Gift Guide - May

Nov 14, 2022


That’s the message from The Scarf My Father Wore this May, which I’m sure all our readers can get on board with. Obviously Covid was a major issue for independent businesses, but as soon as we’ve started to get back to a sense of normality, we’re thrown into the current cost-of-living crisis.

When it comes to spending your money in May on any birthday or anniversary gifts you need to purchase, don’t just buy a boring bath set from Boots, or some alcohol from Asda, take a glimpse at our gift guide below. You’ll be supporting a great independent business.

And… are you ready for this… we’re giving away every single item on this list in our special May giveaway! Keep checking back each day, as new items are constantly being added.

Oak Shaker Peg Coat Rail, The Urban Home (£50)

A handmade ply band linoleum shaker peg coat rail, six pegs long, and available in a choice of 21 colours.

From their Bath-based workshop, The Urban Home design and construct bespoke pieces of contemporary furniture for the home and office. They are hand-built using a variety of different materials, including birch ply, furniture linoleum, ash, oak, laminates and many more. The company’s aim is to provide well designed, beautiful and high quality pieces of furniture you wouldn’t find on the high street.

Phone: 07920 002062


SeeHow, SeeHow Designs Limited (£47.99)

A garden plant growing and flowering guide. It contains 140 popular garden plants, each one illustrated to show its whole annual life-cycle.

SeeHow is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or for anyone who loves gardens. But really, it is more than just a ‘gift of flowers’ – it is a promise of year-round garden colour. SeeHow works visually, showing the whole lives of 140 plants – from January through to December. Because it works visually, anyone can use it – from complete beginners (including children) to gardening professionals. A picture really is worth 1,000 words! The plants are arranged in a colour library for easy searching: white, pink, red, purple, blue, green, yellow and orange. But the user can re-arrange them any way they like. And there is a Plant Index too!

Phone: 07939 226417


Spiced & Aged Bundle, Duppy Share (£47.50)

Two bottles from Duppy Share's luxurious range of premium Caribbean rums. The classic aged rum, a blend of smooth Barbadian rum and punchy Jamaican rum. The vibrant spiced rum flavoured with 12 different spices.

The Duppy Share is not just a celebration of rum, but also a celebration of the Caribbean. A totally unique group of islands in between the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic. The islands are incredibly beautiful and have an amazing ability to make anyone, in any situation, feel totally welcome and at ease. The Duppy Share ensures that the Warmth, Fun, Beauty and Excitement of the Caribbean can be tasted in every drop. Drink Duppy and Share the Spirit of the Caribbean.

Facebook: The Duppy Share

Instagram: @theduppyshare


Bracelet & Keychain, AdDora Shop (£30)

A bracelet and keychain with your chosen Grabovoi numbers included.

Grabovoi numbers are the 'codes of the universe' and can be used for money, love, health, healing from sickness, safety travelling, growing your business… just about anything! There are hundreds of codes, which use Radionic signatures for manifestation and to ‘fix’ various life ailments. Grabovoi number lines help with this. In other words, behind each number line there is the corresponding inner spiritual, energetic vibrational number line. Correctly selected number lines restore the normal state and harmonious functioning of the body. As incredible as it may seem, during healing the number lines are tuned to the normal functioning of the body based on vibration. Instead of writing the codes on our left wrist, we are making handcrafted, beautiful personalized bracelets, key chains, even hangers for your car or in your home.


Facebook: AdDora Shop

Phone: 07778 675787

Coastline Gold Spiced Rum, Coastline Brewery (£28)

Premium Jamaican Rum, aged on Walney Island in Vanilla Oak and infused with a blend of botanicals, fresh fruit peel and spices. Hand crafted in small batches. Nose - banana and citrus, Flavour - warm spices and hit of caramel.

Coastline is a family-run business created from their passion for quality beer and rum. Brewing out of a small barn on the isle of Walney, they use only the finest ingredients and brew in small batches to produce full flavours.


Facebook: Coastline Brewery


Spruce Clay Candle, Kip Candle Co (£28)

Spruce truly brings the outdoors in with its forest-fresh blend of Balsam Fir, Birch and Cedarwood. Take a moment of calm as we connect you to nature with this fragrant woodland scent. Think pine needles crunching underfoot and forest log cabins.

Owners Kyle and Anna created Kip Candle Co. out of their passion for travel. Everywhere they went they would collect beautiful smelling candles and incense to bring back to relive their adventures in their own home. They produce a wonderful range of candles, from sustainable eco soy wax, using a hand poured, small batch approach. Their candles are unique in their strength of scent, because they use the maximum fragrance oil to wax ratio. Every candle is lovingly hand made in their studio, making each one individual and of the highest quality.


Instagram: @kipcandleco


Aromatherapy Gift Box, Divine Aromatics (£24.99)

A gift box containing a range of handmade aromatherapy products.

Divine Aromatics, a small business based in Somerset, offer a range of aromatherapy products and personalised gift boxes for all occasions. Their products are handmade in small batches from carefully selected and high quality natural ingredients. All products are suitable for vegans and cruelty free.


Facebook: Divine Aromatics

Instagram: @divine.aromatics


Children’s Electric Supersonic Toothbrush, Smiley Clinic (£24.95)

This Children's Electric Ultrasonic Toothbrush will let your children fall in love with brushing their teeth. It is designed for children's teeth cleaning which has a small body, is lightweight, and has a cute shape, allowing children to hold and brush their teeth easily without pressure with one hand.

Smiley Clinic was founded in 2019 with the passion to help children develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. That's why they offer a special toothbrush that is not only fun and easy to use, but also effective at cleaning teeth and keeping them healthy.


Facebook: Smiley Clinic


Team Ticket for Hallows Hill: The Online Escape Room Experience, Wolf Escape Games (£20)

Hallows Hill is a multi award-winning, spooky online escape room, designed to be played at home or over video chat. Takes around 90 minutes to complete and you can play whenever you like! All you need is a computer and your wits!

Looking for something a bit different to do with friends and family? Look no further. Wolf Escape Games is the home of the most cinematic online escape rooms. Check out the website for some great offers this month!

Facebook: Wolf Escape Games

Instagram: @wolfescapegames


Mystery Box, The Happy Healthy Hippie Box (£20)

A themed mystery box with health and wellness items, worth £30 individually, to help people forward on their spiritual and self-love journey.

The Happy Healthy Hippie Box have just launched their new monthly subscription boxes in two sizes (large and small), with a different theme each month depending on the season or what may be a good fit for the time of year. Owner Ashley has a background in holistic health like reiki, aromatherapy, sound therapy, massage, herbalism, Feng Shui and more. She created these boxes with the intention of providing people the ability to take time back for themselves, learn to love themselves, and move forward on their health and wellness path each month.

Facebook: The Happy Healthy Hippie Box

Instagram: @happyhealthyhippiebox


Highland Cow Slate Placemats, Han Made (£19.99)

A set of two 100% slate placemats with a half highland cow design down the left-hand side.

Han Made is a small family-run business based in the north-east of Scotland making handmade items from a variety of materials such as steel, slate, wood and more. They offer discounts on multibuys as well as free postage on orders over £60.


Facebook: Han Made


Safety Razor Kit, New Wave Shaving (£19.99)

Engraved with their minimalistic logo, the New Wave safety razor delivers a clean sharp shave every time. The beautifully crafted comb embossed razor head results in less drag and irritation. Treat yourself, or a loved one, to a close shave every time with the peace of mind that zero plastic is included within the routine.

New Wave Shaving is a brand focused on traditional shaving products brought up to date. Their razors are unlike cartridge razors as they are 100% plastic free - the only part that needs replacing is the blade which is 100% recyclable. In using a New Wave razor, customers will save money too as blades are a fraction of the price. Studies have also shown that the shaves they provide are cleaner, cause less ingrowing hairs and cause less irritation.

Facebook: New Wave Shaving

Instagram: @new_wave_shaving


4 Pots of Cookie Dough, Cheeky Dough Ltd (£19.81)

Four pots of cookie dough, which can be vegan, non-vegan or a mixture of the two. The cookie dough is completely safe to eat raw, or you can heat it in the microwave, or even bake it into cookies!

Cheeky Dough Ltd is a small, family-run business operating from their premises in Bristol. They offer bundle discounts on their website and regularly send out promotional emails to subscribers. With 12 non-vegan and 13 vegan varieties, they can cater for all tastes.


Facebook: Cheeky Dough

Instagram: @cheekydough


Happy-go-Lucky, Mantra Men’s Club (18.99)

A nutritional health supplement designed to give you more energy and improve your mood.

Mantra Men’s Club offer a full range of multi-vitamin nutritional supplements, each with targeted results for men’s health, wellness and beauty.



Nourish London Geranium & Jasmine Body Duo Gift Set, Little Luxuries (£18)

Relax and indulge with this beautifully scented cleansing and nourishing body duo, fragranced with soothing essential oils of Geranium and Jasmine for the ultimate at-home spa experience. Packed with deeply nourishing and naturally protective shea butter and trehalose and firming prickly pear and brown algae for smoother, radiant skin. Beautifully packaged in fully recyclable materials and presented in a recyclable card gift box, this tranquil Body Duo is the perfect gift to give or to keep!

Little Luxuries have a fundamental belief: wellbeing, beauty, home and lifestyle products can be made to be environmentally friendly, without animal cruelty and by harnessing the power and goodness of nature… conscious luxury products. In today's fast paced world we struggle to slow down and take time for ourselves, but everyone deserves a 'little luxury', to take time for themselves and enjoy a little self care. Little Luxuries have handpicked a beautiful collection of skincare, bath and body, homeware and lifestyle products made by small independent businesses. These businesses share their values and ethics. When you shop with them it's a purchase you can feel good about, knowing you are making a planet friendly choice while supporting small businesses who create their products with a passion for nature, love and care. If you are looking to treat yourself to a little luxury self care or searching for a special gift for a loved one, you have come to the right place.


Facebook: Little Luxuries

Instagram: @littleluxuriesnaturallifestyle


Personalised Babygrow, Ted’s Threads (£17)

A cosy babygrow for a little one, which can also be personalised.

Ted’s Threads only started out in November 2022 while the owner was on maternity leave, but since then the business has really taken off. They now supply a full range of lounge sets, pyjamas, sweatshirts, fleeces and babygrows, which can all be personalised.

Facebook: Ted’s Threads

Phone: 07732 344083

The Office Hand Cream, Lauri Sigma (£16)

A light, non-greasy cream which softens and protects your skin where you need it most – your hands. Combining nature with science, it’s a product so powerful you’ll feel the benefits right from the first application. Rich and smooth in texture, the quick to absorb super-hydrating formula leaves your skin immediately softer, refreshed and ready to take on the next task.

Lauri Sigma is a independent beauty business founded by a pharmacist, inspired by nature and powered by science. A proud participant of The Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Programme since 2022.


Facebook: Lauri Sigma Ltd

Instagram: @lauri.sigma


Cushion Cover, Aj&Cj Custom (£15)

A personalised cushion cover, in your choice of colour, which is printed on one side with your chosen text or image - brush your hand across the sequins to reveal what is printed beneath.

Aj&Cj Custom offer a range of personalised items - everything from photos on a slate, to drinks bottles, glass chopping boards, cushions and blankets. All made to your own designs which are printed directly onto the item. Free collection from Wigan or most items can be posted for around £3. Most of their gifts are priced between £10 and £15.

Facebook: Aj&Cj Custom

Sunflower Apron, Barber Davis Unique Homeware (£15)

A cotton apron, uniquely designed with a hand-illustrated poem.

Facebook: Barberdavis unique homeware


Lumberjack Pine Scented Candle, Man Cave Candles (£13.99)

There’s nothing like going for a walk through the woods. Now you can have that in your home with this scented candle.

Man Cave Candles specialises in making candles designed to help men express themselves and curate their space. Most guys, even if they like candles, don't always buy them because they feel they are too girly, or too gimmicky if male-aimed. They changed this by creating smells that guys would love. Countless women they’ve spoken to have always mentioned how much they struggle to buy gifts for guys - these are perfect gifts for women to give the men in their life, or for guys to dedicate their candle purchases to one brand.


Facebook: Man Cave Creations


Taster Selection Box, Birdies Coffee & Cakes (£12.99)

Four packs of speciality coffee and four delicious cakes.

Birdies Coffee & Cakes are currently running a 55% discount on the first three months of their coffee and cake subscription service. Use the code “230355” at checkout on their online shop to apply the discount.


Facebook: Coffee & Cakes


Wax Melt Selection Box, Sniffs Scent Club (£12.99)

A pretty letterbox-sized gift box containing three pouches of handmade wax melts in three separate scents.

Sniffs Scent Club offers monthly wax melt subscriptions. A letterbox delivery of brand new scents every month from just £9.49 a month. Use code 50OFF to get your first box half-price plus free shipping. A perfect treat for yourself or a great gift!

Facebook: Sniffs Scent Club


Starry Nights Crystal Candle, Designs by Llamorna (£12)

A lovely candle with crescent moon, stars and moonstone crystals.

Designs by Llamorna offer crystal-themed and botanical candles, containing only natural ingredients such as soy wax and essential oils. All candles are vegan.

Facebook: Designs by Llamorna

Away Days, Boozy Brits (£10)

Introducing the new football-themed drinking game from the Boozy Brits team! Away Days comes with 200 cards to get you suitably smashed whether you’re watching County at home, or on the train to Swindon away.

Boozy Brits produce a number of fun drinking games.

Facebook: Boozy Brits


County Kit Mug, DJB Gifts (£10)

A special County mug featuring this season’s home, away and third strips.

DJB Gifts specialise in mugs and T-shirts, mainly themed around football and music, but they also produce novelty items from popular culture. For any football fans reading this, DJB Gifts produce mugs for all teams in England from the Premier League down to the eighth tier of non-league, plus the four divisions of the Scottish League.

Facebook: DJB Gifts


Personalised Bear, Kooky Kids (£10)

A perfect gift for any occasion, with your personal message printed on the T-shirt.

If you’re looking for high-quality toys and baby goods that are sure to delight children of all ages then look no further than Kooky Kids, the premier online retailer for tots to teens and all the years in between. At Kooky Kids, they believe that every child deserves the best, which is why they carefully curate their selection of products to ensure that they are safe, fun, and educational. From plush toys and board books for babies to puzzles, games, and STEM kits for older kids, they have everything you need to inspire curiosity, creativity, and a love of learning.


Facebook: Kooky Kids Toys & Baby


Football Mug, Project Futbol (£9.99)

A special mug to showcase the 2022 England World Cup squad, with 19 players shown, making it the perfect item to show off your nation's colours and favourite players.

Founded in 2020, Project Futbol aim to bring people together through the art of the beautiful game. They celebrate the heroes, the limbs, the heartbreaks and the pain. They celebrate the comebacks, the passion and the coming back again. Everyone has their favourite football moment. That moment that gave you goosebumps or your first time on the terraces. This is for you. This is Futbol. Use code PF10 to get 10% off.



Hectic Highways, Hedgehogs R Us (£9.99)

Guaranteed giggles in this fun, fast-paced game as you use the cord to get your hedgehogs through the highway before your opponent!

Linda Cook has a passion for creating products to help with hedgehog conservation. Alongside that, she loves to sell hedgehog-themed gifts, with 10% of profits donated to helping hedgehogs in need.



Natural Lavender Gift Set, Lavendera (£9.99)

Gift set including Natural Lavender Bath Salt, Natural Body Oil, and Natural Body Scrub, all made with natural ingredients with no chemical preservatives or harsh additives, only natural and organic ingredients.

Lavendera offer skincare products, made with high-quality natural ingredients, to enhance your beauty and wellness.


Facebook: Lavendera


Personalised Sports Bottle, North East Trophies (£9.99)

A 750ml personalised sports bottle in aluminium, with your choice of colour and engraving.

Based in Gateshead, North East Trophies was established in 2010 and since then they have been working hard to provide customers with quality trophies at an affordable price. Whether dealing with individuals, small clubs or organisations they endeavour to share their knowledge and experience with everyone, enabling them to find the perfect trophy or award for their needs. And if you place an order this month, you can receive a 10% discount by using the code STOCKPORT10.


Phone: 0191 348 0173


Top 10 Biscuits Mug with Dunk Seconds, Duvet Day (£9.95)

Introducing the ultimate biscuit mug! Satisfy your love for biscuits with this fun and functional biscuit mug that comes with a twist. This 11oz mug not only showcases the top 10 most popular biscuits but also provides recommended dunk times for each biscuit.

Duvet Day are a Plymouth-based business who provide unique gifts for all occasions.


Facebook: Duvet Day

Instagram: @duvetdaycouk


Crowd Favourite Coffee Beans, Rugby Coffee (£7.50)

A 250g pack of coffee beans with a blend full of flavour - caramel sweetness, rich and smooth. Full body, mellow acidity with notes of toasted marshmallow and hints of berry with a velvet-like chocolate finish.

Rugby Coffee bring ethically sourced coffee to the global rugby market as they aim to give kids around the world opportunities to play rugby.



Dog Bandana, Bows By Bella Designs (£4.99)

A handmade washable pure cotton dog bandana.

Bows By Bella Designs is run by a husband-and-wife team (along with their dog Bella!) who pride themselves in producing affordable high quality handmade items. Since opening the business in 2021, they’ve received over 600 five star reviews, and have just completed their 1,000th order.


Phone: 07799 574444