Size Matters... Shop Small 🛍️🤏
This festive season, we're again shining a light on our local wonders. We're buzzing to showcase the Midlands' incredible small businesses.
Opt for handmade items whenever you can, purchase from familiar faces, support independent artisans striving to make ends meet, and above all, choose to buy British.
By shopping small this Christmas, you're helping to support someone's dream.
Fancy a spot in our Christmas showcase? It's FREE! 🎄🆓
Pop us an email at email@example.com with:
- Your business name.
- A link to your website/online store.
- Your business address (if you have a bricks-and-mortar store our Midsmas readers can visit).
- A brief 2-3 sentence story about your venture and its festive charm. Remember, nobody wants to read War and Peace on a mobile, and we want to keep it fair for all!
- Three standout high-resolution (decent-sized) photos. We'll select the one that feels most Christmassy for the post.
Founded by Anila Patel and situated in the East Midlands, this small business specialises in offering art, gifts, and wellbeing products for all the family.
In addition to Anila's year-round selection, she also provides a variety of Christmas-themed items as the festive season approaches.
Support a small business in the East Midlands this Christmas and shop Anila's fabulous range of art, gifts, and wellbeing products here.
Handcrafted decor for homes and nurseries, including everything from Christmas Eve plates and crates to a variety of other unique items.
Established in the West Midlands, Susan launched her business, Beautifully Bespoke, in 2018, following her passion for crafting personalised gifts for family and friends.
Her venture has since flourished, specialising in a wide array of items from custom crates to stunning wall plaques in diverse styles and designs.
Every order is individually tailored and meticulously handcrafted, making them ideal presents for yourself or a special someone.
Susan takes immense pride in seeing her creations adorning their new homes and looks forward to assisting you in crafting the perfect gift.
This year, she is also reviving her best-selling Christmas Eve plates and crates, complemented by new seasonal offerings.
Shop small in Staffordshire this Christmas and discover all of Susan's handmade decor here.
Magic Star Books
Independent partner with Usborne, providing a curated range of outstanding children's books.
With a background as an experienced Primary School Teacher and as a parent to her own little star, Sian is uniquely positioned to bring the magic of Christmas to life through an exceptional selection of books.
Whether you're looking for the perfect Christmas countdown, engaging activities to keep the kids entertained, or simply searching for that ideal gift, she is your go-to expert for finding the perfect reads.
Sian delights in helping people discover books that are just right for them.
Show your support for Sian this festive season by exploring her range of children's Christmas books here.
Perfect Moment Photography
Professional photography studio in Solihull, specialising in newborn, cake smash and family portraits.
Meet Bex Sheridan, the talented force behind Perfect Moment Photography. Nestled in the scenic Earlswood area of Solihull, her charming studio specialises in capturing life's beautiful moments—from newborns and cake smashes to intimate family portraits.
Over the years, Bex has expertly lensed everything from breathtaking weddings to corporate events and even dance & fitness sessions. Lately, she's found her true passion in newborn and children's photography.
Looking for the perfect festive gift? Bex offers affordable, fun-filled photoshoots and has a range of options to choose from, including digital downloads and lovely 8x6 prints—ideal for Christmas gifts for the family.
What sets her apart? Bex is not just a fantastic photographer but also a professional photo editor. She's a one-woman show, handling every aspect of her business to ensure the quality you deserve.
If you're interested in capturing your own perfect moments, why not explore her range of photography services and pricing?
Memories might fade, but a Perfect Moment captured by Bex will last a lifetime! 📸
Personalised by LJ
Personalised gifts for all occasions, including notebooks, bookmarks, keyrings, mugs, and more!
Operating as a one-woman powerhouse from her home studio, Lauren crafts an array of personalised gifts designed to delight every family member.
From notebooks and bookmarks to keyrings and mugs, her Etsy shop offers a versatile selection for all occasions.
With a particular fondness for the Christmas season, she takes immense joy in knowing that her creations become cherished keepsakes.
New items are added weekly, so there's always something fresh and exciting to discover! Check out all of Lauren's fabulously festive range here.
Comfortable, stylish, and neutral clothing for kids.
Run by mum, Vicky, from her home in Warwick, Royal Darlings is a boutique enterprise wholeheartedly committed to offering high-quality, stylish, and personalised children's attire and toys. This year, Vicky has been ahead of the festive curve, preparing an enchanting selection of Christmas pyjamas to suit every budget, chic Christmas jumpers, and of course, their signature range of wooden toys suitable for all ages.
The collection at Royal Darlings is thoughtfully curated, featuring a diverse array of wooden toys, embroidered garments, personalised items, and Scandi-inspired clothing and decor. Each item is selected with care to help you cultivate a warm, inviting, and eco-friendly space for your youngsters.
While Royal Darlings operates exclusively online, Vicky offers a convenient free local collection service for any purchases made in Warwick. She understands the importance of impeccable customer service and values building lasting relationships with her clients. Always on hand to help you find just the right items for your child, Royal Darlings also provides customised services such as bespoke embroidery and personalisation, making your shopping experience truly unique and memorable.
Discover the beautiful world of Royal Darlings and find the perfect, sustainable additions for your child.
Say a Little Something
Personalised gifts for every occasion.
Sarah, a busy mum of three from Lichfield, discovered a newfound love for crafting amid the extensive COVID lockdowns. Initially, she relished the process of creating charming, personalised gifts for her friends and family. Their enthusiastic praise and encouragement fuelled her to think bigger.
Confronted with the looming prospect of redundancy from her long-standing job of over 20 years, an idea suddenly clicked. Mustering the courage to venture into the unknown, Sarah launched her very own enterprise, "Say a Little Something."
Today, Sarah revels in offering an ever-expanding array of customised gifts, prints, and stickers for a wide variety of occasions. What's more, she continually infuses her burgeoning business with fresh and exciting products, adding a personal touch to life's special moments.
Ready to find that perfect gift or perhaps something special just for you?
Scallywags Indoor Play Centres
The indoor play area of children's imaginations and dreams.
Brierley Hill (Near Dudley) & The Fort, Birmingham, West Midlands
Looking for an affordable and delightful visit to Father Christmas this year? Scallywags has got you covered. With two convenient locations in Brierley Hill near Dudley and The Fort Shopping Park in Birmingham, this family-run business is a local favourite.
Back for its 7th successful year, Scallywags' Santa's Grotto is ready to welcome families at their Brierley Hill location. It's perfectly situated next to the popular Merry Hill shopping centre, making it an easy 20-minute drive off the M5 in the West Midlands.
What sets Scallywags apart? It's not just a quick visit to Santa; you'll enjoy a relaxed, fun atmosphere with no rush. Plus, your ticket price includes a full soft play session, offering a great way for the kids to let off some steam while you get into the festive spirit.
For more details, check out the Scallywags Facebook Page or visit the 'Special Events' section of their website.
It's shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas experience for the whole family.
The Play Hub
Experience affordable, action-packed soft play fun.
Nestled in the heart of Atherstone, Warwickshire, The Play Hub offers an enthralling indoor soft play experience that's perfect for children of all ages. The venue is thoughtfully designed with various play areas to suit your child's needs, featuring a dedicated baby area, a specialised toddler frame, and a more expansive frame for junior adventurers. These distinct areas ensure that youngsters have hours of active, engaging fun.
As the festive season approaches, The Play Hub transforms into the ultimate destination for heartwarming Christmas events. They offer a range of magical experiences, from enchanting Grotto sessions where children can meet Santa, to intimate Breakfasts with Santa that create lasting memories for the whole family.
Don't miss their lively Christmas Jumper Party, guaranteed to get everyone into the festive spirit.
With so much to offer, The Play Hub is the go-to spot for both everyday play and special festive celebrations. Find out what makes it such a beloved venue for families!