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The Joy of Supporting Small Businesses During the Holidays

‘Tis the season of giving, and what better way to spread joy than by supporting small businesses? Here at I Do Handmade, small businesses are at the core of everything we do! As the holiday lights twinkle and the scent of pine fills the air, let’s dive into the heartwarming journey of why we should all choose handmade and locally crafted treasures for loved ones this Christmas season.

Embracing the Spirit of Community 

Christmas is not just about exchanging gifts; it’s about creating connections and building a sense of community. When you choose to shop small, you’re not just purchasing a product; you’re investing in someone’s dream, passion, and the heartbeat of a community. It’s a beautiful symbiosis of support that goes beyond a simple transaction.

Unique Finds with a Personal Touch 

One of the joys of supporting small businesses is the array of unique and thoughtfully crafted items that you won’t find in high street stores. From hand-poured candles to intricately designed jewellery and hand crafted festive decorations, each piece tells a story. These are not just gifts; they carry the love and attention from a local artisan all the way to your loved ones hands. 

Making a Big Impact on a Small Scale 

Small businesses are the backbone of communities, and your support during the holiday season can have a significant impact. It helps these entrepreneurs thrive, create jobs, and contribute to the local economy. Your purchase isn’t just a drop in the ocean; it’s a ripple effect that reverberates through neighbourhoods, creating a vibrant and flourishing ecosystem.

Building Lasting Relationships 

Small businesses are not faceless corporations; they are real people with a genuine passion for what they do. When you support them, you become a part of their story. You’re not just a customer; you’re a valued member of their community. The relationships formed through these interactions extend far beyond a single purchase, creating a bond that lasts beyond the holiday season.

A Gift That Keeps on Giving 

The joy of supporting small businesses during the holidays isn’t just confined to the act of buying gifts; it’s a gift in itself. It’s the satisfaction of knowing that your choices contribute to something meaningful. It’s knowing that your support helps someone continue doing what they love, and that, in turn, adds a sprinkle of magic to the festive season. 

So, as you embark on your holiday shopping journey, consider the impact of your choices. Check out where we are popping up and come along to meet some small business owners IRL! Choose the joy of supporting small businesses, and let the holiday spirit shine even brighter.

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Things to do at Waterloo – A day out itinerary guide

We’re popping up at Waterloo station with four different handmade brands setting up stalls everyday between 16 Oct – 5 Nov, so we thought why not turn a visit to our pop-up into a fun day out guide exploring a quirky corner of London!

Waterloo station is one of London’s bustling hubs. The area offers a delightful mix of history, culture, and contemporary charm. Whether you’re a local looking for new places to visit, or you’re a traveller eager to explore, we’ve curated a fun day out – get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant heart of London with our Things To Do in Waterloo guide. 

Sip and Stroll 

Start your day with a caffeine kick at one of Waterloo’s charming cafes, we recommend Konditor. A steaming cup of coffee or a soothing herbal tea is the perfect companion for a riverside walk. Head to the picturesque South Bank of the River Thames, just steps away from Waterloo Station. Take in breathtaking views of the London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral while strolling along the riverbanks. 

Explore the Market Scene

Your morning adventure won’t be complete without a visit to the I Do Handmade Pop-Up Market. Located inside Waterloo Station opposite platform 12, our vibrant pop-up is a treasure trove of unique, handmade goods. Everyday, discover four different handmade brands offering exquisite crafts, jewellery, and more while supporting local artisans. 

Culinary Delights 

For your next stop treat your taste buds to some of London’s finest culinary offerings. Visit the Lower Marsh Market, where a medley of food stalls offers mouthwatering dishes from around the world. Whether you crave a gourmet burger or exotic street food, Lower Marsh has it all. 

Cultural Immersion 

Dive into history at the Imperial War Museum. This iconic institution showcases an extensive collection of artifacts, exhibitions, and interactive displays, providing profound insights into wartime experiences. If you’re an art enthusiast, don’t miss The Old Vic, one of London’s renowned theaters. Check their schedule, to see if there’s any tickets available for the afternoon or evening performances!

Dinner with a view

As the sun sets, enjoy a relaxed and delightful evening by the riverside. Choose from a plethora of riverside restaurants – Skylon is great for the food and views!

Night cap?

Why not end your day with a nightcap at one of Waterloo’s cozy bars. Bar Elba offers amazing rooftop views over the river, (with heaters too!) and have a calendar of fun events making it a great place to catch up with pals. 

Waterloo is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be explored. From the serenity of the riverside to the excitement of cultural institutions, there’s something for everyone. 

Be sure to include a visit to our I Do Handmade Pop-Up located inside the Waterloo station, in your itinerary to discover unique handmade treasures whilst shopping small and supporting small independents.