Small Businesses to Shop with this Christmas

Happy December! Where did the year go? It’ll be the new year before we blink! With Christmas just around the corner, everyone will be frantically trying to buy postable presents this year. It’s been a tough year for every family whether you’ve been furloughed, working from home or you’ve lost your job, everyone deserves a treat.

Shopping small is rewarding in so many ways, the main one being you are helping someone accomplish their goals. Buying a product from a small business means it’s special to both you and the business owner. I discovered one of these businesses last year and put in a big order and LOVED the outcome. It’s such a personal touch too as some products are a one off!

Obviously links in this post are NOT affiliate links. Also this post is not an ad, I’m just a MASSIVE supporter of these three businesses! Go gals!

Thora & Nell

Thora and Nell is run by one of my best friends Alice. She sells 100% pure essential oil candles…did I mention they are VEGAN too? I have watched this business grow from the planning process to Alice’s first sale and I’m so happy everyone is loving her products! She sells a range of affordable wax burners and melts to room and linen sprays.

I have the Equinox medium candle with their matching wax melts and they make any room, even my blog workspace, smell LUSH. I’m so excited to invest in the new festive candles too, I just LOVE this little business – especially since Chris and I get VIP access to new scents and products. We’re very proud of you Alice.

Alice recommends her Sol candle – a scent made specifically for herself but it’s become one of her bestsellers, along with my fave Equinox! However, Alice says the scent depends on the person so don’t hesitate to contact her for a range recommendation!

You can follow Thora & Nell on Instagram and shop them here!

IMarshall Artwork

I met Imogen through blogging and what a lovely human she is. Her artwork is beautiful and fits perfectly on greeting cards and as a standalone canvas. As I am writing this post, Imogen is about to launch her festive range of cards and I CAN’T WAIT. I’m so pleased to see her taking off like she deserves to!

I was so happy to receive my festive cards a few weeks back and I LOVE THEM. A Darby family fave is the Postbox in the Snow card – it’s just beautiful. Imogen is a very talented photographer and artist and her work (is and…) will certainly go far. I can’t wait to see what the coming months bring for Imogen. Sadly she had to cancel an event this year and make it a virtual affair so I’ve got my fingers crossed for a big event next year!

Imogen says her favourite cards in the shop have to be either the Postbox Christmas card, deckchair card or dinosaur birthday card. They are all totally different but that is what she loves about them and each one has a story. ‘The postbox one I was caught in a blizzard, the photograph was the first I ever sold. My dinosaur card has to be my most popular though which I absolutely love as I designed it for my dinosaur mad Godson!’

If she could, Imogen recommends all the cards! They are all so special and mean a lot to her, which is the MOST important part of a small business and every one tells a story!

You can follow Imogen here and shop the entire range below and on Etsy!

Written By Rochelle

I found Rochelle through Instagram when I was searching for Christmassy accounts to follow last year – however, she does much more than festive themed products. Bridal parties or even gift tag searchers are welcome too! All of Rochelle’s products are a perfect Secret Santa gift as the baubles are only £5 – great for a budget Christmas too, did I mention they look beautiful too?

I bought a few baubles from Rochelle last year and they arrived with plenty of time before Christmas and looked amazing – the products were well packaged and came with some extra sparkle in the form of starry confetti! The process of ordering was so simple and easy too with regular updates so you’re not wondering if you’ve been forgotten…and as a bonus, you might end up on her Insta stories!

Rochelle recommends her baubles: ‘Add some more sparkle to your tree this Christmas with personalised, hand decorated baubles. Any quote or name can be added to the bauble. Other options for string & ribbon are available.’ She also recommends her gift tags too as they can add a personal touch to any gift, and they look beautiful too!

You can find Rochelle on her Instagram and Etsy page!

Shop All

Noël Medium Candle
Noël Medium Candle
Thora & Nell
£15.00
Noël Wax Melts
Noël Wax Melts
Thora & Nell
£4.00
Cosy Medium Candle
Cosy Medium Candle
Thora & Nell
£15.00
Cosy Wax Melts
Cosy Wax Melts
Thora & Nell
£4.00
Room & Linen Spray
Room & Linen Spray
Thora & Nell
£12.50
Snap Bar Wax Melt Bundle
Snap Bar Wax Melt Bundle
Thora & Nell
£11.50
Moon & Stars Wax Melts
Moon & Stars Wax Melts
Thora & Nell
£8.00
Snap Bar Wax Melt
Snap Bar Wax Melt
Thora & Nell
£4.50
Star Wax Melts
Star Wax Melts
Thora & Nell
£4.00
Personalised Baubles
Personalised Baubles
Written By Rochelle
£5.00
Personalised Festive Gift Tags
Personalised Festive Gift Tags
Written By Rochelle
£0.80
Baby Shower Gift Tags
Baby Shower Gift Tags
Written By Rochelle
£2.50
Wax Seal Gift Tags
Wax Seal Gift Tags
Written By Rochelle
£2.50
Personalised Place Cards
Personalised Place Cards
Written By Rochelle
£1.00
Happy Birthday Dinosaur Card
Happy Birthday Dinosaur Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
Happy Birthday Whale & Fish Card
Happy Birthday Whale & Fish Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
Happy Birthday Bear Card
Happy Birthday Bear Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
Happy Birthday Elephant Card
Happy Birthday Elephant Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
Happy Birthday Mouse Card
Happy Birthday Mouse Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
Give Me Your Answer Do, Daisy Card
Give Me Your Answer Do, Daisy Card
IMarshall Artwork
£3.00
Bathing Rat Card
Bathing Rat Card
IMarshall Artwork
£3.00
At The Seaside Card
At The Seaside Card
IMarshall Artwork
£3.00
Snowdrop Card
Snowdrop Card
IMarshall Artwork
£3.00
Postbox in the Snow Card
Postbox in the Snow Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
We Three Trees Card
We Three Trees Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
Mountain Manger Card
Mountain Manger Card
IMarshall Artwork
£2.50
Autumn Equinox Medium Candle
Autumn Equinox Medium Candle
Thora & Nell
£15.00
Mar
Mar
Thora & Nell
£22.00
Aire
Aire
Thora & Nell
£22.00
Terra
Terra
Thora & Nell
£22.00
Sol
Sol
Thora & Nell
£22.00

Stay safe!

With love,

Niamh

xxx

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9 Comments

  1. 07/12/2020 / 7:34 pm

    Lovely things to share! My family and I are really trying to not buy gifts from Amazon this year and use different sites instead. It’s great to support small businesses

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      16/12/2020 / 11:20 am

      Ah yes, 2020 has been the year where I’ve really loved supporting small businesses and you just know every product has been made with love and care!

      • 17/12/2020 / 8:04 pm

        Such lovely gifts and businesses! It’s amazing how talented people are! I’ve tried to buy from small businesses this year. I wish I was better at it though! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 07/12/2020 / 10:18 pm

    Great post! I’ve been loving the amount of small business posts I’ve seen this year!

  3. Shyla Elza
    13/12/2020 / 4:21 pm

    Written By Rochelle seems like a fantastic company. I love those place cards! Thanks for sharing!

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      16/12/2020 / 11:21 am

      Rochelle is the best – she messages you and makes sure everything you’re getting is the highest quality too!

  4. 18/12/2020 / 3:54 am

    Very lovely recommendations! I bought 90% of my Christmas presents from small businesses this year and I’m going to keep doing that, there are so many good ones out there!

    ✨ Marissa Belle × marsybun.com ✨

  5. 18/12/2020 / 4:41 pm

    Those star shaped wax melts are so cute! I’ve been doing most of my Christmas shopping from small businesses this year and I’m loving it, there are so many lovely and unique things around xx

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