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Gifting: Shop small but mighty this Christmas

Buy one-of-a-kind gifts and support both local designer/makers and the local economy too. Here are four ways to shop small but mighty this Christmas

Buy a Gift With Meaning from Kickstart Coffee

Cambridge’s Kickstart Coffee is selling more than its signature whole-bean and fresh-ground to raise funds for Uganda’s children in need this Christmas.

A long-standing supporter of the Early Learning School in Entebbe, an NGO which cares for orphaned and disadvantaged children from across the country, brand founder Hannah Nunn has launched a collection of Gifts With Meaning: £8 buys the Entebbe children a football or skipping rope; £10 buys 10 bars of soap or a pair of chickens; £12 buys a dozen fruit trees; £20 buys a community food bundle.

Says Hannah: “Individuals can buy gifts for their friends and family to support the children at the school. We have 11 different gifts for them to choose from. The money from each gift purchased will be sent to Uganda on Christmas day.

“The gift is presented inside a blank Christmas card ready for you to write your own personal message. Our cards have been designed and printed in Cambridge, UK by Triple Kiss Designs and printed on recycled-coffee-grain paper.”

See and buy the full Gifts With Meaning collection at kickstartcoffee.org/collections/christmas-gifts

Visit Pop Up Art Cambridge

Showing and selling the work of 20-plus local artists, designers and makers, Pop Up Art Cambridge has, as its name suggests, just popped up on the city’s Victoria Road. The brainchild of artist Jo Clark - known for her cute and quirky illustrative prints (Doggy Dress-up, Cats in Hats), which feature on everything from cards and wrap to mugs and yoga clothes - you’ll find it on the site of what was Minuteman Press from now until January.

Stocked with everything from abstract landscape paintings (Karen Jinks) to printed-wood tree decorations (Abi Stevens) through to hand-built ceramics (Naomi Elstow), embroidered T-shirts (Mollie Gorman) and minimalist silver jewellery (Mela Jewellery), it’s being billed as the place to go for unique and inspired Christmas presents. Time to tick off that list. . .

Find Pop Up Art Cambridge at 154-156 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ and popupartcambridge.com

Gift a Treasures Box from The Trove

The Trove, the online hub connecting Cambridgeshire’s creatives with the community, has launched a webshop - and stocked it with inspired gift ideas, just in time for Christmas.

Focusing on Treasures Boxes filled with carefully selected items from local designer/makers, each has a different theme, eg. Plant Lover, Rest Calmly, Little Explorer, Little Bookworm, Make Your Own.

If we could wake up and find one Treasures Box in the top of our stocking come Christmas morning, it would be The Pink Posy Box, pictured, which features a Crazy Daisy A5 art print by Chloë Olivia Sansom and a mini dried flower posy with glass bottle vase by Root - just so pretty.

See and shop the full range at thetrovecambridge.co.uk/shop

Order a Be Independent Christmas Hamper from Be Social Cambridge

Be Social Cambridge Christmas Hamper (53245851)
Be Social Cambridge Christmas Hamper (53245851)

Be Social Cambridge, which flies the flag for indies in and around the city, has made it easier than ever to shop local this Christmas - thanks to its limited edition festive hamper.

Retailing at £80, it contains a dozen treats from local hero brands: a houseplant from Small & Green with pot from Amber B Pottery; a White Christmas scented candle from Lottie Luxe; a DIY macrame cable kit from Macramazing; Christmas Brew loose-leaf tea from Kettle Leaf; Nectar Roast coffee beans from Kickstart Coffee; a festive-flavour chocolate slab from Bitesize Bakehouse; a Cosy Campfire soap bar from The Cambridge Soap Company; an organic flaxseed and lavender eye pillow from Handmade by Emily Jayne; a set of three reusable cleaning cloths from Mayme Angel; an A5 Cambridge art print by Kate Harrison; and, the finishing touch, a ‘reindeer poo’ Christmas card and gift tags by Triple Kiss Designs.

The holly on top of the pudding? For every one sold, £5 is donated to city homeless support charity Jimmy's Cambridge.

The Be Independent Christmas Hamper can be ordered via besocialcambridge.com

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