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Shop Small for Christmas!

Choosing to shop small for Christmas is a wonderful way to spread the Christmas cheer far and wide and give gifts that extra level of thought that makes them feel really special and unique. At Along avec Anna, we’re passionate about supporting small businesses, because we know only too well how grateful we feel when customers choose to support our business over larger, more established brands. With this in mind, I’d like to share some of the products and businesses that have caught my eye for Christmas gifting! And of course, if you’re on the hunt for any knitting-related gifts, check out our Along avec Anna Gift guide!

Christmas is a time of indulgence and what is more indulgent than a box of delicious, gooey, freshly baked brownies delivered straight to the door with a personalised note. I have personally tried and tested these brownies on multiple occasions (for your benefit, of course) and I think they’re the best out there! Having grown up in Swansea, Gower Cottage Brownies will always have a special place in my heart and stomach and I really can’t recommend them enough. And don’t forget to check out their other delights, such as the infamous brownie butter!

Copper Fox 1998 is a one-woman business creating high quality embroidered clothing with gorgeous seasonal and nature inspired designs! Which one below is your favourite? I already have her autumnal pumpkin sweatshirt and now I have my eye on the Christmas pudding design… Click here to see the full Christmas range of fun, cute, and festive sweatshirts!

Battle Green Box is a small business based in beautiful Snowdonia and they offer a range of eco-friendly everyday products. Their natural clay face masks are the perfect way to gift a small moment of relaxation, and their cocoa and ginger mask would be especially perfect for Christmas! It’s a soothing mask with organic cocoa powder that’s rich in antioxidants, omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin C, and magnesium. All their masks are PETA certified vegan and cruelty free and are packaged in eco-friendly compostable sachets. Make sure also to check out their other products, including other vegan cosmetics and an impressive range of zero waste household products.

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As the days get colder, it’s the perfect time to bring a little bit of nature inside, and with these terrarium kits, your recipient can get creative making their own mini, self-sufficient and sealed ecosystem. Each kit contains everything needed, including a jar and lid, a plant, and all the materials necessary to get it thriving. It makes great indoor decor and would be ideal as a gift or as a group Christmas activity! 

Bloom Remedies is a Cornwall-based small business specialising in carefully crafted aromatherapy products. Their serenity wellbeing being bath foam is scented with essential oils ylang ylang, geranium, sweet orange, cedarwood, patchouli & lavender to bring calm amidst the Christmas chaos. It even comes in this adorable mini, handmade, needle-felted Christmas stocking ready to decorate your tree. What’s not to love?

What small businesses are you planning to support this Christmas? What would you add to my list? Let me know in the comments! We’d love your help to discover more unique brands! And if you enjoyed this article, check out our Top Tips for Shopping Smaller for lots more inspiration!

As always, we’d love to hear from you, in the comments below or on Instagram! You can tag us at @along.avec.anna or use the hashtag #alongavecanna!

Merry Christmas!

Sarah xxx

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