gift guide ~ five independent businesses & etsy stores

With the festive season in full swing (I've definitely got the Christmas songs on right now...), I thought I'd share some of my favourite independent stores for all of your gift-giving needs. Whilst I always try to shop small, this year I'm certainly making more of a conscious effort to publicly support, feature and buy from independent businesses, and have really been enjoying discovering new ones! Here are five of my current faves that I have purchased from, that think you'll love too...

I discovered Flickerwick in the summer thanks to Yossy and Waiki, and oh, am I so glad I did! I first treated myself to the Arabica Fresh Coffee candle - the scent is so incredibly rich, creamy and sweet, and it fills my entire flat almost instantly. I gifted the same scent to a friend for her birthday which went down a treat. I'm now making my way through English Pear & Freesia, and next up on my wishlist is Mimosa & Mandarin (and another Arabica, of course!). 

Emerald Torrus
I've got to shine a spotlight on my amazing mum (aka reiki master, meditation coach & crystal therapist extraordinaire), who finally started her own Etsy store last month! It's been a dream of hers for quite some time, so I'm unbelievably proud of how much love she has poured into her new venture. My favourite product and her current bestseller is the Feminine Energy Crystal Reiki Infused Bath Soak; I chose the ginger, bergamot & lavender blend which smells incredible (every bath soak is hand crafted with your chosen blend to order!), and the five handpicked crystals included are so beautiful. Head over to her store to discover plenty more bath soaks, wire wrapped crystal pendants and keyrings, crystal sets and more. *proud face!*

Fran Makes Things
My friend and colleague, Fran, also started her Etsy store this year and I am so in love with her pieces. I currently own two of the Agate Resin Coasters in pastel pink and emerald green, which I use to display some my crystals in the bedroom and living room - they match my decor perfectly! Each coaster is handmade to order and can be bought individual or in pairs - I'm v. tempted to get the pastel green and navy blue coasters next!

La Basketry
I've admired Tabara's Instagram feed for quite some time now, and last week I finally bought myself a Woven Trinket Dish for myself. It's such a lovely, universal gift that could be used in so many ways - I'll definitely be buying more to give to friends and family this year! This is one of the smaller items in her collection; La Basketry also have some beautiful woven serving trays, bowls and baskets, plus diy kits perfect for the crafter in your life! 

& Chai
Michelle and her sister launched their Etsy shop last month, complete with Animal Crossing-inspired (ohhh, a throwback to my Nintendo DS days!) hand poured soy wax candles. As I have a collection of candles that I'm currently working my way through, I treated myself to the Soy Wax Melts in their signature green apple, midnight jasmine & creamy vanilla scent. They smell fresh'n'sweet with a little spice, and I absolutely love the lil' shell shape! You've gotta be quick with purchasing from & Chai, though... they sell out fast!

Let me know if you purchase anything from the above stores! I'd love to know.

Jazz xx

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