Stocking Fillers, Secret Santa and little extras under £10

With Christmas fast approaching it's a perfect time for buying thoughtful presents that don't cost a fortune. Whether it's an office Secret Santa, a stocking filler or a little extra present for someone special I have lots of options for under £10 (and a few more for budgets that can stretch a bit further). Examples of prices below include P&P - so no surprises at checkout and some come with a gift box so no need to spend extra on wrapping.
Browse my ETSY & NOTHS shops for my full range - but below are a few suggestions.
a range of bottle openers from £5.25 on NOTHS
A Bottle opener with a magnet (so always handy on the fridge) is a great gift that can be personalised to make it extra special and it's useful too!
mirrors from £4.50 on ETSY & with gift boxes from £7 on NOTHS
Or how about a little make-up mirror? - a perfect handbag size for checking everything is looking perfect at parties over Christmas and the New Year.
Bottle openers take care of the beer drinkers but for those whose preferred tipple comes in a larger bottle - a personalised wine glass charm is a good choice. Also available are sets of wine glass charms for the Christmas dinner table to make it extra special (re-use every year or guests can take theirs home with them at the end of the day as a permanent memento).
Individual fully personalised wine glass charms in tin £8.50 on NOTHS
Initial wine glass charm in tin £5 on ETSY 
Can't decide between a mirror or wine charm? Then the Secret Santa Gift Set is a good choice - a mirror and wineglass charm in an organza bag along with a 'Merry Christmas, Happy New Year' badge on a tag. Available in red/green/ bronze or blue/purple/silver.
Secret Santa Gift Set £10 available on ETSY & NOTHS



Going naked?

   

In January I'm intending to do a proper 'studio-sweepings eco-audit' to see where I can make changes to my products, packaging etc. in order to be less wasteful and more mindful of the impact my business is having on the environment. I think I do a pretty good job already - but there are a few areas I know already I can make some improvements. One of those is cellophane bags. I currently package all my badge & magnet cards in cellophane which I know is not great - but it feels quite scary to send them out without any protection in case they don't arrive in perfect condition. I'm also aware people often buy in advance and need to be confident they can store them and they will still look like new when they are needed. I have been researching bio-degradable options as an alternative but then came across this site - Naked Cards which goes one step further. Nothing at all - just the envelope (and maybe a folded invoice or paper bag as extra protection). I don't have to make any decisions immediately as I still have a fair bit of stock to use up - but I think I may well trial this in 2019. 

My First Christmas..

Personalised Xmas Stickers

Initial Christmas Wine Charms

Secret Santa Gift Set
I spent all of last week uploading products onto Etsy - including some xmas stickers, wine charms and a Secret Santa gift set (perfect for a budget of £10 or under). As it's my very first Christmas selling on Etsy I decided to celebrate by giving free shipping on all my products until the 25th December - exactly 50 days time!

New babies - new products!

New Baby Personalised Magnet Card avavilable on Etsy
I often create new products in response to family events - usually they are ideas in progress which I haven't got around to finalising. My neice gave birth to a little girl this week so it seemed the perfect time to finally sort my new baby magnet card (available on Etsy here) and a new baby keepsake tin (available here).

I also needed a boy version for photographing - and a couple of days ago my daughter's friend very considerately also gave birth - to a little boy. So now both products are made, photographed and will shortly be on their way to the new parents.

New baby Personalised Magnet Keepsake available on Etsy

Teacher time...

Teacher Keepsake
With the end of term fast approaching it's time for a little token of appreciation for all those teachers out there. A good teacher can make such a difference to how we feel about lifelong learning and I'm sure we all have teachers we remember long into adulthood.
Best Teacher magnet/ badge Card
I had an English teacher (many, many years ago now) who made a real difference in my life. I'd always wanted to 'be an artist' and can't remember ever wanting to do anything else. The route was a year long art foundation course followed by a degree - but in Leicester the entry age for the foundation course was 17 and as I was a July baby it meant I had to do something for a year before I was old enough to apply. I was so sick of school (and being told what to do :)) that I decided to do a college course instead, had the interview and got a place. My English teacher sat me down and told me that if I really wanted to pursue my dream I should go for it and doing A levels would only be an extra year - which was such a short time in terms of my whole life. I ended up staying on at school and completing my A levels and then went on to a Foundation course and Art College - and the rest, as they say, is history. Alongside that she nurtured my love of reading and writing and gave me a real confidence in my ability to question and evaluate. I do wonder what would have happened if she hadn't made the time to sit me down and have that conversation. I think I would still have ended up at Art College - but probably after a few wasted years doing something I had no real interest in.
Teacher mirror & winecharm gift set