Thanks to Lola Hoad of Lola Hoad Design for letting us use her artwork, you can see her lovely Christmas cards and prints here. I agree with Lola that it is important to shop independent and not just at Christmas but throughout the year. Admittedly as a small independent online business owner I am biased but I fear that if we don’t our high streets will become the same countrywide. That’s not to say that there isn’t a place for larger brands but there should be room for the smaller independents, with handcrafted, artisanal products, too and in London, in particular, rising rents are forcing the smaller independent shops out and global brands are taking over.
So I am shopping independent this Christmas. Here are some of my go to independents for gifts:
Cambridge Imprint, for beautiful printed notebooks, wrapping paper and office accessories. The printed box files and filing trays just make me want to get organised.
Gift vouchers from Bread Ahead, a bakery in Borough Market, London,which makes the most delicious artisan breads and unbelievably light custard-filled donuts.
Travel sets in beautiful Japanese prints and traditional travel slippers from Keiko Uchida. The room shoes are perfect for pottering around at home and lightweight for travel. They have padded arches so are great for anyone who spends the day in heels.