How to shop small this Mother’s Day with independent makers and creatives

Support independent creatives and artists this spring by shopping for unique Mother's Day gifts and cards. I've put together a list of makers that I've shopped with in the past so I hope you'll find something fab for your mum here...

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Sure, you can easily buy standard Mother’s Day presents from big companies and get the thing you want delivered to your door, but independent makers are to perform just as well – if not much better – when it comes to unique gifts.

Here’s why you should shop small this Mother’s Day:

  • You’ll find totally unique gifts that can’t be bought ‘off-the-shelf’.
  • You’ll get a more personal service. The maker is available to chat with via Etsy messenger so you can make requests, ask questions about their item and get regular updates on your purchase.
  • They can respond to messages much more quickly than big businesses with their customer support ‘tickets’.
  • They’ll get the item made and sent to you as quickly as possible.
  • They can even send gifts directly to the recipient so get in touch with the maker to include a message inside the parcel.
  • They don’t have large overheads so can keep prices competitive.
  • When you order from a small business, it really makes a differnce in someone’s life and can help tp keep their business running.

So, if you want to support a local creative when shopping for gifts this year, head to Etsy to find a maker with gorgeous gifts. I’m sure you’ll find something that your mum will love to receive for Mother’s Day.

In fact, I’ve bought my own mum a gift from a local maker, but I won’t tell you what it is in case she is reading this blog post! Maybe I’ll share it after Mother’s Day in another post.

In the meantime, I’ve put together a list of products from fabulous artists, crafters and creatives that your mum will love – check these out:

In previous years, I have bought one of these tagua necklaces for my mum. They’re handmade by Lydia Miriam and are ethical jewellery pieces that support artisans in Ecuador as well as supporting Lydia’s craft business here in the UK.

I have also commissioned pieces from ceramic artist Hannah Berridge in recent years – she hand-paints ceramics such as mugs, jugs, bowls and much more in a wide variety of designs that can be personalised with a name or message.

Unruly Print is a go-to for unique hand-made artworks and personalised pieces. A huge variety of lino prints are can be personalised in any colour to suit your recipient’s home and the artist can be commissioned to create new designs just for you, which makes these artworks an ideal gift for a special occasion.

The artist that I buy almost all my greetings cards from is Abby Sumner. Her risograph designs are so vibrant and uplifting. Plus, I have several of her artworks in my home – I just can’t resist those cool colours and funky illustrations!

Another artist that I regularly buy prints from is Hannah Farthing. I have at least 5 of her letterpress prints and lino artworks in my office, bedroom and living room so I’m quite a fan! Check out her Etsy shop for prints, cards and zines.

For silver jewellery fans, you can’t go wrong with handmade pieces from Etsy. Check out Bluebell Lane’s collection of unique designs including earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings. I’ve often admired their pieces at local markets and, via Etsy, they deliver their designs throughout the UK.

I’ve previously ordered ceramic pieces for my mum from Louise CJ Ceramics on Etsy, including a very pretty long-tailed tit and a vibrant rainbow, so I know how just beautiful her pieces are. Plus, each one is carefully gift-wrapped with paper and ribbon so it can be sent straight to your mother in the post.

I have a star sign print by Craft Cats Club on my office wall, which my husband bought me for my birthday one year, so I can recommend their collection of glinting gold foil artworks and cards. They create pet portraits and personalised star sign designs alongside sun and moon art prints.

Another gift that my husband bought me that I use every day is a washbag from Lovely Lydia. Her fabric is hand-printed and she turns it into cushions, zipped pouches, purses, tea towels and more. My own make-up bag is so well made that I haven’t needed to replace it for years but, when I eventually do, I’ll be shopping with Lovely Lydia again.

I hope this blog post has given you inspiration for some gorgeous handmade gifts for your mum this year. Let me know if you discover any other fabulous small businesses and independent makers while shopping for Mother’s Day – please drop their details in the comments below so that I can check them out. 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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