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December 4, 2023 —

Shop Independent Christmas Gift Guide 2023

We LOVE shopping small, especially at Christmas! If you are in need of some inspiration, then look no further - Alena Walker shares an edit of gift ideas for women, men and kids...
91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Cloud Socks from By Foke.
91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - otter teddy by Ferm Living
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Throughout the year we share lots of makers and designers and independent stores we think you’ll love to shop with, both online, in the magazine, and of course our book, PLACES to Shop.

But, as Christmas approaches, we also like to pull together a little edit of gift ideas from some of our favourite indie businesses to make your hunt for the perfect gift that little bit easier.

So, here’s a round up for 2023, from one-of-a-kind candles and personalised portraits, to classic book collections and gift sets for slow winter mornings. This gift guide is your starting point for the season’s festivities…

FOR WOMEN

91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Cedar lifestyle candle

Wintertide scented candle, £32 – Cedar Lifestyle

Every winter needs a seasonal scent. This candle from Cedar Lifestyle combines winter fragrances of pine and eucalyptus with a warming undertone of wood smoke. Each candle comes in a hand-blown glass pot, each uniquely patterned. One to hold on to long after the wax melts.

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EXPLORE CEDAR LIFESTYLE91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Ikebana by Every Story

Hana Embossed Ceramic Ikebana, £68 – Every Story

Ikebana is the Japanese art form of flower arranging. This handcrafted clay bowl by Every Story is the perfect vessel for displaying delicate fresh or dried stems for a centrepiece that nods to natural living.

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EXPLORE EVERY STORY91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - personalised portraits by Lisa Stickley

Personalised portraits, £88 – Lisa Stickley Studio

Quirky, completely original and all in Lisa Stickley’s signature style of humour and charm, a personalised portrait will capture your favourite people through playful character, joyful colour and distinctive patterns—a family portrait you will love forever.

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EXPLORE LISA STICKLEY STUDIO91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - bracelets by Epanoui

Silk bracelet in silver, £24 – Epanoui

These delicate silk bracelets with tiny silver spheres pair well in stacks or look lovely as a standalone piece. The silk comes in multiple colours: fawn, grey, blush pink, amber, lilac, coral or black—a tiny stocking filler but with oodles of style.

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EXPLORE EPANOUI91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Cloud Socks from By Foke.

Cloud Socks, £14 – By Foke

These socks are named after how they feel – like walking on clouds. Snuggle up at home or add extra cosiness to winter strolls in these fluffy terry cotton blend socks, which come in numerous colours, from a bold bright blue to the more natural shades of stone or slate.

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EXPLORE BY FOKEA copy of 91 Magazine Places to shop book

PLACES to shop, £15 – 91 Magazine

For interior enthusiasts and lovers of indie shops alike – 91 Magazine’s very own PLACES to shop offers a guide to independent lifestyle stores across the UK. Curated by 91 Magazine’s editor, Caroline Rowland, you’ll be endlessly inspired by beautiful spaces to browse, shop and linger.

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FOR MEN91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Fika gift set from Teppi

Luxury Fika gift set, £55 Teppi

Slow winter mornings call for full-bodied coffee and the warmth of a cosy candle. This luxury Fika gift set comes with Nørlo organic ground coffee, a gold coffee scoop, a stylish eco-composite reusable Huskee cup and a Fika candle, chocolate-scented and sealed with wax.

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EXPLORE TEPPI91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Ramble guide to Lake District

Ramble Guides: Lake District by Athena Mellor, £18 – Ramble Co.

This handy guide is the perfect kick-starter for exploring England’s most popular National Park. From wild swimming and rugged fells to the local food scene, farm shops and galleries, this guidebook offers 15 walks with route descriptions and hand-drawn maps, alongside 250 pages of carefully curated places of interest.

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EXPLORE RAMBLE CO91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Cashmere & Merino socks from Tartan Blanket Co

Men’s Cashmere and Merino Socks, £37 – The Tartan Blanket Co.

Socks must be two things: soft and un-take-off-able. This olive-coloured pair is designed in merino wool and cosy cashmere with a classic fleck design and chunky feel. An ideal companion for the season.

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EXPLORE THE TARTAN BLANKET CO91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - explorer gift box from By Foke

Riley gift box, £28 – By Foke

Every outdoor explorer needs a pocket knife and playing cards. This gift box goes a step further offering a beautifully illustrated card deck stored in a wooden box. The deck’s four suits represent nature’s wonders: trees, water, mountains and the sky. The small pocket knife has a sculpted chrome handle shaped like a fish.

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EXPLORE BY FOKE91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Craft beer gift set from Fauna Brewing

Craft beer gift pack, £28 – Fauna Brewing

Fauna Brewing, a small independent brewery located in West Sussex, supports a different wildlife conservation cause with every beer they brew. Discover their core range with an IPA, lager and low-alcohol beer, including a miniature of their elderflower gin and a savanna illustrated pint glass.

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EXPLORE FAUNA BREWING91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - DO Sourdough book

Do Sourdough Paperback and Sourdough Starter, £16.95 – Do Book Co

For sourdough aficionados, this gift set combines award-winning bread baker Andrew Whitley’s bestselling book on sourdough with his own sourdough starter. Perfect sourdough bread baking with Andrew’s tools and tips.

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FOR KIDS91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - play tent

Meline play tent, £95 – Junior Edition

 This charming kids’ play tent offers a decorative hideaway for your little ones to shelter away and play. It comes with a 100% cotton canopy, pinewood frame and a roll-down door that fastens with ties.

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EXPLORE JUNIOR EDITION 91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - otter teddy by Ferm Living

Otter teddy, £49 – ferm Living

ferm Living’s adorable otter teddy is a cuddly companion for imaginative play. Other animals in the series include a frog, koala or panda, each fashionably suited and booted ready for the next adventure.

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EXPLORE FERM LIVING91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Nature Stories book from Berylune

5 Minute Nature Stories, £16.99 – Berylune

 These read-aloud stories invite young nature lovers to get lost in the everyday wonders of the natural world. Suitable for 5 years and up, these true tales of a woodland offer stories to excite, inspire and inform.

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EXPLORE BERYLUNE91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Baby booties from Sophie Home

Baby booties, £24 – Sophie Home

Keep teeny toes toasty with these soft and fluffy booties that fit from newborn until it’s time to toddle. They’re lined with cotton and a sherpa outer lining to ward away the chill.

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EXPLORE SOPHIE HOME91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Mustard yellow kids cardigan by Nellie Quats

Twister cardigan, £60 – Nellie Quats

This mustard-yellow chunky knitted cardigan is made from organic cotton with a timeless box shape and wooden buttons. Stylish yet comfortable, it’s easy to wear and easy to care for.

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EXPLORE NELLIE QUATS91 Magazine independent Christmas Gift Guide - Rainbow books collection from Berylune

A Rainbow of Books, £125 – Berylune

Start as you mean to go on with a children’s book collection to spark the imagination. This 10-book bundle is tied together with ribbon and full of classic reads to be enjoyed by all ages, such as Oliver Twist, Charlotte’s Webb, The Secret Garden and The Wizard of Oz.

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