Even though Manic Monday is over, the day in which traditionally we all go spend crazy online and spend millions on gifts in the run up to Christmas, typically a large amount of our Christmas shopping is still spent online. However, with all the furore surrounding online companies such as Amazon and Google, getting away with paying little or no corporation tax, many of us shoppers are looking to more independent retailers, as we want to support those who are paying the right amount, whether it be legally or morally. But how do you find a great gift site when you have all the other chores associated with Christmas to fit in too? That’s simple and where we come in. We have surfed and browsed and come up with ten of what we consider the best independent online retailers, so that all you have to do is click on the link and shop away!
For chocolate lovers
Established in 2005, Cocoa Loco is a small family run business based in West Sussex, dedicated to making hand made organic chocolates from high end ingredients. Try treats such as Dark Chocolate covered Ginger & Mango or Orange & Hazelnut Milk Chocolates, all sent in a recyclable box with a message of your choice.
For cake lovers
Next time you think about sending someone flowers for Christmas, why not send a box of home made cupcakes instead? There are selection of dainty cupcakes for grown ups as well as children and they all arrive in a pretty blue box tied up with fuchsia pink ribbon. They have seasonal gifts which include Whittards coffee, perfect for a coffee and cake lover!
For wine lovers
Established in 2003, Wooden Wine Box Company has been one of the UK’s leading wine gift suppliers, both to corporate and individual customers. They supply top quality wines, gift boxes and service, all at fair prices. Choose between red, white or rose wine boxes, or pick out some sumptuous champagnes. And if you order before 2.30pm, your delivery will arrive on the next working day.
For soap lovers
Savonnerie was established in 1997 originally in London’s Brushfield Street E1 next to the historic Spitalfields market with one aim, creating natural therapeutic bodycare products that make you look and feel special. Beautiful hand made soaps made with no artificial chemicals or parabens, think Geranium and Bergamot or Flower Garden and Honey.
For rose lovers
If you know anyone who adores roses then check out this site, it is packed with all things to do with roses, from scented candles, hand washes, drawer sachets, bath truffles, to the more unusual such as rose lights, bird cages and even a dust pan and brush. They also provide a planting design service and advice service for clients who wish to enjoy growing roses in their gardens.
For the gourmet
If you have a friend who loves cooking and fancies themselves as a bit of a kitchen gourmet, but you want to surprise them with a new idea or a special gift, then be sure to check this website out. From unusual cheese knives and servers, hammered stainless steel bowls and plates, to table accessories such as unique sugar and olive bowls, wine buckets and vases, you are bound to find something here they will love.
For handbag lovers
At Tabitha you can find some affordable yet covetable handbags and leather goods in a quirky styles and a choice of unusual colours and metallics. There are loads to choose from and even Pippa Middleton is a fan. To order you need to complete their online form and send it back to them.
For shoe lovers
You can now see the full range of Emma Hope’s beautiful designer shoes at real designer prices. So if you have a friend who loves shoes and could do with a pair of truly unique footwear, you’ll have plenty to choose from as Emma creates everything from ballet pumps and modern platforms to riding boots and trainers.
Fine jewellery lovers
Dinny Hall founded her celebrated jewellery range in 1985 when barely out of Central St Martin’s School of Art where she gained a degree in jewellery design. Her ascent was fast, beginning with some stunning catwalk designs which quickly caught the attention of the fashion press. Here is a range of beautifully crafted jewellery in high quality silver, gold and precious stones. Ideal for a loved one.
Home & Garden lovers
There’s plenty to see in this website and gifts galore for the home and garden. Choose from garden lanterns, bird feeders, votive glasses and scented candles, or plump for candelabras, storm lanterns, glass carriers and sconces. Really something for everyone here.