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Merryn Magazine Because everyone needs a l it t l e joy in t heir l if e!

Christ mas Gif t Guide

We have amazing gif t ideas wait ing f or you...

f rom UK and Irel and independent ret ail ers...

as wel l as upcoming Christ mas f airs and market s!

VISIT MERRYNMAGAZINE.COM * AUTUMN 2017 * ISSUE 3


Letter f rom the editor Welcome to the first ever Merryn MagazineChristmas Gift Guide! We?re proud to bring you some of the best and most interesting independent retailers out there. We love being able to champion people following their dream. The magazine is interactive, all links are blue and will take you straight to the product webpage or social media account. We can't believe that it's less than three months until it's Christmas! We hope we can inspire you, and introduce you to the perfect gifts for your friends, families and even pets!

Jenny Jenny Pugh,

IN THIS ISSUE

editor-in-chief 22

Mrs Cross' Nail Shop

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Adoption Packs

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Nik's T-Shirts

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Adventures & Tea Parties

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Seed and Bean

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Arty Globe by Hartwig Braun

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Spice Kitchen

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Bebemoda

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Street54

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Boots & Bones

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Sweetlove Press

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Cheeky Food Co.

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Taylor Two

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Excitabauble

29

The Black Dog Company

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FeltTails

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The Cool Line

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Giant Kitten

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The Dog And I

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Godminster Farm

32

The Dorothy Days

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hello DODO

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The Hungry Hounds Bakery

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Jayne Tapp Designs

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The Literary Gift Company

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Joolzery

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The Locket Library

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Joyful And Mellow

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The Pigeon's Nest

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Little Conkers

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The Treasured

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Lylia Rose

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Wicked Uncle

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Made By Aunt Sal

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Wrapped By Alice

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Moo Moo & Bear

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Adoption packs One great Christmas gift idea we have found online is an adoption pack, which contains lots of goodies. You have three designs to choose from: unicorn, dragon or mermaid. Also, for every adoption ÂŁ1 is donated to charity. We asked founder James Smith where the idea for Unicorn Adoptions, Dragon Adoptions and Mermaid Adoptions came from: Wehadbeen discussingall thenegativenewsstoriesof late. Thereseemstobesomuchnegativity in theworldright nowandwewantedtocomeupwithan idea that wasfun andpureescapism. Wewerejokingaroundsayingthat all thisnegativeenergy makesyouwant torideaway on a Unicorn intothesunset. Andsotheidea wasborn! We becameinterestedin theidea of bringingfantasy creaturestolife. Wespent timeexploringwhat webelievedthe Unicorn symbolisedandwefelt it embodieda person?sinner fabulousness. Webelieveeveryoneisfabulousin their own uniqueway. Likewise, withDragon Adoptionsit?sabout your inner courageandstrength. Plusa Mermaid bringsout theglamoroussideweall secretly have! Ciick on the picture to be taken to the webpage for the adoption pack Unicorn Adoptions Pack Your fabulous Unicorn adoption combo pack contains: A 12" Sparkle Tales (Silver) Unicorn Soft Toy A blank Unicorn adoption certificate - name your Unicorn! A confirmation letter A Unicorn badge A Unicorn key ring A Unicorn face mask (self assembly) A Unicorn bookmark A Unicorn colouring in sheet A A4 Unicorn posters 2 x Unicorn postcards 3 x Unicorn sticker Dragon Adoptions Pack Your courageous Dragon adoption combo pack contains: A 12" Dreamy Eyes (Red) Dragon Soft Toy A blank Dragon adoption certificate - name your Dragon! A confirmation letter A Dragon badge A Dragon key ring A Dragon face mask (self assembly) A Dragon bookmark A Dragon colouring in sheet A A4 Dragon poster 2 x Dragon postcards 3 x Dragon stickers Mermaid Adoptions Pack Your glamorous Mermaid adoption pack contains: A Sea Sparkles 18" Rainbow Indigo Mermaid soft toy A blank Mermaid adoption certificate - name your Mermaid! A confirmation letter A Mermaid badge A Mermaid key ring A Mermaid face mask (self assembly) A Mermaid bookmark A Mermaid colouring in sheet A A4 Mermaid poster 2 x Mermaid postcards 3 x Mermaid stickers

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Adventures & Tea Parties

Adventures & Tea Parties is an accessory brand run by designer/maker and creative lifestyle blogger, Joanna Payne. Her shop is full of colourful accessories from personalised handkerchiefs to keyrings, necklaces, bow ties, pet accessories and more to make every day feel like an adventure! As well as running her shop and writing about all things creative on her blog, Joanna is also a team leader for the Somerset Etsy Team and a writer and photographer for ?This Is Your Kingdom?and ?Simple Stylish Makes?. 1. Door Keyring, £6.50 2. Cat Keyring, £6.50 3. Gold Glitter Bow Necklace, £15.00 4. Personalised Pet Bandana, from £20.00 5. Houndstooth Dog Bow Tie, £10.00 6. Glitter Hair Bow Clip, £14.00 ETSY/ FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Arty Globe By Hartwig Braun

The ethos behind Arty Globe by Hartwig Braun, is to provide a means to make artist Hartwig Braun?s hand drawn works accessible to a wider audience in the form of art prints, canvases, quality gifts and products that are largely UK produced, with designs that include cityscapes, illustrated maps and other cultural icons produced in Hartwig?s signature style. The business launched at Greenwich Market in 2008, starting life in the form of a weekend market stall. Since then the business expanded to a retail unit and gallery shop, in the same location. 1. Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles, from £15.00 2. 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles, from £26.00 3. POP Mugs, from £15.00 4. A5 Hardback Notebooks, from £15.00 5. Melamine Coasters, from £4.00 6. Aprons, from £18.00 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM (Arty Globe) / INSTAGRAM (Hartwig Braun) / TWITTER (Arty Globe) / TWITTER (Hartwig Braun)

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Bebemoda

Bebemoda is home to baby and toddler products for the modern minimalist. Bebemoda was born in 2011 as a way to help make parenting fun through innovative and modern design led baby products. Having children does not need to compromise one?s passion for design. Bebemoda searches the world to bring you the coolest baby products. We research and test our products to meet high standards of quality. We spend a lot of time making our site as user friendly and easy to navigate. Most important to us is that you are HAPPY and enjoy your purchase with your precious ones. The research has been done, the shipping is free. Now just enjoy! 1. Dolio Rattle by Naef, £26.50 2. Magnetic Travel Blocks Pocket Pouch Prism Tints by Tegu, £17.00 3. Hot Air Balloons 5 Mobile by Flensted, £28.00 4. Kubix 70 Piece Archi Wooden Block Set with Playmat by Janod, £41.50 5. Wooden Mobile Smartphone with Sounds by Janod: £15.00 6. New Little Reader Chair Solid Navy by P'kolino: £86.50 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Boots & Bones

We are Boots & Bones. A unique brand of dog accessories, designed and created in Devon. Our handmade dog collars and leads are perfect for any fashion conscious dog and owner with a fabulous range of trend led colours and designs to choose from. Our philosophy is simple: ?Dogs are family; they deserve the very best, including what they wear on a regular basis. Functionality and durability is key, but who says it can?t look totally unique and snazzy at the same time?? 1. Christmas Jumper Dog Collar, from £12.99 to £19.99 2. Rudolph the Red Dog Collar, from £12.99 to £19.99 3. Starry Night Dog Collar, from £12.99 to £19.99 4. Christmas Jumper Dog Lead, £14.99 5. Rudolph the Red Dog Lead, £14.99 6. Starry Night Dog Lead, £14.99 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Cheeky Food Co.

Cheeky Food Co is our vision to prove that simple, handmade food while being good for you is also mouthwateringly delicious. We make the yummiest Indian chutneys, pickles and savoury sprinkles this side of the Ganges. Our secret is good quality ingredients, a treasure full of grandmothers recipes and a whole lot of love to create authentic, tasty and award-winning condiments. Try our top sellers Smelly Garlic Pickle and Mighty Mango Chutney or gift our premium gift boxes to your loved ones. All our products are certified gluten-free, vegan and free of any refined sugar or preservatives. We invite you to enjoy our cheeky food with your loved ones, just like we do, everyday? 1. Chutney Lover Gift Set ? pack of 4 handmade chutneys, £16.00 2. Gift for Chilli Lover ? set of 4 pickles, £16.00 3. Vegan and Gluten Free Sprinkle Pouches Christmas Stocking Filler, £12.00 4. Premium Gift Box of 4 hot Indian pickles, £15.00 5. Premium Chutney Gift box ? pack of 4 handmade chutneys, £15.00 6. Premium Gift Box of 4 Vegan Sprinkles, £15.00 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Excitabauble

Excitabauble grew from me just decorating baubles as gifts for friends and family. After leaving the teaching profession in 2014, I set up business as a sole trader and dedicated my time to building and developing my business from home, just outside St. Austell. Each bauble is hand decorated and personalised to your requirements for any occasion including favours and gifts for weddings, birthdays, in Memory and of course Christmas. I provide a mail order service, and also wholesale supply to various shops in the county. 1. Beach quote glass baubles with sand and shells, £9.00 2. From Cornwall with Love at Christmas, £9.00 3. Christmas in Cornwall, £9.00 4. A Cornish Christmas, £9.00 5. Personalised shatterproof bauble with snow and pine cone, £8.00 6. Campervan with personalised numberplate, £16.00 To see more baubles, take a look at their Facebook page. WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

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FeltTails

FeltTails is a baby and children?s brand that brings colourful felt and cute animals together in handmade nursery decor, greetings cards and wall art. Mum of one, Nicola, began FeltTails after filling her own son Jack?s nursery with creations, and then wanting to share these happy designs with others. Now FeltTails prides itself on high quality handmade goods, many of which can be personalised for that extra special, unique gift. With the festive season upon us visit FeltTails to find the perfect present for someone little, or just brighten up your own home with handmade felt Christmas decor this year. 1. Christmas Garland, £30.00 2. Rainbow Card, £4.00 3. Christmas Penguin DIY Sewing Kit, £4.00 4. Jungle Animal Baby Mobile, £60.00 5. Set of 3 Christmas Cards, £12.00 6. Set of 3 Art Prints, £20.00 ETSY / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Giant Kitten

Hi! We are Giant Kitten. We are an independent shop based in the beautiful Corn Exchange in Leeds. We also have a website at www.giant-kitten.com We sell all things kitsch, cute and kawaii - clothing, gifts, jewellery, cards, candy and more. We import items from Japan and the USA and we also support UK designers by stocking their products. We love pop culture and we scour the globe to bring you the most amazing selection of products around! 1. Giant Pusheen 105cm x 71cm x 55cm, £380.00 2. Unicat Pin by Sugar & Sloth, £8.99 3. Dinosaur Skirt, £29.99 4. Light-Up Unicorn Cushion, £24.99 5. Queen of Bitch Mountain Socks, £7.99 6. Pom Pom Gloves, £19.99 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Godminster Farm

Godminster Farm is set on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Bruton in the heart of Somerset. With 1300 acres of beautiful landscape, the farm not only homes 280 organic dairy cows but also boasts fruitful orchards filled with a variety of delicious fruits and herbs which are used as inspiration for many of their products. Godminster?s award-winning cheese range includes their iconic burgundy-waxed Vintage Organic Cheddar, an Oak-Smoked Vintage Organic Cheddar and a wonderful selection of artisan Organic Bries which are hand made in their newly expanded Bruton-based dairy, not to mention our fabulous range of gifts. 1. Heart to Heart Set, £17.95 2. Bloody Good Mary Gift Set, £37.50 3. Cheese and Smoked Combo, £24.65 4. Medium Godminster Hamper, £80.00 5. Ultimate Godminster Hamper, £133.90 6. After Dinner Port Selection Gift Set, £25.45 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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hello DODO

We began our business in 2011 after spending quite a few months teaching ourselves to screen print from home? with lots of trial and error! When we first launched we offered a handful of greetings cards designs and screen prints, our collection quickly grew though as we?re a bit addicted to coming up with new designs! We also branched out in to screen printed t-shirts, tote bags, sweaters and baby clothes plus also designing iron on patches, enamel pins and making our own badges. Everything we design is intended to make people smile and feel happy, including us! Animal puns feature heavily in our work and we?re often inspired by our surroundings? we couldn?t live on the South coast without having a few seagull designs in there! We?re proud to say that all of our designs are still handprinted by us from our home studio and that?s the way we like it! 1. Gull Power Sweater, £30.00 2. Hip Hop A3 Screenprint, £25.00 3. Get Lost Iron On Patch, £6.00 4. Orcaward Tote Bag, £10.00 5. Sausage Dog Badge Set, £3.00 6. Boom Boom Boom Sweater, £30.00 ETSY / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Jayne Tapp

After I became severely ill in 2013, it really changed my perspective of life. It has been a slow recovery, but now I am well enough and back on two feet (literally), I decided it was time to do something I truly love, because life's too short not to! So Jayne Tapp Design was born; the home of personalised wooden cards, gifts and keepsakes. I am based in Liverpool and design and make all of my items from my workspace in my family home. Working from home has allowed me to work around my health, and ensures I always have unlimited puppy cuddles from my dog Maysie. You can find me on Etsy and Not On The High Street. 1. Wooden Globe Earrings, £5.25 2. Wooden Dice Earrings, £5.25 3. Coordinate Wall Art, £14.50 4. Dog Decoration, £5.25 5. Christmas Jumper Decoration, £4.50 6. Couple Christmas Card, from £6.75 ETSY / INSTAGRAM / NOT ON THE HIGH STREET

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Joolzery

Joolzery was started in July 2013, due to a life threatening complication following a simple surgical procedure, as a way to support myself. I have combined two of my passions jewellery and semi-precious gemstone healing properties and energies. Self taught my simple sterling silver wire one-off jewellery designs combine complementary gemstones by healing properties and energies, and affinities to zodiac signs and/or birth months, with pieces including bracelets, earrings, pendants and cufflinks, designed to showcase their wonderful colours, by sourcing good quality unusual cuts or common gemstones in unusual colours. 1. Apatite Waterfall Necklace, £89.00 2. Blue Fluorite Pendant, £40.00 3. Purple Mystic Quartz Anklet, £45.00 4. Dragon Blood Jasper Earrings, £26.00 5. Citrine Cufflinks, £20.00 6. Charming Amethyst Bracelet, £65.00 WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Joyful and Mellow

Our alcoholic spreads are new, exciting and a joy to eat. Try the quirky Sloe Gin or our unique Prosecco. We currently offer 15 flavours: * Jack-in-a-jar (Bourbon) * Prosecco with a hint of Strawberry and Edible Gold * Gin & Lemon * Port Wine with a hint of Blackberry * Merlot * Mojito * Blue Curaçao and Orange * Mulled Wine * Rosé Wine with a hint of Raspberry * Triple sec Marmalade * Irish Triumph (Irish Cream) * Piña colada * Pinot Grigio with a hint of black pepper * Sloe Gin * Elderflower Liqueur (seasonal) 1. Gift Bag of Two (2 x 100g), £12.50 2. Top-Shelf Gift Bag of Three (3 x 100g), £17.50 3. Prosecco Alcoholic Spread with a Hint of Strawberry and Edible Gold 100g or 200g, from £5.50 4. Mulled Wine Alcoholic Spread 100g, £5.00 5. Sloe Gin Alcoholic Spread 100g, £5.00 6. Gin & Lemon Alcoholic Spread 100g, £5.00 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Little Conkers

Clare Trowbridge?s home in rural West Sussex is always full of activity and ideas. Her business Little Conkers aims to bring the satisfaction of the handmade to busy people and reflects her commitment to sustainability. Find gifts, greetings cards and ornaments for your home as well as patterns and kits to create something yourself at www.littleconkers.co.uk. 1. Robin Crochet Kit, from £12.00 2. Miniature Christmas Tree Desk Table Decoration, from £12.00 3. Packaway Bag, £4.99 4. Pinecone Ornaments, from £6.50 5. Christmas Card with Golden Star or Snowflake Ornament, from £5.50 6. Pear Ornaments, from £2.58 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / RAVELRY / TWITTER

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Lylia Rose

The Lylia Rose shop is an online fashion boutique selling affordable costume jewellery and women?s fashion accessories. From pretty printed scarves to glam jewelled statement rings and with many pieces priced under £10, there is something for every fashion loving female. It?s the perfect pit stop for a spot of Christmas gift shopping for her. 1. Elegant Vintage Style Gold Band Heart Ring 18mm with Acrylic Stone, £4.99 2. Matte Silver Bird Earrings, £4.99 3. Spots & Roses Scarf, £4.99 4. Silver Flamingo Flower Earrings, £4.99 5. Blue Ombre Stars Print Oversized Lightweight Fashion Scarf, £9.99 6. Blue Flower Necklace, £7.99 WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Made by Aunt Sal

Made by Aunt Sal was born in the summer of 2015. An idea that had been floating around suddenly became a reality, with a significant birthday looming it was time to do something for me! So here I am!! The name was easy ? I am everyone?s Aunt Sal! Not only my own nieces and nephews but everyone calls me it friends, colleagues so it was quite apt to use it. My style is simple but looks stunning and striking decorating any home. My quirky and sometimes cheeky side also finds its way into my work too. All of my cards are individually made and hand stamped so each one is unique. 1. 10 Pack of Reindeer Christmas Cards, £6.99 2. 6 Pack of Mini Bauble Cards, £4.00 3. Alternative Button Christmas Tree, £9.50 4. Merry Christmas Dickhead Card, £2.00 5. Pom Pom and Wool Christmas Wreath, £9.50 6. 6 Pack of Mini Christmas Tree Cards, £4.00 ETSY / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

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Moo Moo & Bear

Moo Moo & Bear is an independent online retailer specialising in beautiful bespoke fabric dog collar, leads and collar accessories. Our first Miniature Schnauzer Lolah Moo Moo inspired us to start creating beautiful dog collar flower corsages, just over two years ago now. Our business has grown over that time, along with our four legged family, yes a new addition, Minny Bear, and so too have our ranges. We now have a full range of beautiful fabrics to choose from and produce high quality handmade made co-ordinating collars, leads and collar accessories from bow ties, to pretty collar flowers for the discerning and fashion conscious ?Woof?. 1. Festive Winter Berry Fabric Dog Collar and Matching Lead, from £9.25 to £28.00 2. Festive Red Polka Dot Fabric Dog Collar and Matching Lead, from £9.25 to £28.00 3. Fun Santa Express Fabric Dog Collar and Matching Lead, from £9.25 to £28.00 4. Festive Red Squirrel Fabric Dog Collar and Matching Lead, from £9.25 to £28.00 5. Festive Green Polka Dot Fabric Dog Collar and Matching Lead, from £9.25 to £28.00 6. Festive Nordic Snowflake Dog Collar and Matching Lead, from £9.25 to £28.00 ETSY / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Mrs Cross?Nail Shop

Mrs Cross?Nail Shop started when I was itching to start something out of a hobby of mine. I loved nail polish and realised I could make my own. I sell handmade nail polish and nail art accessories. I love that I can jump on top of trends quickly and be ahead of mainstream brands. I also love the community of nail loving friends I?ve made whilst doing this. 1. Unicorn Poop 2.0 ? 10ml, £5.90 2. Unicorn Tears ? 5ml, £3.50 3. Unicorn Blushes ? 5ml, £3.50 4. Grey Nog ? 10ml, £4.00 5. Snowy Sky ? 10ml, £5.90 6. Angel Wings ? 5ml, £3.50 ETSY/ FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM

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Nik's T-Shirts

My name is Nik and I?m a nostalgic. I have fond memories of popular culture of my youth and have a lot of images of television, video games and near-forgotten brands burnt into my brain. Think of the discontinued sweet wrappers or the opening titles of a show you saw every week for years which disappeared never to be seen again (until the internet came along and suddenly such ephemera became less ephemeral!). My self-administered therapy for this condition is to try and recreate these images in as high quality as possible. My shop is where I share my memories. 1. Top of the Pops 1981-1986 Graphic T-Shirt, £20.00 2. BBC2 Clock, £20.00 3. ITV Women?s Premium T-Shirt, £25.99 4. 80s Junk Food Contrast Tank, £20.00 5. Radio 1 Vintage Unisex T-Shirt, £14.50 6. GPO 746 iPhone Case, £19.45 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Seed and Bean

Seed and Bean is a multi award-winning, 100%natural, organic, ethical and Fairtrade chocolate brand, handmade in England. All the chocolate is suitable for vegetarians, the dark bars suitable for vegans and the milk and white are Kosher certified. Our chocolate is all lovingly handmade using flavours from nature. The collection comprises 23 eclectically flavoured, beautifully blended bars. Tantalise your tastebuds with some of our daring combinations; fiery Chilli & Lime, floral Lavender, Sweet Orange and Thyme, or for the serious chocolate connoisseur looking for an intense cocoa hit ? our 100%Wild & Organic bar is the one for you. 1. The Ultimate Collection Hamper, £75.00 2. Organic Fairtrade Extra Dark Collection 4 Bar Gift Box, £10.75 3. Organic Fairtrade Sweet Orange & Thyme Fine Dark Chocolate Bar, £2.69 4. Wild & Organic 100%Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar, £4.29 5. Organic Fairtrade Milk & White Collection, £10.75 6. Organic Fairtrade Aromatic Fennel Fine Dark Chocolate Bar, £2.69 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Spice Kitchen

Spice Kitchen is a family run artisanal spice and tea company run by a mother and son team Sanjay and Shashi Aggarwal (aka Mamma Spice & Baby Spice!). Started over the kitchen table on Christmas Day 2012, the business is centered around Shashi's expertise and knowledge with spices and spice blends. We specialise in producing small batch, freshly ground spice blends and tea blends. We source the freshest raw spices from around the world, hand-blend, hand-roast and hand-grind them to authentic recipes, and then send them every day to customers and stockists around the UK. 1. Indian Spice Tin with 10 spices & Handmade Silk Sari Wrap, £29.95 2. Moroccan Spice Tin with 10 Spices & Handmade Silk Sari Wrap, £29.95 3. African & Middle Eastern Spice Tin with 9 Spices & Handmade Silk Sari Wrap, £29.95 4. International Chilli Collection with 7 Chillies, Storage Tin & Handmade Silk Sari Wrap, £29.95 5. 7 Loose Leaf Tea Gift Set Tin With Silk Sari Wrap and Tea Diffuser, £29.95 6. Halen Môn Flavoured Sea Salts Collection with 7 Flavoured Salts & Handmade Silk Sari Wrap, £29.95 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Street54

Street54 is a small independent company which uses our exciting and unique photographic images on cushions, bags and postcards/posters. We like to think that our images are a little bit different. It started off as a photography hobby and after getting lots of suggestions about selling the images, we came up with the website. At the moment this runs along side our other job, but we would love for it to play a bigger part. We use quality material for our cushions and bags, and both of these have undergone vigorous testing by ourselves and our families! 1. The Camper Van canvas bag, £9.50 2. United States of America canvas bag, £9.50 3. Lady in Paris canvas bag, £9.50 4. I am a Pug cushion, from £29.50 5. Red Heart cushion, from £29.50 6. Pug in a Box cushion, from £29.50 WEBSITE / EMAIL / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

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Sweetlove Press

Sweetlove Press was created out of a love for typography, as well as the desire for being able to add a personalised touch to gifts. I think a personalised gift or card makes it that extra bit more special for the recipient. I design all the products myself, and make all the cards, prints and mugs in-house at my studio in Wingham. Each and every personalised gift is made with love and care, and I love the thought of my work being in houses all around the world! 1. Relax You Are Doing Just Fine Mug, £16.50 2. Personalised Floral Monogram Cushion, £35.00 3. Personalised Coordinates Print, £18.50 4. Personalised Favourite Things Mug, £16.50 5. Love Rains Down On You Personalised Gold Foil Print, £18.50 6. Personalised Location Cushion, £35.00 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Taylor Two

Taylor Two products are all designed or handmade in-house exclusively for Taylor Two. We're commited to providing fast delivery and maintaining a very regularly updated range of handmade, unique, quirky and high quality jewellery, gifts, homewares and greeting cards. Shipping is worldwide, and all products are packaged very carefully with the environment in mind; Taylor Two use eco friendly bio degradeable and repurposed packaging. 1. Rocky Horror "Do You Want Stuffing?" Xmas Card, £2.40 2. Flamingos Tropical 6oz Hip Flask, £10.00 3. Handmade Amethyst Gemstone Necklace, £15.00 4. Book Lovers Pin Badge (in pink or blue), £3.00 5. Handmade Obsidian (dragonglass) Necklace, £18.00 6. The Lost Boys Movie Coffee Mug, £8.50 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM

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The Black Dog Company

After struggling to find unique collars for my Labrador, I decided to make him one myself. From that first red stars collar, has grown The Black Dog Company - now offering a wide range of handmade accessories for cats and dogs - including leads, bandanas, bow ties, treat bags and of course collars - all lovingly handmade from a specially chosen range of fabrics, including our Liberty of London range for the style conscious canine! 1. Festive Stars Dog Collar, £11.00 2. Christmas Baubles Dog Collar, £11.00 3. Festive Mittens Dog Collar, £11.00 4. Green Christmas Snowmen Dog Collar, £9.00 5. Christmas Stars Dog Collar, £9.00 6. Christmas Circles Dog Collar, £11.00 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

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The Cool Line

The Cool Line are an up and coming accessories brand, providing beautifully finished, digitally printed 100%silk scarves and statement neoprene clutch bags. We endeavour to create style statements that demand attention and take pride in the originality and quality of our prints.

1. The Elevation Print Scarf, £50.00 2. The Origin Print Scarf, £50.00 3. The Infinite Print Scarf, £50.00 4. Neoprene Clutch Bag: The Blue Print, from £8.00 5. Neoprene Clutch Bag: The Infinite Print, from £8.00 6. Neoprene Clutch Bag: The Observation Print, from £8.00 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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The Dog & I

As a professional dog groomer I work hard to look after my clients' grooming needs. I love natural products and am passionate about treating our dogs' skin with the respect and care we do our own. Many suffer uncomfortable skin conditions and synthetic products can be very irritating. After much research and hard work I now have my own range of dog soap and other products that are honest about their ingredients and as simple and natural as possible. If you have never thought about soap for dogs then read why we love it here: https://www.thedogandi.co.uk/pages/why-soap-for-dogs 1. 100%Coconut Oil Dog Soap Unperfumed, £3.50 2. 100%Coconut Oil Dog Soap With Lemongrass, Citronella, Peppermint & Spearmint Essential Oils 90g, £4.00 3. Tame those Tangles - Conditioner and Detangler 200ml, £6.99 4. 100%Coconut Oil Soap with Lavender Essential Oil and Poppy Seeds 90g, £4.00 5. Natural Dog Skin Balm. Nose, Paws & Elbows too. 15g screw top tin, £3.50 6. Soothing & Conditioning Shampoo - Oatmeal & Aloe Vera 200ml, £6.99 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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The Dorothy Days

I am Rachel and I run The Dorothy Days from my home in the English countryside. I have based my shop around one of my favourite quotes by William Morris (1834 - 1896) who was an English textile designer and artist. He said, ?Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful?, with this quote in mind I have filled my shop with handmade items and vintage items which are both beautiful and useful and sell everything from vintage teacups to knitted hats! I am also inspired by my love of the countryside and sea, vintage patterns and designs and nature. 1. Mustard and cream knitted hat made from pure wool, £23.00 2. Honeycomb bee necklace, £6.00 3. Extra wide floral washi tape, £4.00 4. Vintage botanical print of a peach, £10.00 5. Vintage flower brooch, £8.00 6. Purple mermaid earrings, £5.00 BLOG / ETSY / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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The Hungry Hounds Bakery

The Hungry Hounds Bakery was established in 2012, and we understand that your dogs are very important members of your family. We love creating healthy, wholesome, handmade cakes, bakes, and Dogfectionery for your dogs. Our products are all made by hand in our kitchen- we have a micro bakery that has its very own ovens to allow us to create our dog treats and dog birthday cakes which we think are that little bit special! All of our products are baked and decorated fresh to order using only the finest of ingredients, and with absolutely no compromise. 1. Rudy the Reindeer, £15.99 2. Reindeer Christmas Cake (with biscuits), £15.99 3. Reindeer Rounds, £3.99 4. Reindeer Bones, £3.99 5. Reindeer Family Dogfectionery® , £4.99 6. Reindeer/Woofmas Biscuit Duo, £3.99 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

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The Literary Gift Company

The Literary Gift Company was founded in 2009 by Dani Hall. A former bookseller and bookshop manager, Dani was just completing an MA in Children's literature when she launched the company with around 200 products in Reading (where else?) The website now has well over a thousand literary products and fans across the world. A hand-picked selection of beautiful and practical gifts for book lovers, including clothing, jewellery, perfume, reading tools, games, and much much more. We aim to be a one-stop-shop for all book lovers. We produce our own range of literary products, as well as offering a unique combination of gorgeous products from new designers, along with the best of quality brands from our partners. We are particularly interested in promoting products which recycle, or 'upcycle' abandoned or out-of-date books. 1. Time Spent Reading Is Never Wasted Mug, £10.99 2. Pride and Prejudice Editions Cushion, £25.95 3. British Library Bookcover Calendar 2018, £9.99 4. Book Rest Lamp, £42.00 5. So Many Books Bookmark, £3.99 6. 'When In Doubt Go To The Library' Unisex T-Shirt, £19.95 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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The Locket Library

Welcome to The Locket Library where we turn all of your favourite books into lovely pieces of jewellery. Each of our items are handmade to order so if you don't see your favourite quote or book cover above, feel free to contact us! Every locket is available in 6 colours and is issued with its very own library card which you can personalise if you wish. The perfect gift for any book lover this Christmas. Use the discount code ?MERRYN10?between 1st of November and the 18th of December for 10%off your order! 1. Pride and Prejudice Book Locket Charm by Jane Austen, £12.00 2. Little Women Book Locket Charm by Louisa May Alcott, £10.00 3. Jane Eyre Quote Necklace by Charlotte Bronte, £8.00 4. Wuthering Heights Book Locket Charm by Emily Bronte, £11.00 5. Custom Book Cover Locket Charm, from £9.50 6. Ampersand Necklace, £7.00 ETSY / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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The Pigeon's Nest

Rebecca opened The Pigeon's Nest in 2012 as a way to get rid of the masses of amigurumi she was creating when she taught herself to crochet. In January 2016 she went on maternity leave with her first child and decided to pursue her business full time. The Pigeon's Nest is all about invoking that good time feeling of nostalgia with a big dose of quirky cute. Everything is made by hand, fuelled by Pop Tarts and tea, in West Sussex. 1. Unicorn Crochet Plush Doll, £32.00 2. Vintage Style Granny Square Crochet Snood, £20.00 3. Mousie Keepsake Crochet Amigurumi Woodland Animal, £10.00 4. Rainbow Hair Mermaid Crochet Amigurumi Decorative Doll, £30.00 5. Robin Red Breast Crochet Amigurumi Bird, £9.00 6. Crochet Penguin Handmade Amigurumi Decorative Doll, £8.00 ETSY / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM

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The Treasured

Whether you?re looking for a card or a quirky gift, make sure you check out The Treasured for unique and affordable products by talented British designers and makers. The Treasured was created in 2015 by Laura, who spends many hours scouring the internet and craft fairs handpicking the loveliest homeware, stationery, wall art, jewellery and more so that you don?t have to. As well as promoting the wonderful talent that we have within the UK, The Treasured now also has their own collection; including their best selling Harry Potter ?Happiness?print. Whether you?re searching for the perfect gift or looking to treat yourself to something special, head to www.thetreasured.co.uk and use the code MERRYN for free UK delivery until the end of December. 1. Snowmen Christmas Card by JillyJilly, £2.75 2. Eat, Drink and Be Merry Coasters by Sarah and Maude, £6.00 3. Metallic Gold Monochrome 'But First Tea' Mug by Sass and Belle, £7.50 4. Gold Hello Standing Letters Sign by Sass and Belle, £5.00 5. Gold Pineapple Trinket Dish by Sass and Belle, £9.00 6. Harry Potter 'Happiness' Dumbledore Quote Print by The Treasured, £5.00 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / GOOGLE+/ INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / TWITTER

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Wicked Uncle

Wicked Uncle is the home of Brilliant Children?s Presents. We have scoured the world to find a really useful selection of fun and unusual presents for children. We test every present before we stock it; we build the robot kits, doodle with the pens, play the games and wear the T shirts! We can gift-wrap your presents and send them direct with a handwritten birthday card, and even send you birthday reminders so you never miss a birthday again. 1. Interactive Glow T-shirt - Black Age 9-11, £15.95 2. Magical Fairy Garden, £16.95 3. Wall Climbing Car - defy gravity!, £21.95 4. Hop Skip & Funk - six odd socks!, £10.99 5. Disco 360 Ice - LED Lightshow, £19.95 6. Build A Zoob Robot - 54 Piece Set, £23.95 WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Wrapped By Alice

Wrapped By Alice is a small, artisan business, inspired by my love of gift wrapping; the ethos behind the company is to produce beautiful, unique gift wrap products, using hand printing methods, and eco-friendly materials. My Christmas designs feature a host of quirky animal characters - all of which started out life as original ink drawings - and hopefully reflect the festive cheer of the holiday season. My hope is that my handmade papers make those special festive gifts, that much more magical, come Christmas morning! 1. Dachshund Christmas wrapping paper, £2.75 per sheet 2. Schnauzer Christmas wrapping paper, £2.50 per sheet 3. Scottie Dog Christmas wrapping paper, £2.75 per sheet 4. Reindeer Christmas wrapping paper, £1.50 per sheet 5. Cat Christmas wrapping paper, £2.75 per sheet 6. French Bulldog Christmas wrapping paper, £2.50 per sheet WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

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Merryn Magazine - issue 3  

Christmas Gift Guide 2017. A free quarterly digital magazine that champions independent retailers, charities, community projects and events.

Merryn Magazine - issue 3  

Christmas Gift Guide 2017. A free quarterly digital magazine that champions independent retailers, charities, community projects and events.