Shop local this Christmas
So, Christmas is just 2 weeks away. How is this even possible? For those of you that haven’t started your Christmas shopping, we figured it’s the perfect time to share a few of our favourite Bristol independent makers and creators to give you some inspiration.
After this very strange year, it feels even more important that we avoid the retail giants and come together to support our beloved local creative talent, so we’ve gathered together some of Bristol’s finest. As a thank you, a few have kindly offered up discount codes. Enjoy!
Our lovely Flexi member Amelia is the founder of not just one independent business, but two. Today we’re shouting about UNDONE STITCH, her bespoke embroidered clothing studio. Everything is lovingly made to order and designed and embroidered here in Bristol. Be sure to check out their Christmas embroidered sweaters or gorgeous personalised kids dungarees.
Buy online or via Instagram.
Ramona is a creative youth worker and professional workshop facilitator, who also makes amazing art and jewellery from her Easton studio. Her jewellery is bright and fun, so perfect for the festive season. We love the handmade earrings made from reclaimed leather with hand foiled colours and finished with silver hoops or hooks – check out the leopard print three layer feather style. These light-weight earrings make a statement without pat butchering your ears! Track them down on Etsy with free shipping.
Kitchen Cosmetics is a business on a mission – to create purposeful and ethical products that customers love. Founded by Bristol entrepreneur, Latoya Adlam, products are handcrafted using the finest natural, organic and sustainable ingredients. With an emphasis on uncompromising quality, each product is designed to deliver a luxurious experience that’s gentle on skin, hair and body and kind to the earth. We absolutely love the ethos of this brand!
Buy Kitchen Cosmetics online or in person at the Unit 8 Studios Christmas Fayre in St Werburghs on the weekend of December 19th (just after most Christmas deliveries close).
If you’ve missed the final postal date, pop along to the Fayre as there are lots of local creatives selling their wonderful products.
Slab earrings are unique, bold and head-turning! These gorgeous statement earrings are made by hand from a carefully designed slab of polymer clay. They are hand cut and shaped meaning that every single earring is unique! Lovingly made in Bristol, Slab earrings colourful designs are put together by Bridie. Committed to being a zero-waste business, any off-cuts of clay are made into smaller studs or put back into the design process. Card backs and packaging are also made from recycled paper. Our community Manager Amie has a pair and LOVES them!!
Stitching me softly
Stitching me softly is a crochet and craft kit business run by Emma Bassey from her Bristol studio. Her website is full to the brim with crocheted goods including necklaces, craft kits, kids and baby clothes, yarn and crochet needles and wonderful patterns to create your own lovely things. We particularly love the craft kits, which are designed for complete beginners so that everyone of any ability can enjoy making something they can treasure and show off. Made using sustainable materials and recyclable packaging, Emma’s kits make the perfect gift for friends or even yourself.
Dakota Rae Dust
Bec is the owner and creator of Dakota Rae Dust, named after her pseudonym and fictional character inspired by a longtime love of dressing up, and desire to create a magical place filled with fluorescent fringe, bold, colourful patterns and vintage prints. This beautiful jewellery is made using a sewing machine and combines vintage, new and recycled fabrics with bold vinyl prints to create playful pieces that are a joy to wear. Bec is a firm believer in the ability of colour to lift our mood, and the value of dressing to please ourselves to empower and build confidence. More joyful jewellery, more self-love!! You can find Bec’s lovely designs on her website and stocked at BAM in Easton.
We Are Fruit Salad
Don’t miss Bristol-based DIY slow fashion brand, inspired by big shapes, bright colours and handmade prints with a Kawaii punk influence. Check out their eclectic range of fun things from hair clips, reworked and upcycled trousers, and lovely pastel coloured beanies on their website and in Independent shop, Bristol Colab on Gloucester Road.
Niketa Tripp / In Bristol
Our lovely Flexi member Niketa Tripp is a graphic, branding and website designer. Alongside her work with brands such as Shoreditch Nails and In Bristol, Niketa has recently designed a run of beautiful pastel posters for her sister’s guidebook celebrating Bristol independents which launched in 2021. We especially love the ‘Good times in Bristol’ one – it perfectly captures the fun and friendly vibe of our City. Prints can be preordered up until 19th December. Available in A3 and A4, printed on recycled paper and designed and printed in Bristol, of course!
Looking to give something back? Get involved with this wonderful project organised by community groups in BS3 who are spreading Christmas cheer by asking for help from those in a position to pay a Christmas gift forward.
Pass the parcel
Pass the parcel is organised by a collective of community groups including BS3 Community Covid-19 response group, BS3 Community Development and BS3 Community Larder. They are collecting gifts donated by the public for local schools, shelters and tenants of Help Bristol’s Homeless accommodation.
Can you help? Visit the BS3 Community Covid-19 Response website and click on the Pass the Parcel wishlist button (you can also find the list via the group’s Facebook page). With the need to quarantine, wrap and deliver the gifts before Christmas, organisers are asking that anyone who would like to donate does their shopping and donating sooner rather than later.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Shop Local Christmas special. We’ve loved shouting about some of Bristol’s best creative talent and hope we’ve helped some of you find some fab Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy festive break from all at Gather Round.