Christmas Gift Guide – Spoonie Edition
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The festive season is swiftly approaching and with it, we begin to start thinking of what to get as gifts for our loved ones. Well, why not consider buying from a Spoonie? There are so many wonderful products and designs out there and so I wanted to collate a list of some great business owners who have chronic illness’ and share with you their awesome bits and bobs.
After all, it is the season of giving and goodwill and if we can support those who can’t work due to ill health in our shopping for gifts, isn’t that a wonderful thing?
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Free From Food
Holly makes and sells free-from foods. She specialises in raw cakes, sweet treats and energy balls and my goodness her treats look divine!
Raw cake boxes, Christmas selection boxes and full cakes are available.
All treats are free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar, palm oil and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Nationwide delivery is available throughout the U.K.
Available at hollytreekitchen.com
Follow Holly on @hollytreekitchen
New year, new you. Planners can be a great way to organise our thoughts, our plans, appointments and well, life in general.
Melissa offers great digital planners in a range of designs which can be printed off easily and are incredibly reasonably priced.
Available at etsy.com/shop/polkadotprintablesco
Follow Melissa on @polkadotprintables
Apparel & accessories
Jennifer at Grace and Brace creates “designs to encourage chronic illness fighters to get through the tough days with grace, faith and sarcasm.”
On offer are hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, all with different designs, awareness cards, keyrings and much more. There really is something for all.
Available at etsy.com/shop/graceandbrace
Follow Jennifer on @graceandbrace
Rach from Tee Spoonies creates ethically sourced cotton T-shirts for chronic illness warriors and there are some great ones to choose from! Also available are a selection of stickers and cards with wonderful puns and everyone knows I love a good pun!
What’s even better is that a percentage of the profits supports charity.
Available at etsy.com/au/shop/teespoonies
Follow Rach on @teespoonies
If you’re on the hunt for some cute stocking fillers than these stickers might be perfect for you!
With a selection of warrior and fighter stickers available, these are quite inspiring! However, it doesn’t end there. Natalie offers other collections such as ‘inspirational’ and ‘cute words’ so there really is something for all.
Available at www.redbuddle.com/people/jone0331
Follow Natalie on @muddybootco
Can we have a festive gift guide without cards? I think not!
Laura, of Tora Designs has a great selection of greeting cards available. What’s more, through her experience in screen design, she digitally designs the artwork for each card. Pretty cool eh? There are different selections available from Christmas collections, Invisible Illness cards and regular greeting cards.
A portion of sales go to the charity Action for ME.
Available at Toradesign.co.uk
Follow Laura on @toradesign_
Next up is Hanna, who also runs the blog @superpoopedblog she is an incredibly talented illustrator and offers cards and drawings to suit all in her etsy shop. It’s hard to choose just one to show you!
Ok, so I can’t just show you one example because she also has cards with dogs on them, DOGS people!!!!
Available at www.etsy.com/shop/hannaradenkova
Follow Hanna on @hannaradenkova
Rachael makes awareness jewellery and keyrings plus stuffed animals for a variety of conditions. How amazing is this zebra?
Available at etsy.com/shop/fusedwithloveco
Follow Rachael’s shop on @fusedwithlove
If art is yours or your loved ones passion than this might be right up your street. Laura creates “art to create movements of reflection, and infuse energy. Beauty for the busy world.”
Available at www.laurafedorowicz.com
Follow Stephanie on @laurafedorowicz
Dizzy Blonde Studio
Kate paints alcohol ink paintings which are fascinating and mesmerising!
Available at etsy.com/shop/TheDizzyBlondeStudio
Follow Kate on @dizzy.blonde.studio
The Flannel Fox Co offers a range of custom tumblers, decorations, wine glasses, personalised gifts and apparel. They have a great selection of Christmas decorations to offer!
Available at etsy.com/shop/theflannelfoxco
Follow on @theflannelfoxco
Im my and co
Offering a large selection of items from cake toppers, to baby gifts and home decor, there’s plenty to choose from here!
Available at immyandco.co.uk
Follow on @immyandco
Shop Casualty Girl
If you’re looking for a shop with a myriad of items ranging from zip pouches (perfect for storing meds), mugs, wall art and clothing then Shop Casualty Girl might be the place for you!
My favourite is definitely the handy bags, perfect for all our bits and bobs!
Available at society6.com/casualtygirl
Follow on @shopcasualtygirl
Things to help
Stickman Communications©, created by Hannah Ensor, is “A refreshingly, stylish, light-hearted yet true-to-life approach to disability. Using stickmen and clear, to the point descriptions and instructions to break down barriers, challenge preconceptions, promote understanding and acceptance, and facilitate communication.” -StickmanCommunications
There is an excellent selection of items on offer to support daily life. From badges, bracelets, communication cards and much, much more. Hannah’s products are very helpful both to those with disability and illness and the general public.
Available at stickmancommunications.co.uk
Follow on @stickmancomms
Looking to broaden your mind on all things inclusion? Excellent. Well, Able is a magazine to do just that. “dedicated to disability without the sterotypes” it covers diversity, chronic illness and mental health.
“Able contains original content on topics such as health, mobility, invisible disability, chronic illness and mental health- stigmatised topics mainstream media doesn’t regularly engage with. We also have features with a few big names such as Ericka Hart, Zebedee Model Management, Hanecdote, HTML Flowers, comedian Rosie Jones and more!” -Able
Available at ablezine.com
Follow on @ablezine
Pins and things
Would a gift guide be complete without unicorns? I thought not. Well, Chronically Divine has it covered. With pins galore, there’s something to put a smile on anyone’s face while raising awareness at the same time.
Available at etsy.com/shop/chronicallydivine
Follow Sam on @chronicallydivine
Bath & Body
Who doesn’t love bath goodies as a perfect gift? Buoyant Bath and Beauty specialise in handmade, homemade, natural bath and beauty products that are free from harsh chemicals and made from organic and raw ingredients.
They specialise in goat milk soap (from the owners own goats!) however, vegan options are also available. All ingredients are locally sourced. The company’s goal in packaging is “to ditch plastic, be sustainable, or repurposing materials”.
Buoyant Bath and Beauty are offering 10% discount to any Spoonies off a custom half batch of soap! This means you can choose a blend that has no allergens that may affect you and a soap most suited to you. How cool is that?
Simply use the code “SPOONIE10” and order through the ‘custom’ listing.
Available at etsy.com/shop/BuoyantBathandBeauty
Follow on @buoyantshoppe
Gifts For Furbaby’s
Obviously, I wasn’t going to leave out gifts for the most important members of our families 😉 our pets…
Kate, makes stockings for pups by hand and they are divine! Don’t tell them, but Freddie and Bertie have some on order! However, she doesn’t stop there, she also makes treat jars, dog leads and personalised frames, something for every dog and dog owner.
Kate currently has the personalised stockings available for £12 and the personalised stocking + bauble with treats from The Snack Pawtal for £15.
Contact Kate either on her @spencerandkate or Kate Stanforth
Festive Gift Guide
I’m always moved when I put together these articles. To see so many incredibly talented people striving despite their often immense struggles with chronic illness is both emotional and empowering. I want to support my fellow chronic illness fighters and I hope you do too. So please, browse their sites and pages, share this post and their work far and wide, if you can, buy from those who fight hard each day rather than big corporations. Most importantly, let’s continue this conversation. Let’s talk about chronic illness, invisible illness and disability without discrimination. We can all support one another in simple ways and having this discussion, reaching out, particularly at this festive time, can mean so very much.
I hope this gift guide has helped you in your shopping endeavours this year.
Merry Christmas everybody!
You can find lots more gift ideas and amazing sellers in my Summer Edition ‘Gifts For Loved Ones-Supporting The Chronically Ill’
Loads of great ideas here Amy. Thank you for using your limited energy to pull this together – it’s a gift!
Thanks so much Aunty Sheron, thanks for reading!
Such a beautiful gift guide! Plus, buying gifts with a mission behind is such a great thing 🙂 Thank you for sharing these products and brands!
Thank you, I really appreciate that and I’m glad you enjoyed it!