This year may feel a little less than Christmassy but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on great gift-giving this festive season! With everything going on in the world at the moment, supporting small businesses has become more important than ever before. So, rather than line the pockets of large corporations who already have billions to their names, help to keep a small female-owned business afloat whilst giving your loved ones beautiful, handcrafted gifts that come straight from the heart.
Not only are small business products more heartfelt, they are also more sustainable, 100% unique (no mass production here), and often come beautifully packaged and ready to gift without any effort on your part. Sound good? If your answer is ‘yes’ (and I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be), here are ten amazing female-owned businesses to get you started on your small business shopping journey.
From slow fashion and hand-lettered accessories to unique art prints and quirky vinyl stickers, KouKou is the perfect brand for any feminist powerhouse out there! Covered in beautiful shades of pink and red, KouKou is an eco-conscious brand that prides itself on inclusivity and sustainability. Plus, KouKou is also the creator of a stunning ‘Women of the World’ map which was designed to celebrate women who have done incredible things all over the world!
OVER THE MOON JEWELLERY
For all of your quirky and colourful jewellery needs, look no further than Over the Moon Jewellery by Sarah Sim. Whether you’re a lover of bright rainbows or you’re looking for something a little more elegant, Sarah’s creations offer something truly special for every taste out there. Plus, everything is completely handcrafted in the UK and can be shipped globally! The perfect place to find something unique for your jewellery-loving fam and friends.
TITS & BITS
Designed to highlight the beauty of each and every body, Tits & Bits handcrafts stunning ceramic wall hangings and keyrings as well as lino prints and quirky stickers. Each piece within their collection features a different body, making this brand incredibly inclusive whilst offering something special for every shape and size out there! Tits & Bits’ empowering body positive messages are quite literally engraved within every inch of their designs.
KNEE SOXX STUDIOS
Filled to the brim with bright colours and bold illustrations, Knee Soxx Studio is home to a large selection of products designed to suit a variety of needs and tastes. Whether you’re seeking quirky stationary, illustrated art prints, or stylish enamel mugs, Knee Soxx Studio has it all! To make this brand even cooler, each piece has been handcrafted in a Cornwall-based studio and takes inspiration from folktales and regional stories!
Celebrating body diversity, Cora Art Shop perfectly captures the beauty of ALL boobs (and butts) within their quirky heart-shaped products. From stylish pin badges and unique coasters to stickers and carefully hand-painted commission pieces, Cora Art Shop offers something perfect for any body posi lover out there! They have even launched a lovely range of Christmas cards, making your shopping experience that little bit easier.
BITS AND BOOBS
Love the hand-stitched look? Well, look no further than Bits and Boobs! Specialising in embroidered t-shirts and cosmetic bags covered in boobs, diverse bodies, and other fun bits, Bits and Boobs also creates unique ceramic trinket dishes and tote bags. Additionally, they offer beautiful self-care packages filled with your choice of a hand-stitched t-shirt or bag and a bunch of other pick-me-up treats – a lovely gift for yourself or for a pal!
EMMA MAKE STUDIO
From beautiful silk scarves and stylish face masks to screen-printed wall art and quality giclee art prints, Emma Make Studio is simply bursting with bold colours and quirky patterns! Perfect for those that love plants and nature, Emma Make Studio takes much of their inspiration from people and the world around us. The ideal place to find gifts for the fashion lover or home décor enthusiast in your life!
For those of you who LOVE colour, Scaredy Bones is just the shop for you! Home to a number of beautiful art prints and the quirkiest cushions you’ll ever lay eyes on, Scaredy Bones has everything you could ever need to add a pop of style to any interior setting. They also offer a selection of mugs, tote bags, and notebooks for those that aren’t quite ready for bold as f*ck homeware pieces.
REBECCA WISE STUDIO
Crafted and hand-painted in London, Rebecca Wise Studio is home to a range of small-batch ceramic items designed to celebrate body acceptance, fat positivity, and self-love. Rebecca (she/they) takes their inspiration from natural forms and abstract shapes, translated effortlessly throughout their beautiful collection of mugs, planters, bowls, and trinket dishes. A lovely way to add a pop of colour and body positivity to any space!
WHAT MABEL DID
Colourful greeting cards, pin badges, t-shirts, art prints, and stickers are just a few of the many things that What Mabel Did have on offer within their shop. Designed with sustainability and inclusivity in mind, their ethical products represent a diverse range of people, aim to provide carbon neutral deliveries, and use recyclable materials wherever possible. Every piece is as unique as the next, offering something funky and fresh for the quirky one in your life!
THE MINI ‘SMALL FEMALE-OWNED BUSINESS’ GLOSSARY
Even more amazing and uber-talented women to support with your hard-earned pennies! Of course, this is by no means an extensive list of all the incredible small businesses out there. I urge you all to take a moment to spread the word about your faves across social media platforms and within your social circles – you’ll be a part of a mini revolution and who wouldn’t want that!?
I’d also like to caveat this by saying that, whilst I have categorised each business for ease of browsing, many of the businesses featured below fall into a lot more than just one category! Please do check them out, give them a follow on Instagram, and show them some festive love this Christmas season and beyond.
APPAREL & KNITWEAR
@sourfiguk; @her_cg; @themagiccharmshoppe; @megmoonflower; @lumpycoffee_; @electric.threadz; @jessicasharvilleillustration; @romyprints; @annie_areyoucrochet; @peedofftees; @sweettalk_uk; @venus.acidalia; @groovycatgarms; @air.andfire
ART PRINTS & WALL ART
@twinkleandgloom; @bykatierianne; @mythicmuse; @lolablackheart; @bettys_bodies; @constanrdisgrace; @bevacton.graphics; @colour.please; @_nlftextiles; @whatmatildasays; @pocketcarrot; @becky.davies.design; @katydidthese_illustrations; @floillustrate; @_beckykatie; @ajd.illustrates; @aliceneedham.illustration; @inkus_dingus; @bethrcharles; @emmahaydenart; @drawing.soph; @pinky.ink.designs; @happythingsbyfi; @sierramargaretcc; @feistyletters; @the.goddess.revolution
EMBROIDERY, CROSS-STITCH & OTHER STITCHED GOODS
@kateblandford; @shes_sew_lovely; @sassandsew; @sew_by_line; @thepunkdaisy; @sew.be.it.ldn; @stitchesbyricheldis; @snitch__stitch; @kirstenmcstitch; @illustrator_soph_; @mollyarchertextiles; @somethinglikeartmaybe; @buddingflowersart; @venus.in.stitches
@brazen_botany; @peggydollface; @millie_amber; @fleurandrebelle; @gingersalmondesigns; @the.flower.studio; @anomalybyannie; @adrestiasrevolt; @mollycavellsextiles; @shimmerandtwineco; @anna.makinit; @englishbridgeflowers; @jademuatdodd; @knotjustwightframes; @terrazzoandtitz; @gottheknots; @binks.design
@sunpuffstudios; @reworkjewellry; @ella_daze; @gracewillmottart; @norsk_designs; @thevelvetdaydream_; @lopshopuk; @clay_bychloe; @thatfunkyfeeling; @confetti_create; @fruitloop_studios; @made.by.live.x; @studio__rose; @shopgwynfor; @jewellry_by_eilatan
STICKERS, CARDS & STATIONARY
@mythsntits; @twentysome.design; @prismaticpaperco; @yakdesignco; @front.bum.cards; @strawbbstudios; @elan_mai; @saint_angel_designs; @different_timeline; @afroditisart; @jmhtextiles; @_peachic; @cards_of_kindness_; @loolookazoo; @lexcelesteshop; @handpaintedbyantonia
TOTE BAGS & ACCESSORIES
TRADITIONAL ART & LINO
@squidlessstudios; @hairnosidoog; @corpusmedusa; @meg.makes.prints; @la_luna_designs_x; @c_m_creates; @linearbodies; @alexmacupovaart; @rachcreates_; @octavia_she_creates; @bethcub; @boobsandbits; @_rosenose_; @amm.abstracts; @verdad_art
Feel free to leave some of your favourite small businesses in the replies below! I deffo don’t just speak for myself when I say I’m always on the look-out for more women-owned businesses to support. Happy shopping!