Editors Blog: 26 Gift Ideas to Support Local Businesses This Christmas






This year, more than ever, its important to support our small independent business, and mi duck, does Nottingham have some great ones!



So forget Black Friday or Cyber Monday on Amazon and instead take a look at our round up of gift ideas.  Your purchase could make someones day, never mind keep their business afloat over Christmas.





Can you get more Nottingham than a Nottingham Gin?

In 1809 Southwell gave us the world famous Bramley apple. Today Redsmith distillery have created a Dry Apple Gin from their Headquarters in the Creative Quarter that combines this celebrated apple flavour with award winning distilling excellence.

Redsmith’s Nottingham Dry Apple Gin is a limited edition and only available direct from their Redsmith distillery website priced £39.99 inc postage



Festive Mix Pack – Weavers Wine



Taste the flavours of the world without leaving your Sofa. Weavers Wines offer Christmas Gift Boxes of firm favourites to suit your wallet and taste buds.





*Limited Edition* Framed Thelma and Louise doll set

Let’s face it, I’m sure a few of us have felt like ‘doing a Thelma and Louise’ either in 2020 or at some point in our life, so this limited edition framed paper doll set makes the perfect gift. Only 30 prints made all signed and numbered. Perfect gift for 90’s film fans.

DollyLovesDallas has been drawing, printing, cutting and pinning little paper dolls for quite some time. All the dolls are inspired by the human fascination with nostalgia, cult hero’s, powerful female artists and pop culture. There are over 146 different icons to choose from including Dirty Dancing and Madonna to Dolly Parton.

All dolls are hand illustrated and each framed piece comes signed. Frames (white, 18cmx18cm) have a bracket at the back ready for hanging. All frames are wrapped ready for gifting. £40



Socks, Socks and more Socks



Let’s talk about Socks baby!

Ah, one of the more traditional Christmas gifts, but Roy’s Boys socks turns an ordinary outfit into a statement ensemble.  
All of their ranges, either the  brightly-coloured odd pairs, novelty character socks, luxuriously soft cotton and cashmere blend or heavy-knit colourful varsity range, are perfect to fully-equip everyone’s sock drawer.





Say it in style with a Social Distancing sweater.

Mommamakes have even spaced the letters out so that they’re social distancing too.

Nottingham based Mommamakes offer fun and practical clothes and gifts for kids and their parents that are style-led, functional and comfortable to wear. Their unisex sweaters are perfect for comfort and style.





Millie’s Cupcakes cater to your personal taste with non alcoholic and alcoholic cupcakes for all occasions as well as Cakes, Grazing boxes, Christmas Eve boxes and Afternoon Tea.

The Reindeer Cake shown is limited edition and available in white vanilla or brown chocolate.







Can’t get to the pub? Bring the pub to you? Formed in 1977, Castle Rock has gone from strength to strength over the years, developing a reputation for quality Real Ale.

Bringing a whole new meaning to pick n’ mix, grab a cheery little 4 can cube, featuring your chosen selection of Castle Rock canned beers




Every piece of Jen Williams Jewellery is individually designed, created and handmade in her home studio in Nottingham. Wherever possible she uses eco-friendly silver, this means that the pieces are created from 100% recycled sterling silver and produced in a sustainable way.

Jen creates contemporary pieces using semi-precious stones, beads, fossils and pearls. From understated and minimal to statement and custom pieces, there’s something for everyone. As they are handmade. no two pieces of jewellery will be identical; so each item of jewellery will be original and unique.

Unsure?  You can also purchase a e-gift voucher so they can choose their own


Lavender Eye Mask




Welcome to the world of Tatie Lou!

Sharing a passion for hand-printed and hand-dyed textiles. Owner Louise has travelled the world seeking inspiration for her original designs.The lavender eye mask is made from 100% soft cotton. Each filled with organic flax seeds and organic French lavender. £20






Fancy Spicing things up? No, not that… If the SO in your life likes food with added flavour, or imagines themselves as a wiz in the kitchen, why not pick them up a Season’s Greetings’ Spice Blend Box Set. The box set contains 5 different spice blends that would compliment any spice rack/cupboard. You’ll also be supporting a small business at the same time.

Marshmallowy Goodness




The Marshmallow Kitchen produce delicious treats. You name it, they’ve probably done it with marshmallow!  Rocky Road, Eton mess, Mince Pie….the list goes on.  All whipped and handmade by Susie in her Nottingham kitchen.

A Hamper



Many shops will be offering hampers this time of year. Shop around your local deli’s and see what pre-packaged hampers are on offer, such as this one from Delilah. https://delilahfinefoods.co.uk/collections/award-winners/products/award-winners-hamper

Chocolate with a Difference



Pick up this Chocolate Adjustable Spanner Nut Bolt & washer £15.99 from small business Amazing Chocolates. Every practical gent has a tool like this; the adjustable spanner is a timeless classic and an essential part of any toolbox, chocolate or otherwise! Twinned with a working chocolate nut and bolt (& washer of course!) it’s a sublime perfectly proportioned gift or choose from an array of items you’ll never believe are made from Chocolate!

A Tour of a Vineyard



Amongst the rolling countryside of South Nottinghamshire, the vines of Hanwell Wine Estate are being hand-tended, to grow grapes for English Sparkling Wine. Enjoy a 2-hour Sparkling Winery Experience including a vineyard visit, wine tasting and talk about wine making methods within the Eglantine Vineyard winery






Sauce & Brown only produce 100 in each and every design, each one individually riveted by hand with its own unique number. Choose from Shirts, T-Shirts and Outerwear.




Nottingham Landmarks Tote Bag



Flying Fig state “There’s nothing quite like seeing the look on someone’s face when they open a present that’s been made especially for them, and I started Flying Fig Studio in October 2019 to spread that joy far and wide. That’s why every single thing sold by Flying Fig Studio is handmade to order, and the vast majority of products can be personalised to your requirements”

Choose from Bags, Cushions, Mugs and more….






Pens, pencils, notepads and more! Check out The Curious Pancake and add some fab new stuff to your stationery collection





Christmas Gift Box 1L


Like many of us, 200 Degrees are passionate about coffee and are pretty obsessed about it’s quality, therefore you can’t go far wrong with a  gift box of three bags of their freshly roasted coffee.

They’ve done the hard part. All you have to do is choose which beans you’d like and if you’d like them ground or left as whole beans.



Caribbean Fruit Cake



Harrison & Griffiths Bakery  are a small, friendly, family run business, with a combined total of 12 years baking experience. They have dedicated years perfecting their amazing cake recipes and produce the finest Caribbean Fruit cake which has graced the shelves in Harrods of London.

I personally highly recommend the Rum Cake!



Something Different

Plucking inspiration from nature and science to create interesting and personalised unique gifts: prints, stationery, greeting cards, gift-wrap and homewares. Newton and the Apple bring you clever gifts for curious folk.



Don’t forget the Doggo



FrenchieFRENCHIE! is the UK’s FIRST permanent Dog Cafe (with a twist)​

They have the UK’s first permanent PAWsecco & ChamPAWs bar fully stocked with beverages of all kinds including: Puppachinos, PAWsecco, ChamPAWS, Herbal Tea’s, Doggy Hot Chocolate and more.
They didn’t just stop at drinks. They also created the first UK walk in Doggy Bakery just for pooches. Filled with Woofins, Cakes, Doggy Donuts, Popcorn.
Treat your pupster to a play date a doggy voucher to book a day of their/your choosing in their dedicated play area or get them their very own hamper this Christmas full of goodies!


For the Football Fan


Ground Designs produce Graphic Art Prints and Mugs inspired by iconic architectural and structural elements of Football Grounds and Stadiums, mostly British and with a nostalgia for the 80’s.




Wax Melts & Candles




Midducks Candle Co. specialise in hand-poured wax melts and candles made from natural coconut & rapeseed wax and carefully selected vegan friendly fragrance oils. How cute are the little ducks though!


A Local Gift Box




The leg work has been done for you with the one!

Created so customers can shop small and discover what great businesses we have right here on our door step in Nottingham. Owner Liz search high and low to find what she wants locally to fill her boxes with local items.


Gift Card

Finally, you can support local and small businesses another way by buying a gift card/voucher. It’ s been a tough year for many so buying a voucher now can help them stay in business. This could be for anything from a meal at a restaurant, a massage at your local salon or a spa day for example.
Tanya Louise  – Editor
With thanks to Liz from NottsGifts for her suggestions
Main photo – Richard Newbold for NottinghamLIVE
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