If you are anything like me, you have sorted out all the easy christmas presents and are worrying about the last few people who are impossible to buy for or you don’t know well. After a panicked saturday afternoon wandering round Cambridge in the freezing rain looking for inspiration that never came, I decided that buying something local and handmade will never go amiss. I’ve had a look round local makers who are selling over the internet and rounded up some of the best pieces in a couple of sensible price brackets.
Credit crunch christmas, under £20
For the woman who has everything, including a tidy handbag:
For the teenage girl you’ve never met who is coming for christmas day:
Peacock photogram by Heidi Burton in Cambridge, £5
For people who like to age their bills on the fridge:
For baby’s first christmas:
£20 – £50
You can’t go wrong with a beautiful bowl:
For modern mermaids:
Inspired by a piece of bladderwrack picked up on Southwold beach, seaweed pendant by Corryvreckan, £26
For the cosy and house proud, St Judes screen print artist-designed fabrics, and make up lovely cushion covers:
St Judes cushion covers, £32 each. Also check out their printed notebooks and cosy woolen throws.
For those who appreciate stark winter beauty, this tiny etching:Winter willows at Dedham, by Chrissy Norman, who is based in Trimley St Mary in Suffolk, £55
Disclaimer: the local and handmade thing doesn’t work on teenage boys at all. Except for local beers for the later teen years. Or after – what man (apart from my husband) would appreciate socks over hand brewed beer?