The Midland’s have an impressive list of independents, from competitive fashion brands to quirky giftware stores, and I really want to show them off to you all! It’s been a tough two years for independent’s and this year I have done my best to support as many as I can. So, here is to the last hurrah of 2021 supporting my Midlands independents! My Christmas gift guide did amazingly well last year, it helped so many Independents and it persuaded a lot of people to shop more locally at Christmas. So here it is, Bab about towns 2021 epic Christmas gift guide to independent shopping in and around Birmingham. This time, it’s bigger and better, with over 100 Independents featuring in this guide, I have well and truly got you sorted this year bab!
All these businesses deliver across the Midland’s, so you may not even need to leave your house to do Christmas shopping this year! From gifts for the kids to gifts for that someone special in your life…that’s the dog of course! My Independent Christmas guide is here to deliver and I am hoping it will make Christmas shopping a little bit easier for households across the Midlands.
Chefs Table Testing Menu Experience from £125.00 – An experience like no other.
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The Great British Staycation- Two night stay at the Manor with dinner on both nights with breakfast, wine tasting and walled garden tour from £450 pp
WEST MIDLANDS SAFARI PARK TOUR EXPERIENCES
A unique treat for anyone who is an animal lover and would like to see a little of what goes on behind the scenes at the Safari Park! You will get the chance to travel through the Safari Drive-through in an authentic safari vehicle before they open to the general public. Your guide will give you fascinating facts and insights into everyday life for the keepers and animals. You will be able to get up close and personal to our rhinos, giraffes, sea lions and even some of our new arrivals. Priced at £185 (PP)
The perfect gift for wine lovers, Wine Freedom in Digbeth are offering four different wine tasting sessions from £12.50 – You can book these here
BLOW WATER DUMPLING MAKING CLASS
Dumpling making evening with Blow Water’s founder, Sabrina. The intimate class starts with flour and water as Sabrina takes you through the process of making her signature vegan dumplings and how her family prepares a traditional dinner in Hong Kong. Enjoy your dumplings together and take home a selection of frozen dumplings at the end of the session! You can purchase your gift voucher here
CHAKANA PERUVIAN TASTING EXPERIENCE
The restaurant everyone is talking about, recently praised by The Guardian, I suspect Chakana will be on many peoples Christmas lists this year. Why not opt for a gift card or book in for the Peruvian tasting experience here
THE QUARTERWORKSHOP – MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING RINGS
Make your own wedding rings work shop experience at The Quarter Workshop in The Jewellery Quarter, A lovely and memorable experience you will cherish forever. Buy here
An out of this world virtual reality experience that would make an amazing gift this Christmas – You can purchase gift vouchers here
GIFTS FOR GALS
NAILS BAB – VOUCHERS AND WORK SHOPS
The perfect gift for keeping your nails in check, NAILS BAB offer gift vouchers and some fantastic workshops. You can purchase those here and please enquire with Nails Bab about their gift vouchers
ALEX MONROE JEWELLERY AT HEDGE
Alex Monroe jewellery featured on Hedge – Beautiful jewellery Inspired by Nature & British Eccentricity. You can shop here If jewellery is not for you Hedge have lots of gifts for that lovely bab in your life.
Working Clasp sell a great range of jewellery from seasonal to personalised, they also sell jewellery kits which would make the perfect gift for someone who wants to get into jewellery making. You can shop your kits here
HARVEST-THE TREATMENT ROOM
A variety of relaxing treatments are on offer at The Harvest Treatment Room from calming facials to glow body polish, You can book in here Harvest also sell gift vouchers.
A lovely Independent boutique in Leamington Spa selling womens clothes, jewellery and accesories. You will find plenty of lovely gifts here
MORE GIFTS FOR GALS
GIFTS FOR CHAPS
Stag in Digbeth offer a great variety of tees for your chap to look pretty dapper in! The Stag is a fantastic Independent gem,They are the UK’s 1st independent cocktail bar, barbershop and speciality coffee shop, and we are pretty proud to have them here in Brum! If you are looking for something a bit different, Why not book your chap in for a trim or purchase a gift card?
Give the gift of music to your loved ones this Christmas. Give them a taste of whats it like to be behind the decks or in the studio from taster experiences to an entire DJ or music production course to perfect their skills. Purchase your DJ Gym experience here
GRAIN AND GLASS
A WORLD OF WHISKY EXPERIENCE
Whisky is made all over the world, and this masterclass will take you through six whiskies from a number of producing countries. Great for people new to whisky. For two people £60 purchase your whisky experience here
You will find Liquor Store on Colmore Row, they have an eclectic mix of Mens clothing that would make the perfect gift for your chap this Christmas. Shop here
CARTERS OF MOSELEY STAFF BY CHEF BRAD CARTER
Rather than showcase the dishes from his eponymous, award-winning restaurant, Brad decided to follow a different path. And so in his vibrant and engaging debut he showcases the recipes that have made him an online star. Buy here
Three bottle gift packs that come in a bespoke gift box and you can choose between following combos: Big Hitters, Pickle Lovers and Spice Lovers – Priced at £17.
PIPS HOT SAUCE
This is the perfect gift for that hot sauce lover! This gift set contains four of their Great taste Award winners plus one extra. Sauces included are Boca Grande (the tangy hot pineapple one), La Boca del Diablo (the classic smoky one), Feugo del Verde (the milder sweet one), La Barbacoa (the BBQ one with bite) and the Nagatropolis (the really really hot one)
HARBORNE KITCHEN RELISH COOK BOOK
TAN ROSIE CARIBBEAN DELUXE HAMPER
Treat your loved one to our special edition deluxe Caribbean hamper. It’s the perfect gift for Christmas. All products are handmade by us at Tan Rosie and beautifully packaged. Purchase here
MISS MACAROON CHRISTMAS MACAROON COLLECTION
Lovely packaged macaroons by Miss Macaroon make the perfect sweet Christmas gift this year BUY NOW
Love a bit of fudge? You’ll love this…Shop now
CHEEKY BEVY GIFTS
THE PINEAPPLE CLUB CRAFT BEER ADVENT CALENDAR
Now this is my kind of advent calendar! The Pineapple Club have created this fantastic craft beer advent box containing a great selection of IPAS,DIPAS, lagers, meads, stouts and more. You can purchase your craft beer advent box here for £89.99
Brummie gin for £38.00 – One for Gin lovers!
FOX AND CHANCE
Fox and Chance in Birmingham will be offering a range of four bottled cocktails for you this Christmas, exclusive to their bottled range. The cocktails are High End (A Gin Spritz aperitif style drink with a white vermouth and apple brandy. Comes with soda) The Boulevard (A coffee infused Boulevardier-Cousin of the Negroni) Foxtrot Club (A fruity pour, using a strawberry and raspberry cordial with gin and vermouth) and Day at the races (A Vodka Spritz with Peach wine and a Sauvignon Syrup. Comes with Soda) These will be available to buy on their website here
Loki wine have a variety of mixed cases of wine on sale that would make the perfect gift for wine lovers, Some cases are currently in the sale so be quick! Shop here
SHAKESPEARE DISTILLERY HOME GIN TASTING KIT
If you are a big fan of gin you will love this! Great gift for couples BUY HERE
You cant have a bar without Wilderness Gin and vodka…Shop now
MORE BEVY GIFTS
Aubrey Allen are offering a variety of hampers from BBQ hampers to Season Cheese hamper – These will make the perfect gift this Christmas! Please also check their store in Leamington Spa for more amazing seasonal foodie gifts!
ANDERSON & HILL
Bespoke hampers full of premium meats, cheeses, snacks, condiments, and drinks.You can also tailor your own hamper in-store.
Tutto Apposto are selling these perfect hampers this Christmas, you can choose from the Savoury Hamper £55 or the Dolce Hamper £55 OR you can have both for £100…BARGAIN! Please DM Tutto Apposto on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in your order!
The perfect bespoke hamper for someone special at Christmas, Lola offer a great selection of hampers from £50-£95.
ANTONA AT HOME
This Christmas, treat yourself or a loved one to Simpsons “Antona at Home” spectacular festive hamper, brimming with artisan chocolates made by their chefs. The luxury hamper can be upgraded to include a selection of festive tipples hand picked by our the team.
The Farm in Stratford-Upon-Avon is serving up some fantastic hampers for this Christmas containing many of their favourite items and much-loved local businesses in the Midlands. Shop here
GRACE + JAMES
You can purchase the G + J Christmas Hamper now for £60 or Cheeseboard selection for £25 – They also sell mixed wine cases and gift vouchers! Shop here
200 DEGREES COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION BUY NOW
PUNKS AND CHANCERS FT QUARTER HORSE COFFEE
Two great Independents teamings up to bring you the best coffee lovers gift box this Christmas. Contains a YES BAB 500ml double walled, insulated stainless steel cup engraved right here in the Midlands; a 125g bag of freshly ground Quarter Horse coffee; an information postcard about the coffee and care card for your cup; all wrapped in tissue and bound with a recycled t-shirt ribbon, complete with a hand stamped punks and chancers gift tag, all yours for £26.00
Selection of Java’s Classic Range of coffee. A perfect gift for the coffee lover! Buy here
BAKERIES AND COFFEE HOUSES
BREWERIES AND BARS
EXPERIENCES AND HOTEL STAYS
GIFTS FOR THE LITTLE ONES
The Ikon Gallery have a great range of gifts for the little ones. Fom books to fashion, there is plenty of gifts to spoil your little ones this Christmas.
MiniMini in Solihull offer a great variety of childrens toys and essentials. Shop now
Smithsonia sell a lovely range of adorable soft toys for kids. You check out their selection here
THE CHOCOLATE QUARTER – KIDS CHOCOLATE WORKSHOPS
Kid’s Chocolate Workshops are a really fun way to learn about chocolate for kids aged 4-13 years old and are ideal for any celebration. You check out this experience here
GLYNN PURNELLS CHILDREN BOOKS
Award-winning TV chef Glynn Purnell and illustrator extraordinaire Ashley King have created two fantastic childrens books that you can purchase as Christmas presents here
GIFTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
GIFT VOUCHERS FOR THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE IN BIRMINGHAM
WITCH AND WIZARDS AFTERNOON TEA AT JUNCTION 9 3/4
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AT THE BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
CHRISTMAS AT WARWICK CASTLE
Warwick Castle are hosting a variety of festive events through out December and early January for the whole family to enjoy. From light trails to visiting Santa, you can check out these experiences here
GIFTS FOR THE PROUD BRUMMIES
PUNKS & CHANCERS
You’re not a true Brummie without a Yes Bab tee or tote! Shop Punks & Chancers here
BIRMINGHAM STATIONERY CO
Commissioned prints by talented Artist called Soullessearth that sees the future of Brum in a Cyberpunk style. I love them and I can see these looks fab in peoples homes! Priced at £25.
Plenty of Brummie garms and jewellery for that special Brummie in your life. The Brummie Jeweller products are ethically sourced.
Kit out your home with these pretty awesome Birmingham candles from Provide. Shop here
Shop Brumhaus prints here
GIFTS FOR THE CRIB
Liv’s in Solihull offer a great range of lovely homeware from furniture to decorative accessories that make the perfect gift for a new home at Christmas
Emily is based in the Black Country creating bold and fabulous designs that are visually striking! We love these wall prints and we reckon they would make a lovely Christmas gift!
Because everyone loves a bit of neon right? Awesome lighting and giftware from Driftroom, You can find this store in The Bullring and can shop online here
FOLK LIKE THESE
Custom Couples Portrait door numbers from Folk like these, they are very popular and make a lovely gift! Priced at £70
Hand-Cast Jesmonite Homewares, Hair Accessories & Gifts, that are so gorgeous!
HONEY BEE HOME
Gorgeous homeware and gifts from Honey Bee, I especially love the bee collection! These would make lovely Christmas gifts – Shop the collection here
MORE HOMEWARE GIFTS
BLOOMING LOVELY GIFTS
Little Pricks sells loads of blooming lovely gifts to real make your house/garden stand out!
ISHERWOOD AND CO
Isherwood and Co sell the most beautiful blooms in Birmingham. They also sell lovely house plants and gifts. SHOP NOW
Jungle is an independent Birmingham based houseplant shop – delivering happy and healthy plants to your doorstep across the West Midlands! Shop here
GREEN AND WILD
Lovely florist in Warwick selling fresh beautiful blooms and dried flowers – Shop now
YOU GOT THIS CLUB
T’is the season… to shop small! You got this club has got you covered with a wide selection of fabulous gifts that can be sent directly to your friends and family. You can shop for your Christmas gifts here
FROM THE GROUND BAKERY
From the Ground Bakery have a mixture of mouth-watering treats that can be sent via post making it a lot easier for you this Christmas! Choose from cookies to brownies, there is plenty of choice! Shop here
A great gift for the ultimate pie fans this Chirstmas! For just £28.00 you can get a bumper box of nine pies. Vegan options are available – Purchase here
Pick your own selection of cookies to gift someone this Christmas! These are incredible and would definitely recommend gifting a boxing of these cookies this Christmas. Shop now
THE CAKE SPA
Cheeky Elf Ideas – A Great gift to get creative and have a bit of fun with the kids. You can now pre-order this item here
SECRET SANTA GIFTS £10 UNDER
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE IN BIRMINGHAM AND THE WEST MIDLANDS BOOK
SPARROW AND WOLF
A great selection of gifts under £10 from pins to notepads. Shop the collection now
THE BORROW SHOP
The Borrow shop in the JQ have a great range of sustainable gifts for under £10 – Shop here
Shop gifts under £10 here at Ikon Gallery.
Enki in Kings Heath sell a great range of Artisan gifts and cards that can be delivered straight to your door. Shop the collection here
On It Like A Scotch Bonnet – £9.95 for the ultimate spice fans. You can purchase here
CARDS AND GIFT WRAP
BLOOMING HECK BY EMMA VICTORIA STOKES
THE CRAFTY BRUM
CARDS BY BANKS