Motherland Fans is a British based business offering a range of African artisan accessories, jewellery and homeware; either African inspired or made with West African cloth and materials. Learn more about this brilliant shop, why you should shop small and why plants can make the …
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‘I don’t like chocolate’ might just be one of the most controversial things you can say, something at the very least that will stop a conversation cold 🙂 Easter is such a fun time of year, we’ve waved goodbye to winter and pastels, daffodils and …
Easter is THE time for indulgence and celebration and for kids that means chocolate and good times during the school holidays. If you’re on the hunt for fun Easter gifts for kids, to keep little hands busy, engaged and excited we’ve got the recommendations for you. Ways to make Easter the most egg-celent time of year. Chocolate treat boxes to crafts; Easter egg hunts to dress up, we’ve got tons of ideas.
Milky Panda – Cute Bunny Rabbit Carrot Kawaii Novelty pen
Emma Bakes Elevate This – Easter Treat Box
The Rusty Hare – Easter Egg hunt Clue Cards
Colton Crafts Co – Paint Your Own Easter craft kit
Pebblelane Bath Bombs – Chick bath bombs
Little T United Kingdom – Personalised Easter bunny egg holder
Flourish Store Gifts – Personalised bunny ears
Bergin and Bath – Needle felting kit – Easter Egg decorations
Colour by Crayon – Easter Crayon gift set
Emma Bakes Elevate This – Mini eggs white chocolate fudge
Tweedside Design Co – Personalised Rabbit Easter gift bag
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Mother’s Day is a special time of year when you can treat your Mum, or any special woman in your life and show how much they mean to you. You want to buy something they’ll love and that is meaningful and will encourage them to …
Baby Arc is a small, family run business that offers baby clothing, matching parent and child clothing and accessories. Find out how they got started, their passions for making unique baby clothes and the best inspirations for gifts for the whole family Visit Baby Arc …
Tamika runs Afro Puff Ltd and makes Afro-centric children’s clothing using a variety of African print fabrics. Learn about the inspiration behind Tamika’s designs, see tons of her brilliant products and read her passion for shopping small here.
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Tell us a little bit about Afro Puff Ltd.
How did you get into creating Afro-centric children’s clothing?
I’ve always loved the colour and vibrancy of African print fabrics. I love finding out about the stories and meanings behind some of the designs.
I am from the Caribbean so didn’t grow up with the fabrics around me but admired them from afar. In my early 20s I would ask friends to bring back fabric for me whenever they would return on family trips to Africa. When I decided to make children’s clothing, it wasn’t even a conscious thought that I would specifically use African print, for me, it was already a given.
Using the fabrics has allowed me to feel closer to my African heritage and putting these prints in the mainstream with simple and fun to wear designs allows parents and children to feel connected to rich African heritage and stories. If we see more of these prints out there, it becomes the norm and not just something we wear during black history month for example. Children will feel pride in wearing these beautiful prints
Why do you think it’s important to support small businesses?
Supporting small businesses gives us the opportunity to really appreciate creativity, variety and difference. When someone makes a product in a small business, a lot of love and care goes into the whole production process and this is what makes it extra special for me. Of ten you find products tend to be one of a kind, especially if they’re hand made – it’s so difficult to get exactly the same design for every item. For me, this is even more relevant because although someone can choose the same fabric, depending where I cut the patterns on the fabric, you could end up with a totally different looking piece.
What do you think makes a great gift?
Finding something unique is always important when I’m choosing gifts. You want it to be special and maybe something you wouldn’t necessarily come across in a high street shop. You want it to stand out and certainly have a wow factor.
What are your top tips for finding the right gift for someone?
Start early! Listen to what people are saying to you so you can really find out what they need or would want even if they don’t think they do. I try as well to make a little note on my phone of the item or where to find it so that I’m not scabbling around at the last minute.
What are your recommendations for favourite places to buy gifts?
I love Etsy, UK Jamii, Janet’s list and I save posts that I come across on Instagram with gift ideas. It’s an all year round thing!
What is the best gift you have ever received?
I love to travel so on my 30th birthday, my husband surprised me with a family trip to Spain and a special video collage of messages from friends and family that he’d put together on a really soppy backing track – I cried like a baby! It was so lovely.
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I love Tamika’s designs using African textiles and prints. The quality of her products look amazing and the stories behind the prints, the connection to heritage and the pride in your identity in my opinion make these clothes even more special. Amazing shop full of unique clothes for your little ones.
If you’re on the hunt for gifts for new parents and want to pair one of these with some tasty treats, check out Emma Bakes Elevate This, vegan, dairy and gluten free confectionery and gift hampers for every occasion.
Looking for other unique gift ideas? Take a look at my Indie Birthday gift ideas – for all the quirky, fun gals in your life or Vegan Birthday Hamper – EmmaBakes gift ideas
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Birthdays seem to come round so fast, at least it always seems like they do. If you’re anything like us, it can seem daunting to come up with thoughtful and unique gift ideas each year that they’ll love. If this sounds familiar, our unique gift …
Kirsty runs Topbroidery, a small business based in Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in Polymer Clay Earrings. Unique Jewellery, Keepsakes and Embroidery. Topbroidery also provide personalised gifts too. Learn more about the range of clothing, jewellery and keepsakes Toproidery offers; how it all began with ‘groatie-buckies’ and …
Birthdays seem to come round so fast, at least it always seems like they do. If you’re anything like us, it can seem daunting to come up with thoughtful and unique ideas each year that they’ll love. Our Indie Birthday gift ideas collection should help you out and give tons of inspiration for all the quirky, fun gals in your life. For people that have their own style and want something a bit more unique than your typical gift ideas.
There are some fab small businesses shown here, so if you see something you like, be sure to check out their whole shop too. So much creativity, you won’t be stumped for gift ideas again! 🙂
Childstar Samantha – Black cat print with Rainbows
Emma Bakes Elevate This – Mini Birthday Cake chocolates
Angie Beal designs – Jeff Goldblum wrapping paper
Laura Danby – Schnauzer Dog brooch
The Blank record store – Retro personalised mixed tape
YUK FUN Long Dog tote bag
Toastdkits – S’mores gifting kits
Floral Crafty Designs – Fox earrings
Maple and Grace – craft quote pencils
Emma Bakes Elevate This – White Chocolate gift box
Origami Bloom – Rainbow paper tulips
Eva Fay designs – Hexagon stud earrings
All of the indie Birthday gift ideas featured here are created and sold by small independent businesses. Show them some love by shopping small and getting something truly memorable for their Birthday.
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Valentine’s just has a way of sneaking up on you. It feels like no sooner have we celebrated New Year than its February 1st and eyes turn to Valentine’s Day. Be it celebrating love for that special someone or for all of the special besties …