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
Plastic Free Things
The Little Bookshop
Racks Rails Hooks
Maker of bike racks, valet trays and wooden products (wine storage, lamps, chopping boards, really cool things)
A range of eco-friendly gifts for all the family, even the dog (garden, kids, reusable wrapping paper, grown ups, dogs, personal care)
Completely plastic free soap, shampoo and conditioner bars. Family run company.
Elizabeth James Interiors
Handmade cushions for natural and neutral interiors
Mustard's Miracle Services
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.
A fellow yoga teacher who also sells lovely aromatherapy soap, bath salts, muscle ease balm, soy candles & wax melts. I’m not sure what a wax melt is but I’m going to try it.
Wellbeing and fitness gifts
Kickboxing for kids and adults
Food and drink gifts
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.
Grape & Nectar
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.
Village Made Cheese
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.
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!
Bread for Flower
Crop to Kitchen
Thinking of all the holiday dinners coming up, try this delivery service out! It’s not quite a Christmas tree “gift” but all the leafy greens has been a gift to me!
Vegetable and fruit delivery – this one is the best we have experienced! They normally supply food to the best restaurants in our area, which makes them different.
They are seasonal, local farms, deliver with minimal packaging and all the produce has so much flavour. And no iceberg lettuce – hurrah!
Home and family gifts
House of Bluebelle
The Frame Library
The Humble Cut
Made in Maidenhead
The Felt Studio Shop
Glitter Sweet Creations
Handmade crafts and cakes created with love, sweetness and a sprinkle of glitter.
Vida de Verano
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.
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.
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!).
Love Gifting Marlow
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”.
The House of Airey
Personalised gifts, greetings cards and party accessories. Perfect stationery for any occasion. Lovingly hand crafted in our studio in leafy Buckinghamshire.
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
Nicola Hyslop Art
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.
Amanda Hunt Art
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.
E. Costa-Wagner Artwork & Books
Steve Ash Illustration
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.
This is a great gift for anyone into their ski fitness.
Louise Kelly Art
Beautiful landscape and dreamy artwork.
Little Cooks Co
My Mood Stars
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.
Head to Soul Beauty
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.
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.
Visit website YogaTonic UK subscribers receive 10% off by entering YOGA10 when checking out.
Warren Beauty is a salon and beauty shop based in Maidenhead. Their gift boxes look lovely.
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.
Clothes and accessories
Spirit & Grace
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.
Organic cotton, fairly sourced and ethically produced, EveryBody bridges the gap between kidswear and adult wear beautifully, effortlessly and with an original twist.
Craving simplicity we were driven to create a range of essential wear that didn’t pigeonhole girls into pink or force boys into blue, moved things on from dinosaurs and lilac princesses and acted as a bridge to more adult brands.
SHOP our art inspired functional activewear.
FAMARA works with you – whatever your workout.
Perfect for yoga classes, running, hiking, adventure or just lounging!
They just put out a ladies golf clothing selection. The patterns are cool.
Our friend Fitbuzz Claire is an ambassador for them. She’s also the model in this picture.
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!
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.