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Is there a thread about unusual and interesting on-line shops this year?

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Stewedcoot Sun 09-Nov-14 09:31:29

I've looked but I can't find one!

I'm looking for some interesting presents that are a bit different.

I shop on Not on the High Street occasionally and shops like Willow & Stone but there doesn't seem to be much originality out there this year.

Any ideas?

Stewedcoot Sun 09-Nov-14 12:49:23


DaMoves Sun 09-Nov-14 12:51:16

I love etsy.

WerewolfBarMitzvah Sun 09-Nov-14 12:52:44

Someone here recommended Hus and Hem one time and I've since bought a load of Christmas presents for myself

KnittedJimmyChoos Sun 09-Nov-14 12:53:46

I agree....I have not been blown away with anything I have seen on line or in store.

discovered this lady yesterday I adore her necklaces for children and cards....I am going to buy some cards and hang them up.

Stewedcoot Sun 09-Nov-14 13:17:18

Thank you Werewolf hadn't heard of Hus and Hem, have just had a quick look and it's definitely going on the list!

Knitted yes there does seem to be a dearth of creativity out there (but maybe that's down to the economic climate, although thought that was meant to work in reverse!). if I see another pair of angel's wings or an 'interesting' printed tea towel, I think I will shoot myself! Thanks for link!

Damoves thanks! Definitely scanning Estsy fairly frequently. Just looking for something a bit original.

One of my sisters has recommended Rockett St George & Urban Outfitters for interesting stocking fillers, so going to look at them now ... .

And there's always Anthropologie I suppose ...

Any other newish sort of sites out there I wonder?

WowOoo Sun 09-Nov-14 15:30:40

I bought some lovely decorations and nice ribbon and wrapping paper from here last year:

OldRoan Sun 09-Nov-14 15:34:22

For stationery bits I love Present and Correct and for unusual books Persephone Books but I can see that they are a fairly niche market.

CallingAllEngels Sun 09-Nov-14 21:43:04

I love the literary gift company and their sister site, present indicative sc smile

Roomsdoom Sun 09-Nov-14 21:45:20

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DamselNotInHerDress Sun 09-Nov-14 21:51:26

That refound website is lovely, never seen it before.

Prizepudding Sun 09-Nov-14 21:53:17

If anyone likes craft and making they're own gifts I can recommend this website which sells kits to make, wrap and personalise gifts.

KnittedJimmyChoos Sun 09-Nov-14 22:04:54

I just LOVED this!! Peculiar perhaps confused

KnittedJimmyChoos Sun 09-Nov-14 22:05:52

Refound now I have clicked YES seen it before knew it as RE. Lovely stuff.

MsAspreyDiamonds Sun 09-Nov-14 22:58:09

I like some of the stuff on here but I agree a lot of items seem to be similar wherever you look.

This is not an online shop but if you live in London then head to Spitalfields market on a Sunday for original ideas.

AnythingNotEverything Sun 09-Nov-14 23:02:37

Following. Great ideas here. Thanks

ZeViteVitchofCwismas Sun 09-Nov-14 23:08:59

I second Spitalfields.

RustyDalek Sun 09-Nov-14 23:10:53

I like Redbubble, where independent artists and designers can sell their work on a range of products.

Dancergirl Sun 09-Nov-14 23:15:43

Cox and cox

Mummyboo30 Sun 09-Nov-14 23:29:42

I like for unusual kids toys. I've not actually bought anything yet, but I've not really started properly shopping yet.

Otherwise, there are lots of interesting small businesses on facebook that make or distribute unusual things.

stupidlittlegirl Sun 09-Nov-14 23:32:38


Stewedcoot Mon 10-Nov-14 14:37:35

Ooh sorry, been busy, only just come back to this now.

Really grateful for all these replies! Off to do the school run but back to inspect more closely later. Thank you again!

twolittledarlings Mon 10-Nov-14 19:22:19

Campus gifts

Stewedcoot Tue 11-Nov-14 16:25:09

Right, finally been able to have a quick look at these fabulous suggestions and links (visitors here atm!). Sorry to be saying so so only now, but thank you so much for all of the links, which are hugely appreciated!

Twolittledarlings haven't investigated Campus Gifts properly yet but it looks ripe with possiblities! Thank you!

Can seem to access Ueueirre stupidlittlegirl but thanks for the suggestion smile

Mummyboo really great to see so many unusual toys in one place at Toyella and have already mentally book-marked a few for colleagues dc!

Already a regular at Cox and Cox but seems a bit samey this year. Thanks nonetheless Dancergirl smile

RustyDalek RedBubble looks like it might have quite a bit of potential for the teenagers in my life - thanks for link!

Wow! Hayletts looks wonderful MsAsprey thank you so much! Can't wait to dive in!

Live abroad (EU) but have noted Spitalfields for my next trip to London, thanks Asprey and ZeVite

Big waves to Engels!!! Thanks so much - they look spot on - really desperate for interesting books and stationery so they will both be great sources of inspiration when it comes to present list (actually thought you were joking about the second one though wink)

Knitted Damsel and Woo-oo love Re-found but find their website intensely irritating (but that could just be me!) smile

Thanks Knitted but find that bauble a bit disconcerting grin

Will check out Firebox- thanks Roomsdoom

Artisan looks as though it could be good for presents for people such as colleagues/teachers that you don't know that well Prizepudding - but still unusual - thank you!

Ooooh thank you OldRoan had forgotten all about PresentandCorrect and I absolutely love it! And Persephone books looks wonderful too! Am really grateful!

Hope I haven't missed anyone out! Really feel a lot happier now starting my Christmas shopping thanks to all of these suggestions. Mumsnet is brilliant for this sort of thing!

Butterpuff Tue 11-Nov-14 16:50:59

I'll second firebox for secret Santa's and people who like weird stuff. Sometimes they have cute things too. Am thinking about buying an artisan cheese making kit for a friend that I saw on the site this week. Or the star mug that reveals the constellations when you put your hot water in it.

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