Christmas is in full swing now and so we’ve decided to give you a helping hand with your Christmas shopping. Look no further, we have rounded up our top 10 Christmas gifts that are handcrafted, unique and beautifully made by designers and makers from the Exposed Designers community. Choosing to buy from local businesses rather than big high street brands has many benefits… not only do you receive a one-of-a-kind product but you are also enhancing the local economy. There’s nothing better than stumbling upon a small, independent gift shop that’s full of original, special things or finding an Etsy page that’s filled with products you HAVE to have! So go on… shop local this Christmas!
In at number 1, we have these beautiful coin purses, designed by Bethany Salt and manufactured in the UK. Beth has launched her own business called Salteria and her website is filled with bright, colourful, floral products. In her home studio in Chesterfield, Beth hand paints each of her designs and works hard to create paintings that are busy, bold and full of detail. Her designs then get digitally printed onto fabric and return to her studio to be sewn into bright accessories. Beth is inspired by the wonders of the ocean, tropical animals and incredible botanicals that the world offers. The shapes, colours and interesting forms mixed with her expressive style result in the abstract prints she creates for her Salteria brand. She loves creating and sharing her work with you through textiles accessories and decorative, fun art prints.
Next, we have these stunning Giclée prints on Hahnemühle German Etching paper by Megan Hilliard. Megan has lots of different designs on her Etsy page, but my absolute favourite is her ‘Yellow Pot Giclée Print‘ – the detail and colours are exquisite. It was painted after spotting the plant pot whilst exploring the gardens of the Palacio de las Dueñas in Sevilla (lucky for some!).
Choosing to specialise in Integrated Digital Practises during her time at University, her work ranges from fine detail painting and print work, to digital embroidery, jacquard weave and laser technologies. This unusual cultivation of contemporary digital technology and hand techniques has created Megan’s distinct, painterly style.
Number 3, is a must-have on everyone’s Christmas list this year. I’m all for reusable, sustainable products, and this one is super stylish too. All of Charlene Dominick ‘s designs begin life as hand painted artwork with illustrative details. She then uses her degree in textile design to manipulate these in to a seamless pattern and create a refined and unique product. You can buy floral travel mugs, water bottles, art prints and even tote bags on her Etsy page. Click here to shop
Next up, and maybe the one that everyone forgets about but here is a reminder: Christmas cards!! Why not buy a pack (or two… or ten) of these handmade bespoke Christmas cards for that special someone. Printed on luxury card and comes with an A5 Brown envelope sealed in a cellophane bag. Available to buy for just £2.50 each
or in a bundle 3 for £5 (you can mix and match with the other 2 cards available or get 3 of the same) – Perfect!
You’ll also want to check out Jess Morgan-Helliwell’s Etsy page for some really lovely prints and handmade clay earrings.
Next, is a beautiful kimono style cropped jacket that you’ll probably buy with someone in mind and then just keep it for yourself! Abbie Cook Designs makes clothing and tote bags made out of 100% recycled, second-hand and vintage fabrics. The philosophy behind the brand is to create bold, eclectic and one-off designs using clashing, chintzy florals, promoting an ethical ethos and saving textiles that would be otherwise destined for landfill. There are some really unique pieces on Abbie’s Etsy page, so make sure you have a look. I picked out this upcycled Japanese inspired cropped kimono style jacket, it’s hand-made from an eclectic mix of hand-picked vintage or second hand fabrics.
At number 6 are these lovely floral printed make-up bags designed by Hannah Jackson. Hannah is a graduate from Leeds Arts University, that loves of all things colour and pattern!
She has a hands-on approach, using a combination of hand drawing and digital processes to create designs which have a stylised, graphic feel to them.
My designs stem from a range of drawings, paintings, textures and mark making, which are then used to create designs, eventually being either digitally printed or screen printed. Shop her range of beautiful products here
Headbands have been rising in popularity over the last year, but I’ve not seen a prettier one than this! Mia Winston makes headbands made from luxury fabrics including London Liberty & Alexander Henry. I just love them, Mia has selected the most gorgeous fabric and I think they would make the perfect stocking filler. These sell fast so grab one before they’re gone!
Next we have some Winter essentials designed by Lyndsey Currie. Knitted headbands and scarves make a great gift for a loved one, or if just want to treat yourself!
Made from 100% lambswool making this scarf very warm and cosy – great for those cold winter months! Hand knitted in Scotland on a domestic knit machine, each scarf is unique and Lyndsey is happy to do bespoke designs and colours – so get in touch!
It may be Winter, but you can still spread flower power with these quirky embroidered earrings from What A Load of Stitch by Leah Watson. The earrings are hand made and hand-embroidered, inspired by mutated florals, featuring beautiful clustered hand beading and sequin flowers. They are perfect for making a statement or to brighten up any outfit, or for events such as weddings, festivals or ladies’ day. Sewn onto a felt fabric, these studs are finished with hypoallergenic surgical steel post studs and surgical steel butterfly backs. As the earrings are made to order, if you have a different preference in the metal used for the earrings please feel free to get in touch. Leah is happy to help!
Last but certainly not least, are these lovely small patterned pouches that are available in vegan leather or organic cotton, all designed and hand-made by Holly Greenwood Design in her Yorkshire based studio. One of the main reasons why I choose this product was the company ethics, Holly Greenwood Design only work with sustainable, vegan materials.
The pouch measures 15cm x 11cm, perfect for carrying money, pens, or small personal items. They are made from Vegan Leather in various prints, with a black polyester lining and a plastic zip. The prints are all hand painted and digitally printed on to the Vegan Leather, then lovingly hand sewn into these beautiful pouches. A perfect treat for you or a wonderful gift for a friend.
Gift the gift of good design this Christmas & shop local!