Gifting (Attempt to Shop Local)

What with getting organised for Christmas, multiple nights out, having a birthday almost on Christmas day, deciding to host an party for my entire dance group, wrapping up on work and all the other things that creep up on us at the end of the year, I have not had the chance to post anything on here in a little while.
So, I thought I would try to kill two birds with one stone and carry the spirit Christmas of organisation over into this post and write about some of the things I have bought for loved ones this year.
I have made an effort to buy a lot of things locally within Bristol, but as I am only taking hand luggage with me on my flight home for Christmas, space is very limited. I have therefore had to buy more online than I would have liked, but I have also bought a fair amount of things locally.

 

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Wild Sage & Co soaps.

I got 6 of these soaps for £20 from a stall at the lovely Harbourside Market. I think this market is great and wander down here many weekends to enjoy the varied, good quality stalls. These soaps are made with all natural ingredients, scented with essentials oils and I can attest to how beautiful they smell!

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Hedgebetty

At £49 not including P&P, this is the second most expensive present I have bought this year but I think it is probably worth it. I purchased a grey wool blanket with a pink stripe and tassels and although I haven’t yet been able to see it in person, I am sure it is as luxurious and soft as it looks in pictures! I really hope the recipient of this loves it and that it lasts them for years to come.

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Alison Zak-Collins Photography

This is another gift I purchased from the Harboruside Market from a stall I always enjoy stopping by. I bought a medium sized framed copy of the picture above for a friend and I just hope it survives the flight in one piece as I think they will really like it! The artist has a great range of photography and I would love to have one of her beautiful pictures of Bristol hanging up when I have somewhere of my own!

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Flying Tiger

I bought quite a few different things from Flying Tiger this year because I have a slight obsession with this shop. In addition to 2/3 of my work Secret Santa gift and a cuddly toy for a two year old, the main thing I got from here was a bedspread for my sister. For £30 this was ideal as it is colourful, a good size and a practical gift!

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Hygge Books

Hygge, one of 2016’s ‘words of the year’, probably won’t be a brand new concept to many of you so I am not going to go into what it means. I did actually travel to Denmark this year with two of my friends and we definitely experienced some moments of hygge. Hopefully these books will be nice reminders of our trip and maybe will help them to bring some hygge into their own lives!

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Bollywood Christmas

Last but not least is something I didn’t actually get for others but rather for myself. When I visited the absolutely brilliant Christmas Market in Bath last week, I limited us to only buying one small decoration each as otherwise I would have got so much stuff! Bollywood Christmas sell unique decorations which are all handmade in India and we chose an elephant bauble and a beautiful golden/bronze coloured glass one!

 

Merry Christmas from my little blog to you 🙂

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