It’s never comforting when you discover that your money ends up sitting in a trust fund on a private island somewhere. Why not shop with small businesses instead, and ensure wealth is distributed locally.
If you’re searching for a special gift ides for a friend and want to show them the delights of welsh independent producers, here’s the place. Here is a list of 6 businesses that take orders online and who are able to deliver locally/nationally.
People are becoming more concerned about the consumer choices they make, and supporting local business is a fantastic way of investing in your area and ensuring wealth is distributed locally (and not in an offshore tax haven).
Blossom & Nectar
This small indy is run by Tams who was inspired to create a business with an emphasis on sustainability and environmentally friendly products. They sell a variety of beeswax candles, raw honey, ceramics and jewellery. These make perfect gifts for those who are ethical consumers.
You can purchase from their website directly or you can visit them in their Cardiff store on Pontcanna Mews, Kings Road.
This new brewery, set up by two friends Andrew and Arran, produce seriously good beer using high quality fresh ingredients. Their psychedelic branding looks fantastic too! They adopted the flowerhorn fish as the official mascot because they were completely enamoured by the creature. Not only do they have ridiculously bulbous heads, they exhibit peculiar behaviours.
They have three main varieties – ‘Capo’, ‘Loops’ and ‘Pharmaceutical Stimulant’. You purchase straight from their website where they offer free deliveries every Thursday and Friday to all CF (Cardiff) and NP (Newport) postcodes. Perfect gift for your craft beer enthusiast boyfriend, maybe?
‘Work Shy’ is an independent clothing brand run by Demi Amber. All pieces are hand-made, hand-dyed and made to measure. Demi uses only sustainable materials and natural products. If you’re tired of fast fashion and the environmental misery it causes, but still want to look fabulous – this is the antidote for you!
Send Demi a DM on her instagram if you’d like to find out more.
This artisan distillery, established in the suburban area of Canton (Treganna is welsh for Canton) make small batch gin using traditional copper stills. When we say small, they make 40 bottles in each run. Treganna Gin made friends and headlines over lockdown for producing free hand sanitisers for local residents; back when it was harder to get hold than an NHS dentist.
They also have an aquatic mascot, Billy the Seal from Victoria Park.
You can purchase straight from their website and they offer free delivery throughout the UK. You can even request a personalised note if you’re buying for a friend.
Cup Cake Bouquets by Audrey
If you’re looking for cup cakes, wedding cakes or birthday cakes, Audrey is your woman. She creates amazing cakes for her clients from her home in Pencoed and you can pop over to her website for prices and testimonials. This 5 start hygiene rated business is definitely where you want to be spending your money.
You guessed it, these guys sell cheese. And what better gift than The Ultimate Welsh Cheese Box. The box includes all your welsh favourites – Brefu bach, Perl las, Celtic Promise and many more. You can order this gift box online to be delivered wherever you want! A perfect gift for any cheese lover.