KEEP IT LOCAL

Here at Women Aloud HQ we want to give a shout out to all the wonderful women who are running their own businesses – and do our bit to support the local community.

Christmas will be here before we know it, in fact we’re probably a bit late even mentioning it! Anyway, this year if you’re looking for a gift that isn’t your usual off the high-street gubbins, how about buying from one of the talented women listed below. Personalised; hand-made; and you’ll be supporting local businesses.

ARTWORK | CARDS | CLOTHING | GIFTS | KEEPSAKES |

  • 61 designs – personalised cushions and bags. Christmas decorations and designs also available. For prices and full range please visit the 61 Designs Facebook page >
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  • Bee-utiful Creations by Bee – personalised gifts including cake toppers, clothes hangers, engraved glasses, personalised scrabble frames, children’s clothes and drawstring bags, family tree frames. For prices and full range please visit the Bee-utiful Creations by Bee Etsy shop >  Or the Facebook page >
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  • Booganic – Ethical. Affordable. Organic. Children’s wear that is kinder to our children, to the people making the clothes and to the planet. Ages 0-6. Free of charge UK delivery. For prices and full range please visit the Booganic website > Or the Facebook page >
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  • Cottonmill Carpentry – mud kitchens and workbenches made by Harry – a 17 year old Carpentry Apprentice from St Albans (yes, admittedly he’s not a woman but we also like to support entrepreneurial young people!) Pictures and prices can be found on the Cottonmill Carpentry Facebook page >
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  • Creative Coccinelle – hand-written cards with handmade polymer clay embellishments. Cards for all occasions. Christmas cards are made to order, £4 each or 5 for £18 (plus p&p). Bespoke designs with personalisation/message changes also possible. The full range can be seen on the Creative Coccinelle Facebook page >
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  • Ditz and Bobs – personalised and custom made keepsakes – including bunting, decorative garlands, felt brooches, hair clips, neck warmers, photo embroidery hoops. Variety of colours and fabrics. Bespoke designs possible. For prices and full range please visit the Ditz and Bobs Etsy shop > Or the Facebook page >
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  • Frankly Decor – Christmas decorations and keepsakes – personalised and handmade for children, families and baby’s first Christmas. For prices and full range please visit the Frankly Decor website > Or Facebook page >
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  • Hand made by Vicky – personalised gifts including key ring chains, life event picture frames, wine glass charms, tooth fairy cushions, sweet cones. Christmas items include sweet filled baubles and animal friendly reindeer food. For prices and full range please visit the Hand made by Vicky Facebook page >
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  • Jack’n’Roo – bespoke personalised wooden gifts for all occasions. Specialising in Christmas Eve boxes. For prices and full range please visit the Jack’n’Roo Facebook page >
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  • Just For Tiny People – discover a world of fairies, magical teepees, dens, and canopies – made just for tiny people. Option to customise design and fabrics. For the full range please visit the Just for Tiny People shop > Or contact Sacha (the JFTP business fairy) on her Facebook page >
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  • Kat Jolles Mermaid Tails – hand crocheted mermaid tails. Small £35. Medium £45. Large £55. For colours, designs and more information please contact Kathryn on her Etsy shop >
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  • Peonies and Princesses – bespoke hand-painted artwork for children’s bedrooms and for wedding/ christening/ birthday gifts. For prices and full range please visit the Peonies and Princesses Facebook page >
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  • Perfect Day Creations – unique and personal handmade gifts ranging from paper cut pictures to personalised prints and stationery. For prices and full range please visit the Perfect Day Creations Facebook page >
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  • Ruby and Freddies – personalised baby gifts and clothing (as seen in Vogue!) – nappy cakes, blankets, clothing, cards. Christmas items include personalised decorations, stockings, hats, booties, baubles, first Christmas Eve box and soft toy elfs (selling out fast). For prices and full range please visit the Ruby and Freddies website >
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  • Silhouette Portraits – delightful hand-painted portraits. Working from your photograph, these portraits capture an amazing likeness. Painted in Indian ink on paper. They are available mounted and framed, or unframed. For more information please visit the Silhouette Portraits Facebook page >
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  • The Hug Tree – handmade toys, accessories, memory blankets for babies and children. New products just in…luxury giant arm-knitted snoods and blankets – available in a variety of colours. All products made to order. For more inspiration please visit The Hug Tree Facebook page >
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  • Zigzags and Spots – your memories, photos and artwork lovingly displayed on reclaimed wood. Special Christmas products: double-sided tree decorations – your photos on threaded log slides, £10. For more information please visit the Zigzags and Spots Facebook page >
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BODY & BEAUTY

  • Park Beauty Skincare – ethical, high quality, soy candles and organic skincare products made using natural botanical extracts and aromatherapy oils, NO Parabens NO artificial perfume, NO sulphites, NO SLS. For prices and full range (including gift vouchers) please visit the Park Beauty Skincare Etsy shop >
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HOMEWARES

  • Aerende – online shop selling homewares, all hand-made in the UK by people facing social challenges. Produced in low-volume batches and designed to improve with age, each purchase directly supports and provides opportunities for the people that make the products. To see the full collection, please visit the Aerende website >
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  • Quirky Copper – iPad/Kindle/phone or cookbook stands made from stunning copper. To find out more please visit the Quirky Copper Facebook page >
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OTHER GIFT IDEAS

  • The Choccie Drop – give the gift of chocolate! Purchase a party or a gift voucher to attend a two-hour chocolate making party. The perfect Christmas treat for chocolate lovers. (Or at any other time of year for kids birthday parties, hen do’s or team building events.) For more information and prices please visit The Choccie Drop website > 
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If you know someone who deserves a mention as a wonderful woman in business, please message me: laura@womenaloud.co.uk   

*No money or products have exchanged hands in the making of this blog post. I have not written this post based on personal experience or affiliation with any of the businesses listed above. My intention for this post is to help promote local women in business and give you a quick guide to what’s available on your doorstep (if you’re Hertfordshire based, if you’re not please speak with the business about delivery options). The decision to buy is yours and I’m sure you will be happy with the service and product you receive. If for some reason you’re not, please take this up with the business directly.*