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  • You must all know by now how passionate we are about the magic of small independent businesses – we really like to shout it from the rooftops at every opportunity and Christmas is a golden one.

    To give you some inspiration we’ve put together a Brighton Lace Gift Guide including products from some of our favourite small businesses run by gorgeous women who make equally gorgeous items – from luxurious vegan candles to hand-made clothing, all of which are perfect for gifts. 

    As well as their top Christmas present picks we’ve also included a little about them and why they like us are passionate about shopping small. 

    We hope you enjoy and are inspired to ditch the high street and choose special, unique gifts from independent makers this Christmas.

    Hummingbird Hawkmoth

     

    Tell us a bit about Hummingbird Hawkmoth

    Hummingbird Hawkmoth is an ethical jewellery brand. Every piece is made by hand using recycled silver where possible. All of our packaging is made from recycled paper and card and is totally plastic free and biodegradable.

     

    Where are you based?

    I’m based in Brighton at Rodhus studios. This is a huge space with over 30 different artists and makers. I happily share a workshop with 4 other super jewellers.

     

    Where can we find you?

    The majority of our products are made to order (this means we can custom make to your size/specifications if need be!) and may be purchased via Etsy. I do also take part in markets and events throughout Brighton, Lewes and beyond.

     

    What makes Hummingbird Hawkmoth the perfect Christmas gift?

    Our pieces are  super lovely presents for several reasons. Our  jewellery is beautiful, handmade and ethical. Recycled sterling silver jewellery will last a lifetime and hence can make a very special and lasting gift for your Mum, wife, daughter or friend.

     

    Why should everyone shop small this Christmas?

    I’m a total convert to shopping small and local! It’s just a win/win situation. You know you’re supporting a small business and enhancing your local economy. By buying handmade you are championing creativity and enterprise. And you are gifting your loved ones with an item that is unique and made with the utmost care.

    Here are Hummingbird Hawkmoth’s top Christmas present picks…


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    Lotus Petal Hoops

    These are one of my very first designs. They were born out of a special play session.. And hence I love to make them and I love to wear them too!

    These are available in two sizes, medium and large.

    These are made from recycled sterling silver and are available in either a high shine or soft matt finish.

    Prices start from £45 including free UK delivery.

     

    Buy here

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    Circle stud earrings

    My simple circle stud earrings are made from recycled sterling silver and are a lovely comfortable and classic earring.

    They’re available in either a high shine (seen here) or soft matt finish. 

    They cost £25 and this includes free UK shipping.

     

    Buy here. 

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    Lotus Flower Pendant

    This is a new design and is one of my favourites! Again, made from recycled sterling and on a sterling silver trace chain. 

    This can come with a crystal point or unadorned.

    Prices from £65 including UK postage.

     

    Buy here.

    STALF

    Tell us a bit more about STALF 

     

    We hand make our super-simple easy wear. We choose not to design for mass-production or wholesale, instead we hand make small quantities of each of our garments to order, and send them straight to our customer. This means that each piece is unique and special, we get to know familiar names, the people who support us season after season. Our process is personal and unique.The design and manufacturing process is something to be valued and shared, and the way we work is something we’re very proud of. All of our products are researched, designed, hand-cut and made from scratch in small batches by us, in-house.

    Where are you based?

    STALF is based at the Pink Studio in Lincolnshire, UK.

     

    How can we find you?

    All available products can be purchased from our website, stalf.co.uk

     

    What makes STALF the perfect Christmas gift? 

    The beauty of STALF is that the garments really do slot into your life, whatever your circumstance!. I’d gift our pieces to almost any woman in my life, but they’re particularly good for expectant or new Mums, anyone who loves a throw-on-and-go garment, or demands a lot from their clothing! 

     

    Why should we shop small this Christmas?

    Shopping small (especially at Christmas) supports a fair, sustainable fashion industry, and keeps our independent businesses alive. Consumer choices steer the course we’re all travelling on, and collectively we can engineer change through the decisions we make and ultimately where we choose to spend our hard-earned money.

    Here are STALF’s top Christmas present picks…

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    Cocoon Jumpsuit

    The Cocoon Jumpsuit is our bestseller for good reason. It’s a throw on piece that works on so many levels and for almost any occasion regardless of age or season. 

    It can be layered over comfy tees and under slouchy knits for day, or dressed up with heels and a little sparkle for night. 

    Buy here. 

      
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    Organic Sweatshirt 

    The Organic Sweatshirt is another all-rounder with classic appeal.

    This style has all the throw-over-anything charm of your favourite sweatshirt, but the clean shape and simplicity keep it smart.It’s the ultimate Boxing Day jumper- super cosy and comfy (size up for ultimate slouch!).

     

    Buy here

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    Walnut Bobble Hat

    The new Dreams Collection is super special. A collection of treasures, limited editions, one-offs and small batch pieces all handmade at the pink studio.

    I picked the Bobble Hat in Walnut, a soft, neutral shade that goes with everything. We’ve made our Bobble hats from the softest 100% British Wool, this is not a scratchy hat! It’s the most beautiful, handmade gift to receive on Christmas day and wear forever. 

     

    Buy here

     

    House of Scandal

     

    Tell us a bit about House of Scandal

    House Of Scandal was created by Hannah Patrick to provide elegant luxury at an accessible price. With our invigorating scents, each candle is hand poured with soy wax and blended with the highest quality fragrances. Our scents are inspired by everyday life, whether its a distant memory, a word, or that first coffee in the morning.

    We wanted to create a multi sensory experience, as scent plays such an important part in our memories, providing the perfect luxury experience in interior scent.

    Where you are based?

    We’re based in London

    Where can we find you?

    Head to our website www.houseofscandal.co.uk

    What makes House of Scandal the perfect Christmas gift?

    The versatility of our candles are the reason why they are such a timeless gift option. We all have that one person on our list that we can never figure out what to get. Who doesn’t want a gift that they can use over and over?

    Why should we shop small this Christmas?

    Small businesses strive to survive and one of the biggest advantages they have over big retailers is the ability to provide a more personable experience. So why not cause some scandal this Christmas?

    Here are Scandal’s top Christmas present picks…

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    Trophy Wife in Rockstud Rose Gold

    This statement piece for your home is the definition of interior scent. With its stunning rock studded container you’ll be drawn in by its intoxicating blend of Ginger, Patchouli, Jasmine and sandalwood.

     

    Buy here 

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    Seductive Secrets in Diamond Chrome

    Who doesn’t love a secret? Scented with Lotus Blossom and Jasmine.

     

    Buy here

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    Bad Girls Club

    Meet our Bad Girls Club members, this wooden wick duo is available in a Gold Cloche scented with Playful Peony or a Purple Small Cloche scented with Damson Plum & Dark Rose.

    Available as a set or sold individually.

     

    Buy here

    Emperor’s Old Clothes

     

    Tell us a bit about The Emperor’s Old Clothes

    We’re dedicated to sustainable fashion working exclusively with vintage fabrics & end-of-roll remnants which would otherwise find their way to landfill. This also means that when you buy a new item of clothing you are adding another chapter to the story of each beautiful cloth. 

    Where are you based?

    Every item is handmade by our all-female team in our cosy Brighton studio. Packed to the rafters with beautiful vintage fabrics this is where the magic happens! 

    We’re passionate about ethical business. This isn’t simply about products and supply chains, it’s about the people behind the brand. Every member of our team is paid the living wage and gets the opportunity to develop their creative & technical skills in our friendly Brighton studio.

    Where can we find you?

    You can find our latest range of one of a kind clothing + accessories in our online boutique. You can visit us at Flock boutique in Brighton or you can visit one of our other stockists: Godiva Boutique in Edinburgh and Poot Emporium in Frome, Somerset.

    We offer design your own + bespoke services so customers can book to visit us for fittings and consultations.

    What makes The Emperor’s Old Clothes the perfect Christmas present?

    Our pouches, bags, and purses make great gifts for all ages. Lots of people buy them as gifts for their loved ones because they fall in love with the one of a kind patterns + prints.

    Why should we shop small this Christmas?

    We’re so passionate about shopping small! There are so many benefits to choosing to shop small + independent over the high street. Supporting small businesses helps to boost the local economy, creates more local jobs, it often means supporting innovation + sustainability and we’re sure you’ve heard the phrase that every time you shop small an actual person does a dance!

    Most of all you get far more originality for your money! By shopping small you can treat your loved ones to something truly unique that they will treasure.

    Here are Emperor’s Old Clothes top Christmas present picks…

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    Travel Pouches

     Our travel pouches are a firm favourite with customers young + old. They come in three sizes: laptop cases (13″ or 15″), tablet cases (perfect for ipad fans) + small travel pouches.

    Each one has a gold zip and quilted padded interior for extra protection. The outer fabric is handpicked from our range of vintage / end of roll fabric collection.

    Our pouch collection is perfect for keeping your valuables safe in your bag or suitcase, or double up as clutch bags to add a pop of colour or texture to an outfit. We recommend using them for laptops, tablets etc but our customers have told us they use them for everything including make-up bags, pencil cases and sewing kits!

    Buy here

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    Coin Purses

    Need somewhere to keep those precious pennies? This beautiful handmade coin purse is the perfect gift for those who like to travel in style.

    Lovingly hand sewn from scratch this gorgeous coin purse comes with an antique gold metal clasp.

    Buy here

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    Clasp Handbags

    Our clasp handbags have a brown leather style shoulder strap and fastens with an antique gold metal clasp.

     This beautiful handmade handbag is the perfect gift for those with a love of vintage fabrics and styles who are always on the move.

    Buy here 

    Hearts and Guns

     

    Tell us a bit about Hearts and Guns

    Hearts and Guns create unique pieces of clothing from beautiful vintage and limited edition fabrics with a contemporary feel. Focussing on fabrics such as lace and antique embroidery we repurpose forgotten textiles so that they can live on in fresh pieces of clothing.

    Where are you based?

    All our pieces are handmade in Brighton.

    Where can we find you?

    You can buy our pieces via our Etsy shop, at Flock in Brighton or from Poot Emporium in Frome.

    What makes Hearts and Guns the perfect Christmas present?

    Our pieces are the ideal gift for the free-spirited women in your life who are fans of one-off and completely unique items of clothing.

    Why should we shop small this Christmas?

    You should shop small because it is so much more personal. You are dealing directly with someone who has poured their heart and soul into creating unique items just for you! 

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    Silver Moon Sweater

    Oversized and slouchy, perfect for those chilly winter days or as part of your PJ set. Created completely from repurposed fabrics.

    Buy here

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    Cropped Vintage Tweed Jacket 

    This jacket fits up to size 12. This stunning piece with its sheepskin collar is perfect for layering your winter wardrobe and adding a touch of glamour to any outfit! Created from recycled fabrics.

     

    Buy here

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    Silk Velvet Kimono Minidress in Dusty Rose

    This dress fits up to size 8, other sizes available on request. This is a perfect party piece! The amazingly luxurious fabric drapes beautifully and the dress is a real head turner! Also available in Dark Olive.

     

    Buy here

    Brighton Lace

    And lastly it’s us, Brighton Lace. You already know about us and our hand made lace bralettes, knickers and vests. But did you know that they are all made by hand by us here in Brighton? Our beautiful sets are perfect for the special women in your life who love colour and celebrating every day. 

    Here are our Christmas present picks…

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    Scarlet Red Longline Set

     This set is a gorgeous, festive scarlet red with pink details. The longline bralette set is particularly good for winter because it gives a little more coverage than your traditional bralette.

     

    Buy here

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    Merlot Red Lou Lou Set

    The Merlot Lou Lou Halter Set has to be one of our all-time favourite pieces in the collection. It’s a real luxury set, handmade from a stunning and soft deep red lace. 

    This backless vintage-inspired high-neck halter top comes with lace ties behind the neck and back, so it’s pretty sexy! 

    Buy here

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    Sheer Black Lou Lou Set

    This is the same as the Merlot Lou Lou – this time it’s in our stunning sheer vintage-style black lace!  

    Buy here

    We hope you’re feeling suitably inspired…

    You can find out more about why we love shopping small in our blog post here.  Happy gifting everyone!

    P.s don’t forget small businesses often need a bit more notice to make, package and sent out your orders… so don’t leave it too late x

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