When I first started writing these gift guides I had no idea how intense they would be. I’m kind of glad this is the last one. Don’t get me wrong, I love shouting about the people, things and businesses I love, but writing and promoting five posts in one week is tough going. I honestly don’t know how I used to blog every single day! For my final gift guide, I’m focusing on all of the lovely homely bits and bobs I’ve come across recently. I know that at this time of year I tend to have a little nesting phase, favouring purchases for the house as opposed to other pieces. You just can’t beat a nice candle in the winter! A couple of the shops are just general gift shops, but I figured I’d include them in this guide as a nice little all-rounder.
I hadn’t heard of Last Winter Crafts before I started researching for these gift guides, but yet again it was love at first sight as soon as I stumbled across the Etsy store. Last Winter Craft sells absolutely stunning handmade pottery, with beautiful tealight holders, pretty ceramic pots and lovely little trinket dishes. This is exactly the kind of thing I love, but very rarely treat myself to, so I think their products would make brilliant Christmas gifts. Feel free to pick up one of these Ceramic Mountain Tealight Holders for me, if you’re feeling generous…
Candles make great gifts at any time of year, but there’s something about the dark nights in the run-up to Christmas that get me stocking up on candles like they’re going out of fashion. Coast Candle Co candles are inspired by the beauty of the Scottish Highlands, using high-quality oils and soy wax to create gorgeous scents like Seaside Tea Party and Big Sky Morning.
I came across Candelle and Co took part in a pop-up shop just down the road from me earlier this year (or maybe last, time just gets away from me these days) and was instantly drawn to their clean, crisp packaging. Obviously, my first thoughts were how good they’d look on my Instagram, and I’m not even ashamed to admit that.
Speaking of Instagram… that’s how I discovered, and fell in love with, Mud Urban Flowers. Chances are, you’ll have seen their beautiful blooms floating around on Instagram lately, and for good reason. Their bouquets are all absolutely stunning and start from just £19. Unfortunately, they don’t deliver to my postcode at the moment, which is probably a good thing for my bank balance. If you’re buying for someone in Glasgow who appreciates a good bunch of fresh flowers, then you need to be buying from Mud. They also offer a subscription service, for a regular dose of floral joy!
Jenni Douglas Designs is an Edinburgh-based printmaking and design studio with a selection of handmade gifts and trinkets that are perfect for presents. It might sound weird, but I love their lampshade selection, even though I own zero lamps. Jenni Douglas stocks a really beautiful range of gifts, and if your recipients are fans of a bit of DIY fashion then their unique fabrics are not to be missed.
Seeing as it’s coming up for Christmas, it’s only right that I mention some festive decorations to pop on your tree. I came across Nicki Bradwell Design on Facebook yesterday and was instantly struck by her simple yet stunning decorations. She’s also just started selling mugs (aka my favourite thing to buy) with beautiful patterns inspired by Scottish flora and fauna – have a nosey!
Shearer Candles was founded in Glasgow in 1897 and is the UK’s longest established lifestyle candle brand – how cool is that?! Their candles contain the highest quality ingredients and can be found in hotels and restaurants all over the country. I’m a big fan of their Vanilla and Coconut scent, with Tropical Watermelon coming in a close second.
And last, but certainly not least, is The Bellwether. Claire designs cross stitch kits with a modern twist, and alongside her cross stitch products, she also stocks a variety of gifts including keychains, badges, zines and more. She’s going to be exhibiting at Etsy Made Local this Saturday and I can’t wait to see her offerings in person!