west berkshire christmas shopping guide - shop small & local in 2020
Well, 2020 has been a very strange year and it’s looking likely that Christmas may be a little different for us all this year. Small businesses have really taken a hit through all of this so we wanted to do something to support them all and to give you some inspiration for Christmas gifts! We have put together this Christmas Shopping Guide featuring some fabulous small and local businesses. Please go and check them out and consider purchasing your gifts from them. Remember that when you buy from a small business you are supporting a dream and possibly helping another parent to purchase a day out for the family, dance/football lessons for their child or the Christmas present that their child has been asking about for months. Even if you don’t buy anything, please go and check out their social media and give them some love; just a like, a comment or a share can make a big difference to a small business!
Little Peanut Creations
Little Peanut Creations is a local small business based in West Berkshire, selling handmade and personalised gifts and keepsakes.
These products range from Christmas Hair Bows to Personalised Christmas Eve Boxes and Christmas Baubles. These products are bespoke, so whichever design you choose, you can contact Dilly to alter it and make it your own. Currently the personalised reindeer teddies are out of stock, however they will be back in stock around the 20th November 2020, so keep an eye out on her website and social media for this!
Be sure to visit www.littlepeanutcreations.com to view all of the Christmas products and don’t forget, by being a member of West Berkshire Mums, this entitles you to 15% off by using the code WBM15 (excludes sale items).
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Are you looking for beautiful jewellery that stands the test of time? Lisa Hutton is a local mum who makes stunning jewellery for all occasions.
West Berkshire Mums Family Card holders can enjoy a 10% discount on orders (valid on full priced items only). To redeem the discount, enter code WBM1019 at www.limezest.net and provide the last eight digits of your West Berkshire Mums card number in the message box at checkout. If you’re ordering for Christmas the cut off date is 30th November 2020.
Not got a Family Card? Sign up here (it’s free!)
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The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling is a pottery painting coffee house located in Newbury town centre. You can purchase ‘to go’ boxes from its website (for delivery or collection) which you paint at home and then drop off for firing, there are some fab Christmas items to paint. Gift cards are also available to purchase and once The Ugly Duckling is permitted to re-open you can of course go along and enjoy a painting session.
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West Berkshire Mums Family Card holders can enjoy a free drink at The Ugly Duckling when you or your child go for a painting session (valid Mon-Fri only and of course this offer cannot be redeemed during lockdown whilst The Ugly Duckling is closed). Sign up for your FREE Family Card here.
Pretty Personalised Prints
Pretty Personalised Prints is another brilliant online business run by a Berkshire Mum. You can purchase beautiful personalised baby prints and inspirational quote prints. Get a 10% discount with code WESTBERKSMUMS at the checkout.
Baa Baby is another online business (not quite local as it’s based in Lincolnshire but still a small independent business) specialising in premium sheepskin rugs, pram liners and footmuffs for baby. Alongside its own branded lambskin products Baa Baby has a wide range of high-quality sheepskin baby care products from Bowron, Kaiser, Fellhof and Heitmann Felle. It has a superb range of lambskin liners and footmuffs for prams, bassinets and buggies alongside natural and organic baby products and gifts. Enjoy a 10% discount on full priced products with code WBMUMS10.
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Pop Up Play Village Thatcham & Newbury
Pop Up Play Village provides role play mini kits for hire and has gift vouchers available which can be used towards the purchase of these kits.
Visit our membership page for details of our offer with Pop Up Play Village.
Boogie Mites Newbury & Hungerford
If you or someone you’ll be buying for has a young child, from babies to 5 years, and you’re up to your ears in toys, why not give them the gift of music-making?
If you’re local to West Berkshire, take a look at the events via the Boogie Mites Newbury & Hungerford Facebook page, or get in touch with Lizzie about a gift voucher.
And if you’re not in the area, the Boogie Mites @ Home themed song collections are really affordable & a brilliant way to help young children enjoy music with their favourite grown-ups at home or on the go, have a look here. There’s even a Christmas one! And you can get a further 10% off when you use the code LIZZIE10% at the checkout.
ToriRose Silver produces handmade original designs in silver incorporating semi precious stones and beads. There is a selection of locally made unique one-off designs for the perfect Christmas gift.
Little Pretty Prints
Holly from Little Pretty Prints creates cards, prints and gifts using her own original artwork. All designs are hand drawn or stamped.
A.E.W Fine Art
Ami is a local artist producing original artwork, prints, cards and desk accessories to inspire and motivate.
“We do vouchers to get people on board with reducing single-use plastic. Filling laundry liquid, washing up liquid and hand soap. Plus, we have some giftable items such as wooden pegs, toilet brushes, body puffs, body wash and more. In tough times one of our vouchers could be a welcome gift to help out a family member.”
Hayley is based in Great Shefford and sells handmade children’s clothing and accessories, currently operating solely online.
Daj Collection is an independent retailer of clothing & fashion accessories, handbags, costume jewellery and more. Based at Parkway shopping centre in Newbury, Daj Collection is offering a click and collect service and you can also order online for home delivery.
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The Ginger Collective Photography
Give the gift of memories this Christmas by buying a family photo session for your loved ones. Becca from The Ginger Collective specialises in documentary photography for high energy families, capturing the magic and curiosity in everyday life, from those first few weeks of newborn joy and beyond. Nobody lives the same life, which is why this session is all about you, where you like to spend time, at home, your favourite park, or a special walk. It means your photographs are unique – just like you.
“Hello! We are Marmalade, a family-run antiques and interiors shop located at Barrs Yard, Hungerford. We’ve been here for over three years but have been in the business of finding and selling unique home furnishings and vintage pieces for fourteen. We follow the principle of et nova et vetera – both the new and old – and we love to mix authentic, rustic items with vintage style finds and beautiful home accessories.
We are proud to stock a wide range of candles for every occasion. From elegant, tapered dinner candles in a gorgeous array of colours, to hand-poured soy wax infused with natural scents. We are also excitedly awaiting our first shipment of scented, 100% recycled wax candles – perfect Christmas gifts for the eco-conscious!”
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Indigo Blue Reflexology & Natty Tatty Crafts
Angela is a Neal’s Yard Independent Consultant & a reflexologist offering facial & foot Reflexology treatments in Pangbourne & Bradfield College Sports Centre.
Gift Vouchers are available and make lovely gifts as well as products from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
Virtual Facial Reflexology parties are available during lockdown via Zoom.
Angela also creates and makes items for dogs, humans and the home.
Tina is a local photographer and for the last three years has produced Newbury and Reading calendars. This is part of a national scheme run by My Local Calendar who assigns one photographer per UK town to create a calendar of where they live. These make great gifts for local friends and family or to help bring back memories of people who have moved away from the area.
“I am Lisa and run Lisa’s Books – I am based in Newbury but can help all over the UK and also ship to parts of Europe. With over 10 years’ experience as a professional nanny, I can help recommend you the perfect Usborne books and gifts for your children with over 3000 titles to choose from. There really is a perfect book for every child. Please pop me an email if you would like any recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop over to my VIP Facebook Group to see more around children’s learning and literacy – www.facebook.com/groups/lisasbooksvipgroup.”
Pangbourne- based Yoga teacher for every age & stage – Vinyasa, Pregnancy & Post-natal Yoga, Kids, Teen Yoga AND Chair Yoga.
Lana Moon Jewellery
Handmade silver & gemstone jewellery crafted locally in Newbury, Berkshire. Lanamoon Jewellery has a large selection of crystals and birthstones lovingly and carefully made into wearable pieces for fellow crystal lovers or as a gift for someone special. All jewellery is made using sterling silver, designed to last at affordable prices.
Diane Frazer Photography
Diane Frazer Photography captures beautiful memories in a timeless, fun and natural style. She has a variety of packages to choose from including digital, albums and print gift packs. All location and studio sessions are available to buy as gift cards too.
Diane Frazer Photography
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Based in Calcot, Reading.
Pepe and Tete
Pepe and Tete is a Spanish language experience business based in Surrey, currently operating online. Its learning method places a strong emphasis on conversations, fun and practice as the best way to learn a language. Gift vouchers are available for purchase.