December is almost upon us and Christmas is fast-approaching! When picking out lasting gifts, do you often wonder if where the products were made should be a priority? We believe it should. There are so many reasons to support locally-made manufacturers; here are just a few:
The Economy. Buying locally-made supports the national economy; think of it as recycling your hard-earned cash back into your own community, where it can then support other local businesses and governments in turn.
Jobs. If demand for a certain product grows past the current capacity, the only solution for companies is to hire more people to help supply it, creating more local jobs!
Human rights. With local manufacturers, it’s far easier to be sure that you’re supporting a company that is well-versed in the laws and codes promoting safe, ethical working conditions.
The Environment. Buying within your own country not only helps reduce oil and gas emissions but greatly reduces excess packaging such as cartons, containers and plastics that are often used during long transportation.
If you’re thinking of purchasing some locally-made gifts this year, we’ve curated a little list of British-made built-to-last buys just for you!
For Her Capsule Wardrobe
There are many reasons to swoon over Swedish sustainable fashion designer Cecilia Hammarborg. With stunning designs, recycled fabrics and a concern for longevity, this is Scandinavian tailoring at its best.
The Cocoon Coat is clean and minimal, with deep winter colours and a luxurious super soft feel. Ethically manufactured in London, UK, the coat is a warm blend of mohair and alpaca Italian wool. With two large side pockets to protect her hands from the winter chill, the coat buttons up diagonally on a slant, creating a strong silhouette and hanging beautifully when open. This classic design will become a staple item in her durable and sustainable capsule wardrobe. Best of all, Cecilia Hammarborg is exclusively offering BuyMeOnce customers free repairs on her garments for life!
For Their New Home
Denby has been hand-crafting stoneware in Derbyshire, UK since 1809. They use naturally durable Derbyshire clay for all their stoneware — a locally-sourced, high quality clay. Denby’s secret glaze recipe keeps all their dishes strong against the daily wear and tear of the kitchen by preventing chipping and enhancing durability. We love that Denby offers a 10-year guarantee and a collector’s promise on all their stoneware ranges. The guarantee protects their crockery from faulty workmanship/materials, and the collector’s promise will give them 12-months’ notice if production of the range is likely to stop.
The Natural Canvas range features rich neutral tones and timeless shapes that will suit any other serving ware they own. This gorgeous serving bowl is ideal for salads, chilli or curry and works wonderfully as a buffet staple for serving bread, crisps or popcorn. Slide this beautiful bowl under their tree and hope they invite you over for dinner as a thank you!
For the Classic Gentleman
Family-owned and operated Joy Everley Fine Jewellery perfectly combine style, function, craftsmanship and ethics. All of their beautiful pieces are designed and created in the UK using fair trade and sustainable materials. The pieces available on the BuyMeOnce site are curated by Joy herself and come with an exclusive lifetime guarantee.
After much demand, Joy has designed her own take on the enduring classic: the signet ring. A great design for the classic gentleman, it works perfectly plain or is ideal for gifting with a special engraving unique to the man on your list. A perfect lifetime Christmas gift!
For the Tea EnthusiastRichmond Kettle Company’s Heritage Kettle No. 1, £225
Richmond Kettle Company have proudly produced British copper tea kettles for over 100 years. It’s easy to say that this is one of the most beautiful pieces of kitchenware you will ever own. But what makes a Richmond kettle a cut above its competitors? Richmond only use the highest grade of pure copper and each kettle is hand-spun to order using traditional Edwardian hand-tinning techniques. The delicate handcraftsmanship takes weeks to perform and each kettle is considered a piece of art – no two whistling kettles are alike. This timeless piece of British engineering will serve you your whole life if you care for it.
The Richmond Heritage No. 1 is the original Richmond copper kettle. Hand-spun to perfection using the highest-grade copper, this classic beauty will be the jewel of their kitchen. The iconic whistle song and high gloss finish complete a royal accessory fit for any gas or electric stovetop. This would make an incredible gift for anyone who likes to take the time to make tea right.
For That Spa Sensation
Have someone on your list that loves long, soothing baths? These bath salts would make the ideal gift! Cruelty-free, ethical, fair-trade and organic – Neal’s Yard products are made in an eco-factory in Dorset, UK with recyclable packaging. If that wasn’t good enough, you can also bring back your blue bottles and jars to their stores to get 10p back!
Lavender has always been known for its calming properties and sea salt for its cleansing and healing benefits. Combining the two and using it in the bath is a perfect end of day ritual. These lavender bath salts by Neal’s Yard are a soothing blend of organic lavender oil and naturally harvested French sea salt. It comes with a handy scoop inside to easily sprinkle across the bath and will surely relive stress and tension in sore muscles.
For the Littlest Fashionista
For the little one who loves to dress up, a JuniperBerry dress makes the perfect gift. Scandinavian-inspired design meets exquisite British cloth and craftsmanship; the result is a fresh, modern take on kidswear with no compromise on heirloom quality. These clothes are all at once distinctive, fun and timeless. We love JuniperBerry Kids’ commitment to capsule wardrobe dressing; each item works as part of a look or independently and many feature adjustable sizing meaning your little ones can keep wearing and loving these clothes through the seasons and beyond growth spurts.
The empire line dress is a signature style from JuniperBerry Kids, perfect for special occasions and everyday scampering around. The short sleeve, elasticated empire line and subtle A-line skirt make it comfortable and easy to wear. The dress is crafted from Liberty Tana Lawn cotton, which is ultra-soft and light, and finished with signature neon satin trims adding fun and attitude.
For the Coffee Connoisseur
Let this ingenious machine whisk the receiver away to coffee art heaven. The Rok Presso is a London-designed manual operation; it requires zero electricity nor wasteful capsules, pods or filters, making it one of the eco-friendliest makers on the market. The machine itself is made of a robust, high-strength metal alloy that is guaranteed for ten years. Kit includes everything they need to make the best espresso: the innovative maker, a storage tin to keep beans fresh, a milk frother for the best lattes and skinny capps, a portafilter and splitter for easy extraction and a perfectly fitted tamp and spoon. Their Monday morning coffee will never be the same.