Are you feeling Christmassy yet? After such a crazy and challenging year, I personally am really looking forward to the familiarity of Christmas this year, in whatever form it takes place!
What does Christmas spirit mean to you? For me, it's all about slowing down and spending quality time with my loved ones. Festive drinks in the pub (jury's out on whether this will happen this year), winter walks with Walter and grabbing some local goodies from the weekly Melbourne Outdoor Market. Appreciating the little things that are truly important like health, happiness and community. Never has the latter been so important, than in a time of great need.
The local Melbourne community has been so inspirational this year. Locals have gone out of their way to shop for those who are self isolating, show their appreciation to local keyworkers and support the local businesses that shape the character of our beautiful Market Town - Melbourne, Derbyshire.
If, like me, you are looking to shop as local as much as possible this Christmas, here is a run down of some fabulous local businesses.
Aside from stunning flower arrangements available for collection or delivery, check out their Instagram page to see a gorgeous range of Christmas Gifts and STUNNING wreaths!
Open for shopping now, Fortey's sell gorgeous food made in store or sourced locally, scrummy cakes, gorgeous coffee and a lovely range of Christmas Gifts including a new range of Canvas Art.
I defy you to take a look through their Instagram page without your mouth watering!
You are sure to find some beautiful gifts for the home here. Corin stocks a beautiful range of homeware, jewellery and even gifts for you fur babies! She also stocks well loved brands Emma Bridgewater and Joules.
You can shop online for Christmas now.
A visit to Rachel's shop is like going treasure hunting! There are a beautiful range of vintage lighting and aviation antiques to browse through. A perfect place to discover some quirky gifts.
Rachel is currently offering Free delivery and a Click & Collect service.
Melbourne Delicatessen & Kitchen
Locally sourced, quality produce that includes AMAZING pies, cakes, luxury store cupboard items and artisan cheese. They are open daily and also offering specialist Christmas hampers made to order!
Best Kept Secret
There is always a new gem to find at Best Kept Secret. A dress agency that specialises in pre-loved designer brands. Win some serious brownie points this year with a special designer gift. You can browse the collection online or buy gift vouchers to let your loved one have fun choosing for themselves.
The Blossom Tree Flower Studio
We are spoilt for blooms here in Melbourne. The Blossom Tree Flower Studio creates beautiful wedding flowers, gift bouquets and flower arranging workshops. Over Christmas she is selling the most beautiful wreaths! Visit her Instagram to take a look.
How lucky are we to have local printers! Melbourne Print are open as usual online taking orders for delivery. They sell a lovely range of Christmas cards including ones you can personalise. Check them out.
Is it really Christmas without wine and fizz? If you know me, you'll know my answer! lol I frequent this gorgeous shop far too often. During the first lockdown my friend also ordered me some beautiful fizz that was delivered from the shop - perfection. Whether you want to stock up for Christmas, order wine to be delivered as a gift or, if you're feeling generous, gift a wine subscription - you can do it all with these lovey chaps.
KJ Glass specialises in Handmade Fused Glass. The best bit... almost every product crafted by KJ Glass can be made unique and personal to you. Be this through colour choices, personal images and text or your own idea completely.
Dog Hairs Melbourne
Fabulous and quirky gifts for dogs and dog lovers: Collars, leads, harnesses, dog tags, coats and Christmas jumpers. Natural food, treats and raw food. Bespoke Christmas stockings.
A little hand and feet casting business in Melbourne, Derby. From newborn baby to memorial castings, Laura can help capture a moment to treasure forever. Gift vouchers are also available!
Studio Home & Interiors
Studio Home and Interiors specialise in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and hand painted furniture, as well as stylish and unique homewares and gifts. As official Annie Sloan Stockists they are fully trained in applying her techniques and offer a bespoke furniture painting service. At Christmas the shop is brimming with traditional and contemporary baubles, festive decorations and a varied selection of gift ideas.
Well, I couldn't very well write about about shopping local in Melbourne and not include our lovely store could I?! We have had so much fun pulling together what we think is a fabulous variety of gift options. This includes fashion, loungewear, candles, jewellery, scarves, bags and so so much more.
You can browse through our different Christmas Collections in the Christmas Shop.
Well, that's it. I hope you found this helpful. Have I missed anyone off? If so please do reach out and let me now firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for shopping local this Christmas. Happy Shopping.