December is 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
This classic shirt dress is clean, minimalistic and made out of 100% organic cotton. Ethically manufactured in Yorkshire at the brand’s own factory which uses solar energy, it comes with a lifetime guarantee and is a wonderful addition to any winter capsule wardrobe.
There are many reasons to swoon over British sustainable clothing brand Rozenroek. With stunning designs, organic materials and sustainable business practices this is British tailoring at its best.
For Their New Home
The Natural Canvas range by Denby makes a gorgeous gift for a new home, with rich neutral tones and timeless shapes that will suit any other serveware they own. This gorgeous set contains four dinner plates, four side plates and four cereal bowls, perfect for the new nester. Slide this set under their tree and hope they invite you over for dinner as a thank you!
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.
For the Classic Gentleman
A great design for the classic gentleman, this cable bracelet is unique and indestructible. It’s suitable for all weather conditions and won’t rust, and can be worn with any outfit thanks to its sleek, matte black finish. A perfect lifetime Christmas gift!
Handcrafted in Portland Works, the birthplace of steel manufacturing, Bailey of Sheffield create unique jewellery pieces using stainless steel, one of the toughest materials on the planet. Guaranteed to last several lifetimes, all Bailey of Sheffield products can be fully recycled again and again. With impeccable craftsmanship and designs evoking Britain’s industrial heritage, we love this truly British heirloom jewellery brand.
For the Tea Enthusiast
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.
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.
For the Cooking Show Junkie
Have someone on your list that loves watching cooking shows and following recipes? Risdon and Risdon’s lifetime guaranteed aprons are a family-owned British brand based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. All of their aprons are made to last, with fabrics and straps carefully chosen not just for their durability but also for user comfort.
This cotton apron in classic navy is made out of durable cotton canvas that’s completely washable. Straps are made from full grain vegetable tanned leather, which is the highest quality leather and also the most comfortable for its wearer. Whether the lucky recipient is an aspiring chef, an everyday home cook or a master crafter, a Risdon & Risdon apron is always welcome under the Christmas tree!
For the Little Adventurer
We love Billygoats and Raincoats and their upcycling mission of repurposing old tents that have been left behind at festivals. Based in Wales, their small range of colourful raincoats for kids are fun and lightweight, making them perfect for any kind of rambling.
This Brecon Recycled Coat is waterproof and windproof, with funky red panels and two deep front pockets for snacks and finds. Each coat is lined in bright yellow, with a chunky YKK zipper in either red or blue. Designed and made in the UK, no two coats are the same, making it a unique gift for any kid who loves the great outdoors!
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.
Looking for more inspiration? Shop our Conscious Christmas store here.
Still not sure? A Gift for Life Card is a thoughtful idea.