With less than three weeks to go until Xmas day, you might be starting to panic about what to buy for your loved ones this Christmas! So, we’ve put together a gift guide featuring some of our favourite local businesses in South Manchester where we are based. It’s been a really tough year for a lot of smaller shops so we wanted to spread the love and try to support small local independents this Christmas.
We know that for many people money might be a bit tight this Christmas so our suggestions are in four categories:
- Gifts costing less than £25
- Gifts costing less than £50
- Gifts costing £50+
- Gift Vouchers
1. Gift Ideas for £25 or less
Madam Butterfly - 38 Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1RZ
Ladies Fashion and Jewellery Boutique with a large selection of gifts.
We loved these Winter Scarves for £16.99
So Marrakech – 25 Market Street, Altrincham (Also online for those of you who don’t live in the North-West )
Contemporary Homeware with an authentic Soul, Handmade by Artisans of Morocco.
the Brass tealight holder for £15
and the Double Spice Bowl Set in Walnut Wood for £25
Idaho - 56 Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1RZ (Also online)
Small thoughtful gifts which are perfect for stocking fillers. Choose from Jewellery, Stationery, Books, ceramics, prints and accessories.
We loved these Silver Snake Earrings for £12
Green and Grounded - 60 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham WA14 1EE (Also online )
Founded in August 2020, Green and Grounded sell affordable plants for your home, office or work space. The shop was created by husband and wife, Matt and Rowan Hammond. Focusing on sustainably produced plants, using ethical and fair trade growers, they are aiming to use as little plastic as possible whilst ensuring their plants differ from the norm - who wants something you can buy in a supermarket?! Want something a bit different? Let them know!
We love the Sansevieria cylindrica straight which is an air purifying plant in a sustainable pot for £14.49
Ginkgo - 56 Stamford New Road, Altrincham,WA14 1EE (Also online )
‘The shop has a Herbal Dispensary and Clinic combined with an extensive range of nutritional supplements and unpackaged dry grocery and beauty refill stations. It also offers a wide range of eco-friendly natural health and beauty products. ‘
Barbershop Botanicals Hand Recovery Cream - £25.00
This Hand Cream has been formulated to deeply soothe, moisturise, and condition hands thanks to the nourishing properties of Avocado Oil and the calming effects of Calendula. Available in four natural fragrances, used daily this easily absorbed cream will hydrate and revitalise the hands.
Tisserand National Geographic Retreat Travel Kit - £20.00
The Retreat Travel Kit includes a travel sized bottle of bath oil, mood mist and a roller ball in the Retreat blend containing Vetiver, Frankincense and Neroli 100% natural pure essential oils. The Retreat blend has a sweet, smoky aroma to ground and inspire tranquillity.
Gift + Home - 19 George St, Altrincham WA14 1RJ (Also online)
GIFT+HOME make it their mission to bring you the most inspirational ideas for all your gift needs – whether you are looking for something for a new born baby, a wedding gift, a much loved mum or difficult to buy for man.
Cool Beans Tablet Stand in Denim - £14.95
These bean bag tablet and phone stands from Cool Beans are perfect for propping up your tech for a hands-free life! Available in 2 sizes (tablet and phone), they come in a range of fabrics.
Frida Cup and Flower Saucer Set - £11.95
A Frida Kahlo inspired cup and saucer set, featuring a face with fluttery lashes, red lips and a pretty pink handle that matches the flower shaped saucer.
Homebird Interiors - 1-3 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham WA14 1BD (Also online)
Homebird is a lifestyle shop which sells furniture, gifts, candles, birthday cards, jewellery and much more.
We liked :
The Pink Tree of Life Scarf - £20
This supersoft Pink and Grey scarf is made of 60% Cashmere and 40% Cotton. It is comfortable to wear as a wrap or around the neck as a scarf.
2. Gift Ideas for £50 or less
Moss Studio and Store - 13 Moss Lane, Altrincham Cheshire WA14 1BA
Moss Studio and Store is a new 10-seat pottery studio in the heart of the market town of Altrincham. They offer a variety of ceramic workshops and in the shop they offer a range of ceramic, glassware, toiletries and textile gifts.
Oil and Bottle set by Naomi Tettmar - £30
Stoneware oil and bottle set with stainless steel spouts with a matte white glaze.
Vase Tête - handmade Green Glass Vase - £29
The Vase Tête is La Soufflerie’s famous statement vase. It looks great used as a vase with your favourite flowers on a shelf or as a small carafe for your table.
Edit and Oak - 4 Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1RZ
Destination Lifestyle Store – ceramics, Jewellery, candles, Artisan and Vintage pieces, carefully curated into unique collections inspired by current trends.
White Speckled Clay Concertina Detail Vase £45
Botanical Body Oil scented with Rosemary and Lavender - £32
The Hive by V H Interiors – 32a Grosvenor Road, Altrincham (also online)
‘The Hive is filled to the brim with an ever-changing selection of furniture, vintage homewares and antiques as well as a carefully curated mix of modern homewares, lifestyle items, gifts and greetings cards.’
Skincare Gift Set - £27
This natural skincare set consists of Natural Tallow Body Balm, lip/cuticle balm, Soap and a handmade twine toiletry container.
Paw Door Knockers – £35
These beautiful, heavy door knockers are designed in the shape of a paw print.
3. Gift Ideas for £50+
Hill and Hill the Jewellers - 60 George Street, Altrincham (also online)
Hill and Hill is an independent jewellers, offering a luxury product in a relaxed environment with exceptional service. The Hill family are a team of friendly, knowledgeable jewellery professionals with a passion for expertly crafted, exquisitely designed jewellery.
Alex Monroe Honeybee Silver Stud Earrings – £120
These delicate Honeybee Stud Earrings are handmade in sterling silver, rose gold or yellow gold.
Calvin Klein Outline Rose Gold Tone and Crystal Bangle - £95
'Boasting a modern yet minimalist design, this chic bangle presents a split body, set to shine with shimmering Swarovski crystal decoration. Created in feminine rose gold tone, this piece is set to elegantly enhance every look for every occasion.'
County Galleries – 32-34 Railway Street, Altrincham. (Also online)
County Galleries has been dealing in originals from leading UK artists for over forty years from their gallery in Altrincham, Cheshire. One of their central aims is to locate and encourage emerging talent. This creates the opportunity for art lovers to purchase good quality art work at affordable prices. They also offer a bespoke framing service.
You can choose from a large selection of original paintings from £265
Mayfly Jewellery Shop – Altrincham Market - 12 Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1RZ. (Also online.)
Jewellery designed and handmade by Lesley – ‘Her inspiration is the ever-evolving natural world from the changing seasons, the vast star filled skies to the hedgerows and their micro-worlds. All the materials used are natural and ethically sourced such as Silver, Gold (yellow, rose & white), platinum and gemstones.'
We love the Mayfly Sterling Silver Tangle Ring - £90
and the Silver Bangle for £75
The Sterling Silver round bangle is a classic, beautiful in its simplicity. It is made from solid silver so looks great on its own or with a collection of other bracelets and bangles.
4. Give the Gift of Choice
If you are shopping for someone who is difficult to buy for or you've run out of time to shop then there is always the option of sending a Gift Card or Voucher by post or more usually these days by email.
A lot of shops and websites have a gift voucher option which allows you to give the gift of choice to the recipient. This is also a great gift idea for those people who are tricky to buy for as gift vouchers are available for all sorts of things including Clothing, Homewares, Cinema, Theatre, Experiences, Beauty Treatments and Music Events.
On the Wash Clothing Company website you can purchase Gift Cards which are sent by e-mail - Simply choose the amount (from £10 to £100) and your gift voucher will be e-mailed directly to you.
We hope this Gift Guide has given you some useful ideas for Christmas Gifts - feel free to pass it on to anyone who needs some Gift Inspiration this December!
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