Posted in Giving, Indie Design

Gift Guide

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Y’all know already that I am a very strident supporter of buying local, independent goods all year round, but this is even more important at Christmas time. Christmas for the little guys can totally make or break your whole year. Some years, I’ve taken more cash in November and December than the rest of the year put together. It can really be a massive deal. I try to buy at least 50% of my gifts from indies (I still buy from big box retailers for things like electrical goods, clothing, etc and for people like my dad who pretty much only ever gets books anyway) and year on year, I try to improve on that.

This year, I thought I’d put together a few finds from friends of mine that you might like for inspiration if you’ve still got last-minute gifts to buy:

Custom Made

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I love matt gold and turquoise together, so this Altair clutch from Custom Made caught my eye. Also, Anna, the gal behind the name, is really just a super-duper person who always makes my day brighter when we meet all-to-infrequently at craft fairs in the Big Smoke.

Hilary Grant

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If you’re looking for a special gift for someone who appreciates a good woolen, then Hilary’s Scottish designed and made knitwear is a real winner. These new blanket scarves are truly divine – at £120, they’re a special purchase for someone you really want to please, but will be a lifetime staple.

Finest Imaginary

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I love Kim’s work (and she’s super-funny, helpful, generous and all-round awesome, too) and her new cacti collection is just IMMENSE. They’d make equally good ornamentation for your home as they do for your body, I reckon (but they’re not real plants, just to be clear, ho ho).

La La Land

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Pop Cult pencils by La La Land are the best stocking gift ever. There’s so many designs to choose from, there’s something to raise a smile from just about anyone. Sarah is a long-term Glasgow craft scene colleague of mine – another smart and funny female, knocking it out of the park when it comes to being awesome in business.

Paul Revie

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This fellow has wise words to impart in a variety of mediums. I’ve long-admired his artwork and have high hopes that this year, I might own a piece come the 25th of December. Another awesome talent in Glasgow, there’s a lot of us about.

Neil Slorance

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You should totally buy a piece of Neil’s art before he becomes too busy and important being a Dr Who freaking illustrator to bother with us peasants. His comics and travelogues are really both super-cute and funny, too – awesome gifts.

Emily Peacock

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I can’t express to you just how amazing Emily is – both her work, and her as a person. She’s a great friend, and though I haven’t spoken to her in a while, I know that when I do, it will be like we just left off our conversation. Her work is bright, bold, colourful and cheerful, just like her. Her tapestry kits are a great gift for anyone who likes to keep their hands busy – they’re very well put together and fun to work on.

Umm, also, buy my stuff, please.

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Things I Got For Christmas Vol 3

This Lovely Pigeon necklace. I love both the minty formica and copper contrast, and Kirsty what made it. She’s a clever sausage, that one. And also SO bloody nice. She has an amazing house and always a kind word and a hello and a smile and a hug when I see her, all too infrequently, at shows. Look, she has a SWING in her house!

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A green dash pot from Onwards Ceramics.

 

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Onwards is the ceramics branch of Jen Collins artwork. Jen is lovely. I think I have only met her a couple of times, much like Kirsty, but when I have, I’ve always felt like I’ve known her for ages, she’s very friendly and smiley. I hope it’s not creepily stalkerish of me to say that Jen is the epitome of young artist to me – beautiful, thoughtful, generous. Do I sound a bit Yew Tree? I hope not. She’s just exceptionally talented and I feel the need to tell you that.

 

This tiny skulls ring from Datter Industries.

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Is it a coincidence that I am drawn to items made by ladies who rock? I am not into that hardcore feminist shit, but there is maybe something in that. I bought myself a ring from Datter at Renegade last year to celebrate my good fortune and doubled my collection at Christmas scoring this beauty. Kay was very patient and made the piece I selected bigger to fit my big fat sausage fingers at Renegade. Lee was somehow prescient enough to get the biggest size of this one which fits perfectly. I don’t wear it enough – I only ever go to work, let’s face it, and as I am newly allergic to the soap there, it makes my hands itch and swell. I must endeavour to go more places so I can wear this.

I’m very lucky. My husband bought these things for me. Clever husband.

 

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Fable & Lore

Did we all have a good Christmas? I had a lovely one, quiet at home with my family. I was given so many gifts it took me literally all day to open them – we were still opening gifts at 10pm. I was truly spoiled.

Actually, I was still opening gifts on the 27th, as one of my gifts from Lee was delayed in the post. It was worth the wait:

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I’ve been on a bit of an arrow tip (ha!) recently and Lee picked this out of my etsy favourites. It’s not been off since I ripped open the envelope! I don’t usually go for gold tones but it’s pretty nice for a change. It’s made by Fable + Lore.

Back to work today though, bah.