A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.


With the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping it certainly feels like we're heading towards that time of year again. Dare I say it... It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! If like me and you're yet to start gift buying, perhaps you should try something a little different this year and shop small this Christmas.

Shopping small gives back to the community.

Shopping small creates product diversity.

Shopping small supports individuals taking a chance.

Shopping small provides outstanding customer service.

Shopping small makes a major economic impact.

Shopping small creates a sense of community.

Shopping small spreads festive cheer.

Shopping small makes you feel good.

So this Christmas instead of lining a CEO's pockets of a multi-million pound company, why not buy from someone who will do a happy dance around their Christmas tree when receiving your order.

Here are 10 businesses to shop small from this Christmas when buying gifts for babies & toddlers.

The cotton shop (@_thecottonshop)

I've spoken about Amy and her small business The Cotton Shop on my homeware Christmas gift guide & I'm going to shout about her and her small bizz some more because she's just blooming fabulous. Amy crochets the most beautiful sensory toys, her octopusses are legendary and her little polar bears would make the most adorable Christmas treats. It's completely obvious how much love goes into The Cotton Shop's toys & I urge you to go and check her out.

Shop small this Christmas: Baby & toddler gifts.

Jodetopia (@jodetopia)

Rainbow rice is a must for any child's sensory development & Jodie has created the most amazing Insta-perfect product. She regularly updates her products to fit with the season or holiday and frequently gives examples on her Instagram page on how her rainbow rice could be used. She's blooming legendary when it comes to play ideas for your little ones, she's my go to!

Shop small this Christmas: Baby & toddler gifts.

Marmalade Fox (@marmalade.fox.baby)

Marmalade Fox create luxurious, eco-friendly clothes from newborn right through to three years old. Their prints are predominantly nature based and each one feels very ethereal and graceful, maybe the opposite of how we'd describe our toddlers but hey ho. Clothes always make brilliant gifts for kids, even more so when they look this precious.

Shop small this Christmas: Baby & toddler gifts.

My little goody box (@mylittlegoodybox)

Sensory boxes are gifts that keep giving, they're such transitional presents and would make amazing Christmas gifts whether the child you're buying for is 3 months or 3 years. All of My Little Goody Boxes sensory boxes come with play guides based around developmental milestones that support open ended play, which I think is so important. I'm a big fan of their sensory boxes however My Little Goody Box also sell teethers, puzzles and puppets which I think would make lovely little stocking fillers for your little ones.

Shop small this Christmas: Baby & toddler gifts.

Fred & Oak (@fredandoak)

Fred & Oak are small bizz legends when it comes to commemorating your little ones milestones. Granted their gifts are more for us parents than the children, but I thought their personalised baby's first Christmas signs were too cute not to share! I'd loved to have received one of these when it was my May's first Christmas.

Shop small this Christmas: Baby & toddler gifts.

Bear & Babe (@bearandbabe)

I have Meghan Walsh to blame for my Bear & Babe addiction. Their prints are amazing, the quality is outstanding and I love everything they stand for as a company. What I've also found with the Bear & Babe pieces we have is that they seem to last forever which is amazing, May was wearing her 6-9month harem pants well passed her first birthday. Their latest Christmas range comprises of such a wide range of prints, my favourite being the Christmas flamingos... Yes, you absolutely need to see it!

Shop small this Christmas: Baby & toddler gifts.

Beaux Bows (@beauxbowsco)

I hope your little ones are the opposite of mine and keep head bands on their heads for longer than 30 seconds, because oh my these head bands from Beaux Bows are just gorgeous. They have such a wide arrange of colours available as well as offering the most beautiful turbans and bows. PS. Don't even get me started on the twinning possibilities! This would make an amazing Christmas gift for mama and baby.Shop small this Christmas: Baby and toddler gifts.

Jennie & Company (@jennie_and_company)

Jennie makes the most amazing heirlooms. Each handmade doll is completely unique, one of a kind and she even offers a personalisation service which I think is just amazing. If you're looking for something really special for your little ones Jennie's designs are just perfect. They're so detailed and you can 100% see the amount of love and care that goes into each individual product. I'm actually in love with them... Especially Daphne the roller-skate wearing fox!

Shop small this Christmas: Baby and toddler gifts.

Beads 'n' String (@beadnstringco)

Teethers and dummy clips always make amazing presents for babies and toddlers, they're the type of items you don't know you need until you have them! Beads 'n' String produce silicone teethers which you come to expect from the market however it's their crochet designs which really piqued my interest, I think their designs are just beautiful.

Shop small this Christmas: Baby and toddler gifts.

Hannah's Book Corner.

If you're looking for Usbourne books for your child there are lots of ways Hannah can help you. She hosts Usbourne parties, holds events in schools and of course you can buy from her online. Every genre possible is available and it's really easy to differentiate between different age ranges which makes things so much easier as book buying can be so daunting.

Shop small this Christmas: Baby & toddler gifts.

So there are 10 businesses to shop small from this Christmas when buying gifts for babies and toddlers. Have you heard of many of them before?

Will you be shopping small this Christmas?


Have you seen my other small business Christmas gift guides?
  1. I saw I had some sessions on my website referred from you - I had no idea what the website was so clicked and saw your lovely article featuring us!

    Thank you so much!


    1. No problem! I would 100% be buying headbands from you if my child didn't refuse to wear them. I think they're fab! X