I do try to support small, independent businesses as much as possible, so the next best thing in my opinion when buying a gift is Etsy! This way, you know you are steering clear of inadvertently buying something which has been made in a sweatshop, you can pick up some amazing things for great prices, and the gift is unique... all while supporting a fellow creative soul... win-win for everyone!
At this time of year, cherry blossom trees are one of my favourite things. They really signal that the warmer weather is coming, and they are really beautiful. I'm inspired by a lot of Japanese patterns and designs, so I'm attracted to them for that reason too.
Here is my pick of the cherry blossom items I've been drooling over, all by UK crafters!
|Wooden doorknobs, by Witch Corner, £5 each|
|Felted clutch bag, by Oliven, £18|
|Blossom and Crane handmade cuff, madebydaisy, £20|
|The Japanese crane on the other side|
This cuff bracelet is a prime example of how my own crafting skills do not stretch far enough! It is hand hammered, and I absolutely love the blossoms combined with the Japanese crane designs.
|Sakura charm necklace, by Chilli Lime Boutique, £8|
|Ceramic ring holder, by Damson Tree Pottery, £13|
|Vintage retro wallpaper phone cover, by Afraid of the Dark, £6.49|
I never considered Etsy for buying a phone cover before, and always tutted at how much they cost. Considering how much I drop my phone, a good cover is essential. The "big phone shops" tend to sell these fancy designs for around £25, so at £6.49 this is a real find. Afraid of the Dark do custom designs as well, but I'm in love with this Japanese sakura one.