Updated: Mar 21, 2021
Lockdown may be the word of the year but shopping small is a close second! We know its not long until our physical stores reopen but there are still so many ways you can support small businesses today, tomorrow and for a long-time to come.
For many, these businesses are their livelihoods and they need our support more than ever right now. So send them love on social media and if you're shopping for gifts for yourself or others, think small.
We've rounded-up some incredible businesses to shop from, with something for everyone, from luxurious and ethically-sourced beauty products to crafting activities, you're sure to find a wonderful gift for a loved one or special treat for yourself!
1. Chalke Valley Soaps
Chalke Valley Soaps is a small family run business offering 100% natural handmade soaps, bath salts and eco-friendly accessories. Passionate about taking care of our beautiful planet, Chalke Valley are dedicated to crafting high-quality and sustainable products from their home workshop in the stunning countryside of South West England. (They even make soaps for our favourite four-legged friends!)
2. The Workbench London
One-of-a-kind rings 'designed & carved by you, cast & polished by them'. Katie & Kirstie are the co-founding power duo of the world's first ring-making kit. The professional jewellers by trade and best-friends have developed this kit for all abilities, to inspire creativity and allow us to make the ring we have always wanted, (without having to embark on a long and costly jewellery course). Shop their original, gemstone, birthstone, signet, diamond or wedding kits and make the perfect ring you have always dreamed of, from the comfort of your very own home.
In this period of keeping our distance from others, paying for groceries or that take-away coffee hands-free has never been easier, or more necessary. K-pay's wearables allow you to make quick and secure payments anywhere that accepts contactless. Forget rummaging for your purse or fumbling for your phone, K-pay has many wearable options and styles from bracelets to dog tags to allow you shop easily, painlessly, and all-importantly, safely. You can even get 10% off your first order if you sign up to their newsletter.
4. Sau Skin
SauSkin; The ultimate seed-powered skin therapy, blending classic ingredients, ageless formulations and a 'less is more' philosophy. SauSkin produces skin nourishing oils using Nigella Sativa, or Black Seed as its more commonly known which helps to transform the skin by diminishing fine lines, fading hyperpigmentation and give you that all-year round healthy, glowing complexion.
5. Wick and Willow
Our beautiful homes are bearing the brunt of family life right now which is why we love to fill it with sights and scents that bring light to our days. Wick & Willow, a fellow business born out of our first lockdown, produces vegan-friendly and cruelty-free soy wax melts, filling homes with wonderful scents, even when they're not being melted.
Use our 'WONDERFUL10' promo code to get 10% off.
6. Sugrue South Downs
We love a British vineyard, hearing about their story and sampling their wonderful harvests. In 2006, acclaimed winemaker Dermot Sugrue planted at Storrington Priory, a small vineyard at the foot of the South Downs. Since then his ‘The Trouble with Dreams’ 2009 vintage (which went on sale in 2013) has rapidly gained critical acclaim. It's a bend of 60% Chardonnay 40% Pinot and only 3,000 bottles are produced a year. Among many awards, Sugrue has since been awarded Boutique Producer 2020 at the WineGB Awards. This vintage is a must try!
What could make those all important snuggles with your bubba even more wonderful? Cute yet sustainably-sourced, organic fabric that's kind on their skin. Bubbafino boasts a growing range of snuggly day or full-of-adventures play outfits for your little ones.
8. Eleanor Jewellery Design
Eleanor Jewellery Design combines luxury style and design for the modern ethically conscious customer. Made from recycled sterling silver jewellery, each collection is focused on complementing the wearer's individual style, handcrafted in Manchester and designed to last.
They're ethical commitments are a big priority and never compromise on offering a high-end aesthetic and gift-wrapping service from recyclable and vegan packaging where possible.
9. Concrete & Wax
Modular stackable candleware by married design duo HE, Mr Concrete and SHE, Mrs Wax. All products have been lovingly designed and tested to provide the best quality with every item hand-poured, finished and packaged in their Suffolk workshop.
Mix and match colours and sizes and style them up in a zillion different ways. Also, as they’re made with natural oils they smell amazing. We haven't seen a candle brand quite like it.
We'll be forever shopping Wonderfully British and small and hope you guys do too. Remember to check out our website for more incredible businesses and gift ideas.