The Hot List: Gift ideas from small businesses you will love supporting

Looking to give a gift that’s a little bit different this Christmas?

Why not leave the high street behind and look to one of the the incredible small businesses making fun, quirky and artisanal products that will make great gifts for your loved ones.

From christmassy coffee to a cuddle in a candle, we round up some of the best gifts small businesses have to offer.

Salford Spiced Rum

Warm up a loved one’s Christmas, with a bottle of rum distilled in small batches a stone’s throw away from the old Salford Docks. The striking, ceramic bottle features a doodled map of the dockyard by a local artist.

Buy it for £40 from The Salford Rum Company.

12 Days of Christmas Box 2020 Limited Edition

This year may not have been the jolliest, but this advent box filled with festive food, drink and gifts from small, artisan businesses, will help spread a little Christmas joy to shops hit by the pandemic.

Buy it for £74.95 from Keep Edinburgh Thriving.

Rhumba Pom Pom Throw

Inject a bolt of bold colour and pattern with this vibrant, velvet throw, trimmed with pom-poms from a Chester fabric specialist that celebrates all things stripey.

Buy it for £95 from The Stripes Company.

Christmas Coffee

For a different kind of Christmas roast, try this festive blend infused with caramel, candied fruit and nut flavours by family-run coffee specialists. That’ll perk you up…

Buy it for £7.50 from Perky Blenders.

Reverend Hubert Winter Gin Liqueur

Get into the festive spirit with this warming, winter gin – a smooth, aromatic liqueur hand-crafted by the great-grandson of the original Rev Hubert, who made it back in 1904 for his Christmas congregation. Spirited stuff.

Buy it for £34.45 from Master of Malt.

Smoke & Spice BBQ Kit

BBQ season might be officially over, but outdoor cooking can go next level all year round with this smoke and spice kit, from a small Devon-based duo who love cooking with wood. Includes smoking chips, hot spice rub, smoker box and recipe leaflet

Buy it for £25 from Hot Smoked.

Christmas Cutch Candle

Hugs have been in short supply this year, so send a virtual embrace with these scented, vegan candles, named after the Welsh term ‘cwtch’, meaning cuddle or hug. Set up in the summer by two women who make the candles by hand from home.

Buy them from £20 from Cutch.

William Morris Face Mask

Make a statement with a pretty face mask, created by a British, family-run business based in the New Forest using William Morris’ famous prints.

Buy it for £20 from David Watson.

Wax Bars

Not yet two years old, this small fragrance company should be your go-to stocking filler destination for colourful wax melt bars in scents such as Cherry Bakewell, as well as Lavender, Marshmallow and even Dettol (for the best cleaning cheat we’ve come across).

Buy them from £2 from Cheshire Scents Co.

Chowie Lunchbox with cutlery

We all need a pretty lunchbox to elevate our salads and sandwiches to a daily event worth waiting for, and this one is made from a plastic-free wheat composite with its own fork and spoon.

Buy it for £12.24 from Shlurple.

Plant box Subscription

We’re all suckers for a succulent these days, and gifting a plant box subscription will help this small Loughborough business grow.

Buy it from £15 per month from Barry’s Cactus Club.

Hand sanitisers set 50ml: Citrus + Woody + Floral

Keep it clean this Yuletide with quick-drying, refillable hand sanitisers boasting more than 70 per cent alcohol and fragranced with natural essential oils – the brainchild of an NHS nurse and horticulturalist.

Buy it for £16.99 from Purdy & Figg.

Lemonade Bath Mat

Spread a little happiness with Peachy Parrot’s feel-good homewares, designed in-house and ethically handmade by artisans. A really positive choice all round.

Buy it for £36 from Peachy Parrot.

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