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Ever wondered where to get unique, personalised gifts or items for your home that you don’t see in the shops on regular shopping trips? Ever wondered where you can support smaller businesses who often hand make their items? Me too.
I have found not on the high street to offer products that solve all of these desires. I’ve been an admirer of products on their site not only for gifts but also for items for the home. This year they turn 10 years old! As part of their celebrations they have asked me to find my favourite 10 products found on the site. What more needs to be said? I was there browsing! Now to narrow it down to just 10…
Top ten home and gift items
I know this is handmade as I follow Lauren Aston, who makes them, on Instagram. I love this hand knitted footstool but it was a toss up between this and her chunky throws, I think though, we are coming into the ‘feet up’ instead of ‘cosy up’ season! I’m a fan of her work where she knits on supersize needles with extreme chunky yarn. Recently she posted a video on Instagram of her knitting with giant needles that are the size of drain pipes!
Items that can be used in more than one location at home are so useful. Having moved a few times my furniture has had to be adaptable and used in different rooms in different houses. It’s also great for those who love to change up the look or function of rooms every so often. This indoor outdoor bench can be used inside or outside and I love the simple lines and classic design in natural wood. The back spindles remind me of my ercol sofa.
Who doesn’t like oversize quirky fruit? This giant apple or pear pouffe is quirky with a sense of humour and is obviously inspired by nature – I have to love it!
My recent delve into copper trends in my hallway have come to love this understated metallic. This copper and wood floor lamp is A-mazing! The oversize desk lamp as a floor lamp is genius! Go big and take it home!
I am intending on getting out to the garden soon and this zinc and copper watering can is perfect for watering your plants in style. When not in use it still looks stylish, unlike the plastic watering can I have that is functional but pretty unlovely.
I have large blue wooden stars hanging on the wall in my lounge, this blue wooden star bunting is similar so of course I love it. Stars don’t have to be just for Christmas.
You might have seen the watercolour floral cushion that I made on a post recently. This watercolour floral cushion is similar and a great way to bring spring onto your sofa.
Save the books from folded corners! I love to read and how ever much I try the e-readers I still love books made with paper and ink. This copper bookmark would be a lovely gift for an avid reader. It’s available with different captions too.
I have a recycled glass vase very much like this at home. It gets used for flowers and branches all the time. At Christmas I had eucalyptus branches in it like in the photo and at Easter I used it for blossom branches with hanging eggs from. If you don’t have a large vase for long stemmed blooms I can recommend this one and it suits most decor too. I especially love that it is made from recycled glass which is kind to the planet and not only gives it a handmade feel but produces a lovely green hue to the glass. I also have recycled glass wine and drinking glasses that suit the green in my kitchen.
This personalised crate is a great gift idea and you can choose a colour of crate with either salad or herb seeds ready to plant. Easy gardening!
There you have it. Happy Birthday Not on the high street!
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