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Let’s be honest, avoiding Amazon when online shopping is a mission. No matter where you turn (or click) on the internet, Amazon is there. Waiting. It makes thinking of unique and personal local anniversary gift ideas tricky, especially when giant corporations have swarmed your social media with advertisements.
So, for the good of every couple out there, I did some digging and created a list of locally sourced (as in, “made in Britain”) presents to gift your other half. This list has a present for every person, from anniversary presents celebrating a particular milestone to indulgent hampers.
Made by ESjoradesign – £17.09
Etsy is the perfect place for finding handmade jewellery designed with you in mind. This pretty little bracelet is custom-designed with your’s and your significant other’s initials. It is ideal for the personalised touch whilst staying on a budget.
Made by Amber & Rose – £16.95
Likewise, Etsy is also perfect for finding eco-friendly products designed by local artists. Amber and Rose sell a beautiful selection of recycled frames that would look perfect displayed on your mantelpiece.
Made by Art by Tilly – £15 to £120
Does your partner treat your dog like their child? Tilly is a young artist who brings the soul of your pet alive with her paintings. Contact her on her website to have a bespoke portrait painted.
Baddest Brownies Company – £13.95
Want to treat your partner to a home-baked treat but can’t bake? Then the Baddest Brownie Company have you covered! You can select what chocolate bar you would like the brownie mixed with or have a selection of their finest sweet treats.
Golden Hare Books – £10 +
Buying anyone a book is a difficult task – especially if that someone has read every book under the sun. Golden Hare Books is an independent bookshop in Edinburgh. They have a great selection of books available on their online shop and offer a cute looking gift card to treat your loved one to their new favourite book.
Vinilo (Southampton based) – £15+
Crash Records (Leeds based) – £15+
Okay, this one is probably more suitable for couple’s who are into new music. There is a selection of independent record stores across the country that offer album and gig tickets as a nice little bundle. It is a two-in-one gift – your partner gets a vinyl/CD/cassette and a ticket to see the band live!
The Little Pot Company – £23
One to buy early, these mugs are carefully crafted by hand from clay. You have a wide range of choice in terms of shape and size – and can personalise the cup with your partner’s name.
Wearth London – £13
I’m a sucker for trying new food and recipes. And, I greatly welcome any kit to help me do so. Why not treat your partner to a vegan meal punched with flavour with this recipe and spice kit?
Digital Converters – £18.99+
Is your wedding video trapped inside a VHS tape? Then send it into Digital Converters to have converted and preserved on a DVD, USB or cloud download. No doubt watching your wedding video again is the best way to celebrate your anniversary – but be prepared for tears!
The Oldest Sweet Shop In England – £14.99
Watch a film (or perhaps your wedding video) and enjoy a jar of retro sweets from the Oldest Sweet Shop in England. Reasonably priced and delivered straight to your door, these sweets will take you both back to your childhood days.
Bird & Blend Tea Company – £19.75
Bird & Blend are an independent tea company that specialises in all kinds of loose tea leaves. Their Best of British selection box gives you the best collection of black tea leaves to indulge your partner. You can even personalise the box to add that extra special touch!
Pappy’s Texas BBQ – From £20
Pappy’s is a family-run restaurant based in Kendal, Cumbria. These kits give you everything (and more). From the most tender and flavourful meat to all the additional condiments, it is an easy kit for your husband to master.
National Trust – £18
Combine your love for nature with your love for your bird with a love bird feeder. It is a stunning stand to attract birds to your garden and remember your anniversary.
Kitaken – £24+
Archive your favourite memories in an elegant photo album made from ivory. As always, you can customise it with both your names or leave it with just the pretty printed picture.
Sass & Belle – £17
This stylised jewellery stand is a charismatic addition to any lady’s dressing table. Its simplicity as an abstract face mixed with the practicality of a jewellery stand will impress your girlfriend.
Spruce York – £12.99
Show off your interior design knowledge by buying a handmade ceramic vase crafted in York. Dried flowers are currently the must-have decoration in the house and are an elegant decoration for your sideboard.
Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School – From £24
Online classes have been a thing of beauty this last year. These cookery courses run by Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School will take your cooking skills to the next level. There are loads of classes to choose from, and you only pay per household – excellent for a date night in.
The Sunshine Bindery – £25
This journal is one for couples who love camping or caravanning. It is bounded by hand and made from 100% recycled paper.
Oh Squirrel – £12
Oh Squirrel has a wide range of handwritten art for you to hang on your walls and offer bespoke art as well. They may look simple but are a stunning addition to your wall.
Devon Heaven – £19.95
Enjoy the taste of Devon without the staycation weather. The hamper includes four homemade Devonshire scones, clotted cream, award-winning jam and tea bags.
Made By Got An Inkling – £8.50
This tote bag is fabulous for those on a budget but still want to gift a thoughtful present. The original design is screen printed by Harriet (the owner of Got An Inkling) and are an excellent price for a unique shopping bag.
Local Print Shop UK – £19.99
Spotify plaques are a fun way to show off your wedding song – or even prove that you know your partner’s favourite song. The choice is up to you.
Purity – Price dependent on selection
Choosing the correct box of various beers is always difficult when your partner is specific about what they like. Purity, a beer company based in Birmingham, has solved this problem by giving you the choice of selecting what beers you would like to gift.
ChloBo – £44
If you want good quality, fashionable jewellery, then ChloBo is the place for you. Their jewellery is handmade in England and is gentle on the skin. This gift set is fabulous for accompanying your wife’s new outfit for your anniversary date night.
Royal Shakespeare Company – £35
Shakespeare created the language of love, and these framed quotes are a striking decoration to show it. This gift is a lovely and supportive present for partners longing to revisit the theatre.
Rebecca Tracey – £42
Rebecca Tracey specialises in handcrafted candles, perfumes and oils. You can reuse this mug after finishing the candle by simply washing it out. Or, if your other half loved the candle, you can send it back and have it refilled!
Lakeland Leather – £34.99
Lakeland specialises in making stunning leather products for everyday use. This leather wallet will never leave your husband’s back pocket – and the zip-up coin pocket will stop him from trailing his coins around the house.
Made by Ellie Cliftlands – £38
We’re back to Etsy with this gift. If you want to expand your art collection, then Ellie Cliftland’s wood prints are a charming choice. She has a wide selection to choose from, but I love the homeliness of her “Feed The Snails” print.
Yorkshire Soap Company – £45
Your wife will feel pampered right from the moment she opens this luxurious wicker basket. It contains a fabulous selection of moisturisers, bath bombs and soaps to have that “spa day” feeling from the comfort of your bathroom.
Bradgate Woodcraft – £35
Everyone says the kitchen is the heart of the house, right? Handcrafted in Leicester, this chopping board is an attractive addition to any new home bought as a couple. Time to show off your culinary skills.
Cocoa Joe’s – £27.50
Indulgent hot chocolate hampers filled with chocolate bars, chocolate spread, tiffin and hot chocolate buttons. These buttons create the creamiest hot chocolates – or you can eat them as is! Unfortunately, this present is limited to those who live in North Yorkshire as you have to pick up the hamper in person.
The Adventure Challenge – £39.99
Let’s be honest: it is easy to fall into the same routine when going on dates. And, if this year has taught us anything – it is time to stop relying on restaurants for your Friday night treat. This book offers refreshing ideas for date night and is perfect for any couple. No matter the age.
Harris and Jones – £47
This charming box will hold all your special memories from your marriage to your first holiday. It is handmade in a UK workshop and made from 90% recycled materials.
Present and Correct – £42.50
This desk organiser is crossed with a bag designed for taking to and from the office. It’s a sleek and roomy storage holder with all the versatility and space for every stationery obsessive.
Karma – £46
This gorgeous aroma diffuser will look striking in your living room or bedroom as your partner relaxes. Pick out some calming oils, and you’ve got a flawless present.
Bloombox Club – £85
The Urban Jungle Bundle is a great gift for home workers and plant lovers. Brighten up their office with a selection of fun and easy to care for plants, including a coffee bean plant! The pots are the correct size for the plants and look fabulous when placed around the room.
Wearth London – £60
It can be challenging to know where to begin with being eco-friendly. Every product out there now tries to advertise that they are better for the environment – but Wearth London actually achieves this. Treat your partner to a zero-waste starter kit, including a bamboo water bottle and coffee cup for taking into work.
Bound By Hand – Price dependent on service wanted
Have a personalised book of your wedding commissioned. These bespoke memory books are completely tailored to you and look beautiful on your bookcase.
Bonsoir of London – £75
This dressing gown may look like a simple gift. But, I promise you, it will be worn by your wife for years. It is 100% organic cotton, and you can definitely feel the quality when you wear it.
Bettys – £55
Bettys Tearooms, based in Harrogate, specialise in crafting high-class cakes, chocolates and tea. Their hamper solves any afternoon tea craving. It includes champagne truffles, fruit cake, chocolate and tea.
London Wildflower – £55+
Pottery date nights is a gift that I have shouted about previously on my Valentine’s gifts article. However, last time I advertised Sculpd – a cheaper gift but missed a few key essentials needed when beginning pottery. London Wildflower has an extensive tool kit (including rolling pins) to make your clay creation a great one!
North Star Roast – £80
Does your partner bang on about loving coffee? Make them an expert in what they love with this 8-week course, including two tasting sessions.
Whittaker’s Distillery – £60
Does your partner have a taste for the finer things? Whittaker’s Distillery has put together a luxurious personalised box of gin, gin glasses and garnish. If you want a particular type of gin, you can even request it in the additional notes.
Historic Newspapers – £54.99
If you are about to celebrate a landmark anniversary, mark the special day with a newspaper from the date you were married. This gift was made for husbands who love reading the morning paper.
The Oak Chopping Board Company – £65
Have you and your spouse consumed more cheese than your proud of over lockdown? It is time to treat yourselves to a bespoke cheese board made of French or English oak.
The Form – £79
Have you noticed that your wife constantly has to move her yoga mat to watch her YouTube video? Then this is a fantastic solution! The Pro Round Mat is designed for every yoga move in mind – and it is sustainably sourced.
Outdoor Living Hot Tubs – £53.99
A popular gift for those who have a jacuzzi in their garden. This bathrobe will keep your spouse warm when running to the tub.
Cox & Cox – £175
An obscure present, I admit. But, we are heading into summer now and with social distancing continuing after June still on the cards, then preparing for an outdoor celebration is the best foot forward. Cox & Cox create beautiful home and garden furniture fit for gifting your partner.
Stand Made – £185 to £345
Recently, I really struggled to find a nice looking and good quality guitar stand for my boyfriend’s abundance of guitars. Stand Made makes bespoke guitar stands to cater for your every need. You can choose the colour of the wood and the size it needs to be.
Freddie’s Flowers – £25 a Month
What’s better than one bouquet on an anniversary? How about eleven more bouquets gifted throughout the year? This present is sure to wow your spouse – and make all her friends jealous at the same time.
Try our Valentine’s article for more ideas.
Or, if you want to shop locally…
I recommend Googling local shops near to where you live to see what places have websites and the services they provide. I was surprised with the number of good quality products sold only miles away from where I live.