This Christmas, let’s see how much we can #supportlocal, choosing small, independent local businesses over the high street chains. Our Christmas Gift Guide is here to make that as easy as possible.
These stunning pieces of jewellery are not only lovingly handcrafted – they also contain something that’s more precious to their wearer than any amount of gold or diamonds.
That’s because the rings, pendants and charms made by Paula Roberts of Forget Me Not Ashes Jewellery contain some of the ashes of lost loved ones, or beloved pets, mixed into the coloured resin. It makes each one a truly beautiful memento of a life lived by someone extra special, never to be forgotten.
Paula also makes breastmilk jewellery, too. A perfect gift for a new mum.
Buy from: Forget Me Not Ashes Jewellery, Lowton. You can view more of the items sold by Forget Me Not on their website – where you can also place an order or make an enquiry about something bespoke.
Cost: Prices for the jewellery start at around £40. As each piece is crafted with the wearer in mind, an order may take up to seven days to complete.
Decorate your home with the personal touch, thanks to these beautiful baubles from Newton-le-Willows based Tanya's Treasures.
This creative business has a whole range of Christmas products to personalise - and one of their most popular are these pretty personalised baubles. You'll enjoy them for many years to come!
Cost: £8, with local delivery or free collection.
Buy from: Tanya's Treasures, Newton-le-Willows
Rob Heyes is a Newton-le-Willows based photographer, specialising in helping you capture precious family memories.
Book a photoshoot for yourself or a loved one, either in the run up to Christmas or to mark a special occasion coming upnext year. Rob’s outdoor shoots allow for a relaxed, natural style of photography with the option of a few Christmas props!
Cost: From £50 for a 20 minute phototography session, with a minimum of five images. Limited dates available pre-Christmas, or pre-book a date in 2022.
Buy from: Visit Rob Heyes Productions website to book your slot.
These adorable matching aprons are the perfect present for a parent and child who love to cook and bake together.
Featuring a cute forest floor pattern featuring hedgehogs, toadstools, pinecones and acorns, they're beautifully designed by Newton-le-Willows based Finbo Illustrations.
Cost: A matching set of two 100% cotton unbleached cotton aprons – 1 adults size and 1 child size - £50.
Buy from: Finbo Illustrations.
The Butterfly in Me Christmas Cheer candle captures the essence of the season - with a base of Cedarwood and Cassia, middle notes of Clove, Nutmeg and Pine, topped with hints of Lemon, Orange and Peppermint. It has a burning time of 30-40 hours and is priced £11.50 - also available in Christmas tree shaped wax melts for just £2.50.
This Lowton based business is also selling a range of t-shirts and hoodies - all vegan friendly, sustainable, & ethically made and featuring messages of positivity. Choose from:
- Kids t-shirt - “Happy to be the me that you see” - £6
- Ladies t-shirt - “Proud to be authentically me” - £10
- Ladies hoodie - “Being me fabulously” - £20
You could also choose this cheery bath bomb set - perfect for kids!
It contains products handmade by small businesses:
- Bubblegum & Rosy Cheeks Bath Bombs from Bubble And Bathe.
- Pink Lemonade Lip Balm from Bliss Botanicals
Six Seven Twenty create beautiful hand-poured, highly scented, soy wax candles and botanical wax melts. Their ethos is to create products that are kind to you but also kind to the planet. They only work with sustainable, biodegradable soy wax and all their products are vegan, cruelty free, plastic free and created by hand in Golborne.
Candles – handpoured with sustainable soy wax in a range of festival scents. From £7.
Mixed scent wax melt boxes – Mix and match your favourite scents to create your ultimate scent box for £10. Also available as a gift set with a burner for £16.
The Cozy Night In Gift Set – Treat yourself or someone you love to the ultimate hygee experience. A soy wax candle, chocolate bar and alpaca bed socks for the perfect night in. £30.
The Soy Wax Gift Set – a perfect gift for a fragrance lover. A soy candle, plus a burner and set of botanical wax melts. £20.
Buy from: Six Seven Twenty, Golborne.
Whether to make your own Christmas gifts, or to give to somebody who loves sewing, crochet, knitting or embroidery, take a look at the gorgeous range available from Newton-le-Willows based Sew-Drops Ltd.
Designed by Debbie Shore for The Craft Cotton Company, this collection features a range of beautifully festive sketches and is great for all your Christmas sewing projects. Prices range from £2.25 - £9 (depending on quantity of fabric required).
These Art to Heart quilting books are the perfect gift for anyone looking to create beautiful sewing projects all year round. All books have been written and designed by Nancy Halvorsen. Price per book ranges from £17.50 - £18.
Made in Britain, these Corinne Lapierre Felt Craft Kits feature a range of lovable animals and decorations, and are an absolute joy to create! Suitable for crafters of all levels and expertise. Price per kit ranges from £9.60 - £16.80.
Perfect for general sewing, quilting, embroidery, and overlocking projects, these Mettler Silk-Finish Cotton Threads will be a great addition to your sewing stash – and Sew-Drops Ltd have 36 different colours to choose from! Each reel is priced just £1.90 (so you can afford to choose a whole rainbow!)
How to buy: Direct from the Sew-Drops Ltd website.
What better way to invite this mischievous guy back on the 1 December than with a yummy chocolate slab? This one is made by Newton-le-Willows based ChocoAloco with luxury Belgian chocolate and topped with candy canes, gingerbread men & other christmassy cuteness!
Buy from: ChocoAloco
Handmade Harrison is a small business run by Kathryn Harrison in Newton-le-Willows. She uses a wide range of fun fabrics to create colourful and comfortable clothes for children and babies. A perfect choice if you're looking for new Christmas PJs for their Christmas Eve box.
Buy from: Handmade Harrison
Cost: Pyjama sets from £21; Christmas dresses from £14 and rompers from £19.
Cherubs by Sarah Jane is an independent childrenswear shop based in Newton-le-Willows. All their clothes are imported from Spain and Portgual so have a Mediterranean flair! They have a fantastic range of partywear for Christmas and babywear for precious new arrivals, available now.
Buy from: Cherubs by Sarah Jane
Take all the guess work out of buying a selection of fine foods for a food lover this Christmas with these incredible festive hampers packed with good stuff by The Deli at 40a, in Earlestown.
In black or grey box with ribbon and bow, and including Panettone; Soft Amaretti (window box); Pasta sauce; Pesto; Trofie or Orichette; Risotto. Price: £32.95
In black or grey box with ribbon and bow, and including: Little’s (small coffee); Teapigs; Fudge Kitchen Cracker; Cuoco Florentines; Teoni’s Biscuits (White & Raspberry Sprinkles or Dark Choc & Honeycomb); Georie Porgie Mini Xmas Pudding; 2 x Cole’s Mini Brandy Butters. Cost: £34.50
Presented in a festive red jute bag with ribbon and bow, and including: Holdsworth Chocolates; Georgie Porgie Mini Xmas Pudding; 2 x Cole’s Mini Brandy Butters; Fudge Kitchen Cracker; Teoni’s Biscuits (White & Raspberry Sprinkles or Dark Choc and Honeycomb). Cost: £32.50
Beautifully presented in a grey jute bag with ribbon and bow, and including: Little’s (small coffee); Teapigs; Walkers Xmas Tree Shortbreads; Fudge Kitchen Cracker; Hawkshead La’al Sweet Jars x 3. Cost: £36.85
Buy from: The Deli at 40a, in Earlestown.
Don't forget you can also pick up some incredible food and ingredients to make your festive menu really sparkle - plus the Deli at 40a's cheeseboards are the stuff of legend!
The perfect gift in the run up to Christmas! Treat someone to one of Ceci Bakery's incredible luxury afternoon teas - they might even share with you!
The afternoon tea includes:
- Glass of cheesecake 3 flavour - milk chocolate, pistachio and white chocolate
- Choux au craquelin - filled with mascarpone cream
- Cupcake - different flavour
- Lemon drizzle cake
- Scones, clotted cream, homemade jam, butter
- Croissant sandwich - salmon, cream cheese and cucumber
- Croissant sandwich - ham, mayo, butter and cucumber or tomatoes • • Italian bun - salami two types, butter and salad
- 2 tea bags
- 1 mini bottle of Prosecco
Buy from: Ceci's Bakery, Newton-le-Willows
Cost: £35, with free delivery to Newton-le-Willows.
Give a gift voucher for Love Lee Beauty this Christmas, and you'll be giving them something to look forward to in the New Year.
Love Lee Beauty is run by Leanne, and based in Newton-le-Willows offering health and beauty treatments. With a gift voucher this Christmas, you'll be giving a choice of beautifully styled brows, gorgeous lashes, a luxurious pedicure or manicure. They also offer foot peels, facial waxing and gel polish.
All in all, a great start to 2022!
Buy from: Love Lee Beauty
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