I know lots of us are keen to buy small and local where possible. It’s not necessarily easy with the lockdown restrictions so I’ve sourced the very best lovely, local, indie gifts from a range of Derbyshire companies with details of how to order from the safety and comfort of your own home. There’s only the very best here, at prices to suit a range of budgets. Everything on here I would be happy to gift my own Mum or would be delighted to receive. It’s worth ordering sooner than later, particularly with Royal Mail still struggling. This is particularly true with anything handmade or personalised.
Cool, quirky, lovely things
Design 44 has a huge range of gifts, cards and gift wrap on it’s website. Have it delivered or click and collect from their shop in the Intu centre. Particularly check out their Mother’s Day boxes, carefully curated by owner Jade with a big emphasis on supporting small brands. Hand picked, stress free stylish gifting made easy!
Many of you will be familiar with Derbyshire based, design led brand Darwin & Gray. Named after founder and maker, Stacey Gray and her gorgeous cocker spaniel, Darwin. Famous for her clean, minimalistic designs, her use of natural materials and nailing the captions; Darwin and Gray has been much copied but never rivalled. What you might not have heard yet is that Stacey has launched a new range of glassware, perfectly timed for Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day. My favourites are the ‘Tired as F*ck’ glass mug and the ‘Adulting is Sh*t’ wine glass. Expect to see them plastered all over Instagram soon! Of course there’s also plenty of more traditional and sentimental slogans. The range launches on Thursday 18th at 8pm. Some of the pieces are strictly limited and are likely to sell out quickly.
Me & Thee is a another design led business set up by Chesterfield based, Maria, that takes quirky Northern and Derbyshire sayings and prints them on to mugs, coasters, prints etc. Take a trip down memory lane with phrases that your Gran might have said. “Be Reyt” is probably the one we all need to cling on to this year (or “Chuffing ‘ell!” depending on your outlook). Shop on Etsy or support a local shop (and get gift wrapping and cheaper delivery) by buying at Handmade Design in Ashbourne or Shop Indie in Chesterfield, both offer click and collect and local delivery.
Rose & Bee Textiles sells beautiful homeware and gifts handmade by owner, Caroline in her Matlock studio. Many of the products use snippets of gorgeous and quintessentially English, Liberty fabrics bended with neutrals for a contemporary feel. My favourites are the personalised Liberty monogram banners (which have recently featured in Country Living Magazine), make up bags and the Liberty beauty gift set which contains a set of eight reusable makeup remover pads (& cotton wash bag), a signature rope bowl perfect for storing the makeup pad and a makeup bag, all in your choice of Liberty fabric.
Orgill Originals is a family run business based in Breaston. Father and daughter team, Nicole and Neil are self taught in leather craft using traditional methods and a classic style. Every item is unique. I particularly love the ‘hello lovely’ folded leather coin purse for just £15.50, the hand stitched camera bags and the convertible leather backpack and shoulder bag. Just be aware that the majority of their leather goods are made to order and can have a lead time of 1-2 weeks before dispatch. Order early!
My Bags of Stuff is a Derby based family run business that has quickly built up an iconic range of personalised bags. My favourite is camouflage tote with neon print. Prices start at £5 for a personalised small drawstring bag. Allow 14 working days for delivery.
Elsie Moss Botanical sell natural, handcrafted vegan soaps handmade in the traditional cold process by owner Lisa in her studio in Derbyshire. The finest cold pressed oils, skin loving butters, plant based botanicals and steam-distilled essential oils are used to create beautifully gentle, yet luxurious bars of soap that are packaged without plastic. Prices start at just £3 and gift sets at £10.
Another eco friendly option is Dronfield based BumblesJungle. Born out of a love of gardening and garden produce, BunglesJungle skincare is made with 100% natural ingredients and beautifully packaged using recycled and reusable materials. Sarah kindly gifted me a sample of the calendula balm and I’ve been really impressed. It’s delicately scented with lavender and rose geranium essential oils so soothing and calming to use and has been a wonderful tonic to my over-washed hands. There’s very reasonable priced gift sets available on their Etsy shop and even a kit to make your own!
The Neutrals Nursery is a brand new design company run by Chesterfield mother, Natale. I particularly love their family names prints. Fully personalised and handwritten so no two are ever the same. An A4 print is just £8 plus £1 for P&P, these aren’t yet listed on their Etsy shop, so contact Natale directly. Also check out their beautiful astrological prints.
Hide and Thread is a small, independent furniture business ran by skilled carpenter Matt and other half Catherine, creating handmade and bespoke furniture from its workshop in the vintage quarter on Dale Rd, Matlock. There’s handmade footstools, ottomans, benches and hallstands but also a beautiful range of throws and blankets.
Check out my other post on the best local Mother’s Day afternoon teas, so look out for that coming soon! But in terms of gifts, a foodie hamper is often very well-received, particularly if full of lovely, local, indie delights! Your local farm shop would no doubt be delighted to help you put together something personalised and meaningful. You can read about my favourite farm shops here or here’s some more specific ideas.
I would recommend Bakewell based Holdsworth, a family run company who hand make luxury chocolates using the finest ingredients. Stocked in the most exclusive department stores and food halls (think Harrods, Selfridges etc), locally you can find Holdsworth chocolates in a range of local farm shops and direct from their website. Check out their Classic Marc de Champagne Truffles, Espresso Martini Cocktail Truffles and the ‘I Love You’ Gift Box.
Also in Bakewell, The Lambton Larder is the most delightful little deli. They stock an abundance of delectable foodie treats, but definitely look out for the Flaked Black Truffle Sea Salt – a tiny little jar that packs a huge punch and will elevate everything from eggs on toast to fluffy jacket potatoes. Or shop their hampers here.
Obviously there are lots of restrictions on spas so it isn’t currently the complete unabashed luxury it once was, but we have to live in hope that one day spas will be back. And for that reason I still think gift vouchers are a great idea. Lots of women I spoke to said they would LOVE to receive a gift voucher for a spa. We may not get to go soon but we like something to look forward to!
Locally, I would recommend the Garden Secret Spa at Ringwood Hall. It’s small, but perfectly formed, you can buy a range of different gift vouchers here, starting at £59. I haven’t yet had the chance to visit the new luxury Ensana spa at Buxton but it’s named as Spa Hotel of the Year by The Times, so it’s probably a safe bet!
If funds don’t stretch to a full spa day, it’s still possible to gift a pampering session. Support your local salon by buying gift vouchers from them. My recommendations would be The Sanctuary in Chesterfield, Full FX in West Hallam near Ilkeston or Lunula Nails and Beauty in Derby. You can’t go wrong with a voucher for a massage, facial or manicure – or let the recipient choice by just buying an amount to spend. It’s also a lovely way to support the beauty industry which has been hit hard by the lockdown restrictions.
Sauced Here sells a full range of experience gift vouchers such as cookery classes, including learning to cook Afro-Caribbean food with Stella Kisob, chocolate making and tasting workshops, photography and yoga. Check out the full range here.
Brick and mortar shops
Let’s not forget brick and mortar stores. Our local high streets need our help more than ever before. Despite being shut for lockdown many lovely shops are still selling online. Many offer gift wrapping and local delivery. My favourites are Design 44 in Derby, Shop Indie and Libby’s in Chesterfield, Bow Boutique in Matlock, Handmade Design Ashbourne and The Bottle Kiln in West Hallam.
Bow Boutique is the prettiest shop in the centre of Matlock selling a carefully curated collection of design-led products, with a hint of quirky charm. In normal times, their unique combination of vintage pieces and locally sourced design-led products ensure every visit is a sheer delight (especially when combined with a visit to their Garden Room Café). Whilst we’re still in lockdown you can shop online and either click and collect or have your gift delivered.
If you’ve still not found the perfect gift, why not read my Valentine’s gift guide?