The North East of England is full of small; and independent businesses. So here is a Christmas gift guide with products from my favourite North East small and local businesses.
At this time of year I always like to do what I can to support these businesses because if we don’t use them, we will simply lose them. I have bought products from many of these businesses and can say they are worth your money.
No doubt I have forgotten some amazing ones so I will continue to add to this over the coming weeks!
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The North East is absolutely bursting with talented artists right now! (Who knew?!) So here are just a few of my favourites.
Faye Greenman is one incredibly talented artist who I genuinely think will be HUGE in a few years. Her aim as an artist has always been to inspire others to pick up a pen, pencil or brush and create something. Not long ago she held her first art show which went down as a great success. I can’t wait to continue following her artistic journey and see her bloom.
As for her artwork itself, it’s very much my style. It might not be for everyone, but I do love it. My favourite piece of hers was actually a leather jacket she decorated. It has now sold, but one day I hope to own something similar!
Her original artwork is slightly on the more expensive side of this list, but luckily she does create prints of those pieces which are more affordable so everyone can enjoy her art.
If you are a proper mackem, you will know all about the amazing artwork from Kathryn Robertson. She is the artist behind a lot of the Vaux brewery pint glasses and the mural within the pub itself. My favourite piece of hers is the Sunderland print:
An incredibly talented Northeast-based artist who sells some beautiful paintings. I’ve followed her for a little while now and do plan on buying some custom artwork from her very soon. My absolute favourites are the ones painted on wood slices. You really should check out her Instagram and her website to see the incredible pieces she creates!
If you are after some North East-inspired prints, or some from further afield, then you should have a look at Gavin Hall. Some of his pieces are incredible, and I am very tempted to buy a few for myself!!
Personally, I absolutely love sending Christmas cards. I know a lot of people don’t bother anymore or have opted for more environmentally conscious ways to send festive greetings. but I just love writing my cards out! As far as local Christmas cards go, I did actually struggle to find a load of places so if you know of any more, do drop them in the comment or send me a message so I can get them added on!
The Posh Paper Co is a Sunderland-based stationery company with many great designs across various products. This Christmas Laura has created some wonderful Christmas cards. As well as ones you can colour in yourself (or get the kids to do it), letters from Santa, thank you cards and more!
Fiona is an incredibly talented artist and some of her prints are on display in both Grinder coffee shops. But this year she has released some epic Christmas cards. All of these are available to purchase from the coffee shops.
If you’re looking for a couple of funny cards to gift people, then look no further than Mackem Cards. This one had me chuckling for ages!
They have a load more cards on their website, as well as other mackem-inspired bits and pieces.
For the crafty people in your life, here are the best places to get some gifts for them while also supporting great North East businesses!
Jennifer from Trouvaille has been one of the people who has supported my blog for a long time which is always appreciated! And I have done my best to support her business although I am useless at stitching.
But her stitch kits are amazing ways for someone to get into crafting while creating something absolutely stunning. Her kits all include all the thread, needles and everything else you will need to stitch some of the most iconic landmarks of the North East!
Lucy Locket Land is a store located in Seaburn which is absolutely jammed packed with every possible crafty thing you could need. And the website they have has even more amazing things available! From knitting kits to handmade mugs she has it all.
Food and Drink
We are Cookie Freaks
For the best cookies in the North East it has to be We Are Cookie Freaks. I first discovered the brand during Lockdown when they were sold in Grinder Coffee. But now, they have an amazing shop at Team Valley and are regulars at Tynemouth Market. I am very tempted to order one of their cookie platters for Christmas, but I know it would be eaten before then!!
This website is a fantastic place to get all the locally crafted beers and ales, ciders and spirits. If you are looking for some alcohol-based gifts but want something that is more special, this is the place to go. I have to mention that the Holy Island Spiced Rum they have is delicious – as a none rum drinker!!
Who doesn’t love Fudge?!
Northumberland Fudge always looks absolutely delicious although I am yet to try it! Their Christmas gift boxes are made up of delicious and unique flavours of fudge all made in Northumberland. For the sweet tooths in your life, this is a must.
Any proper Mackems will know all about Vaux. The revived brand has a great taproom over the water near Big Tescos. But if you don’t want to venture over there, you could always order some of the beers, or gift them for your mackem mates.
I love using wax melts and usually have one burning most nights!
For the wax melt fans, this is the only thing you need! Sweet Serentities Christmas range of Wax Melts are utterly incredible. I will never go anywhere else for wax melts from now on. Especially the gingerbread one is my favourite, I ordered extras.
North East Inspired
I know most of this post is just North East Inspired, but this section is all the small businesses that don’t fit into any of the above categories.
For the love of the North is my absolute favourite shop in the entire world. It sells knick-knacks, memorabilia, cards, posters and craft kits from various creatives from the North East. One of my favourite pieces from them is their annual calendar which is a collection of artwork from different artists depicting icons from the region.
A city by the sea is a local company that sells lots of amazing things that celebrate the Northeast. They have lots of really pretty prints, clothing and accessories. I especially love their Roker Pier print, and the mustard yellow ‘love where you live’ backpack!
I hope you have found something on this list that you found helpful. I will continue to add to this list in the run-up to Christmas so it might be worth clicking back to see if anywhere else has been added. I will also be creating more Christmas guides in the coming days so keep an eye out for those!
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