GIFT GUIDE | small things

object story independent store gift guide 2020 - small things under £25

This year, more than ever, shopping small and being mindful of what we buy should be at the forefront of our minds.

There is something so rewarding about spending your money with a small, independent business or maker - knowing that person truly cares about you and your experience as a customer and values your trust in them is such a pleasing thing. It's no surprise that small business owners go the extra mile, from choosing only the best products, to supporting charities, retaining ethical and moral standards, to wrapping your parcel with love and care, perhaps even a handwritten note of appreciation. 

I know of so many wonderful stores, and of course have my very own Christmas wish list! Here, in this series of gift guides, I want to share these with you - please do check them out, give them some love over on their social channels, and if you're able, purchase from them. You'll be so glad you did. 

First up in the series...

SMALL THINGS under £25

Mini dried flower wreath from Me & My Bloomers ~ £20

I have one of these in my kitchen and it always gets so many lovely comments - a wonderful way to display flowers all year round.



Pottery pourer from Midgeley Green ~ £16

I have one of these sweet little jugs and use mine as a sugar pot next to my tea & coffee ~ it's one of my favourite objects in my kitchen.



botanical candle company candles

First Light candle from The Botanical Candle Co ~ £14

A perfectly scented candle for the start of these winter months, with eucalyptus, bringing a refreshing energy to these cooler months. I have this burning in my living room and adore it. 



Shoe cleaning set from Attire Care ~ £18

A useful, beautiful gift. 



The Florence sewing pattern from Merchant & Mills ~ £14.50

If your budget will stretch to it, pair with some of M&M's beautiful fabric for a complete gift. 



Letterpress pencil box from Mabel & co ~ £12

Pair with some vintage pencils and an eraser (also from Mabel & co) for a perfect gift for a stationary lover.



Infusions Heartfelt tea from Wilder Botanics ~ £16.50 

Organic herbal tea with unique blends, this one in particular for those who may be feeling overwhelm this winter.



Recycled wool blanket by Lulu Bell Tents ~ £18

Wonderful, and affordable blankets, perfect for picnics, woodland walks and seaside adventures.



Miniature perfume by Haeckels ~ £15

A perfume with a story and a conscious, and this mini version would make a very pleasing find at the bottom of the stocking. 



De-stress bath soak by Yellow Gorse ~ £12.95

Nothing soothes me more than a long, hot bath with my book and some bath salts.



Carbon neutral notebook by Port West ~ £11.99

A wonderfully useful gift for ideas, thoughts & aspirations for (fingers crossed!) a better year ahead. 



Le Bon Shoppe cloud socks at Our Daily Edit ~ £13

Christmas isn't Christmas without socks! 



Cup & Saucer at Pophams Home ~ £25

Gift a piece of East London's finest bakery & coffee shop. 



Zero waste pendant by Sanchos Shop ~ £25

Made from recycled brass, this would be a thoughtful and ethical gift. 



Plant-dyed patched coin purse by Wholecloth Studio ~ £20

A sweet patchwork purse, pop a miniature perfume in there for a little surprise. 



Deodorant from AKT ~ £18

A fun, yet useful stocking filler. 



hide and hammer making kit

Azuma bukuro bag making kit by Hide & Hammer ~ £25

I bought myself one of these kits and so enjoyed making this over an evening - and now with the pattern, I have made many more raiding my fabric stash. A gift that keeps on giving! 


And, since I sell some of my most loved objects too, here's my Object Story collection of objects under £25 which I think would make wonderful gifts for family and friends.

Here's my collection