The Small Business Gift Guide

There really is nothing like a traditional blogger gift guide is there? I love finding the best products to recommend, and  I wanted to add a unique twist by throwing the spotlight on small businesses and artists who I think deserve the limelight at this time (and all-year round for that matter!). So if you’re looking for a pop-culture present with a personal twist, or simply looking to blow your loved ones away with something they couldn’t imagine on the high street, look no further!

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The first brand I’m going to talk about are Punky Pins. I’ve been following them for years, and my (faux) leather jacket has been slowly accumulating a number of their beauties on my lapels over the past year in particular. Just in time for Christmas, they’ve released a number of festive-themed creations and my God, they’re amazing. My favourites are a glittery kitty wrapped in fairy lights (this is so something my floof would do!) a pin that says ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’, and one of an adorable Christmas jumper that reads ‘Merry Xmas Bitches’ (so sassy, I can’t). Their enamel pins are TO DIE FOR! The perfect stocking filler, they can be placed on a number of items, from your loved ones bag, to their favourite outerwear, or beret if you’re extra current…

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Next up, I’m talking about Oh Gosh, Cindy! – illustrations, pins, prints and accessories with a hilarious pop culture twist. Obviously I gravitated towards their Always Sunny in Philadelphia print, and I bought another for someone else (who I’m not going to name because I don’t want to ruin Christmas, you know?). Amongst other dedications are Mean Girls, Louis Theroux, The Simple Life, The Addams Family, Stranger Things… the list goes on and it’s glorious. With prints starting at a tenner, it’s a no-brainer really.


Keeping to the pop culture conversation, let’s dive into Central23, whose merch is bloody lush. Check out that cute Christmas card and Kardashian notebook, I mean – YAS KWEEN. Humour and fabulous illustrations are combined with this store and I can’t get enough. If you’re hammering home Christmas, their themed goodies are not to be missed.

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Last, but by no means least is the creations of Jess, from the wonderful Witchcraftsco. I’ve already bought a few things from her site, and I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you’re more of a Halloween person, like me. Her Christmas range is fabulous at the moment and she has everything from greetings cards emblazoned with a zombified Cindy Lou Who, to a stunningly colourful printed scene of A Nightmare Before Christmas. I’m featuring her star sign prints as I love how personalised they can be – the perfect gift option.

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Do you have any small businesses you would reccommend?

*This post was sponsored by Punky Pins, and I was also lucky enough to receive the Central23 goodies as a gift. Despite this, all opinions are of course, my own. 


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  1. December 8, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Aw this post is super helpful!! I haven’t heard of central23 before but I’ve definitely fallen in love with some of their cards ?

    • lifewithmariaeva
      December 8, 2017 / 11:48 am

      They are so good !! Yas I definitely think it’s super important to support small businesses, especially as some of their creations are so unique x

  2. December 10, 2017 / 1:08 am

    You’ve got some great gift options here! I am a HUGE fan of supporting small businesses, keeping most of my Christmas shopping to local vendors here.
    Britt |

    • lifewithmariaeva
      December 11, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Me too Britt, some of the stuff created now is AMAZING!

  3. December 10, 2017 / 8:52 am

    I love posts like this as people really do need to support the small and/or local business’

    • lifewithmariaeva
      December 11, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Definitely! I went to an art fair this weekend gone too just to pick up some awesome bits

  4. Terri Heckley
    December 11, 2017 / 9:05 am

    I love love love supporting small businesses! Especially at this time of year x

  5. December 12, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    This post has given me loads of new ideas for my Christmas shopping – thank you so much for sharing such unique companies with us!

    Lois |


    • lifewithmariaeva
      December 14, 2017 / 9:05 am

      awe im so glad, it’s always a good idea to support smaller businesses!

    • lifewithmariaeva
      December 21, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks so much Shannon!

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