Submissions for my Christmas Gift Guide are OPEN!

I’m really excited to announce that for the third year running I’ll be bringing back my Independent MK Christmas Gift Guide! My 2021 guide was the most successful guide to date featuring over 80 independent businesses with the guide receiving 20K+ views combined. Many businesses saw an impact with customers being referred from the guide.

So if you’d like to be included in this year’s guide, please keep reading for details on how you can feature your business in one of MK’s best Christmas gift guides! 🤩

About Sophie etc.’s independent Christmas Gift Guide

The guide ONLY features independent businesses based in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas to help inspire customers to shop small for Christmas gifts. That’s businesses with an MK postcode or within a 20-mile radius of Central Milton Keynes.

There are 12 categories: Food, Edible Gifts, Tipples, Eco-friendly, Creative, Pets, Kids, Homeware and Candles, Wellness, Clothing & Accessories, Local Adventures and Charities.

You can see last year’s guide right here.

Where will the guide be published?

The Christmas Gift Guide will be published right here on my blog, promoted on my social media channels (potential audience 25K+) and emailed to my mailing list subscribers (2.6K+).

I hope to publish the guide week commencing 14th November 2022 to give plenty of time for people to use it before Christmas.

What are the requirements?

Businesses must:

  • Be based within a 20-mile radius of Central Milton Keynes.
  • Have a physical product or experience to feature in the guide.
  • Have a product that will be fine to open on Christmas Day (this is mainly for edible products!)

There is no lower or upper price range for gifts.

How do I submit my business?

There is a £40 fee for inclusion in this year’s guide.

The guide can take up to a week to put together, so this small fee covers the time that I take out of my business to put it together. Please note that this fee does not apply to charities, social enterprises or CICs. The fee is per product listing, not per business, so please submit a separate form for each product.

The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2022.

You’ll need to fill in this form and provide up to 200 words about your business, a featured product for the guide, up to three high-res images and links. You won’t be able to submit the form unless all sections are filled in. You’ll need to pay the £40 fee when you submit your details, otherwise, I can’t include you in the guide.

I hope that all makes sense, and I can’t wait for submissions to start rolling in to inspire MK to shop small this Christmas 🎅🏼

If you aren’t sure if or where your business fits in the guide or have any questions, please email

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