The countdown is on! Still struggling to find special little pressies to fill stockings? Pop into the shop this week and finish off that Christmas list! Here are our Top 10 stocking fillers, supporting local creators, small businesses, fair trade and organic foods.
Nature's Wish Tea
With names like Clarity, Serenity, Peace, Joy, Release and Tranquility, a box of Nature’s Wish tea is a gift of wellbeing. Each blend encourages you to pause, breathe in the scent of the organic herbal teas, and reconnect with yourself. These new, unique tea blends are created by Amy Murphy-Watts, founder of local business Nature’s Wish, and are hand-blended in the UK.
Vinnie & Brigitte Soap Bar Bag
Haslemere resident Abby Bishop Clarke is the creative force behind Vinnie & Brigitte handmade accessories. Her latest creation on the shelves of Apothecary 27 are clever soap bar bags in a gorgeous range of prints. Perfect to take on holiday or a weekend getaway, the water-resistant fabric liner will keep your zero-waste bar of soap mess-free in your bag. And speaking of bars…
Alter/Native handmade shampoo and conditioner bars
Time to try out the hair care bars you’ve been hearing so much about. Shampoo and conditioner bars are the latest craze in the zero-waste movement, a brilliant substitute to plastic bottles of hair products. Suitable for all hair types and made with essential oils, the bar scents include Rose & Geranium, Coconut & Argan Oil and Patchouli & Sandalwood.
Cocoa Loco Milk Chocolate Fairies and Elves
Every stocking needs a bit of chocolate! And Sussex-based Cocoa Loco’s scrummy fairies and elves will bring a smile to little faces. These treats have heart – organic, fairtrade and handmade with love.
Mumanu Massage Balm
These locally produced organic massage and body balms are comfort in a little tin! Blends such as Love, Sunshine and Magic are thoughtfully produced by local massage therapist Samantha Thurlby-Brooks with essential oils to calm, indulge and soothe. The Mumanu Organic Fairtrade Spearmint Foot Balm is a particular fave!
Mr. Moxey’s CBD Mints
This vintage-look tin of herbal pastilles vows “to soothe + centre”, and with CBD, peppermint and echinacea, we’re sure they will do the trick! These mints are flying off the shelves this month, so get yours quick!
Thought Bamboo Socks
A pair of gorgeously soft, consciously created bamboo socks will be appreciated by anyone on your Christmas list. We stock a fun range of patterns from Thought, which uses responsibly sourced, sustainable fibres, and promotes slow fashion. Bamboo is a super fibre – it grows quickly and makes a breathable fabric, keeping you cool in the heat and warm when it’s cold. Makes for very happy feet!
The Wheat Bag Company Microwavable Lavender Wheat Bag
Give some relief to someone suffering from neck ache, shoulder pain or muscle injury with the lovely wheat bags from The Wheat Bag Company. Handmade in Wiltshire and available in a lovely range of fabrics, the bags are filled with English wheat and lavender buds and can be warmed to soothe sore muscles or chilled ease injuries. We have them ready to relax our necks after the marathon gift-wrapping session this weekend…
Freedom Mallows Vegetarian Marshmallows
One thing our team member Christine’s teenage daughter missed since going vegetarian was a good, squishy marshmallow. So every year she gets a stocking filled with Freedom Mallows – yummy vegetarian marshmallows packed with fluffy flavour but without animal-derived gelatine. Egg-free, dairy-free, gluten free, no artificial flavours or colours…we stock Vanilla, Strawberry, and the latest favourite, Mallow Bites – little vanilla marshmallows coated in smooth dark chocolate. Buy an extra bag to nibble while you fill the stockings Christmas Eve. We learned this from experience…
Out of the Woods Candles
Nothing quite sets a mood like a beautiful scent, and the handmade soy candles from Out of the Woods bring the best seasonal scents to your home. We particularly love the scrumptious scents of Cranberry Marmalade, Christmas Spice and Winter Is Coming. Out of the Woods is a local business run by Hannah Black, who hand pours the candles from her log cabin in Surrey.