Look, we know it’s early – but everyone loves Christmas! But, what gift can you buy for the special person in your life that isn’t, well a bit naff, or the same as last year, is unique and inexpensive? Our advice would be don’t just go to Amazon by everyone else and look local and think Artisan.
Artisan markets are a treasure trove of special products which are often lovingly made by local people but are, above all, very different. So if you are looking for something unique, we think your local artisan market could be the place to go. And, in order to help you out we have put together some of the best quirky gifts you can pick up at your local market.
Everyone (well, most women) love a scented candle but instead of going for the usual suspects (Yankee, we’re looking at you). We found a great micro business candle maker called Old Man & Magpie, who hail from Leigh in Lancashire. These guys use pure essential oils, which are paraben and fragrance free and loving hand made at their home studio. We can assure you these candles smell fantastic! Their website is www.oldmanandmagpie.com.
If candles aren’t his or her thing what about some beautiful illustrations? We found ByNikomi at a market in Manchester. Nikomi produces amazing cards, stationery and art. She set up her business after thinking ‘that would be lovely if it didn’t have…on it’. Nikomi can be found at various markets in The North West and her Etsy shop can be found here: https://bynikomi.etsy.com
Next up, do you know a dog lover? If so we think we have just the gift for them. www.handmade.dog make beautiful collars, and other doggy accessories which will make anyone’s pooch look super cute. Handmade.dog can be found at markets all over the midlands and the north west and gifts, can of be bought from their website.
Finally, if you really want to push the boat out and buy something extra special for that special person, nothing says ‘Happy Christmas’ like some jewellery. Rather than just getting the standard stuff from the high street, the truly unique special is going to be found at a local artisan market. One of the best we found is a lady called Melissa Wilkinson. Melissa creates beautiful jewellery inspired by the British countryside. From earrings to rings Melissa’s work is stunning. Her website is www.melissawilkinson.com
If you want to check out more artisan sellers you could check out Pedddle, a one-stop shop for artisan sellers and people looking to find out more about local markets and goods.