It’s that time of year where we are starting to think about unique and fun gifts for those closest to us, but we as consumers are more mindful than ever of packaging, plastics, ethical products and air miles leaving a lasting carbon footprint. So rather than going for the big companies, think about checking out some smaller businesses who are committed to bringing amazing products with as little environmental impact as possible. These are all companies that I have had personal experience of using their products and I have not been paid to advertise any of them. The links to each store are in their titles 🙂
Full disclosure, I am an affiliate for Geeky Clean, however I wouldn’t have remained for over a year had I not loved their products. They really do have something for everyone and you can find my unboxing of their Christmas Collection here. From Bathbombs to Shower Steamers to soaps to candles they have self care covered. If you’re a fan of gaming, table top gaming, pop culture, books or just general loveliness then you are sure to find something here. Their products are all vegan, cruelty free and plastic free too! You can save 10% on any orders by using my code Paperbacksandpinot10
Another store that I rep for (last one) Whizzpop’s candles are again perfect for fans of pop culture and books. Each candle has a beautifully designed themed topper which doesn’t need to be removed prior to burning as it will melt along with your candle. The fragrances are strong and well balanced and all candles are vegan friendly as they are made with soy wax. All their products and packaging are plastic free and you can also save 10% using my code Paperbacks10. A real favourite in our house is the Eleven Candle inspired by Stranger Things!
Be ready for cute but sassy overload with Sugar and Sloth, the kawaii is strong but the message is one of self care. Focusing on anxiety and depression and mental well being, the motto’s are brilliant and full of vibrant illustration. It’s not all about mental health though and there is a ton of general cuteness by way of enamel pins, stickers, stationary, mugs, jewellery and cards. Anita’s vinyl stickers are the perfect laptop accessory – as my laptop will attest to! You can also gift her subscription box, Tiny Party Club which is amazing value and is full of cute (non sweary) and useful items.
Strongly inspired by Asian pop culture by way of Pokemon and Studio Ghibli, Gigi Illustrates has stunning artwork that makes me want to have more walls in my house! She is a new small business but her range is growing constantly with A4 prints starting from just £10 through to limited edition signed and numbered fine art pieces, delivery is free too! I purchased her Haku print and it’s absolutely stunning.
Items perfect for book lovers everywhere, you can even buy bookish themed hampers for a ready made package for any bookworm. I personally love their booksleeves, the quality is fantastic with great feeling fabric and a stunning finish on the stitching. You can also get them in 2 sizes for paperback or hardback sized books. They also supply candles, bookmarks and art prints, I can’t comment on these but if they are the same quality as the booksleeves then they will be amazing!
So if you’re wanting to shop small this festive season then please take a look at some of these great small businesses first!