I am all for buying from small independant stores and companies. We all need to support small business's in these tough times. Apart from the obvious thrifting presents, I have been buying handmade from small local crafters.
I very recently become friends with a lovely lady called Lauren who makes the prettiest little tutu's I have ever seen. Not only are they reasonably priced, bespoke and stunning it means supporting a new, small business when buying one!.
I have bought two for Poppy for christmas. And once she's outgrown them I think they make the girliest bedroom decoration.
Heres a little about Lauren;
Set up in November 2011 ...started off my making my daughter a tutu for her 2nd birthday party and then for a friends party and thought this could be a fun idea plus I really wanted do something more creative to accompany my main jobs of being a mummy and working in London....
Over 20 tutus sold already! Love mixing the colours, and putting pretty bows on the back and boxing up lovingly with a cute label!
I also love making vintage style flower hair clips, earring and rings!