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Gift ideas that support small businesses

Gift giving can be a tricky process, especially before the holidays when we have so many people to buy for. I worry that I’ll buy something that my friend/family member may not like or already have.

But if we can buy gifts from local and/or small companies, it has a positive effect for everyone. These small business come up with creative ideas and take a big risk to start their own business.

During these confusing times, now more than ever, we, as small businesses need to support each other. Even with competition selling similar products, we all have something different to offer.

I plan on adding to this list as I learn of more companies so please keep visiting. I visited the local Metre Market, and there is a lot of delicious food companies I can list. But here is a start below.

Sustainable lifestyle products

Wood by Paul

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Solid hardwood bookends and other handmade wooden items. Can be letters, stars, personalised to your requirements.

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Plastic Free Things

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All products are plastic free and made in the UK.

The Little Bookshop

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An award winning independent bookshop located on the beautiful, historic Cookham High Street (parking available). 
The manager of our bijou literary hot-spot, Chantal Farquhar, and the rest of the team will be delighted to help you, whether you’re looking for the latest bestseller, a non-fiction factual page-turner, a children’s classic or a book for a special someone. We also stock a range of cards and scented candles. Visit website

Racks Rails Hooks

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Maker of bike racks, valet trays and wooden products (wine storage, lamps, chopping boards, really cool things)

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Tread Lightly

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A range of eco-friendly gifts for all the family, even the dog (garden, kids, reusable wrapping paper, grown ups, dogs, personal care)

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KinKind

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Completely plastic free soap, shampoo and conditioner bars. Family run company.

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Elizabeth James Interiors

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Handmade cushions for natural and neutral interiors

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Mustard's Miracle Services

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Mustard’s Miracle Services was set up in 2019 by Josh Mustard, who is now 12 years old. Josh can help you with odd jobs and has also just launched his dog biscuit brand. He makes the canine treats himself using his “secret recipe” & delivers them locally.

He’s doing great Christmas gift bags which include dog treats plus little gifts from local small businesses.

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Wellbeing and fitness gifts

Kickboxing for kids and adults

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Our Samurai Kickboxing Gift Vouchers will be available to buy very soon and will fit neatly inside a Christmas card 😊
Available in £10 / £25 / £50 and can be used against Kickboxing lessons, 1-2-1s and kit from our online shop!

Online yoga video packages by YogaTonic UK

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YogaTonic UK have 4 great packages that are suitable for different needs: Beginners yoga, runners yoga, kids yoga and ski fitness yoga

Class passes and private session gifts are available as well.

Food and drink gifts

Prema's Kitchen

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Authentic Sri Lankan food for all occasions. Services include; Takeaway, Lessons, Catering & Pop-up Events. Located in Cookham, Berkshire.

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Dan's Kitchen

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Daily hot food delivery service with a menu that changes daily and always service restaurant quality meals.

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Claire's Amazeballs

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Energise your interior and your taste buds with a natural energy ball boost!  Guilt free, nutritious balls packed with 100% natural ingredients and natural energy. 

Each ball is rich in protein, vitamins and antioxidants. Great flavours too! Crafted in Marlow.

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Moneyrow Beans

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Moneyrow Beans started in my garden shed in Moneyrow Green, Holyport. I began roasting small batches of coffee and serving fresh coffee at local events. The coffee is delicious. It can be delivered or she sells at various pop up locations in the Maidenhead surrounding areas.

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Grape & Nectar

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We are an independent wine consultancy delivering unique and tailored wine experiences and services to private individuals, corporate and trade clients.

Our philosophy is simple: drink better, not more

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Teabury

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Lovingly stored in small batches, means you get the full flavour in every cup. Blended organic loose leaf tea and packed in Buckinghamshire, UK. There are other tea based gifts on the site as well.

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Village Made Cheese

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They have a full range of artisan cheeses made with locally sourced milk and a vegetarian rennet. Gifts available. I’d love a gift of cheese.

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Bedwin Bakes

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local | healthy | delicious

Bedwin Bakes uses wholesome, high-quality and natural ingredients and nothing more to create its deliciously vegan granola, and will soon be expanding the range to other delicious goods!

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Berkshire Collective

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New range of luxury hampers filled with delicious, festive local products from ten incredibly talented suppliers ranging from artisan chocolatiers to mixologists and coffee roasters.

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Bread for Flower

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A co-operative of chefs from the Fat Duck in Bray have banded together to provide fresh bread, foccacia, doughnuts and other delicious baked goods to the community in Cookham. They are at the Metre Market every Friday.

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Home and family gifts

House of Bluebelle

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House of Bluebelle sells bath & body, candles, diffusers and other lifestyle products. All products are handmade near Oxford with their own signature blends.

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The Frame Library

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We offer an extensive range of natural wood, pre-finished and aluminium mouldings, in a mix of colours, finishes and profiles, from canvas tray frames to box frames and fillets.

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The Humble Cut

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Unique decorative home accessories | Bright & beautiful tableware & textiles. Harriet designs The Humble Cut collections at her home in Marlow, creating pattern using entirely potato printed motifs, the textural charm of which is the final professional print process.

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Made in Maidenhead

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Small local business specialising in unique pieces of furniture and fittings at affordable prices. Beautiful vintage pieces as well.

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The Felt Studio Shop

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Handmade home decorations and gifts made with felt.

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Glitter Sweet Creations

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Handmade crafts and cakes created with love, sweetness and a sprinkle of glitter.

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Vida de Verano

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Vida de Verano – the most colourful and handy blankets that you’ll ever find! They have distinctive stripes and patterns with a soft texture that is machine washable and made from recycled cotton. They’re so light and can be rolled up into a small space. With so many uses: it can be a beach blanket, a beach towel, a picnic rug, a cover up, a throw or a summer bedspread. Be creative and have fun with it.

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Sweet Marie's

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Sweet Marie’s is a retail party boutique, located in Cookham village in Berkshire. Our curated range of party products are also available online. Gifts also available. 

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Go Boom!

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The online store with cool stuff for you, your family, your friends and your pets! We are a small family business set up in 2020 and are committed to supplying the most fun, current and exciting items for your family (furry or not!). 

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Personalised gifts

Love Gifting Marlow

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Marlow mums Jen & Anna have created Love Gifting for all things personalised! Message us to create the perfect gift! From kids gifts to wine glasses to man-gifts, great gifts for that “person that has everything”.

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The House of Airey

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Personalised gifts, greetings cards and party accessories. Perfect stationery for any occasion. Lovingly hand crafted in our studio in leafy Buckinghamshire.

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Craft Coop

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Craft Coop, in Maidenhead, has gained a reputation as a beautiful, award-winning shop full of unique, handcrafted products, but it’s more than just the go to shop for a special gift. As a social enterprise business, Craft Coop gives over 200 local craftspeople the opportunity to trade in a High Street shop, provides business and social support, works with various charities and other organisations both in the shop and offsite, and helps bring vitality to Town Centres. Online shop too. Visit website

Artwork

Nicola Hyslop Art

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Nicola lives and works locally in Cookham. Working to both a specific remit as well as having the freedom to create bespoke pieces is what Nicola loves. We bought the piece pictured here. 

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Amanda Hunt Art

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Amanda is an artist based in Cookham. I accept commissions large or small and can make prints of any of my paintings. Greetings cards too. 

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E. Costa-Wagner Artwork & Books

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Artwork – fine/illustrative/portraiture & Writer of e-books/novels. Check out her pet portraits too. 

Visit website   Her e-books (Kindle only)

Steve Ash Illustration

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If you have any skiers, boarders or mountain bikers, hikers, and mountain lovers, this would make a great gift. Make a statement in any room. These matte, museum-quality posters are printed on durable, archival paper.

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Louise Kelly Art

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Beautiful landscape and dreamy artwork.

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Kids gifts

Little Cooks Co

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Little Cooks Co does creative and healthy cooking boxes for kids. The monthly boxes provide recipes with dry ingredients plus other recipes and fun activities for kids. Great for Christmas gifts.

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My Mood Stars

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The eight My Mood Stars enable children to immerse themselves in imaginative play, either by themselves or with others. This offers a fun opportunity for children to talk about how they are feeling. 

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Beauty products

Head to Soul Beauty

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Katie is a qualified Massage Therapist offering Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, and Beauty Facials. She’s based in Flackwell Heath. Gift certificates available.

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Active Silver

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Active Silver‘s skin and body care products contain colloidal silver, known for it’s unique healing properties for adults, children and even pets. 

They have face creams, healing gels (for burns and bites), drinkable silver or gold, with antibacterial and antiviral properties.

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Warren Beauty

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Warren Beauty is a salon and beauty shop based in Maidenhead. Their gift boxes look lovely.

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Ana Harmony

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Ana Harmony is a family run beauty salon based in Maidenhead. We offer bespoke treatments from Sothys, Environ, Wax:one and CND. Great Christmas gifts too.

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Clothes and accessories

Spirit & Grace

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Spirit & Grace offer jewellery and accessories. Whether you are looking for style inspiration, a gift for someone special, or just a little treat for yourself, this is a great site to visit!

This is my go to site for the latest jewellery for years. There is so much more so please check it out.

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Selkie clothing

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Selkie sells distinctive range of sustainable clothing, swimwear, and accessories for men and women.  Appealing, comfortable and highly functional, it reflects their purpose: inspiring people to embrace outdoor activity of all kinds, regardless of their ability. 

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WeDoYoga

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Discover stunning yoga clothing and yoga products from the world’s finest brands to inspire and motivate your practice on and off the mat!

We did our teacher training with the founder of Wedoyoga.

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MIRA Beaconsfield

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At MIRA, we focus on finding new and unusual things with a focus on women’s gifting, as well as great cards! The gorgeous gifts are carefully selected across a broad cross section of categories: jewellery; clothing and fashion accessories; home fragrance; homewares; stationery; books and new baby gifts – we only choose the things we love so you can love them too!

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H Holderness

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H. Holderness is a female-led ski brand that creates beautifully printed base-layers and casual wear made for the mountains. At the heart of H. Holderness lies the base-layers, perfect for hitting the piste or getting down on the yoga mat.

The apparel combines the functionality of traditionally woollen thermals with the aesthetics of gym leggins (finished off with a touch of London style) to produce activewear that feels at home either side of the channel – but most importantly performs on the slopes and looks good enough to show off apres.

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