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Gifts made in Britain by hand & with love

November 24, 2022

Gifts made in Britain by hand & with love

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This year, more than ever, all the unsustainable Christmas ‘stuff’ on sale is totally out of step with how I’m feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year and really enjoy finding gifts to bring festive joy to loved ones. But that can’t come at a high cost for our ailing environment. Buying close to home from individual makers struggling to keep their businesses afloat right now is what I’m focussing on. I’ve been squirrelling away ideas for sustainable gifts, made in Britain by a few of my favourite UK makers, for a while now, so I thought I’d share some of them with you. (This post is focussing on my favourite finds on Etsy – other ideas and favourite finds will follow soon…) In the meantime, I hope that I help you to find something special that will be loved for years to come.

Find handmade gifts made in Britain

The Editor’s pick pages on Etsy are always worth a browse – check out the Gifts for her editor’s pick.

To buy close to home, click the ‘all filters’ button top left and select the location. To browse gifts made in Britain, I select ‘items from the United Kingdom’ and from there, I will browse individual product pages that catch my eye to find out more. Not the speediest of processes, I’ll grant you, which is another reason why I thought it might save you some time if I shared what I have found..

Handmade linen hand warmers by Charlotte Macey

fairisle christmas festive holiday linen hand warmer wheat bags by charlotte macey handmade in the cotswolds and filled with UK grown dried wheat ready to be heated in the microwave for portable cosiness

Charlotte makes a simply beautiful collection of textile accessories from her country Cotswolds studio including the smartest embroidered Christmas tree crown topper in town.

These linen hand warmers make the ideal gift for dog walkers or anyone who feels the cold. Filled with UK-grown dried wheat, you heat them for a minute in the microwave and pop them in your pocket for portable cosiness. Can you think of a better way to make someone feel loved? The pattern is a pretty Fairisle design from Charlotte’s own original illustrations and strikes just the right festive note. Love!

Fairisle fingerless gloves by Louise Wedderburn

fair isle fingerless gloves shetland made in scotland

Sticking with the Fairisle feel for a moment, how gorgeous are these Shetland fingerless gloves? They’re hand made in Scotland and come in 5 utterly gorgeous colour combinations. My own favourite is this coral and pale blue but there’s also purple/lilac, oatmeal/blue, sage/buttermilk and grey/coral. If you’d like a pair, order soon as they sell out fast.

Handmade Hares mug by Studio Zan and Me

hares pottery mug made in england by studio Zan and Me in Hythe

Handmade in Hythe by Mecki at the potter’s wheel with decoration hand drawn by Zanna, this mug really caught my eye as being something truly unique. As someone who is forever finding cups of tea gone cold, I’m thinking the smaller surface area might mean keep the tea warmer for longer.

Literature-inspired natural perfume by Ravenscourt Apothecary

elizabeth bennet jane austen perfume 100% natural and made in England by Ravenscourt Apothecary fresh and uplifting with basil, anise, lemon, mandarin and oakmoss

This is such a great gift idea for anyone with a passion for Jane Austen (there are other equally beautiful fragrances for Jane Eyre and Anne of Avonlea too…)

This lively and joyful fragrance is inspired by the beloved Elizabeth Bennet character from Austen’s classic novel Pride & Prejudice and has fresh notes of lemon and mandarin softened with the warmth of basil, oakmoss and aniseed. Hand made in the UK from 100% natural and botanical ingredients it’s also packaged so, so beautifully. Each glass bottle is stored inside a beautiful box decorated with illustration and a classic red wax seal.

If you’re not sure which fragrance to go for, there’s also a beautifully boxed Women’s Fragrance Sampler which contains Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Eyre, Anne of Avonlea and Alice.

Japanese Boro style apron by In the Making

japanese boro patchwork apron handmade by in the making aprons on etsy using denim, ticking and bright red fabric remants. Zero waste and built to last and last

I love the design of this apron – and that it’s hand made using 18 remnants of denim, striped ticking and bright red fabrics. This is an apron is truly one of a kind. Robust and stylish in equal measure, it’s perfect for anyone of a creative or crafty persuasion. Extra long straps mean you can tie at the back or front and there’s a decent sized patch pocket.

London-based founder of In The Making, Lisa Bennett, hand makes her beautiful collection using natural fabrics with minimal waste. Her pottery aprons are ideal for wearing whilst sitting at the wheel or work bench and designed with potters, painters and artisan makers in mind.

Tranquility Aromatherapy Candle by Wildflower Botanicals

aromatherapy pure natural candles hand poured soy wax and 100% pure essential oils made in the UK by Wildflower Botanicals in Manchester

Hand poured in Manchester using 100% natural ingredients and pure essential oils and clean burning soy wax, these beautiful candles are available in a range of different therapeutic options:

Tranquility (cedarwood, lemon and lavender).

Focus (cedarwood, lemon and peppermint).

Motivation (sweet orange, grapefruit and lemon).

Sensuality (ylang ylang, lavender and bergamot).

Happiness (tangerine, basil and lemon)

Meditation (sweet orange, lemongrass and lavender) and Immunity (peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus).

Christmas matches by Archivist Gallery

archivist letterpress christmas matches stag reindeer

Perfect little extra gift designed and made in the UK, especially if you also happen to be wrapping up a candle for someone. The matches themselves are a joy to use because they are extra long ,but what really sets these boxes apart are the decorative designs.

Most festive natural shampoo bar and soap tin by Superfly

ORANGE SPICE NATURAL SHAMPOO BAR PLASTIC FREE VEGAN AND MADE WITH ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS IN SCOTLAND BY SUPERFLY USING ESSENTIAL OILS OF ORANGE, CLOVE AND CINNAMON

Founder of Superfly Soap, Lisa McWatt is based in Kincardine, Scotland and makes award-winning eco-conscious affordable skincare. Hand made with all-natural ingredients and perfumed deliciously with essential oils of orange, cinnamon and clove, this shampoo bar has to be the most fragrantly festive around. Add this reusable aluminium soap tin to your order and you have the perfect sustainable Christmassy stocking filler.

Reusable handmade face wipes

cotton bamboo reusable handmade face wipes made in uk

A great sustainable stocking filler handmade in the UK from bamboo towelling and soft brushed cotton (11 pretty designs to choose from).

Pressed flowers in glass by Bluebells Blossom

Handmade in Devon by Lauren Deprieele, these beautiful glass frames are filled with pressed flowers from her garden. Choose from forget me nots (below), birth month flowers, simply beautiful white pressed gypsophila (in square frame or circular frame) and more.

forget me not pressed flower in metal frame handmade in england

Chocolate Orange soap by The Clovelly Soap Company

chocolate orange soap handmade in devon by clovelly soap co vegan, natural and sustainable

This handmade natural Chocolate Orange soap makes a great stocking filler. It’s rich and smooth with cocoa powder and aromatic with sweet orange essential oil. As with all Clovelly Soap Company soaps, it’s handmade in Devon and arrives beautifully wrapped in decorative paper.

Vegan Bunny Christmas candle set

vegan bunny christmas candles hand made with all natural sustainable ingredients and essential oils evoking Christmas tree, Christmas pudding and Mulled wine all made with love in Oxfordshire

I struggled to pick out just one Vegan Bunny Christmas candles to share with you, so I thought I’d go for the set of 3. Handmade in Oxfordshire, all Vegan Bunny candles are 100% natural, vegan and fragranced with pure essential oils.

Christmas Tree is grounding and earthy with notes of wet pine, Christmas Pudding sweet and spicy and Mulled Wine earthy and sweet with notes of spice and flowers. Buy the set and you can decide which is your favourite… and also split the pack creating 3 different stocking fillers.

You can opt for a free gift note (typed on a vintage type writer) as well as a gift box tied with linen/jute ribbon.

Sea glass and silver Make a Wish necklace

sea glass silver handmade necklace with dandelion engraving made in the uk with sea glass from the coast of the north east of england

This beautiful necklace is handmade from silver as well as sea glass collected from the coastline near Seaham in the North East England, so each one is unique. It’s interesting that Seaham was known for its glass factories in the mid 1800s (closing in the 1920s) and the sea glass collected along the nearby coastline now has been weathered and smoothed over time by the force of the North Sea.



Information

Find makers in the FBWL directory to and discover more and connect with them

Charlotte Macey

In the Making

Louise Wedderburn

Ravenscourt Apothecary

The Clovelly Soap Co

Superfly Soap

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