Indie Gift Guide: Thoughtful Gifting Starts Small Indie Gift Guide: Thoughtful Gifting Starts Small

09 Nov , 2020

We LOVE shopping small and local. Throughout our years running Ruskin we have found ourselves in the middle of the vibrant independent shopping scene in the UK. This Christmas it is more important than ever to shop small, shop thoughtfully and shop local. Taking a little more time to shop small this year will not only help support us indie businesses but will help you find the most unique and interesting presents for your loved ones. In our opinion there is not better time to #shopsmall.

Last week we wrote about our Top 5 Reasons to Shop Small this Christmas, this time we have been in touch with some of our favourite independent stores to bring together a quick and easy independents-only gift guide!

Take a look at our fellow indies below and be sure to share them some love on socials and take a look at their online stores for your winter gifting this year. Remember, thoughtful gifting starts small!

Scandinavian Touch, Whitstable

@scandinaviantouch.uk

Tell us a little about your store.

We are interior designers from Norway with a strong local connection to the Kent seaside town of Whitstable. We have run a family interior design business in Norway for over 22 years and we now bring our design skills and creativity to the town. Our showroom sells unique products, furniture and homewares from Scandinavia and also showcases our interior design work. We are here to work with you to bring your home that Scandinavian Touch! 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Bjørn Wiinblad Collection
Shop now

Mr. Wattson Lamp
Shop now

Potters, Ramgate

@pottersramsgate

Tell us a little about your store.

Potters is an independent homewares and plant shop in central Ramsgate run by Ali and Wednesday. Specialising in ceramics made mostly in Holland and Scandinavia but also made in Thanet by some of the very talented local artists. We also sell lots of house plants to go in our wide range of plant pots and lots of beautiful textiles - cushions, throws and rugs.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Cushion with Tassels
Shop now

HK Living Mug - Stream
Shop now

Ruskin, Whitstable

@ruskin_clothing

Tell us a little about your store.

We work with small and emerging clothing brands, as well as more established ones, to bring you the best selection of contemporary menswear and womenswear in the country. Mother and daughter team, Shelly and Isobel have honed their eagle-eyed buying superpowers over many seasons in order to fill our shelves with the best and brightest from our suppliers seasonal offering. 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Loreak Uve Women's Alpaca-wool Jumper
Shop now

Wax Whiting Beatnik Men's Cotton Overshirt
Shop now


Assembly, Frome

@assemblyshop

Tell us a little about your store.

Assembly is a small, independent menswear retailer in Frome, Somerset run by Anthony Hick. Anthony offers a handpicked selection of clothing and accessories that champion British design, heritage, and manufacturing alongside a few classic pieces from the near continent.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

HICK Tarn Donegal Wool Walking Socks
Shop now

Old Faithful Original Beard Oil
Shop now

The Pantry Underwear, London

@thepantryunderwear

Tell us a little about your store.

We're on a mission to abolish the dread of underwear shopping, through award winning spaces, approachable service and a glorious product edit.

Our collection includes a wide range of shapes and sizes by household names alongside independent female-founded brands, often stocked exclusively.

Turning these times of 'no contact' on their head, and offering friendly support from a safe distance - we now offer virtual bra fittings, where women can receive our advice from the comfort of their own home!

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Sparkly socks
Knitted in Derby by a indie female-led brand.
Shop now

Women's robe
A percentage of every sale is donated to fight illegal rhino poaching in South Africa. 
Shop now

 

Triangle, London

@triangle_store_hackney

Tell us a little about your store.

Our two East London stores Triangle and A Small Triangle are collections of beautiful, simple and useful products that we love. We have hunted far and wide to find interesting, ethical and unique designs that will last. Our store and online collections are seasonally curated to offer a unique shopping edit.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Raduga Grez Forest Toy Set
Shop now

Oedo Koh Pine Incense Sticks
Shop now


Kate Sheridan, London

@katesheridanbags

Tell us a little about your store.

Kate Sheridan is a British Designer of bags, leather goods and womenswear. Their Clapton-based shop features a curated selection of goods from likeminded small independent brands.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Chocolate Mini Pop Bag
Shop now

AirPod Holder
Shop now

 

Lifestory, Edinburgh

@lifestoryedin

Tell us a little about your store.

Independently-owned and constantly evolving, Edinburgh-based Lifestory is a destination for lovers of Scandinavian design and lifestyle. Showcasing considered products that share the traits of beauty and function, brands and designer-makers include Viv Lee Ceramics, Ferm Living and Frama Copenhagen. 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Double-knot Scented Soy Candle
Shop now 

Free Cushion, Natural 
Shop now

Frank, Whitstable

@frankwhitstable 

Tell us a little about your store.

Our collection reflects our passion for the handmade and the artisanal with a focus on individual creatives—contemporary crafters, artists and printmakers—working sustainably and using ethical means of production. We are particularly passionate about the creative scene on the north Kent coast. 
Image credit: Andrew Hayes- Watkins

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Hoop Earrings
Shop now

Ornamental Trees 
Shop now

Buttercup, Whitstable

@buttercupwhitstable

Tell us a little about your store.

We stock a delightful range of beautiful traditional wooden toys, gifts and books, for babies and children, with an emphasis on quality, good design, play value and sustainability. 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Christmas Mouse Toy Selections
Shop now


Colourful Marching Drum

Shop now

No. 3, Lenham

@no.3__shop

Tell us a little about your store.

From pottery to linens, jewellery to elevated designer women’s clothing and bags, sheepskins to beauty products, plus tons more - No. 3 contains the unique patina and softness of the old alongside the clean, crisp joy of the new. Many of the contemporary makers represented at No. 3 are local, with an emphasis on a fresh creative point of view married to a refined sensibility.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Black Crane Tent Dress
Shop now

Sheepskin Pouffe 
Shop now

The Whiting Post, Whitstable

@thewhitingpost

Tell us a little about your store.

At The Whiting Post we sell clothing and accessories that embrace a coastal and vintage lifestyle. We love colourful and quirky clothing that expresses the individuals personality. We handpick our pieces so our customers can mix and match their outfits with our expertise! We are the official stockists of a selection of wonderful brands such as Palava, Roka London, Emily and Fin, Sugarhill, Collectif, Run & Fly, Sixton, Joules and Seasalt. We constantly source new brands to bring you the best in British coastal , vintage and retro design

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Roka Bag
Shop now

... and here are a few others we love. 

Duma, @dumauk
Hoxton Store, @hoxtonstore
Harbour Books, @harbourbooks
Our Daily Edit, @ourdailyedit

We LOVE shopping small and local. Throughout our years running Ruskin we have found ourselves in the middle of the vibrant independent shopping scene in the UK. This Christmas it is more important than ever to shop small, shop thoughtfully and shop local. Taking a little more time to shop small this year will not only help support us indie businesses but will help you find the most unique and interesting presents for your loved ones. In our opinion there is not better time to #shopsmall.

Last week we wrote about our Top 5 Reasons to Shop Small this Christmas, this time we have been in touch with some of our favourite independent stores to bring together a quick and easy independents-only gift guide!

Take a look at our fellow indies below and be sure to share them some love on socials and take a look at their online stores for your winter gifting this year. Remember, thoughtful gifting starts small!

Scandinavian Touch, Whitstable

@scandinaviantouch.uk

Tell us a little about your store.

We are interior designers from Norway with a strong local connection to the Kent seaside town of Whitstable. We have run a family interior design business in Norway for over 22 years and we now bring our design skills and creativity to the town. Our showroom sells unique products, furniture and homewares from Scandinavia and also showcases our interior design work. We are here to work with you to bring your home that Scandinavian Touch! 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Bjørn Wiinblad Collection
Shop now

Mr. Wattson Lamp
Shop now

Potters, Ramgate

@pottersramsgate

Tell us a little about your store.

Potters is an independent homewares and plant shop in central Ramsgate run by Ali and Wednesday. Specialising in ceramics made mostly in Holland and Scandinavia but also made in Thanet by some of the very talented local artists. We also sell lots of house plants to go in our wide range of plant pots and lots of beautiful textiles - cushions, throws and rugs.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Cushion with Tassels
Shop now

HK Living Mug - Stream
Shop now

Ruskin, Whitstable

@ruskin_clothing

Tell us a little about your store.

We work with small and emerging clothing brands, as well as more established ones, to bring you the best selection of contemporary menswear and womenswear in the country. Mother and daughter team, Shelly and Isobel have honed their eagle-eyed buying superpowers over many seasons in order to fill our shelves with the best and brightest from our suppliers seasonal offering. 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Loreak Uve Women's Alpaca-wool Jumper
Shop now

Wax Whiting Beatnik Men's Cotton Overshirt
Shop now


Assembly, Frome

@assemblyshop

Tell us a little about your store.

Assembly is a small, independent menswear retailer in Frome, Somerset run by Anthony Hick. Anthony offers a handpicked selection of clothing and accessories that champion British design, heritage, and manufacturing alongside a few classic pieces from the near continent.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

HICK Tarn Donegal Wool Walking Socks
Shop now

Old Faithful Original Beard Oil
Shop now

The Pantry Underwear, London

@thepantryunderwear

Tell us a little about your store.

We're on a mission to abolish the dread of underwear shopping, through award winning spaces, approachable service and a glorious product edit.

Our collection includes a wide range of shapes and sizes by household names alongside independent female-founded brands, often stocked exclusively.

Turning these times of 'no contact' on their head, and offering friendly support from a safe distance - we now offer virtual bra fittings, where women can receive our advice from the comfort of their own home!

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Sparkly socks
Knitted in Derby by a indie female-led brand.
Shop now

Women's robe
A percentage of every sale is donated to fight illegal rhino poaching in South Africa. 
Shop now

 

Triangle, London

@triangle_store_hackney

Tell us a little about your store.

Our two East London stores Triangle and A Small Triangle are collections of beautiful, simple and useful products that we love. We have hunted far and wide to find interesting, ethical and unique designs that will last. Our store and online collections are seasonally curated to offer a unique shopping edit.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Raduga Grez Forest Toy Set
Shop now

Oedo Koh Pine Incense Sticks
Shop now


Kate Sheridan, London

@katesheridanbags

Tell us a little about your store.

Kate Sheridan is a British Designer of bags, leather goods and womenswear. Their Clapton-based shop features a curated selection of goods from likeminded small independent brands.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Chocolate Mini Pop Bag
Shop now

AirPod Holder
Shop now

 

Lifestory, Edinburgh

@lifestoryedin

Tell us a little about your store.

Independently-owned and constantly evolving, Edinburgh-based Lifestory is a destination for lovers of Scandinavian design and lifestyle. Showcasing considered products that share the traits of beauty and function, brands and designer-makers include Viv Lee Ceramics, Ferm Living and Frama Copenhagen. 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Double-knot Scented Soy Candle
Shop now 

Free Cushion, Natural 
Shop now

Frank, Whitstable

@frankwhitstable 

Tell us a little about your store.

Our collection reflects our passion for the handmade and the artisanal with a focus on individual creatives—contemporary crafters, artists and printmakers—working sustainably and using ethical means of production. We are particularly passionate about the creative scene on the north Kent coast. 
Image credit: Andrew Hayes- Watkins

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Hoop Earrings
Shop now

Ornamental Trees 
Shop now

Buttercup, Whitstable

@buttercupwhitstable

Tell us a little about your store.

We stock a delightful range of beautiful traditional wooden toys, gifts and books, for babies and children, with an emphasis on quality, good design, play value and sustainability. 

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Christmas Mouse Toy Selections
Shop now


Colourful Marching Drum

Shop now

No. 3, Lenham

@no.3__shop

Tell us a little about your store.

From pottery to linens, jewellery to elevated designer women’s clothing and bags, sheepskins to beauty products, plus tons more - No. 3 contains the unique patina and softness of the old alongside the clean, crisp joy of the new. Many of the contemporary makers represented at No. 3 are local, with an emphasis on a fresh creative point of view married to a refined sensibility.

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Black Crane Tent Dress
Shop now

Sheepskin Pouffe 
Shop now

The Whiting Post, Whitstable

@thewhitingpost

Tell us a little about your store.

At The Whiting Post we sell clothing and accessories that embrace a coastal and vintage lifestyle. We love colourful and quirky clothing that expresses the individuals personality. We handpick our pieces so our customers can mix and match their outfits with our expertise! We are the official stockists of a selection of wonderful brands such as Palava, Roka London, Emily and Fin, Sugarhill, Collectif, Run & Fly, Sixton, Joules and Seasalt. We constantly source new brands to bring you the best in British coastal , vintage and retro design

What are your top picks for Christmas?

Roka Bag
Shop now

... and here are a few others we love. 

Duma, @dumauk
Hoxton Store, @hoxtonstore
Harbour Books, @harbourbooks
Our Daily Edit, @ourdailyedit

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