Support local this Christmas: Leicester Christmas gift guide

There's a chance to win the entire gift guide.

It’s that time of year again where Michael Bublé tells us to have a Holly Jolly Christmas and Mariah Carey declares that all she wants for Christmas is you.

This year has been a tough one for everyone and although Christmas may not be the celebration that we’re used to this year, it’s important that we remain high spirited and continue to spread the magic of Christmas.

With many industries struggling from the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, a theme has sparked the nation in 2020 more than ever, and that’s to support local independent businesses.

Those small business owners are the ones who do a happy dance when they receive a new order, and the ones you know who will appreciate how much it means to be able to support their loved ones this Christmas.

Big chains and brands are great for helping us feel festive from the likes of John Lewis and Coca Cola with their notorious festive adverts, but after the year we’ve had we need to support one another on a more personal level.

Leicester City Council created the fantastic “Lights for Leicester” campaign insight of the notorious city light switch on proving that Christmas hasn’t been cancelled this year. Inspired by this campaign and the idea of supporting local, we have put together our top gift guide compiled with local businesses to help you finish off your Christmas shopping with an independent touch.

1. Betty Brown bag

As well as supporting local, sustainability and helping the planet have been key movements of 2020. Betty Brown produces sustainable fashion items and accessories which will be one of the best gifts you can find for environmentally conscious members of your family or friendship circle.

2. Gym membership for the new year

Most New Year Resolutions fit under the health and fitness category so this could be the perfect gift to help a loved one get a head start on their goals. Hamilton’s Honour Gym has recently opened in Oadby which is a great local and independent option.

3. Grazing hamper or cake box

From busy home bakers such as Amz Bakes.

4. Voucher for a clothes company

Such as Suit Direct, a new brand in High Cross.

5. Branded Stationery

If your loved ones have a favourite local business, see if they offer any branded stationery or gifts for the festive period.

6. Food voucher

If you know a couple who love a takeaway or meal out at the weekend, why not ask their local restaurant for a voucher? Whether it’s cocktails from Orton’s Brasserie or a set meal for two from Sanjay Foods, something as simple as a voucher can go a long way when the message is thoughtful.

7. Scents

Everyone loves a candle at Christmas, and the stunning burners and melts from Louise Rose Aromas are our go-to.

8. Electricals

It could be that something like a smart plug kit that is the perfect touch for your recipient this Christmas to add a new technological touch to their home. We’ve spent a lot of time indoors this year so anything that can make a change internally will most likely be appreciated.

If you’re thinking these gifts sound pretty impressive for a Christmas shopping haul, Cross Productions has put together a festive competition in alignment with Niche Magazine which will see one lucky winner claiming this gift guide along with some other local treats.

All you have to do is find the hidden Christmas Cross Productions logo in the latest issue of Niche Magazine and tag us in a post on any social media platform saying you have #FoundTheLogo – then private message us with the page number for a valid entry.

All correct answers will be placed into a prize draw, with one winner chosen at random on Friday, December 18.

Good luck and happy shopping!


Written by Becci Houlston

Whilst working in a digital marketing role, I have also written my own blog, B.Houlston, and review content for Focus Film Blog. I love blogging, social media and a good chit chat. If I’m not blogging or instagramming, you’ll find me baking sweet treats or rewatching 00s TV reruns.