Shopping small – and local

Shopping small - and local

Everyone is familiar with the importance of shopping small- but it’s just as important to shop local. Shopping locally provides numerous benefits to communities and by supporting your small and independent traders you’re not only supporting their enterprise and their family, you’re also contributing towards keeping your community alive and thriving.

Chances are you’re probably already busily looking for and buying gifts for all the special people in your life, but did you know that Christmas sales can account for nearly two-thirds of a retailer’s annual turnover?

This means a bad Christmas can mark disaster for a small business.

We’ve  decided to make it easy for you to shop both small and local by creating a catalogue of some of the wonderful independent traders in our extended Tree Shepherd family. Use our guide this Christmas when looking for those special gifts but remember – a small business isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life!

Health and Beauty

  • MamaSia – Award-winning natural beauty products with a festive twist. Based on raw goodness with elements sourced from our family lands, such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Moringa and Baobab, our unique gift sets evoke the senses with exotic oils and mind awakening fragrances. Sign up for their newsletter for a 10% discount. website Instagram
  • Queen Qaushi – is Treatwell Top Rated Salon, providing services in treatment rooms for a more personal experience at Thrive Hub. Offering Lashes, Permanent Make-Up, Biab Acrylic Nails and Brows. You can purchase a Christmas gift voucher by contacting Danielle on 0500725278 or DM on Instagram 10am-10pm
  • The Healing Place – Specialises in all aspects of holistic therapies ranging from Hypnotherapy, Reflexology and Reiki. If you like the idea of having a treatment plan that comes with personalised lifestyle tips then this is for you. Treatments range from Reflexology for fertility, lymph drainage, sciatica pain, migraines and much more. Gift ideas available from £65 to £900. Website and Facebook
  • The Crystal Cove – Holistic and positive energy, selling crystal jewellery, incense, candles, tarot cards, reiki and much more. The website is the best place to purchase gifts as there is a wide range on there. instagram
  • ImaziNaturals – Vegan Natural Skincare. Simple honest soap is where their passion for natural skincare started. The aim has always been to use skin loving quality ingredients that come from nature. Products are 100% vegan, cruelty free and contain no palm oil, parabens, preservatives, artificial ingredients or sls. Honest, simple, effective products. Instagram  Website

Food and Drink

  • Strongman’s Tipple – Award-winning duo creating delicious cocktails for home delivery, out of their Bermondsey-based flavour lab. Strongman’s Tipple is delivering sustainable, naturally inspired craft cocktails ready to drink at home. Order up to 20th Dec with next day delivery for Christmas: website
  • Black Cowboy Coffee – Quite possibly the best coffee this side of the Rio Grande. Find us at Elephant Arcade, 50 London Rd website Instagram

House and Garden

  • Plant & Person – located at Vinegar Yard and Canada Water Del Porter Square. Affordable plants for local people. If you would like a particular plant please contact Will and he will source it for you. Delivery service is also available to SE1 and SE16 for a small fee. Mobile – 07985960095 WebsiteInstagram

Clothing and accessories

  • Little Sister Rocks – If you love fashion and vintage this is the shop for you. London Vintage Shop Shopping & retail Vintage shop @marketpeckham (TIMEOUT guide to #Peckham) Tues to Sat 11-6 Sun 11-5 Instagram

Children’s clothing and gifts

  • Not Ur Average Joe – Not Ur Average Joe, designs and handmakes Children clothing and accessories. All products are handmade, bespoke and cultural using only the finest African print materials sourced from local suppliers. No two products are quite the same and therefore uniqueness and individuality is guaranteed!.  Website  Instagram
  • BibEasy Bibs – Online store offering baby accessories and bespoke baby gifts including award-winning baby bibs, bodysuits, hampers, and gift boxes for babies 0-24 months. website  Instagram
  • Love Lil’Mo – Everything is handmade with love for the Lil’People in your life. If you’re after something unique for your own baby or looking for a special baby gift, they have the perfect item for you. From crinkle sheets to dummy clips to nappy bag inserts even a toddler handbag. Not forgetting beautiful jewellery that can double as a teething toy.  Order etsy shop   Instagram
  • Kairos – Bespoke upcycling Children’s Clothing. Creating sustainable children’s clothing with a difference. Visit us @crystalpalacefoodmarket and @hernehillmarket London Instagram etsy

Unique gifts

  • Sow London – Creates custom original bespoke 3D greeting cards, towels, fans, magnets as well as boxes gift sets completely personalised. Website  Instagram
  • Uappymeappy Ludi Boards Winston Ottey – Specialises in bespoke Ludi boards made to order. Get in touch via email:ottey.uk@gmail.com Tel- 07943579298 instagram
  • Make It Studios London– Quirky kimonos and Maxi tote bags made with reclaimed luxury textile and reclaimed customised denim jackets. Bespoke accessories, buttons and necklaces. Instagram

Services

  • Janet from Success All – READY TO TURBO BOOST YOUR WEEK? Elegantly designed, premium quality A4 planner. Perfect for achieving your goals, it includes motivational productivity tips and a section for daily gratitude. Order on Amazon:here
  • OtentikCare – Self love ❤ & care upleveling heart-led lifestyle and mindset coaching. Soulful Wellness Subscription box for women instagram
  • Heart in art by Kes– Beautiful, creative and colourful mosaics for your home. Happy to offer facepainting, workshops & balloon displays Instagram
  • Cherrelle – Cherrelle Ladina, one of our inspiring graduates who is following her passion and has begun her own personal branding photography business Capturing moments through photography. instagram