Supporting small businesses has never felt so important. Thanks to the old ‘rona, 2020 has been a tough year for individuals and businesses alike. And so, this year we’ve committed to buying as many of our presents as possible from small UK-based companies. If you’re after some inspiration, here are 12 companies I’ve either bought from myself or plan to buy from in the very near future.
Yallah Coffee Roasters
The team at Yallah produce sustainably-sourced and freshly-roasted coffee from a barn in Cornwall, and it’s where we buy all of our beans from! You can buy ground coffee or coffee beans, subscriptions, hot chocolate, storage pots, t-shirts, gift cards, equipment and more.
The Happy News
The Happy News is the brain child of Emily Coxhead, and dedicated to celebrating all that’s good in the world – something we could all use a bit of in 2020! Purchase the Happy Newspaper, or some of their fab merchandise.
Clemie’s Vegan Cakes
One of my best pals introduced me to Clemie’s Vegan Cakes. You can order custom cakes, biscuits, brownies, cupcakes, treat boxes and more. And needless to say, everything is vegan and utterly delicious.
Prick is London’s first cactus and succulent shop. They’re currently closed, however you can buy from their online shop. If you’re looking for a high-quality, low-maintenance plant that your brother/sister/parents/husband/wife/pal can’t kill, consider ordering from Prick.
P.S. It was recently announced that they’ve been nominated for the High Street Shop of the Year Award!
House of Owls
I’ve been following Lorainne from House of Owls on Instagram for a couple of years now, and I’m always amazed by her creations. After something fun for the home? Consider some of her wire words wall art. There’s a reason this Stockport-based company has over 10,000 sales on Etsy.
Veronica + Co
I bought some scrunchies from Etsy seller, Veronica + Co, earlier this year, and I love them. They’re really good quality, and made from gorgeous material with pretty patterns. Not only are scrunchies kinder on my hair, but they also mean I get to enjoy a bit of 90s nostalgia.
Inky in the Wild
Run my an illustrator named Jen in her home studio, Inky in the Wild is fast becoming my favourite place to buy stationery. You can pick up notebooks, greetings cards, customised portraits, planners and more.
The Easy Learning Shop
Pete and Estelle run a toy shop in Ripon, Yorkshire, which is perfect if you’re looking for something for the little ones in your life. You can order online from them 24/7. They specialise in wooden and educational toys, which is great if you’re looking to reduce your plastic consumption!
La Menagerie is made up of a husband and wife team who make laser-cut animal origami necklaces. There are lots of animals to choose from, including bears, bees, dinosaurs, elephants, koalas, owls, sloths and more. I’ve bought a fox for a friend of mine, and I have a cat one – though believe me when I say it was really tough to choose. P.S. 5% of each order goes to the WWF, so you’ll be doing a good deed at the same time!
Facetheory is my absolute favourite place to go for my skincare needs. In fact, it’s the only place I go. I have sensitive skin, and their products are amazing. They use a lot of botanical extracts, they’re on a mission to rid themselves of single-use plastic, and they’re completely cruelty-free. My Facetheory favourites are the Organic Jojoba Oil, the Centasoothe Serum, and the Signature Moisturiser.
Bear Hug Gifts
I’ve been a customer of Bear Hug Gifts for years now – I think I first bought from them in 2016, and it’s somewhere I repeatedly go back to. Faye set up this thoughtful company through The Princes’ Trust Enterprise Programme, after receiving a care package when she was unwell. Bear Hug Gifts enables you to send a hug in a box to someone who needs it. You can buy ready-to-go bear hugs, or build your own!
The Koalty Bakery Company
I bloody love a good pun. The Koalty Bakery is run by a lady named Michelle who’s based in Lichfield, a city close to my heart. All of her products are vegan, but can – of course – be enjoyed by all. You can order stuffed cookies (I can vouch that these definitely hit the sweet spot!), marble banana bread, luxury cake jars, loaf cakes, brownies, blondies and more.