'Tis the season for festive shopping and gift giving. Rather than buy mass produced from the big players this year why not support local UK based small businesses and wow your grandparents, mums, dads, brothers and sisters (etc, you get the gist) with a beautifully crafted and unique gift this Christmas. I believe in supporting the making community as a whole (#communityovercompetition) and below I've put together a fantastic list of the amazing makers I think you will love. This guide will knock-your-socks-off and is guaranteed to raise a smile with the abundance of talented folk out there and I bet you had no idea there were so many skilled creatives lurking! Grab yourself a mulled wine or a cosy drink of choice and lets get discovering. But first let me give you some important dates for your diary as this year I will be part of the following online markets:
Clickable links to the markets:
The Virtual Birmingham Christmas Gifts Market 1 November - 13 December 2020 ;
The Inspire Network Christmas Market 16-22 November 2020 ;
Birmingham Originals Online Etsy Market 28 & 29 November 2020 ;
Harborne Handmade at Home 6 December 2020
So, are you ready? Then let us go shopping....
Inspired by nature I design and create precious metal jewellery with my latest collection inspired by nature, mythology and folklore such as this La Lune pin. Jewellery from my collections are always delightfully received. This year I am offering gift wrap with a handwritten note and the option to post direct to the recipient of your special gift.
Exquisite hand crafted precious metal jewellery. Hand cut with a jewellers saw, hand engraved and set with a myriad of beautiful gemstones. This will be a stunning gift for someone special this Christmas.
Final year student Kaydee is studying Film Production at the University of Portsmouth and has a range of stunning imagery available to purchase on canvas. Looking through her portfolio of work you can see something quite special is about to emerge. Definitely one to watch.
Hand cut illustrations that will definitely be a winner under the christmas tree this year. So much time, patience and incredible skill (along with a steady hand) go into creating these designs.
Who doesn't love beautifully crafted handmade notebooks with sumptuous paper that is a pleasure to draw or write on. I'm always sketching and these tick all my boxes and are definitely on my Christmas list.
Now more than ever it is so important to show how much you care and love your friends and family with a few hand written words in a beautiful hand made card. Casa Mia makes the most exquisite fabric and paper prints.
Using marbling and foiling techniques to create interesting patterns these books are beautifully hand bound to create bespoke & personalised hand bound sketchbooks, wedding books, journals and albums.
I love the little snippet of process on Helenas instagram page and how versatile a print her stunning artwork is. Its a lovely little reminder of summer on your bed, on the wall, wherever you fancy really!
Check out the fab designs like these cards. Perfect for the colouring in enthusiasts this Christmas and an activity to keep the brain ticking over during lockdown.
Make-up bag or wash bag you decide what I do know is how gorgeous is this fabric choice! Beautiful as a treat to yourself or as a gift and a lovely reminder that one day soon we can go away for the weekend together again and we won't always be in lockdown!
How fab are these bat studs! Discover more woodland and nature inspired jewellery.
Treat someone special with a beautiful nature inspired piece of jewellery this christmas like these realistic oak leaves.
I adore this little outfit and all the clothes in their shop. If my daughter was still a baby this is what she would be wearing right now. In fact if I was a baby myself right now I'd be demanding to wear this!!!
Make dinnertime a little less messy with a fancy Bapron (a bib and an Apron) I love this hedgehog design, there are lots more to choose from.
Fab Brummie kids and adults clothing and accessories. Great gift ideas right here.
Can we have these in adult size too please!? These handcrafted costumes are so beautiful. Spoil your little ones and not so little ones this Christmas with an extra special gift from A is For Alice.
Unique educational watercolour learning resources. Make learning fun, enjoyable and memorable.
A children's illustrator and surface designer Chloe creates beautiful cards and stationary. She has a lovely range of wonderful little gifts that will make the perfect stocking filler. I am so in love with the illustrations.
Skillfully combining illustration and embroidery Louise creates brilliant eyecatching colourful works of art. I actually own one of her prints and love it.
Bright and bold, Tina strives to build community through craft. With a range of kits and books available to purchase you'll be spoilt for choice when deciding on a gift or more this christmas.
I love this xmas decoration created using the unique retro pattern fabric created By Lou Moffatt. Her skills are incredible and I adore the clothes she so skillfully designs and creates. Decorate your tree and buy yourself an outfit too. Christmas is sorted
Beautiful handmade feltwork always makes such a lovely gift. I love this framed northern lights scene it's almost dream-like.
This has to be the ultimate gift for the crafter in your life. From DIY kits and stitch a long days to original works of stitched art ready to hang there's something for everyone.
As well as beautiful glass coasters and suncatchers Melissa now offers Fused Glass at Home kits. Check out her shop!
Are you looking for amazing stocking fillers? Then look no further than this chocolate and Knit delight!
In need of a stocking to fill? Studio Bearon have these handmade corduroy stockings in different shades. Not after a stocking, then check out their range of mixed media and textile products.
For fashionable accessories stitched by hand such as these muted tone velvet hair accessories look no further. Now my hair has grown out these are on my shopping list.
Using repurposed fabrics each hair accessory is handmade and detailed with threads and print. to give them that wow factor.
Working from her home studio, Katie hand throws warm contemporary ceramics with a luxury finish and a homely feel. In her shop she has a selection of beautifully thoughtful gift sets that just keep on giving such as this vase and seed gift set.
Capturing movement and striking shapes Barbara Piancas craftmanship is a joy to the eye. If you're in need of a gift for the person who has everything, this is a definite winner this Christmas!
Choose from a wide range of English fine bone china gifts all skillfully hand crafted using slipcasting. From unique jewellery for everyone to homeware to compliment the modern interior, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Wear fun jewellery this festive season whilst online shopping and be the talk of the online markets with jewellery made from polymer clay!
How beautiful is this kingfisher pendant by Lynsey. Check out her full range of products from hair clips to hip flasks.
Surprise your bestie with illustrative laser-cut jewellery for christmas this year. I love these Rudolf earrings.
Get your stationery, enamel pins & homeware gifts and stocking fillers here. I rather love a snazzy badge!
Stylish jesmonite jewellery, accessories and homeware. I love these tree decorations.
With a variety of products created in multiple materials you'll be spoilt for choice when shopping with The Cluttery.
Specialising in polymer clay earrings from the stud to the dangle, these make great super easy gifts and brilliant stocking fillers.
Incorporating beads that reflect the tones of the Ocean & Earth a lovely selection of beaded jewellery.
Stunning abstract paintings in watercolour and oil with beautiful hues and tones that draw you into the subject and make you stop and ponder.
If your a lover of architecture then Brum Beths abstract illustrations are for you. Catch up with Beth on instagram where recently she's taken her artwork to meet their inspiration and impressively see her at work!
Inspired by modernism, design, typography and architecture Alexander creates prints of landmarks from around the midlands.
Lorna creates and hand prints abstract lino prints for the wall. I love the gold on black print wall art Lorna has skillfully created.
Holly is a printmaker, photographer and filmmaker. She creates nature inspired prints from collograph, linocut and woodcut techniques using the images she has captured as printing inspiration.
If you love the weird and the wonderful you'll love Roots0121 incredible imaginative designs. I can think of a few people who are going to love something from this business this Christmas!
Creates beautiful and interesting maps filled with his illustrations. A fantastic fun gift this Christmas.
If you're looking for beautifully illustrated gifts look no further. How gorgeous is the artwork on this gift wrap bundle!
Specialising in handmade ritual incense, magical incense, spell candles, altar tools and supplies, anointing oils, Moon & Starling use fairtrade, organic materials and wild harvest plants, herbs and feathers.
Make yourself a healing herbal tea with natural teas by Patrees Herbs and Wellness and how about pairing up with a handmade cup by one of the talented designer-makers above to make it a wholesome and thoughtful gift.
Part 2 will be coming soon Check back for more amazing creatives.