Why we should be buying our gifts locally this Mothers Day, and the top places to get them from.
There’s such ease in hopping online, clicking a button and returning home from the school run to find a gift that’s winged its way to you. But whilst that is the easiest option do you know how much it’s impacting your local high street?
Independent shops are a huge benefit to our local economy, and research shows that they provide better jobs, with higher average wages that people employed by chain stores. Independents also re-invest their profits locally and, (like I need to tell you) make for a more vibrant and individual place to live!
It pays to shop local. Now I’m no eco-evangelist but I’m trying to take small steps so my local community and global environment will be a place that my children want to raise their own families.
When shopping for gifts, my aim is to buy one wonderful thing that I know they recipient will love… the trick? If it’s something I’d love, then spot on the people that I love will enjoy it too! These are my top local sellers and makers in South Wales where you can buy your gifts this Mother’s Day.
Elizabeth makes the most beautiful sustainably sourced clutch bags. And with her V and B designs (check out the cheeky lining), she is also able to donate £7 from each bag sold to the Eve Appeal and Coppa Feel. This is the gift that keeps on giving because you can also get 10% off before 30th April using the code AMP10.
We all love flowers, so what’s not to like about having them encased within our jewellery. I met the lovely designer behind this brand whilst doing Christmas shopping, Amy told me how each item in her floral and botanical collection is unique. I’m currently coveting the delphinium resin bangle to match my earrings, but the clutch bags are a best seller too!
I couldn’t create a shopping list that didn’t include my #shero Stacey and her feminist merch. I regularly sport the tees, with particular love of ‘Liberte, Egalite, Sororite’, have plastered protest placards with the art prints and was lucky enough to get this gorgeous feminist beret as a gift recently. AND we’ve been told they have a lovely new Mother’s Day garment coming soon!
If you or your mum have binge watched Tidying Up you might be less keen in getting more stuff. Whilst I know Marie Kondo would gain joy from all the makers on our list, this particular maker is for you!
Creative twins Charlotte and Kathryn run workshops that turn beginners into sewists and makers. They have a regular series of workshops on offer, where you come out with a finish project at the end. From their studio at The Bone Yard you can make macramé hangers, tote bags, dungarees or my particular fave a skirt with pockets. Every woman needs a pocket skirt surely?
Handmade vegan skincare, made local. What’s not to like? Amber creates beautiful beauty products that are cruelty free and inspired by a love of witchcraft. What mum doesn’t love a beautifully packaged potion that loves your skin and environmentally friendly. Oh, and the bonus is Amber is my sister so I’m perfectly placed to put in a request for a scent you love!
The thing with motherhood is that many of us could do more to prioritise ourselves year-round. Amy Holland, who is also the mastermind behind Warrior Women Events, is bringing the power of positivity to women everywhere with her wonderful collections of affirmation cards.
My particular favourite is the Body and Mindset I Can Cards, as I’ve been having great conversations with mum’s recently about how we need to love ourselves and be body positive role models to our children.
Where to buy in person; our favourite independent retailers
There’s an ethos behind shopping local, the Just a Card campaign highlight that if everyone who complimented a local store bought just a card, they would still be open. Bonus is all our faves sell beautiful cards as well as stocking some of our lovely makers!
Annie & Lolo are a pair of wonder women who took their friendship and love of interiors and created a treasure trove of gifts and homewares that are perfect for mum. You can find Ameow designs and I Can Cards here, as well as many other local producers. I’m coveting these lovely colour pop clutch bags.
Sophie Rae has set South Wales abuzz, and turned her dream of providing Cardiff with its every own ethical, zero waste store into a reality. Ripple stocks everything from fresh ground peanut butter, to jewellery and plenty of plastic free beauty products, including Haus of Verona’s vegan skin care range.
Saving the best for last, you must visit the Studio Muse in Pontcanna. Opening in February, this is an emporium of self-care and features a ‘build your own bouquet’ bar! Pop in and say hi to owner Amy, and grab your mum a little box of treats or pick out her favourite blooms in a perfect posy.