I hadn’t really thought about Christmas until I rolled up at the local produce market yesterday. As I scanned the stalls it suddenly dawned on me that it is actually getting close! Hand made baubles and decorations, Christmas cards and all nature of gifts adorned the craft stalls, while cake sellers displayed mince pies and Christmas cookies.
It started me thinking about pressie buying, Christmas lists and what I might get for my other food loving friends. Now I’m sure everyone has their very own ‘wish list’ desires that sit like untouchable gems in their imagination, while we share the more practical and attainable suggestions with family and friends. I definitely do.
I share my own Christmas shopping between local suppliers and artists, do some online buying and make lots of my own handmade goods. If I’m buying online I like to have a browse on Etsy. For those who’ve not yet discovered Etsy it is an online craft market which hosts lots of little shops selling a huge variety of arts, crafts, handmade and vintage items with prices to suit every wallet. Here are a few of my Christmas likes and wish list items: From kitchen kit to quirky food gifts….with a few cards and decorations thrown in for good measure.
If you like collecting vintage kitchen ware (as I do) Kitchen Culineria has a wide range to choose from. This gorgeous set of highly collectible Tupperware caught my eye!
If you are ready to buy now and can get your order in early enough I reckon there is time to pick up some beautiful American folksy items like this plate from Owl Creek Ceramics. Even though they are USA based, like most Etsy sellers they offer international rates. This plate costs about nineteen quid ($30)
If you are after something more modern then look no further than Joseph Joseph. They stock a vast array of household goods in bright eye-catching colours. This bowl set would suit any student (or anyone else come to think of it) setting up their own place and at £20 they won’t break the bank.
If the bowls aren’t quite cool enough for the average teen try browsing Suck UK. Their range of teen and student friendly gifts (everything from kitchen ware to general silliness) should put a smile on anyone’s face. I like this ceramic noodle cup which always makes me think of my teenager and her reliance on supernoodles as a main sustenance in life….this may find its way into her Christmas stocking and at £10 its not at all expensive.
Closer to home there are gifts a plenty. I’m sorely tempted by this cobalt blue hand blown salt bowl with pewter spoon by Halen Mon, the makers of fine Welsh sea salt. I’m not a great fan of salt cellars and this makes a beautiful elegant alternative. It comes with 100g of their own sea salt which at £27.50 makes it a great gift.
I am also madly in love with Grasi’s products and have long coveted one of their gorgeous Welsh slate cheese boards. I bought my mum one for Christmas last year and she loves it. Its beautiful and every one is different thanks to the unique quality of the slate. I borrowed it to serve canapes on at Global Feast his year. It was much admired and I was loath to give it back! I really must get myself one. This one costs £30 and is available from Not on The High Street
If you have a higher budget to play with then this Beng EK clock from Cooks paraphernalia is the perfect gift. Combining stylish clock with integral (but detachable) kitchen timer its a busy cooks dream. At £64.95 it’s not cheap. Nor is this Magimix Le Mini Plus. At £140.00 it is very much a ‘wish-list’ item but if you are looking to splash out this is a fantastic gadget for an enthusiastic domestic cook. I couldn’t live without my industrial sized machine but this one is small, compact, multifunctional and stylish. It comes in a range of colours and is a Which? BEST BUY and one of the Independent’s 50 best gadgets.
Going back to the student/teen market, forget the store-bought commercial chocolate and indulge them in some hand-made artisan stuff. This chocolate ‘pizza’ made by Welsh artisan chocolatiers Aballu would be right up their street! Its 10 inches round and costs £12.99. You can design your own too!
It’s not food related in any way but I spotted this while browsing Etsy. More a reflection on my family life! This US import from Huckleberry Hollow designs would make the perfect gift for that eccentric family (or just keep it for yourself!)
More Christmas paraphernalia from Dyfal Donc, one of my local market stalls who also have an Etsy shop. Check out their quirky, off the wall, collage style range of cards, badges and magnets. They also make jewelery with the same vintage style.
Last, but not least are these beautiful porcelain tree decorations from Miss Marple Makes, another Etsy seller. I haven’t seen this on her shop yet, just her blog but I know they are coming and I think I will be getting a few!
Hope this gives you a few ideas…happy Christmas shopping!