Unique Small Business Gift Guide 2020

Yoga Mat Spray, Utama Spice* ($9.99/£7.40ish)

First up is a product I had never heard about until recently. I have been trying an Energizing Yoga Mat Spray, made with lemon, bergamot and mint essential oils. Essential oils are antibacterial so this spray cleans your yoga mat whilst making it smell amazing. This makes sense as I spend a lot of time up close and personal with my mat and it isn’t exactly something you can bung in the washing machine. This would make a brilliant gift for someone who sweats over a yoga or fitness mat.
Utama Spice create a whole variety of aromatherapy based products, including very hygge atomizers (review coming soon!). Perfect for another gift guide perhaps?

Yoga Mat Spray*, Utama Spice
Yoga Mat Spray*, Utama Spice
Handmade Jewellery, Asteria (from £2.50 with FREE shipping!)

You can’t get a smaller, more local business than this. Asteria is a brand new business by a very clever young lady called Freya. I know Freya personally from taekwondo and her creations are absolutely stunning. Using all kinds of materials from sea glass to beads, no two items are the same. This girl needs to get on Etsy!

One of a kind jewellery, Asteria
One of a kind jewellery, Asteria
Offset Carbon Emissions, Zero Smart (from £5)

I absolutely love this idea. It is a fabulous gift for the person (or pet) who has everything, you can offset their carbon emissions and present them with a little certificate. Zero Smart put the money raised into a variety of projects including planting trees.

Become Carbon Neutral, Zero Smart. Gift Guide
Become Carbon Neutral, Zero Smart
Rooftop Bar Scented Soy Candle, Grace Etc Candles (£10)

Everyone loves a good scented candle, especially me! High quality, natural wax based candles are far better for your health and the environment than paraffin wax. Grace Etc Candles are all natural and totally vegan friendly. I like the unique sounding fragrances like “Movie Night” and “Rooftop Bar”. If you are stuck for adult gift ideas, you can’t go far wrong with a candle.

Rooftop Bar Scented Soy Wax Candle, Grace Etc Candles. Gift Guide
Rooftop Bar Scented Soy Wax Candle, Grace Etc Candles
Tea, HotTea Mamma (from 50p)

Is it even a Tea in the Tub gift guide without tea? Of course a tea company has made this prestigious gift guide. Ran by Bethan and Kate, HotTea Mamma creates teas with pregnancy and new mums in mind. Sure you can buy decaffeinated tea, but did you know many teas are unsafe during pregnancy? Of course, you don’t need to be a mum to enjoy these teas. I myself have been eyeing up Get Up & Glow, a fruity tea packed with vitamin C. Who says you can’t get gifts for yourself?

Get Up & Glow, HotTea Mamma. Gift Guide
Get Up & Glow, HotTea Mamma
A Christmas Toy for a Dog, Vegan Yorkshire Pud mix + more, Miracles Mission (£5)

Let me introduce Miracles Mission, a global non-profit organisation helping sick, abandoned and disabled animals.
“Our mission is to provide a place of safety for animals in danger, to educate on the needs of neutering both pets and strays and to neuter stray dogs and cats to prevent the birth of more animals onto the streets. We also rehabilitate and re-home dogs in need, often with disabilities, from our UK rescue base.”
They have a glorious online shop featuring a whole variety of gifts. My favourites are the buying a Christmas toy or meal for a dog and the instant vegan Yorkshire pudding mix! I have attempted vegan yorkies so many times I’ve given up. I have even added this to my own personal guide. Haha!

Nero the dog, Miracles Mission. Gift Guide
Nero the dog, Miracles Mission

Which small businesses will you be supporting this year? I think it makes finding unique gifts a lot easier too, especially with the likes of websites like Etsy.
Have you seen my recent guest post Gift Guide for Gifts Under £5?

Helen x

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19 thoughts on “Unique Small Business Gift Guide 2020

    • December 11, 2020 at 9:46 pm
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      Thank you. Animals are the best and deserve to be treated too 🙂

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  • December 10, 2020 at 5:54 pm
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    We’re lucky in my little town (Lindsay, Ontario) to have a good variety of small businesses to gift shop at – including some neat maker markets. I love supporting these shops, especially when I can shop sustainably

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    • December 11, 2020 at 9:46 pm
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      That sounds cool. My nearby town has a few small businesses which I try and support.

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  • December 10, 2020 at 6:48 pm
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    I love the idea of being able to buy a meal or a toy for an animal in need as a gift this year. That’s such a sweet gesture. I have always been a fan of making donations in someone’s name for birthdays and the holidays. There is SO much materialism tied into the holidays right now… It’s nice to find ways to move beyond that way of thinking.

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    • December 11, 2020 at 9:45 pm
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      I completely agree. The consumerism is what ruins the holiday for me. Nobody needs an advent calendar in September!

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  • December 10, 2020 at 11:05 pm
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    I love the idea of zero smart! I usually do a lot of shopping at Christmas markets so I’m doing my best to shop at smaller retailers this year to make up for the fact the markets have all been canceled.

    Sophie

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    • December 11, 2020 at 9:44 pm
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      I have found a couple of online Christmas markets this year. Basically Facebook groups made up of local sellers. Such a good idea.

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  • December 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm
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    Such great ideas, I’m going to look through all of their shops now! <3

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  • December 16, 2020 at 7:34 pm
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    Yes! A gift guide that featured things different from the norm. Yoga mat spray that’s a brilliant idea. Love the carbon neutrality certificate – really nice thing to get someone. And I’m a sucker for candles, I spotted that brand on Etsy recently haha!

    Hayley hayleyxmartin

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  • December 22, 2020 at 11:19 am
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    Good idea in promoting small businesses. These businesses provides good products too. Thank you for sharing.

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  • December 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm
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    Lovely guide to a few small business buys this festive season, I love this post 🙂 thank you for sharing, I’m going to check out a few of these x

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  • December 22, 2020 at 3:05 pm
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    I love your choices, but most of all the mIracle Mission! Such a great cause and Nero looked so cute! Thanks for sharing x

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  • December 22, 2020 at 3:18 pm
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    These are great ideas. Love that you’re supporting small businesses. They need it now more than ever!

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  • December 29, 2020 at 10:02 am
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    I love what you said about tea! So many of my family members would agree with you, they love recieving a good brew as a gift! X

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