Image by Margaux Velez.

Take a breath from the throes of holiday shopping and think: who are your gifts supporting? The Internet is riddled with organisations, networks, and platforms of eager creatives whose livelihood depend on making sales – in these environments, you’re not just selecting a gift, but the story (and the maker) behind it. Benefit: you help others, save money (and stress), and give loved ones unique gifts (be honest, does mum really need another pair of John Lewis slippers?). There are plenty of venues, on and offline, to find the perfect gifts. Sustain the creative ecosystem, feed a few creatives, and give your loved ones something meaningful. What’s there to lose? Check out these standout platforms – and our team’s top suggestions – for your last-minute holiday shopping. Happy spending!

Designers / Makers

This contemporary design agency / community grown from a local design market. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Southbank Centre, The Old Truman Brewery, Old Spitalfields Market, The Design Trust, London Design Festival,  and V&A Museum of Childhood (and more!).

Our Picks (left to right): Hands Print Cushion by Rosie Moss (handcrafted and manufactured in her studio), You Are First Class card by Emily Hayes, Organic Sterling Silver Handmade Ring by Judit Patkos.

Hidden Art

A creative nonprofit that supports designers and makers. Shop a range of products from dozens of unique designers.

Our Picks (left to right): Peace Sign Hook by Thelermonth Hopton, Sid Doorstop by Wedgie, Mr. Tea Mug by Tee and Toast.

Folksy

A place to buy and sell handcrafted or designed UK work. Value system includes strength in numbers, supporting cottage industries, and meritocracy.

Our Picks (left to right): Cutout art by Fiona Humphrey, Russian Doll Print by Tracy Long, Winter Forest Plate by Charlotte Easingwood.

Etsy

This marketplace recently celebrated its tenth birthday, supports creative entrepreneurs of varying sizes, and has 1.7 million active sellers and 27.1 million active buyers around the world.

Our Picks (left to right): Gold Bar Raw Brass Personalised Necklace by River Valley JewelleryGiant Knitting Needles by JumboKnit, and this Minimalist Canvas Painting by Celine Ziang.

Art Finder

A network for visual artists and buyers – filter gifts by theme, medium, and price!

Our Picks (left to right): Danger by Bea Roberts, Standing Pug by Marie Ackers, wallpaper woman by Carla Sutera Sardo.

Supermarket

A designers’ marketplace and community (founded in 2007).

Our Picks (left to right): “Colosseum” hanging lamp by future-conscious design label Plankton, Reclaimed Wood and Leather Chalkboard Pad by married team Peg and Awl, and this Hollow Utility Table by married designers and furniture makers Sam and Nikki Kragiel.

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