Small Business Saturday: awesome local gifts!
December already. That really snuck up on us. But not enough that we weren’t prepared with this awesome Christmas gift guide because, you know, there are places to shop other than Neatly Wrapped Co., especially if you want to buy something other than candles!
It’s Small Business Saturday! So we’ve put together some really awesome Xmas gift ideas from some of our favourite small businesses.
As it’s Small Business Saturday, we’ve curated a list of awesome small Scottish businesses that make and sell beautiful products perfect for gifting this Christmas (to yourself or others).
First up for our Xmas gift ideas, it’s gotta be Bonnie Bling. Mhairi at Bonnie Bling sells award winning laser cut jewellery. It’s quirky, it’s heavily Scottish themed, it’s bold, it’s beautiful, and it’s handmade in Glasgow’s Hidden Lane. My favourite range is the Still Game collection which includes cards, pins, and Christmas decorations featuring some of the beloved main characters.
For epic Christmas wreaths, you gotta check out our fave Betty Bluebell. You’ve only got a few days left to get an order in for one of these awesome door wreaths, so be quick! She even does wreath making workshops at Sloans in Glasgow - chance there’s a couple of spaces going spare for those as well, but they’re super popular. I guess what I’m saying is: act fast!
For sweetie gifts, you have to check out The Wee Fudge Company. You’ll have to act quickly if you want to make a Christmas order - this tiny company is so popular and busy that they’re only taking Christmas orders up until Monday 3rd of December. And they don’t just make fudge, you’ll also find tasty tablet and chocolate as well as the many delicious fudge flavours. But me, I like a classic vanilla fudge and I won’t be buying it anywhere else. Of course, all of The Wee Fudge Co. fudge is made in Scotland.
Rebekah’s Attic is the place to go for the felt flower-lover in your life. They craft handmade felt flowers right here in Scotland, and sell everything from individual flowers, to wreaths, bouquets, and even decorative flowers for your gift wrapping, and you’re able to keep them forever! If you’re looking for something a little different, that will last, this unique Christmas gift idea is spot on.
Libby Walker is an awesomely talented illustrator. She sells a range of products with her wonderfully Scottish designs printed on them. Her designs are available in black and white as well as some wonderful, boldly coloured wee gems. A perfect place to shop for a real die hard Weegie.
From makeup courses in Glasgow to letterpressed minimalist Christmas cards!
Flux Laser Studio is based in Glasgow. They make laser cut jewellery, house accessories, Christmas decorations, cards, pins, and can do this from a variety of materials including wood and acrylic. You name it, they can laser it. They can also engrave pretty much anything. One awesome service they offer is laser cutting pieces that you can assemble to make a handmade ornament. How cool?!
Cat Robertson Makeup Artist is just the bloody best. She studied at The Academy of Makeup in Glasgow and was a SHABA 2016 finalist for best makeup artist. Cat has been doing her flawless thang for 5 years, so you should be sure to go to see her for all your festive party makeup needs, especially since she is now selling makeup lessons as gift vouchers, meaning you or someone you love can learn (or at least attempt) to be as awesome as she is at make-up!
We really love Laura Spring for many reasons, not least because her textiles are ethically made! Heart eyes! She’s a graphic design graduate from Glasgow School of Art making products from printed fabrics in unique, bold, and colourful patterns - we’re talking bags, rugs, cushions and more. You need to get your house kitted out in this stuff. And for the eco warrior, she makes fabric wraps which you use to wrap gifts, replacing paper and evil sellotape. What more can you want?
Shop small for all your print and graphic design needs!
Risotto Studio are a print and design agency in Glasgow, and they’re small like us, don’t let their massive social media following fool you. They sell hunners of cool stuff, like stationary, clothing, bags... basically all the stuff. The weekly planners are a personal favourite of mine. As someone trying to get her life together, they really help create that illusion.
Laura Hurst is a graphic designer and illustrator selling stunning letterpressed minimalist Christmas cards along with a small range of prints and other accessories. Her illustrations have their own unique, distinguishable style which I can’t get enough of. She considers herself an “aspiring” illustrator but really she’s just way too humble.
Printed cushions in the shape of… biscuits?!
Small Business Saturday in Scotland - so how about some famous Scottish confectionery cushions?! Apparently there is such a thing as a cushion lover. I’m not one. Or at least I didn’t know I was until I saw Nikki McWilliams’ cushions. She makes BISCUIT. CUSHIONS. They’re amazing and you’ll want them all. She also does mini versions and DIY mini cushion kits. Cute af. She also makes pins, patches, accessories, prints, stationary etc, you’ll know the drill by now.
Okay, these last two aren’t necessarily Christmas gift destinations, but people huv tae know…
Xmas present ideas of the baked variety!
What better reason to shop small than to buy cake? If you’re getting the puddin’ in over the festive season, you gotta check out Mac Cakes. A one woman show with 8,000+ Instagram followers. She’s amazing and and her feed is full of tremendous cake porn. She creates personalised and themed cakes and cupcakes as well as stunning cake jars, errmahgerd. But do not look if attempting the ol’ Christmas weight loss.
Big Bear Bakery also make made to order cakes - they’re currently taking orders until December 16th before taking some time off over Christmas. They’re a sweet and savoury bake shop in Glasgow with a massive menu of treats, including gluten free and vegan options. They’ve mastered all kinds of bread (cause bread!) and pastries sell out every weekend. It’s best to get to them as soon as you can - we recommend getting there ahead of 9am on weekends to beat the queues. Get the goods for your cosy December weekends!