Christmas is on it’s way, it’s all about outfits and presents, where to get them and what to buy them, Instagram has been flooded with posts promoting shopping small this Christmas, as many of you know we love to shop small in this house, supporting mamas with a dream who are trying to make a living to provide for their families. Go Mamas I say I wish I was talented enough to be able to do that, to set up my own business and support my family by what I make and sell, alas it is not to be. However I can shop small and I can support small, from little acorns mighty oaks grow and that’s what theses mamas are. I have the utmost respect for all of them. So I thought I’d do a roundup of my favourite small shops, it is missing 3, because they are on maternity leave, hoping that they are also enjoying their new editions and that they will be back sometimes next year.
So without further a do here’s my lineup of amazing small shops and to top it off there’s a few discount codes in there too.
Along came Ollie
The very talented Ellie from Along Came Ollie, Mummy to Ollie 2 years old set up her business earlier in the year, starting out with mountains cut by her other half, wooden blocks peg dolls and snoods made by her lovely Mum. She has gone from strength to strength adding her ever so popular cars, geo animals and a fabulous Christmas range which includes snowflakes Christmas trees and snowmen to name but a few.
She lovingly hand paints each item in a range of colours and designs, splatter, ombré and brush strokes. The quality of all of her painting is second to none and she prides herself in providing top quality safe paint for children. She now stocks a vast range of wooden décor as well as some toys (please be aware that not all of her products are suitable as toys)
We’ve had a wide variety of Ellie’s products probably most importantly instead of party bags at Coras 3rd birthday party we gave out peg dolls in a variety of colours and paint designs, and she also provided the wonderful cars that go with Williams travel play mat part of his 1st birthday present and a collaboration between Along Came Ollie and Poppy and Roo Shop.
She is totally open to custom orders and will go out of her way to help if she can, she provided the splatter 1 for William’s 1st birthday party as a custom order for me.
If you’d like to shop small with Along Came Ollie this Christmas the website address is www.alongcameollie.co.uk and if you use he code GINGE10 it will get you 10% off your order. Last order date guaranteed for Christmas delivery is 24th Nov.
With Love Teddy
The lovely Chloe behind With Love Teddy, Mummy to Teddy, set up her business in order not to go back to work after having her gorgeous Teddy, she developed a love for nursery prints and decided that this was something she could do, and she can.
Her prints are amazing they come in 2 sizes A4 and A5, in a variety of colours include foil print (my fav is the rose gold foil). She has a great variety of prints including a brand new Christmas range which by the way are all amazing. If you can’t find what you. Are looking for she also does custom designs. I have had the most fantastic one done but I can’t share as it’s a Christmas present. You can have your print on plain card or brand new marbled card, which I might add looks fabulous. With a super quick turnaround time why wouldn’t you order from her?
To order go to www.withloveteddy.co.uk use code GINGE10 for a discount
The wonderful Janey , Mummy to Tyler 14 months, set up Shoreditch shorties to bring her love of street art to a new platform in the form of children’s clothing, working with street artists to provide something completely unique in the children’s wear market.
She works alongside artists in the production of each piece with all artists having the final say so in their pieces. She has some fabulous artists on board creating not just Tshirt but fabrics that are turned in pretty much anything you’d like, rompers, leggings, hareems, dresses, skirts you name it it can be done. Fabrics are sewn by the wonderful Sophy who owns You Are My Sunshine. So when you buy bespoke clothing from Janey you are supporting 3 people Janey, Sophy and the artists themselves.
Every time you buy something from Janey you are allowing individual artists to keep following their dreams, plus we get to enjoy their artwork in another form as well as seeing it in its original form. Artists get 60% of the profit from the sale of each item.
Shoreditch Shorties are also running the surprise box this Christmas, you can order one of varying values and you will receive items from various different shops involved in the box promotion. 16 shops involved, who will your package be from? To order DM Shoreditch Shorties directly on Instagram.
To shop from the wonderful shoreditch shorties go to www.shoreditchshorties.co.uk use code SSFAM and tell them I sent you (put mygingersandme in the comments box) for a discount
Freddie Fox and co
Freddie Fox and Co is run by the wonderful Clare, Mummy to Freddie 14 months, and 2 older boys 15 and 11, she set up Freddie Fox and Co a year ago so she could stay at home with her youngest after having to go back to work when her two older boys were very little. She started with Bibs, teethers, blankets and bunting, over the past year that has developed into just about anything you can think of.
Her fabrics are always chosen with a lot of thought put into them, so they are fabrics that you won’t find everywhere else. She’s a big believer in being a little bit different so what you buy from her is bold and as unique as possible. She loves a custom request if there’s a fabric or a style you might like that she doesn’t currently offer she will try her best to accommodate it. I challenged her with a skirt for Cora who has decided dresses and skirts are the way forward for her, and the skirt Clare came up with is amazing named the Cora bubble skirt it’s as unique as the ginger one.
With this being the shops birthday month there are loads of fabulous offers to be had, keep your eyes peeled on Insta for what’s coming up. She’s closing to custom orders on the 15th Nov and closing to orders on 10th December, that may change depending on the volume of orders she gets. You can find her at www.etsy.me/2xKr7Wj Use code CORAANDWILLIAM15 for a discount.
Princess and the Frock
I’ve written about Princess and The Frock before, she’s still one of my all time favourite shops and probably the 1st Instagram shop I found. (Read previous post to find out how I found her). Mummy to Belle. Claire makes the most wonderful dresses, she designs all her own patterns and can pretty much do any design you can think of. She has a fantastic range of dresses to suit every budget.
She is absolutely brilliant at a custom design and brings to life the images you have in your head, she made Cora’s Elsa dress and an Anna dress for my friend’s little girl for our recent trip to Disneyland.
She has a brand new range of princess dresses that I am in love with and are all on my want list. She also has a collaboration with Florrie and Max (coming up) of jersey leggings and dresses, as well as making custom designs for the Florrie and Max collection too. She also has a selection of exclusive fabrics designed by herself and Clare from Florrie and Max.
She is an all round lovely person, who will make your little ones the most fabulous dresses for Christmas or you could just buy the Cora dress (no I don’t get commission it just a fabulous dress named after, well I like to think, my beautiful ginge) you can find her at www.princessandthefrock.com use code SHOPSMALL for a lovely little discount
Florrie and Max
Another fabulous Clare (there must be something about the name and owning small shops). Again, this Clare owns a lovely little shop another of the 1st insta shops I found. Mummy to Elsa 5 and Ted 2, has a lovely little shop selling a variety of gorgeousness.
Her collaboration with Princess and the Frock is amazing, they have a fabulous range of materials including the ones designed by the Claire’s. Their leggings come with a cuff that folds up (with the print the right way up) so they last the entire age range. Genius. Clare always runs a preorder system so when she decided on the season fabrics before all the ready to send leggings etc are cut and sewn you can order any custom items in the fabrics ensuring you get what you want in the sizes you want. I have had skirts for Cora the last two times.
Currently she is stocking Slugs and Snails tights and their limited-edition pyjamas and she also stocks frilly pants. Her Princess and the Frock collaboration is static so it’s always in her shop, however the rest of the shop is often season dependent.
They have some exclusive winter/Christmas fabric, those being squirrels and robins designed by Clare in collaboration with Claire from Princess and the Frock. Both designs are available on the website as ready to send, all products come with free UK delivery.
You can find her at www.florrieandmax.co.uk and if you use code GINGE10 that will get you a lovely little discount.
Darkside Inspire is the latest range to be launched in the Inspire Collection ranges. It’s run by the fabulous Emma, who not only works full time but runs the two sewing businesses in the Inspire Collections, Rose and Baxter and Darkside. She is Mummy to Eli, Darkside’s chief model.
Darkside is an alternative children’s clothing brand, specialising mostly but not solely in monochrome. All Darkside’s clothes are handmade by Emma, they are some of the best handmade clothes I have had the privilege to own, her talent cannot be faulted, and she is passionate about every piece of clothing she makes for your littles.
Her Christmas range is amazing and the great thing about most of her fabric choices is that they are Christmassy but not too Christmassy so they can still be worn after Christmas too, oh and they are all monochrome what’s not to love.
If you love monochrome and you love things to be unique and limited edition Darkside is the place for you, she’s only been open a few months and already some of her fabric has sold out, making her range that little bit more exclusive.
A lovely lady and a lovely brand. To order go to www.darkside.site and use code William10 for a discount
Baker Bibs is run by the lovely Tina, mummy to Reuben 4 and Anwen 22 months. Tina set up Baker Bibs after being made redundant from her previous job and with a lack of childcare, her other half at college during the day and working nights it meant she could be her children’s constant, as well as indulging her passion for sewing. Opening just 10 months ago she has gone from strength to strength.
Tina’s clothes are amazing, she can pretty much turn her hand to anything from Bibs and snoods to rompers and leggings. She has fabulous fabric choice and has started to design her own fabrics with her exclusive Game of Thrones design has been a fantastic success it’s currently sold out . She has also designed a Walking Dead fabric and a Christmas design “Oh deer”, which are currently on her website for preorder, alongside the currently sold out Game of Thrones Fabric. I don’t even watch GOT and I want a Romper for William in it.
Everything we have had from Tina has been fabulously well made, again some of instas finest, William looks amazing in Tina’s clothes, definitely some of my favourites.
Closing for orders for Christmas at the end of November if you’re after the exclusive fabrics make sure you go order before then. You can find her at www.bakerbibs.bigcartel.com/ and for a discount use code WILLIAM10
Primrose and Bear
The lovely Emily from Primrose and Bear is mummy to Primrose 18 months. She started her little business in July 2016 as a hobby, nearly a year and half later she’s doing amazingly well, selling mainly T-shirts but also bags and now cushion covers this Christmas. Her range includes storage bags as well as drawstring, backpacks and pouches
Her T shirts are amazing using both vinyl and her fancy new printer that prints directly into the T shirt fibres, she can pretty much do any design you like but is probably most well known for her name splash design and the bear on the bum.
If you’re looking for something a bit different this Christmas or some festive PJs look no further than Primrose and Bear. You can have one of her existing designs or you can design your own with a custom order. And what’s even better is you can pretty much have any colour you like and you can even have glitter if you so choose. Now you know me I love a bit of glitter.
She’s also very good at providing twinning wear for either you and your little or both your littles and we all know twinning is winning. The first T-shirts I ever bought from Emily were twinning ones in the form of glittery big sister little brother ones.
Last orders for Christmas is the 31st Nov although she is hoping to have a premade sale in December. You can find her and her shiny new lovely website at www.primroseandbear.co.uk/ We are also lucky enough to have a limited number of discount codes use code GINGE10, they are like gold dust and will be live when she reopens on Monday.
The lovely Sammie, mummy to Freddie, set up Minimack clothing earlier in the year, exclusively monochrome and challenging stereotypes as she goes. She set up Minimack to have something just for her, somewhere for some me time and to be creative. Freddie is instafamous and reps for some other small shops and Sammie loved the hard work and uniqueness that went into them, and wanted to give something back to fellow mamas. She has most defiantly done that her clothes are fabulous.
She sells both leggings and T shirts, she has a range of designs to choose from but if you’ve got an idea of something you’d like in your T-shirt she’s your girl. She designed William’s awesome 365 days of William T shirt for his first birthday. Some of my favs include ‘she’s a he #awkward’ and obviously I love her ginger life tee.
She’s an all round lovely person who is up for any challenge when it comes to design and will go out of her way to help you if she can. Last orders for Christmas is Sunday 26th November. If you live in Manchester you can see her at Play Kidd’s Play Centre, Swindon, Manchester on Sunday 6th Dec, Saturday 9th Dec and Saturday 16th Dec, she will be having a ready to post market night and a few other bits and pieces going on on Insta in Dec all that will be with you by Christmas.
You can find her at www.minimack.tictail.com and for a discount use code C&W10
House of Lloyd Designs
The lovely Sharon at House of Lloyd designs set up her business when she was a stay at home mum in 2014, she does everything for her little business as well as having a day job too. She makes some of the most incredible wooden décor, my favourite being her rainbow.
I discovered her when I entered (and won) a loop giveaway although I’d already seen her rainbows pop up a few times on my feed (probably from a previous loop giveaway, you know where you like a shop because they are part of a loop then you quite like what they sell so you don’t unfollow but you never actually get around to ordering, well that was me with Sharon) after winning the loop and the excellent customer service I received from her for a freebie I knew I had to order it. I haven’t been disappointed with anything I’ve ordered from her and I’ve gifted a couple of bits too.
To order you need to do it via DM on Instagram or she has a Facebook page too, her order books close Monday 27th November and if you use code houseoflloyd10 it will give you a lovely little discount.
Kidult and Co
Another of my favourites, set up in 2015 by three friends, with the aim of stamping out stereotypical clothing, and breaking the mould when it came to children’s clothing. They were taking a stand against what had become the norm pink for girls and blue for boys. They have an extensive range of clothing with statement T shirts in monochrome, which have been designed to be gender neutral, and to blur the boundaries between gender specific clothing.
Their designs are a little bit edgy bringing a bit of fun loving attitude to to your littles, their range is completely unisex, it’s fresh, it’s fashionable and it’s aimed at all of us. The idea being that no one can dictate what you wear or who you are, but that whatever your age we should be able to tell the world who we are and express ourselves through our clothing.
Their clothing is fun and well made will all the printing done in house. They have a fantastic range of Christmas designs so your little ones can be edgy and Christmassy at the same time. My favourite is the gingerbread man one (obviously) Cora has this one but I bought Wills, “William is on the nice list”, I think at 1 he should be.
We have a varied selection of their clothing ranging from the fabulous hoodies which are lovely and warm to t-shirts from their Christmas collection. Since William was born I have found myself buying Cora much more unisex monochrome wear partly because she rocks it, but also partly so she can pass it on to Wills.
Currently Kidult and Co don’t quite know when their last date for ordering in time for Christmas is, they are keeping an eye on stock levels and order numbers and will keep us posted so check your Instagram feed to make sure you don’t miss out. We are very lucky that we have a code for you all to use. kidultxmas will get you a lovely Christmassy 15% off you can find them at www.kidultand.co
Lilly and Sid
Lilly and Sid are one of my all time favourite brands, run by husband and wife team Imran and Emma. Although they are probably not really a small business anymore, they do have a small business ethos, relying on word of mouth about their clothing to promote their brand. I have written about them before and along with Princess and The Frock they are responsible for my Instagram obsession with shopping small.
Lilly and Sid are a bit like marmite, you either love them, or you hate them and me well I love them. Cora is regularly seen in one of their dresses, they are as unique as she is, and William although he has less of their range than Cora he rocks Lilly and Sid too. They pride themselves on making clothes that can be lived in and passed on. When I say they are designed to be lived in I mean go out and get dirty, clothes that are made to be worn.
They have a wide range of clothes for both boys and girls as well as a unisex range of babywear. If you like something a bit different then Lilly And Sid is for you. As they are a slightly bigger brand than many of the others featured in this post their clothes are ready to send, so their cut off for Christmas is much later.
You can find them at www.lillyandsid.com
So there you have my roundup, it is by no means exhaustive and I could have gone on, let’s support real people and real dreams this Christmas . Happy Shopping
All opinions in the post are entirely my own, I do revive a discount and occasionally free products from some but not all of the small shops featured in this post.