We’re always looking for ways to support our community, so we asked you – where are great places to shop local for Christmas?
Small Business Saturday is a great reminder; what better time to look at all the great ways to shop local in Sussex this Christmas? Full of amazing small businesses and awesome gifts for your loved ones, let’s try and put fewer pennies in Jeff Bezos’ pocket, and more into our own high street. Support small and growing businesses by shopping local this year.
Crumbelina is a Crawley based business offering a range of cakes, brownies, biscuits, and Christmas treats made by Stephanie Bradford. These Christmas themed treats are a perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth! The ‘Christmas Treatbox’ offers a wide selection of festive goodies from gingerbread and vanilla cupcakes to caramel snowflake pops to white chocolate and orange cakesicles and at a very decent £35 is a lovely foodie gift. Available for collection 4, 11, 17, and 23 of December.
If you’re looking for a Christmas market full of great gifts and local businesses, then look no further than The Shoreham Centre on Saturday 4 of December. Hosted by Paper Daisy Events, this Christmas Makers Fair is a wonderful opportunity to find unique, handmade presents all while supporting small and local businesses. Featuring 45+ local makers, workshops like wreath making, pop up café, a charity raffle for Chestnut Tree House and even a visit from every kid’s favourite, Olaf!
Who doesn’t love jewellery? Especially using individually hand-cut gemstones. Brighton based Glitter and Gem are UK specialists at making beautiful pieces of jewellery from hand cut, carved and finished gemstones, specialising in Australian opals. A perfect gift for any bling lover, with a wide range of products from rings to bracelets to hand woven goods.
Gifts for the kids
Looking for some funky, colourful clothing for the kids this year? Colour Burst Clothing range of tie-dye items make a perfect present for colourful kids. All items hand made by Bee Rigden in Crawley Down are super bight and loud making your little ones stand out this Christmas. And with Christmas jumpers being made, they stand out from the crowd on Christmas jumper day!
Brighton shop full of handmade goodies
Little Beach Boutique is a gift shop located in the Brighton North Laines. Full of curated homeware, jewellery, art prints and wellbeing products. And with personalised gifts being an option, the presents you can buy here will be welcomed by anyone. With glassware made onsite, the products here are unique and made with love, the perfect shop to visit if you’re looking for handmade and local this Christmas.
A book to help you eat well
Give the gift of great nutrition with Kirsten Chick’s new book Nutrition Brought to Life. An engaging and thorough book including 50 recipes for you to try. An informed head in the world of nutrition, Kirsten is registered with the FNTP, FHT, BSIO, and the College of Medicine as well as a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Her book is full of the knowledge she has learned through the years. This book makes nutrition easier to understand and strips away the confusion. The perfect gift for anyone passionate about wellbeing and diet, or anyone looking for a good way to get healthy in the new year. Check the website for stocklists.
If you want to get personal this Christmas, then look no further than Oonana’s personalised Christmas decorations, based on Shoreham Beach, available in eight different colours, these laser cut decorations made from glitter embedded resin are the perfect stocking filler for friends and family. £6 each + collect from Shoreham Beach or £1.50 postage.
Give the gift of a break this year
A magical gift this Christmas could be the chance of a break somewhere nice, Katie at Experience It Now Travel offers a broad range of holidays from weekend breaks to theatre trips to all-inclusives. A holiday is a top tier present, giving the gift of good memories and relaxation.
Grab gifts from an amazing gallery
Anyone who enjoys handmade gifts would love the range of products from Bousham Gallery in Brighton. Stocked with gorgeous hand-made, natural products, art pieces, jewellery, and much more, this shop is the perfect place. Whether it’s for big gifts or little stocking fillers, they’re for anyone who likes good quality gifts made with love.
A great self-help book this year
We all find it hard to find the balance in our lives sometimes, but thankfully, Brighton based Marina Fernandez Julian has written a book called Balance: Living a Life True to Yourself which helps bring inner balance. The book helps to transform limiting thinking into freedom of thought letting you reclaim your own story. Find inner freedom, and joy in life. Her dream is for everybody to be able to access the tools in this book for their ‘self-evolving journey’. Available on amazon for £14.99.