Shop Small this Christmas: Gift Guide

You’ve probably heard recently that Christmas shopping, more than ever, has been directed to supporting small businesses. As everyone has pointed out Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) has enough money (too much in my opinion) whereas small businesses have really struggled.

As a small print seller I can understand the pressure and difficulty to promote your work when everyone is under financial strain. I think a lot of people could agree that every single purchase means the absolute world. So, why not support small this year when Christmas gives you the chance to put a huge smile on your loved ones faces.

I have wanted to put a small guide together for a while, not only with some amazing businesses but also some tips and tricks on how best to get the most out of your shopping.

Hand Embroidery Kits

@Sewbotanical on Instagram
@cotton_clara on Instagram

The gift that keeps on giving! Something like an embroidery kit gives someone a new skill and something to hang on their wall/put on a cushion etc.

You can get them in a variety of different designs to suit any individual and the majority of them will tell you what skill level you will need.

I’ve listed a few below from Etsy which I have heard great things about!

Tip 1: It goes without saying but if you’re buying from the likes of Etsy stores it is a great idea to look at reviews and also where they are based. I always do research on the company and tend to go to Instagram to look at their pages. When on instagram it is also a good idea to look at tagged photos, this way you can see what people think of the products.

Resin Products

@xkts_creationsx on Instagram

Resin products have become immensely popular recently, especially through lockdown. The variety of products you can get from them provides you with the optimum opportunity for gift giving. Plus every seller has their own way of putting their personal touch on their products.

I’ve listed two below who are trustworthy sellers and who provide a range of different things!

The Gift of Food

Grape & Fig

Food, in my opinion, is one of the best gifts you can give someone. There are so many businesses this year which have adapted their meals into delivery boxes or have taken their sweet treats right to your door. It’s a great ‘thinking about you’ gift and can often help with the day after Christmas cooking nightmare.

I’ve included 2 businesses which I have heard great things about however if you have any other suggestions please let me know below!

Classes

@doodlesscotland

Another great gift is giving an experience to someone. This way you’re giving someone a memory which they will have forever (and in some cases an extra little gift at the end of it).

I’ve mentioned two below, one in Edinburgh and one in my hometown. If you have any classes local to you that you’d like to promote feel free to add them in the comments and I can include them in this post!

Jewellery

@lark & Lily Designs
@thefairysworkshop

There are a lot of places you can pick up Jewellery now a days but I thought I’d show you two of my local businesses from home who sell fantastic high quality pieces.

Perfect for a special gift for your loved one. Both businesses have a wide range of jewellery on offer.

Clothes

@coastlinefashion.co.uk
@godivaedinburgh

As you know I am a huge fan/advocate for shopping sustainably. For Christmas I would recommend double checking clothes sizes and getting something you know someone will want to wear over and over again. Christmas is a time where loads go to waste so the more thought that goes into these items the better!

I’ve listed a couple of my favourite small business fashion brands who you can either buy vouchers from or shop at.

  • Coastline (fashion online store and truck)
  • Shopgeethanks (sustainably sourced second hand items, online)
  • Godiva (vintage, repurposed and independently sourced clothing, store and online)

Art

@inspiredbycaithness
@annachengdesign

I can’t mention a small business gift guide and not include one of my favourite things! Art is very subjective (which I have very much learnt when selling it) however it’s a great way to give someone something sentimental.

I have attached a few of my favourite sellers, all offering something a bit different depending on what you like. I also have my own print shop where I have a select amount left for Christmas if you fancy supporting my small business.

I’ve only mentioned a few of my favourite businesses however there are so many more you can support. Other places to look are Not on the High Street, Etsy, Instagram (check out hashtags such as #shopsmall or #supportsmallbusinesses), Depop and ask your friends and family! Everyone is bound to know someone.


And so there we have it. That is my list of some of my favourite small businesses which have a great selection of gifts on offer.

As always with small businesses it is better to get your orders in soon because you never know how many people will be dealing with the behind the scenes. Plus shipping can be really difficult at this time of year.

If you’re not in a financial position to support any of them this year, giving them a follow or a share on your social media channels can do the world of good!

Have you got your Christmas shopping organised or do you have any more small businesses to shout out? Let me know below!

Much love,
Sophie x


Come Shop My Prints this Saturday!

I am delighted to announce that I’ll be joining the fabulous #caithnessmarket this Saturday (1st August) between 11am-3pm.

Set up due to Covid-19, a bunch of different businesses (often changing/growing each month) have come together to produce a range of content to help promote their products when they can’t get out and about to do so. More than that each business gives £10 each month which goes to a nominated charity.

Its not just Caithness businesses which join the market, anyone is free to do so but I am extremely proud to support something coming directly from where I’ve grown up. Might I add you also don’t have to be from Caithness to buy anything on Saturday! Anyone and everyone can buy from a business who joins under the hashtag.

On the day I will be releasing Drop 2 of my print collection, letting you know more about myself and how I create my prints. It’s a great chance to connect to different businesses and see what everyone has to offer.

On an honest note I feel slightly like I have imposter syndrome when it comes to this market. Am I really good enough? Should I be there? Will it work? But there is no point asking these questions if I don’t give it a try.

The market is a great place for me, especially because I seem rooted online at the moment with both my website and digital art. I suppose if it was me in person behind a stall I’d feel quite nervous and probably crumble in front of everyone. So why not start here, in the humble position of my home with just me and my laptop, praying that maybe one person might be interested in what I have to offer.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me please and If you fancy coming to say hello then I’d be very, very happy. Plus if you can’t make it between 11am and 3pm the posts will still be there on the hashtag and my page for you to scroll through. I’ll be there all day to answer and queries you may have.


Make sure to follow my Facebook and Instagram (both linked below) and the hashtag #caithnessmarket so you can get updates as soon as they go out.

For more information on the market click here.

To find Drop 1 of my prints, click here.

Print Information –

I thought I’d give you some background information on buying my prints so when it comes to the market day you know exactly what to do.

  • If there is a print you want or are interested in message me directly on Facebook or Instagram. Facebook: @Sophie’s Edit, Instagram: @Sophieseditblog
  • Similarly if you have any questions message the above accounts
  • Once the message has been replied to I will ask for you to pay the total amount to my Paypal account (making sure to use the Family and Friends option)
  • Conversely, if the print is currently not available you will be put on a preorder list and the aforementioned steps will commence once the print is back in stock. Don’t worry it shouldn’t take too long and you will be updated along the way.
  • Once payment is confirmed I will get your delivery details and send it out ASAP (often the next day)
  • I will confirm once it is out for delivery. Your parcel should take 3-5 days to arrive.

For pricing check out my Print Page.


I Have Made Prints!

If you haven’t noticed a new tab in the dropdown bar or have seen my announcement on my socials, my print shop is now open! I’ve always been a lover of graphic design and art but after being knocked down a few times I fell out of love with doing it.

However, after starting blogging and finding my creative energy again I started ‘doodling’ using my iPad and drawing in a sketchbook. Now, after some consideration, I’ve turned them into prints with the hope I can share my passion and love of design again.

One of my main goals when releasing prints was to make sure they are affordable. I know from a students perspective it is hard to decorate your flat or spend money on art, that is why they are both reasonably priced and simple; they will add a touch of colour to any space you put them in. In particular, the smaller prints are marketed for those who want something small to say add to a gallery wall or place on a pin board. For me it is the perfect reminder of home.

Drop 1 can now be found here at my print shop or it is located in the drop down bar. Only a select amount are available of each one. If they sell out, drop 1 will only become available when I have announced drop 2, this way both can be ordered at the same time and I can reduce my carbon footprint. More information can be found on the page.

On top of this I will be selling the odd limited edition print where only 1 will be available and will be hand drawn on quality paper using a mix of different media. To keep updated on the release of new prints follow my social media accounts (all linked below)

I know it is a hard time for everyone but if you could buy a print or share it with your friends it would mean the world!

I hope you are all well,

Much Love,

Sophie x