Shopping List: 16 Indie Gift Ideas

Hope you guys had a great weekend!

After a quick trip to Liberty, I spent yesterday afternoon having high tea with this gal at sketch – a crazy, theatrical space in central London that houses multiple restaurants of all kinds under one roof. We had tea in the David Shrigley-designed Gallery, and it was insane. And pink! Mostly pink. 

But moving on to more important things, like gift ideas. After all, it's already mid-ish December. 

I'm a firm believer in thoughtful, individual gifts. If you're in a family or friend group that gifts, give some real thought to the person you're purchasing a gift for – what's going on with them? Have they gone through a big change lately? Where are they in their lives, right now?

Maybe you want to treat them to a day out or plan a weekend away together. Or maybe it's something small and fun, like a pair of snuggly, handmade socks for a loved one who's always cold, or a really great mug from a ceramicist for a friend who's recently discovered a tea obsession. Or maybe it's something practical – like an eye cream your sister has wanted all year but hasn't treated herself to. Get it?

Regardless of what the gift actually is, choosing something that speaks to the gift receiver's wants, needs, tastes, and current place in their life can trump cost and size in an instant. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who would rather receive a slew of expensive items vs. one well-thought out gift.

To help you on your merry way, I've chosen 16 gift ideas, all from independent makers. Some of the makers are featured in my independent designer directory, some are other favorites and new finds. 

Need help choosing something for someone on your list? I kind of love doing this, so let me know if you'd like some help shopping. I'm totes here for you.

micaela greg accordion knit hat ($95) at beklina

porcelain tray ($55) by the pursuits of happiness

pas chasse thick stripe socks ($28) at spartan

square collar ($235) by moulton

chelsey dyer 2015 astrology wall calendar ($22) at straw & gold

tan pouch ($252) by rennes

sweatshirt scarf ($48) by gift shop brooklyn

the sweater ($160) by zady

worn stories ($17.50 at powell's) by emily spivack

cowboy mule ($198) by marais usa

california olive oil handmade soap ($14) by napa organics

cheers holiday card ($4.50) by little arrow studio

playing cards ($12) at amelia

mini stripe boyshorts ($38) by brook there

white zig mug ($34) by tactile matter

south t-shirt ($25) by the bitter southerner


Want more shopping ideas? Check out my boutique which stocks indie designers and makers from all over the globe. (Love this, this, and [obvs] this.)