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Our favourite small independent shops gift guide

Image of a gold tray with Christmas baubles and mini Christmas tree decorations

WordsMaha Elley


With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to stop procrastinating with your online shopping and start checking things off your list of presents. 

This year, it’s more important than ever for all of us to band together and help support small, independent businesses. A great way to do this is by turning to them for all our Christmas shopping needs, whether it’s for festive ornaments or Secret Santa gifts. And hey, you’re much more likely to find a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift in a smaller store. 

We asked our Instagram followers (they’re a pretty reliable bunch) to share some of their favourite independent shops, and we got some great recommendations. Read on for some of the most highly recommended independent stores to place your Christmas orders online: 

Bonita Ivie Prints 

Serving you up with a collection of cool stationery and homeware pieces in funky prints and vibrant colours, Bonita Ivie Prints is a brand that celebrates African culture with all their designs. Their founder, Bonita Ebuehi, is a self-confessed stationery addict. If you have one of those in your lives, head here to add a splash of bold colour to their collection. 

Feast your eyes on their range on the Bonita Ivie Prints Instagram channel

Woman wearing a yellow apron and oven gloves from Bonita Ivie Prints
Image of a colourful notebook from Bonita Ivie prints

Never Perfect Studio 

Want to amp up the festive vibes at home? Head to Never Perfect Studio for all your last-minute Christmas decoration needs. From sparkly hanging stars to hand-painted Christmas baubles, all their pieces are handmade to give your home a unique, personal touch. 

If you’re looking for a cute and memorable Christmas pressie, we’re also loving Never Perfect Studio’s collection of non-festive decorative pieces, such as these bright floral pom pom and tassel decorations 

Check out Never Perfect Studio’s Instagram page for some inspo before adding to cart. 

Image of a rainbow tassel decoration from the brand Never Perfect Studio
Image of a moon and stars tassel decoration from Never Perfect Studio


This seriously cool online shop offers a collection of independent homeware pieces that are sure to be conversation-starters in your home. We’re a little obsessed with their kitchenware and candles in particular. Check out the whole range on the Hinansho website or Insta page.