Up and down the country, in garden studios and on kitchen tables, our 5,000 small creative businesses have been quietly beavering away… Carving, baking, sourcing and making unique gifts for you and your loved ones. We’re humbled by the joy they’re bringing, as they help us find a way to say ‘I love you’, ‘I miss you’ or ‘I’m there for you’. Now it’s time for us to be there for them, as they need our support now more than ever.
We’re an online curated marketplace for the UK’s best small creative businesses, which means we don’t have warehouses – and neither do most of our Partners. In fact, more than 60% of them work from their own homes, so they can carry on doing what they’re doing – helping you stay connected to your loved ones. So, even if you’re stuck indoors, you can still celebrate your daughter’s birthday or a special anniversary. You can still send a thoughtful gift, and let someone know you’re thinking of them when they need it the most. (Or maybe just buy something lovely for your lounge?)
Each and every item is made or sourced by someone who cares, which means you're more likely to discover one-of-a-kind finds you can give or keep with pride. By supporting small creative businesses, you’re voting with your money for the kind of world you want to live in. (Permission to feel pleased with yourself, granted.) For example, there’s...
Lou creates one-of-a-kind ceramic accessories, lovingly designed in a variety of shapes, textures and colours. “I handcraft all my pieces right here in South Wales. I hope they’ll add a splash of fun to your day.”
Bobby and Kate create strikingly elegant personalised prints inspired by their love of mid-century illustrations. “We’re really passionate about timeless design, and our focus is on quality as we make each piece.”
Katherine creates boxes of beautifully preserved foliage and flowers. “Flowers bring so much joy but don’t last long. We harvest them in full bloom and treat them naturally to keep their fresh look for at least a year.”
Over on Instagram, we’ve been sending weekly messages of support to small businesses. If you get a chance over the coming weeks, think about a small business you know – whether that’s your local butcher, baker or bicycle-maker – and write them a note to say you’re thinking of them.
Our Partners aren’t just selling items for you and your loved ones. They’re actively doing good by us and planet Earth by creating sustainable products, donating profits to charity and empowering young women, among other things. Meet a few of them...
Founders Lucie and Charlie are kickstarting a kindness revolution with their clothing business, where a donation is made to the children’s mental health charity YoungMinds with every purchase.
A stylish alternative to single-use coffee cups, water bottles, straws and bags. Ten percent of profits go to the Marine Conservation Society, who work tirelessly to clean our oceans and beaches.
Founders Camilla and Holly work closely with small farming communities in Africa who, in times of drought, turn to the art of weaving. The result is handmade, totally unique baskets.
A heartfelt thank you for all your support so far – from us and our Partners. It really means the world. Here are a few more ways you can help… By sharing online reviews and sending thoughtful messages to small businesses you know. By liking them on social media and tagging friends so they can support them too. And by purchasing gift cards for others, so they can discover their own favourite independents. Together, the difference we can make is monumental.