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, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Discover unusual handcrafted gifts that you won’t find anywhere else and support a small local business this Christmas.
Aren’t these t-shirts just ROARsome? Made by Oxfordshire based Little Foxglove, they’re perfect for all ages. Head on over to the website, there’s a huge range of designs to choose from and lots of other gorgeous items perfect for Christmas gifts.
Forget lots of plastic tat that gets thrown away and have a look at our ideas for stocking fillers that will be treasured.
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a stocking. I still have mine from when I was a child. This polar bear stocking is cute It’s fully lined with a fleece cuff.
A special, personalised Christmas ornament that can be used year after year. Each bauble is filled with a personalised papercut that is cut by hand before being suspended inside.
Babies First Christmas
This perfectly snuggable fleece blanket can be used as a pram or cot blanket, decoration in a home or nursery, as a play mat for littles. Bear With Me blankets are machine sewn and finished by hand at home in the Cotswolds.
Little soft clouds perfect for cuddling with ribbon tags to play with and they can be personalised too for that special touch.
Is there anything more adorable than this cute little rabbit coat. Made by A Little Dress, from warm fleece fabric with a button-down front, hood and rabbit ears. The jacket is fully lined and is available in sizes from 0 to 6 years.
This animal name print will add style to a nursery or playroom. Each animal represents a letter of the alphabet for a personalised work of art for your little one.
Christmas Presents for Kids
As the excitement builds on Christmas Eve, what could be better than slipping on these super soft personalised Christmas PJs or sleepsuit and curling up to watch a family Christmas movie together.
Written by local author Angela Mills with a foreword by Chris Packham and super illustrations by Kate Wyatt. 10% of the net proceeds go to the Bat Conservation Trust. This book is educational yet exciting!
This awesome superhero cushion is hand screen printed by Mrs B Designs Ltd in Cholsey. Bam Zap Pow!
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. I love this set of shifty priates ready to go on an adventure.
If the thought of where to put all the toys your kids are given at Christmas sends you bonkers, an experience is a great alternative. Ride On Time run absolutely brilliant play sessions in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire where your little one’s ride on dreams come true. They have play session gift vouchers as well as Ride On Time bags and a great selection of wonderful books from Usborne.
Christmas Present Ideas for Mum
A beautiful way to capture a precious fingerprint, this necklace from Oxfordshire based Itsy Bitsy Imprints would compliment any outfit and makes a wonderful keepsake that last forever.
These lush 100% lip balms would make a lovely gift (hint hint to my husband). The gift box contains 3 beeswax lip balms which are 100% natural from Neve’s Bees West Oxfordshire bees.
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 handmade solid fine silver earrings made in the shape of a little blossom are stunning.
This handcrafted suede tassel keyring is top of my own Christmas list! Miller & Jeeves make beautiful leather clutches, keyrings, bags & belts
Something a little bit different – these quirky yoga planters are made from resin by Serenity Sculptures in Watlington. Perfect with a mini succulent!
Maggie developed these lovely lavender eye pillows with her yoga teacher who uses them as part of her class. The pillows can also be used at home to aid relaxation and restful sleep. They make great gifts for all generations, including children over the age of four, and elderly people, who love the comforting and restorative scent of lavender. All the pillows are made by Maggie in her garden studio in Downley, High Wycombe.
Designer/maker Jax has a passion for kimonos and Japanese design. She upcycles vintage silk kimonos and uses washi paper to handmake decorative items for the home. I love this table lamp decorated with vintage silk kimono fabric.
Christmas Present Ideas for Dad
This stylish wooden pens are hand crafted from Ash, and brought to a high standard finish making an extremely comfortable writing instrument.The pens are handcrafted in Bicester by Thomas at Hammer and Grain.
I love this manly journal from Immaginacija Bindery. It’s handmade in Oxford.
One of the really special things made by Oxfordshire based Little Foxglove Crafts are these beautiful drawings on cushions. It makes for a totally unique gift.
An ethical Christmas gift that makes a difference! Y.O.U underwear make 100% organic cotton underwear for men and women, with a buy one give one model so for every purchase made, they donate a pair of undies to people in need.
Christmas Present Ideas for Grandparents
This fresh and contemporary string of pearls plant art print would make a lovely gift. Designed by Bellbird and Button in Newbury.
You can never have too many tea towels and this one is a stunner! The Christmas robins and holly design is handpainted by Beccy.
I love Alexandra Tandy’s natural style of photography. She’s an award winning photographer who has a real knack of capturing everyone’s personalities. A family photo shoot with quality prints would be a lovely gift to give grandparents.
Cupcake Bouquets from Rebecca Chapman Cake Creation
Granny’s are not always the easiest to buy for especially as they seem to have everything they want. A beautiful cupcake bouquet is a stunning idea and I can personalise recommend both cake makers. Their cakes taste as good as they look.
Kerry Houghton designs and creates individual hand crafted stained glass art pieces for the home and garden. Her work ranges from small sun catchers to hang in windows to larger commissioned pieces that can sit on shelves or ledges to catch the light. You can buy directly from her website or find her pieces in the Arbery Emporium in Wantage
Little silver pebble pendants are a lovely way for you to to keep your loved ones close, and Little Pine In the Valley can personalise each pebble with a loved ones’ initial, heart or star. They make a lovely gift for a mum, grandparent or friend. All the jewellery is made from my a home workshop near Wallingford, wherever possible using recycled sterling silver and recycled packaging.
Christmas Present Ideas for Pets
Let your dog join in fun with this festive elf bandana, handmade by Giddings Gifts.
Every tag is engraved by hand, using only Diamond tipped cutters to make sure the engraving quality is of the highest standard.
Looking for more ideas? Check out the Christmas Gift Guide roundup from Family Budgeting.