Snowflakes & Scribbles | Supporting Local This Christmas
On Sunday 15th November, The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields held a very special Christmas Fair housing numerous beautiful and quirky gift ideas from local businesses.
I went along with 3 of my friends, Heather, Nicole & Dawn, to check out all the glittery goodness and plunge myself further into the festive spirit.
There was something for everyone from stunning handmade jewellery pieces to gorgeous gingerbread houses, sweet-smelling candles in cute little jars or glasses and ridiculously cosy looking home wares. Not to mention the display of chocolates and Prosecco… I had to be peeled away from that stall and then again at the end from the impeccable handmade wreaths glistening in the light.
Now, if you like supporting local and know a few friends who love an unusual gift rather than something from a mainstream shop then this gift guide should give you plenty of ideas. There is something quite special about receiving a gift that has been hand crafted in the UK.
Let’s start with By Heather May based in Ripley, Derbyshire, her stall showcasing cute candle collections all using 100% natural soy wax, smelling spectacular and perfectly packaged. The variety of choices caters for everyone whether you are a simple jar kinda person, a vintage lover or prefer a little bit of luxury style, you can get it from Heather May, not to mention one of my favourites, the Crackle Candle. Now, these candles, come with a little twist too. One of the main values of the Heather May brand is to support the environment and remain eco-friendly so the opportunity to reuse and recycle your candle is a must! You can simply take it back to get refilled at a fraction of the purchase price. Good for you and good for the planet!
Moving on to some of the cosiest looking home ware and up cycled furniture I have seen this season brings me to Amanda Hamilton / Interior Design Duffield. The stall was full of stunning homely things like wooden crafts, lanterns, reindeer heads and check blankets. I seriously need to find out how I can get my hands on some of the beautiful lanterns, can you imagine glowing tea lights in the garden on Christmas Eve with a hot pork and stuffing roll?
If your friends / girlfriend / wife is more of a magpie like me and loves the shiny stuff, you cant go wrong with Carolyn Clare Jewellery another lovely local Derbyshire brand. All beautifully handmade within her garden studio, I had the opportunity to see the stunning ‘Follow Your Heart’ range whilst at the fair, a quote that Carolyn Clare believes in and looking at her pieces you can appreciate that. My favourite items had to be the Keely Necklace and the Florence Ring.
Another of my favourite things, well two… Prosecco & Chocolate! Not only did I get to sample the delicious Richmond, North Yorkshire brand, Kacao Chocolate luxury artisan truffles whilst salivating over the golden salted caramels, praline hearts and Prosecco display, I also got to try out some from Barry Colenso. He’s only the master chocolatier that made Prince William & Kate’s wedding cake… no big deal! Both ranges tempting me into spending a small fortune, especially on the champagne truffles. You couldn’t possibly go wrong with this gift by putting the two together, wrapped in luxury paper under the tree to heighten the temptation to pop the cork and enjoy with Christmas Dinner.
Onto a brand situated in my home town of Nottingham, All Things Pretty create super cute and colourful gifts which would suit any home, the main thing that captured my eye at this wonderful stall was the rose gold jewellery. I must admit, I fell in love with the chunky rose gold heart chain. This wouldn’t go a under my own tree, all I could think about was how well it would match my new vintage dress!
Last but certainly not least, Paper Pipit by Jodie Paterson, I fell in love with the peculiar prints and fancy gold script stationary. A brilliant stocking filler for anyone with a love for stationary or who loves something a little more off-the-wall. With charming prints on cards and paper there is an all rounder here to surprise someone as well as supporting local businesses. I’ve got my eye on the recipe cards!
These were some of my favourites to name a few! It appears I’m not the only person feeling Christmassy already, it was jam packed with individuals and it was brilliant to see folk buying from these stalls, putting their money into British brands.
I even brought my first Christmas present for 2015 whilst here at the fair from Yummy Little Cakes, who are also based in Nottingham and have since become my new favourite to follow on Instagram.WARNING – drooling on your screen most likely.
Did you attend the Christmas Fair at the Walled Garden? Which local businesses did you support?