An Indie Christmas Gift Guide

One of the best things about living in the fine city of Norwich is the thriving independent culture we have here. Norwich Lanes is packed to the brim with some pretty insane coffee shops, quirky stores, restaurants, bars and more… you name it, we probably have an indie version of it! Over the last few years, creators markets have become increasingly popular too. I’ve been fortunate enough to scope out some amazing small brands, selling all kinds of unique items. So for the last year or so I’ve been bookmarking some of my favourite stores in time to share before Christmas. It’s so important to shop local at this time of year so hopefully, my indie Christmas gift guide will give you a little bit of gift inspiration.

An indie Christmas gift guide

Indie gifts for fashion lovers

All The Discos

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If you have an accessories lover in your life this is the place to shop! All That Discos creates a range of statement, and often glittery, earrings and clutch bags. They also make ‘everything bags’ makes which are a lifesaver if you use a huge handbag or travel a lot. I just love how OTT and retro they are – perfect for all of the discos at this time of year.

Aesthetic Laundry 

 

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Heidi May and her team create the coolest jumpers, dresses and t-shirts with her signature tassels on. The whole brand just oozes fun (you need to follow them on social media)! All of the items are handmade here in the UK and the designs are always changing. If you’re after a Christmas jumper this season – look no further! Likewise, if you’re after a stocking filler the tassel keyring will be perfect. There’s something for everyone, even lovers of black like me. So whether you’re a head-to-toe rainbow kind of person or embrace your inner goth I can guarantee you’ll want something.

Morwenna Farrell

 

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Local illustrator Morwenna Farrel has her own Etsy store selling the coolest teddy girl inspired designs. All of the clothes are thrifted and then ‘doodled’ on with her signature illustrations. She also sells bags and prints too. So if you know a thrift store fashion lover or a retro queen that’s their presents sorted! 

Indie gifts for the home

Home at Last

 

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This brand new online homeware store sells everything you need to make a house a home. From curtain poles to cushion mugs and vases, this is your one-stop shop for stylish, cute and unique pieces for the home. Their Instagram feed is beyond stunning too.

My Cactus Adventure 

 

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If you’re anything like me and manage to kill all plants, this is the shop for you! Sarah creates a wide range of super cute crochet cacti as well as a few other plushies (the potted pumpkins are adorable!) It’s the perfect store to buy for all of the plant lovers in your life.

Pixels and Purls 

 

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Sara creates the most badass embroidery! There are so many feminist and pop culture references in her work, it’s just so damn cool. Her latest creations are a range of embroidered jewellery, which is stunning. I’m amazed at how much detail she can put into something so small. She also runs workshops, which would be an amazing gift for anyone crafty.

Berrys & Grey

 

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No homeware gift guide would be complete without mentioning local store Berries & Grey. Their shop in the Royal Arcade is packed to the brim with opulent, quirky and unique homeware items. I could lose a good few hours in there. From items of furniture, right down to faux flowers and baubles, they quite literally sell everything for interior lovers.

Indie gifts for beauty lovers

A facial at Louise Thomas Skin Therapy 

 

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Louise Thomas Skin Therapy (previously U and Your Skin) is the only place I’ll ever go and spend money on a facial. Louise’s facials strike the perfect balance between being results driven and deeply relaxing. She has a holistic approach to the skin which looks at a number of different lifestyle factors before making recommendations. So if you know anyone who wants to sort their skin in 2019, this is the perfect gift.

A manicure at Pop Nails

 

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If you know someone who always has flawless nails, why not treat them to a Cagel manicure with Amber? All of the products she’s uses are cruelty-free and vegan and she can do anything from the classic to the jazzier. Nothing says Christmas more than a glittery mani!

Palm and Sole Products

 

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If you know someone who is into their natural or holistic beauty or happens to love Aromatherapy, treat them to something from Palm and Sole. Kathy hand blends her beauty products using natural ingredients to support the systems that support the skin. Her hand creams and body moisturisers would make fantastic stocking filers too.

Indie Foodie Gifts

Cupcake and Co 

 

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Anne makes the best sweet treats in the city. Whether you’re after a Christmas cake for someone, mince pies, a box of brownies or any kind of sweet treats, her gorgeous Upper St Giles shop will be your one-stop shop. Her rather epic cake range caters for vegans and those that are gluten-free too. She also sells a gorgeous range of card, T2 teas and really unusual fizzy drinks that would make a great stocking filler. If you pop in, in the morning, Anne does coffee for £1 before noon so it would be rude not to have a festive latte while you shop.

Norwich Market

 

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The colourful market is home to a huge range of food-related stalls. If you’re looking to put together a food hamper for someone this year, it should be your port of call. Head to the Cheeseman for an epic range of fromage, The Norwich Providor for your bread and chutneys, The Little Red Roaster for some coffee, Herbs and Spice for any seasonings, Sir Tobys Beers for some local beers, Walsingham Farm shop for lots of local goodies and Birchleys Loose Leaf Tea for some tea.

If you happen to be unable to find something for your hamper on the market, Blofield Farm Shop have a shop opposite Jarrolds and Jarrolds food hall (downstairs) also sells a huge range of delicious local goodies. 

If you’re still in need of a little indie Christmas gift inspiration, you could always head to a local markers market. There are a few Christmas ones happening in December – Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair – 2nd December 11 am-4 pm at The Assembly House, Fierce Babes Christmas Market – 2nd December 10 am-5 pm Silver Road Community Centre, Forum Christmas Market – Friday 7th December to Sunday 23rd December and The Fresh Artisan Market from 14th – 16th December at St Marys Works…So here to shopping local and supporting indie brands this Christmas! 

XO

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