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The Study Gene Christmas Gift Guide 2020 |Independent Businesses Only

I am so excited to share with you my very first Christmas gift guide! I have a mix of gift ideas to suit every budget so there is something for everyone. This gift guide is aimed specifically for students to help make studying that bit more interesting and special and to make 2020 a bit more colourful! Also, I have only included products from Independent businesses, because if 2020 has shown us anything, it is that supporting small and independent businesses is important and not done enough and something I am trying to do much more of. This year, all of my Christmas presents will be bought from small, local or independent businesses.

With that said, let’s get on with the gift guide. Enjoy!

Inspire Spirit Journal

Price: £27.94 including UK shipping, or £25.44 including UK shipping with my 10% off code BETH10

Give someone the gift of productivity this Christmas! Inspire Spirit is one of my favourite brands for planners that promote productivity and goal setting to help you achieve your goals. I have previously written about their original black planner, but they have recently come out with a second edition in the colours elegant rose gold and dreamy blue that has even more amazing features! The planner is made from luxurious vegan leather and Some of the features you can expect from this planner are below:

  • Language: English
  • Undated (12 months) – start anytime!
  • Standard ‘B’ Format: 198x129mm
  • Eco-friendly paper with FSC
  • 100gsm Paper
  • 18 Additional Blank & Dotted Pages
  • Back book pocket, rose gold ribbon and pink rubber band
  • Finance tracker, wheel of life, manifestation cheque, vision board, goal breakdown and more!

Click here to visit the Inspire Spirit website

BoxClever Press Academic Planner and desk calendar

Price: Planner £15.99 with free delivery UK or option to pay for expedited delivery. Desk Calendar: £9.99 (shipping is the same as the planner)

Every student should get themselves an academic planner. I particularly like the BoxClever planners as they help you organise your studies and your life. It comes with a 7 day week to week view, reminder stickers, space for notes, perforated shopping lists, budget and timetable section! It is great value for money and beautiful quality.

The desk calendar is a lovely edition for anyone who needs an extra reminder to remember appointments, tutorials and lectures (like me!). It has a tear off to do list and monthly view so you can be extra organised.

Click here to visit the BoxClever Press website

“Baby It’s Cold” scented candle by Wax Lyrical England

Price: Usually £20 currently on sale for £16, ending midnight on Sunday 8th November 2020, so go go go!

Scented with oud, saffron, rose, jasmine, white sandalwood and musky amber, the wax lyrical candle takes an elegant spin on the traditional Christmas scent and was inspired by the companies home in the Lake District, which is my favourite place in the world. It is perfect for anyone who likes a bit of luxury, or who doesn’t really go for the typical winter spice fragrances this time of year! I am burning it right now and my study space smells incredible. The candle burns for up to 50 hours so it is sure to last throughout the festive season.

Click here to visit the Wax Lyrical website

Planner Accessories from Helen Richardson Handmade

Price: Average price is £1.50 for inserts, with charms and clips going up to around £3.75 each

For the people out there who like to make their planners pretty or glam up their Filofax, HR Handmade is one of my go-to places for affordable accessories such as this “Five minutes more” insert. I think a really cute gift or stocking filler would be a little planner accessories bundle all wrapped up with pretty paper!

Visit HR Handmade’s Etsy shop here

Yvonne Ellen Tealight Advent Calendar

Price: £30, free shipping for orders over £50

Made in collaboration with Wax Lyrical, Yvonne Ellen, an independently owned and family run home-ware and gift business with quirky, elegant illustrations, have created this beautiful tealight advent calendar that has 25 scented tealight candles in 4 different fragrances (Exotic Fig, Vintage Palm, Wild Jasmine and Arctic Breeze) and a pretty glass tealight holder behind door 1. Each tea light has a burn time of up to 6 hrs and is a perfect way to count down to Christmas or to gift to the person who has everything!

Click here to visit the Yvonne Ellen website

Hempnath Lakshya Laptop Case

Price: £22 for 13″, £25 for 15.5″ Free UK Delivery on orders over £25

Available in brown, natural, dark blue and light blue, Hempnath make sustainable hemp accessories, perfect for the eco-warrior in your life or anyone who is conscious about sustainability. The laptop bag has two compartments and the following features:

  • Outer Fabric: 100% Pure Hemp
  • Inner Fabric: 100% cotton
  • Interlining: 100% reused PVC
  • Metallic YKK Zippers
  • Large bag (for 15″ to 16″ Laptop) Inner Dimension – 28cm x 40cm
  • Medium bag (for 11″ to 13″ Laptop) Inner Dimension – 26cm x 35cm

With every purchase, Hempnath plants three trees through the Eden reforestation project. They are a very ethical business where you can be sure your money is going to a good cause.

Hempnath also make bags, totes and hats! Visit their website here

Pipsticks Sticker Pro Subscription

Price: Starting from $11.95 a month, but with a value of over $25 . You can get 20% off your first purchase with the code studygene20

Who says adults cannot enjoy stickers? Pipsticks make sticker bundles for adults that include a minimum of 7 sheets of stickers in the petite subscription or 15 sheets in the pro subscription (worth over $50). It also includes a postcard and other paper goodies and 5% off any online purchase for subscribers. I used my stickers to decorate my planner and it is such a mood booster!

Click here to visit the Pipsticks website

Treat boxes and other baked goodies from Friend In Me Bakery

Prices: Vary depending on what you are buying. Small treats start at about £5 to over £20 for large bakes

My gift guide wouldn’t be complete with out a couple of local business mentions. Friend in me bakery is run by soldier turned baker Amber, based in Northampton. The best part? Everything Amber makes is Vegan! She has a 5 star food hygiene rating and she made my birthday cupcakes during the first lock down and they were incredible! She even added in a free birthday brownie for me and it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Food is such a safe bet as a gift and I 100% recommend Friend In Me Bakery who will re-open on December 1st for Christmas!

Click here to visit the Friend In Me Bakery site

Letterbox Flowers from Bloom and Wild

Price: Starts from £23 for a bouquet. You can also pay monthly or upfront for a monthly gift subscription of flowers.

There is something really special about receiving fresh flowers and it is a fail safe gift. My boyfriend treated me to an amazing bouquet for my birthday in April and they are the best flowers I have ever received. I bought my Mum a bouquet and she was amazed at how long they lasted and how vibrant they were! They also come beautifully packaged and there are flowers for everyone’s taste to festive blooms to suit the season!

Click here to visit the Bloom and Wild website

That brings me to the end of my 2020 Christmas gift guide! I hope it gave you some inspiration or ideas for possible gifts and showed you some of the amazing things on offer from smaller, independent businesses!

When you support an independent business, you are supporting a dream. You keep more money in your local economy, encourage community and invest in entrepreneurship. We can all agree that 2020 needs a bit more of this as it has been a difficult year, with smaller businesses hit hardest. This year when you buy gifts, please try and look at local options first.

Happy Christmas Shopping! Love Beth xox

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*Disclaimer: Some of these products were gifted or contain affiliate discount codes. This does not change or influence my opinion of the products. All opinions are my own and do not reflect that of the brand mentioned*