• Laura

The Gift of Shopping Small

Hi! I'm Laura and I am lucky enough to work with Curated Makers in 3 different ways; supporting Megan & Tom behind the scenes preparing for the Made Local Pop-Ups, (wo)manning the Pop-Up currently in John Lewis Trafford, and being stocked as a maker with my art and gifts brand Loaf & Bear. It is an absolute DREAM to work for Curated Makers as I get to do one of my favourite things - help people shop small!

Right now in the Trafford Pop-Up I am brimming with pride every time someone comes over to the till with the beautiful locally-made products, and I can't stop myself telling the customer about the maker or artist who produced the items! In this Pop-Up we have over 30 different makers but we're currently also hosting Made Local Pop-Up's in 3 other John Lewis stores; Cheadle, Chester and Sheffield. Across all 4 sites we are stocking the work of 73 passionate, talented, hard-working artists and makers, and it is INCREDIBLE to think of all the Christmas gifts that will be opened next week that have been purchased from these makers through one of our Pop-Ups.

This job has been a gift to me and with this blog I want to provide some gift ideas for you, just in case you need any more encouragement to come and visit us and shop small this Christmas! There's still time to come and get your gifts from us and our makers, our last day and closing time before Christmas in each Pop-Up is:

Chester - Sat 19th Dec - 7pm

Trafford Centre - Wed 23rd Dec - 10pm

Cheadle - Wed 23rd Dec - 10pm

Sheffield - Thurs 24th Dec - 5pm

The following items are all available in our John Lewis Trafford Pop-Up but you will find an equally lovely range of gift ideas in all our locations!

Perfect for 2020

2020 Baubles Card £2, Ta-Ra 2020 Pin £6, Enamel 'Brew' Mug £13, Everything Will Be OK Handkerchief £10

For the dog who has everything

Poo Bag Pouch £9, 'Pawble' Collar Accessory £10

For nostalgia lovers

The Best of 80's Films Print £15

Stocking Fillers

Resin Stud Earrings £6, Pair of Mini Notebooks £8

For the cool kids

'Our Kid' Vest £18, Super Soft Blanket £29

Something special

Silver Heart Ring £30

They won't have one of these!

Wooden Daffodil Box £20, Pair of Concrete Tea Light Holders £12.50, Upcycled Tie Brooch £8.50, Wave Art Candle £20

If you're anxious about visiting somewhere like the Trafford Centre, the quietest times are usually on weekdays during the first hour of opening or the last couple of hours before closing time.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!