As we near the end of the strangest year I can remember, our thoughts are turning to the festive season. That, of course, means Christmas present shopping… At the moment I’ve got everything crossed that we will be able to see friends and loved ones for a small Christmas celebration. It might not be the long weeks of drinks parties, meals and other gatherings which usually mark the end of the year, but hopefully we will get some cheer! And that means searching high and low for the perfect presents to give. We can’t head to Christmas markets and fairs as usual (and no Olympia either!), so no doubt online shopping will be our saviour. 

A very different type of Christmas shopping for 2020

While I do love my annual pilgrimage to London to get the gifts on my list, online shopping has great benefits. I can shop to my heart’s content on the sofa with Kiwi by my side and a glass of wine! I also love to search on Instagram or Pinterest to discover some really fun and unusual presents. This year, I’ll be making a concerted effort to seek out small and independent businesses to shop with…. Apart from Veuve that is, my champagne shopping habits will be the exception to the rule! But fizz aside, I’m hoping to support fellow small business owners during this trickiest of times. I’d like to think that means we will have the variety and choice we love when life gets back to normal. 

Sparkley jewellery

The benefits of shopping small and independent

Plus, there are some fabulous benefits to shopping with independent brands. Small business owners pour their heart and soul into their brand. That means you’ll find amazing products not always available in high street shops. You’re also supporting someone who no doubt pays tax here in the UK, which can’t be said for all big brands! They also will employ people and uses services from their local area. I also find they offer fantastic customer service and addnsome lovely little touches which make the recipient feel really special. 

Hooves & Love nailing customer service in 2020

Emma Batchelor is founder of equestrian gifting company Hooves & Love and she’s absolutely nailed the art of exceptional customer service. She personally hand-selects all the items in her gift boxes. This ensures they offer great value for money, are really high quality, and will delight the person unwrapping them. Many are personalisable too, something which lends them an extra-special quality for gifting. The person you have bought them for knows you have seeked out and purchased something for them and them alone. There are personalised items for all budgets, from Christmas baubles and stockings to beautiful grooming kits with initials branded into the brush backs and the handle of the hoof pick. Emma has also introduced personalised versions of the Hooes & Love gift boxes themselves ready for Christmas 2020. These boxes are just beautiful and they can be reused and recycled in so many ways! Perfect.

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