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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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Handmade Christmas Decorations All Made And Sold By A Small Biz

We’ve collated lots of beautiful handmade Christmas decorations all in one place! Check out this gorgeous range of decor options for your home, office and garden all made and sold by talented small business owners!

Support a small business this Christmas!

Sparkle Fibre Tree Decorations by KE Creates – £12

Memorial Christmas Ornament by Made With Love By Amber – £6.50

Pom Pom Christmas Pudding Garland by Maisies Mummy Makes – £10 for 3

Christmas Tree Candle by Surrey Candles – £7.50

Personalised Snowflake Decoration by Bodoli – £11.95

Bauble III Framed Original Miniature Collagraph Wall Art Print by Emma Cook Printmaker – £26

Christmas Family Illustrations by Doodle Keg – £20

Wooden Printed Christmas Eve Box by The Crafty House Emproium – From £19.99

Christmas Decoration Sign by The Poppy Patch – £25

Embroided Felt Hearts by Buds and Berries – £7.50

Knit Baubles by Valmade – £2.50

Christmas Eve Box by Flutterbye Boutique – £24.95

Crochet Snowman Christmas Decoration by Timeless Stitches – £6.95

Memorial Christmas House by Toni’s Trinkets – £26.99

Personalised Candy Cane Christmas Tree Ornament by Lady Posh Handmade – £10

Personalised Wooden Paw Print Bauble by Fox and Rainbow – £8

Personalised Pet Decorations by Storm in a Teacup Gifts – £5

Macrame Christmas Project Book by Isabella Strambio – £12.99

Personalised Calligraphy Baubles by The Amyverse – £15

Reusable Christmas Tree Advent Calendar by Kettle of Fish Designs – £89

Custom Felt Dog Decorations by Jelly Stitch Crafts – £20

Personalised Santa Stocking Holders by Busy Being Crafty – £15.00

Fused Glass Christmas Tree in a Wooden Stand by Warm Glass Fusion – £38

Scented Candles by AB Luxury – £25

Personaliosed Fused Glass Christmas Decoration by Hen on the Shore – £18

Handmade Christmas Gift Tags by Our Little Designs Shop – £4.50 for 6

First Christmas Clay Decoration by Snuggle Bumpkin – £9

Christmas Postage Stamps in Miniature Bottles by Signature Stamps – £9.95

Personalised Reindeer Baubles by Little Loves Crafts – £7.50

Crochet Pigs in Blankets by Little Gem Makes -£10

Christmas Tree Ornaments by Blondie Glam Designs – £15

Boho Christmas Ornament Set by Diana Crafted – £19.99

Memorial Tree Bauble by Taylor Mayde UK – From £16.99

Personalised Bauble filled with Handmade Belgian Chocolates by Tiny Treats – £7.50

Red Tartan Christmas Tree Shaped Cushion by Woodland Hill Crafts – £21

Heat Reactive Scented Candle by Candlemelon – £30

Trio of Macrame Christmas Rainbow Decorations by Macra-Made with Love – £20

Woodland Christmas Tree Decorations by The Velvet Hedgehog – £6

Chocolate Orange Covers by Simons Creations – £2

Grinch Inspired Gin Glass by Just Because – £6

Christmas Santa Wreath by Handmade by Sabrina – £28

Christmas Sprout Stockings by Handmade By Tina – £8

Christmas Wreath by Alchemy Silks – £39

Recycled Book Page Honeycomb Tree Ornaments by RM Crafting Creations – From £4.50

House and Candle Decoration by Becky’s Handmade Buys – £8

Ceramic Baubles by Artistic Criminologist – £6

Christmas Signs by The Chic Boutique by Clarissa – £15

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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. 

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Meet the handmade brands popping up with us at Waterloo station

From 16 Oct to 5 Nov, we’ll be opening our first ever pop-up at Waterloo station!

Everyday there will be 4 different small businesses popping up with us offering commuters and passengers a little bit of handmade goodness!

We thought we’d showcase all the brands involved, giving you a little sneak peek of what to expect.

Find us opposite platform 12, directly under the clock between 10am-7pm at Waterloo station.

Our Beauty & Fragrance Brands…

EsQue Parfum

Fragrance: Vegan, alcohol free and oil based perfumes

The Oud Section

Fragrance: Perfume fragrance oils and the opportunity to create your own perfume mixtures

Ka’Shea Cosmetics

Beauty: Natural skin care line made with organic shea butter, coldpressed oils and essential oils.

Our Arts & Crafts Brands…

Seronga Art

Art: Afro Maximalist art prints that celebrate African textiles and women of colour

The Bargello Edit

Hobbies: Craft kits & haberdashery items and accessories

All Shades

Art: Luxury ethnic greeting cards

Our Kids Focused Brands…

Freckles on the Inside

Kids: Selection of craft kits

Our Eco & Sustainable Brands…

The Golden Grass Company

Accessories & Jewellery: Eco-Friendly handcrafted accessories made out of a rare and wild Golden Grass plant

The Little Coffee Company

Drink: Compostable plastic free coffee pods , upcyclable and reusable tins

Our Clothing Brands…

Adire Dye

Clothing & Accessories: Hand-dyed t-shirts, socks & sweatshirts


Clothing & Acccessories: Handmade bags, jewellery & stoles

Our Jewellery Brands…

Affybale Ltd

Beauty & Jewellery: Natural skincare & stone jewellery

APS Fashion Limited

Jewellery: Handmade jewellery inspired by endless summers in Venezuala

Wild Jewellery

Jewellery: Sterling Silver and Gold filled jewellery

Ayayla Ltd

Accessories & Jewellery: Art, crystals, gem stones & jewellery

Numa Estilo

Jewellery: Handmade women’s jewellery with semi precious stone and gold plated brass/ sterling silver metals


Jewellery: Selection of handmade jewellery

Food & Drink

Anastasia’s Pantry Ltd

Food: Prepacked vegan & gluten free granola and protein balls

Gabu Chocolatier

Food: Speciality chocolates

K’s Cocktail Ltd

Drink: Alcoholic cocktails bottled in a variety of

Spice Realm

Food: Discover premium spices sourced from around the globe

The Whisking Angel

Food: Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakesicles,
chocolate smash hearts & tray bakes


Food: Luxury handmade biscottis that are boxed and make the perfect gift

Hillery & Son

Drink: Bottled rum punch alcoholic beverages

Simplicitea Blends

Drink: Specially blended herbal teas in beautiful eco friendly packaging

Sweet Tooth

Food: Special cookies with messages for all occasions

Our Homeware Brands…

Lelowa Candles

Homeware: Hand-poured candles in a variety of shapes and scents

Midas Touch Designs

Homeware: Handcrafted coasters, keyrings, cake stands

Palamuti Studios

Homeware: Candles, reed diffusers, room spray, car diffusers, wax melts, pillar candles and accessories

The Design Platform

Homeware: Candles & diffusers

Beautifully Unique

Homeware: Wax melts, diffusers and sprays

Muchu Candles

Homeware: Candles, wax melts and diffusers

Purscents Ltd

Homeware: Candles, candle refills and vessels, reed diffusers and bath salts

Velia’s Candles Co

Homeware: Selection of candles

Our Accessory Brands…

Bambina Di Cioccolato

Accessories: Including Fair Trade cotton pouches, make up bags, card holders, wallets, passport holders and so much more


Accessories: Handmade Cushions, Tote Bags, Scarves & Hats

Adorn with love

Homeware & Accessories: Selection of pouches, bags & scarves

Viva Trends

Accessories: Handmade Hair Scrunchies

If you’d like to discover these talented brands, pop along to Waterloo between 16 Oct – 5 Nov. Find us opposite platform 12, directly under the clock between 10am-7pm.

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Handmade Autumn Decor Made And Sold By A Small Business

If you love adding a touch of seasonal decor to your home, we’ve put together a pretty impressive collection! Everything you see is made and sold by a small business. When you shop small you really can find such unique and sometimes even personalised options (those calligraphied pumpkins are pretty dreamy!)

Happy shopping!

Please note we have not purchased any of products, these links are signposts towards products we found online. Be vigilant when purchasing from online sites and social media links.

Crochet Pumpkins by Stitch Fix Crafts – Large £12.50 | Medium £10.50 | Small £5.50

Autumn Fabric Hanging Houses by Madam Dotty – £6.50

Pumpkin and Sunflower Coasters by Made with Love by Amber – £18

Needle Felted Pumpkins by New Forest Felts – from £10

Pom Pom Mini Flowers by Creative Creations @ NN1 – £8

Autumn Bunting by Doodle Keg – £5

Stacking Pumpkins by Timeless Stitches – £14.95

Autumn Wreaths by Buttons & Bows – From £3.50

Pumpkin Jar by Krorroskos Designs – £15

Orange Hand Knitted Pumpkins Garland by Kitebirdknits – £15

Personalised Calligraphy Pumpkins by The Amyverse – £7

Dried Flower Display with Hare by Kettle of Fish Designs – £45

Pumpkin Ornament by Unique Unicorns Crafts – £8

Horror Themed Tote Bag by Tayler Made Treasure – £6.50

Knitted Pumpkins Trio by All Seasons – £20

Pumpkin Decorations by Manor Handmade – £15

Trio of Mini Hanging Pumpkins by Crafty Little Cottontail – £13.45

Autumn Cherry Candle by Gia Como by Precious – £18

Embroided Pumpkin Hanging Decoration by The Atholl Home Co – £5.95

Fall Tones Tassels Garlands by DianaCrafted – £20.99

Trio of Crochet Pumpkins by Little Lighthouse Makes – £15

Leaf Shaped Cushion by Woodland Hill Crafts – £26

Macrame Leaf Garland by Macra-Made with Love – £35

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Handmade gift ideas for kids

If there is a child you know you need to buy prezzies for this year, have browse through our kids handmade gift guide! All have been made by a small business. Handmade presents are just the best! So many unique and thoughtful options not often found on the high street! Happy shopping!

[Tie dye socks picture above sold by Adire ]

Baby Harem Pants by Biddy and Bear – From £15

Gingerbread Biscuit Sandwiches by Cupcake Charls – £12

Happy Star Pocket Hug by Stella Stellina Gift – £6.50

Sparkly Festive Headbands by Annie Magenis Millinery – £20

Souris Street – A Mouse Village Childrens Book by Teeny Tiny Pocket World – £6.30

Wooden Macrame Bow Holder by Flutterbye Boutique – £22.95

Layered Butterfly Bookends by The Poppy Patch – £37.50

Clip in Hair Bows by Alicia’s Bow Boutique – From £4

Themed Sticker Packs by Buttons & Bows – £1.50

Card Making Craft Kit by Catherine Lou Designs – £13.75

Personalised Superhero Cape by The Flat of Kat – £26

Personalised Scratch Cards & Tickets by The Shiny Ticket Co – £9.50

Embroided Memory Cushion by Lolo & Lil Designs – £50

Handmade Romper by Little Acorn Makes – From £20

Personalised Bow Holder by Little Loves Crafts – £19

Wooden Teether & Bib by Jazy Beez Boutique – £13

Mummy is the Best Pink Romper by Milly’O – £29

Personalised Unicorn Hanging Decoration by The Atholl Home Co. – £5.95

Handmade Custom Flower Keyring by Diana Crafted – £6.99

Crochet Rainbow Unicorn Hat by The Purple Turtle – From £15

Personalised Baking Set by Taylor Mayde UK – From £4.99

Plaster Gingerbread Man Hanging Ornament Paint Kit by Colton Crafts – £3

Vegan Friendly Natural Wax Crayons by The Natural Crayon Company – From £5.95

Embroided Flannels by The Gift Shed Creations – From £4

Mountain Shaped Cushion by Woodland Hill Crafts – £10

Vivid Rainbow Beanie Hat by Little Spuggy – From £27

12 Day Hair Bow Advent Calendar by Libbydebobbledebow – £35

Crochet Santa Hat by LMN Crochet – £16

Satin Bonnets by Crowned by Royalty – £6.99

The Boddle Box by Boddle Bath – £25 per month

Tractor Water Bottle by Libra Fine Arts – £20

Snowman Duo Bath Bomb Set by Samisu – £12

Pumpkin Hat by Crochet Loops Designs – £10

Christmas Gingerbread Man Blanket by Unique Crafts – £70

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Back to school cool: Small businesses to brighten up your desk

notebooks and pencil on the pink surface

If you’re anything like us, apart from getting some peace and quiet back into the house after the chaos of the summer holidays, back to school season is a great excuse to bring some new life to your desk. No matter if you WFH or you just want to add some pizazz to your office cubicle, these small business finds are perfect for easing you back into the last quarter of the year in style.

Random thoughts memo pad’ – Bittersweet Apathy, £5.50

Ever find yourself scrambling for a pen and paper only to write that all important note on an envelope which you promptly loose…us too! No more thanks to this stylish desk pad from Bittersweet Apathy complete with tick boxes so you can get that dopamine hit of saying ‘completed it mate’!

‘Personalised calligraphy print’ £35, Letters From Mae

Add some style to your walls with a personalised print that’ll give you all the feels when you look up from your emails. This keepsake piece is a beautiful reminder of when your little ones came and brightened up your life whilst adding some contemporary style to your interiors all at the same time.

Stickers and Washi tape, from £2.50, MLTYUniverse

Is there anything more satisfying than using stickers in your notebook as an adult? No, no there isn’t which is why we’re obsessed with the collection from colourful indie brand MLTY Universe. From Kawaii cats to fruits and other adorable shapes, level up your notebook with these stylish stickers – it’s a must!

Blue Kente inspired coaster, £16, FNIC Designs

Stay hydrated in style thanks to these Kente inspired coasters. Not only are they a geometric dream but they come as a solo coaster or in a handy pack of four, if like us you end up with one of every type of drink on your desk by the end of any given working day.

Sunflower notebook, £4.99, Let Go To Hold On

Make note taking a fun task with this gorgeous notebook full of sunshine! Featuring hand illustrated sunflowers and and cute, calligraphy ‘notes’ on the front, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find yourself scribbling with a smile when you crack this beauty open

Colourful key chains, £7, Jammy Weekend

And something we loved, which could be great for little ones or big ones going back to school! Add a little colour to any bag, lunch bag or set of keys with these gorgeous colourful keychains. There are a few options to choose from Jammy Weekend’s colourful range too.

For more gorgeous desk-worthy treats for your or a loved one, why not visit one of our events which is often jam-packed with small business treats that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Our #smallbizsummer Social Media Challenge

We know that summer sometimes can be a quiet, reflective time for small businesses, so we’d love you to join us in our first ever #smallbizsummer challenge on social media – there might even be a prize or two 😘

Starting Monday 31 July, for the month of August, on Mon/Weds/Fri we’ll share a post with a theme for the day, encouraging you to do the same, talking to your followers engaging with them in time for the busiest season ahead 🎄 🥳

If you never know what to post, this challenge is for you 🤩 Use the topic in the daily prompts below, to write a post helping your followers get to know you a little better. Use this challenge to shout about all the amazing work you’ve done so far.

Find the daily prompts below, so you can start planning what to post! Also if helpful use we’ve created some downloadable graphics for you to use on social media and a printout we’ve created (if you’re a ‘write on paper kinda gal’ like me!) which you can use to help plan out your posts for the month.

We really hope you’ll join us in this summer of fun. Whenever you post, simply add the hashtag #smallbizsummer and we will see it!

Feel free to spread the word and invite other business pals to get involved and have a little fun online this summer ☀️

See you on the ‘gram!

Daily prompts

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Think pink, shop small 💕

It’s Barbie week (finally) and according to reports, searches for ‘Barbie’ and ‘Barbiecore’ have seen a sharp rise since the trailer for the film of the same name dropped earlier this year. With brands like Chanel, Zara and even Burger King jumping on the trend, it’s time to do our own spin – the shop small version and trust us when we tell you you’ll be saying ‘Hi Barbie’ to all of these gorgeous independent goodies.

Lelowa Candles, Teddy Bear candle, £5.50

This little cutie from Lelowa Candles is not only perfectly on brief for the kids toys nostalgia kick we’re currently on, but it’s a perfect addition to your shelfie space if you’re looking for some independent candle action. Available in pink or course, you can also grab one in a range of different shades, although why would you want to?

Midas Touch, Floral Resin Geode Coasters, £30

Thinking of hosting a Barbie party this weekend? Then these coasters from Midas Touch are a must. Featuring real flowers in the colours of your choice (pink is of course the only acceptable shade) they’re hand finished in eco-resin and topped off with a metallic edging which just sets the whole thing off.

Cinco Skin, Rose Quartz Candle, £28

We’re obsessed with these Rose Quartz candles from Cinco Skin, not only are they vegan and lovingly hand-poured but they also feature two Rose Quartz tumbled crystals. Rose Quartz is the love crystal which is said to fill your home with harmony, love and compassion – dreamy.

Rose Quartz Dual Triangle open ring, Hutke Jewellery, £48

This limited edition Rose Quartz Dual Triangle ring is the perfect piece to finish off all your Barbiecore looks. Finished in 18ct Gold Plated brass, the great thing about this piece is that it’s adjustable so you can move it around depending on what your jewellery plans are for the day.

Only fancy a hint of pink? Then these AndRuz Studio marbled book ends are perfect for you. Each one is marbled in eco friendly resin alternative, Jesmonite and we love the chunky, contemporary design of these. Pair them up to create an aesthetically pleasing book shelf or use one solo as statement decor.

Looking to shop pink in person? Don’t forget, our Westfield pop-ups are now open and we have lots of small business goodies for you to shop. For more details on both of them, visit our What’s on page here.

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Teacher gift ideas all sold by small businesses

pink and teal heart box

We’ve put together a blog post FULL of teacher gift ideas all made and sold by small businesses across the UK. So many original and thoughtful ideas to help teachers know we appreciate them so much! Check them out below, if you love them, why not let the maker know! Comments, reviews, likes and follows go a long way for small businesses! Happy shopping!

Teacher quote print by Creative Pickle – £19

Personalised Teacher Lunch Bag by Fred & Pearl Gifts – £11.95

Earring Gift Card – by Pandora’s Clay Box – £4.95

Granola butter by Oat Avenue – £6

Personalised portrait mug by Mimi Smartypants – £14

Zodiac Star Sign Droplet Necklace by Superdiva Jewellery – £24.99

Personalised pencil pot biscuit by Hamilton Bakes – £6

Personalised plantable card by Audrey Coco – £3.75

Yoga bag by Ladina Yoga – £20

Block printed wash bag by Rooh London – £14

Mental Health Matters Drinks Tumblers by Carmen’s Crafts

Pocket hug by Suze Lake Designs – £1.40

Star teacher award ceramic tag by Beespoke Pottery – £7.95

Personalised notebook by Crafts By Nahima – £14.99

‘Time for tea’ tea bag tidy by Jinnu Ngui Design – £9.50

Personalised pen pot by Impressive print – £7.25

Personalised candle by Surrey Candles – £10

Personalised iPad cover by Naila Ahmad London – £25

Weekly planner by Clementine Stationery – £10

Enamel mug by Green Earth Learning – £9.50

Personalised thank you gift by Slumbermonkey Designs £7

Wax melt gift bag by T Whites – £7.50

Wooden pencil necklace by My New Fave Jewellery – £12

Personalised cards by Hello Dotti Lee – £3.25

Coaster by Carriegraphy – £4.50

Personalised thank you candle by Can To Candles – £12.50

Decorated iced biscuit by Croccante Bakery – From £3.50

Tote bags by Tanya Loi Studio – £13.50

Scrunchies by Sew Last Summer – From £4

Origami set by Origami Est – £12

Rainbow Crystal Earrings by NG World Design – From £35.75

Coaster and thank you card by Mary’s House Designs – £5

Moonstone personalised canvas by Made By Nabilah – £20

Build your own gift box by Out Of The Box Gifts – From £3.50

Colourful head bands by Kate Whyley – From £32

Personalised teacher spa pamper set by Awesome Botanicals – £9.99

If you know of more thoughtful teacher gift ideas, feel free to add them to the comments below with a link and price!

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Need product photography for your small business?

If product photography is on your business to do list, then this post is for you! 

We’ve partnered up with the very talented @morganemilyjane to offer small businesses an exclusive discounted photography package! 

We’ll be hosting monthly small biz photo shoots, to help businesses get a fresh new album of pics in time for Christmas! Send off your products to Emily’s studio, and have them photographed in their very own mini shoot! – Your products are gonna have a ball!

Photography was probably one of the hardest things I’ve found to do myself for my previous product selling business. Good photographers have SUCH a skill! We’ve used Emily to photograph a variety of different products for our pop-up marketing advertising, and her ability to capture such a wide spectrum of product types is such a talent!

There’s 10 spaces available per month, available on a first come first served basis.You can spread the cost across 3 months too when you select to pay via Klarna too!

This service is one of many new things coming to help support small businesses in the journey of entrepreneurship. We’re working on a toolkit of services designed to help grow small businesses using recommended and trusted providers. Stay tuned for more coming soon😍

Hit ‘Shop now’ below to check out all the details!

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5 Independent brands to help you shop small this Father’s Day

The month of June marks Father’s Day and no matter who the father figure in your life, we love to shop small for thoughtful, personal gifts. If you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to picking the perfect gift, here are 5 of our favourites.

1. Beard Surgeon, Daily Package £21

Does your dad need to up his beard game? Then look no further from The Daily Package from Beard Surgeon. Value packed with a beard oil and balm in one of four delicious scents. Founded in 2021 and run by two University friends, their brand ethos is Look good, feel good, smell good and doesn’t your dad deserve that?

2. Mocaro, Bespoke bow tie from £195

Mocaro creates bespoke, statement accessories for men, all designed in London and forged with meticulous British craftsmanship, incorporating precious metals and the world’s finest fabrics. If you’ve got a dapper dad then one of these beautifully made pieces will be the jewel in his formalwear crown.

3. Hillery & Son, Rum Punch £3.49

Looking for a gift on a budget? Hillery & Son’s delicious Rum Punch is the perfect accessory for the foodie father. Either treat him to a solo bottle of this double award winning drink or why not package it up into a hamper of indie treats? Either way, don’t expect this to hang around for long!

4. EsQue Parfum, Caville Blanc Parfum, £26

Fragrance is a classic gift for dad and why not – there are so many options for every different type of dad. We love these unisex fragrances from EsQue Parfum, with a blend of bergamot, geranium, lavender with a twist of patchouli and a touch of class. You will smell citrus and fruity accents with a hint of spice creating an incredibly nostalgic scent.

5. Health and Holistics, The gift of health, £49.99

Give the gift of health, literally thanks to this set from Health and Holistics. This gorgeous set includes contains a 30g pouch of wildcrafted Sea Moss, along with 2x 314ml jars of Sea Moss gel (original) and 3x50g bar of nourishingly natural Sea Moss soap (original) to boost dads immune system this season and beyond. 

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Free stalls for business owners on maternity leave!

grayscale photography of baby holding finger

This International Women’s Day we wanted to announce some exciting news for business owners on maternity leave. 

From 10 March 2023, we’re offering 3 free stalls to new mums with a handmade product-selling business, to use during the first twelve months following baby’s due date.

Being self-employed is a financial rollercoaster. Throw in a newborn baby, usually with zero maternity pay, and hormones all over the place, it can be a stressful time financially and mentally.

That’s why we’re helping new mums juggling a small business, a free opportunity to book up to 3 stalls at any of our pop-up venues. With this little aid, we aim to hopefully help mamas meet new customers, grow their businesses, improve mental health AND still be a great mum.

It’s a topic close to my heart, when I was 4 months pregnant, I was made redundant a few days after telling my full-time employer that I was pregnant. Devastated, unable to find work or income, it was a really low season. As much as the law is meant to protect pregnant women, I couldn’t find any company that wanted to hire me, 6 months pregnant.

I had no option but to try to make some income via my product selling business/hobby I had on the side. I ended up putting my all into running my company and have done so ever since, now with two mini humans in tow.

Despite feeling incredibly blessed and privileged to have both baby bundles, mum-life brought overwhelming feelings of anxiety and panic, whilst navigating through a global pandemic. Still unsure to this day whether it was postpartum depression, I felt I had zero purpose having lost my ‘proper job’ as I used to call it. I longed to switch roles with my husband who went off to work each morning and wanted to create some sort of identity again.

But I continued to push my business on, and the most amazing thing ended up happening to my little handmade business. My self-employed adventure sort of rescued me! A thriving and incredibly supportive small business community was created, when we began offering pop-up market opportunities for small independents. It changed everything. Meeting people in person, connecting with others, helping each other thrive, it was the best therapy in quite a dark time.

It’s for all of these reasons we want to help women who may be experiencing any of the above. Whether it’s zero maternity pay from being self-employed, redundancy, postpartum depression, needing a reason to be more than just ‘mum’, a chance to meet new people and feel less alone.

The first 12 months post birth are challenging times, so if this can help just 1 hard-working, ass-kicking small business mama, it’ll be worth it!

Please know I’m incredibly aware that this is a topic that might be a difficult subject for some to read. Sending so much love to anyone struggling at the moment.  

How to book a stall

  • Any product selling business owner with a baby under twelve months old, can book up to 3 stalls to use within the 12 month period following the baby’s due date
  • The 3 free stalls can be used at any venue we have advertised on our pop-ups page, so you may want to spread the bookings out as we will be adding more venues to our site over time.
  • To book, visit that link above, find a pop-up suitable for your company, hit on ‘book a stall’ add 1 stall to your basket. Use the coupon code MUMPRENEUR when booking, this will result in the stall being free of charge
  • You will need to make 3 separate bookings in order to make use of the 3 free stalls offer.
  • All 3 stall dates you book must be within the 12 month period following baby’s due date which is shown on your maternity exemption certificate.
  • When booking your stall, on the checkout page, there is question asking you for your public liability insurance, please also attach a copy of your Maternity Exemption Certificate (the certificate you show in pharmacies for free prescriptions) or email it to us after your purchase.
  • This benefit is open to anyone who has conceived a baby (which includes stillborn/miscarriage) and has a copy of their Maternity Exemption Certificate.
  • Offer is available for all stalls booked from 10 March 2023 and cannot be applied to any booking made before this date.
  • Please be aware this offer does not guarantee you a stall at any of our events, you must book a stall from the available dates showing on the ‘book a stall’ page. Once we have sold out, we will have none available or reserved.
  • The name on the maternity exemption certificate will need to match the name on your booking and public liability insurance
  • Please note, as with all stallholders, you will need to sell products that match the ethos of our pop-ups, ensuring the products are handmade. 
  • Also to be aware that we carefully curate our markets to ensure a mix of products are available each day so alternative dates may also be offered if your product type clashes with any other stalls already booked in that day.
  • Once your stall has been confirmed, your booking will be non-exchangeable/non-refundable

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Small Business Mothers Day Gift Ideas

happy mothers day card beside pen macaroons flowers and box near coffee cup with saucer

We’ve collated over 40 mothers day gift ideas, all made and sold by small businesses.

So much care and passion go into products made by a small business. It often shows in the packaging and the personal touches small independents pour into their products.

Here’s a selection of gift ideas we think will make any lucky lady feel loved this mother’s day…

YelloFlame.Camden – Half Face Vase £30

Adorn.withlove – Scarves £24

Midas Touch Designs – Real Flowers Cake Stand £49

Cupcake Charls – Mother’s Day Biscuit Puzzle £17

Taro Collection – Mum Hair Clip £20.80

Florals at No.9 – Handcrafted Mother’s Day Cards £5

Preeti Woman Make Up – 1-2-1 Make-Up Masterclass £99

The Bloom Room In Gravenhurst – Spring Wreath £50

Create Your Happy UK – DIY Craft Kits From £9

Meet The Moon Designs – Paper Cutting Craft Kit £25.50

YESO Studio Shop – Peony Stone Diffuser with Scallop Coaster Set £14.45

Rooh London – Luxury Quilted Cotton Dressing Gown £95

Lan Retro – Mustard Yellow Cotton Hair Scarf £8

Present Your Joy – Mother’s Day Gift Box £32

Oh So Wick – Wonderful Mum Vinyl Candle £14.99

SBDLuxe – Pink Satin Scrunchies £3.99

Dragons and Daisies – Pamper Hamper £44.95

Queen Shaya Design – Hand Embroidered Collars £30

The Finish Touch London – Reusable Marble Candle £20

Zalery – Necklace £12

Muchu Candles – Pretty in Pink Candle £34.99

Treasure Kave – Embroidery Kit £22.50

SJE London – Mother’s Day Card £5.76

TM Boutique UK – Double Heart Earrings £16

FNIC Designs – Mother’s Day Card £4

Beaded By Laura – Bows £13.90

Trinket Fairy Designs – Fingerless Gloves £28

Abby’s Art Atelier – Necklace £24

MadeWithLoveLdn – Personalised Mini Jute Bag £7

Mary P Jewellery – Earrings £22.50

Cinco Skin – Candles £28

Almaarie – Candles £25

Luliu – Pancake Mix £17

Misstutubags – Mother’s Day Hamper £17

Carterie Sarah – Cards £3.50

Lelowa Candles – Beautiful Lady Candle £12

Candalin – Rosa Damask Candle £39.99

Yiola Georgiou – Handmade Jewellery from £8

Raina Atelier – Eye Mask £20

Bitesize Bakehouse – Marshmallow Box £9.50

Andruz Studio – Jesmonite Bookends £22.50

Bathroomatic – Handmade Lavender Soap Bar £5.99

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Rent a shelf to sell your products in shops across England

If you’re a small business, discover over 20+ stores you can rent a shelf at across England to sell your products in, all in this very blog post.

For some small businesses booking stalls at markets are just not a practical way to get sales. Whether it’s due to available time from a full-time job, or childcare responsibilities.

Another option is become more available, offering an additional income stream for small businesses. More and more bricks and mortar shops are offering services where small businesses can rent a shelf for a week, month, quarter etc. Some offer monthly fees, some take commission from sales and some both.

I haven’t seen anywhere on the internet with a list of all the shops in one place, so thought it might be useful for small businesses to collate a list of available shops to know which ones might be near them. We asked everyone to share any suggestions on our social channels and did a little googling, and you can find our list of over 25 stores that offer this service across England.

Please note we have not contacted these shops, nor have gathered sales stats on them. When deciding to sign up for a week/month etc, we highly recommend doing your research. Footfall, the marketing/advertising they do, commission they take, restocking process, customer return process, setting up process, are all things to check.

Happy selling!

Artisans of Uppingham


Love Local Hub

Milton Keynes

Craft Collective


PopUp United


The Little Pottery Studio


Collectively Made




Love Local


The Suffolk Craft Shop


Artisans Hub


Millies Crafty Crafts


Bird’s Yard


We Are Pop Up


Elvet & Bailey


Made in Ashford


Glass and Craft


The Loft


Wallababies And Friends


Cornish Curiosities


Crafters Emporium


Solo Craft Fair


Curated Collective


The Emporium


The Olde Watermill Shopping Village


The Norfolk Gift Company


Maggie J & Co


Our Handmade Collective


The Handmade Gift Shop


Caru Craft at The Tea Rooms Glynneath


Gingerbugs & Co

Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales

Creation Gifts and Crafts




The Home Crafters


Design 44

Derby & Trentham Gardens

The Reigate Pop Up


The Emporium


Know any more shops near you? Help another business owner out and spread the word! Leave a comment below with their details!

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Galentines & Valentines gift ideas

assorted color heart shaped candies

If you need a little inspiration for some Galentines or Valentines gift ideas, look no further. We’ve picked some of our fav’s we’ve seen on the ‘gram all sold by small businesses! Discover so many thoughtful pressie ideas right here, and shop small in the process, happy shopping!

Scrunchies by Sbdluxe – £4

Jesmonite Coasters and Home Decor by en.marbre – From £7

Wall Prints by love2designstudio – From £4

Valentines Day Cards by Candice Chenade – £4.95

Resin and Polymer Clay Jewellery by Abbys_art_Atelier – £24

Natural Soap by Mallini au Natural Soap – £5.80

Greetings Cards by Natis Creations – £3.95

Wax Melts and Candles by Ohsowick – £8

Luxury Oud Perfume by Carved Scents – £64.99

Visit Carved Scents here

Heart Hoop Earrings – Maison De Paris – £16

Leather handbags, clutch bags and cross body bags by Fresh Outta Ideas – From £15

Jewellery by Juanas – £23

Jewellery by Opus Jewels – £27

Scrunchies by By Sue-Ellen – £1

Home Fragrance & Candles by Almaarie – £25

Jewellery by Lucy Ashton – £55

Pop-up Cards and Prints by Jo Garden – £5

Jewellery by Just L Jewellery – £30

Candles by Candalin – £34

Visit Candalin here

Handmade headbands by Rockurstyle – From £18

Valentines Dolls by Rosie Girl – £38

Polymer Clay Earrings by J.J.Unrefined – £14

Jewellery by Precious Stones By Shabz – £20

Valentines Jewellery by i_beadsuk

Personalised Candles by Aumni Designs – £12

Handmade Jesmonite Book-ends by Andruz Studio – £21.25

Prints by Nephthys Illustrated – £49.99

Wax Melts by Smells Good Scents – £15

Red Roses Flower Bears and Homeware by ZavyaDecor