As a small business we understand the importance of supporting local right now. Following the cancellation of our hugely popular 2020 events, including Living North's Christmas Fair, we’ve been busy at Living North HQ working on new ideas to help support all of your favourite small businesses – and provide our loyal readers and visitors with a platform to shop in the run up to Christmas too. That’s where our Living North Loves Local Gift Card Collection comes in.
Taking the form of monetary vouchers, we will be promoting everything from experiences and subscriptions to the best of hospitality, artisan makers and independent retailers from across the North. Here are five you can shop with soon…
The experts at Graze & Gorge specialise in luxury platter boxes and grazing tables – filled with everything from antipasti, charcuterie and award-winning cheeses, to their famed chocolate bark and bliss balls. Their boxes, brimming with cheeses, meats, crackers, fruit, chutneys, and a myriad of sweet treats, were practically made with Christmas feasting in mind.
This Yorkshire-based illustration business create charming, colourful and whimsical gifts that your family and friends will love. From prints and cards to dainty ceramic mugs, milk jugs, vases, platters and more, you’ll find plenty of inspirational gifts – and the wrapping to match.
Looking for perfect presents for your pooch? Look no further. These guys are the go-to for sustainable and quality pet accessories, from personalised tags to cosy coats. They’ve also got a great range of gifts for dog lovers too – think eco-friendly travel cups and cute printed socks.
The Winery by Laneberg Wine is Tyneside’s first Urban Winery. They take fresh grapes grown in England and hand-craft them into beautiful wines. Laneberg have just finished bottling their 2019 Vintage collection, including Bacchus, a stunning still white wine, and Maximilian, the winery's first ever red wine made with the German Regent grape variety. If their 2018 vintage is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.
Cacao Brew follows the same concept as coffee, but uses organic cacao beans rather than coffee beans. They're roasted and then ground, for you to brew at home in your cafetière. But, what's best? You can keep the left-over grounds (that with coffee would usually be thrown away) and add them to your morning porridge, or use them to give banana bread a chocolatey kick.