Gift Guide for Women
You may think this is early for a gift guide but there's a couple of reasons for this.
Firstly, if you buy early, you have longer to enjoy the feeling of being smugly organised. The business owners that you're buying from will be able to enjoy their own Christmas knowing what they can afford to spend on their own families.
With lockdown in England now in force, and travel restrictions in the rest of the UK, we are all shopping online meaning the postal and courier services are busier than ever and experiencing the subsequent delays. Buying early means your presents will arrive with you in time and you've got time to sort out returns if it's not quite right.
Secondly, I've got a few more Gift Guides to send out over the next few weeks so I need to start now to get them all out in time.
Here are some gift ideas for the women in your life from Village Green and other small independent businesses. If you click on the photos, it will take you to the products.
I've been using Raven Botanicals products since before Village Green launched and I honestly look forward to getting ready for bed knowing that I'll be putting this on my face. They all smell heavenly and it truly feels like my bedtime routine has been given an upgrade.
Even if an outing these days is only as far as the supermarket, you can still make it a bit fancy with a straw basket.
One of the most popular products at Village Green, this mug holds a generous portion of strong coffee / builder's tea / wine*.
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We stock beautifully scented room mists from Seilich but they also make a range of skincare, all made from products in their own meadow. This starter pack, which includes a miniature version of all their skincare range looks super. Seilich is also the very first company in the UK to be certified Wildlife Friendly.
This shopping list and meal planner is quite domestic, so I'm a little hesitant to include this in a gift guide for women, but I want one so I'm keeping it in. This would certainly be an upgrade on the backs of envelopes which I currently use. It looks stylish and would cheer up any kitchen, there are lots of other gorgeous things at Kate and the Ink.
Have you heard about Bookshop? Described by The Guardian as a "revolutionary moment in the history of bookselling: a socially conscious alternative to Amazon that allows readers to buy books online while supporting their local independent bookseller." The above assortment are on my Christmas list this year.
For the person needing to destress (who doesn't?), these eye pillows are works of art, designed in house at Slow Moon by textile pattern designer, Priscilla.
If you're looking for even more cosiness, then a pair of sheepskin slippers from Ciora should do the trick.
For your out and about adventures, a reusable water bottle from East Lothian with a design by artist Kate Millbank. 10% of profits are donated to the Marine Conservation Society.
Shopping independent and avoiding fast fashion is so easy at vegan and ethical clothing store Treen. They also have a beautiful shop to visit if you're in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. There are too many lovely pieces to choose from.
Maybe you'd rather give an experience than an item. The Village School have a range of online courses from floristry to photography.
A beautiful face mask - at last! Millie Scott is an independent designer who makes bold accessories and homewares using fabric remnants and recycled fabrics. She's been making the most gorgeous patchwork face masks recently using fabric remnants.
And if you're wondering what's on my list, I'm hoping for something shiny from Tilly Sveaas and some party boots from Esska and a party to wear them to please.