We need to talk about Christmas...
We (personally) don't normally like to talk about Christmas until after Halloween (i.e. from November onwards). For others, there's a clear line that it isn't mentioned until after Remembrance Day.
But it's been creeping earlier every year and we find our local garden centres 'opening' their Christmas stores in September (no really, they are planning for Christmas very early!) Our social media feeds are already beset by Christmas related content - from events to go to, gift ideas to buy loved ones and recipes for inspiration.
And whilst we personally prefer to put Christmas 'off' for a little while, to enjoy the autumnal hues of this lovely time of year, professionally speaking we do need to think ahead and prepare for Christmas.
We're already booked in for a number of great Christmas fairs and events - to see which ones, just click here.
Of course we reckon we're the best go-to place for presents that are a bit more practical (but still beautiful none the less). We've got a great selection of gift ideas for people who like to make, mend and grow - from DIY enthusiasts to gardeners, sewers to car or motor bike restorers, or people who just like to tinker in their garage or workshop. All carefully selected - so we pick our 'best choice' from brands including Carhartt Workwear, Trusco and Toyo toolboxes, Niwaki garden tools, Leatherman multitools, Opinel Penknives and Sneeboer gardening tools.
And - importantly - if you were thinking about buying one of our one-off axes, hori-hori's or hammers - then you may need to get in early (not a sales technique - just a reality of being a small business and stock levels!) Edd is busy painting the handles of axes, hammers and hori-hori garden knives in custom colours already. He's also working on sheaths for our Skatewood axes. And our limited edition Skatewood Hori-Hori garden knives and our Skatewood trowels are - well - to point out the obvious - limited in number - so please do think about buying them early to avoid disappointment.
So - we'll try not to bombard you with Christmas related content - but please do think about us when you're ordering all your presents and gifts this year... as a small, independent business we'd really appreciate it (and hopefully you'll give us a bit of credit for not being annoyingly Xmasy too early!)
If you are looking for Christmas present inspiration - then take a look at some of our gift guides - we've lots of different ones for different types of people or for different price points. And if you are still stuck, then don't hesitate to drop us an email or get in touch via instagram and we can hopefully point you in the right direction of a top gift suggestion that will last and be loved.