Christmas Cheer - Shop small & sustainably this year
Shop small, shop local, shop preloved, shop sustainably!
This has been my shopping mantra for a few years now, but I feel this year more than most it's extra important.
I've definitely seen a rise in people getting behind local businesses. It's so easy to shop from the big guys like Amazon, even I'm guilty of it, the lure of cheap goodies & next day delivery.
This year let's buy gifts with meaning or at the very least gift that they actually want. Time to get organised, make a list of gifts that you're searching for. To help make it a little bit easier for you to find & support a indie business, I've put together a list of a few places to get you going.
By supporting a local independently owned business or a small brand you are buying into their dreams & helping them create a little bit of the magic, who wouldn't want to gift that.
Missing the Christmas markets?
Why not make yourself a mug of something cozy, grab a few biscuits & snuggle in for these Virtual Christmas Markets
Gifted: The Small Business Christmas Market
Enterprise Nation is incredibly excited to announce the launch of Gifted: The Small Business Christmas Market – the largest online event of its kind in the UK.
Join the two-day online event to shop from hundreds of small businesses. Get your Christmas presents sorted and give the gift of sales to small businesses when they need it most.
Browse hundreds of small businesses by category, discover new independent brands and meet the faces behind the businesses. You will be able to click in and out of different shops, asking questions to the brand owners and clicking through to their websites to make your purchases.
Plus, enjoy live entertainment and Christmas cooking demos from the comfort of your home.
When: 4-5 December 2020
Pre-register to shop: Gifted: The small business Christmas market tickets
Sustainable Christmas Market
EKA Eco-Friendly launches a sustainable Pop-Up Christmas Market to raise and promote awareness of sustainable living, to help to make our life more eco-friendly, to understand how important it is to reduce and aiming to eliminate the unnecessary use of plastic and to show how it can be achieved during the holiday season.
How to join the event
Register for free and you will receive an email with your join link from the events platform :Hopin - one day before the event starts.
When: 3-5 December 2020
Pre-register to shop: Sustainable Christmas Market ticket
Curated online boutiques
Launched in 2020, they have partner with over 100 independent British businesses, carefully hand-picked for their quality, sustainable & ethical values, talent and service.
Whether you love beautiful home furnishings, natural beauty products or luxury handmade gifts, we bring light to the most Wonderfully British small businesses and pay special homage to those championing sustainable and ethical practices.
"We believe in buying wonderfully, and small businesses are a force to be reckoned with."
Our British partners champion environmentally-friendly and ethical shopping and thrive in our directory where you can discover some wonderful products.
The Indie Store, by Muddy Stilettos
They live and breathe indie shops across their 25 Muddy counties, and are thrilled to showcase the things they love from these creative, unique independent small businesses.
On The Indie Store this Christmas they don’t make the sale. Instead, they show you something beautiful, that you can click and buy direct from the indie. If buying local is important to you, you can filter to see all the products on offer in your county; and if anything particularly takes your eye, you can find out more about the business and its owner, and what makes them tick!
The Indie Store is not a ‘shopping cart’ approach – it’s the opposite of buying in a giant shopping mall or doing a one-stop-shop from a single online giant. It is all about small, carefully-curated businesses and we hope you agree, it’s all the better for it.
"Shop Small and Make a Real Difference"
Price range: £6-500+
Ethical Brand Directory
You’ll find a highly curated selection of fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands that have all been carefully selected by their founder Roberta Lee with the style-conscious consumer in mind.
It is essential that their selected brands share the EBD vision of a better tomorrow, and believe business can be done ethically and sustainably whilst minimising our impact on the planet. It is Roberta Lee's belief that we shouldn’t have to sacrifice our style to do good: therefore all brands are carefully curated by her to ensure they meet our high standards.
Find things that are aligned with your values, but don’t compromise on style.
Price range: £7-300
Feeling conscious of consumers’ frustration and difficulties in finding products to trust in their quality, health, and effectiveness, our team decided to develop a platform addressing the need for a global shopping reference that can be used and accessed by the ecocentric community, brands, and consumers.
"We believe that with your support, we can contribute to a healthier greener planet for current and future generations."
Meet the people behind the Brands
Live with British Brands
Sit Back and Enjoy
Uncover a mix of heritage, craftsmanship, uniqueness, and style as we dive into the wonderful world of British brands.
Every week, Content Creator and Lifestyle Expert, Lucy Norris highlights the stories behind the brands that are bursting with creativity in Britain.
Join Lucy on Instagram every Thursday at 18:00 as she goes live 3 Brilliant British Brands
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