Independent Gift Guide 2018 - Part 1 - Online




As consumers, we are becoming increasingly aware of what we buy & who we buy from and as a general trend, we’re moving away from buying quantity from large multinational companies and towards buying quality from independent businesses.

The ‘Just a Card’ campaign ( was started 3 years ago and reinforces the message that all purchases, no matter how small, help independent businesses to survive. Even multinational company, Visa, have made the British high street the focus of their christmas advert this year (see here), with business owners singing Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. What they say is true: ‘when you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance’.

We’ve put together a list of some gorgeous local Leicestershire & Rutland brands and businesses who we think you’ll love this festive season. Stay tuned for more coming soon...

Yours Only Printing

Co-founded by sisters Lauren & Danielle, Yours Only Printing offers a range of bespoke, personalised products including beautiful notebooks, journals, diaries & passport covers. They can also personalise your own items!


Jazz Wade Illustration

Leicester-based illustrator, Jazz, creates unique, intricate and modern artwork that is unapologetically weird and wonderful. His prints and originals are guaranteed to add something different to your walls.


West Eleven Designs

West Eleven Designs offers beautiful handwritten prints & greetings cards. You can also get any bespoke quote written in the same incredible handwriting!


Meg Bonser

Meg is an artist and an arts & crafts tutor. She makes wonderful original paintings and prints of playful plants and is inspired by nature around her.


Phoebe Boddy

Phoebe creates abstract and animal art which is both fun and classic. Check out her prints and greetings cards!


Katie Cardew Illustrations

From prints to mugs and oven gloves to aprons, Katie Cardew Illustrations creates gorgeous, high quality products with bold and colourful designs, all of which are all made in the UK, using local manufacturers where possible.  Our favourite has to be the cosmetic bags!


Chloe Hall

Chloe Hall creates beautiful loose watercolour designs which are inspired by nature. She lives and works from her houseboat which means she is constantly surrounded by inspiration. She is conscious of the environment and so her products are packaged in biodegradable bags, as well as using recycled paper materials.



Artists Abi Tippetts and Roz Berkeley-Hill are the two artists behind Tipperleyhill. Their print collection includes over 50 different animals in various outfits. Abi illustrates the animals in black ink and Roz adds the pattern and colour to their clothes. They can be personalised with any message - no matter how rude! The pair also create original canvases (@tipperleyhill) Available at Wistow Gallery or on


Illustrated by Shauna

Unique prints, greetings cards and stickers - Shauna’s designs are fabulous! Our favourite is the ‘Cat Lady’ card - we’re sure you know at least one! Shauna also offers commissions - so get in touch.


Sew Rutland

In the words of owner, Annabel, ‘You say it, I sew it’. Her charming personalised cross stitch can be created with any message, and makes the perfect gift for Christmas.


Sejal Ceramics

Sejal’s ceramics are hand crafted and embossed with a small heart, with each piece individually made in her Leicestershire studio. From baubles to vases, her pieces are exquisite.


Little M Papergoods

Owner Claire has been drawing her whole life, and now creates lovely prints for your home, nursery or special occasion. Each print features Claire’s very own hand drawn type meaning they are exclusive to her.


Nadia Alessandra Designs

Nadia’s sleek and stylish will look amazing in any home. Her fine bone china mugs are made in Stoke-on-Trent - the heart of the British pottery industry.

Choose from either grey, gold or black - you can’t go wrong.


Suki Sabur

Owner Suki graduated in 2014 with a degree in BA Fashion (Printed Textiles) and fell in love with colour and glitter. She creates clutch bags, make up bags, and coin purses out of dazzling glitter and velvet. Her exquisite silk scarves are stunning and would make a very special treat for someone this Christmas.


Cotton Clara

Cotton Clara create simple yet bold homeware and jewellery, inspired by traditional crafts and Scandinavian design. Laser cut wood is combined with fabric and thread to create unique pieces for your home. Her simple kits also allow you to create something with your own hands.


Young Double

Run by Rox Webster, this independent Leicestershire brand creates t-shirts and sweatshirts, cards, tote bags, prints and stickers. Our favourites are the t-shirts and sweatshirts which are available to purchase for both children and adults.


Ellie Joy Barton Design

Ellie is a ceramicist and illustrator living in Market Harborough, studying BA (Hons) Design Crafts at De Montfort University. Her practice revolves around making functional ceramics, which are also fun and decorative.


Sophie Jarram

Sophie’s work is influenced by her love for colour, anything geometric and of course her obsession for plants - especially cacti. Sophie is based in Leicester where she works from her garage making each pot by hand. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2014 where she studied Contemporary Crafts. Since then her focus has been on surface design which has lead to her using techniques that makes each piece unique.


Avanti Candles

Avanti Candles create luxury candles, wax melts and reed diffusers. Their candles are hand-poured in Leicestershire, use vegan soy wax and have a crackling wooden wick with approx. 45 hours burn time.


Weir Wonderful Fit

One for the ladies in your life. Katie Weir from Weir Wonderful Fit is otherwise known as ‘The Bra Queen’. Gone are the days of wearing poor fitting bras and having embarrassing measuring appointments - this girl has got you covered. Book a voucher for a bra fitting and the lucky recipient will never look back.


Nadinoo Clothing

Nadinoo make down to earth clothing which offers simplicity, comfort and versatility to your wardrobe. Each item is handmade to order in their Rutland based studio. They offer a bespoke service that can be tailored to your needs, so you can switch the fabric, or increase the hemline or sleeve length. Beautifully made using high quality, natural fabrics.


Make a Mark Jewellery

Make A Mark Jewellery was created by Jodie Hatcher in 2017, born from her love of traditional jewellery making, etching techniques and mark making. They specialise in creating beautiful unique, handmade commissions, as well as designing and creating Sterling silver jewellery with delicate copper textures, all of which are handcrafted in their Leicester studio.


K&G Curated Space

This gorgeous Leicester brand sources and handpicks stunning antique furniture for the modern home. Expect rattan, ceramics, glassware and brass, and don’t blame us when you want to buy everything!



Owned by Neil and Jonathon, Catesbys is a online interiors store bought to you from their home, a beautiful Georgian rectory in the heart of Rutland. Their carefully edited collection comprises stylish furnishings, home accessories, fragrance and gifts.