Christmas Gift idea’s Shop local!
I really am a terrible sales person because I honestly hate the commercial side of Christmas, I hate that pressure created to buy everyone you have met a gift and to spend your hard earned money on piles of presents for family when most of it will sit in a cupboard so this year I have made an effort to only buy from small businesses and rather than a pile of gifts just a few items that I know will be loved and treasured. I have put together a blog below for some of my favourite items in my home of Caithness Scotland and also of my new home of Dorset and Somerset in which I have already found some beautiful gifts and items to fall in love with and despite the distance between the two most sell online so do take a look whatever area you are in.
I have on sale Photo shoot Gift Vouchers which Is such a great gift because not only does it give something to open on Christmas day in a gift box but its something to be excited about and with images that will last long after Christmas they come in any value or set package amounts. https://traceyinksonphotography.bigcartel.com/product/christmas-gift-vouchers
Photo training and Editing training Vouchers https://traceyinksonphotography.bigcartel.com/product/photography-training-day-1-2-1-save-20
Have you a friend who would love to learn a new hobby or brush up on their skills. A camera stuck in hubby’s cupboard he doesn’t know how to use in manual mode or kids that would love to learn then these are the perfect gift for a 1-2-1 training day with me.
SHOP LOCAL CAITHNESS BUSINESSES WITH GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS.
1) B’ Unique https://www.facebook.com/buniquejewelleryandgifts/
Lauren stocks such lovely items from decorations to gift idea’s and always something new, I personally love the lanterns and Christmas eve boxes but plenty for all tastes.
2) Lark and Lily https://www.facebook.com/Larkandlilydesigns/
Lynsey has a real gift in creating beautiful hand made pieces of Jewellery and head wear and not only for weddings, Who wouldn’t love an item of jewellery made especially for them or one of her unique pieces to go under the tree.
Donna is such a lovely person and runs wonderful retreats and treatments and courses from yoga to mindfulness and what better to give a Christmas gift of some me time to someone who really needs that uplift and some peace and tranquillity even the kids are included in Donna’s courses!
4) Cake-a-licious https://www.facebook.com/annecampbell15/
Anne’s cake’s and tray bakes are the best I have ever tasted so if anyone would like to fill under my tree with a nice pile of amazing bakes please do! They are the perfect gift for anyone with plenty of gluten free options too but get in there quick she is super busy and I’m not surprised I would be 20 stone heavier if I was back home right now!
5)Lindsey Gallacher https://www.facebook.com/lindseygallacherjewellery/
Not only does Lindsey have such wonderful gifts and jewellery but she holds courses to learn how to make them too! What could be better than a gift of a new skill and fun while learning too and if your recipient isn’t of the crafting kind something sparkly I’m sure would not go a miss!
6)Inspired by Caithness https://www.facebook.com/inspiredbycaithness/
I cannot imagine a better gift than one of Lisa’s creations especially with her stonescapes which can also be commissioned with your own view too, I ADORE the Dunnet stacks and have a soft spot for the cushions too and I think its an extra special gift to grace the walls with something so personal as a favourite place in such a beautiful piece of art
7)Mrs cups cakes https://www.facebook.com/CupsTearoom/
Not only does Ros make amazing cakes and some lovely shortbread as well which would make a fantastic gift but a great gift idea for the kids is cupcake decorating courses, I love gifts that offer something to do and new skills and fun and these parties are such a lovely idea.
8) Meraki And Me https://www.facebook.com/merakiandmebysusanasher/
Susan is a lady I admire greatly, she can turn her hand to so many things and really puts her heart into her business and items. The signs are adorable and such a great range of items all hand made to really make such a personal present with some great offers on the signs and glasses right now on her page so grab a unique gift!
9) Rock Rose Gin (Dunnet Distillery) https://www.facebook.com/rockrosegin/
Rock Rose Gin has to be the greatest thing to happen to Caithness! Our very own Gin Distillers with such a great range of flavours they have gifts to send to family and friends away to try our local produce or keep us locals warm on Christmas day with! even better their late night shopping night on the 13th December is a great chance to pick up some treats and even try them out first! (Do feel free to pop some of the Winter Gin under my tree on the way through)
10) Alexandra Jane Art and Photography https://www.facebook.com/Alexandra-Jane-Art-and-Photography-658544001153003/
A recent addition to the great Christmas gift list is Alex and her fantastic Caithness Pebble art and cards, Alex has managed to hide her talent from me until I spotted these amazing pieces recently and the most fantastic framed pebble art which would look great in any room! Pieces to suit different tastes and also mounted Caithness images for those feeling a little home sick!