Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

Next up in our series of Christmas gift guides - it's something for the ladies!
From top left: Personalised Glass Zodiac Constellation Jewellery Box, Maria Allen Boutique, £40 //  Cedar & Pine Jar Candle, Hopscotch, £20 //  Metallic Personalised Family Branches Print, Allihopa, £35 //  Personalised Pineapple Luggage Tag, Maria Allen Boutique, £20
From top left: Personalised Hexagon Mirror, Maria Allen Boutique, £28 // Hello Beautiful Glitter Pouch, Alphabet Bags, £20 // Charbonnel et Walker Champagne Truffles, John Lewis, £21 //  Personalised Mini Love Letter Necklace, Maria Allen Boutique, £49
From top left: Vintage Book, Tea & Stationary Subscription, Bookishly, £39 // Personalised Glass Compartment Tray, Maria Allen Boutique, £34 //  2017 Herb Garden Calendar Rifle Paper Co, $18 // Biscuit Shaped Chocolates, Choc on Choc, £10
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Christmas Gift Guide: For Him

With the Christmas shopping panic now in full swing, we've put together a series of gift guides to fill you with inspiration. First up, something for the man in your life. Whether it's your Dad, Husband, Brother of friend there's something to suit everyone.


From top left: Coffee Dripper, All Things Brighton Beautiful, £16.95 // Personalised Walnut Wood Coin Tray, Maria Allen Boutique, £30 // Men's Wool Socks, M&S, £10 //  Personalised Wooden Coordinate Luggage Tag, Maria Allen Boutique, £20
 From top left: Personalised Photo Envelope Cufflinks, Maria Allen Boutique, £60 // Personalised Italian Leather Card Holder, Maxwell Scott Bags, £39 // Case of 12 Best of British Beers, Best of British Beer, £38.75 // Personalised Wooden Minimalist Watch, Maria Allen Boutique, £70 

From top left:  Moccasin Faux-Fur Slippers, John Lewis, £30 //  Personalised Wooden Christmas Jumper Cufflinks, Maria Allen Boutique, £55 //  World Street Food Recipe Subscription, The Spicery, £22 // Personalised Wooden Coordinates Plectrum, Maria Allen Boutique, £25
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Happy Small Business Saturday!

This weekend is Small business Saturday, a non-commercial campaign running throughout the UK to celebrate small business success and encourage consumers to support independents by shopping locally! To celebrate we asked our Founder and Director Maria to answer a few questions on what being a small business means to her.

Q1. What is your favourite thing about owning your own business?
A: One of my favourite parts of running the business is developing new products. Over the last few years we have expanded into accessories, gifts and homeware as well as the jewellery that I started with. It is so exciting taking it from an idea that I have, to a physical product and I love seeing all of the personalisations that customers choose, which make it so special to them. I am also proud to have built a team around me in the studio over the last few years, they are brilliant - so supportive, hard working and really inspiring to work with each day! It is lovely working with my Mum Irina (in the photo below!) as well, and being able to see her at work daily. 

Q2. Why is Small Business Saturday important?
A: Small business Saturday is a great way to celebrate all the small businesses across the country. It highlights the success of these businesses and encourages consumers to buy locally and from smaller companies than they may usually. For us it's a great way to celebrate what we love doing! We love designing, personalising and making each of our customer orders, we love hearing the stories behind orders and knowing that our hard work makes others happy. For anyone considering shopping this weekend I encourage you to shop small, you will be amazed by the good-deed feeling you get from buying from a small business!

Q3. Lastly, what is your favourite Christmas gift of the collection this year? 
A: I love our new hexagon mirrors - especially the Polar Bear design - I have one in my house! I think they are a great way to make the house look festive (and are subtle enough to keep up all year round!)
Communities all over the UK are getting involved with local markets and celebrations and Brighton is no different. Here's how to get in on the #SmallBizSatUK action this weekend. 
1. Brighton Etsy Made Local Market
Saturday 3rd Dec at The Brighton Dome, 11am -5pm.
From November 26th - December 11th, local artists and makers open their doors to provide an alternative Christmas shopping experience. Take a break from the high street and visit their homes and studios, eat a mince pie, chat to the artists and pick up a unique gift for someone special. 

3. Brighton's Alt Open House
Pick up a map and follow the trail for an exciting shopping and exhibition experience. Open for four weekends including Dec 3rd/4th, 10th/11th and 17th/18th, the trail exhibits local artists work as well as events and workshops.
4. Head to the North Laines!
The North Laines are full of small business's, check out our list of favourite Brighton independents for inspiration.

Get involved and show your support for #SmallBizSatUK 
Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Shop our full range of products here