Give your loved one the gift of the Birmingham Colour Palette this Christmas - you can get it on mugs, T-shirts and more in Selfridges and online
It’s hard to believe that we’re already creeping towards the end of 2021. But the good news is that it means Christmas is on the horizon.
Whether you’re a Buddy the Elf or an Ebenezer Scrooge, nothing puts a smile on your face like seeing a loved one open a gift that you’ve carefully picked for them.
There are so many different news reports about our shops facing shortages that we thought we’d put together a handy guide for some of the best gifts you can buy right here in Birmingham - from our creative independent businesses.
And you’ll be supporting the local economy too!
From indulgent hampers to eco-friendly - here are seven Birmingham-based companies that have got the perfect gifts from this Christmas to suit all budgets.
40 shades of Birmingham at The Colour Palette Company
Launched by local Brummie designer Stacey Barnfield earlier this year, The Colour Palette Company showcases beautiful cities and places through specially curated colour swatches.
You might have seen The Birmingham Colour Palette in Grand Central after Stacey’s first set of swatches appeared on social media back in January.
Since its launch, Stacey has curated palettes for other spots including Leeds, Brighton & Hove, Liverpool and more.
The Colour Palette Company prints its palettes on T-shirts and mugs, so it could make the perfect gift for that special someone who’s proud of the place that they live or come from.
The Birmingham Colour Palette mug is exclusively available from Birmingham Museums priced at £12.50.
Birmingham and Proud at Punks & Chancers
Searching for a gift for someone who is a Proud Bab?
Punks & Chancers is an independent Birmingham business that creates clothing, accessories and cards that are nice to look at and kind to the environment.
From their iconic ‘Yes Bab’ tees to pins, totes, beanies and prints, you’re sure to find a great gift for the bab in your life.
You can shop the store online by clicking here, or find their products stocked in independent shops across the city, including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Planting the seeds of Birmingham with Blooming Heck cards you can PLANT in your garden
Each year find ourselves putting our Christmas cards in the recycling, but what if we told you that there’s a new Brummie business that’s changing the game to become more than just a card?
Founded by Emma Stokes, Blooming Heck was launched to bring life into greetings cards by making them plantable.
So instead of just throwing the card away, the recipient can plant it in their garden and wait for it to produce beautiful blooms.
This Christmas, Blooming Heck has worked with talented illustrators to create three stunning Christmas designs.
A perfect gift for your green-fingered friend or family member, you can shop the range of designs available by clicking here.
Eco friendly sparkles at Oh My Clumsy Heart
Jewellery can make a really special gift, but sometimes it’s not always sold at an accessible price point.
Based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, Oh My Clumsy Heart creates stunning hand-made pieces of jewellery, which don’t break the bank and are eco-friendly.
Offering necklaces, earrings and rings in silver and gold, each piece has been beautifully crafted from responsibly sourced material, all of which is delivered in eco-friendly packaging.
Say with with cheese at Arch 13
If there’s ever an acceptable time to eat copious amounts of cheese, it’s Christmas.
Family-run Arch 13 is well-known in the city for its incredible cheese boards and charcuterie platters, but did you know you can have them delivered as hampers?
There are a range of boards to choose from, all of which offer a selection of specially selected meats and cheeses.
This year’s Christmas hampers will launch for pre-order on Arch 13’s website early November. All boards come complete with crackers and chutneys, with prices starting from £30.
And, if you want to make the gift extra special, you can add on a bottle of wine or even a bottle of fizz.
Dress to impress at Provide
Another stylish clothing company that’s proudly flying the flag for Birmingham, Provide creates a selection of products including t-shirts, scarves, home decor and more.
Here, you’re sure to find a great gift for the fashionista in your life.
Launched in 2012, the brand has collaborated with a host of talented designers and artists to create stylish products that celebrate our city.
Created in the heart of the city, you might have seen people sporting the popular BHX products.
Looking luscious at Harvest Skincare
Shopping for a beauty-lover? Then you might want to check out Harvest Skincare.
With a beautiful shop in Kings Heath, Harvest Skincare has been crafting luxury skincare products since 2009.
From luscious soaps to fragrant candles and calming cleansing balms, you’re sure to find a perfect present for someone who loves giving themselves a pamper night or two.
Product prices start from as little as £5 too, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.
Find out where you are with Illustrated Birmingham maps by Tom Woolley
Birmingham-based designer Tom Woolley’s colourful and creative prints are well-known across the city.
From maps of Bournville and Stirchley, to the Birmingham Tolkien Trail and a map of the Peaky Blinders, Tom’s high-quality digital prints could make a fantastic gift for the art-lover in your life. All prints come on thick white matte paper, with prices starting at £15.
Tom also creates some incredible personalised pieces if you want to make your gift extra special.
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