Looking to buy local this Christmas?
Supporting local businesses is more important now than ever and with the festive season meaning we’re on the look out for the perfect prezzie, we’ve gathered together a LST of local products and experiences for ultimate gifting goals.
Kay Carter Studio
Kay Carter Studio is all about eco-friendly and sustainable Jesmonite items for your home, whether that be a plant pot, coasters or even a tea light holder. Complete with 100% recyclable packaging- including bio-degradable packaging pellets- you’re not just purchasing an amazing Christmas gift, but also looking out for the planet!
Lauren Young Illustration
Lauren Young creates breathtaking illustrations inspired by our gorgeous North East countryside. Purchase one-of-a-kind paintings, plantable Christmas cards, personalised prints or even a pet portrait! Lauren is definitely one to check out this holiday season. Plus, if you’re looking for environmentally friendly materials, then Lauren’s products are a definite pick.
The Posh Paper Co.
This stationery business, founded in 2021 by Laura Jayne, offers greeting cards, stationery gift boxes, accessories, notebooks and more. Choose from a range of unique Christmas cards to send to friends and family, or choose a gift box for a stationery lover this Christmas.
Christmas isn’t the same without cosying up with a candle nearby. Derwent Candles have got you covered for all your locally made candles, wax melts, reed diffusers, wax burners and more. Plus, they are vegan-friendly and plastic-free!
Rebecca Ridley Ceramics
Contemporary ceramic homeware and jewellery are the perfect gifts all year round, but especially at Christmas. Rebecca Ridley Ceramics creates vibrant ceramics for your home. From earrings, to plant pots, to stunning Christmas decorations, there’s a lot to choose from.
Black Storm Brewery
Brewed right at home in the North East, Black Storm brewery is here for one thing and one thing only: great beer. Their classic brew, IPAs and pale ales will turn any beer-lover into a certified storm-chaser.
Bellwoods is an independent planet-friendly lifestyle store based in Whitley Bay, offering a multitude of items, ranging from homeware to stationery, to accessories and handbags to independent magazines and books. Made with love and handled with care
The perfect Christmas gift for someone with a sweet tooth. Local business Northumberland fudge hand makes every single one of their wide variety of flavours. Yum!
Salt and Co.
All pieces of this local jewellery business, founded in 2016, are handmade by designer and silversmith Martha Gothorp. You can see the inspiration she takes from the Northumberland coasts in her works. Martha is passionate about keeping her jewellery affordable for everyone without sacrificing beauty or quality.
Namas-T are here to bring some fun and personality to the yoga mat. With cute colours and quirky slogans, this local sportswear brand will be a great gift for those on the search for zen (or at least for the perfect downwards facing dog!)
Style By Bella
The first experience on our LST, a day with Style by Bella is a great gift for both the conscious and the fashion clueless. Bella acts are your personal stylist, helping you to find the colours, shapes and styles to bring out the best in you.
An urban distillery in the heart of a historic city, Durham Distillery creates beautifully tasting gin and vodka, meaning your long drinks or cocktails can finally get that bit of local flair. They pride themselves on their use of local ingredients and combination of modern and traditional techniques.
Otis and Pearl
Ran by founder Emma through the instagram @otisandpearljewellery, Newcastle built Otis and Pearl features stunning handmade pieces. Plus- she takes custom orders!
Food gifts are very in, and whats more in that nuts? They’re vegan, gluten free and DELICIOUS! These artisan roasted nuts are another fantastic north east based business. Just email them to order and get them delivered right to your door.
Smash Space is Newcastle’s first Rage Room. Got a few extra frustrations or are just in the mood to let loose? Smash Space has options for you to smash stuff, throw stuff or mess stuff up. They offer group bookings, birthday parties and stag/hen dos.
Founder Andrew started making Piccalilli in his family kitchen when he discovered his late Grandfather Charlie’s favourite family recipe. With co-founder and wife Anne-Marie Calder, they have gone on to create award winning piccalilli which is delicious on its own and in recipes.
Pretty Wild Pots
If you’re looking to find beautifully hand-painted plant pots, then Pretty Wild Pots is a gifting must. Not a pot person? They are also offering hand painted baubles for Christmas time!
The Axe House
Who wouldn’t want to go axe throwing? Situated in Spennymoor, County Durham, the venue has both regular and UV lanes (who would’ve thought axe throwing could get cooler right?) and can even be booked for exclusive VIP parties. Oh- and they also have merch!
Why not shop local?
When you shop local, Christmas gifts don’t just make the recipients happy, they also bring joy to the small business owners you buy them from.
Do you have plans to shop local this Christmas? Tag us in your gift hauls on instagram with @lstdnorth!
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