This gift guide features some brilliant local businesses that create beautiful jewellery and clothing. I love buying from small brands like these because you get something that is truly unique and you probably won’t find many other people wearing them. In this guide, discover beautiful clothing and jewellery for the fashionista in your life.
This guide is part of Sophie etc.’s Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide 2022. Businesses have paid to feature in the guides, but the guide has been entirely curated by Sophie. We hope it inspires you to shop small this Christmas! Every effort has been taken to ensure the information in this blog post is correct. Please refer directly to vendor websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information for Christmas delivery and products. If you do see an error, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothing and Accessory Gift Ideas
Fabbi is run by Abbi, who is based in a village just outside Bedford. Abbi started her business two years ago after many years of working in HR. A back injury made it difficult for her to fulfil the role, so she channelled her love for creativity and fashion to create feel-good clothing.
Fabbi’s mantra is ‘Be fabulous for you.’ The brand injects positive vibes and fabulousness into your wardrobe and home. The products are sustainably sourced, designed and printed with pops of colour, positivity and animal print in mind.
Fabbi’s brilliant Christmas Sweatshirts are made from 85% organic cotton & 15% recycled polyester and feature a gorgeous shimmer of metallics and glitter. Kid’s versions are also available. The Rouge Sweatshirt is also a dazzling addition to your festive wardrobe. And if you’re looking for a funky stocking filler, check out Fabbi’s fabulous soft beanie hats available in four colours.
Pixie & Bobs
You may already know how much of a fan I am of Pixie & Bobs, a slow fashion label creating made-to-order pieces. Each piece of clothing is designed by Annie with a focus on longevity and versatility. Using a made-to-order model not only means there is no wasted fabric or stock as she only makes what is needed, but it also means alterations and tweaks can be made to each piece individually as it is cut and sewn to ensure you have your dream piece that you can cherish for years to come.
The pieces are made to order, so if you’d like anything in time for Christmas, now is the time to buy. I love my glittery gold Sarah skirt and there are also some amazing new additions for party season.
Silver by the Button
Emma is a hobbyist silversmith, making shiny goodness in the shed at the bottom of her garden in MK when she’s not at her day job. She has been making jewellery since 2010 and loves how it can change your look. Initially, she started making jewellery using modern and vintage buttons, hence the name, however, the more and more she got involved in making jewellery, she realised I wanted to move into silver or as she affectionately calls it #shinygoodness!
The Wish Cluster Necklaces make a perfect gift. Individual hand-stamped discs strung on an 18” fine sterling silver belcher chain. The “wish” affirmation is available in sterling silver, copper (for a rose gold effect) and brass (for a gold effect) and prices start at £31 up to £36 (including P&P)
This cluster affirmation style necklace is also available in Wow!, Loved, Star, Mama, Kiss, Happy and Bitch in the same finishes, so you can gift one to whoever you like.
Studio Pepita creates colourfully handcrafted products that are designed to spark joy every day. The signature zero-waste hair clips and vibrant jewellery are created using wasted threads from landfills to create some amazing statement pieces. Studio Peptia uses eco resin, non-toxic pigments and wasted threads to create rainbow designs so not only are you investing in a beautiful piece but one that is as sustainable as possible.
I hope this Christmas Gift Guide has inspired you to shop small this Christmas. If you do decide to support these businesses please let them know who sent you their way and share your purchases with my Facebook Community Group, Eat & Explore MK. You can also share your local finds on Instagram with the hashtag #EatandExploreMiltonKeynes.
Which independent clothing and accessory brands are you shopping with this Christmas?