To say we’re passionate about supporting local, independent businesses is a bit of an understatement. Which is why choosing just a handful of makers to include in this year’s LC Loves Christmas gift guide has been such a tough task. But we’ve done it!
Based in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset these eight super talented people have created products that are both stylish and practical. Just perfect for popping under the tree.
So, if you’re on the hunt for hand-made or you’re looking to gift someone with something truly unique this Christmas, these gorgeous goodies could be the ticket!
If you love timeless, tasteful design you’ll love Jessica’s fashionable hand-woven cushions and scarves. Made from 100% wool, all her products are fully biodegradable and recyclable and come in a range of nature-inspired tones and patterns. She works out of her cosy Mid Devon studio and uses 3 table top looms as well as a counter balance Floor loom to create her gorgeous items.Shop online here
Stylish, simple and practical Plymouth-based Alice’s leather bags, purses, wallets and belts are utterly sublime. A designer through and through, Alice 3D design at Art College and has a degree in jewellery and Silversmithing. Her products follow the design principle that ‘form follows function’ but don’t think for a minute that means they’re boring. Her pops of colour, use of metalics and clean lines add a cool edginess which we adore.Shop online here
If you’re partial to gorgeous natural fragrances permeating your home, we hear you. Try one of La Luna Cornwall’s handcrafted candles which are made from biodegradable, clean-burning plant wax for a fresh scent that lasts. La Luna is a small independent business which was grown from a passion for natural ingredients, sustainable materials and considered buying. The company stocks over 20 independent boutiques and stores in the UK – testimony to just how fabulous this company’s products and ethos are. We love the Oak Moss and Sea Salt candle.Shop online here
Whether you love its tactile qualities, silky textures or alluring hues, handmade pottery is something to treasure. Jacqueline Clark is a skilled potter and teacher living and working in Cornwall. Her hand thrown modern designs are inspired by the local landscape where she explores the seen and unseen of Cornwall’s coast and creeks through her designs. Our favourite collection is her Tidal range which uses hand inscribing to represent reeds, and soft grey and turquoise glazes to emulate the tones of the ocean and weather.Shop online here
We can’t get enough of these brilliantly designed Eco products. Handmade in Bristol by Bianca and Molly using Organic canvas woven in Dundee, Bric Company’s gorgeous goodies are all geared towards being out and about in Nature. Among their collection you’ll find lunch bags, backpacks and foraging bags (so cool!). Sustainable to the very last stitch, all products are machine washable and come with a waterproof lining. The perfect gift for just about anybody.Shop online here
Based in St Stithians Cornwall, Mable and Merryn creates bespoke, sustainable, handcrafted dog leads; their rope / knot designs taking inspiration from Cornwall’s nautical heritage. A thoroughly natural product, hemp softens with use and becomes beautifully tactile.
Solid brass clips and rings add a chunkiness that makes these much easier to handle and less fiddly to clip on and off, and leather stoppers ensure leads are secure. Available in a multitude of designs and sizes, you only need to glance at the photos and reviews from umpteen happy four legged customers (and their humans), to know that these gorgeous leads are top dog.Shop online here
A truly unique gift idea from Cornwall-based Louise who is a skilled Textile Artist. She has produced a range of kits that include a pre-printed design ready to be embellished, and we love the idea! The kits come in a range of designs and include a lino-printed panel (made by Louise) as well as diagrams and detailed instructions. You’ll need to supply your own needles, scissors and driftwood for hanging, but what you’ll end up with is a hand embellished thing of beauty. So much fun and therapeutic too!Shop online here
Bold, beautiful and unique Rachel’s jewellery makes the perfect gift for those who appreciate colour and fashion. Based in Cornwall, her pieces include hand dyed and printed anodized aluminium jewellery as well as texturized and hammered silver, copper and gold. Personally we’re obsessed with her sea blues and purple party earrings – just gorgeous!Shop online here
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