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London Christmas Gift Guide 2020

By Lindsey Roberts – 16 November 2020
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I had to put pen to paper today on this London Christmas Gift Guide so I’m not tempted to put up my Christmas tree and decorations. I know it’s only mid-November, but I am SO ready for the festive season. Bring on the mince pies, turkey sandwiches and mulled wine. 

We’re all about supporting local at Girl About, so I decided it was a good idea to pull together a guide of some local London businesses that we can support. Put your feet up, have a browse and where you’re able to, shop local this Christmas. 

Save the dates

I can’t possibly list out all the amazing independents that you can buy from on here – or I’ll be here until next Christmas! But here’s some info about some independent online makers markets that are profiling some amazing businesses too that you should really check out. 

London Makers Market  are holding their online Christmas market 21 – 22 November 

Just a Card  are holding ‘Indie Week’ – 23 – 27 November

A South London Makers Market is live on the 5 and 6 December.

For the stocking fillers…

Shoreditch Nails 

The ‘go-to’ nail place in East London has launched its own fabulous range of nail polishes named after iconic areas of the city we love – think ‘The Victoria Park’, ‘The Islington’ and ‘The Liverpool Street’. Shop here.

The Incredible Twins Sweet Box

Head to the Instagram page of twin 13 year old boys who started their small business in the first lockdown and buy a sweet box! Great idea for a stocking filler (or just for a Thursday night!). Shop here.

Tempered Peach

Super cute boxes of chocolate from this self taught chocolatier. I’ve got my eyes on the reindeer hot chocolate stirrers – fab idea for stocking fillers! Shop here.

 

For the puppy dogs…

Lord and Lassie 

How could we even forget about our beloved pooches at Christmas? Well treat them to some luxury handmade accessories from Lord and Lassie. They even have vegan leather accessories too. Shop here.

For the coffee lovers…

Grind

For all the coffee lovers out there, this well established London coffee jaunt serves up its coffee for all to enjoy nationwide. Get your hands on it’s Nespresso-compatible fully compostable pods in very stylish iconic pink tins.  They’ve also launched some amazing gift boxes this week and you can get your hands on GRIND candles, mugs and of course, coffee. Shop here.

For the fashion conscious…

Kemi Telford –

Beautifully designed and unique clothes with a conscious. They support a local women’s aid but donating clothes to them. I already have my eye on the leopard print table runner and the ‘Queen’ sweatshirt. Shop here

Native Mix Store

Gorgeous handmade headbands and scrunchies using locally sourced fabrics. I absolutely LOVE her headbands and managed to get my hands on one earlier this year. Shop here.

Hannah Pratt Clothing 

Bold and beautiful is how I’d describe Hannah Pratt Clothing – a brand that puts the black community at its core. Love the Queens of Black Britain T-shirt which features some of the amazing women who have made history in Britain. Shop here.

Throw me down

Bespoke aprons and accessories using organic and repurposed fabrics, they will be the perfect gift for the chefs of the family! Although be warned – I bought my dad one for his birthday and he won’t use it becuase it’s too nice haha! Shop here.

For the creatives…

Pimp up your plants

Hand painted accessories to pimp up your plants. I absolutely LOVE these and have just made my first purchase. They’ve also got vases, trinket dishes and coasters. Get involved and shop here.

Amy Gardiner Artist

LOVE Amy’s prints and the driving force behind them – empowerment, celebrating womanhood, embracing imperfections and the power of women supporting women. Get your hands on one of her gorgeous prints – I’d recommend ‘Yes you can can’. Can’t wait to get it framed and hung on the wall. Shop here.

For the couples…

Box42 Dates

The ultimate date night in – with everything covered! Different themed boxes available for you to pick from and comes delivered to you with step by step details of how to have a successful date night! Includes snacks, drinks and a themed menu. Shop here.

For the pamperers…

You First:

When you’ve done all your Christmas shopping, you’re going to be wiped out – so make sure you add one of these self care mailbox packages to your list just for yourself. Shop here.

Seventeen Minutes

Really thoughtful gift boxes to make your loved ones smile. All gifts from small businesses. Love the fact that you can make up your own box and pick your favourite items to add! Shop here.

For the foodies…

Christmas for many is about FOOD! And I wanted to include some of my favourite options. Remember, a lot of your favourite local restaurants will be selling gift vouchers – so check out their Instagram accounts and websites and put your feet up for the night!

All Day Brunchers. 

From the people that brought you Breakfast in Bread at @Thebargehouse have vac packed it all up and found a way to deliver it to your home. Next day delivery available to keep you and the family full and satisfied! Shop here

Barge East 

If you’re local to East London (and even if you’re not) then head over to Barge East’s website and pick up some gift vouchers for a future date night. Can’t get much better than dinner on a boat! And the food is amazing! Shop here.

Home by Nico

The people behind Six by Nico are bringing immersive fine dining experiences to your door! There’s something for everyone; Restaurant quality dishes that are easily put together at home, vegetarian and vegan menus, a wine club for you to host your own tastings, the perfect Sunday roast and so many more. Each experience changes monthly. Shop here.

Another couple of my favourites…

A couple of sneaky extras for you – I know they’re not London based but a couple of companies I have LOVED buying from this year.

ThatMumMoment

Jenna runs ThatMumMoment and sells the most fabulous greetings cards – there’s Christmas ones too and if you ask her nicely she’ll even write the card for you and send it to your friend or family member. Shop here.

Elin Horgan 

Simple and iconic jewellery crafted by hand – some great gift inspo for gifts this year – for loved ones or for yourself! (definitely yourself!) I got some beautiful earrings earlier this year so would definitely recommend! Shop here.

Laura Grainger Ceramics

Fabulous politeacal mug maker aiming to change the world one mug at a time. I haven’t bought a mug yet from this lovely lady, but I have got four fabulous dinner plates that I’ll treasure forever. Shop here.

For the Christmas tree lovers…

Now back to that Christmas tree…I’ve found a fab place to get them from, and literally about to order mine! They’re based in East Village, Stratford, but they deliver within the M25. And even better, they have a discount of 20% off for pre-order! Head across to Trees and Lights website here.

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