It’s never been more important to support local, small and independent businesses. If you’re looking to make some changes to the way you shop, or find some unique and beautiful gifts for your loved ones, read on to discover some small businesses we love (and why).

Adventure Books

For the person always itching to travel, for those heading off on their first adventure; hungry to explore the world, or for those that already appreciate the great outdoors, if you’re stuck for ideas on what to get this kind of person, you can’t go wrong with an adventure travel book.

Adventure Books, brought to you by Vertebrate Publishing, are books that help you find the next big adventure, or rekindle the passion for a place once visited. At Adventure Books you’ll find a wealth of guides that can help them delve into their passion and its sure to provide inspiration for the next.  And finding the right guide couldn’t be easier – just browse by sport.

Candles by Angharad

Luxury scents don’t get better than Candles by Angharad. Her gorgeous, high-quality fragrances have an ability to transport you to new and familiar places. Each candle is made from soy wax and hand-poured in small batches; both the candles and diffusers use only the highest quality fragrance oils, and they come beautifully packaged and in fully recyclable amber jars, or clear glass containers.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a traveller to help remind them of home, or to the house-proud kind who is always burning a candle, or proudly displaying a diffuser, they’re sure to love a gift from Candles by Angharad.

@candlesbyangharad on FB and Instagram

Pig & Pip

Created in 2016 by Hayley Miles, Pig & Pip – the nicknames or her two fun-loving boys, is a gorgeous clothing store for little ones.

Each item is lovingly hand-made to order using the best quality fabrics, sourced from UK-based small business wherever possible. Being handmade, Hayley can alter to your requirements, if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for in her shop. So, if you have something specific in mind, it’s well worth speaking to Hayley directly.

If you’re local to Chepstow, South Wales, you can also Learn to Sew with Hayley in 1-1 and group workshops, or even hold a sewing party there. Plus, in addition to getting a selection of pre-made clothing in store, Hayley showcases work from other local artisans – it’s very much worth the visit.

@pigandpip on FB and Instagram

Planty Kate

Planty Kate

A love of plants that lead to the creation of plant-based products for home and body, Planty Kate is the place to go if you’re looking well-sourced, sustainable, and gorgeously scented face, body and home products – for gifts, purpose, or simply for pleasure.

Planty Kate has formulated natural beauty products including super hydrating solid balms and nourishing facial serums using natural oils, butters and great essential oils used for their skin enhancing benefits and great scents. These products are designed to be fuss free, quick and easy to use and completely refillable.

Created in collaboration with other local makers and beautifully packaged, in Kate’s own illustrations, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to gift ideas. Kate has put together some gorgeous gifts sets, but really any of her products can be gifted together; plus, you can benefit from free shipping with orders over £25.

@plantykate on FB and Instagram


Pivot is a social enterprise that design and make jewellery and gifts from responsible and recycled materials. Each piece is made in hostels, bringing part-time, flexible and meaningful employment for those who find it more difficult to access it. Every piece of jewellery bought takes our makers one step closer to their goal of leaving the hostel.

A gift from Pivot would not only be something really special and unique to the individual who receives it, but would certainly make the day of the person who made it too.

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