Let's face it, it's a weird time.
Days blur into weeks, and weeks into months as we all sit in our newly purchased lounge wear patiently waiting for this to be over and for everything to go back to normal (whatever that means).
But in this time, fraught with the perils of home schooling, day drinking and perpetual clock watching, small indie businesses have been powering through. Being quick to adapt their offerings online, small biz owners have been there to provide everything from door step bouquets and much craved restaurant meals, to postbox brownies and personalised gifts and cards to show that person how much you miss them.
The digital world has been a happy little lifeline to us all and independant online retail spaces have become an important part of staying connected with unique and thoughtfully made gifts.
And So To Shop is a shiny online marketplace bringing together a beautiful selection of British made products, as well as being a great online community for designer makers across the country. My selection of handmade embroidered and Macrame items are now available on their site, including DIY plant hanger kits to help you craft from the comfort of your home. I'm working on expanding this range of craft kits so keep your eyes peeled for some exciting new additions soon!
As well as offerings from The Scout's Den, you can shop from oodles of handmade and ethically sourced treats, like these little lovelies I've picked out....
Rainbows have become a lovely little symbol of hope and resilience - so what better than one of Little Wisteria's tiny rainbow hangings to remind you just how tough you are?
Featuring pop culture references and cheeky phrases, these prints caught my eye - especially the "Ey Up" duck, being a Nottingham girl!
I love these artificial florals you keep and treasure forever - and if you've always wanted to have a go at making your own floral crown, Luna & Wild's DIY kits give you everything you'll need, right through your letterbox!
If you want to send an edible treat to someone special, Sweet Enchanted's beautifully decorated biscuits might be what you're looking for. Almost too good to eat! Almost...
Made using recycled metals and ethically sourced gemstones, I love the beautiful simplicity of Kate Wainwright's handmade jewellery. Minimal and classic.
If you're forgetful like me and always in need of a birthday card on short notice, then Dainty Forest's multi buy cards are great for stocking up so you'll never have to make that last minute card dash again! Or if you fancy a surprise treat for yourself then grab yourself a lucky dip box for a mystery selection of beautifully illustrated goodies.
All these lovely items are available on AndSoToShop.com , who are also currently supporting the Trussel Trust by donating sales of their "Love knows no distance" stickers - another great reason to shop small!