Whether you are looking for gift ideas for someone special, a Secret Santa gift, stocking fillers, or even a nice little treat for yourself in the lead up to Christmas, we always recommend shopping from independent, artisanal and small brands. Unlike larger corporate enterprises, small businesses and independent brands are run by people driven by passion who put the extra bit of effort into their work to make their products extra special.
To celebrate this, we have hand picked a Christmas Gift Guide featuring some of our favourite brands and fellow small businesses and their lovely creations. The brands are diverse and complementary - from eco-friendly, sustainable, zero-waste and vegan brands, to beautiful makers of handmade products.
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If you would like to win these amazing goodies showcased in the Gift Guide alongside loads of Clarity Blends pamper hampers and other aromatherapy goodness, look out for our Instagram Advent Calendar of giveaways launching on Thursday, 1st December on https://www.instagram.com/clarity_blend/
From 1st December, we will run giveways and each day we will partner with one brand. What is more, if you take part in all 12 days of giveaways, you will be entered to win a £100 Clarity Blend's voucher.
Here are our top picks for 2022…
1. Clarity Blend, Make Your Own Skincare 'Botanical Beauty Kit'
At Clarity Blend, we have a wide selection of fantastic wellness gifts but if we have to choose one, hands down it would be our award-winning Botanical Beauty Kit from our skincare range Rose & Skin.
In a few simple steps you or your loved one can make your very own face masks, scrubs, infused oils, facial steams & much more using only 100% natural, organically sourced, vegan ingredients and feel the amazing superpowers of intensely moisturising jojoba & sweet almond oil, rejuvenating rose water, purifying superfoods and clay mask and deeply cleansing botanical steam!
Share your recipes with your best buds! The Kit is perfect for a pamper night in activity with your mum, daughter, best friend, sister, [insert your favourite person].
Gift or treat yourself this luxuriously pampering Botanical Beauty kit!
Shop Now, Clarity Blend, £29.95
2. Pentire Drinks, Adrift
Pentire makes botanical non-alcoholic spirits by distilling plants native to the Cornish coastline and local headlands in North Cornwall. Pentire is founded on a love of active outdoor and healthy living. These botanical non-alcoholic spirits are created by collaborating with local botanists and distillers to make delicious costal, herbaceous and fresh flavour profiles.
Adrift botanical non-alcoholic spirit is crisp, herbaceous and fresh. Notes of citrus, coupled with Sage, Rock Samphire and Sea Salt for a round herbal finish. Adrift's key botanical Rock Samphire is rich in vitamin C, vitamins E and includes antioxidants, fatty acids and omega 3.
It’s an all-round perfect gift that you can’t go wrong with this Christmas.
Shop Now, Pentire Drinks, £26.80
3. Hairy Jane, Thirsty Hair gift set with shampoo bar & treatment conditioner
Hairy Jayne believes that living a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t mean compromising on how lovely your zero-waste hair care makes you feel. Founded by Jayne, a professional hairdresser in London for almost 20 years before starting her ethical indie business. She has cared for thousands of heads of hair of all shapes and sizes and now specialises in plastic-free solid hair care and liquid refillable hair care that makes your hair feel soft and silky.
The Thirsty Hair gift set is an award-winning duo of shampoo bar and treatment conditioner quenches thirsty hair. Both moisturise dry hair to keep it healthy.
A great present for plastic-avoiders who want to look after their hair whilst saving the planet, in completely plastic free packaging. A gift-wrapping option is also available.
Shop Now, Hairy Jayne, £15
4. Lucent Studios, No Waste Millefiori Bead & Pearl Charm Huggie Hoops
Lucent Studios is a Norwich-based female owned and female led jewellery studio. Lucent Studios grew out of the founder Lucy's effort to make jewellery for those who were different. Lucent Studios makes thoughtful jewellery for those who don't heed the call of the high street and strives to have their pieces connect with your inner workings, to represent your loves and motivations, your thoughts and your dreams.
No Waste Hoops are zero-waste jewellery, made using surplus studio beads and pieces refashioned into limited edition huggie hoop earrings. Crafted from Millefiori pressed glass beads and freshwater Pearls, these fun mis-matched earrings will arrive presented in a fully recycled Lucent Studios box. The earrings are designed to be worn multiple ways: with all the charms, with just one set of charms for a simpler look, or just the hoops if you want a minimalist day.
Perfect gift for the jewellery lover who is also ethically minded.
Shop Now, Lucient Studios, £16
5. Neon Kactus, 550ml glass bottle
Founded by Neil and Charlotte in 2018, Neon Kactus combined two of their great passions - their love for the planet and great tasting coffee. The result was the Neon Kactus glass coffee cup. A modern and stylish product designed to mirror the convenience and drinking pleasure of the coffee shop and eradicate the need for single use cups. Their mission is to create a better tomorrow by creating reusable products for an on the go lifestyle with style and performance that will decrease the need for plastic production.
Neon Kactus glass water bottles (550 ml) are blown from the highest quality borosilicate glass. They are lightweight and durable and with fully leakproof crew top lid. All materials are 100% BPA free and fully recyclable guaranteeing a pure drinking experience.
Shop Now, Neon Kactus, £17.99
6. The Positive Planner, The Original Positive Planner
The Positive Planner is on a mission to make mental health a priority in life. From their planners and journals to artwork and workshops, everything they do is with mental wellbeing in mind. The Positive Planner provides a toolbox at hand which brings joy into your every day, promotes daily positivity and encourages self-care and gratitude for a truly positive minds.
The Positive Planner really is a gratitude journal with a difference. A powerful daily companion, The Positive Planner helps to cope with life's daily challenges and offers support through tough times. The bright and uplifting yellow cover radiates positivity and the slick designed pages feature inspiration quotes throughout-out along with originally designed artwork and illustrations which are perfect for mindful colouring in.
Shop Now, Positive Planner, £24
7. Nourish & Glow, Ceremonial Cacao
Nourish and Glow is the home of nutritious and healthy drinks. Co-founder Jenny’s daughter is a professional sportsperson, who has several food allergies and a past brush with glandular fever. For her it is important to replace the nutrients lost to her allergies, and to maintain energy levels to counter exhaustion. After a very long search, they came across Raw Cacao. This ‘Food of the Gods’ has been around for millennia and originates from the Amazon Rainforests where it has been used both for its health giving qualities and it’s mental health and spiritual benefits.
Cacao is also one of the biggest naturally occurring sources of magnesium, something that we in the western world lack in our diet - magnesium helps to maintain healthy brain function, regulate muscle contractions and can improve sleep quality.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, are looking to enhance your diet or you just want to feel better, cacao has something to offer almost everyone.
Shop Now, Nourish & Glow, £18
8. Mantel, The Positivity Pack Mindful Momentum pack
Mantel is brought to you by Dominic and Helen Sharland, also founders of bespoke stationery design house Cutture. Over the years of running creative businesses, alongside raising their 3 girls, they often worked with business coaches and mentors to help with navigating the rollercoaster that comes with running your own business. This is where the learning in self-development and managing mindset came about.
The Mindful Momentum Edition is about creating actionable tasks to achieve a monthly goal you have been wanting to achieve for some time alongside helping you build a positive mindset via daily prompts. Each card contains the first 30 cards from our main positivity pack on the front, containing daily prompts to help motivate and inspire, with each day focussing on a different theme based around our 7 areas of wellbeing: Gratitude, Motivation, Knowledge, Kindness, Wellbeing, Familial and Organisation.
Shop Now, Mantel, £15.99
9. Zedig Design, Jesmonite coasters
Zedig Design is a creative studio started by Marie Zedig, a Swedish graphic designer and illustrator living in London. Working with environmentally sustainable materials, Zedig Design developed a range of playful prints and products that use bold graphics together with stylised illustrations and typography to create that warm, sunny feeling for children and grown-ups alike.
Jesmonite coasters are individually hand-cast out of Jesmonite AC730, then acid-etched and finally sealed. This material has a textured finish, similar to stoneware and includes tiny specks of light-reflecting granite, giving the surface a subtle but magical sparkle. The coasters come with a smooth cork-backing to protect your surfaces.
Shop Now, Zedig Design, £12
10. My Chronicle Book, November feel-good fiction book box
My Chronicle Book Box is curated by the founder Louise from her rural Yorkshire base. The stunning book boxes are filled with the latest novels signed by the authors, exclusive author interviews and top quality bookish goodies. Every one of the book subscription boxes contains hand-picked and gift-wrapped new releases, author content, exclusive bookish goodies and personalised letter. Just choose your favourite genre and you will receive one regular book mail to brighten your day.
The November feel-good fiction book box is the simplest way to give a lasting thoughtful gift to the romantic fiction fan in your life.bFilled with love, friendship, hope and happy endings, this is a book box to lift your mood and make you feel good. Perfect for fans of authors like Trisha Ashley, Paige Toon, Hazel Prior and Heidi Swain.
Shop Now, My Chronicle Book, from £16
11. Spirited Soaps, Whisky Spice Soap
Spirited Soaps was born when Ailsa Hayes wanted to create a soap using natural ingredients along with the islands natural produce. As an applied chemist, Ailsa knew that to make transparent soap using the cold process, she needed alcohol. So, she raided her husband’s whisky cupboard and poured in a good glug of his Bruichladdich! Being on the ‘whisky isle’, this sparked the idea of creating soaps using spirits from different island distilleries. The business went from kitchen table to shed to shop, and is now a much-loved Islay shop on Bowmore’s main street. Spirited Soaps is now run by Gemma MacLean, who still makes the soaps by hand to Ailsa’s original recipes.
Whisky Spice Soap is an exotic mix of peru balsam, cinnamon and nutmeg. If a soap could be a cosy, wintery scene – this is it! This is a fantastic gift option for virtually anyone to set the scene for a cosy Chritmas.
Shop Now, Spirited Soaps, £5
12. Mazillo Skincare, Purify + Nourish Face Mask
Described as 'magic in a bottle’ and ‘a mask that you can feel working’, this creamy non-drying formula will leave your skin clean and instantly nourished. Enriched with stem cells from the legendary Bulgarian rose, our pampering face mask purifies while maintaining moisture levels for supple and refreshed look and feel. Feel the tingle while the stem cells do their magic!
Founded by two fellow Bulgarian ladies, Mazillo is a folklore-inspired skincare formulated with sensitive skin in mind and fuelled by plant stem cells. Developed by a group of Bulgarian scientists, this innovation is the secret sauce that makes the Samodiva’s Ethereal Youth™ range so special. And all was possible using natural ingredients from local producers and farmsteads to create a modern skincare that has passed the test of time.
Shop Now, Mazillo Skincare, £74
13. Hope & Hart, Gold Christmas Snowflake Decorations
Hope & Hart started out creating luxury hand made leather and accessories but in late 2018 re-branded to all things hand embroidery. Created by London-based designer Jenni Davis, every piece in the Hope & Hart range is lovingly designed and made by hand by Jenni herself. Hope & Hart is about finding a small amount of “me time” within your day to slow down and create something special.
The Gold Christmas Snowflake Decoration Kit is the perfect project to help take some much needed time out to slow down. Immerse yourself in this pattern made from 2 simple embroidery stitches. The perfect therapeutic project for a complete beginner. Once finished it can be left in the hoop or placed into a boxed frame to fit in nicely within any decor. This colourful piece will make the perfect addition to any living space during the festive season.
Shop Now, Hope & Hart, £28