Small Business Gift Guide 2023 (£20 and under!)

It’s been a rough few years for independent retailers, so it’s a great idea to shop small wherever possible.

There are so many reasons to shop with small businesses, which include:

  • Directly supporting an individual instead of a larger corporation
  • Spending money in your local communities
  • It’s usually a better choice for the environment, as many small businesses have localised supply chains and a smaller overall carbon footprint
  • Small businesses value each and every customer, and their customer service tends to be top notch!
  • Directly supporting an individual instead of a larger corporation. Even buying catering equipment from a small business or a smaller manufacturer can make a big difference to their bottom line. If you’re trying to buy from a small business to support your own small business, it’s a great way to give a little back.

Products from small businesses tend to be more unique too! If you’re looking for an unusual gift, stocking filler or secret santa present this year, by shopping small you can ensure your gift will stand out from the rest.

I’ve included five of my current favourite small businesses, and a few of these items are on my own Christmas list this year (for any relatives reading, this is a heavy hint…!)

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Small Business Gift Guide 2023 (£20 and under!)

1. Cute desk essentials by Katnipp Studios

I have followed Catherine’s small business diaries series on Youtube for a long time and love to see the behind the scenes work that goes in to running a creative, family run company!

Katnipp is primarily a stationery company but they also sell glass tumblers, plushies and clothing items too, all featuring Catherine’s adorable kawaii illustrations.

Some of my favourite Katnipp products include:

Photo credit: Katnipp Studios via Etsy

Catherine’s characters make regular appearances throughout each of her seasonal collections, and it’s really satisfying to watch the journey from product development right through to launch day. I definitely recommend subscribing to the Katnipp youtube channel if you haven’t already!

2. Disney parks inspired candles

If you have an adult Disney fan in your life, and you are wondering what would be the perfect gift… I have you covered!

The Small World Candle Co. are a small business selling candles and wax melts inspired by key attractions or areas within the Disney World parks, and other magical locations.

Photo credit: Small word candle co. via Etsy

Some of my favourites include:

If you can’t be at Disney World, the next best thing is to make sure your home smells like your favourite place!

3. Oversized scrunchies

I have been trying to look after my hair this year, and earlier this year stumbled across this oversized red satin scrunchie, which I immediately purchased and I wear all the time.

Photo credit: Vera Masks UK via Etsy

Silk or satin scrunchies are much better for our hair and cause less breakage than thin, elastic hair bobbles, and it’s so huge that it makes a quick bun or pony tail look great, with zero effort required.

I am next looking to purchase a velvet one for the festive period from the same store!

4. Handmade flower bookmarks

Isn’t this bookmark the cutest!?

These crochet floral book marks are the perfect small gift for the bookworm in your life, and you could even give a new book or book store gift card along with one of these beauties, which would make such a thoughtful present.

Photo credit: Michelle Crocheting via Etsy

5. Gratitude Journals from Hello Lovely Stationery

It’s the perfect time of year to start thinking about any habits we might want to build in the new year, and this gratitude journal is the ideal gift for anyone in need of a fresh start.

Photo credit: Hello Lovely Stationery via Etsy

Your loved one can add some gratitude into their morning and evening routine with this journal, which is full of monthly prompts.

Hello Lovely Stationery create self care focused stationery items, including journals, daily and weekly planner pads and affirmation cards – I have one of the daily to do list pads and I use it all the time!

(Psst… you can also get 10% off your first order when you subscribe to their newsletter)

Final thoughts: Small Business Gift Guide 2023 (£20 and under!)

I hope this small business gift guide helped to spark some shopping inspiration, and find some new independent retailers to support this Christmas!

For even more ideas, head over to the Etsy Editor’s gift guide picks for more gift inspo!

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