The Instagram Independent Store Gift Guide: 30 For £30 And Under

Christmas shopping can be a bit of a nightmare.  I  know that there are some people who have such highly organised shopping plans that they start buying in January, but unfortunately I am not one of them.  So far I have not bought a single present and we are almost in December.  The situation needed to be rectified so in my quest to make my life as easy as possible, I decided that I would compile a list of affordable products from my absolutely favourite Instagram stores and artisans. And being the selfless person that I am, I've decided to share this with you.  Read it and weep, because I promise that you'll be crying at the state of your bank account once you've seen this load of lovelies.

Instagram is choc a block full of the most fabulous, skilled, creative stores and independents.  By buying local, not only are you helping the economy but you are also actively supporting small business.  These people quite frankly work their bollocks off to make sure that they offer you the most beautiful, individual products that are made to keep forever.  Hand selected for their stores and curated with their customer in mind, the High Street can't cut it alongside such personal service.

So here are 30 beautiful gift items that not only will fit your budget as they are all £30 or under, but they will also promote your position as a caring and thoughtful gift giver.  And you won't have to drive into town, park the car and traipse through the sleet and rain to stand in a queue in Debenhams for half an hour as they are all online.  You can thank me later.  

PS:  This post is dedicated to my husband who, when I met him, had bought his mum a Body Shop basket every single year since 1988.

1.  Poinsettia Santa Plate

Beautiful vintage plate given a quirky upcycle by the super creative Debbie Carne.

£30 p&p free


2. Wooden Serving Boards

Produced in Devon by the talented Rosie Brewer.  Each piece is individual as she follows the natural beauty of the wood.

Large: £26 p&p £5.95                Small:  £18 p&p £5.95


3.  Handmade Soy Candles

Gorgeous handmade candles poured by hand by Ruth and Laura with natural soy and essential oils.  Available in three beautiful fragrances in 85g tins with 15 hours burn time.  

£8 p&p £2.50 for up to six candles


4.  Star Wars Print

Contemporary prints by talented artist Donna Maria Kelly (one of a pair).  Email to order.

£30 or £50 for two p&p £3.50



5.  Steel Cube Twin Candelabra

Handmade by John Walker who produces innovative and creative metalwork in his studio in Yorkshire.  Email to order.

£30 p&p £7.95


6.  Calgary Star

Channel a magical Scandi woodland with this battery window light (photo by Oliver Perrott).  Stunning and versatile.

£6.99 p&p £5.99


7.  Swedish Cooee Design Ball Vase

Various colours and sizes.  Hand painted in porcelain with a beautiful silky matte finish.

£12 (8cm)                                      £16 (10cm) p&p £3.95           Exclusive 15% discount code HOHOHO15 valid until 20 December 2016


8.  Lion Ceramic Wall Vase

Fabulous animal wall vases available in tiger, goat and giraffe.

£30 plus £7.95 p&p  Exclusive 15% discount code XMASGIFT until 11/12/2016


9.  Brass Statement Key Ring

Beautiful heavy, recycled brass charm made by an Africans Woman's Cooperative.  Available in three designs and three leather tassel colours.

£18.50 plus £4.50 p&p          Exclusive 15% discount code LISAD


10.  Brass Pineapple Dish

Just perfect for storing jewellery or serving nibbles this Christmas.

£25 p&p £4.15                         Exclusive 15% discount code XMAS15


11.  Irene & Edith Crank Pot

Handmade by humble artisan Nichola, handcrafted, glazed and finished with gold lustre.  Email to order.

£30 p&p £5


12.   Hand Made Christmas Biscuits

Gorgeous handmade iced biscuits custom made and beautifully boxed by Caroline at The Kitsch Hen.  

£12.50 p&p free 


13.  Triple Steel Candelabra

Handmade by John Walker who produces innovative and creative metalwork in his studio in Yorkshire.  Email to order.

£30 p&p £7.95



14. Talking Bout My Constellation Cushion

Stylish, science inspired cushion combining geekiness with cool contemporary design.

£22 plus £4.30 p&p            


15.  House Of Rym Cup & Saucer

Beautiful porcelain cups and saucers to mix and match designed in Sweden by Elisabeth Dunker.

£25 plus £3.95 p&p                

Exclusive 15% discount code HOHOHO15 valid until 20 December 2016


16.  Large Gold Cuff

Stylish acrylic cuff with mirrored finish by Cooee.

£30 p&p £4.15


17.  White Ceramic Christmas Decoration

Beautifully defaced white ceramic Christmas decoration, individually sourced and hand painted by Emma in Beau & Badger's Somerset studio.  Other designs available.

£6.95 p&p £1.95


18.  The Light Shack Coasters

Four rough luxe steel coasters hand produced by Dave O'Donnell in his studio in Saltburn.  Email to order.

£20 p&p £5


19.  Pool Party Original Ladder Print

Super cool photography and typographic art.  Various prints available. 

£30 p&p free (A4 size)


20.  Onyx Bowls

Carved from semi precious onyx, each one is unique.  Perfect for serving nibbles or desserts.

£8 plus £4.50 p&p                  Exclusive 15% discount code LISAD


21.  Set Of Four Whiskey Glasses

Beautiful whiskey glasses available in Amber, Smoke Grey or mixed.

£20 p&p £3.95                        Shipping free over £75


22.  Baby Head Vase

A statement piece!  The perfect plant pot available in gold, white and black.

£6.95 plus £7.95 p&p                Exclusive 15% discount code XMASGIFT until 11/12/2016



23.  'Paradise Lost' Blush 2

Stunning and exclusive print from the amazingly talented photographer and artist Pati Robins.

£25 p&p free  (A4)


24. Metal Bar Light Up Sign

Light up with warm white LED's.  Perfect for your drinks trolley or home bar all year round.

£29.99 p&p £2.99                   Exclusive 10% discount code LISASGIFTS until 23 December 2016


25. Hanging Planter

Handmade in high fired porcelain with leather strap in Oxfordshire by artisan potter Harriet Elkerton.  Strap available in two colours.

£26 p&p £4.95                


26.  Custom Calligraphy Artwork

Hand made to order by the talented Amy in her Yorkshire studio to your own specification.  Email to order.

Prices from £10-£20 p&p £2.95


27. Barn Owl Tea Towel

Beautiful hand drawn illustration by artist Sky Siouki printed on to premium heavy weight cotton. Other products available in same design. 

£12 p&p £3.95


28.  Manhattan Geo Bowl

Perfect on it's own or to display a group of objects or fruit, this bowl will add a touch of glam to your coffee table.

£22 p&p £3.95                         Shipping free over £75


29.  Cordelia Hearts Slogan Tee

Designed by fashion and beauty blogger Cordelia Hearts.  More colours ways and designs available.

£22.50 p&p free                                 Exclusive 20% discount code LISADAWSON20



30.  Gold Sequin Storage Basket

Beautiful sequinned and hard wearing baskets perfect for storing throws, plants or toys.

£15.95 small                            £18.95 medium                               £23.95 large p&p £5.50            Exclusive 15% discount code XMAS15


So there it is.  You need nothing else other than a strong forefinger for use on the iPad and your Switch card to hand.   You can order safely in the knowledge that if you make a purchase, it will be personally shipped to you with care and attention and exceptional customer service.  And you will gain huge brownie points from other family members for being so thoughtful.  It's a winner all round.  Keep shopping independent, lovely people - it's the way forward.