Every year at Christmas I like to support local small businesses by sharing my favourite pieces from shops in Hertfordshire. I started doing this during lockdown as I appreciated as a small business, how hard it was for small businesses who relied on footfall when stores were closed in the lead up to Christmas. Thankfully we are not in that situation this year, but there are still plenty of challenges being thrown at small businesses and they need our support always. Many of the gifts on the selection below are from local St Albans business Raindrops On Roses, who also donate all of their profits to charity Action Against Cancer. So it's even more of a feel good gift, and you can feel you're making a difference with each purchase.
From a sustainability perspective, shopping local helps to reduce your impact on the planet, and also puts money back into the local economy to help it thrive. Money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses. I also read recently from a Rubicon blog post that "taxes paid by small, local businesses are widely used to support schools, parks, roads, and other local programs that benefit your friends, family, and community." so it really is a win win!
As everyone is feeling the pinch this year I've included 2 Shoppable Boards with Gift Ideas under £20 which could be stocking fillers or more budget friendly gifts. Plus a few higher price point items, but everything is under £70. Don't forget that you can pick up some amazing items from your local charity shops too. I purposely haven't gone preloved for this gift guide as it's difficult to share one off items without causing disappointment! But I do love the idea of agreeing with family on charity shop gifts to a certain budget. How would you feel about doing that with your family?
Below you can find the shop boards, and each of them have been linked to the shoppable page on my Shop Share TV Channel so you can get the direct links to the detail page for each item. And don't worry, if you're not local to Hertfordshire, I've made sure it's all available online and within last delivery dates for Christmas! Happy Shopping!
If you're looking for a truly unique one off gift experience, why not chat to me about a bespoke Personal Styling Gift Voucher? Or alternatively you can book them online for £100 or £200 Gift Voucher amounts here.