The festive end of the year is fast-approaching; before long it’ll be questionable knitwear, hot booze and the annual existential what-to-buy-my-loved-ones-(and-me!) crisis.
In just 14-days, 2019’s edition of the Harbourside Christmas Market will launch in full festive force, and with over 100 local makers under our roof, there’ll be something here for everyone.
To help you navigate the fickle waters of Christmas with an idea of what’s to come, we’ve put together our Makers Dozen gift-guide below:
High Life Organics
It’s the High Life not the dry life.
High Life Organics make cosmetics that are pitched at climbers and owners of hard-working hands.
Their organic creams are stacked full of the good stuff (we’re talking beeswax, frankincense, and apricot, to name a few) and are guaranteed to keep tips tender and mitts in peak condition. Highly recommended.
Find High Life Organics at The Harbourside Christmas Market on: 23rd & 30th November ; 7th, 14th & 21st Dec.
That hard-to-buy-for person left you in the dark about what to get them? Oldland Vintage beautifully restore the old and the industrial into dazzling one-off light-pieces. From fire extinguishers-turned-lamps to up-cycled-trumpet bedside illuminations, you’ll find the Oldland Vintage stall is full of bright gift ideas.
Find Oldland Vintage at The Harbourside Christmas Market on: 24th November; 15th & 21st December.
Wrappers delight: dumping the clingfilm to use Bristol Wax’s beautiful beeswax wraps will keep your leftovers super-fresh and your fridge looking fetching. And for extra karma, you’ll also be helping to stop the land and sea getting plagued with plastic.
They’re a great shout for a gift that won’t cost the earth, or harm it.
Find Bristol Wax at The Harbourside Christmas Market on 23rd and 30th November; 7th, 14th, and 21st Dec.
Gingerbeard’s make literally everything taste better: fact.
The ginger-bearded saucerer uses local ingredients in clever concoctions to make his now legendary, award-winning preserves. They’re as delicious as they are versatile: serve them with your turkey or in that deep-fill left-overs sandwich, or tuck them under the tree for someone else to savour. For maximum festivity, put them in someone’s stockings. Simply saucy.
Our favourites? The Beer Bacon & Chilli Jam or the Redcurrant Jelly: downright delicious and will make for a very berry Christmas.
Find Gingerbeard’s Preserves at The Harbourside Christmas Market on all 10-days.
Gregg McDonald Leatherwork
Gregg McDonald crafts leather into exceptionally fine wallets, purses and card holders, hand-stitched in his Bristol workshop.
Working with the highest quality leather, including vegan and recycled options, his hallmark is super-colourful designs and patterns married to a perfect ergonomic fit for both your hand and sky rocket: making a back-pocket companion for life, not just for Christmas.
Catch Gregg McDonald Leatherwork at The Harbourside Christmas Market on 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December.
If collider beams could smash retro, tropical vibes into leftfield, visionary references to create beautiful art, you’d have something like Marta Zubieta’s work. Inspired by a heady mix of South-American homebrew and sci-fi, Marta’s illustrations will take your peepers deep into the watery Neptunian jungle – all aboard!
Catch Marta at The Harbourside Christmas Market on 1st and 15th December.
True feeder of the people, Lynda’s Loaf has been supplying shoppers with much needed sustenance for years. From freshly baked quiches and cheese-laden focaccia to dangerously-moreish cake, her wares will give you the decadent injection the yuletide frenzy demands.
FYI, arrive early for the quiche!
Find Lynda’s Loaf at The Harbourside Christmas Market on 24th November; 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd Dec.
Seatox, glad tide-ins they bring for you and your skin. Taking the abundant wonder-stuff of the seas (often known as sea weed), they create enriching, nourishing, and nutrient-packed face creams to seal in moisture for your baby soft skin.
And the good feels aren’t just for your face, £1 from every sales goes to Marine and Seal Conservation, too. Who’s for second kelpings?
Catch Seatox at The Harbourside Christmas Market on 30th November; 7th, 8th, 21st & 22nd December.