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The Big DYP Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Gift Guide

We have scoured the internet, to give you the DYP Gift Guide.  We’ve gone mostly for independent businesses.  And we’ve aimed for some unusual and unique gifts.  If you can’t find some inspiration here, we’re sure you will on some of the websites we’ve mentioned.

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Gifts for Travellers

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Scratch The World Print We found this fabulous concept map from Maps International.  It’s the perfect gift for anyone intent on conquering the world.  Whenever you visit a country, you can scratch off the gold coating to reveal the country beneath.

The Yorkshire Beer Experience  If someone’s grounded for the winter, how about a virtual trip round God’s Own County in beer? A kit with lots of different Yorkshire ales.

Gifts for Babies

What do you get for the little person who doesn’t even understand Christmas yet?  They’re probably going to prefer playing with the box and the wrapping paper anyway.

Teething Ring  How about something useful like this teething ring from Little KG Boutique.  It’s pretty too, and doubles up as a rattle.  Very handy.

Wooden Shape Sorter Or a handmade, personalised wooden toy, like this shape sorter from Auntie Mims.

Personalised Silver Plated Baby Spoon For the baby born with silver spoon in it’s mouth, how about a personalised keepsake to treasure as baby grows up.

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Gifts for Parents

You know what mums need?  Time off, of course!  So how about an experience.  There’s a tonne of art and craft days at www.experiencedays.co.uk , as well as plenty of other experiences.  Red Letter Days have vouchers for hobbies, crafts, food and drink, dance and music experiences and more.  We also looked at what our colleagues at Not On The High Steet were offering.  We found, amongst other things, a Harmonica lesson, a luxury chocolate tasting evening, and an alpaca walk and fleece felting experience.

Gifts for the Ethically Minded and Over-stuffed

Gift ListSo many of us just have too much stuff already.  How nice would it be to share the Christmas love with individuals and communities that really need it.  Oxfam have vouchers that will buy a goat for a rural family or provide winter warmth for a refugee, or a toilet for a village, and much more.  Good Gifts have vouchers that help people set up micro businesses, buy text books, provide baby clothes etc.  That’s just how all encompassing our Gift Guide is!

Gifts for Music Lovers

If you have a music-lover to buy for, look no further than Guitar Geekery, with mugs, tshirts, posters and more.

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Gift GuideOr the best of musical biographies in the Rough Trade shop. Or some vinyl from an independent record store. To find a local one in the UK, search here or for the USA search here.  They aren’t definitive lists, but they’re a start.


Gifts for Foodies

True foodies are a bit tricky.  Do they really want a kit?  They probably have half the ingredients already.  And they’re probably sinking under a mound of recipe books.  But what about something a bit unusual?  Make your own bacon perhaps?  Or cheese?

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Yorkshire’s finest, Betty’s do vouchers.  Treat someone local to a posh afternoon tea, or a choice from the Betty’s mail order service for those further afield.

Gifts for your Lover

Gift GuideAhem, well, it depends doesn’t it.  Romantic, sexy, practical ?  Well, here’s something cheesy.  Or should we say chocolatey.  A Romantic Chocolate Gesture from Morse Toad.


What about some gorgeous jewellery.  We like this pendant by Kaila Jewellery, if Santa’s reading this, nudge nudge.  And who doesn’t want a swish new watch eh?  This Zoom Beat Watch from Maxout is something a bit different.

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Gifts for Children

Children can never have enough books.  In our humble opinion.  Whatever they’re in to, there’s a book for that.  The Book Trust gives exhaustive lists and ideas for all ages and interests.  Have a browse.  What could be better!

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Gifts from DYP

Of course no DYP Gift Guide would be complete without including DYP gifts too!  Lots of cheeky mugs, prints and teatowels.

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Christmas Shopping 2014


Christmas Shopping 2014! No I haven’t been on the gin, yes I’m doing a non profanity post! Can you believe it? 😉

Christmas isn’t too far away and if you’re like me I love to give new and quirky gifts to my family that you can’t find on the High Street. Also if you spend at least £100 on your local shops and with designer makers, you increase your local economy ten fold. So here is a list of some of the fabulous Designer Makers of Yorkshire and some gift ideas that are beautiful and lovingly made. So this Christmas Shopping 2014 make it a special one by choosing these amazing designer makers.


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Buy your Christmas gifts Locally!

Starlet Necklace

As a designer maker/printmaker I always try to find gifts that have been made locally and are usually of superior quality than the stuff you find on the high street. It’s really important we help support small businesses, so here is a list of some of the fabulous Christmas gifts made right here in Yorkshire.

So to start with is Melanie Ellis who runs Spring Lark (I have several of Melanie’s pieces and she is fab!) Have a look at her Bob Bob Bobbing along cushion which you can find here.

Bob Bobbing 300 dpi

Photo Credit: Melanie Ellis

Leigh Shepherd is a fab upcycled jeweller and these domino brooches are a must have!


Photo credit: Leigh Shepherd

I can very much vouch for the amazing products Rachael of Myroo creates (I am very fond of her Lemon butter!) Here however is the equally divine Geranium hand treatment.


Photo Credit: Rachael Dunseath

Have a look at Laura’s ‘Made by Lolly’ gorgeous brooch: ‘The cute as a button Retro Felt Flower Pin Badge has had a Christmas make-over – and now features a Scandi Style hand stitched snowflake and a teeny tiny dark grey polka dot button…’


Photo Credit: Laura Smith

Manda McGrory of Treefall Design creates beautiful children’s clothes, home accessories and toys.

Have a look at her Etsy shop here.


Photo Credit: Manda McGrory

Having worked with Scamp before, I’m very excited for you all to see their stunning tree decorations. A beautiful personalised wooden christmas decoration, perfect for a special gift for a very special (or hard to buy for!) someone or ideal as a keepsake for a baby’s first Christmas gift.


Photo Credit: Stacey Harrison

Kimberli of the Red Corvid is a brilliant Paper artist and she has created some gorgeous gift tags to add a special touch to any Christmas gift!


Photo credit: Kimberli Werner

Next up is the brilliant Lynsey from Swirlyarts, who writes: ‘from pre-loved to re-loved – fun and funky gifts made from upcycled paper and fabric’ These fab Robin tags are all made by Lynsey who is the master of all things upcycled!


Photo Credit: Lynsey Searle

Alison Young of Alison Young Jewellery makes some fab Robins as a side venture. These will be on sale on my stand at Country Living Glasgow and Harrogate but if you can’t make those fairs, then you can contact Alison via her Etsy page to purchase these amazing Christmas robins, which come with detachable Holly.


Photo Credit: Alison Young

I absolutely love Rachel’s work, here is a gorgeous necklace and I love the star! Taken from Rachel’s site here is an extract of the necklace description:’A swarovski crystal star hand wire-wrapped with a freshwater pearl and Swarovski briolette bead. Choose either berry and ice or classic black and silver.’


Photo Credit: Rachel Johns

Tracey from Ruby Spirit Designs makes beautiful jewellery and I’ve chosen these cufflinks because I’m biased towards fab typography! Have a look hereto buy these brilliant cufflinks.

traceyPhoto Credit: Ruby Spirit Designs

Vicky of AccidentalVix creates some of the loveliest dribble bibs and this one is perfect for the Christmas season!

You can you find this bib here at Etsy:


Photo Credit: Vicky Morse

Corinne LaPierre is Queen of Felt! I love her kits and they make fab gifts too!


Photo Credit: Corinne LaPierre

Helen Russell Creations are beautiful, have a look here at ‘Five Minutes peace’. 🙂


Photo Credit: Helen Russell

I absolutely adore Karen’s work as she combines renaissance art styles into contemporary pieces to wear. You can find her fab shop here on Etsy.


Photo Credit: Belarouci Designs

Kirsten of Quernus Crafts is a very talented lady, look at these gorgeous santa Sleighs!

You can purchase items from Kirsten at the Country Living Fairs or sign up to her mailing list for her up coming tours for 2014!

Santa Sleigh Collage

Photo Credit: Kirsten Miller

Paula at Wychbury designs makes lovely pin cushion rings, I’m a bit partial to this one…


Photo Credit: Paula Perrins

Liz Samways of Inkylinky makes beautiful jewellery and prints. Here is an gorgeous example of her work:


Photo Credit: Liz Samways

Lucy of Use or Ornament: ‘Going green never looked so glam!Make your favourite shoes fabulous for the works do, parties and more with my upcycled shoe clips.Find them here at Etsy:

red clips

Photo Credit: Lucy Sangster

Neil of Sciart Images creates stunning work, here he explains the process: A solution of citric acid was evaporated on a microscope slide to form crystals. By viewing these crystals using polarised light microscopy, amazing and interesting colours and patterns are seen. This is due to the crystals forming regular arrays and interfering with the light path to give the colours seen (no colours were changed using a computer).

Citric acid polarised light microscopy mirror

Photo Credit: Neil Taylor

I have a fascination for all things crowns and this is by far no exception. Made by the brilliant Urban Fox!

urban fox

Photo Credit: Urban Fox

Nina of Nina Made it has created a fab Christmas plaque and here they are via her website: 


Photo Credit: Nina Made it

Helen Dyer from Silver and Stone Jewellery has the most gorgeous pair of earrings here on folksy.


Photo Credit: Helen Drye

Nel, Nan and Noramake fab little elf Booties using some pretty impressive chunky wool!


Photo Credit: Eleanor Thompson

Louby Kapow makes super awesome comic book jewellery, accessories, man things and furniture from upcycled vintage comic books so you can indulge your inner geek and I can decorate the world in comics! Kapow!


Photo Credit: Louby Kapow

Daisy Florence Designmakers some of the most beautiful pieces of work, I think you’ll love them too!

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Photo Credit: Anne Crowther

Sue Whyte of Whyteglass has some cheeky Christmas puddings to hang for Christmas!


Photo Credit: Sue Whyte

Check out Jennie’s JLW Illustrations for this stunning Wall Calendar!


Photo Credit: JLW Illustrations

Order your santa sacks from the Brilliant Pink Pineapple! 


Photo Credit: Pink Pineapple

The Demented Squirrel (What a fab name!) Makes lots of lovely gifts. I really love this Christmas Stocking!


Photo Credit: Demented Squirrel

Chrissie Freeth is a brilliant Handloom weaver with some pretty impressive Looms! Have a look here at her website.

Now if you want to go to actual shops to buy locally created products that are totally unique then below are a selection of shops who are paving the way forward for alternative high street shopping.


Fabrication Crafts Ltd social enterprise in The Light, Leeds City Centre, selling work by over 50 local artists, designers & makers, everything from Jam to Homewares, jewellery, body products, clothing, kids stuff, furniture & art work. Many one off pieces, bespoke items & a wide range of prices & presents for all. Open 7 days a week

Created in Yorkshire

Created in Yorkshire is based in the Ridings Centre in Wakefield and houses an impressive collection of designer maker goods. With an emphasis on being produced in Yorkshire, Lynne the founder strives to curate a varied selection of high quality crafted goods. Visit the CIY page for opening times.

Our Handmade Collective

Positioned within the Handpicked Hall shop in Leeds, you can find a vast array of beautiful gifts and high quality craft, visit Claire’s facebook page for opening times.

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