The holidays feel like they’ve taken on even more meaning this year. Between heart-warming Christmas adverts playing on TV (or Twitter feeds!) and an all-round sentiment of goodwill at the tail-end of a year that has wrought so much sadness, I’ve been more than happy to oblige and start the festivities early. I wrote on Thursday that I’m really excited to try and solely support small businesses this Christmas, and wanted to echo that in this year’s gift guides.
Except, this year I’m only going to share one. Rather than produce a fortnight’s worth of guides, I’ve downsized things and selected gorgeous, meaningful items for an all-round more subdued holiday season. It felt a little tone-deaf to be trawling websites for hundreds of items when this year many of us are happy if we can even see loved ones for Christmas.
Without further ado, I present to you a bounty of festive treasures for your loved ones who are just like our Daisybutter community – kind, caring, an ally, mindful of the world around us, sweet treat enthusiasts, and fans of a bloody good cosy day in…
This beautiful jewellery stand rises from a black terrazzo base, making it a gorgeous little place to store your favourite trinkets. Mel’s homeware boutique is full of lovely pieces perfect for homebodies and that pal of yours who’s just moved into a new pad. For beauty lovers, By Jess D have the most stunning collection of vibrant velvet liquid lipsticks to suit all skin tones. At just £12, they’re some of the most affordable cruelty-free and vegan lip products around. And, for your green-fingered friend, how gorgeous are these handmade ceramic pots?! I discovered HKD Ceramics at The Handmade Festival last summer and just adored them!!
Liv and Polly recently collaborated on the most gorgeous stationery collection at Sighh. These checklists (and those mirror decals) are sky-high on my own list, never mind everybody else’s! Want to send a gift to a pal you haven’t seen all year? These vegan fruit and nut chocolate brownies from Cake or Death look delicious! They’re available as a single box or a monthly subscription. And, I’m also truly obsessed with these minimal, velvet embroidery hoops.
I came across The Kindred Workshop on Instagram a few days ago and am absolutely besotted with their pieces. Handcrafting lightweight ceramic earrings, their designs are beautifully earthy and unique. For more of a fine jewellery aesthetic, turn to Feather + Wings who’re based in London. Their stacking rings are gorgeous, and they have a wide selection of delicate jewellery at a range of price points.
One of my favourite places to discover new and upcoming vegan beauty brands is Persephone Beauty. And this year, founders Laura and Chris have put together their own bundles to make it extra easy to gift! In the spirit of supporting fellow content creators, I couldn’t recommend Gem’s digital cookbook, In Season: Autumn any quicker. Full of vegan and vegetarian recipes that are comforting and cosy, I find the recipes easy to follow with a delicious pay-off. I couldn’t write a festive gift guide this year without including an Animal Crossing gift, could I? These stainless steel bottles are perfect to stay hydrated, and it’ll keep your drink cool too.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought a bottle of wine ready to visit a friend’s place for dinner. Recreate the lively party atmosphere by gifting a bottle of Amie. The design is gorgeous and I’ve heard excellent things about the wine too. And, for friends who have felt let down by systems in 2020, Liv’s excellent book is a must-have – it’s been a constant companion for me this year, and I hope it can be to you and yours as well.
Happy festive shopping!