Save the Dates: Shop Small, Buy Handmade

Save the Dates: Shop Small, Buy Handmade

The holiday season is just around the corner, and what better way to embrace the spirit of giving than by shopping small and buying handmade gifts for your loved ones?

Birmingham has some fantastic handmade markets coming up that will help you find unique, handcrafted treasures to make your Christmas extra special.

Mark your calendars to shop Oh My Clumsy Heart in person at the Birmingham Design + Friends Makers Market on 17 Nov and the Paperdolls Handmade Market on 18-19 Nov.



Birmingham Design + Friends Market

Birmingham Design + Friends Makers Market

Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
Location: The Jointworks, Jewellery Quarter
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The Birmingham Design + Friends Makers Market at The Jointworks is a celebration of local creativity and craftsmanship. At this market, you'll discover a wide range of design-led handmade products, from original artwork and prints to jewellery and home decor.

Whether you're shopping for holiday gifts or looking to treat yourself, the Makers Market is an ideal place to find meaningful gifts. Plus, buying from local artists means you'll be supporting the Birmingham creative community, which is always a great feeling!



Paperdolls Winter Market

Paperdolls Handmade Market

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 18-19, 2023
Location: The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham
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The Paperdolls Handmade Market is another must-visit event for anyone who appreciates the charm of handmade goods. Held at the iconic Custard Factory in the heart of Digbeth, this market is known for its vibrant atmosphere and quality products made by local designer-makers.

From hand-made clothing to hand-poured candles, you can find a diverse range of products crafted by talented artisans. The Paperdolls Handmade Market is the perfect place to spend the day, browsing stalls and discovering one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.



Why Shopping Small Is So Important This Holiday Season

Shopping small is important all year but buying handmade girls can make the holiday season feel extra special. Not only are handmade markets the best place to buy meaningful gifts, it's a more eco-friendly way to shop that directly supports local makers and small businesses. Here are 5 more reasons why shopping small can make the holiday season extra special:


Supporting Local Businesses

When you shop at handmade markets, you're directly supporting local makers and small businesses. Every purchase you make helps them to thrive and continue making beautiful items you can't buy anywhere else.

Personal Connection

Meeting the makers and hearing the stories behind a product's creation means so much more than buying something that has been mass-produced. Buying items that have been made by hand makes every gift feel much more meaningful.

Unique Gifts

Handmade items have a special touch and character that you won't find in mass-produced products. Shopping small and buying handmade is an opportunity to gift truly unique and meaningful presents.

Better Service

At craft fairs and handmade markets, you can speak directly to the designer-makers who made your gifts. The service you receive is much more personalised, making the shopping experience more enjoyable.

Environmental Benefits

Handmade markets are a great way to have a more eco-friendly Christmas. Shopping locally will reduce the environmental impact of shopping online and buying handmade gifts has a much smaller carbon footprint than mass-produced goods.


By shopping small and buying handmade at Birmingham's handmade markets, you can make this holiday season truly special. You will be supporting local talented artisans and makers, and your loved ones will appreciate the thought and effort you put into their gifts.



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Written by Sophie Davies

Sophie is a freelance writer and full-time jeweller. She has been writing about simple living and sustainability for over ten years; exploring simple living, sustainable style, and slow travel. She writes for a variety of brands and publications as well as her personal blog, A Considered Life.

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