We know that Christmas shopping can be a real struggle – it’s hard to find presents that are a bit different and special, and to choose something meaningful. So why not buy independent this Christmas? At Homefront, we’ve got a gorgeous selection of gifts from independent artists, designers and makers, so that you know when you buy one of their beautiful creations, you’re supporting brilliant local businesses. What’s more, many of our treasures are made with recycled materials, use eco-friendly manufacturing methods, or help support small communities. So when you buy from us, you’re not only getting a stunning, unique present for your loved ones, but you’re doing a little bit of good as well – it’s the perfect antidote to Christmas commercialism.
To help you get started, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite things. First up, some fabulous toiletries, always a guaranteed winner – we love Savon de Marseille’s gorgeous handmade soaps (£3.95), which contain nothing but the purest and most natural ingredients and smell delicious. Savon de Marseille is a French institution and it’s rumoured to be the secret behind French women’s flawless skin, so it’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes a little pampering. We’ve got a whole range of indulgent toiletries to choose from including Priddy Essentials’ perfumes, soaps and handcreams, so why not pick out a selection and use them to fill one of Danica Studio’s cosmetics bags? We love this linen washbag with a funky bicycle print, at £34. And speaking of Priddy Essentials, we’ve also got a lovely collection of their scented candles and diffusers, perfect for the bathroom – we particularly love the delicious fragrance of their orange blossom diffuser (£26.95), to bring a little summer sunshine into the house while the weather’s so wintry.
Looking for something to add a splash of style and colour elsewhere in the home? We love Fiink’s funky printed tea towels (£12), or a bunch of ---‘s fabric tulips that will bring summer inside all year long. And we’re also delighted to be stocking legendary designer (and Liberty’s staple) Jan Constatine’s textiles, including some charming festive cushions starting from £75.
Our jewellery selection is also hugely popular at Christmas, and features some of our favourite local makers. Jane Wills is a Bristol-based artist working with enamel, and her earrings (from £30) in rich, deep, metallic colours are perfect for adding a pop to any outfit. And to look after your favourite pieces of jewellery when you take them off at the end of the day, how fabulous is this little dog jewellery bowl (£22.95) from Vanilla Fly.
Another of our favourite designers is Artist Not Included, who as well as supplying us with some fantastic Christmas cards, also produce this little set of notecards (£12.95) printed with a dapper fox, sure to be a hit with stationery fans. And if you’ve got a favourite bookworm to buy for, we suggest these stylish brass bookmarks (£7.95) from Nkuku – choose from an elephant or a reindeer, perfect to pop in a stocking or to include as a little extra present with a book. Speaking of which, anyone who’s planning home improvements in 2018 (or anyone who simply loves to window-shop for their dream house on Pinterest) needs A Life Less Ordinary (£25) by Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre, a stunning book all about the design philosophy which has seen them revamp and transform all sorts of spaces with a balance of beauty, practicality and a sharp eye on the budget.
All of these beautiful treasures are just the tip of the iceberg – so if you need a little inspiration for your Christmas shopping, the best thing to do is come in & visit us in person. We’ll be delighted to help you choose the perfect present, or for anyone who might prefer to choose for themselves, we also sell gift vouchers. See you soon!