christmas Gift Guide I had to go for the festive stocking leggings which I know ThriftyBaby would look so cute in!
I have to mention that Sophie’s range also includes lots of beautiful woodland and Scandi themed clothing for children which seems to be THE trend at the moment.
Independent Business 7.
My Mud Kitchen is run by Amy a wife, mummy & a pug owner. In May 2015 Amy set up My Mud Kitchen after making one for her daughters and getting a fantastic response. My Mud Kitchens add another dimension to children’s learning. Amy says, “Children these days seem to have less experience and opportunities to play outdoors, I wanted to help change that as outdoor play is what being a child is all about.” The full range of mud kitchens and accessories can be found on Amy’s site.
Pictured is one of the best sellers from My Mud Kitchens all of which are handmade using timber sourced in the Hull and East Riding area. Each one is unique and comes with a full accessory kit.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my local business Gift Guide. Of course its local to me in East Yorkshire so might be local to you too but if not I hope it has prompted you to find out what small businesses are on your doorstep too this Christmas. If you do buy anything from the businesses listed please say hello from me, ThriftyMum.
*This post does not contain any affiliate links and was not sponsored other than the giveaway item which will be administered by the Little Walrus Company for the Gift Guide.