Christmas Gift Guide

Supporting freelancers, creatives and small businesses

2020 has been a tough year for everyone, not least for freelancers and small business owners. We’re highlighting some of our favourite small businesses with fantastic Christmas gifting options – read on to discover new businesses and get inspiration for those last-minute presents.

1. Alex Bloomer Illustration

Alex Bloomer is a performer and illustrator based in Walthamstow. You may recognise him as the big, blue, bossy star of our early 2020 tour, The Slightly Annoying Elephant!

Alex loves to produce fun illustrated artwork, cards and prints alongside custom stylised portraits of both people and pets. You can find his work on his Etsy shop.

2. Annie 2-pins

Annie Kelly is a freelancer who usually makes costumes and soft sculptures for circus, theatre and museums. When the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, Annie put her creative skills to good use and started making face masks.

Annie’s fun designs allow their wearers to be cheeky and creative, and her SMILE masks are the next best thing to seeing someone smile. You can buy Annie’s face masks to order for £12 each, or 3 for £33 via her Instagram and Facebook.

3. Get Your Game On

Sarah Atherton set up her board game and puzzle business just as the UK went into a second lockdown in November 2020, and has been trading online and at weekend markets ever since.

Get Your Game On sells a wide variety of board games and puzzles for all ages and for solo and group play, and their product range includes games by local and independent games designers.

Find your family’s perfect Christmas entertainment on their website. Based in Palmers Green, north London, they offer free delivery to local residents, so definitely worth taking advantage of if you’re in the area.

4. Janet’s List

Janet Oganah hosted a pop-up shop for her business Janet’s List in our Cross Street unit last year, and continues to curate incredible independent brands by black women and women of colour from the UK.

If you need some stocking fillers, Chosan makes delicious jams and spreads from baobab and other natural ingredients. Check out Janet’s List for more gift ideas including skincare, jewellery and homeware.

5. PuppetBox

Sophie and Annie are  performers and puppeteers who have lost work due to the pandemic, so this year they have been channelling their energy and creativity into PuppetBox.

PuppetBox makes neutral puppets for training and performance, so they’re the perfect gifts for anyone in your life interested in learning more about puppetry. You can find their training puppets, which come in both large and small sizes, on their website.