I simply LOVE Christmas! There would be fairy lights up, Christmas trees everywhere and ‘Elf’ playing on repeat all year round if it were up to me…

This year in particular I think we are all in need of some Christmas cheer and we all deserve a big fat treat! With so many independent businesses really feeling the pinch, buying gifts from a smaller seller is not only super special, but also essential in keeping these wonderful brands going!

With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my favourite independent brands with you to get you started on your Christmas shopping, including a special Christmas offer I have on at the moment for family photo shoots, hurray!

@amycookephotography

A family photo shoot is such a special gift, perfect to give to grandparents to enjoy with their grandchildren, or you might know someone who’s expecting a little one who would like a newborn shoot, or perhaps you are looking to book a family photo shoot for yourself at the beginning of next year! My special Christmas offer includes a full 1-2 hour family photoshoot plus 2 digital images of your choice. The gift certificate comes as a lovely print out in a gift box so you don’t even need to worry about wrapping! If interested or would like more details, just ping me a message amy@amycooke.com www.amycooke.com

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@theodorechildren

Nathalie makes the most beautiful heirloom hand knits for little ones, go & check her out and I dare you not to fall in love with her creations.

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@mutha.hood 

I have a mild obsession with Gemma’s Strong Girls Club clothes, they are amazing and her collection of books and toys are wonderful and diverse. She also promotes some amazing small businesses so if you need further inspiration go follow her!

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@wokebabiesuk

If you love books as much as we do in this house, then head over to wokebabies. Their books are so gorgeous and a subscription would make an awesome gift. Every book and every activity sent from them has become a fast favourite for my little one!

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@hopeandginger

BEAUTIFUL hand lettered paper gifts & goods designed to encourage, they are simply wonderful and so thoughtful.

…Oh go on then, just a few more!!!

There are SO many insanely talented independent sellers out there that you can support; here are a few more that I’ve been recently introduced to:

@laura_juhaszova_weavesandknots

@carriefairplayclothing

@bumblecrochet

@cubandpudding

@dilly_blue

@bearandbabe

@thelaserboutique

@sarahandbendrix

So remember lovely friends, shop small, shop local, shop happy, falalalala la la la laaaaaa!!