‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

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There is no denying, it has been a very strange year. Now, more than ever, we need to be thinking about how and where we spend our money. If we don’t support our small independent businesses then many of them won’t be around next year.

The phrase “when you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance” is all over the internet … It is true!  Take a look at some of these gift ideas from people on your doorstep and perhaps give them a reason to get their boogie on!


We’ve got to start with Christmas CARDS and I think these are just lovely.  Designed by local artist Lizzi Martell who also creates beautiful watercolour illustrations for little ones – and big ones too!


GIFT VOUCHERS – A gift voucher is a great way to support a local business and gives the recipient something to look forward to in the new year.

For the people who need a bit of pampering then a beauty voucher is the way to go:
ambers beauty – www.ambersbeauty.co.uk
Beauty by Ali – www.beautybyali.co.uk
Pour Elle – www.pourellebeauty.co.uk
Wendy’s Beauty Room – www.facebook.com/wendysbeautyroomboxmoor

For the children (and adults) who love to dance then a voucher for lessons is just perfect:
Bovingdon Dance Academy – www.bovingdondance.co.uk
Life and Soul Academy – www.lifeandsoulacademy.co.uk
Supreme Dance – www.supreme-dance.com 


For JEWELLERY LOVERS then it has to be a gift from Daisy Chain Jewellers.
Simply let them know what sort of thing you are after and your budget and they will send you some pictures so you can make your choice.   They’ll even hand-delivery locally free of charge.


For GIN LOVERS, and there are many of us,  look no further than the Fizzy Gin Tin they have got some fabulous gift boxes. www.thefizzygintin.com



And not forgetting the CHOCOLATE LOVERS, who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate.  Check out Chocoheaven by Skye.  Create your own 450g-400g slab of chocolate personalised with the recipients favourite toppings and whilst you are at it you had better do one for yourself too!  https://www.facebook.com/Chocoheavenbyskye



GREAT FOR GRANDPARENTS – Lolo & Lil design and craft beautiful keepsakes from your child’s drawings, handwriting and special baby clothes. Cushions | Tooth Fairy Pillows | Framed Embroideries | Wall Hangings https://www.facebook.com/loloandlildesigns/


A GREAT GIFT FOR CHILDREN (& their parents!): ”Red Kites, Apples and Blood Cells’ a gorgeous book written by Maria Oliver of Boxmoor Yoga, is an imaginative collection relaxation scripts, meditations and illustrations designed to help you and your child relax, switch off from everyday worries, and learn the art of being still. Fly on a magic carpet or a Pegasus, sink into an enormous football shirt or bowl of soup, float on the ocean on a surfboard or follow a red blood cell round your body. Available from Amazon : www.amazon.co.uk


Finally if you are looking for something a little bit quirky whether it be beautiful accessories, stunning homeware, hand made jewellery, candles or Christmas decorations the place to go is to https://www.bellebutterfly.co.uk/.


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