Something that I am regularly asked about is gift buying. It’s something that I’ve always been pretty good at, whether it’s the perfect baby shower gift, a regular birthday or a once in a lifetime celebration; I usually manage to pull something out of the bag that goes down well. So, this year, I decided to share some of my gifting secrets with you all in time for the festive season.
The theme for this list: going local! Shopping locally is something we should do more of. It supports nearby businesses which boost the local economy; effectively coming back to you in increased local benefits like house prices and tax bases. It’s a win, win situation that we should all start taking more notice of. Even if it is something specific that you are searching for, start looking locally first whenever you shop for anything!
I have deliberately not rabbited-on in this post, with a view to keeping it as simple as possible and letting the beautiful gift ideas do their own talking. Each suggestion has a link available directly to the business Facebook or webpage to make it a walk in the park to shop locally this Christmas.
And, if you do fancy a literal walk, visit Up-Market on the second Sunday of each month leading up to Christmas where there are loads of local suppliers of beautiful crafts, gifts, cards and food to browse!
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For the Little People
Toys and accessories for the small ones, or expected tiny humans in our lives can be found at Grandad’s Wooden Toys, Oh My Amigurumi, Usborne (for the readers amongst them!) and Bobbles, Clips and Girly Glitz (Where you can also find the amazing chocolate and sweet bouquets!)
Unique, Personal and Bespoke Gifts
Doing things differently is the best way to be noticed as an awesome gift giver! Get personal! Think about the person you are buying for; their loves, likes, hates, sense of humour, hobbies, lifestyle and style choices. Use this as a basis for getting something awesome that will have a huge impact.
Diffydolls – can be found on Etsy to source gorgeous (and not to mention hilarious!) cards, gifts and digital download prints that will definitely put you in good favour with anyone with a sense of humour!
Keepsake Bunnies & Sew Much More – Beautiful and unique fabric gifts including bunting, quilts and cushions. Keepsake bunny’s was born from a grandmother creating something to keep from her grandsons first babygro’s. You can have your own made from your own materials, but there’s a waiting list so be quick!
Hannah’s Art and Animal Pencil Drawings – For those who have fur-babies that mean the world, why not immortalise them on paper?
All Things Spiritual Parties – Spiritual and unique gifts for the enlightened person in your life
Beauty covers a huge range of essentials so why not consider some of the following local businesses for a change?
Beau’s Beauty Boutique – Who doesn’t want to look and feel their best?You could treat your loved one to treatment vouchers or get them booked in for some treatments post-Christmas to tackle those January blues. Book online and see live availability and a treatment list.
TAngela and Sundaze – Spray tans are a great way to feel and look better, and having one done in the comfort of your own home could not be anymore convenient or affordable. Book a friend a gift that’ll make them feel a million pounds, or have a tan party before a big night out!
Make your own Hamper – include their favourite beauty products from these local suppliers of national products: Arbonne, Forever Living, Avon, The Body Shop, or from a local business making their own: Smellams Soaps
New Year, New Them
We all go into overdrive in the new year with our resolutions and promises to get fit, get slimmer, try something new or improve ourselves. Why not help someone with that?
SGM – New year, new do? Book a loved one in for a hair pamper and dare them to try something different for 2017. The girls at SGM love a challenge….they have me to contend with!
Forever Living– Shop for someones favourite Forever products including best-selling weight management, nutritional supplements, Flawless by Sonya® colour cosmetics, iconic Aloe Vera Gel® and many more.
New ink – If the person you’re buying for is ready to take the plunge and get their first tattoo, or is a veteran under the needle, getting them a booking with a tattoo studio is a brilliant and unique gift that they’ll end up with forever! My tattoo artist will reserve your spot for a deposit amount which you can put towards the tattoo!
Who doesn’t love all that sparkles eh? Hello Halfpenny and Smedliz Treasures both make bespoke, handcrafted and individually designed affordable pieces of jewellery that will be completely unique.
Tickets, Vouchers and Courses
This may seem old hat, but trust me when I say this is an old faithful that will never really go out of style. The key is to ensure that you’re unique in the niche which you choose so your gift is something that no-one else has though of.
From the Other Side offer event tickets, so yes they’re tickets but, they’re to an unusual event. Ghost Hunting is the new One Direction gig….I promise! Alternatively, Halifax Rock Guitar Tuition offer coaching from beginner upwards. So give Dad a taste of his childhood dream and reignite a long-lost passion, or give someone the confidence to learn a new skill…..every day is a school day after all!
Home Sweet Home
It’s the hub of existence for all families so why not give someone something that screams the old adage “make a house a home” with some personal or well-thought-out home gifts? Vintage to Modern and everything in between, locally we are very lucky to have a plethora of amazing gift and home accessory retailers. I’ve listed a few of my favourites here:
Chicken Shed Gifts – specialising in shabby chic style interiors
The Carding Shed – Physical shop located in Hepworth, Holmfirth, is a multi-venue attraction based around a vintage theme. It’s a lovely place to visit for any vintage enthusiast!
The Loft – Physical shop located in Rishworth, an ‘Aladdins cave’ of clothes, gifts, handmade cards, shabby chic furniture, and gallery of artwork
Slack Interiors – A contemporary brand that sells on trend home accessories and gifts
The Spotty Duck Shop – Up-cycled furniture, done with love!
JT’s Homemade Emporium – Individual, handmade, recycled and re-purposed home-wares
Christine’s Cupboard – Upcycled furniture, pallet projects and home accessories including handmade pine cone wreaths
Unique For You – Will make anything and everything but known for their beautiful, unique glass lamps. These can be personalised with almost any quote, names and ribbon. Custom vinyl wall stickers also available.
Home improvement seems like a big step as a gift, but trust me when I say that this can be a really cherished present. People often like to do-it-themselves but why not give them a break (if they’re the sort of person who needs/wants it) and arrange for a payment to a local trades-person to come and complete the job? I can honestly say that I have done this as a gift, and for the right person at the right time, there’s nothing like the “you know me so well/you listened to me” look on their faces. And for ladies living alone who would prefer a female touch, why not contact Ma’s Paint with Pride for an all female decorating team?
Food Glorious Food!
Who doesn’t love a good chow down on their favourite foods! Customise something sweet at 04 Heavens Cake or The Sunshine Bakery, Or for that little something more sophisticated KC Hampers offer gifts for any occasion!
They say a good gift never goes out of style (well I do!) and I also say that style never goes out of a good gift. Treat someone to something brilliant for their bonce, fantastic for their feet and all that’s in between! Visit Working Class Hero for all your cool vintage clothing requirements (Imperial Arcade, Huddersfield)
What I will leave you with is a note of good luck and advice to follow these 3 tips for easier festive shopping:
- Plan in advance – have an idea of what you want to buy someone
- Never leave it until the last minute! (Some of the small businesses listed above have waiting lists and deadline dates for Christmas orders, so be smart and be early!)
- Set a budget for each person – and stick to it!