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 Three years for Independent’s and for the last couple of years I have done my best to support as many as I can. So, here is to the last hurrah of 2022 supporting my Midlands independents! A lot of you depend on this Christmas gift guide from over 40,000 shopping this guide which is just incredible, it is my duty as Bab Claus to make 2022 gift guide bigger and better. So here it is, Bab about towns 2022 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.
PLEASE NOTE – THIS WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY
THE GREAT BRITISH GETAWAY AT HAMPTON MANOR
The Great British Getaway is at your doorstep. If your looking to really impress your loved ones then this is for them! Hampton Manor offer a two-night stay experience that includes dinner, room, breakfast and a complimentary wine tasting from £450. With forty five acres of woodland to roam, a walled garden, a Manor House and charming Victorian greenhouses, the scene is set and your experience will surely be one to remember!
BOOK YOUR STAY AT HAMPTON MANOR NOW
PAWS AND POSES – PUPPY YOGA
Puppy yoga has taken over 2022 and here in Birmingham, Paws and poses offers this unique experience where you can take yoga classes with the cutest furry friends! If you know someone who loves dogs and yoga then buy them a gift voucher!
BUY A PAWS AND POSES GIFT VOUCHER EXPERIENCE
GRACE & SAVOUR THE OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE
Grace & Savour, a restaurant and development kitchen with five adjoining garden bedrooms set in the Manor’s historic Walled Garden. Providing guests with the opportunity to reconnect with nature, and in turn the heart and soul of the estate, the walled kitchen garden and experiencing an unforgettable dining experience led by Head Chef David Taylor and wife Anette Taylor. I experienced this in the Spring and it was truly a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone, If you want to spoil your loved ones, then this is it!
THE GINTLEMAN GIN CRUISE
All aboard the gin boat! This 90 minute ginspired cruise along Birmingham’s waterways is a leisurely way to take in the old and new. All while being entertained by the Midlands leading gin raconteur, The Gintleman. Learn all about the world of gin and get to taste the delicious stuff too. Guests will receive an arrival cocktail and 4 x gin and mixer combinations during their cruise, along with canapé matches. There will even be a photo opportunity to meet 90’s barging icons Rosie and Jim!
SHIBUYA UNDERGROUND – SAKE SCHOOL
On the first Thursday of every month, Shibuya Underground host an informal sake event – The Sake School.
Each Sake School session is lead by one of their Certified Sake Professionals, and will focus on a style, prefecture or brewery of Japan. If you are looking for something a bit different and enjoy sake then this is for you!
THE ELECTRIC CINEMA – MEMBERSHIP
Become part of cinema history. Enjoy year round benefits including complimentary film tickets, no booking fee, exclusive member events, discounts and your own Membership Manager.
WAYLANDS YARD – BE A BARISTA
Are you a coffee enthusiast? A budding barista? If so, this experience will provide the perfect introduction to the art of making good coffee. This is a fun experience and is priced £40 per adult for two hours.
THE QUARTERWORKSHOP – MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING RINGS
Make your own wedding rings work shop experience at The Quarter Workshopin The Jewellery Quarter, A lovely and memorable experience you will cherish forever.
SIMPSONS THREE COURSE EXPERIENCE FOR 2
Experience a Michelin Star restaurant and indulge in an unforgettable dining experience at Simpson’s. Enjoy a three-course meal for two for £130, go on treat that special someone to a real treat!
ADAMS DINING EXPERIENCES
Adams, A Michelin-star restaurant in Birmingham and happens to be one of my favourites! Now, this is for someone special because Adams offers unique dining experiences that are truly spectacular throughout, from 5 courses lunch tasting menu to chef table experiences, the choice is up to you!
BOOK YOUR ADAMS DINING EXPERIENCE
CHAPTER DINING EXPERIENCES
Chapter in Edgbaston have some great dining experiences that would make the perfect gifts to experience with your loved ones or for anyone who is a foodie! From 5 course dining experiences to Bottomless brunches, plus gift vouchers!
KILO ZIRO FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA
On the hunt for a tasty and festive food experience? Then come along to a Christmas afternoon tea with a twist at Kilo Ziro! Kilo Ziro is the UK’s first zero-waste cafe bar and refill taproom. In this experience, you will be treated to a delicious Christmas-themed afternoon tea, all provided by local, sustainable and zero-waste chefs and producers. For just £28 pp this would make a lovely gift for someone who loves a good afternoon tea!
ABOUT 8 TASTING MENU EXPERIENCE BY CHEF ANDREW SHERIDAN
Guests dine in About Dining’s Flag Ship Dining Experience brought to you by Chef Patron Andrew Sheridan in “8”. The exclusive dining experience is held in the heart of the 8 Kitchen. The Chefs create and serve an amazing tasting menu directly in front of guests creating a truly magical one of dining experience, guests can also opt for the optional critically acclaimed drinks pairing to create the ultimate dining experience.
THE FARM – SACHIKO SAEKI FOODIE EXPERIENCES
KIBOU AFTERNOON TEA
Kibou offers a unique Japanese afternoon tea that includes a selection of sushi, sashimi, and Japanese sweets. Enjoy Japanese teas and infusions or go for a bit of bubbly, and choose champagne with your afternoon tea!
FUN EXPERIENCES WITH YOUR FRIENDS
HART & CO COCKTAIL CLASSES
Enjoy a fantastic Cocktail Masterclass Experience with Hart & Co in Leamington Spa for £35pp Learn how to make 3 HART cocktails from their head mixologist Bjorn plus recieve a welcome drink and you will have the chance to meet the family and ask as many questions as you’d like!
BOOK YOUR HART & CO COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE HERE – CONTACT VIA INSTAGRAM
BIRMINGHAM BREWING BEER SCHOOL
Birmingham Brewing beer school is a full day course led by a Master Brewer, which will involve a combination of talks on the science and technique of brewing, as well as a guided brew on their 100L pilot kit. The day will begin at around 9am and finish around 4pm (all the set up and cleaning will be done for you, leaving just the fun bits!). Lunch is provided and once the beer is ready you’ll get some bottles to enjoy too! There are three types of this course available, ranging from beginner skills, to full-on scientific workshops. This is a great experience if you know someone who has an interest in beer and would make the perfect gift.
ENQUIRE HERE – SEND GIFT VOUCHER
Depart to a luxury virtual resort, directly from Birmingham! The VR experience at Otherworld is out of this world (quite literally) and is an exciting experience to be shared with friends and family! Fight off zombies, attempt to run a restaurant and experience Otherworld.
HENGATA COOK AND DINE EXPERIENCE – HARBORNE
Work with talented chefs and then sample your cooking! Hengata offer an intimate and private evening where you can all get together to prepare seasonal dishes under the guidance of the team! If you love cooking, you will love this! Ready, set, COOK!
THE ROUNDHOUSE BIRMINGHAM – PADDLE, PIZZA, AND PINT
This experience combines a kayak tour with qualified guides and an amazing pizza from their neighbours – The Distillery. You will get a chance to see Birmingham from a different perspective, no previous experience required for this guided kayak tour on the canal. It’s definitely not your average Birmingham boat tour and would make an awesome gift!
GRACE + JAMES SEASONAL WINE TASTING EVENT
Join Grace + James for their popular Christmas wine tasting events, where you’ll have the chance to sample over 40 wines (red, white, sparkling, sweet, fortified, sherries) over the course of 2 hours. Work your way around each station, sampling as much or as little as you like from their curated selection of wines, which are perfect for the Christmas season!
Deli plates will be available for you to enjoy on the day, and you’ll also be able to receive a discount on any wine pre-ordered for Christmas collection or delivery.
Dates: Sat 3rd Dec / Sat 10th Dec / Sat 17th Dec
THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE – TICKETS
The Alex in Birmingham has got some fab productions on next year like Heathers The musical and Galentines podcast coming to the stage! There is also plenty of family and live comedy productions on so there is something for everyone!
FAIRLAWNS HOTEL & SPA – WALSALL
A Family-owned hotel & spa in Aldridge, Walsall that is home to an award-winning restaurant, health club and luxury spa. They offer a variety of gift experiences here from Spa days to afternoon teas and full weekend experiences. The pefect gift for that special someone or for yourself!
THE FLOODGATE – DIGBETH
A beer garden, baseball cages, curling lanes, and crazy table golf, sounds like a lot of fun right? Groups will love this and its a fantastic gift idea for all your mates to enjoy this Christmas
MALVERN SPA – MALVERN HILLS
The Malvern is a 4-star boutique hotel that offers a 14-treatment room spa and a unique indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool that is pretty amazing to see! They offer a variety of unique spa experiences from deluxe spa stayovers to pod experiences and more!
GRAIN AND GLASS – A WORLD OF WHISKY TASTING
The ideal whisky tasting session for those beginning their whisky journey, or for those who just who want to discover some great whiskies from around the world. Grain and Grass are offering great whisky experiences such as this one where you can taste six whiskies in a 1.5-hour session, hosted by one of their friendly whisky experts and learn how the ‘water of life’ is made.
BIRMINGHAM COCKTAIL WEEKEND
‘Tis the season to drink cocktails! Birmingham Cocktail weekend is a fab festival event in the City where you can enjoy £5 signature cocktails across all participating venues plus access to a series of special events and fantastic offers from businesses in the City! So why not gift your loved ones a fabuolous BCW2023 Gift voucher for the next event?! Birmingham cocktail weekend 2023 will take place from the 7th to the 9th of July and it is not to be missed, Cocktail lovers will love this!
PIZZA POD IGLOO EXPERIENCE AT SAREHOLE MILL
Book one of these fabulous pizza pods and enjoy all the charm of the Sarehole Mill courtyard from within your own private ‘igloo’. These are great for the whole family and pizzas cost from £8. The pods will keep you dry and sheltered from the rain but they aren’t heated so please wrap up warm., suitable for up to 5 people.
BOOK YOUR IGLOO PIZZA EXPERIENCE NOW
THE REP THEATRE – NATIVITY THE MUSICAL
Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Nativity The Musical is on from 19th November to 7th January 2022
GO BOAT EXPERIENCE
This 2-hour electric boat experience is certain to float your boat! Get full rental of a boat that can accommodate up to 8 people and cruise down Birmingham’s historic canals.You’ll get a full tutorial on how to drive the boat so that you can be the captains of your own ship! Each boat is dog friendly and has a nifty table at the centre so you can bring your picnic and your pup!
BOOK YOUR GO BOAT EXPERIENCE NOW
WARWICK CASTLE FAMILY GLAMPING EXPERIENCE
Warwick Castle offers a unique stayover experience for the whole family where you can stay in the Knights village. During your stay you will have access to the castle tickets, evening activities and breakfast, Kids will love this!
THE BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME – LION KING
In July 2023, this acclaimed production will return to Birmingham Hippodrome for a strictly limited season. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti to the evocative rhythms of Africa, THE LION KING tells the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. Perfect for families – this is not to be missed!
GIFTS FOR WOMEN
LILAC ROSE – LEAMINGTON SPA
Lilac Rose offer beautiful gifts from gorgeous fashion to quirky giftware – You will be totally spoilt for choice!
For the print obsessed looking for inclusive slow fashion and sustainable accessories, shop BYLOUMOFFAT based in Birmingham selling truly beautiful fashion pieces that I am completly obsessed with!
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. Jewellery that stands out and is completley unique – You have to shop here!
Relax and pamper, Harvest offers great retreat experience days that include meditative exercise, workshops where you can create your own signature product, seasonal craft making and can enjoy a delicious lunch and light refreshments through out the day. The next one is on Saturday 26th November in Kings Heath – £135.00
LOVE KIKI DESIGNS
I love “Love Kiki designs” I have been a fan for a while now and the jewellery is so pretty – I want to buy it all! From earrings to necklaces, these would make lovely gifts and there is plenty of designs to choose from!
NAILS BAB GIFT VOUCHERS AND WORKSHOPS
The perfect gift for keeping your nails in check, NAILS BAB offer gift vouchers and some fantastic workshops. You can book a spot on the workshops via their website and for gift vouchers, please enquire with Nails Bab via Instagram.
SAGE & GRACE – NEW BEGINNINGS GIFT BOX
Start your day with positivity and a spring in your step with this limited edition New Beginning Gift Box.
Cultivate your daily positivity and ongoing practice of gratitude with the uplifting aroma of the essential oil candle and the journal to focus for the day ahead. The defence rollerball will promote well-being whilst enhancing your natural defences. The New Beginnings Gift Box consists of – An Essential Oil Candle (Spring Refresh), an Essential Oil Pulse Point Rollerball (Defence) and the Hidden Pearl A5 Gratitude Journal – £45.00
RBSA GALLERY – JEWELLERY QUARTER
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of exhibitions, events and workshops. They stock Kate Lovery jewellery that would make such a lovely gift for that special someone, you can explore more gifts from many Artists and makers on their web store.
RACHEL WHITEHEAD JEWELLERY
Rachel Whitehead Jewellery is a jewellery and hair accessories brand, inspired by the beauty and magic of the British summertime. Each of our precious jewels and statement headbands are designed and made with love in Birmingham, UK and are dedicated to celebrating your most precious moments. These would make wonderful gifts for your partners or your friends!
GIFTS FOR MEN
SHEPHERDS GROOMING – Give the gift of the best Birmingham barbers experience
Gift the gift of the perfect trim! Shepherds Grooming have some great gift experiences available from luxury full services to quick beard trim experiences. They also have a great shop online where you can buy hair styling and beard manintenance products.
Famous for serving up the best fried chicken in Birmingham but did you know that they also serve up some pretty awesome merch? From Limited edition collab tshirts with Birmingham Artist FOKA WOLF to cool totes and badges. Why not pair that with a Bonehead voucher? because every lad loves fried chicken right?
THE LIQUOR STORE
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.
ORIGINAL PATTY MEN
O.P.M has got some serious cool merchandise that anyone would love, from Hot buns socks to tote bags plus gift vouchers – O.P.M Fans get on this!
You will find Cafe Artum in the street food venue – Hockley Social Club, it takes influence from Japan’s dimly lit, ‘listening bars’. An eclectic mix of DJs play extended sets on the venue’s hi-fidelity sound system, the focus is on being inclusive, welcoming and, most importantly, celebrating music. Gift-wise they have a range of used and new vinyl records, spanning funk, soul, disco, electronic and world music. They also have magazines focusing on music, design, culture and fashion as well as natural wine available to buy by the bottle and gift cards.
Check out Cafe Artums Instagram here
GIFTS FOR KIDS/WHOLE FAMILY
PUNKS AND CHANCERS
Not just for adults, Punks and Chancers provides fantastic “Yes Bab” and Birmingham related merch for the lil babas aswell! From hoodies to Baby Bibs and more!
KIDS CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP AT THE CHOCOLATE QUARTER IN JQ
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. This experience is 2 hours long and start from £25pp
TEAL & PEACH
Teal & Peach stocks beautifully curated collections from Independent small brands, from clothes to toys – There is also a vintage and preloved fashion collection section online where you can find great pieces for your little ones to wear!
BERYLUNE – KIDS TOYS AND ACCESORIES
Berylune in Leamington Spa has a great selection of kids’ toys, accessories and clothing that would make lovely gifts for the kids. My favourite items are the beautiful doll house and the “realistic” grocery box!
Ikon Gallery in Birmingham has a great range of children’s gifts from accessories such as tote bags to story books.
THE CAKE SPA – BAKING BOX SUBSCRIPTION
Get the whole family baking with these fabulous subscription boxes from The Cake Spa for just £10! New recipes each month and they come with everything you need to make some awesome bakes!
HATTON COUNTRY WORLD MEMBERSHIP
Hatton Country world has a great variety of memberships available for the whole family to enjoy unlimited entry to Hatton Adventure World all year round, Exclusive Members offer vouchers, Invitations to exclusive members events at the Adventure World, and Discounts on children’s birthday parties. These passes can be monthly paid or annually.
BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS – LUMINATE EXPERIENCE
A captivating after dark light trail heading to Birmingham Botanical gardens this winter season. Luminate Birmingham will run nightly from Saturday 26th November 2022 until Monday 2nd January 2023 (closed Christmas Day)
Smithsonia in Birmingham sells a lovely range of adorable soft toys and accessories for kids. You check out their selection online
GIFTS FOR THE PROUD BRUMMIES
PUNKS AND CHANCERS HOODIES AND BEANIES
A proper Brummie needs Punks and Chancers merch, and you are all in for a treat this Christmas as they have just launched new merch, from comfy hoodies to fab vibrant beanies to these lovely mittens, there really is too much to choose from here. Hoodies are £60, beanies £22 and mittens are £32.00
EAT VIETNAM TOTE BAGS
The one and only, Eat Vietnam are selling these great tote bags and other merch with their famous slogan “Fish sauce is not for everyone” If you are a fan of Eat Vietnam then you got to have this bag! SHOP HERE
BLOW WATER MERCH
A newly opened eatery and art space “Blow Water” inspired by Hong Kong culture and cooking, is selling some great merchandise such as T-shirts and tote bags that would make great Christmas presents this year.
Provide is inspired by the people, the history and the industries that have shaped, and continue to define Birmingham. Collaborating with other Artists, Designers and creatives to raise the Midlands profile! From fashion to homeware – A true Brummie needs some Provide merch!
A project formed by Provide Birmingham, they celebrate the very best in Birmingham! From awesome Midlands merch like this snazzy “West Mids” tote bag to plenty of Birmingham merch like the famous “Alright Bab!” tees and sweats. If you know a proud Brummie, you will find loads of gifts that they would love here!
IF YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW! If you ever went to the famous Mr Egg then you need one of these…
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)
THE EARLY BIRD BAKERY – FESTIVE BAKES AND GIFT VOUCHERS
As with previous years,The Early Bird Bakery will be selling their delicious festive baked goodies from mince pies to cakes and these items can be gifted. There will also be larger cakes for sharing at Christmas and pastry boxes available plus gift wrapping is available on all cakes, and delivery will also be offered nearer to Christmas. Gift vouchers are also available – festive bakes will be going live soon please check in with their Instagram on updates.
TAN ROSIE CARIBBEAN SAUCE BOX
Give the gift of Caribbean flavours with Tan Rosie’s complete collection of sauces, pesto and chutney, beautifully packaged with an exclusive A6 recipe book. This handy mini book contains 23 gorgeous recipe ideas and suggestions to get you cooking with their fabulous products. You can purchase for £34.99
MISS MACAROON – CHRISTMAS MACAROON SELECTION
Treat your loved ones to Miss Macaroon’s luxurious Christmas collection of gluten-free macaroons. Flavours include gingerbread spice, minced pie,Irish cream and more, priced from £22
Three bottle gift packs that come in a bespoke gift box and you can choose between the following combos: Big Hitters, Pickle Lovers and Spice Lovers – Priced at £17.
Street food Legends are treating us this Christmas to their Only Jerkin sauce range. Chilli mango aioli, hot pepper sauce and jerk bbq sauce are all available and only priced at £6.50, banging!
SOKO CHRISTMAS BON-BON SELECTION
Headed by talented pastry chef Bharat Chandegra and supported by experienced hospitality figures Andreas Antona and Jerry Toth, Soko offers beautifully-crafted artisan delights, why not give the gift of luxurious bon bons for Christmas?! Soko’s Christmas artisan bon bon selection features six contemporary flavours and is available in boxes of 12 (£16) or 24 (£28) The perfect gift for that special someone with a sweet tooth!
THE BEEFY BOYS SAUCES AND SECRET SEASONING
Located in Hereford/Shrewsbury The Beefy Boys make a mean burger! So beefy fans will love that they are selling DIY burger kits to make at home, burger sauces and secret seasoning to make the perfect beefy burger in the comfort of your own home!
SWEET MEAT INC
Know someone who loves fudge? if yes, then they will love the fudge from Sweetmeat Inc plus they got some great gift bundles that would make sweet presents this year!
ROURKES PIES – PARTY PIE BOX
Rourkes make some banging pies, to me, they are the best in Brum! So for me, this is a must this Christmas! Rourkes are serving up this fantastic party pie box with nine pies of your choice to try for just £30
Bostin Bakery serve up some incredible vegan cookies and this Christmas you can pick your own boxes of festive favourites for home delivery or gift vouchers for boxes of 4 and 10, starting from £12.50. These are so delicious and I can’t wait to order a box of these!
ON THE BEADLINE – CHRISTMAS BAKE BOXES AND MORE
On the breadline Bakery will be selling festive pastry, cake and Christmas treat boxes later this November, and they will also be collaborating with Soko Patisseries and selling luxury chocolates! Keep an eye out and keep up to date via Instagram.
VERBENA – CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA, YULE LOGS AND MORE
Verbena Kitchen in Stirchley has got a great variety of foodie gifts available from afternoon teas to their popular Yule logs! Please keep up to date on their socials when these go live!
CHEEKY BEV/COFFEE GIFTS
ATTIC BREWERY VARIETY MIXED PACK
For the beer lovers – Attic Brewery have got a great variety of mixed boxes of beers such as the one above that includes 3 x Intuition – 4.4% – Pale, 3 x Blast – 5.3% – Berry Sour, 3 x Belgian Wit – 5.2% – Belgian Style Wheat Ale, and 3 x Louny Tunes – 6.7% – NEIPA.
4 CHAPS BREWERY
4 Chaps Brewery is a small craft brewery located in the county of Worcestershire offering some great quality craft beer. For Christmas they are offering a pick your own hamper box for just £10, where you can pick your own beers!
A family run business based in the Heart of Staffordshire producing small batch high quality spirits such as strawberry gin and Classic London dry gin – These make great gifts and if you know a gin lover, they gotta have it!
HAUL BEER – BRANDED GIFT BOXES
HAUL located in Great Western Arcade are selling these fab branded gift boxes along with their gift cards. Pick your own beer and they have got a very impressive selection that will please any beer lover!
VINOTECA CHRISTMAS BOOZE BOXES
Vinoteca is selling a great variety of Festiva boozy gift boxes of fantastic wines, proseccos and more! There are three boxes with a variety of bottles included – Perfect for the wine drinker!
DIG BREW EDDIE BURIES JUDGE DOOM
A new edition in the growing history of the Eddie ‘Verbs’ Judge Doom series. An imperial strength dessert stout made with milk sugar and conditioned on sour cherry puree and organic cacao nibs prior to packaging. Get this 750ml bottle for enough to share or hold on to for a special occasion.
MELBOURNE COFFEE – LICHFIELD
Bringing that sweet sweet taste of Melbs to your home along with some really tasteful Melbs Merchandise with King Kong climbing the Cathedral. These coffee sets would be perfect for that special someone who loves coffee!
200 DEGREES – COFFEE
200 Degrees are selling these exclusive Christmas coffee beans from Brazil and India. Coffee lovers, this one is for you! Priced at £9.95
Waylands Yard have a great variety of coffee, tea and Wayland’s merchandise available for those who are a fan of this fab Independent! The InguenulTea teapot is a great gift for those who love a good brew, it makes brewing any loose-leaf tea very easy!
JAVA ROASTERY – COFFEE GIFT PACKS
Selection of Java’s Classic Range of coffee. A perfect gift for the coffee lover!
QUARTER HORSE COFFEE COFFEE GIFTS
Quarter Horse coffee sells a great range of coffee gifts, from brewing equipment to coffee beans.
DISHOOM COOKERY BOOK HAMPER
The Dishoom cookery book – and highly subjective guide to Bombay – paired with a selection of essential accompaniments to cook Bombay comfort food and café favourites in your own home. This hamper includes the Dishoom cookery book and matching tote bag, Dishoom Tea Towel, Dishoom Masala Dabba, Urad Dal (for the much-loved House Black Daal) and Dishoom Chilli Chutney.
COPPICE LIFESTYLE HAMPERS
Coppice lifestyle in Sutton Coldfield have a great range of hampers for everyone, from coffee drinkers to cheese & wine lovers – there is a hamper for everyone. They also sell gift voucher, homeware, flowers and more!
FROM BRUM WITH LOVE
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From Brum with love promotes our awesome city and the awesome independent businesses that are thriving all around us by curating gift boxes that are beautiful, tasty and indulgent and packed with awesome products from small businesses. These would make wonderful gifts and there are plenty to choose from!
GRACE + JAMES HAMPER
The ultimate cheese and wine lover’s gift! Presented in a G+J organic cotton tote bag. You will receive for £50 – 1 x bottle of premium white/red or sparkling wine, 3 x cheese (150g of each), Fuet de Vic salami (150g), 1 x Fine Cheese Co membrillo, and a box of Peters Yard crackers
BLACKRIDGE COFFEE – DELUXE CHRISTMAS HAMPER
Treat someone special to the Deluxe Christmas Coffee Hamper. Containing your choice of freshly roasted coffee plus a selection of indulgent treats handpicked by Blackridge Coffee, it is certain to bring joy to any coffee lover this Christmas! Priced at £29.50 and they also have loads of great hampers and coffee gifts!
ANDERSON & HILL
Bespoke hampers full of premium meats, cheeses, snacks, condiments, and drinks.You can also tailor your own hamper in-store.
SHAKESPEARE DISTILLERY GIN HAMPER
This generous hamper is full of gin, mixers, copa glasses and gin chocolates – the ultimate treat for someone special. Choose a bottle of one of Shakespeare Distillery’s range of gins and add four recommended bottles of Fever-Tree tonic and two of their large gin glasses to help you get the G&Ts iced and ready to drink! They have also included 12 yummy gin chocolates, locally-produced using their own gins. £67.50
‘The Lola Hamper’ – A selection of Neals Yard Cheeses, Maison Argaud Rillettes, England Preserves Chutney, Sheridans Crackers, Allpress Organic Brown Mills Coffee + Bare Bones award-winning Colombian Christmas Chocolate. £75
‘The Wine Hamper’ – A trio of everything you need at Christmas. Gorgeous Cremant du Loire from the infamous Catherine and Pierre Breton, An outstanding new Tempranillo from dynamic new estate Finca Venta de Don Quijote + lastly wash the day down with ‘La Magendia’ from Clos Lapeyre a classic and delicious Jurançon. £75
Arch 13 bar has a great variety of hampers available for cheese, wine and charcuterie lovers!
This Christmas, treat yourself and your family to a spectacular limited edition festive hamper from Soko Patisserie. There are only a limited number of hampers available so get your pre-orders in! email Info@sokopatisserie.co.uk
THE ULTIMATE BURGER KIT FROM LIBERTINE BURGER
The Ultimate burger kit is here from Libertine Burger (Winner of the UK’s best burger) for burger lovers, friends or family – this kit is for everyone!
Priced at £39.99 it includes all you need to make the perfect burger every time 1 x Stainless steel burger smasher, 1 x Wooden handled burger scraper, 1 x Libertine Burger branded apron, 1 x Pot of Libertine Burger patty seasoning, 1 x Libertine Burger sauce bottle, 1 x Black, wicker presentation hamper and instructions to cook the perfect Libertine Burger at home.
GIFTS FOR THE HOME
JD ALLEN ART
A taleneted new Artist James Allen sells incredible shop front digital prints of Birmingham Independents like you have never seen before! These would look fantastic in your house and if you know anyone who is lover of Birmingham Independents then they definitely need one of these prints in their home!
THE URBAN GIANT
An Architectural Illustrator and Artist that draws incredible drawings of Birmingham icons and buildings. These can be brought via Urban Giants Instagram
Born in Birmingham Artist Alexander Edwards creates these unique visions of city skylines, buildings and landmarks in and out of Birmingham. They are fantastic and you can purchase these via Alexanders website
THE VIOLET ECLECTIC
Bold, upbeat and full of colour! We love these fun prints from small business Violet Eclectic
THE CRAFTY BRUM
A watercolour and fine line artist from Birmingham, Kate creates stunning Birmingham botanical prints that NEED to be in your house! Big fan of these two and Kate has plenty more on her Etsy shop
YETI CARD AND GIFTS – SHELLI GRAHAM
This beautifully illustrated, Birmingham Alphabet art print makes the perfect gift for anyone leaving, or moving to Birmingham, UK.
LIV’S – SOLIHULL
I have been a big fan of Liv’s in Solihull for some time now, they are a wonderful independent that stocks gorgeous furniture and homeware accessories. They have taken over my Christmas list this year 😛 Shop items like these wonderful decorative mugs and CHEEKY BUM vases!
THE CRACKLING CANDLE COMPANY
The Crackling Candle Company is owned & managed by Chloe and her partner Matt. They are a boutique business based in the Heart of Worcestershire creating and hand-pouring crackling wick soy wax candles and reed diffusers. They sell lovely gift boxes and sell candles on their own – I got the chance to meet them last year and their candles are stunning! My favourite is Gingerbread!
Why not decorate your home with your favourite drinks?! Printed Weird have these fabulous mirrors that are pretty wild! There is a great variety of homeware accesories on their website that would make the perfect unqiue gift!
An independent furniture and design store right in the heart of the UK’s creative city, Birmingham. Selling beautiful furtniture and giftware such as these lovely candles and vase.
HOUSE OF TWO TREES
House of two trees is a wonderful design studio that brings a great selection of in-house designed products to your home! From beautifully scented candles to centrepieces where you can show off your candles! House of two trees focuses on a mix of on-trend colours, a variety of materials and contemporary styles, you are bound to find something you love here, and the candles are my favourite!
USE DISCOUNT CODE bababouttown to get 2 MEDIUM candles for £30 – Offer ends 18th December 2022
BLOOMING LOVELY GIFTS
THE JUNGLE CLUB – MOSELEY
Located on the Alcester road you will find plant heaven full of tropical plants, cacti, succulents and terrariums. You will be spoilt for choice here as they offer a great variety, so if you are spoilt for choice why not gift someone a voucher where they can choose whatever plants they want!
ISHERWOOD & CO
One of my favourite florists in Birmingham – Isherwood & co produce beautiful seasonal blooms that are just stunning! Leaving your loved one speechless with these – they make the perfect gift for someone who loves blooms! The flowers above, our the Florists choice bouquet and they range from £45 to £145
Little Pricks is a great place to buy unique plant accessories, there is plenty of weird and wonderful here! From Baby Yoda plant pot heads to awesome planting kits!
ROOT 13 BIRMINGHAM
ROOT 13 have an impressive selection of lovely plants and accessories for the perfect person who loves plants! I’m sure you will find plenty here!
HEDGE – STIRCHLEY
Gorgeous seasonal blooms and Christmas wreath workshops are available at Hedge in Stirchley.
GREEN AND WILD FLOWERS – WARWICK
Green and Wild sell some lovely blooms that would brighten anyone’s Christmas and they are also putting on some fantastic Christmas wreath workshops. Teaming up with our Smith Street neighbours, Bread and Co. Refreshments will be provided to ensure a warm and convivial atmosphere and there will be skilled professional florists that will guide you through the event so you can take home your own Christmas wreath!
The workshops are held in the evening and last approximately two hours. The course venue is at Bread and Co. and the cost is £70 per person.
BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP AND SHOP FLOWERS HERE
SECRET SANTA GIFTS UNDER £20
Minima offers timeless mid-century modern furniture, contemporary lighting & designer homeware & accessories! Its great for homeware gifts and there are some lovely gifts for under £20 such as Birmingham design magazine and Hay pocket mirror-lips!
LILS PARLOUR RECIPE BOOK
A personal love letter to Christmas and a labour of love! If you love baking, you will love this! Lil’s parlour has brought out a fabulous recipe book full of fantastic and tasty recipes that will get you and the whole family into baking! only £19.99
BIRMINGHAM DESIGN SHOP
Battle of the Badges – Raging Bull & Kong Combo. To mark a summer we will always remember and two new city icons, I Choose Birmingham has teamed up with Birmingham Design Festival crew to produce two limited run badges. They’re selling for £8 for one or a special combo offer of both for £13
FROM THE GROUND BAKERY – VEGAN
Give the gift of cake! and these are truly incredible! From the ground bakery is a vegan bakery that offers delicious bakes such as edible cookie dough, cupcakes and more! All of their bakes are free from animal products and they still taste bloody fab! They offer nationwide delivery on postal cakes and they are also available at Red Brick Market in Digbeth
TOM WOOLLEY PRINTS
Tom Woolley, a fantastic illustrator creates these fantastic City map posters of Birmingham and the surrounding neighbourhoods. For £15 you can hang this lovely print of Bournville in your house or why not Harborne? The choice is yours!
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM – A RANGE OF CREATORS GIFTS
Birmingham Museum has a great range of gifts from creators and Independents for under £20. What about some good quality coffee from Quarter Horse for £7? or The Birmingham Colour Palette Mug from Stacey Barnfield for £12.50? There is plenty to choice from, go mad!
Lobeela Studio in Birmingham sells playful & sustainable home and hair accessories that don’t break the bank! From home accessories to hair accessories – these would all make lovely gifts.
THE IKON GALLERY
Ikon Gallery has a great selection of gifts under £20 such as books, home accessories and more. Love Brum has created This book that brings together 20 inspiring walks around the mighty city of Birmingham. Another gift idea is Birmingham Legend Joe Lycett’s handy “guidebook” that will surely leave you in stitches and win at life!
WILL I EVER PEE ALONE AGAIN? – POEMS FOR MUMS BY BRUMMIE AUTHOR EMMA CONWAY
An inspiration to us all, Emma Conway, a Birmingham Blogger has created this great book full of hilarious and uplifting poems on the highs and lows of Motherhood – The perfect gift that many moms can relate to and can have a chuckle about! Available to purchase on Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones and so on. Hardback and Audio book available too!
POPPY COOKS: THE FOOD YOU NEED BOOK
Our Bab Poppy has a fabulous cook book for you to dive into this Christmas to help up your cooking game! Whether you’re completely new to the kitchen or looking to elevate your basics with clever cooking tricks, this step-by-step guidance will help you nail delicious food every time and its only £10 on Amazon!
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND WRAPPING
MILAN ILLUSTRATOR – PAPERFABLES
These are just gorgeous! Milan is a talented Illustrator in Birmingham and he has created these lovely Christmas cards focusing on Birmingham landmarks that are just incredible!
PUNKS AND CHANCERS BAB CHRISTMAS CARDS
Get your Merry Bab Christmas cards here! Punks and Chancers are back with some brand new Christmas cards – and heres a sneak peak. These will be on sale very soon – please check with their Instagram. Made from recycled card and printed in the Midlands. Singles £2.75, packs of 3 are £6 and megabab packs of 10 are £15.
SHOP YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS HERE
Blooming Heck is both an eco-friendly and zero-waste concept that bloomed out of the darkness that is Covid-19 by Creator Emma Stokes. Blooming Heck uses recycled envelopes and compostable vegetable starch cellophane bags to protect the products in transit, helping to drive the brand forward and be more eco-friendly. Emma’s designs are lovely and the new festive cards are a must buy this Christmas.
OH JO! CREATIVE
Lovely festive designed Christmas card packs – these are so lovely!
BERYLUNE – LEAMINGTON SPA
I love Berylune in Leamington Spa, it’s a bit of heaven for stationery and cards! I am loving the new Christmas stock, from Christmas cards to wrapping paper, Berylune is your go-to to stock up on Xmas stationery and accessories.
ENKI in Kings Heath is a lovely little gift shop and jewellers workshop. From baby clothes to pottery to Christmas cards! These are great and they offer plenty of variety as well as Christmas wrapping accessories!
SILVER TREE BAKERY FT JAMES ALLEN CHRISTMAS CARDS
Artist James Allen has created these beautiful bespoke Christmas Cards of Silver Tree Bakery in Water Orton, Sutton Coldfield. These will be available on his Etsy page and in the bakery.
Indian Streatery – Indian Street food
The Pineapple Club – Bottomless brunch/cocktails
LAND – Modern, plant focused dining
670 GRAMS – Fine-dining/10 to 12 taster menu
STAG DIGBETH – Barber shop/Bar
The Oyster Club – Seafood restaurant
Roundhouse – kayak tours – walking tours – building tours
NOELS – Afternoon tea and Dinner gift vouchers
Tiger Bites Pig – Asian restaurant/Baos and more – Contact via Instagram/or email
Vinoteca – Wine and British cuisine
BOOM Battle bar – Five ways – Activity based venue – axe throwing, pool, beer pong etc
QUAVALI – Indo-Persian Culture and Cuisine – Bottomless brunch
The Highfield – British cuisine pub
SOMMAR Brewery – Bottomless brunch, beer and more
Jukeboxers – Piano duelling bar plus bottomless brunch, cocktails and more
Cherry Reds – Brunch, Dinner, beer and more
HANBAO – Birmingham & Warwick – Burgers baby
Sky by the water – Dinner, dining pods, afternoon tea and cocktails
Coffee Tales – Cake and sweat treats
The Borrow shop – Homeware gifts, stationery and more
Restaurant Folium – Fine dining
The Jam House – Music venue/live music
Tierra Tacos – Tacos / Margaritas and natural wine
The Wilderness – Seriously cool Fine dining
ESTADO DA INDIA – Portugese/Indian
Harborne Kitchen – Fine dining
Eat Vietnam – Vietnamese restaurant
Attic Brewery – Brewery in Stirchley
Greidys Wings – Restaurant in Stirchley – Contacted via instagram
Verbena – Modern British dining
CANEAT – Brunch, coffee, and cake
Cork & Cage – Beer, wine and more
LOAF – Cookery school vouchers
Le Petit Bois – French restaurant
The Covered Wagon – Authentic Punjabi food
Grounded Kitchen – Korean Nourish bowls and more
Chakana – Fine dining/ Michelin Recommended
Zindiya – Authenthic Indian street food
Carters Moseley – Fine dining/Michelin
Grace + James – Wine and cheese
Greens Cocktail Bar – Bottomless brunch/cocktails
FOX – HAMPTON LANE – Seasonal dining
SMOKE/HAMPTON MANOR – seasonal produce cooked with creative simplicity and soul
The woods – coffee, afternoon tea and more
TAP & TANDOOR – Indian Gastro pub
SUTTON COLDFIELD/MERE GREEN
Windowbox – Wylde Green – Cafe/cakes/brunch
Silvertree Bakery – Water Orton – Cafe/Bakery
Leviathan Brewing – Sutton Coldfield Brewery
SUSHIDO – Sushi/Japanese restaurant
The Forest – Afternoon tea and more – Tamworth
Patty Freaks – Burgers – Merch & gift vouchers
The Boat Inn – Lichfield – Fine dining
Upstairs by Tom Shephard – Fine dining/Michelin
Bostin Bakery – Cookies and gorgeous bakes
The drawing Board- Bottle shop
Libertine Burger – Banging buns
STRATFORD UPON AVON
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