This Christmas, why not make a concious effort to ‘shop locally’, supporting some of the fantastic small businesses, crafters and entrepreneurs we have right on our doorstep?
Most of us like the idea of shopping locally – but it’s maybe not as easy as logging into Amazon or visiting a retail park.
So this year, we thought we’d try and make it just a little bit easier, by putting together a Shop Local Festive Gift Guide – where you can find small businesses you may never have heard of, and get an idea of what they have to offer.
Whether you want a ‘forever’ piece of jewellery, a sweet treat or a festive decoration for your home – it is possible to buy them from local traders who live near you!
And when you buy from a small business, you’ll often end up with an item that’s unique, made with love, and shows the person you’re buying for that you’ve put lots of thought into their present.
Plus, when we support a local business, we’re helping our local economy and making where we live a better place, too.
So, here’s our guide to some of the local businesses who can help you put the best ever gifts under the tree this year. We’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments – and remember, if you are a local business who is not yet included simply email us email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added!
With beauty salons having to close during the second lockdown, why not give a gift that will feel like a real treat when the time comes - a gift voucher for a blissful pampering treatment at Love Lee Beauty in Newton-le-Willows. They can choose from a menu of options including pedicures or manicures, lashes, brows, spray tans or waxing - all available once lockdown restrictions are eased.
Buy ethical products from the Body Shop without needing to visit the high street. Simply buy from Lowton based Body Shop at Home consultant Claire. Better still, if you aren't sure which products your friend or relative will like best, with just a little bit of information, Claire can advise you! Easy.
Give a gift that will help relax someone - and fill their home with an amazing scent. Browse the homemade soy wax melts made by Newton-le-Willows based Totally Wicked Melts.
Rachel Birch from Newton-le-Willows is a local ambassador for Tropic - a UK skincare company that specialises in natural skincare and beauty products.
She is selling a range of gift sets for Christmas - including this one, priced £25.
Choose a luxury hair gift set from Iconic Hair Design at Pennington Wharf, with huge savings off individual prices. The System Professional gift setwith Shampoo and Conditioner below is priced just £35, which is a saving of 15%.
Iconic Hair Designs are also official stockists of GHD, so if you're buying straighteners for someone, you can get them at the salon, too.
Give a gift that'll make a home look and smell amazing - with loads of Scentsy inspiration from Rachael at Good Scent Vibes.
Handmade scented wax melts and personalised gifts from Lowton-based Scentsations Wax & Crafts, with very many gorgeous scents to choose from and prices starting from just 99p! Giftsets are also available, and there is free delivery to Lowton, Golborne, Leigh and Culcheth available.
The melts are sold in 25g bags, priced just £2each. There are a range of scents to choose from - and for Christmas these include 'white Christmas', 'candy cane' and 'spiced Christmas cookie'.
Stocking filler inspiration
Choose some Christmas Eve treats and stocking fillers as well as novelty Christmas cakes from Golborne based CR Cakes and Bakes.
Peachy Pins is a businesses set up by enterprising 13-year-old, Mica from Newton-le-Willows, during lockdown. She is selling cute pin badges from her Instagram page, @Peachy_pins_
With a rang of different pins, there's something for every personality and interest, as well as some lovely festive pins, like this one, below. They are all priced between £2-£4.
For a little one who loves their accessories! Choose from a range of beautiful, handmade bows and accessories by Nichola at Bows Beautiful Bows, based in Golborne.
Give a beautiful piece of handmade children or adults clothing, including re-usable cloths, masks, snoods and blankets - and adorable baby clothes like the one below from Lowton based Oh Sew Beautiful.
This cuddly reindeer may be a new friend for life - lovingly made by Rachael from Crafting Vibes.
Make your Christmas decorations just a little more fun with balloons made to order from The Party & Balloon Shop. Choose from an array of festive themes - you can personalise them, too.
For someone with a sweet tooth
Fill their stocking with some delicious fudge, hand made in Lowton. Order from the What the Fudge website, or buy from Kenyon Hall Farm.
What could be more local and sustainable than honey made from local bees? That's just what you'll get when you buy Bee Lucky Honey, which is made in Lowton! You can buy it from Haselden's Butchers on Slag Lane, Lowton, or The Lounge on Bradwell Road, Lowton.
Why not have some bespoke cakes or cupcakes made for someone special? Check out the fantastic local bakers in our Local Directory.
For a foodie
You won't go far wrong with a gift chosen from the Deli at 40a, which has the finest ingredients to delight keen cooks. From speciality oils to incredble cheese board selections and artisan chocolate, you'll find something extra tasty.
Why not pre-order one of their incredible festive cheese platters, which look simply amazing?
A platter from Graze Cheshire really has the wow factor - beautifully presented and containing the very best, locally sourced ingredients.
Kenyon Hall Farm has plenty of locally sourced goodies which will make delicious presents.
If the person you are buying for loves to eat out, why not contact one of our local restaurants and buy them a gift voucher for a meal out in the new year? Not only is that a great present, but you'll also be supporting local restaurants after what has been an incredibly tough year. Take a look at some of the local restaurants here.
For a gardener
Something Bloomin' Different on Heath Street in Golborne sells a range of items that gardeners would love - they also have special Christmas gifts for green fingered friends and relatives, including grow-your-own Christmas amaryllis and hyacinths.
Ask Rafter's Engineering to make them a planter or even a bespoke wooden bench or other garden feature that'll last a lifetime.
Something Bloomin' Different in Golborne sell a range of handcrafted goods including teddy bears and knitted items that can also be personalised.
Have a handcrafted piece of jewellery made for a relative or close friend who has lost a loved one or a pet recently. Take a look at the pieces that Lowton based Forget Me Not Ashes Jewellery can create.
Specialising in personalised sublimation photo gifts and vinyl crafts, Lowton based E&R Designs can make gifts for any occasion and any age. Their Facebook page has lots of examples of Christmas gifts and keepsakes that are for sale.
Willow Printing in Newton-le-Willows are graphic and web designers who can print a personalised design on almost anything you can think of!
Choose from a whole host of Christmas inspired gifts which you'll find on their website and social media - from mugs to t-shirts, bags to cushions.
For a special pet
Treat your four-legged friend to a festive hamper of their own, bursting with doggy treats. Lowton's PawreciousMoments have lots of gift ideas for your pet, including this lovely hamper for just £26.
The Crafty Flower Girl is experienced florist Louise from Newton-le-Willows, who has turned her hand to felt art. She can create a bespoke piece of art just for you, or a greetings card - with personalised felt artworks of favourite pets a particular passion of Louise's.
So if you know an animal lover, have a browse of the items on The Crafty Flower Girl's Etsy store, which include lots of animals, including this super-cute badger decoration.
Willows is a small, independent shop in Newton-le-Willows, stocking a wide range of clothing, furnishings and giftables from Scandinavian & British brands.
With lots of beautiful ideas for both their home and their wardrobe - you can really pick up something special.
If you can't decide - they do gift vouchers, too.
The Butterfly in Me is a Lowton based start-up with positivity at its heart - offering products promoting self-love, worth, individuality and resilience.
From ethically made clothes for children and ladies, gift ideas and pamper products - everything sold by The Butterfly in Me comes with a theme of positivity, perfect for giving you a little lift each time you use them.
Gift ideas include these lovely Butterfly Boxes - which can be personalised - containing your selection of items including candles, wax melts, bath bombs and lip balms.
Iconz is Earlestown’s very own Rock and Geek shop. It stocks a wide range of licensed clothing and gifts, from the world’s most popular fandoms from film/TV, Rock, Anime, and Gaming such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel, Pink Floyd, Queen and many many more. Iconz also stocks a wide range of gothic inspired gifts. Why not treat someone to a new hoodie, like this one below, priced around £34.99?
And, whilst the Iconz shop will be closed during the lockdown, you can still shop with them - they will be posting lots of their products to their Facebook page and offering free local delivery and collection.
These gorgeous little dolls by DollyDreamCollection make perfect Christmas ornaments - and they cost just £12 each.
Lovingly made by local crafter Jane Eastwood after being inspired by her Nutcracker themed wedding in 2015, each doll is completely unique.
This peronalised decoration will come out year after year, and it's only £6.50 from The Glittery Jem.
This Golborne crafter, who set up her business during lockdown, is also selling some lovely personalised Christmas Eve boxes for kids, festive oven gloves and even personalised ear buds!
Tinks Boutique is a new business, selling handmade jewellery made by Sasha in Newton-le-Willows. They currently have a lovely range of Christmas earrings available - priced at just £4.25 a pair.
Donna, from Newton-le-Willows, makes beautiful handmade Christmas cards for every recipient!
A craft business started up during lockdown, Elizabeth Innes makes beautiful homewares and art from resin. Her items inject some beauty into the items around your home - such as these coasters, which fit together like a jigsaw puzzle when not in use. They are priced £35, including free delivery.
Lowton artist David began selling his artwork during lockdown, to raise money for two charities close to his heart - Wigan & Leigh Hospice and the NHS.
With the help and encouragement of his daughter, David set up an Instagram page – art.bydave – where he posts pictures of his paintings and people can make an offer to buy them. Each piece has a suggested price of £10 for a smaller work or £20 for a large, making this a great way for people to cheer up their homes with unique artwork.
Irene and Edith makes handmade statement ceramics for your home from their Lowton studio. Combining textured clays, luxurious glazes and glimmers of gold & copper lustre.
Choose something beautiful like these mini planters, hand crafted in white textured clay. Ideal for a succulent or small plant, or you could simply pop in a tea light in for a cosy glow. Glazed inside and finished with a touch of copper lustre. Prices start at £35.
Amber House Crafts is run by Golborne crafter, Nikki. She makes beautiful decorative plaques in slate, wood, logs and glass using decopage. Order direct from their Facebook page, or find their items for sale at Something Bloomin’ Different in Golborne.
These Christmas slates are just £7 each or £12 for two.
Bag a bargain
Wigan & Leigh Hospice continues to sell items online to help raise vital funds for its work with local patients.
It's a chance to find a gift someone will really love, without spending a fortune. It's also great for the planet, too.
The Hospice is selling fundraising Christmas cards and 2021 diaries on its website, with packs of 10 cards for £2.99 and diaries for just £1.99.
You can find the hospice’s online shops at:
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