Now that we're officially knee deep in December we can unashamedly bring in the christmas cheer and it's time to talk real talk about preparation. Of course, with Christmas comes the delight (pressure?) of gift giving for those loved and tolerated ones you spend your days with. No not your family, your colleagues! With this in mind and budgets being set I decided to take a look at a few locally made items I know that I'd love to receive from/give to my Secret Santa. Keeping in mind the standard £5 - £20 budgets I've tried to fit in a few options within this.
Darling Dottie Christmas Box - By Sam Mercer - £20
The creamiest, most intense little bites of glory these are perfect as stocking fillers or even just a wee treat for yourself. Christmas is all about indulgence after all! Available at many craft and food fayres but also at Studio Souk in Belfast Castle St. Find them on your preferred social media site to see where they'll be each weekend, they're on them all!
And here they are!
For a long time now I have been coveting the wares of Sam Mercer. Based on St Georges market on Saturdays and available from her online store at www.By SamMercer.co.uk I am determined to get some of these cute little bows for my shoes! Of course this bumper box is a steal at £20 but if you're working with a lower budget you can always purchase your favourite piece individually.
Well Hung - Filthy Velvet Candles - £10.50
I love these candles and their festive editions are so lovely! They last ages and the scents are nice and strong. Also the hilarious name is sure to provide a wee chuckle as your recipient opens their gift. Available at Studio Souk or online at Www.FilthyVelvet.com
Artisan Chocolates gift bags/boxes - Nearynogs - £3 each or 5 for £12
Mini Terrarium - MermaidsBoutique98 (Etsy) - £9.99
Available as either a necklace, a letting or a handbag charm this is an adorable wee fish bowl from Bangor based Mermaids Boutique. Us Mermaids need to stick together! Just search MermaidsBoutique98 on Etsy.co.uk
Put A Bow On It! Silver Coin Bangle - Karma Jewellery - £18.50
It was this time last year that I took part in an awesome Jewellery making class with Karma Jewellery. Sadly the classes never went out for public consumption (to my knowledge) but I still love my bangles. Their 'Jewellery With Meaning' means that whoever you're gifting will really know that you've taken time and care over their present.