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Independent Gift Guide 2021

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

For a long time, I have been passionate about supporting and celebrating independent shops, designers, makers and artists. Before working with ceramics, I organised exhibitions and events for early career artists, then went on to set up the Shop and Gallery at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, championing early and mid-career artists, independent designers, and makers.

This year, I've created a gift guide on my Instagram feed featuring some wonderful independent makers and shops (it can be found in the tabs across the top of my Instagram grid). I've also listed a few below. There are so many more I'd like to mention, but here a few to start...

Makers, Designers and Artists

Sophie Home.- Bright and beautiful throws, cushions and nursery accessories, with matched giving on blankets and throws through Choose Love.

Darte Timeless and beautiful jewellery, handmade using recycled sliver and gold.

Saskia Rigby - Unique Ceramic lighting and vessels, inspired by the textures and colours of the coast, landscapes and nature.

Red Hand Gang - Based in Oxford, Abi makes bright and bold homewares and gifts.

Fun Makes Good - Bold, bright and design led interior products and upholstery.

Ermana Natural Skincare - Natural skincare, made in the UK.

MW Makes - Handcrafted leather goods for the everyday.

Mother Feels - Pattern design and paper goods inspired by all the feels.

Independent Shops

Indigo, Oxford - Clothing, homeware and gifts, all ethically sourced.

Basalt Dune, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire - Gift store selling coastal and Scandinavian inspired homewares and accessories, including handmade, eco and conscious gifts.

Kobi and Teal, Frome - Shop, gallery and studio, showcasing artwork, interior products and objects from UK based designers, makers and artists.

Quarters Home, Online - Beautiful gifts and homewares inspired by the seasons.

Prior Shop, Bristol - Not-for-profit independent shop showcasing design-led handcrafted work that's made responsibly and sustainably.

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