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It can get long seeing gift guide after gift guide, I know, but I'm such an advocate for supporting small businesses that I couldn't not feature some of my favourites in the run up to Christmas. Shopping small makes a real impact on peoples lives, it doesn't just add more money to a billionaires pocket, so especially at this time of year, if you can, please try to buy your gifts from somewhere small!

Of course the brands that I've mentioned in my sustainable series are all great for Christmas too; Organic Basics for underwear or loungewear; Lucy and Yak for bold and colourful additions to any wardrobe; but I want to focus on the even smaller guys who I've not previously featured.

*all images taken from the linked sites*
Bam & Boo The Soap Tree Yorkshire Nest Candle Co
  Bam&Boo are great for making small sustainable swaps and even offer a toothbrush subscription service. But most importantly they're offering Christmas gift sets atm consisting of toothbrushes/floss/straws/cotton buds/shampoo bars: a great starter kit!

Trying to cut down on plastic waste, I've been using solid soap bars for the past year and in that time have discovered The Soap Tree Yorkshire. They offer handmade soap of every variety, with many vegan options and even shampoo bars too! You can get a soap pouch or rack to go with it, making for such a lovely little gift. 

If you're looking for somewhere new to pick up a candle this Christmas then Nest Candle Co is definitely the one! Luxury soy wax candles which are hand poured in London, vegan, eco friendly and paraben free; what more could you want?!

Pico the store The Hippy Rose Sew Botanical
 Pico The Store do some really gorgeous jewellery; nice delicate, unique pieces in both silver and gold and reasonably priced too! I've currently got my eye on one of these Zodiac Constellation necklaces.

After following Allie online for a couple of years now, I was aware of The Hippy Rose which she and her mum run on Etsy. They have the most beautiful handmade bags (as well as make-up bags and travel accessories), one of which I picked up earlier this year and bloody LOVE! They would make such a cute gift for your gal pals!

If, like me, you love both embroidery and plants, then Sew Botanical is the one for you! They have the most beautiful embroidered wall art available and even offer embroidery kits and designs for you to make your own.

Lizzie May Design Village Books Leeds Typegal
Lizzie May Design creates the most stunning illustrations, whether that be prints, cards, tote bags or pins! Again there's a lot of botanical designs for the plant lovers, but really, how adorable is the dog mum enamel pin!

If you're local to Leeds and haven't been in Village before then you're missing out. It's the nicest little bookshop offering up such a unique selection of books and magazines, complete with house plants outside and an artspace upstairs! Definitely hit them up for a new book discovery to give to your favourite people this Christmas.

Typegal are the place to go for typography prints but they're currently selling hand-painted baubles too and everything is just so striking. You can get personalised prints and baubles adding that extra special touch to a gift but really, does it get better than a boob bauble?!

Otis and the Wolf Mutiny Shaving The Moonlit Press
Got little ones to buy for this Christmas? Well Otis and the Wolf stock the most beautiful Scandi-style pieces from wooden toys to organic fabrics, beautiful nursery interiors to baby essentials. And are these mouse soft toys not the cutest thing you've ever seen?

One for everyone, is Mutiny Shaving. I picked up one of their mini Mutiny boxes for myself earlier this year and I've not looked back! So much better (for both yourself and the environment) than a disposable plastic one, their razors provide a clean shave and along with their shaving soaps are vegan, eco friendly, cruelty free and contain no harmful chemicals. The shaving option we all should opt for!

I only recently discovered The Moonlit Press through Instagram but honestly, I just love everything they have! Original prints, handmade jewellery, luxury stationery, they have it all! Everything looks so fresh and neat and just how adorable are these monstera earrings?

Leave me your favourite small businesses down below!

Loves. Emma.