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20 Christmas Gift Ideas from Small Businesses Which We Know You’re Going to Love

We may kinda be late to the party, but if you’re anything like us then you probably haven’t even started your Christmas shopping yet! But wait – before you add yet another 3-4-2 gift set from Boots to your basket then you might want to have a little peek at our small business gift guide. Buying from small businesses this festive season makes you 100% sexier too so win-win, right?

If the person you’re buying for is an alternative loving bride-to-be, pending bridesmaid or a closet “I’m-not-at-all-engaged-but-I-just-love-Rock n Roll Bride” kinda person (no judgement!) here’s some of the coolest things, from the coolest small businesses which we think they’ll absolutely adore.

Birthstone necklace from Ruby and Oscar

Birthstone necklaces, from £89

Ruby & Oscar was established by passionate jewellery and fashion purveyors here in the UK and brings you a dynamic collection of the finest wearable art. Their collection of birthstone necklaces would make the perfect thoughtful gift!

Dried Flowers from Happy Blossoms

Hurry Down the Chimney bouquet, £32

Warm up their home with bold colour this Christmas! This Hurry Down the Chimney bouquet is inspired by a roaring and warm fire on a cosy evening. The bunches feature a mixture of dried and preserved flowers that have been painted, dyed or are natural in colour.

Nature inspired ring from Vinny and Charles

Duo Poppy Flower Leaf Wedding Band, from £205

This husband and wife run jewellery business are inspired by nature in their designs. Their handcrafted flower and leaf bands would make a particularly special gift. This one-of-a-kind ring features two Poppy flowers in an intricate leaf pattern in a gold band.

Candle from Mère Soeur x Ohros

Candle, £32
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The Ultimate Rock n Roll Bride Gift Guide

Photo by Devlin Photos for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. See the full shoot here.

Like it or not, ’tis officially the season, which I’m sure even the Scrooge-ist among you can get on board with after the year we’ve all had! We thought we’d take this opportunity (all in the name of research and work of course) to put together the ULTIMATE gift guide for rock n roll brides… If you love our website and our magazine then you’re sure to find some gifts to add to your own Christmas list, or ya know, to give to someone else that you love who has similar (excellent) taste to you.

We’re all for self-gifting as a form of self-love, so if you’re a 2020 bride who’s had to postpone and needs a little pick me up, or you’re a fiancé here desperately searching for ideas to buy your bride-to-be, look no further.

For Rock n Roll Brides

Ok, shameless self-promotion alert, but we’d be crap at our jobs if we didn’t direct you to the plethora of Rock n Roll Bride goodies up for grabs for any bride-to-be! A magazine subscription would be the gift that keeps on giving until she ties the knot, or if you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey, Rock n Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide for Alternative Brides by our editor Kat Williams would be a great place to start AND she’ll even sign it for them!

If you’re buying for a 2020 bride, hopefully she’s in the place to smile about all the postponing by now (damn you COVID!) so a t-shirt or tote to commemorate the year that should have been is bound to get a few laughs (side note, should we update this design with something more hopeful for 2021 couples? Let us know!)

For the Sentimental One

A personalised bauble to hang on their tree would make a lovely gift for a new bride or bride to be, and these by Ivy Oak Designs are particularly gorgeous. Crown and Glory’s personalised bobby pins are great for hen-dos and evening receptions alike. A lovely clutch like this design from Adoro London would also fit the bill for accessorising future festivities, and a personalised sweatshirt would be cute for getting cosy in.

Create your special Star Map with Under Lucky Stars. Star Maps show the unique alignment of the stars in a place and time chosen by you.

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Personlised Christmas Gifts for Girls

personalised christmas gifts for girls

I don’t mean to freak you out, but it’s less than three week’s until Christmas! Don’t worry, I haven’t started my shopping either..!

To help you on your way, I thought it might be fun to spend the day browsing Etsy (my favourite!) and share with you some of the coolest, non-cheesy personalised gifts for your best babes. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Initialed fold over clutch

monogram clutch

Source: Mimic Design

Name ring

personalised name ring

Source: Atelier of Love

Custom piece of art

why hello print

Source: Letters on Love

Customised pencils (extra props for Mean Girls quotes!)

personalised pencils

Source: The Carbon Crusader

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Alternative Engagement Rings from Etsy

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You’d be surprised at how many emails I get from boys about to pop the question, always asking me the same thing: where can they find an alternative engagement ring? I always reply with the same thing too – ETSY!

When once such email came in just last week I got all distracted and started leafing through myself. Literally two hours later I’d not only wondered where the time went, but had saved a plethora of beauties to my favourites.

Here are just a few of the unique sparklers that made me stop in my tracks.

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Etsy Valentines Gift Ideas for Boys

'Cup of love' cup cozie

‘Cup of love’ cup cozie by Christina’s Yarn Crafts

Boys, why are you so difficult to buy for? Gareth either never wants anything, or does but it’s mega expensive or techy. I usually end up getting him a bottle of whiskey and something full of sugar.

But fret not, I’ve scoured Etsy from top to bottom and unearthed these treasures that are sure to keep even the fussiest of dudes happy this Valentines day.

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1. Black ice whiskey stones 2. Leather briefcase  3. XBox controller cookies 4. Heavy duty beard balm 5. ‘Cup of love’ cup cozie 6. Circuit board cufflinks 7. Natural wood phone case 8. Wooden bowtie 9. Heart coffee scoop

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Etsy Valentines Gift Ideas for Girls

Gold and silver foil handmade art print by Miss Poppy Design

Gold and silver foil handmade art print by Miss Poppy Design

What could be a better excuse for some Etsy browsing than the most romantic day of the year (allegedly!) being just around the corner? If I’m being totally honest, this is just a ploy to leave some not so subtle hints to Gareth for some cute little gift ideas. I can but try…

Here are the most adorable gift ideas for girls, unsurprisingly its all hearts, pink and glitter. Next week we’ll I’ll tackling those tricky boys too, hurrah!

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1. ‘You’re my Favourite’ card 2. Heart gloves with red felt 3. Hearts paper garland 4. Rainbow sapphire eternity ring in sterling silver 5. Gold and silver foil handmade art print 6. Flourished hearts cookies 7. Rainbow heart necklace 8. ‘There’s nobody I’d rather lie next to’ card 9. ‘I Fucking Love You’ candle

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