Christmas is coming and the crowds on high street can sometimes be hard to bear. As can the queues. Who wants to line up for an hour to buy Granny a bottle of perfume that you actually hate the smell of anyway? Not me.
Thus we flock to our best friend: the internet. We all know that Amazon sells almost everything and often at a pretty cheap rate. We also know that Amazon are kind of monopolizing the market place and dodging taxes.
Independent stores often sell better quality and more unique products, which makes for excellent Christmas shopping. Also, at SheRa Mag, we love to celebrate women in business, so we’ve handpicked some female-run businesses to satisfy your Christmas shopping needs.
1. Graham and Green
Founded by Antonia Graham, this shop is full of interesting and beautiful pieces for the home. They have a section on their website dedicated to Christmas—from decorations or stocking fillers, there’s a lot of wonderfully crafted choices.
Wish List: Duck Call, because we just need one, okay?
2. The Lost Lanes
Run by a wife and husband duo who love the East London creative scene. Together they showcase design talents that may otherwise go undiscovered.
Wish List: I Own You Coffee Talk Cushion
3. The Book People
Independent book shop that started with Seni and Ted bringing books to those who may not go out looking for them. Check out the story on their site. They do great deals and collections.
Wish List: Man Booker Prize Collection
4. Elsie Belle
Very cute British jewellery designer with lots of nature inspired pieces, and she ships worldwide!
Wish List: Cicada Earrings
5. Rocks and Vines
They use things from nature to create things for the home. From wooden desk tidies to a set of hog bones, it’s sure to make you want to flex your creative muscles.
Wish List: 75 Locust Thorns (in case somebody gets too friendly under the mistletoe, or to make an interesting centre piece for Christmas dinner).
6. Lazy Oaf
Great quirky clothing and accessory designs for men and women by Gemma Shiel. There’s also a dog called Bob involved.
Wish List: All of the socks
7. Not Mass Produced
Well it’s all in the name, isn’t it? They support artisan and sustainable producers, trying to keep traditional practices alive for future generations and help the economy. Wonderful stuff!
Wish List: Knitting Kit – Cat
Lush are a pretty great company that everyone seems to have come across at some point. They make rad bath bombs, beauty products, and my favorite Christmas present—a huge hamper of Lush products.
Wish List: WOW! Gift box
9. Viva Sweet Love
Lovely hand-printed items, an awesome buy for the graphic tee lovers in the family.
Wish List: Gnome Riding a Dachshund Tee
10. Rachel Comey
Beautiful high-end designs for women, plus some cool men’s shoes too. Great if you want to really splash out on your bestie.
Wish List: This dress
Happy Christmas shopping!
Feature image sourced from: elsiebelle.com