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9 small businesses to check out this festive season


I have always been a firm hater of Black Friday…and I’m not ashamed to say it! But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon an Instagram post by the Queen that is Mary Portas, that it occurred to me why I dislike the discount bonanza so much. She reminded me that Black Friday discounts encourage us to lose our minds (see people fighting over flatscreen tvs etc..) and do nothing to lift up and shout about the small, local and independent businesses which bring so much joy and value to our lives. To quote from her post ‘Remember as we get bombarded with the consumerist push of Black Friday and forget that the value in our lives is more than just a promotional discount; Every pound you spend is a vote of how you want to live.’


So, instead of joining the noise and trying to promote some insane discount that doesn’t align with my ideas for the festive season, I have pulled together a list of my favourite businesses who are doing things differently!


I am inspired by each of these businesses and the women who run them. I was keen to share with you some of the businesses which hold similar values to Wild Strings and hopefully point you in the direction of where to pick up some beautiful Christmas gifts – or even a treat for yourself – this shopping season.


So grab yourself a cuppa, pop some Christmas tunes on and let me introduce you to a wonderful bunch of businesses.


Hand and palm


In the beautiful setting of seaside Cornwall, Luci creates a range of prints and homewares inspired by her day-to-day life.


Each product is designed from scratch by Luci and has all the hallmarks of her endearing style. I already have a handful of Hand & Palm prints on my studio walls and have a wish list a mile long; her new blankets and cushions would make the perfect Christmas gift. All art is printed on 100% recycled paper which means it’s planet happy as well as home happy!


Hand & Palm pieces are an absolute treat, and you can check out all of Luci’s work here.



Beau Tie