It's no surprise that we're all tightening our purse-strings this Christmas and being more careful and selective about what we spend our money on. So to help you find those affordable Christmas stocking fillers I've put together my top 16 gifts for £20 or under, and all from amazing independent Bristol Makers. Plus if you do live in the Bristol area there is always the option to collect meaning you don't need to worry about the postal strikes that are causing so much havoc with those online purchases.
Check out the wonderful handmade gifts below and if you see something that could be the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa then give the link a click!
1. A5 Wildflower Sketchbook - £6 - Steph Renshaw Printmaker
Bristol-based printmaker Steph Renshaw creates beautiful designs from hand carved lino blocks. Her Wildflower Sketchbook is inspired by the flowers in her garden.
Visit Steph's website.
2. Acorn - £12 - Brüün
Each one of these oak acorns is hand-turned and finished with handmade wood balm by Designer Steve Brüün using responsibly sourced and sustainably grown English and European Oak.
Visit Brüün's website.
3. Woven Necklace Kit - £20 - Stitching Me Softly
These best-selling craft kits are the perfect beginner level project. Choose from 3 colours of recycled cotton cord and create your own eco-friendly statement necklace.
Visit Stitching Me Softly's website.
4. Fresh Hay, Honey & Amber Soy Candle - £15.50 - Vivian May Naturals
Enhance your emotional, spiritual and physical well-being with this hand-poured candle from Vivian May Naturals. Made from 100% pure soybean oil and using the finest blend of essential oils, herbs and botanicals.
Visit Vivian May's website.
5. Cherry Stone Pillow - £15 - Warmlii
Handmade by Bee in her little home studio in Bristol, these 100% natural and plastic-free pillows are the perfect alternative to hot water bottles. Filled with hundreds of cherry stones these snuggly pillows provide instant relief to sore muscles.
Visit Warmlii's website.
6. Bristol Tote Bag - £17.50 - Dona B Drawings
Every Bristol lover needs their own Bristol-themed tote bag to carry their shopping around in! Dona B celebrates the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with this long-handled 100% cotton tote.
Visit Dona B Drawing's website.
7. Reusable Snack Bag - £17 - Lauren Holloway
These reusable snack bags are the perfect plastic-free alternative when eating on-the-go! Handprinted on sustainable linen fabric and featuring a food safe lining, these handy pouches are a guilt-free food storage alternative for the eco-conscious
Visit Lauren Holloway's website.
8. Dipped Cactus Pot - £16 - Wendy Calder Ceramics
These Red Earthenware Cactus Planters will be sure to brighten up any windowsill. Featuring hand-drawn sgraffito designs these pots are the perfect companion to your favourite mini plant!
Visit Wendy Calder's website.
9. Balancing Aroma Roller - £7.95 - Faith & Betty
Faith & Betty has been producing natural, handmade skincare since 2012. This Aroma Roller container essential oils to help you feel uplifted, relaxed and grounded.
Visit Faith & Betty's website.
10. Maple & Seed Keyring - £10 - Ashleigh Proud
Ashleigh creates enamelled pieces inspired by objects found in nature and forest walks with her grandparents. This beautiful gold plated enamel keyring symbolises balance, offering and promise and is perfect for any nature lover.
Visit Ashleigh Proud's website.
11. Felted Soap - £6 - Wild Grove
Wrapped in ethically-sourced merino wool and scented with high-quality essential oils and fragrances, these handmade, small batch soaps produce a rich and luxurious lather to uplift and invigorate.
Visit Wild Grove's website.
12. Soap Dish - £15 - Goob Design
This hand-thrown soap dish by Bristol Potter Gabrielle Connell makes a beautiful, stylish and contemporary addition to any bathroom or kitchen. Available in 4 different colours.
Visit Goob Design's website.
13. Mini Geo Vessel - £15 - Priormade
If you're looking for a minimalist and contemporary home for your tiny plants then Priormade's Mini Geo Vessel will definitely do the job! Available in a variety of bold colours and each one comes with an optional free mini cacti or succulent.
Visit Priormade's website.
14. Glass Frame with Pressed Flower - £18 - Palyglass
Palyglass use traditional stained glass techniques to create stunning handmade frames containing pressed flowers collected from around Bristol. Hang on a wall, in a window or mix and match different flower frames to make a feature wall in your home
Visit Palyglass' website.
15. Boho Dangle Earrings - £12.50 - HK Designs
HK Designs create comfortable and stylish earrings handmade using vegan cernit clay and raw brass. With inspiration taken from textures found in the earth, each design is carefully chosen to minimise waste.
16. Stoneware Spoon Rest - £18 - Florence Ceramics
These spoon rests make a delightful gift for someone who loves to cook. Hand-thrown in white-flecked stoneware with a semi-matte oatmeal glaze, these handy little dishes make the perfect addition to any budding chefs kitchen accessories.
Visit Florence Ceramics' website.