We are keen to support small business and Indy brands both in Pop & Punch and in our home. You can’t deny the holiday season is now upon us and no doubt you are being bombarded with ads, images and sales from all the big boys on the high street, but I want you to remember the little guys too. Shopping small really does create a jump of joy, a wiggle, a dance across the kitchen floor and or a squashed squeal so we don’t wake the sleeping baby. Buying from these brands means you are buying into something that adds a personal touch to your holiday decorations, these are the items that you will pull out year on year, having them invoke memories, bringing a soft smile as you hang them up once again. Even getting just one of these beautiful decorations is the start of creating you Indy Christmas too, maybe you can go all out and splurge on lots, maybe you add one to your collection each year. However you go about it, we have some great ideas from lots of gorgeous small brands for you to choose from. Consider this you shopping list, gift guide and Indy round up all in one.
I thought I would break this up for you to make it a little easier for you to find what you are looking for.
For the Cake and your table
I absolutely love this greenery cake topper from Bow Beaus, personalised and so different, there are always the festive animals to adorn your cakes too this year, even better is that you can add to the collection each year and they are great for the mantel too.
Not everything on the table needs to be festive, I for one do not have a holiday themed table cloth or napkins, I would rather have something that is used frequently and loved all year round. These napkin rings from Konoc can be personalised for your guests as a favour, or with your favourite words to use time and again.
RRP from £10
Keeping with the non seasonal theme, these liberty print Napkins from Coco & Wolf would look perfect with the Konoc rings, plus you would want to show them off all the time!
RRP from £25
Everyone loves to sprinkle a bit of cheer on the table, these concrete stars from Bells and Whistles Makes are great for bringing our year after year, you could use them for any occasion as well.
RRP from £12
Poms poms are everywhere, and frankly we can’t get enough of them, why not adorn your Christmas tree with from Pom Pom fairy lights from Melanie Porter, or even drape over your mantel to make it twinkle.
I'm also completely in love with these plain fairy light hoops from Melanie Porter, I want them hanging all over our walls! Pom poms, holly or golf leaf, pick your favourite.
Up your wreath game this year with a little message for your visitors, the new Noel fairy Light hoop, available form Pop & Punch, is perfect for welcoming guests, or as an extravagant tree decorations too. Want a custom colour? Then click here to order direct.
Candles are perfect for any time of the year, why not add some winter scents to your home with the simply stunning new ‘By the fireside’ scent from Boho Candle. Their candles are handmade with natural waxes, essential and fragrance oils, the perfect vegan and eco candle. Don’t forget to head to their Instagram for some great advice on how to burn your candle to get the most out of it.
RRP large candle £18.50
Banners, Bunting and Wall Decor
We've hung paper pom poms in our lantern light since we moved to this house, this Noel Orb from Flat Chance is now the top of my wish list for a new hanging feature. Abbi, the creator behind the beautiful wire words, has come up with a truly original Christmas decoration that you will want to pull out year after year.
Pom poms are a must this Christmas, and The Sewcial Circle has all the pom poms you could desire, with beautiful bunting in your choice of colours. Its unique and certain to please even the most bah humbug of visitors. The lovely Katie also had great pom pom making kits, why not get the kids involved and make a string of poms for the tree?
This merry and bright stitched Christmas banner from Cotton Clara is right up there are one of my favourite indy decorations I have found this year, you can but it as a kit or with the stitching done for you. It's something that you can look at each year and still love, this would be such an awesome addition to our decorations!
Every house needs a Santa please stop here sign, I absolutely love the modern update that Roscoe Rules has given their version. You can choose your metallic colour or have it natural, perfect for any interior, and making sure the big man doesn't miss your house out!
I'm sure your seen the lovely banners from Happy Sunday Studio all over your grid this year. Their Christmas addition, 'Merry and Bright' is so simple and stunning that it is sure to be a huge hit. I have no doubt you'll be seeing it all over the place soon.
RRP from £45.
'Frank' from Frankly Decor is the perfect combination of pom pom and cute (can you see the theme this year yet?). What colour would you choose? I love the pale pink, the idea of going a little more non traditional with colours this Christmas I think.
For the Mantel
I have a thing for reindeer decorations, there I've said it, and these absolute beauties from Matt Baldwin Design tick all the boxes, their simple plywood design is perfect for any decoration collection.
RRP from £8
I first saw these beautiful trees made from old books at the Shop Small Event last year, The Paper Peony will be back again this year with her stunning trees. Sadly these won't be available online as they can get crushed in shipping, but if you are at the event this year then grab them quick, they sold out fast last year. In three sizes, starting at £7, they are a great addition to any mantel this year.
RRP from £7
Whether it's for the mantel, the cake or for in a stocking, Bow Beaus party animals are such a fun way of adding some cheer and sparkle. My favourite is obviously the reindeer, closely followed by the penguin, but we all know Poppy will pick the dinosaur for the cake this year!
RRP festive animals from £8
Don’t forget the Tree
Personalised baubles are everywhere, but these are some of my favourites, ones that I think everyone will love.
Handwritten personalised baubles, perfect for any tree, I’ll be ordering them this week ready to collect at the Christmas Markets. If you fancy getting one done while you browse, then the lovely Carla from Kitty Makes will be at The Shop Small Event.
Paper cutting is such a great skill, and these baubles from The Paper Peony showcase it so well, simple and stunning, these are great as a gift as well. Available in two sizes and lots of colour options, you are sure to find the option to suit you.
RRP from £5.50
Laser cut tree decorations, we bought lots of the personalised ones from Rosie Meringue last year as gift tags for the family, this year it’s time to get the ones I hankered after before. There is something to suit everyone here.
RRP from £5 for an individual and £15 for a set
Keeping with the laser cut theme, I am completely in love with these sweet mini reindeer, candy canes, snowflakes and many more, plus there are pom poms, see I said pom poms were going to pop up throughout the guide! These beauties are from Frankly Decor.
Want a fun activity to keep the kids entertained over the holidays, then these super sweet, make your own decorations sets from Cotton Twist are perfect. It comes with everything you need to get started and is the perfect gift to help any time crunched parents out.
Keep the shop small theme, these unique origami tree decorations from Little B are just a lovely way to add a touch of shop small to your Christmas. Handmade and lovingly created, they are great as a gift too.
Stockings to hang by the fire
Want a stocking with a difference this year? Let's face it animal print is here to stay, we are all still obsessed and well it was bound to make its way into our Christmas decorations. I am not afraid to admit that I am going to be finding a way to get this beauty past my other half fairly soon. This one comes ready made, but there are great kits too, tassel garlands and amazing tassel decorations too.
RRP stocking from £70
How sweet is this Dixie Deer stocking from Little Jagger? perfect for Santa to fill while the little ones are sleeping. Handmade in Yorkshire, they are a great addition to your little ones room.
Festive Pyjamas to keep us all warm
Christmas is all about matching Pyjamas and cosy nights together all huddled under a blanket, watching a film with a big bowl of popcorn, though in our case we'd be fighting Pop's for the popcorn. I've chosen pyjamas that have longevity, you won't just want them for Christmas, as they are all perfect all winter though.
First up is Didi & Bud, we've got mulled trees, you might even see these popping up in our seasonal photos soon too. They are absolutely gorgeous and available in two colourways and in lots of styles to suit everyone from tiny babes, to mum and dad as well.
RRP from £20-£45
West Stanton have just released to cutest print winter pyjamas, in cool blues with hints of mulberry and green, They are just the sweetest winter design for your little ones. P.S. they also do sleep suits too.
Lets not forget The Bright Company, their sage green family pyjamas are the perfect winter addition, with a subtle tree embroidery they are perfect to see you through the cold winter we are due. From baby grows to adult sizes, there is something for everyone.
RRP from £25-£50
Last, but by no means least, we have our winter dolls and elves, beautiful advent calendars and a wonderful curated collection of the best Christmas gifts.