Are you looking for some special Christmas gift inspiration? We love to support local businesses so we’ve pulled together some great ideas from small independent makers based in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Discover unusual handcrafted gifts that you won’t find anywhere else and support a small local business this Christmas.
Forget lots of plastic tat that gets thrown away and have a look at our ideas for stocking fillers that will be treasured.
These enamel pins from Goring-based Chameleon Wall Art make fantastic stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts under £10. They come on a backing card which can be personalised with your child’s name. We love the unicorn enamel pin and they have lots more cute animal pin designs on their website to choose from too.
Red Kite Days readers can get an exclusive 10% off throughout November on the Chameleon Wall Art website with discount code REDKITEDAYS10OFF
My kids love anything with their names on. These notebooks are hand lettered in Oxfordshire with a personalised name or message on the front.
We love this metal mermaid bookmark with fish charms set in resin. Handmade in Didcot by Wire & Colour, it makes a gorgeous stocking filler.
These rose hair clips are crocheted by Le Muse de Scicli in Oxford – they come in lots of different colours. We love the electric blue!
Bibbies has lots of fabric patterns to choose from for these 100% cotton dribble bibs with absorbent towelling backing.
Babies First Christmas
Launched in 2017, Franklin Wolf Baby are passionate about helping ease the teething stage for you and your little one. Their FDA approved silicone beads are the perfect antidote to irritating gum pain and it just so happens that all of their items look great too. They hand-make everything in Chipping Norton with 10% of their annual profits donated to the NSPCC.
We love this baby bunny hat, hand knitted in Oxfordshire by Loopy Booties.
This geometric plush rhino nursery cushion is handmade by Bear With Me in Chipping Norton -gorgeous!
These sensory taggy blankets are handmade by Little Pickle Creations in Oxford.
Different colour and texture tags are on the outside edges for little pickles to discover, and inside a crinkle fabric to make great noises when the blanket is scrunched up! The blanket can be embroidered with a name.
Birdie Bunting, based in Thame, have the most amazing range of unusual fabrics. How awesome is this sloth design romper suit? Best of all, this suit grows with your child. With three levels of poppers, long cuffs that can be folded up or down, and inner side drawstrings, this outfit will outlast all the others.
Christmas Presents for Kids
How adorable is the gingerbread skirt which is handmade in Bicester from Mollie Moo Gifts. They have a fantastic range of beautiful clothes for babies and toddlers on their website.
These toy baskets are fun as well as practical. My 8 year-old has the cat design and adores it. We think the panda is great. The baskets are handmade in Oxfordshire by Pixies Magic Hook.
This awesome fox cushion is hand screen printed by Mrs B Designs Ltd in Cholsey. So cute!
These reversible capes are brilliant for your little superheroes. They can be personalised with a letter. Handmade in Oxford by Pink Bobbins.
Based in Witney, Peggies Paintbox hand paint story and character peg dolls with child safe sealant. We love this set of colourful number dolls.
Perfect to wear on Christmas Day, we love this Christmas Pudding skirt. A Little Dress handmake all their clothes in Ardington, South Oxfordshire.
Christmas Present Ideas for Mum
How about something a little different with a sushi making workshop from Oxfordshire based Roll With Me. They’ve had workshops at The Batch Café in Bletchingdon and The Jam Factory in central Oxford.
A blissful treat for a tired Mum! These Hoof & Paw crystal candles are made with 100% eco soy wax and essential oils. Natural crystals are used which capture their extraordinary energy and in turn enhance your well-being. Madeleine makes these beautiful candles in Oxfordshire.
Handmade in Oxfordshire by Charlie Davies Designs, these silver snowflake earrings are stunning.
This handcrafted suede tassel keyring is top of my own Christmas list! Miller & Jeeves make beautiful leather clutches, keyrings, belts and pouches in Abingdon. You can also spot their goodies in new John Lewis in the Westgate, Oxford.
This gorgeous on-trend botanical print cushion cover is hand printed and hand sewn by RLHibbsPrints in Abingdon. It comes with a cushion insert.
These fab monstera leaf earrings are laser-cut from perspex by The Gin Fox in West Oxfordshire.
This elegant purple agate bracelet is handmade by Margaret Quon in her studio in Oxford.
Something a little bit different – these quirky yoga planters are made from resin by Serenity Sculptures in Watlington. Perfect with a mini succulent!
Christmas Present Ideas for Dad
We love this copper keyring, hand stamped with with the longitude and latitude of a special place. The keyrings are handmade in Banbury by The Little Stamping Co.
This goregous espresso mug is the perfect gift for a coffee-loving Dad. Fi Chapelle makes her beautiful ceramics in Oxfordshire.
This gorgeous hand-turned wooden pen is a great gift for the Dad who has everything! The pens are handcrafted in Bicester by Thomas at Hammer and Grain. There are lots of different wood options available. He also make fab razor kits – check out their instagram @hammerandgrain.
We love this 17/18 cactus diary from Immaginacija Bindery. It’s handbound in Coptic style in Oxford and can be personalised with a name on the cover.
This 1960s Anglepoise lamp would make a brilliant gift for a stylish Dad. It’s one of the unique finds sold by vintage furniture restorer and dealer Sixty Vintage Things in Witney.
Christmas Present Ideas for Grandparents
We love these limited edition lino cut prints of famous Oxford buildings by Charlotte Hepburn Art including this one of the Sheldonian Theatre. Charlotte hand carves and prints her art in her studio in Oxford.
This fresh and contemporary string of pearls plant art print would make a lovely gift. Designed by Bellbird and Button in Newbury.
This merino wool felted shawl would make a gorgeous gift for someone special. It is hand felted by Felt Collage in Oxfordshire.
You can never have too many tea towels and this one is a stunner! The Christmas robins and holly design is handpainted by Beccy in Oxfordshire.
This gorgeous pistachio vase is ideal for sweet peas or single blooms. Handmade in Oxfordshire by Vivs Pots it’s a lovely gift for grandparents!
A brilliant gift for anyone who mislays their specs – especially bookworms and crossword puzzlers. Made by Which Glasses Are Which in Berkshire, you can order a personalised cloth for your glasses case to create a special gift.
This wooden bookmark is hand painted by Lexy Smith Art in Goring – a great gift for a book lover!
Wrap up warm with this chunky scarf, hand knitted by Little Button Box Store in Wallingford.