PEDDDLE 'THE WEST' GIFT GUIDE
Pedddle is an online community of Markets and Stallholders that I am a part of and it is ran by the lovely, passionate, indie biz cheerleader Nicki. During lockdown Pedddle has supported and hosted their own online markets so shoppers can still get their fix of discovering unique products and creative business owners!
This Saturday 25th July, Pedddle is hosting their first Local Online Markets. Nicki says, "Shopping online is great as you can access designers and makers from all over the world, effectively. However, there is a growing wave of conscious consumers that, particularly given recent events, love nothing better than supporting those makers on their doorstep!" There will be 5 mini markets, that are all happening this Saturday from 10am to 10pm, and Pedddle's online market visitors can choose the event closest to where they live (or browse all 5 if they wish.)
As I will be taking part in 'The West' market, for this week's indie gift guide I have collated 8 makers who'll be trading alongside me (virtually) in The West on Saturday. There are so many other wonderful indie businesses trading at the Pedddle market but some of those are already earmarked for future gift lists. This list is obviously not exhaustive but these are just some of my faves!
IVY & GINGER
80s Heart Earring Set, £12, ivyandginger.com
I was saving this gorgeous biz for my second earring gift guide but just can't wait any longer! Staffordshire-based Nicky makes colourful, fun, quirky wooden jewellery (and also takes cracking photo's of them, seriously her instagram feed deserves your attention). I love her earrings and although I'm usually drawn to dangles, her circle and heart studs are my favourites. She hand-paints them all and chooses such lovely colours, they really are cheery (and super duper affordable) gifts for yourself or a friend.
FOR ME & FOR YOU
Two For Joy - Magpies Papercut, £30, www.formeandforyou.co.uk
Jax and Stewart are the super talented, husband and wife, laser-cutting enthusiasts behind this brilliant indie biz! They specialise in beautiful woodcut and papercut pictures but also dabble in other gorgeous bits too, like wooden brooches and coasters. Their work comes in a range of different sizes and intricacies which means there is something available to suit a variety of budgets.
THERAPY & SCENT
Aromatherapy Soy Wax Melts, from £7, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TherapyandScent
Trina is a qualified Aromatherapist who sells hand poured candles & melts, full of pure essential oils. I am yet to buy some (they're on my wish list) but they sound amazing and are beautifully packaged. With scent names including 'Balance', 'Tranquil' and 'Relax' they definitely sound like they'd be just what I would need at the end of a long day of market trading!
Coral Marbled Geometric Coasters, from £17.50 for 2, misshandled.co.uk
Amanda makes the most gorgeous, colourful geometric homewares and now jewellery too! Her instagram is a colourful feast for your eyes, I love seeing her beautiful plant pots, coasters and necklaces popping up on my feed. Her products are so unique and instantly recognisable as hers because of their shapes and colours and the marbling effect she often uses. They'd make a real statement piece to treat yourself to, or a SUPER cool gift for someone else.
Hammered Teardrop Ring, £25, www.cicee-creative.co.uk
So Catherine is not just based in 'The West' like I am, she actually lives in the same village as me (Lymm is bursting with creatives, I've discovered)! She hand makes beautiful, delicate jewellery using 'silversmithing, beading and tatting' which I'll admit I couldn't explain using my limited jewellery-making knowledge, but her products are really pretty! The varying methods and materials she uses means her jewellery covers a range of prices, although it's all super affordable and perfect for gifting (I say from experience gifting it!)
Bright Floral Make-Up Bag, £17.95, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CharleyLouDesigns
Laura makes wash bags, make-up bags, totes and pouches from bright, happy fabrics. Here bags look so incredibly well made and she often experiments with new patterns and styles. Her fabric choices are spot on, who wants a dreary wash bag hey? These would definitely brighten the day of any recipients!
Let Love Grow Embroidery Hoop, £37.50, www.jemmamarston.com
Jemma is an Embellished Textiles Designer based in Warrington and creates gorgeous leather jewellery and accessories along with embroidery hoop art. Her work is handmade, super pretty and also really cheery. It was honestly a really struggle to choose between her products for the image above so if you like the idea of hand embellished textiles, whether they're for your wall or your ears, then go check out Jemma's online market stall this Saturday!
LOAF & BEAR
I Am... Fierce Notebook, £4, loafandbear.com
Yes I'm featuring myself on this gift list but I need to promote myself too! I need to earn money to buy all the things from all the indie businesses I feature on my gift guides! Pictured is one of my notebooks, this one is lined but some are plain to suit your preference. This particular design was inspired by Naomi Campbell and I think the strong attitude paired with the pastel pink background gives a cool, modern feminine vibe. Perfect for the feminist in your life. Or just a stylish teen.
You can find more about all the designers, artists and makers I've featured here via their stallholder pages on Pedddle. Do go checkout the local online markets on Sat 25th July to discover more wonderful indie businesses and if you pop over to The West one, come say hi to me as I'll be doing live instagram stories throughout the day!
Note: None of the brands included in this gift guide have paid me or gifted me items in exchange for being featured. They own all the rights to their work and images.