Distinctive unusual handmade knitwear and gifts: The 12 best unique gifts to buy for Mother’s Day

 

The very best beautiful and unusual gifts come from independent British small handmade creative businesses

If we buy direct from the maker we get the best of all possible worlds - distinctive and unusual handmade knitwear and gifts for our family and friends. Gifts which are beautiful, unique, high quality, ethically made by small businesses and designer-makers - and not mass produced. At the same time, we have the bonus of supporting the small creative independent businesses which are often at the heart of our local economies. Even the smallest purchase makes a difference to these businesses.

‘Gifts which are beautiful, unique, high quality, ethically made by small businesses and designer-makers - and not mass produced.’

I wanted to make it easy to choose beautiful British gifts from small independent makers… across a range of prices… and even for last minute panic-buying… so I created this guide. Enjoy!

 
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My 12 favourite Spring gifts…

for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthdays and more

Begins top left in the photograph above and continues clockwise around the outside.


(1) Hand-painted pure silk ripple scarf
£65 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Susan Holton
Available at www.susanholtonknitwear.com

These scarves make a beautiful and unusual gift. They are soft and light to wear, I knit them in a ripple stitch in a fine silk, and I paint and dye them individually, so no two are ever quite alike. I make them in a range of colours from bold to subtle. Washable. Delivery within the UK approx 5 days*.


(2) Hand dyed silk & viscose bobble scarf
£65 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Susan Holton
Available at www.susanholtonknitwear.com

I knit these scarves in silk and viscose, which is a combination gives a beautiful drape and sheen. My dyeing method enables me to get dyes to 'take' differently on the bobbles from the background, so no two are ever quite alike. Washable. Delivery within the UK approx 5 days*.


(3) Foil linen cushion with pad
£45 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Clare Walsh
Available at www.madebyhandonline.com

This beautiful cushion is made in a blended linen fabric in a striking bronze foil design. Very unusual. Comes with a locally made feather filled insert with an enclosed zip. 44cm x 44cm. Delivery within the UK approx 7 days.


(4) Gift vouchers Available to any value

Designed and made by Susan Holton
Available at www.susanholtonknitwear.com

Excellent for when you can’t decide what to buy… or when you have left your gift buying to the last minute. My gift vouchers can be posted or emailed. Delivery within the UK approx 2 days (post) or almost immediately by email.


(5) Stripy knitted hat with brooch
£45 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Susan Holton
Available at www.susanholtonknitwear.com

A soft, light, wool-rich hat with rolled edge and eyelet detail in the crown. It comes in a choice of colours, which have subtle coloured flecks in the yarn. Washable. Delivery within the UK approx 5 days*.


(6) Vortex bangle
£92 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Katy Luxton
Available at www.madebyhandonline.com

A lightweight nylon bangle in stunning hand dyed colours, very comfortable to wear and most unusual. Comes in a choice of colours and two sizes. Nylon. Delivery within the UK approx 2 weeks.


(7) Very long soft snuggly cotton scarf
£65 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Susan Holton
Available at www.susanholtonknitwear.com

These scarves are warm, snuggly and soft and very long, they have a lovely deep knitted texture. Knit in pure cotton so totally non-itchy. Great for Spring and Autumn. Washable. Delivery within the UK approx 5 days*.


(8) Worktop protector/cutting mat
£39 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Ruth Winchester
Available at www.doodlepippin.co.uk

These colourful glass worktop protectors are handmade by Ruth Winchester based on her millefiori patterns which she creates in polymer clay. Delivery within the UK approx 5 days when in stock.


(9) Beach hut door stop
£24 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Loosethread
Available at www.madebyhandonline.com

Beautiful handmade beach hut door stop made using appliqué and freeform machine embroidery with signature ‘loose threads’. Each is approx 8cm wide x 18cm high and is filled with sand to a weight of approx 2kgs. Delivery within the UK approx 7 days.


(10) Braid necklace
£245 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Emma Calvert
Available at www.madebyhandonline.com

A beautiful hand braided necklace made using up to 20 metres of intricately folded ribbon, finished with sterling silver. The braid is in sky blue, orange, black and gold polyester ribbon, approx 1cm wide. Available in 16” and 18” lengths. Delivery within the UK approx 2 weeks.


(11) Erosion square stud earrings
£30.70-£67 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Anne Morgan
Available at www.madebyhandonline.com

Beautiful hand pierced, hand textured, stud earrings with a rippled and undulating surface. Available in oxidised or silver. The large studs are approx 18x18mm. There is also a smaller version approx 9x9mm. Each piece is handmade so no two pairs are ever quite alike. Delivery within the UK approx 5 days.


(12) Soft stripy wrist warmers
£24.50 inc UK P/P

Designed and made by Susan Holton
Available at www.susanholtonknitwear.com

Stylish and practical - these wrist warmers or fingerless gloves are soft, light and warm. Wear them in the cold when you still need to be able to use your fingers - I often wear them when I’m working in my draughty office. They are knit in a wool/silk mixture. Washable. Delivery within the UK approx 5 days*.

I’ve chosen beautiful and unusual pieces which appeal to me... but I hope you’ll find the perfect gift for you in this post!

I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing…

I hope this post makes the challenge of choosing the perfect gift much easier! I’ve chosen beautiful and unusual pieces which appeal to me, but I have tried to select a cross section of styles, products and prices, so the perfect gift for your friends and family should be here in this post, or on one of the websites I’ve linked to. I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing it as much as I’ve enjoyed selecting the pieces.

Note

At the time of publishing this blog post, all of the gifts suggested were in stock and available for purchase. My own and other suppliers stocks will vary from day to day so I'm sure you will understand that availability can't be guaranteed, but I have my fingers firmly crossed!

*The asterisk next to one of my products indicates that the stated delivery time is for items in stock. All of the items I have listed are in stock at the time of publication.

I can gift wrap for you…

Would you like to Add gift wrap to your order?

If you buy my knitwear from this website you are welcome to add gift wrap to your order. I use lovely eco-friendly gift boxes tied with ribbon, and you can include a personal message in the package and have it sent direct to the recipient if you like, or if time is short…

My gift boxes and pillow packs are made from high quality recycled Kraft, and you can make them doubly eco-friendly by reusing the boxes afterwards for storage, keepsakes etc.

You can see all my gift wrap options here.

 

The Just A Card campaign

The ‘Just A Card’ campaign aims to encourage us all to buy from designer/makers and independent galleries and small businesses whenever we can. We all benefit from having a vibrant independent and creative small business sector so we can find unique and out-of-the-ordinary knitwear and gifts which are just right for our family and friends. We benefit, and so does the maker or indie-business as it helps their business to survive and thrive.

 
If you’d like to find out more about the fabulous, volunteer led, ‘Just A Card’ campaign please click the image above.

If you’d like to find out more about the fabulous, volunteer led, ‘Just A Card’ campaign please click the image above.

 
 

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