Christmas, Curated

BE COOL, SHOP LOCAL…

In the midst of Lockdown 2, the clever folk of Folkestone’s High Old Street have launched a brand new website to allow shoppers to browse the best shops in Folkie from home. 

To show a little small biz love, I thought I’d curate a Christmas Gift List – all available from the online shops of these stores. 

Pandemic Schandemic. Nothing need thwart your festive gifting so grab a mince pie, curl up on the sofa and have a browse. Let’s try to look on the bright side…this way you don’t have to hike up the hill, sweating in your winter layers, you can drink wine whilst you shop (you can do that in town but it is frowned upon) and you can do it in PJs.

THESE are the businesses that really need our support this year –  and lets face it, it’s not exactly a big ask, their stuff is just epic.

So here’s my pick of the unique and beautiful and cool pressies from our lovely Old High St…if you like, please give this blog a share…every click helps!

 

 

Objectables

Christmas Boobles

So many hilarious and lovely Christmas cards for your most special people.

So many cards and lovely gifts...click on the basket below and have a browse.
(Objectables are also very lolz on Insta if you want to give them a follow)
CLICK BASKET TO SHOP...
Moo Like a Monkey

Little Feminist Board Book Set

Absolutely love these board books for guiding our teeny minds.

Colourful illustrated portraits of real women who have made historical impact on the world. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these important people in history with images that are fun for youngsters and also realistic. £13.
Moo Like a Monkey

Princess and the Pea Maileg Mouse

It's a mouse. That's a princess. There's a wooden pea. It's too much. Evie needs this. I need this.

Once upon a time… Playset inspired by the famous fairy tale Princess and the pea. This set includes a paper castle with mattresses, a wooden pea and a princess mouse. £35.
CLICK BASKET TO SHOP...
Shane Record (Via The Eastcliffe Creatives)

Beach Huts Art Print

Absolutely love the dreamy palette in this print. Would look so nice in my house though Mark may kill me if I buy any more pink things. Oh yes, and this is supposed to be a giift guide for others, must remember that.

Signed Limited Edition Fine Art Prints
Printed to order using the Giclee Process to the Fine Art Trade Guild Standard for printmaking using certified acid-free papers and archival inks. From £22.
CLICK BASKET TO BELOW TO SHOP
Kitty Mccall

Velvet Teal and Berry Cushion

Errrr hello. What a lovely gift this would be. So luxe but also fun. Velvet - Tick. Teal - Tick. Pom pom - Tick.

Velvet Teal and berry pom pom cushion.
Thalassa

Emperor penguins and baby

Swoon. How sweet is this?! Check out Thalassa for lots of handmade decs like this little beauty. I am definitely going to order one of this, just got to choose!

What a sweet scene with mummy and daddy Emperor penguins looking lovingly after their baby penguin. Made from metal and wood. £8.
CLICK BASKET TO SHOP
The Great British Shop

Phillippa the Fox Craft Kit

You know I love a craft project and this lovely shop has LOADS - animals, woodland scenes, snow scenes. The crafting possibilities are endless!

The Phillippa Fox Kit has everything included to make Philippa the fox, including clear instructions. This kit is presented in a cute recycled cardboard box. It will make a lovely present or you might want to just keep it for yourself! Make beautiful 100% wool decorations that you will keep for many years to come.
This kit is suitable for older children (7 yrs + ) and adults alike. It is a great activity to make together with your loved ones! Box measures - 140 x 200 x 50mm.
CLICK BASKET TO SHOP...
The Upcycled Trading Co.

Mustard Macrame Plant Hanger

TBH, if you haven't hung a plant from your ceiling this year, then who even are you.

Handmade in Kent, each one includes a solid wooden ring – natural in colour and finish, from FSC sources and made in the UK. The cord we use for each macrame plant hanger is made from recycled cotton – making this a fab, sustainable item for the home. The composition of the plant hanger allows for all sorts of different shaped plant pots and is very accommodating for all.
£24
CLICK BASKET TO SHOP...
The Quarter Masters

Rainbow Print Unisex Tee

Still not even close to rainbow fatigue here, so this is the perfect 2020 tee.

Better days are coming.

As the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, following the trend set by Italy and Spain, thousands of hand-painted rainbows started to appear in windows across the country. Children, who could no longer go to school because of social distancing and quarantine measures, were encouraged to paint rainbows and hang them in their windows, spreading hope and positivity to passersby.

The rainbow often represents diversity and inclusiveness, and has been used as the flag for LGBTQIA pride since the 1970s. For thousands of years, it’s been a symbol of hope. There’s even one in the story of Noah’s Ark. This particular rainbow, an original watercolour by Kent-based artist Bethany Ward, is a reminder that –whatever you’re going through– better days are coming.

Original Artwork by Bethany Ward @bethartwork

£25.
CLICK BASKET TO SHOP...

Ben Braudy (via Eastcliffe Creatives)

Old Post Office Folkestone Print

The coolest Folkestone prints I've seen for sure. Loving this one and also the Harbour Arm ones. Such a nice gift idea for a local.

The Old Post Office building on Tontine Street, Folkestone

Each print is hand signed and inserted into a picture mount designed to fit standard sized high street frames

All prints use archival pigment inks with a life expectancy of over 100 years. Please hang out of direct sunlight.

Available in the following sizes:

A5 in 10×8″ mount
A4 in 14×11″ mount
A3 in 20×16″ mount
From £10.
CLICK BASKET TO BELOW TO SHOP

Richardson & Richardson

Custom Wooden Keepsake Cards

Beautifully made custom designs...wouldn't this be beautiful in a snow scene or christmas tree for a special christmas gift?

Our delicate wooden keepsake cards make a gorgeous gift for a special occasion. Whether its to celebrate a new baby, a special birthday, a wedding or engagement, we can make a card to suit. Please have a look at our current designs, we can customise any of our current card designs, just let us know when you order! Or if you'd like a completely new design, check out our custom design service!

CLICK BASKET TO SHOP...

Robin & BlueBird

Christmas Onesies

HOW cute?! Handmade childrenswear from tie dye dinos to liberty print bees appliqued onto onesies and tees. How could I not included these super sween reindeers?!

CLICK BASKET TO BROWSE THEIR FB SHOP...

Now, I’m all for a bit of reality. One-click, next day delivery on your Amazon account is easy. No one is saying it isn’t the most convenient way to shop, and many an Amazon parcel will also be landing on my doorstep over the next month as I get organised.

BUT if there’s any year to make the choice that benefits the small business over your own convenience, it’s this one – it’s a group effort, we’re all responsible for saving the the shops and services that we want to exist the other side of this shit-show of a year.

So I’m not saying you have to get everything here, but if you’re local (or not) and you can make a few switches out for gifts from a local small business over the big brands then you can rest easy knowing you’ve done your bit. And also, isn’t it all just gorgeous?!

And it is pretty easy to be fair, I mean, the Old High St gang have all put themselves in one little corner of the internet, and I’ve done the browsing for you…just click and pay my friends, click and pay…

Browse The Old High Street, Folkestone

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