Christmas is the perfect time to support your local businesses. Here are a few of my favourites in Windsor...
I love the handmade stone coasters that Deborah at Creative Crafts makes. So much so that I have her Cath Kidston designs on my desk, and my husband has superhero ones in his office. I've also commissioned her to make some personalised gifts for weddings and special birthdays. Her gorgeous sets come in many designs and are lovingly handmade in Windsor. Find out more at Creative Crafts facebook page.
Annalies is a local artist creating stunning artwork in bright contrasting colours, inspired by nature and with added sparkle. As well as a range of prints and original artworks available on her website, she is selling some beautiful Christmas cards featuring Christmas trees and robins, which can be delivered locally up to 18th December. Visit her website to find out more.
Which leads me neatly on to Spearreflexology, whose beautiful gift vouchers have been designed by Annalies! Michaela offers both foot reflexology as well as facial reflexology, including Zone Face Lifts, which are a unique fusion of advanced facial reflexology and advance face massage. Michaela is highly trained and qualified in fertility and maternity reflexology. Vouchers can be posted right up to last posting dates, or emailed if you miss the last post! More info can be found on her website.
Lisa Darban Bespoke Floristry
Who doesn't love receiving flowers?! Lisa offers a gorgeous range of wreaths, table arrangements and decorations all made to order to make your home look beautiful this Christmas. Her work has recently been featured on the front cover of the Not on the High Street catalogue. She also offers bouquets and gifts, which anyone would be glad to receive. Find out more at her facebook page.
Back to Touch
Corinna of Back to Touch has magic hands that will ease out all your knots and leave you feeling relaxed. Gift vouchers are available for an hour treatment in sport, remedial or therapeutic massage. The perfect gift for anyone that needs to relax after the hectic Christmas season. Gift vouchers are available for local delivery or collection right up to Christmas Eve. Contact Corinna via [email protected].
Photography by Abi Moore
I am offering gift vouchers this Christmas for a mid-week shoot including five digital images and a matching set of 7x5" prints for £250. Vouchers come in a presentation box tied up with a ribbon, so you don't even have to wrap it. Available for local delivery or collection until 23rd December. Contact me to buy a voucher or to find out more.
The Baby Bank
Last (because they're not a business as such), but definitely not least, is one of my favourite charities. If you're struggling to buy for someone who has everything, then why not donate to The Baby Bank's Pyjama Appeal instead?! If you've not heard of them, The Baby Bank is much like a food bank, but instead of food, they provide much-needed essentials for babies and children of families who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances.
This Christmas their Appeal is asking for donations of pyjamas, books or Christmas chocolates. They can accept donations until this Friday (13th Dec) and will be at their storage facility during the morning or at carols on the hill during the evening. Contact them via their facebook page to arrange a drop-off. If you're reading this after the 13th, you can still make a monetary donation here that will help families in need in 2020.
Thanks for reading. Wishing you a very happy Christmas!
All photos have been provided by the businesses featured.