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SHOP LOCAL: Cheshire Christmas Gift Guide 2021

By Jenny Schippers – 2nd November 2021

Cheshire Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Shop Small, Support Local this Christmas

 

Lovingly curated by @girlabout.cheshire

 

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 & drink I consume through to the gifts I buy for my loved ones in the run-up to Christmas 2021.

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 while the high street is still struggling to get back on its feet, and we need to support it as much as possible, we also need to remember the many small, independent Cheshire creatives that are online only.

Here I share some of my favourite, tried and tested North West suppliers in my Cheshire Christmas Gift Guide for 2021:

Cheshire Christmas Gift Guide 2021

 

Food & Drink

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

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 are 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.

Tea from the Manor – This quintessential small business stocks an online emporium of the finest loose leaf teas from around the world along with gift sets, gift vouchers, and tea accessories. James and his daughter, Charlotte work alongside each other, selling tea to those that are as passionate about it as they are.

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.

White Rabbit Kitchen – The brainchild of Ann and Kerri, former owners of the popular Mad Hatters Tearooms in Chester, White Rabbit Kitchen is a plant-based kitchen creating a range of impressive vegan cheeses, jams, and chutneys. From Blue and Camembert-style cheeses, these would make the ideal centerpiece for a vegan cheeseboard with virtual gift cards also available to purchase online.

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 a 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 are 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.

Vinological – specialising in Vegan and organic wine, Vinological, based on Brook Street in Chester is open daily for customers to sample, discuss and pick up some delicious wine for the dinner table. Stocking wines from around the world, this natural wine stockist is something a little different to try this Christmas.

Cake by Camille – Altrincham based Camille creates delicious Christmas afternoon teas and brownie sets for collection and local delivery. Her brownie boxes, including a set of 12 festive flavours, can also be posted for a small, additional fee making it an ideal edible gift to send to loved ones across the UK.

Little Lodge Confectionary – Great Taste Award Winning Little Lodge Confectionary, based in Cheshire, creates artisan chocolate bars, buttons, and more along with a festive range of Christmas treats. Make sure to order super early to avoid disappointment!

Sweetree – Helen creates the most intricate, illuminated Lindor sweet trees from her studio at Clarence Mill in Macclesfield. Her Christmas collection includes handcrafted Christmas trees carefully festooned with 75-100 Lindt balls (depending on size) in a variety of flavours/colours. The trees make an impressive and edible centrepiece as well as a truly unique gift. With free delivery across Cheshire, the final order date for Christmas is 12th December 2021. Use code: GIRLABOUTCHESHIRE for 10% off your first order made before the end of November 2021.

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. The North Wales and Anglesey range of candles are also a popular choice.

Ali Draws Studios – the exceptionally talented Ali illustrates maps of local Cheshire towns and villages as well as creates hand-drawn greetings cards and commissioned prints including personalised maps and house portraits. Be sure to check out her Lymm, Thelwall, Grappenhall, and magnificent Warrington map for those local to the area.

The Marbury Lady – with a brand-new gallery at Blakemere Design Shed 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.

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.

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 are also available on request.

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.

GeeArte Makes – the exceptional talented Gee handcrafts eco-friendly homeware using the delicate skill of macrame and the bright, bold eco resin. From plant hangers to clocks, lamps to wall hangings, you’ll be sure to find something that catches your eye. Gee also runs macrame workshops and posts macrame kits so you can have a go at home.

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, East of India, and St Eval Candles. Their Scandi-inspired Christmas range includes decorations, paper stars, lighting, and stocking fillers to suit all.

Treat Them Green – this Liverpool-based gifting website, run by Alice a Cheshire local, is an incredible place packed full of products sourced from independent UK businesses, many of whom are based in the North West. Treat Them Green allows the customer to build their own personalised, sustainable gift box with any number of products that suit their requirements, making it perfect for posting to loved ones near and far.

Vintage Angel Designs – based out of the prettiest of shops at Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm, Vintage Angel Designs is an Aladdin’s cave of trinkets and treasures. With delightful home accessories, gifts, and Frenchie paint; this delightful shop, and online store will guarantee a present-buying bonanza.

Ivy and Bee Interiors – this award-winning lifestyle and homeware store is also based at the Design Shed at Blakemere Village (worth a visit in its own right!), and stocks carefully curated Scandi-style products for the most stylish of Cheshire homes.

Yasmin Thomas Photography – 2022 Calendars – based on the Wirral, the super talented Yasmin has created three 2022 calendars featuring her images of Cheshire, the Wirral, and North Wales. These, along with her prints, will be available to purchase at the Premier Plants of Ledsham (near Chester) Christmas Market on the 27th and 28th November 2021.

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, stockings, 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!

Darcie and Hugo – Michelle creates bespoke handcrafted accessories from her home in Nantwich; from stunning hair accessories, earrings and bookmarks they make the ideal gift for children of all ages. Final order dates for Christmas 2021 is Friday 3rd December.

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.

Rainflo – handmade in Wilmslow, Anna creates the most aesthetically pleasing woven rainbows and Christmas candy canes which can be personalised to make ideal decorations and gifts. With Christmas Eve boxes available to order including a Santa’s key and mini rainbow keyrings that make brilliant teacher gifts, Rainflo is my go to!

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.

Polly and Tots – opened in February 2020 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. Shop in person or via their online store for unique children’s gifts to suit all ages.

Jenny Wrens Ceramics – this friendly pottery café, based in Stockton Heath, offers gift vouchers and makes the ideal present for creative children young and old. Alternatively, make an afternoon of it and allow your little ones to create hand-painted gifts for their friends and family.

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, making them the ideal gift to send to loved ones near and far.

Quinn and Kin – specialising in handmade sewn gifts with personality, South-Manchester Mum Yvonne, creates bespoke children’s art stitched onto fabric to enjoy for years to come. Alongside this truly unique gift, there are also hand-sewn banners, pennants, and nursery decorations that can be fully personalised. The final order date for personalised embroidered items is the 3rd of December 2021.

Clothing & Textiles

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

PersonaliTee – founded by Deborah and Petrona in Mobberley, PersonaliTee is a sustainable and organic clothing brand offering quirky, personalised clothing for women. With their 100% cotton, head-turning designs featuring bright colours; their jumpers and tees make a great present or a gift for yourself.

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.

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.

Pretty Pigtails – Dawn creates stunning, bespoke children’s outfits and matching accessories to order from her Cheshire home, perfect for the festive season. From traditional checks to modern twists on Spanish-style children’s clothing, Pretty Pigtails makes a lovely choice for your little one’s Christmas outfit this year.

Stitch and Green – based in Lymm, this small craft business run by Sarah, creates bunting, memory quilts, cushions, and more . 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.

Jewellery

Jopp Jewellery – lovingly designed and handmade by Melissa in Cheshire, from a little studio in Stockton Heath. The earrings are made from a combination of polymer clay and brass metals and are extremely light and comfortable to wear. Jopp also runs a selection of jewellery-making workshops for beginners and eager crafters alike. Visit her website to view the latest designs & workshop dates.

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.

Hattie Blush Designs – Hattie began her jewellery-making business just this year from her Cheshire-based studio, where she designs and creates beautiful polymer clay pieces in a variety of colour-ways and styles. Lightweight and easy to wear, Hattie Blush jewellery is the ideal gift for someone that already has everything! Final order date for Christmas: 12th December 2021.

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