Cardiff is a hot bed of creative craft folks and entrepreneurs who are making their hobbies their day job. Why not keep it local year and get your Christmas shopping from local friendly makers and creators. The lovely Twin Made have created a handy guide and list of local markets to help you Sleigh your Christmas Shopping!
Here are some upcoming Christmas craft markets happening in and around Cardiff:
For those that have everything
Gah, those tricky people who give you no hints and appear to have everything they need:
How about a gift voucher from Twin Made, this will also be perfect for anyone who is asking for a sewing machine, get them a gift voucher to attend a workshop and get crafty in the new year.
Twin Made are at The Bone Yard, in Canton, Cardiff.They host creative workshops, sell craft supplies and equipment hire and much, much more.
Stitch City is run by Alex Hughes in Penarth. Stitch City makes a variety of recycled and stitched products including vintage map notebooks and badges, recycled fabric earrings and embroidered cushions.
Find them online: www.stitchcity.etsy.com or at the following markets this Winter: Ichi Artisan Market in St Catherine’s Church Hall, Rhiwbina’s Handmade Market in Rhiwbina Memorial Hall & Etsy Made Local in Tramshed
Alice Hawthorne located in Cardiff city centre is a designer and signwriter
Alice designs and creates: from gold leaf glass signs to posters to branding and graphic design.
Pieces are created in her Cardiff based studio and each of the signs painted and gold guided pieces and created from scratch and made to order. As a graphic designer her skills of type/layout/colour work perfectly in creating bespoke and unique items. The items in the store are a perfect reflection of her style and character from quirky posters for your home to hand crafted gold signs that are something completely different.
Or in real life at Snapped up Market on Saturday 17th November and the Little Otter events in Penarth in November.
Stocking filler: A hand crafted gold leaf letter.
Free Range Frames is a one woman show with Kath making bespoke picture frames. The frames are made from bare wood with an added finish. This can be painted, wood stained, gilded and customisable to the client’s specifications.
Shop online and find out more about Free Range Frames – www.freerangeframes.co.uk, Stocking filler: A gift voucher, pop in to see Kath to get yourself one.
What a 2018! Why not treat the stressed out person in your life to a relaxing massage! Yurt in the City is a calm oasis run by Marcos Martin-Suarez. Yurt in the City offer a range of holistic therapies including: massage and Reiki from their beautiful yurt in the heart of the city. They also provide all manner of interesting workshops including yoga, meditation classes, mother and baby massage and gong baths to name some.
Find Yurt in the City at the The Bone Yard, Cardiff
Go follow Yurt in the City on Facebook
A perfect stocking filler would be – A gift voucher available from: http://yurtinthecity.co.uk/marcos-suarez/
We all could do with being a little fitter, right? RIGHT? Why not head to Accomplish Fitness Studio – Wellbeing and fitness studios. Run by Natt Summers, the multi hyphenated:
Author, Mindset Coach and Founder of Accomplish Fitness Studio
Find Accomplish Fitness at The Bone Yard and online at www.accomplish-fitness.co.uk
Stocking filler: Millie and Pink hairbands.
All that glitters and shines is probably made by these excellent folk:
Lesley Peate of Lesley Jane Jewellery is based at The Bone Yard, Canton, Cardiff.
Lesley make and sell copper, silver & enamel jewellery and small copperware items. She also run beginners enamelling and metal jewellery workshops in her shipping container studio.
Find Lesley online: folksy.com/shops/LesleyJaneJewellery or at her studio at The Bone Yard, on first Saturday of the month and at the Bone Yard Christmas.
Follow Lesley Jane jewellery: www.facebook.com/LesleyJaneJewellery
Stocking filler: Cherry Red Enamel Heart Earrings: https://folksy.com/items/5954181-Cherry-Red-Enamelled-Heart-Earrings
Lydia Niziblian is a resident at The Printhaus in Canton, where she deisgns and makes bespoke and one of a kind pieces of jewellery in gold and silver.
You can find her online at: www.niziblian.com or in real life at the Snapped Up Market at The Printhaus and the Rhiwbina Handmade Market. Or visit her studio by appointment – email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
A perfect stocking filler – Gift voucher; can be used against ready-made and bespoke items and start at £10
Rhian Kate Makes works in the centre of Cardiff, designing and making handmade contemporary Jewellery, using a range of different materials to make unique jewellery inspired by the moon the solar system and geometric shapes.
Find Rhian Kate Makes online: https://www.rhiankate.co.uk
Or at the following markets: The Makers Market, Penarth Paget Rooms, Penarth’s Handmade Market, The Paget Rooms, Penarth, Rhwbina’s Handmade Market, the memorial Hall, Etsy Made Local, The Tramshed, The Local Artisan Pop Up, High Street Arcade, Cardiff.
The Makers Market, Pontcanna, St Catherine’s Church Hall.
Stocking filler; Tinymoon earrings £15: https://www.rhiankate.co.uk/product-page/tinymoon-earrings
Fizz Goes Pop works from The Printhaus in Canton creating the most beautiful laser cut and resin cast jewellery.
Go shop the Fizz Goes Pop collection at: www.etsy.com/fizzgoespop,
Or go visit Fizz Goes Pop at Frome Independent Market, The Makers Market in Penarth, Paper Dolls in Birmingham, Sustainable Studio Market, The Printhaus Snapped Up Markets and Native Makers Plymouth.
A great stocking filler would be these beautiful stud earrings: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/640659517/geometric-earrings-stud-earring?ref=shop_home_active_25
Baked By Lou makes beautiful handmade small batch jewellery and ceramics in Cardiff.
Stocking filler: Lucky dip dangles for £15! https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/560227130/lucky-dip-dangles-statement-baked-by-lou
For the bearded one in your life:
Old Faithful run by Gareth Daniels in Merthyr/Penylan, make and sell Unisex & Men’s Organic, Natural Skincare. Gareth is qualified aromatherapist and his products are made from organic oils, butters, essential oils & herbal extracts. The Old Faithful brand is developing in a masculine unisex direction and this gentle masculinity matches the natural scents to their products.
Find Old Faithful on line: www.oldfaithful.co
Twitter and Go follow Old Faithful on Instagram – @oldfaithfulco
Purchase a perfect stocking filler right here :
Old Faithful Gift Boxes – https://oldfaithful.co/collections/all/products/gift-boxes
Shopping for Kids
Having Children around at Christmas really does make it more magical and fun, so why treat them this year to some beautiful and unique gifts:
Hayley McGhan is creator of the brand Zac & Bella, Handmade Children’s clothing and accessories. They also have a full family range of Christmas pjs on sale (includes the dog!)
Shop online at www.zacandbella.com use code FSP17 for free collection from Barry.
Or Shop at: Annie & Lolo, High Street, Barry. The Local Artisan Pop Up, High Street Arcade, Cardiff.
Find them at these local markets: The Makers Market in Pontcanna and Penarth.
Rhwbina’s Handmade Market and Etsy Made Local at The Tramshed
Follow Zac and Bella:
Personalised hair bows, 2 pack £5.75.
You can find Little People Store in Rhiwbina Village they stock clothing, toys & gifts for 0-4 year olds, most of which are organic and fair trade.
Shop online at: www.littlepeoplestore.co.uk
Or pop to the shop: 14a Beulah Road, Rhiwbina Village CF14 6LX 10-4pm, Thursday to Saturday or The Makers Market in Penarth
Go follow them on Instagram: @littlepeoplestoreuk, Facebook facebook.com/littlepeoplestoreuk, twitter @little_peopleuk
A perfect Stocking filler from Little People Store is:
Santa Claus is coming to Cardiff £3.99
In Rainbows is the colourful creations on Becci Booker, created in her home studio in Barry, Wales
In Rainbows designs and makes kids home decor and other quirky pieces for the home, from: faux animal heads, cushions, banners and plant pot holders. All inspired by animals, colour and 80s patterns.
You can go shop at: Etsy Bristol, Made in Bristol and The Cardiff Artisian pop up shop
Pick from these grat Stocking Fillers from In Rainbows:
Shop online: https://etsy.me/2DWFFoPKathy Clark makes Hand Made Costumes in Rhiwbina. They are beautiful costumes designed for kids, made for parents.
Christmas market: Etsy Made Local Cardiff, at Tramshed.
Follow us: @handmadecostumeshop
A great stocking filler – Personalised Kids Rhino Costume https://etsy.me/2L2QkAi
Helen Smith aka Nellys Treasures is a colourful resident of The Printhaus in Canton. Making, and designing interior decor and gifts for children
Go shop online: www.nellystreasuresuk.etsy.com,
Ot head to the following markets to check out her beautiful work: Snapped Up and Etsy Made Local
After purchasing all these great stocking fillers, we need to get a stocking to put it all in and Nellys Treasures make the most beautiful and fun animal faces and character stockings that children will cherish. Get them here:
Barney & Beau in Pontcanna is a kids lifestyle boutique.
They stock design led modern products for kids and the home. Stocking majority female/women indie brands, sustainable products, the greenest toy companies and children’s book offering promotes female empowerment, kindness and diversity.
Visit their shop in Pontcanna or at these markets: The Makers Markets in Pontcanna & Penarth.
Online at www.barneyandbeau.com
Follow them: @barney_and_beau
A perfect stocking filler would be this a Little Light Company Little Light Cloud.
Spotted Peach is Katie Wilcox located in Cardiff Bay. Katie creates baby clothing, hair bows, felt ball garlands, Christmas wreaths and frames.
Shop online: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpottedPeach
Go give Spotted Peach a follow here:
A perfect stocking filler from Spotted Peach: Christmas Hair Bows
For the homebody:
GeetLush is actually based outside of Cardiff, nestled in the Valleys… but travels well.
A fledgling small business, GeetLush creates Art, Interiors and Wearables. Expect handpainted delights, plenty of colour and something for everyone.
GeetLush joins her fellow crafty buddies at markets such as the monthly one at The Bone Yard, Canton.
A perfect GeetLush Stocking Filler: Cute little kawaii Christmas pots. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/651306083/teeny-tiny-kawaii-cute-face-santa-father?ref=shop_home_active_2 or join GeetLush to create your own at The Etsy Made Local Christmas Market at The Tramshed.
Blasus Succulent Emporium is a Plant Shop and soon to be coffee shop, which you can find at The Bone Yard Cardiff.
Blasus:grows and sells plants of all varieties and plant related gifts and homeware
Go find them on Instagram @blasus_succulent_emporium
A perfect stocking filler from Blasus would be a – Potted mini succulent or cactus
Kathy Clark makes handmade costumes in Rhiwbina. They are beautiful costumes designed for kids, made for parents.
How about some wearable art?
Then go take a look at Jodie Johns’ work, hailing from Bridgend, creating body positive artwork with hand painted clothing and accessories. Jodie Johns regularly collaborates with other artists to create t-shirts.
Go shop online at: jodiejohns.com or in real life at The Bone Yard monthly market on Saturday the 3rd November.
Or go give them a follow on Instagram: @jodiejohn_s
Stocking Filler: Anything from their accessories page would make a cute little stocking filler, but what would really be a winner is the hand painted tote bags.