Lots of independent retailers are selling their goods online and sending them to customers in the post through these uncertain times – and they need your support now more than ever before.
If you are buying gifts or cards, goods can be bought online from independent sellers and then sent direct to the recipient, so you can send a loved one a much-needed gift to pick them up in these times of uncertainty, support a local maker and help them keep running their business and also stay safe yourself.
Some sellers offer the option to gift wrap the product and write a personal message on your behalf, too.
Lydia Trezise makes her handmade sustainable jewellery from tagua beads from Ecuador. She also gives 10 per cent of profits to community projects.
You can see her products by visiting her shop, Lydia Miriam Design, at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LydiaMiriamDesign
Natalie Rogerson also makes handmade jewellery; hers is ceramic and is often themed on quirky designs –such as earrings designed to look like party ring biscuits.
You can see her products by visiting her shop, Upsy Daisy Craft, at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/upsydaisycraft
Lucy Waller makes statement fabric jewellery and accessories, including hairbands, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, bag charms and keyrings.
You can see her products by visiting her shop, Evie Jade Jewellery, at www.eviejadejewellery.etsy.com
Vicky Scott makes greeting cards and limited edition prints. Her designs are inspired by everything from nature to local areas of interest and children’s fairytales.
You can see her products by visiting her shop, Vicky’s World, at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/vickysworld
These are just some of the great sellers who are continuing to make their goods at home and send them to customers via post. There are hundreds of sellers making their products from their Sheffield homes right now – you can find them by searching for a product you wish to buy and then type ‘Sheffield’ under the shop location field. Although we cannot see our loved ones, we can let them know we are thinking of them by sending them a thoughtful gift – and we can still help our local businesses by choosing a present from them.