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Christmas gift guide

Buying presents is one of the best bits about Christmas. I love the satisfaction of finding something that’s perfect for that person and seeing their face when they open it.

Christmas is likely to feel a little different this year, but one of the silver linings to come out of 2020 is the support for shopping small and buying from independent makers. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a little gift guide of festive inspiration for all budgets.

Each category includes items from my own product range, as well as an extra gift idea from another small business that I’ll be buying from this Christmas.

Someone special: £40+

Starting off with the biggest budget and gift ideas for someone really special – parents, partners and best mates.

Framed mini originals

Giving the gift of original artwork is something truly wonderful. An original painting would become a treasured possession and take pride of place in someone’s home. Art prints are great, but there’s just something extra special about an original painting.

My mini originals are an affordable way to give someone an original painting this year. These one-of-a-kind ink and watercolour paintings are framed in a good quality frame with glass front, so they’re ready to wrap up and give as gifts. Prices start from £40, available online from my Etsy shop or the Bristol Pop-Up Shop.

Hello Bear mini original by Jem Loves to Draw
Hello Bear framed mini original: £50 available from the Bristol Pop-Up Shop
Favourite Houseplant mini original by Jem Loves to Draw
Favourite Houseplant framed mini original: £40 available from my Etsy shop

Lino prints by Melanie Wickham

Animal A-Z alphabet lino print by Melanie Wickham
Image © Melanie Wickham

For the last few years Mel has been one of my regular Christmas market neighbours. As well as being excellent company, her lino prints are absolutely gorgeous. Last year I bought my partner one of her mini prints and this year we’re both dropping heavy hints about her new Animal A-Z Alphabet print.

If you’re looking for an original lino print for someone special, check out her Etsy shop.

Friends and family: up to £30

This group makes up the bulk of most people’s Christmas shopping list – siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, niblings and friends.

Art prints make great gifts for friends and family members of all ages. Choose a design to suit their interests, pop in it in a nice frame and you’re sorted.

Medium art prints

My A4 and 8 inch square art prints are perfect for people who already have a lot of art on their walls, or who have a small living space. These sizes are super easy to frame and display – whether that’s on a wall with other prints, on a shelf with knick-knacks or on top of a chest of drawers. They’re also great for kids’ and teenagers’ bedrooms.

Medium art prints by Jem Loves to Draw
Selected A4 and 8 inch art prints: £12 each, available from my Etsy shop

Large art prints

My bigger A3 and 12 inch art prints would suit someone looking to start an art collection, or with a bigger living space. These prints are standard sized so they’re still easy to find frames for, but you have the option to put them in a frame with a big mount to make a real focal point. They’d be great for a couple who have just moved into a new home.

Large art prints by Jem Loves to Draw
Selected 12″ art prints: £25 each, available from my Etsy shop

Awesome animal mugs

I’m a big fan of mugs as gifts. Almost everyone loves a good cuppa and my awesome animal mugs are perfect for people who also love animals. There are seven different designs to choose from, so you can pick someone’s favourite animal or choose a design to match a kitchen colour scheme.

These mugs come packaged in a printed gift box, meaning they’re super easy to wrap. You could add in a box of their favourite tea, a bag of coffee or some fancy hot chocolate and mini marshmallows.

Awesome animal mugs by Jem Loves to Draw
Awesome animal mugs: £12 each, available from my Etsy shop

Woven necklace kits by Stitching Me Softly

Woven necklace kit by Stitching Me Softly
Image © Stitching Me Softly

As well as having a killer business name, Emma crochets beautiful things in dreamy colours. She also produces craft kits for people to make things themselves, like these woven necklace kits. I bought one for my Mum this Mother’s Day and she really enjoyed making her necklaces. You get enough materials to make three necklaces and there’s a huge choice of colours available.

You can also find pre-made goodies along with lots of other craft kits on the Stitching Me Softly website.

Secret Santa: £10 and under

I love our work Secret Santa, but it can be a challenge to find a good quality gift for £10 or less that isn’t a single-use novelty gift. If you’re looking to give your Secret Santa something that they’ll want to keep after January, these options are perfect for you.

Awesome animals 2021 calendar

My 2021 calendar is a gift that will last for a whole year and at £10 it’s bang on budget. Each month features a full-page animal illustration with lots of room to write in important dates. Who knows what 2021 will throw our way, but with this calendar at least they’ll know what day it is!

Awesome animals 2021 wall calendar by Jem Loves to Draw
Awesome animals 2021 wall calendar: £10, available from my Etsy shop

Mini art prints

My A5 and 6 inch square art prints are a great way to brighten up a small space. These small but perfectly formed art prints are easy to frame and would look right at home on a desk, an office shelf or hung on a noticeboard with a bulldog clip.

Mini art prints by Jem Loves to Draw
Selected A5 and 6 inch art prints: £7.50 each, available from my Etsy shop

Pack of three adventure-themed notebooks

These notebooks feature three different designs inspired by outdoor adventures in the Lake District. Each A6 notebook is packed with 48 pages of recycled lined paper. They’re great for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts, or people who just really like writing lists.

Set of three adventure-themed notebooks by Jem Loves to Draw
Adventure-themed notebooks: £9 pack of 3 or £3.50 each, available from my Etsy shop

Sourdough tea towel by John Bloor Design

Sourdough tea towel by John Bloor Design
Image © John Bloor Design

I came across John’s printmaking work on Instagram and when I spotted this sourdough tea towel I immediately snapped one up for my Dad. It’s excellent quality and such a perfect gift for anyone who indulged in the biggest lockdown trend of 2020.

John also makes gorgeous prints of seaside scenes and animals, which you can find in his Folksy shop.

Little somethings: £5 and under

These budget-friendly gift ideas would make great stocking fillers, or small presents for colleagues or teachers.

Sometimes you just want to give people a little something. That might be a small present for your kids’ teachers, a little gift for a colleague or a physical present to go alongside a gift voucher. These gift ideas are perfect for all of that, or for filling up space in a stocking.

Nature-inspired pocket mirrors

These super-cute mirrors are available in different designs, so you can pick one to suit the recipient. At 7.6cm across, they’re the perfect size to pop in a make-up bag or washbag and take with you on the go. They’re also nice and easy to send in the post with a card.

Pocket mirrors by Jem Loves to Draw
Pocket mirrors: £3.50 each, available from my Etsy shop

Blue Planet cotton tote bags

These screen printed tote bags featuring my Blue Planet design are a super-practical gift. They’re big enough to carry around books, shopping and everyday essentials. These cotton bags wash well, making them super long-lasting. One of these would be a great gift for someone who is trying to cut down on their plastic use.

Blue Planet tote bag by Jem Loves to Draw
Blue Planet tote bag: £5, available from my Etsy shop

Monkey Farts felted soap by Wild Grove

Monkey Farts felted soap by Wild Grove
Image © Wild Grove

I discovered Wild Grove shampoo bars a few years back and haven’t stopped using them since. We’ve tried every fragrance at least once, but Monkey Farts is a firm favourite in our house. This Christmas I’ve picked up a couple of shampoo bars along with these felted soaps as stocking fillers for friends and family.

If you’re looking for a nice smelling little something for someone lovely, check out the Wild Grove website.

Happy shopping y’all!

Hopefully if you’ve made it this far, you’ve ticked a few people off your Christmas shopping list. But if you’re in need of more festive gift inspiration, head on over to the Bristol Pop-Up Shop where you can buy from more than 100 Bristol businesses, makers and artists.

A big thank you from me and my fellow makers for choosing to shop small.

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