Some of you may be super organised and have all of your Xmas shopping done already but some of you may leave it to the last minute or need a little help with picking the perfect gift. Here’s my recommended gifts guide. I’ve kept to UK based companies as I feel it’s important to support small, local and independent businesses. I see that more and more people are doing this each year and there’s also been a few other blogger’s bigging up Blighty (like Betty Bee of Betty Bee Towers).
Little Miss Delicious– The adorable and colourful jewellery by Little Miss Delicious always brings a smile to my face. Each piece is lovingly hand crafted and painted by the very talented Maxine.
LMD I Want Candy Cane Necklace £22. Image by Miss Rain Photography.
Pip Jolley– Gorgeous vintage inspired jewellery from this Crouch End lovely. Her pieces are truly unique and fun. I have been coveting her silver roller necklace for quite some time now.
Large Silver Roller Necklace by Pip Jolley.
For your barnet:
B Millinery– I love Ellen’s hats. She recently made a lime green netted skull hat that I want to badly. A fusion of vintage glamour and darker pieces for more macabre maidens in your life.
Aqua Trimmed Leopard Print Pillbox Hat by B Millinery, £65.
Wonderland Wigs- Have someone in you life who loves to dress up and release their alter ego? Wigs are such a great way to achieve an entirely different look super fast. Sam of Wonderland Wigs has a range of styles to suit everyone’s taste and great customer service.
Conquer- Established by Sebastian Stobbs and recently opening up a flagship store, Conquer has gone from strength to strength over the years. Each top has artwork designed by Japanese designer Tomoya Hiramatsu. Always a little disturbing, always with a sense of humour. Every garment is made from fair trade cotton too. What’s not to love?
Friends Melange Grey T-Shirt by Conquer.
Betty Blues Loungerie– A bastion of glamour among a sea of frumpy and unflattering lounge wear. Each beautiful vintage inspire piece is made right here in the UK, now that’s a rare thing indeed!
Tempest Baby Doll by Betty Blues Loungerie.
What Katie Did– Something to buy the lady you love for sure! Little hint. If you’re buying a lingerie set that includes garter straps, make sure you buy some stockings too to ‘complete’ the gift. Again, made in the UK, the fully fashioned stockings are manufactured on original machinery How cool is that?!
Helene Atsuko in WKD Antoinette Extreme Corset. Photo: Tigz Rice Studios.
The Grand Gesture:
Tigz Rice Studios– Give the gift of glamour caught forever in photography with one of Tigz’s boudoir packages. Tigz is an established photographer on the burlesque scene and has shot the likes of Dita Von Teese and Vicky Butterfly no less! A truly indulgent gift and something you and your partner can both enjoy.
Kitty Crimson at Tigz Rice Studios.
Nap-Sac– A range of sturdy yet stylish bags. A small, independent company run by Mark Knapp, who was fed up of riding his scooter to work all day with a less that stylish bag to carry his things in and decided to make his own.He believes men should be able to have nice bags too and that there should be more style choices the ‘Briefcase’ and ‘Satchel’ for the style conscious male. Not only that, they’re cruelty free too!
Oak with Coffee Trim Holdall by Nap-Sac.
Rockalily Lipstick– Lipstick that stays put and doesn’t dry your lips out. Comes in several retro -inspired colours, I use these lipsticks in my mua kit, I love them! Poifect for slipping into a stocking or as a small gift for a girly friend.
Core collection of rockalily lipsticks.
Vx Vegan Boutique– An independent vegan haven based near King’s Cross. You’ll find all sorts of cruelty free goodies here, from freshly made cakes and snacks to shoes, accessories, clothes and most importantly (in my mind) vegan cheese and chocolates! YUM!
Lil3Birdy– Beautiful stationary and home wares designed by Clare Sheilds. Her notebooks are great for those who are always scribbling, sketching and writing and the perfect size for a Christmas Stocking.
Small Cute Bird Notebook, Orange and Green by Lil3Birdy.
Well, I hope that gave you some gift ideas and that you choose to support indie companies this year. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.