With just eight days until Christmas Day we have seen a flurry of last order and posting dates announced to help ensure that gifts arrive in time before the big day – but there is still time for you to support your local small and independent businesses this year if you know where to look! Through our #ShopCambridgeshire winter campaign we have been able to make it that little bit easier to know where to shop Cambridgeshire businesses online.
In our lovingly curated Instagram gift guides alone we have featured a total of 180 local businesses and over 230 products, works and services. Take a look at the gift guide series below to find stocking fillers, affordable artwork, wearables and homewares as well as an eclectic mix of original artwork, candles, stationery, children’s gifts and accessories.
There are also more local artists, designers, makers and independent businesses to explore who have been joining in with the campaign sharing their posts over at #ShopCambridgeshire as well as all those listed over on the #ShopCambridgeshire marketplace.
Our marketplace brings together a diverse trove of unique products in one place and as we do not take commission you can know that every penny you spend will go directly to the seller; less any fees they pay through their individual platforms. When you click to “buy now” you will be taken directly to the seller’s online shop or website to check availability and purchase – see selected features below or browse here!
Stationery & Coasters Gift Set by Sue Rapley – £20
Stegosaurus Puzzle Ornament by Garnett Crafts – £27.50
Soma Pendant Necklace by Dittany Rose – £126
Whale Illustration Ceramic Mug by Dario Fisher – £12
Shopping and supporting local isn’t just for Christmas – so whether you have finished your shopping already or have only just made a start, we encourage you to take a look through the guides as there are many great things to discover and businesses to get to know and connect with as we head into a new year.
Sweet treats, enamel pins, stationery, hot sauce, eco-friendly soaps, leather bookmarks, coffee, candles, accessories, craft kits, gin and more – be inspired to shop a range of stocking fillers and gifts under £10. Featuring: @handcraftedbooksbysueday, @elyfudgecompany, @bumbleandoak, @thelittlefenlandecoshop, @kissaircandles, @thesunshinearchive, @roundwoodgin, @the_brew_project, @harryspecters and more.
Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Stocking Fillers
From as little as £6 to just over £60 – we have put together a fantastic selection of affordable art prints, original works and beautifully illustrated calendars to suit a broad range of interiors and artistic tastes. Featuring: @boudicaillustrations, @vivien.house, @korporate, @daftcow, @ellamorella, @sleepybeestudio, @shelly_brown_illustration, @little__enn, @wethreeclub, @loumillsdesigns, @lele_saa and more.
Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Gifts: Affordable Art
What to wear? Whether you are buying a gift or looking to treat yourself, let this guide spark your curiosity with a wonderful selection of vintage and handcrafted jewellery, apparel, handmade bags and accessories. Featuring: @dittanyrose, @gotaninkling, @melajewellery, @dizzydollylou, @sally_moonsilver, @trinkets_27, @eclecticstonestudio, @_posyandpen, @harrygrowler, @nokodesignsjewellery, @qhere_bags and more.
Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Gifts: Wearables
Furniture, plants, planters, wall hangings, vases, frames, kitchenware, throws and cushions – find some truly excellent examples of craftmanship here from woodwork to textiles and ceramics to glasswork. Featuring: @woodentreasureofficial, @smallandgreencambridge, @wolimorb.ceramics, @lucynajmazur, @stedsans, @theflatlandpioneers, @millar.made, @sarora_knots, @mudwaterceramics and more.
Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Gifts: Homewares
Our final guide of the season ties together a miscellaneous collection of gift ideas including notebooks and journals, original paintings, festive scented candles, cupcakes, children’s clothing and experience gift cards. Featuring: @twolittlecatsbakery, @igniumcandle.co, @lizgreenhalghphoto, @theladymoth, @suerapleyart, @carolinegrayillustration, @sleepybeestudio, @helenhandmadebooks, @carolineforward and more.
Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Gifts: An Eclectic Mix
As we bring the winter campaign to a close we would like to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to get involved and to everyone who has shared the guides and helped to spread the word about shopping and supporting local businesses this Christmas.
If you’ve recently found us through the campaign and would like to find out more about what we do – we invite you to explore the hub and follow us over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For now, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and will see you back here after a short break over the holidays!
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