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SHOP LOCAL: Your Online Cheshire Christmas Gift Guide 2020

By Jenny Schippers – 1st November 2020
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Shop Small, Support Local this Christmas

I find my desire to shop small and support local this year even more emphasised by the current climate and the devastating effects this has had on independent retailers. Where possible, I aim to support Cheshire based (and wider North West) businesses from the food and drink I purchase through to the gifts I buy for my loved ones. I have worked closely with local creators, makers, and suppliers to pull together a Christmas Gift Guide for shopping small and supporting local this year. So whilst the high streets may be closed for November at least, you can spend your time shopping our local businesses virtually in the run-up to Christmas 2020.

Food & Drink

Three Wrens Gin – award-winning Gin distilled locally in Cholmondeley. Distillery tours and gift vouchers also available to purchase. Gins, gift hampers, and candles available through their online shop.

Tilly Wonka – handcrafted chocolates created by Matilda, born in Sweden, now living in Northwich, and produced in her kitchen. These beautiful chocolates, including Vegan options, are available as bars, selection boxes, hot chocolate stirrers, and advent calendars.

Cheshire Rustic Catering – Based in Thelwall, this small catering company produces amazing grazing tables, themed platters, and Christmas Eve Treat Boxes. Perfect for all occasions and celebrations over the festive period.

Bite the Macaron – this exquisite contemporary patisserie company based in Warrington produces the most incredible French macarons that would make the perfect gift this Christmas or a centrepiece at the dinner table. With macaron boxes specifically for children, Christmas macarons, and macaron towers to tempt all tastes.

The Edge Gin – based in Alderley Edge, this family business has been distilling London Dry gin since 2018. Their latest creation, a Pear Gin, has been receiving rave reviews and would make a unique gift for those gin lovers looking to support local. Gift boxes, gin advent calendars, glassware, and chocolates available to order.

The Forest Distillery – nestled in the Macclesfield Forest, The Forest Distillery uses organic, foraged ingredients to create their products including single malt English Whisky and award-winning Gin, that has won two separate double-gold medals at the San Francisco Spirit Awards. Distillery Tours can be booked online as well as gin gift boxes, glassware, gin mixers, and homeware.

The Tea Cabinet – This fabulous small business brings tea masterclasses, an exclusive tea club, blending experiences, and an online emporium. Charlotte works alongside her Father, proprietor of The Tea from the Manor to include these wonderful teas in her products. This year The Tea Cabinet has launched a full Christmas range including tea advent calendars, tea boxes, and hampers

The Cheshire Cheese Company – your go-to for all manner of Cheshire cheeses, 14 to be exact, with something to suit all tastes including the flagship Traditional Creamy Cheshire Cheese and award-winning Gin & Lemon cheese. Based in Macclesfield, visit the online shop for gift boxes, chutneys, accompaniments, and membership to their Cheese Club.

Weetwood Ales – This local ale producer began brewing in 1992 from its home near Tarporley. The business went from strength to strength and they now produce 1.5 million pints a year. Brewery tours, a drive-thru, and shop are available on-site, but you can also arrange for home delivery of their bottled beers and spirits through the online shop.

Tatton Brewery – This family brewery, based in Knutsford close to Tatton Park, produces classic and contemporary beers that you can buy direct or order online for free local delivery (check postcodes online) as well as nationwide delivery. A great idea to stock up on a local tipple ready for the festive season.

Haughton Honey – local honey produced from the meadows, gardens, and farmland surrounding the hives in Haughton. This raw honey is cold extracted and never pasteurised. English, Wildflower, Lavender, and CBD honey types available to purchase from the online shop with their honey club membership making an ideal gift.

Layers Treats – this small family-run business based in Hartford produces delectable chocolate layered treats suitable for postage nationwide. From tasty chocolate slabs to ‘make your own’ kits perfect for little ones, there is something to suit all tastes and ages.

Vicarage Bakes – based in the village of Willaston in West Cheshire, these award-winning chocolate brownies, created by Joanna, are available for postage nationwide. Baked with the finest local ingredients including the village farm eggs, all brownies are gluten-free and wrapped in sustainable packaging.

Homeware

The Prestbury Candle Company – inspired by the seasons and the Cheshire landscapes, the Prestbury Candle Company, create hand-poured soy wax candles from their workshop in Prestbury. Elegantly packaged, cruelty-free, and sustainably produced why not treat yourself or a loved one to a festive scent for the home this Christmas.

Ali Draws Studios – the exceptionally talented Ali illustrates maps of local Cheshire towns and villages as well as creating hand-drawn greetings cards and commissioned prints including personalised maps and house portraits.

Imagewich Studio – Brian is a Cheshire based landscape photographer and an exceptionally talented one at that! Capturing beautiful images of the Anderton Boat Lift, Marbury Park, and Northwich Viaduct to name but a few, you can now purchase his prints online or from the Imagewich Studio at Blakemere Village.

The Marbury Lady – with a gallery at Northwich Indoor Market and an online shop, I urge you to look at the wonderful work of Alison as she captures all her images on an iPhone! ‘The Marbury Lady’ focuses on images of Marbury Park, Pickmere Lake, and Great Budworth to create coaster sets, prints, and canvases.

Inkspire Calligraphy – this modern calligraphy business based in Nantwich creates a range of bespoke gifts, accessories, and stationery. Sarah’s exciting range for Christmas includes a hand-drawn countdown to Christmas chalkboard, personalised crackers, wooden baubles, and stationery sets. I have already purchased my crackers for Christmas!

Becky Broome Ltd – this Husband and Wife team launched Becky Broome back in 2009 and 11 years later they have created a successful lifestyle brand based in Liverpool specialising in etched personalised glassware including wine, whisky, and water bottles. Their website is fully stocked with beautifully crafted gifts perfect for loved ones this year.

Cheshire Home Fragrance – launched by Caroline in 2017 this home fragrance business makes all its wax products with love in Cheshire. Made using vegan-friendly and cruelty-free ingredients, the Christmas range includes wax melts, advent calendars, burners, and homeware.

Three Little Leaves – this innovative online houseplant store, based in Lymm, is the perfect option for those green-fingered members of your family. With plants for beginners, air-purifying, and pet-friendly, there really is a house plant for everyone.

Sophia Shaw Art & Illustration – Sophia is a freelance artist based in Chester on her narrowboat, which becomes a floating gallery in the Summer months, where she illustrates maps of Cheshire, North Wales, and the rest of the UK. Commissioned home, wedding, and portrait pictures also available on request.

H&H Lifestyle – this interior and lifestyle brand was created by the two Hannahs, living in Chester, who have curated a British made collection of homeware products including beautiful face masks, wool, and picnic blankets.

Dot and Dash by Helen – created during lockdown, this eco-friendly and sustainable business raises awareness of various causes by curating a collection of lifestyle products including glass baubles, Christmas cards, and reusable face wipes. Based in Bollington, Dot and Dash supports slow fashion and offers a bespoke clothing service.

Julia’s Homecraft – based in Warrington, Julia creates stunning artificial flower door wreaths, name rings, and flower wheels each bespoke and to the customer’s requirements. Contact Julia directly with your requirements and work with her to create a totally unique design for your home.

The Royal Perfumery – Carol and Chris own this independent perfumery based in Wigan, but available for delivery nationwide. They stock a wide range of men’s and women’s perfume/gift sets as well as more rare perfumes and a scent match service.

The Little House Shop – this small, independent online homeware store, based in Knutsford, stocks a variety of beautiful gifts and contemporary home accessories from brands such as Garden Trading, House Doctor, and Little Dutch. Their Scandi-inspired Christmas range includes decorations, paper stars, lighting, and stocking fillers to suit all.

Children’s Gifts

Ivy & Noah – the incredibly creative Claire has been making children’s personalised teepees for several years from her home in Crewe. Alongside her beautiful teepees, she also creates personalised banners, stocking, sports pennants, and capes, perfect for any little ones in your life this Christmas.

Papertown Crafts – Gemma has designed ingenious kids craft kits and boxes that are the perfect stocking fillers and suitable for postage to family members near and far. Faff free crafting for parents across the land this Christmas!

Cherubs by Sarah Jane – based in Newton-le-Willows this traditional childrenswear, shoes, and gift shop is a one-stop-shop when considering your child’s Christmas outfit this year. With exclusive brands including Sarah Louise, Granlei, and Babidu, it is worth a visit to find something totally unique.

Bella’s Bows – based in the pretty town of Nantwich, Bella’s Bows is most young girl’s idea of heaven! Their extensive range includes jewellery boxes, hair bows/bands, gift sets, and accessories. Order online or take a trip down to the shop with a stop at Cheshire Cupcakes on the way.

Shine Bright Décor – having reignited her creative spark after joining the massive local effort to make scrubs for hospitals during the 1st lockdown, Suzanna based in Altrincham, now creates beautiful rainbow wall hangings and personalised wire names. She aims to be as earth-friendly as possible, using sustainable materials and packaging where possible.

Josh and Nelly Toys – this independent, sustainable toy shop based in Sale works hard to reduce the amount of plastic waste so focuses on using recyclable material in its packaging and avoids selling plastic toys. Their range of toys, made predominantly from wood, metal, cardboard, and fabric features Etta Loves, Le Toy Van, and Tender Leaf Toys to name but a few.

Alma Grace’s Bookcase – Natalie supplies glorious Usborne books for littles ones suitable from birth up to high school age. Alma Grace’s Bookcase has an array of hardback books, reading books, colouring/sticker books, and factual books. Books always make the best Christmas presents and are perfect as stocking fillers or as advent calendars.

Polly and Tots – opened in February at Blakemere Shopping Village, this eco-minded toy and children’s wear store stocks a range of wooden toys, clothing from well-known brands such as Frugi, and teething jewellery. Their online store goes live this week so sign up at www.pollyandtots.co.uk for further updates.

Jenny Wrens Ceramics – this pottery café, based in Stockton Heath, is providing take-home painting sets directly from the store or you can go online and purchase a gift voucher that can be redeemed against these sets or used in-store.

Henrietta Hair Bows – handmade, showstopping hair bows and bands perfect for the festive season, lovingly handcrafted by Charlotte, from her home studio in Alderley Edge.

Little Star Baker – bought to life during lockdown, this innovative and exciting business is the brainchild of Emily based in Chester. She designs beautiful baking boxes with pre-measured ingredients that are available to post nationwide.

Clothing

Laundry b – founded by Joanna in 2005, this successful clothing brand has branches in Stockton Heath and Altrincham, as well as a vast online store stocking Italian inspired women’s wear, footwear, and accessories all at affordable high street prices.

Pickle Juice designs – Selen, based in Manchester, curates handmade oversized clutch bags from her home country of Turkey. These vibrant, intricate, and totally unique designs will add a splash of colour to any outfit.

Four Rouges – independently owned by two Mums with four boys respectively (their four rouges, hence the name!), this North West based clothing business creates slogan jumpers for adults and children with a ‘Rouge’ theme including their Christmas Range featuring ‘Rouge Elf’!

Just Coops and Lu – owned and run by the very lovely Faye, this Manchester-based clothing business creates bespoke designs for their quality hoodies, sweats, and t-shirts, all cut and hand-printed in Faye’s home studio. Why not choose a matching children’s and adult’s hoody this year or a personalised tote bag/pouch for a special teacher.

Jugglewear – this small business, run by two sisters (Fi and Becs) started during lockdown as a way of identifying and celebrating the constant kid-life-work balance. The adult and children’s wear features true-to-life slogans including ‘give me five minutes’ and ‘I hate the Elf’! Bespoke customised slogan clothing is also available.

Stitch and Green – based in Lymm, this small craft business run by Sarah, creates handmade facemasks ideal for those 2020 Christmas presents. All items are truly bespoke so be sure to contact Sarah directly for your requirements or pop down to Ruby & Harry in Lymm Village where you can purchase her ready-made items.

Ollie and Fred – this independent Manchester-based clothing accessory business began life in 2018 and truly reflects the culture and music of this great city. The Manchester bee features heavily in the designs for their socks, scarves, pocket squares, and purses. A percentage of all sales are donated to various local charities.

Sorelle Style – this fashion-forward clothing and homeware brand, based in Stockton Heath, offers an array of affordable ladies’ wear, dress jewellery, hair accessories, and face masks. Their Christmas range includes fashion-inspired prints, baubles, and greetings cards.

Amby Made it – this small textile business, based in Nantwich, creates beautiful hand-made facemasks, matching adult and children’s headbands as well as reusable makeup remover pads. Check out their Facebook page for the various designs and Christmas fabrics available.

Jewellery

Jopp Jewellery – designed and made by Melissa from her home studio in Stockton Heath, her contemporary earrings are inspired by pattern, colour, architecture, and texture. The designs vary in size and shape to suit all tastes. Melissa, a teacher by training, will also be running jewellery making workshops with more updates for these being made available on her website.

Silver Chicks Jewellery – this small, independent sterling silver jewellery company is based in Chester. Creating handmade bracelets, bespoke orders, earrings, and necklaces available to order through their Facebook page.

Little Bottled Earring Company – based in Cheshire, the unique selling point to these handcrafted earrings is that they are displayed in small glass bottles, included within the purchase price. These gold and silver earrings would make a lovely gift or a great stocking filler.

Panela Boutique – based in Chester, this handmade jewellery boutique creates incredibly stylish and colourful earrings with a continental twist. You can customise the earring designs by selecting the colour and shape, working directly with the designer to suit all tastes.

Ara the Altar – inspired by the Ancient World’s perception of astronomy, owner and creator Lauren offers beautiful, unique jewellery following the principles of slow and sustainable living. All pieces are made to order, and Lauren will work with you to design the perfect piece of jewellery for that special someone.

Manuka Mcr – designed and created by Sarah in the bee capital, Manchester, these eco-friendly necklaces are made from recycled silver and gold with the packaging being 100% recyclable. 10% of profits from each sale are donated to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Use FAY20 for a discount and free UK shipping.

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