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Local Christmas Gift Guide <3

As we're nearing Christmas, I think it's important to recognise the beautiful smaller businesses around us when gifting our friends and families. The thought and heart that goes into each piece makes for great gifts. For me, I love shopping local as I know someone is passionate about making it perfect for whoever's hands it may end up in.

In this blog I go through my favourite local businesses to give you some ideas for Christmas presents.

First up is Handmade by HP. The lovely Hannah Pearson creates personalised frames, perfect for friends or family for every occassion. The touching pieces are hand made with love. Hannah told me a little bit more about her brand and how she got inspired during the pandemic.

Handmade by HP started as a little lockdown venture in June 2020. I studied art in school and university and thought I would try and bring my hobby to life over lockdown. My frames are made to order and can be personalised for any occasion! To date I have created pieces for occasions such as: birthdays, engagements, new homes, remembering loved ones who have passed, graduations and bridesmaid gifts…to name a few! Prices start at £20, but vary depending on detail and size of frame. Paintings start at £30 but again will vary depending on detail and size.

Orders can be placed via Instagram @handmadebyhp .

Another idea brought to life during the lockdown was The Blue Rabbit Design. Katie is so creative, there is so much thought to her products. Katie did an interview with me during the lockdown as part of a university project about small businesses born in the pandemic. I can't wait to see the places that her business will go! She has already done so well!

From hoodies to caps and tote bags, The Blue Rabbit Design is ideal when searching for a pressie for a girlfriend or sister. But really there is something for everyone!!

Peter Paints Pictures is an amazing local business. I've gifted two family members paintings by Peter and they are so loved. Some of the paintings are really witty and are honestly perfect for gifts. Peter also does commissions so you can get something really thoughtful for a loved one. His paintings really capture the essence of living in Ireland and are unique and modern. I've even been considering getting portraits of my dogs for my Mum....

Give him a message to learn more!

Isobel and Sal is a gorgeous Belfast-based business that creates hand pressed decorative floral candles. I know I'd just loveee to open these on Christmas. They're so classy and the perfect stocking filler.... You can shop them on Etsy or just head over to Instagram for the best vibes ever! The candles are imbued with a lot of love so do check them out.

Finally, who wouldn't want cookies as a Christmas present?! I've bought a little gift from Buttermade Belfast before and the service was amazing! The cookies were packaged so beautifully. Let's just say they did not go to waste.. If you're based in the Belfast area this is so convenient. They are delivered to your doorstep personally by the owner which is a nice touch also.

I hope this Christmas Gift Guide helped you in some way. There is so much talent right at our door steps in NI. You definitely should show someone how much you appreciate them through some of these creative businesses.


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