Supporting small this Christmas starts right here! With my favourite pick* of ethical, artisan and alternative gift ideas, with love from Cornwall, Devon and beyond.
Skills-based small businesses are my jam, and I wanted to do something to give back to them this year (particularly for those on my doorstep).
*None of these recommendations are sponsored or affiliated. If you click on any of the links in my gift guide, I’ll receive nothing in exchange (except for the warm, fuzzy feeling of connecting more people with the little indy businesses I love).
So dive into my handpicked selection of one-of-a-kind Christmas presents from this year’s SmallStars and find all the festive shopping inspiration you need. There’s something nestled in here for everyone (even the trickiest to buy for!)…
Crafty gifts for kids and grown-ups
CHALMING CAKE DESIGNS, BUDE
Comes as a kit with the house built and ready to decorate with all the trimmings included – or you can build your own house if preferred. This would make a lovely activity to do with your kids over Christmas, or as a gift for a young family. She also makes the most incredible decorated Christmas bauble cakes.
BLEUJEN FLORIST, BUDE
Get creative and make your own Christmas wreath, or gift the kit to a loved one before the big day! They’re offering free delivery to the Bude area, or will send it in the post for £5.
STAR GLAZERS, CORNWALL
A great little gift idea to get the kids creative. Buy online or from their cute pottery painting cafe in Falmouth.
THE WORKSHOP COLLECTIVE, BUDE
Contains everything you need to create your very own bespoke sea glass artwork inspired by the ones made by Black Rock Designs. They recently sold out but are making some more, so be quick if you want one. DM them to pre-order one or pop into The Workshop Collective in Bude if you’re passing.
Gifts for foodies
CORNISH DISTILLING CO.
Move over, espresso martini. They’ve blended coffee and raw cane sugar with their Cornish rum to make all of our indulgent booze x coffee dreams come true. I don’t know about you, but I think this sounds like the perfect after-dinner tipple. Buy it here.
HOOF TO BLOCK, HOLSWORTHY
For the person who has everything, you can never go wrong with food. Get them a gift voucher so they can fill their bellies (and their fridge) with locally-reared meats, Cornish dairy, homemade cheesecakes and local chutneys. Not just for Christmas (dinner!)… If you like to know where your meat’s come from, and guarantee it’s going to be reeeally good, then this is the place to go.
Sabins is our speciality small batch roaster of choice (and not just because it’s only down the road from Limelight HQ!). They have amazing taste in ethically sourced beans from all around the world, and introduce new lots regularly, so we’re always compelled to try the latest arrival!
Sabins’ brew box is the perfect grown-up alternative to those chocolate selection boxes we all loved as kids. For just £5 you’ll get three samples of their latest coffees to try, with details of what you’re brewing. Order online and you can have it delivered directly either by post, or by Fiat 500 and a friendly face (if the recipient lives in the vicinity of Bude). Be warned, though: whoever you’re gifting will be hooked.
If they’re already a fan of Sabins, keep them in their favourite beans with a Coffee Club Subscription. In fact, they’ve just released their Amazing Christmas Coffee Subscription Box, the first of which includes two Sabins refill tins brimming with coffee beans (or your choice of ground), a personalised Christmas card, tasting notes, and a cheeky little extra sample.
Classics with conscience
DORIS & DUDE, CORNWALL
Socks have got a bad wrap when it comes to Christmas presents, so it’s time to un-boring their old ways. Get their Cornish Christmas on with these Red Seagull EasyFit Socks that come in both men’s and women’s sizes. (His and hers, anyone?!…) They’re made from sustainable bamboo, organic cotton and recycled polyester, so they’re kinder to the planet, too.
MOR STUDIO CORNWALL
I fell in love with Elle’s handcrafted jewellery as soon as she launched in 2020, and her beautiful seaglass pieces have been on my wishlist ever since. This necklace is from her new Tidal Collection, which is inspired by the ebb and flow of the ocean, and the organic geometry found along the shoreline. She individually handcrafts each piece from her home studio in Cornwall, with only a limited number of stock pieces available to buy at any one time – so you have to be quick!
THE CLOVELLY SOAP COMPANY, NORTH DEVON
These dreamy little soaps are made right by the coast in Clovelly, North Devon, using all natural ingredients. With no nasties, they’re kind to skin, eco-friendly and smell incredible (my favourite is the rosemary and orange). They come packaged in the most exquisite art papers that make them almost too good to open, and the perfect pre-wrapped gift or stocking filler.
The 10 Bar Guest Soap Gift Set includes a lucky selection of gorgeous soaps from the full range for £19.50, or you can choose your own 10 soaps from the list to create a soap gift set bespoke to the recipient.
I also had to include this Orange and Cinnamon Candle from them, which is basically the smell of Christmas in a jar! Made from clean-burning soy and coconut waxes, hand-poured into a glass jar with essential oils and a cotton wick, for an all-natural way to get your hygge on this Christmas. They also do these cute scented soap decorations in the same scent which’ll make your tree or gifts smell divine.
Ok! I’ll stop now. Shop online or in store at their little shop in Clovelly, Devon.
TERESA DUNNE WOVEN TEXTILES, NORTH CORNWALL
Add some sunshine into their lives with one of these gorgeous colourful scarves, all handwoven in North Cornwall, so each one is unique. Buy online here.
TUSHKA ILLUSTRATES, NORTH DEVON
A year of colourful surf screen prints from Devon illustrator Tushka, with a 10% donation of the sales price from each calendar going to Wave Project North Devon. It’s like two gifts in one! Pre-order here.
ELVIS AND KRESSE, KENT
Made from decommissioned fire-hose and rescued Burberry leather, their Fire & Hide Square Tote is a bag with both style and conscience. What a fantastic way to repurpose something so niche that would otherwise end up in landfill. Even better? Half the profits they make go to Barefoot College International and The Fire Fighters Charity.
Unique experience ideas
FREEWAVE SURF ACADEMY, WIDEMOUTH
If you’re looking for something a bit different to give them this year, how about a fun experience in the water learning to surf while making lasting memories? What a great gift for families, couples, kids, friends or family members of all ages. Get them a gift voucher and they can book their session whenever it suits them throughout the year.
CORNWALL PERMANENT MAKEUP, BUDE
If the lady in your life needs a little pampering or a big confidence boost, then a gift voucher towards a permanent makeup beauty treatment could be the one. Kelly Bate PMU is an incredible Bude-based permanent makeup artist who specialises in transforming eyebrows, lips and lashlines with her magic inks, and has built up a flawless reputation in the area. Contact her through the Facebook page for vouchers or more information.
BEYOND FITNESS & MARTIAL ARTS, BUDE
Looking for something that lasts beyond Christmas? A set of martial arts classes or a fitness membership would make a fantastic gift for kids or adults who want to start something new or continue their training in the new year.
COURTSIDE HOSPITALITY, LONDON
If they’re an avid tennis fan, you can’t possibly go wrong with tickets for a Grand Slam final. Why not push the boat out with the ultimate four night tennis experience, staying at a 5-star hotel. You can even add on a cruise if you’re feeling generous. Luxury tennis packages with Courtside Hospitality start from £2200.
For the nature lovers
HABULOUS BY NICKY EDMUNDS, DARTMOOR
How cute is this? It’s the prettiest bird feeder I’ve ever seen. What a lovely gift for someone who likes watching the birds come and go from their window or garden seat.
This gorgeous set contains homegrown and foraged herbal-infused products specially designed for the colder months to help them through the winter naturally.
Gifts to inspire them
STUMPED FOR WORDS DESIGNS, MANCHESTER
Designed and made in the UK, you can buy these quote prints framed or unframed. There are so many to choose from, but this is one of my personal favourites. You can also order bespoke quote prints.
Curated by a mother and daughter duo, these cute little care packages contain items from small businesses, and you can even add your own message and have it sent straight to the recipient. This one caught my eye because of the warm gingerbread wax melts (hand poured in Devon) and – let’s be honest – the Bailey’s millionaire shortbread heart. But they’re all super lovely, so give yourself plenty of time to choose! Or you can create your own.
Happy shopping everyone, and Merry Christmas!
Love Hannah x