Our edit of 10 independent businesses to shop this Christmas




We wanted to share some of our favourite brands with you. Many of them share our ethical philosophy and produce items that would make really unique gifts for loved ones, or for yourself (we all need treats this year). Rickus Ra Jennifer has an eye for beautiful things from around the world, but she also makes these absolutely gorgeous rainbows by hand. We have them in our own homes, and they boost our moods, bring a dose of colour and support the makers movement in one go! At only £22 per rainbow, they are a lovely gift for key workers, for kids rooms, or also just to lift spirits. They are the only rainbows that have not faded in my windows. LA Basketry We met Tabara at the Renegade fair three years ago on a snowy day when the customers were snowed out. She has gone on to produce this amazing book, perfect for a crafty lockdowner, who can learn to make all sorts of baskets from scratch. This book will teach you how to master the versatile art of basketry. Each of the four chapters tackles the different materials and their subsequent techniques, including grasses, rope, twine and cane. Organic Savannah Based in Kenya, Organic Savannah produces heavenly soaps, balms and candles with 100% of profits reinvested into the artisans and social good. We've sampled the lip balm and avocado soaps and recommend them for sensitive skin and those looking for natural ingredients. We like the idea of giving soap with our hand-towels this year, with all the hand washing thats taking place. You can purchase our hand-towels on their site too if of interest. Comfort & Joy If you are London based, the restaurant Jikoni has created home delivery boxes with the most incredible menus taking inspiration from around the world. Every order will also provide a meal for a member of the vulnerable and homeless in London and the UK with their partners, the amazing Nishkam SWAT. If you can't spend a dinner with someone, you can always treat them to a lovely meal, and you'll be supporting those in need too. Cajuu Rich in flavour and heritage, Cajuu is packing up Tanzania's best cashew nuts and flavouring them with unique Tanzanian ingredients like Lake Natron salt and Moa mangoes. One of my favourites is their luxurious rose and saffron flavoured Cashew Nut and Date Bites which come in plastic free and eco-friendly packaging. Supporting farmers in a fair trad