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With autumn turning into winter, you’ve probably written your Christmas shopping list. It might be stuck on your fridge or hidden away in your wallet. Next to the name of each friend or relative, you might have a few possible gifts scribbled down, along with the customary box of chocolate or a bottle of wine. Before you log onto Amazon or dart out to John Lewis, it’s worth thinking about what kind of gifts you want to give this Christmas season.
There are dozens of reasons why you should be supporting small businesses this Christmas, least of all in the face of the uncertainty from the pandemic. When you shop at a small business, you’re helping someone bring their dream to reality. At ‘Made in Cymru’, we offer a marketplace for local Welsh artisans, allowing you to find handmade gifts at the touch of a button.
We’re rounding up a few of the reasons why you should shop local and buy Welsh this Christmas. Whether it’s saving the environment or finding a unique gift, this list might just make you ditch Amazon once and for all.
Are you worried about your carbon footprint? Handmade Christmas gifts are more sustainable than their mass-produced alternatives. These items are made in small batches, without the production facilities of mainstream companies that produce carbon emissions and noise pollution.
The beauty of handcrafted Christmas gifts is that they’re unique and often one-of-a-kind. As these products are made by hand and in small batches, most can be personalised to include everything from monogrammed initials to your favourite colours. If you want to give your loved one a memorable gift, shop small with a local artisan through our Welsh marketplace.
Our marketplace was born out of a desire to promote Welsh businesses and to help them grow by attracting customers from across the United Kingdom. When you buy a handmade Christmas gift, you’re supporting our local economy and helping someone build a business.
Every purchase that you make helps that artisan develop their business, allowing them to re-invest their money back into their business and the economy. When you buy a Welsh product through our marketplace, that money goes directly to our independent sellers.
Handmade gifts have a charm to them that you don’t get with a mass-produced product. Every handmade item in our marketplace has a story behind it, whether it’s the inspiration behind the design or the story of how a painting came to be. You get to form an attachment to the item and find a Christmas gift with a deeper meaning for your loved one. Whether it’s an ale named after a hero of Welsh mythology or a special gemstone, these handmade gifts have a unique meaning behind them that make them more than just a product.
Are you looking to find unique handmade Christmas gifts from local Welsh artisans? You can shop through our dedicated Christmas section on our marketplace.