2020 has not been the year anyone expected but as it draws to a close there's one thing that we think could truly spark some joy for the small businesses that have struggled over the past few months.
Shopping local isn't new to any of us, but as we approach the festive season, we're calling upon our community to resist the ease of Amazon deliveries and instead give local businesses the support they really need this Christmas.
Many of us are opting to do our Christmas shopping online this year which means nipping into local high street businesses with beautiful window displays may not happen as much. We know finding the right gift for your loved ones is really important and when shopping online it can be hard to find local creators and vendors that are selling what you need.
That's why SiGNAL have invited all local businesses and retailers in the Whitehill and Bordon area to come online together and showcase their crafts, creations and services in an easy-to-find way! My Town Online lets local business list all their products so you can easily search for and find exactly what you're after this festive season!
The team at SiGNAL have already been filling their baskets with a variety of festive goods so we thought we'd put together a local gift guide to make it even easier to support your neighbours this Christmas.
Original Artwork by local Artist Joanna Spragg from Escape 2 Art
Shop her stunning original acrylic pieces here featuring tranquil nature scenes framed in white double-mounted chunky frames. Her pieces work perfectly as stand-alone or in small collections.
If you would like a more personal present, you can even commission bespoke works of local spots or areas that mean something to a loved one.
Stylish Rain Hats by Katrine Orr from The Rain Hat Collection
Know any avid dog-walkers that like to be still be stylish while exploring? The Rain Hat Collection represent talented milliners who make chic, high quality rain hats with adjustable sizing - perfect if you are looking for a Christmas gift and unsure of someone's head size.
They also have hats that fold neatly into a pouch which are ideal as stocking fillers! Browse the collection here - prices range from £29 to £65 and get 10% off when you quote 'MyTown'!
Voucher for an Aromatherapy Massage from Tranquil Tea House Therapies
It's not been the easiest year for many of us so if you know someone who could benefit from some me-time think about booking them in for an Aromatherapy Massage or Facial with Tranquil Tea House Therapies.
This 'Oasis of Calm' is the perfect gift for a loved one who deserves to de-stress. Don't know when they're free for the appointment? You can also get a Gift Card for them to use on any treatments of bespoke products!
Stunning Jewelry handmade by Abigail J Marsh
Discover this unique range of handmade jewelry from rings, to necklaces, to beautifully detailed earrings. These precious pieces are made in short batches or one off and can even be commissioned so you can get something that is completely bespoke for your loved one this Christmas.
Here are our favourites, click each link to view:
Give the gift of a Festive Tipple with Christmas Bottles from the Hogmoor Gin Distillery
Your local Bordon distillery is providing all the festive fun with their newest Christmas releases. From Gin, to Spiced Rum and Vodka Liquor, you can browse these winter tipples to find the perfect one!
Check out their Christmas Tree bottles, and Festive Baubles to join in on the jolly décor or discover their miniature gin bottles - the perfect stocking filler!
If you own a local business and would like to help more customers find your products or services this Christmas you can list your business on My Town Online here. And if you know of anyone local selling great Christmas gifts please do let the team at SiGNAL know!
Remember that when you buy from a local business you support a local family and you help make a nearby business owner's dream come true. We all need our small businesses to survive as they play a vital role in our communities!
Happy Christmas everyone!