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We have curated a magical selection of gift and experience ideas from


Just sit back, get comfy, enjoy a glass of something lovely, and dive into the world of small and independent retailers



Mallow & White

Award winning organic & 100% natural skincare and soaps.  Hand blended in Harpenden.


Nights by Wilder

Stylish sleeps for little people.


Black Bridge Distillery

Produce small batch gins, vodkas and American inspired moonshines in their family distillery.


Sarah Heulwen Lewis Bespoke

Bespoke beautiful custom-made jewellery. 


The Pudding Stop

Our afters are definitely no afterthought - every gooey mix, stir, dollop and drizzle is dedicated to bringing you the very best handmade puddings. Now doing local delivery on all our bakes!



A multi award-winning skincare brand  which combine the best of what nature and science have to offer in order to support a healthy skin barrier, as well as respecting the environment. 


Tommy & Lottie

Are a unisex, ethical and sustainable clothing brand which produces a 'capsule' good quality baby range and organic sweatshirts for children and adults. The founder Katie Carr hand draws all her designs which are inspired by nature.


Iris Design Floral

Make beautiful bespoke luxury artificial florals collections. They also offer wedding florals, floral gifts boxes and home fragrances. 

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Etté Athletica

The most glamourous weights you'll find!



This is a fancy photo of us last year at our 4th Boutique Christmas Market. Ah those were the days ! 

This year has been interesting, to say the least, but it doesn't change our mission to champion small brands and businesses, and this year it's never been so pertinent. 

Scroll through these wonderful local handpicked businesses for all Christmas gifts.


But please don't forget.... 


A local, independent business is for life, not just for Christmas

We will be here 365 days of the year, and we hope you will join us and #thinkbigshoplocal when you shop! 

Sebia & Natalie

Founders of the The Harpenden Collective 

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Hillary Taylor Artist

Is best known for her townscapes from Harpenden to Hong Kong and places in between. Deliberately simplified, her drawings capture a sense of place, a slice of history: everyday life, money, politics and much more.  


Bits, Bobs & Gifts

Has a variety of gorgeous gifts and Christmas decorations including their bespoke Christmas Tree Cars - born from the founders huge passion for both Cars and Christmas - it seemed like the perfect combination.

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Threads of Harpenden

Is an independent, family-run gift and card shop. Often described as an 'Aladdin's cave' or mini department store.  It stocks a wide range of lovely gifts for all ages. All their stock is hand selected and includes some gorgeous ranges from local craftspeople.


The Panama Hat Company

Every hat they produce is a unique piece of headwear, it is ‘woven in Ecuador and hand-made in England’, using traditional hat-making techniques in their factory based in Luton.



Handmade quirky keep-forever lampshades that are 100% unique and are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a cool bohemian vibe to your home. Made to order to suit your style and decor.


Aelita Jewellery

Is a gorgeous independent contemporary jewellery brand offering a range of unique hand crocheted metal wearables both in silver and gold. 

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Lil' Cubs

Is a childrenswear brand that designs bright, colourful gender neutral prints. Happy clothes for happy children! All local Harpenden orders will be delivered and postage will be refunded.


Handmade In Harpenden

Founders Henry and Farhana, dedicated to living a clean, sustainable way of life, created HIH to share their custom blended fragrances and plant-based creations with the world, while pledging to only source materials from the UK. 



An award-winning florist offering a gorgeous selection of flowers and plants alongside Home & Interiors. We offer bespoke event designs and corporate subscriptions, as well as ensuring your wedding flowers are perfect for your special day.


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- Ef Schumacher


CRUMBS at Feeding Time

CRUMBS makes triple chocolate treasure trays (brownie slabs loaded with goodies and a personalised message - an ideal alternative to a birthday cake) and bespoke iced biscuits for all occasions. 

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Rufus Country

Leather designer brand, Rufus Country produce beautiful bags and small leather goods in the finest leathers, thoughtfully designed  and built to last. For a 10% discount add HC10 when checking out on our website.


Lucy Likes It

Personalised simple, but quirky hand drawn prints and cards.


Deborah Fitz Interiors

Can help with every aspect of Interior Design within your home. Offering expert, friendly design advice, founder Deborah takes on projects of all sizes, from single rooms to whole houses. . Ideal for busy people, Deborah’s start to finish service takes all the stress out of achieving your desired result.


Pepino Puppets

Our puppets are 100% handmade, from the wooden feet to the hand-stitched detailing. When we apply the final finish to the face, the puppet comes to life with its own unique personality. They are easily moveable with just two strings, suitable for children from three years old to one hundred!


Harpenden Skin Clinic

 We offer a range of non-surgical treatments for the face and body, including skin rejuvenation and anti-aging, laser hair removal, body contouring, fat freezing plus much more. Using the latest most advanced technology, we can help you achieve natural, beautiful long lasting results. Why not buy a loved one a gift voucher for one of our treatments. 


Willow & Wild

We make fresh handmade outdoor wreaths and swags at Christmas (pre-order for early December delivery).  We also create indoor wreaths and home decor using dried flowers and grasses for ever-lasting loveliness.



Milo + James

A local, natural and organic skincare company that uses natural and organic ingredients where each ingredient is carefully chosen for its benefits. The products are handmade in small batches in St Albans and are not tested on animals.


Sea Glass Art

'Recycled by nature, upcycled by me!’ 
I make truly original art from beachcombed materials. I predominately use sea glass, which I don’t shape or alter in any way as I like the challenges this poses! My work covers many different themes, often with a touch of humour or poignancy.

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Jen Roffe

Hand lettering artist Jen Roffe creates prints and homeware designed for the people you love, and about the places you live.  This Christmas there’s a Harpenden tea-towel - great for grown-up stocking fillers. And bespoke Christmas decorations and greetings cards.


Hodge Interiors

Blends modern and vintage homewares to help you create your own perfect individual space. We concentrate on items founded in good design and form whether they are old or new.


Smudge & Squidge

Are passionate to create eco-conscious, reusable nappy & baby wearing friendly, fun and bold baby and toddler wear. 

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Ella & Doodle

Is all about contemporary and unisex prints. All products are hand made and many styles are reversible, offering two prints in one.  My products range from new baby gifts to adult accessories and decoration.


Showtime Circus

Founded by Jessica Antelope Hill, who has over 10 years of professional dance and circus performance experience. Showtime Circus are really excited to be able to open our doors and offer Family Experiences as something a little different to do as a family or social bubble. You will learn: Aerial Hoop, Acrobatics, Trapeze, Juggling, Hula Hoop, Poi and LOADS more! 

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The Little Square Gallery

Curates artistically styled, contemporary exhibits of treasured pictures - either photography or children's artwork.

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Bright Corner

We design and make simple, sustainable wooden LED lights.  Using FSC Birch Plywood and fabric coloured flex, they offer a simple, sustainable cosy light for your home. Designed to be used with a warm white, low light LED bulb they create a calm, happy atmosphere.

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Goodnight Starry

Is a beautiful picture book for little stargazers aged 3-6 years. Humorously written and beautifully illustrated, Goodnight Starry is the perfect goodnight story to ignite a little one's love of the planets, moons, stars and space.

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Gather & Give

The home of luxury, earth friendly gifts. We source and create gorgeous gifts that are sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly. 100% natural candles, aromatherapy bath salts, leopard print reusable cups and wooden toys, are just a few of the wonderful presents you can find.


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A Home Interiors shop on Holywell in St Albans. We are also home to Cositas Creative, where we run a jam packed calendar of Creative Workshops led by local experts. They’re hugely popular and so much fun. 


Living Room Plants

Founder John Kitchen's passion is to connect people with nature and believes strongly in the therapeutic and well-being benefits of having plants in our homes and offices. He personally hand selects plants that are easy to care for and stress free.  Potted Christmas Trees for click and collect and delivery will be available at the start of December!

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Little Active People

Love nothing more than discovering new and brilliant products to help support busy families. We created Little Active People as an answer to the modern day pressures on children and for parents keen to keep little minds and bodies active, no matter what the weather.


Farr Brew

Founded on the principles of creating great tasting real ales brewed with craft and a commitment to quality. The Farr Brew Christmas shop will be open once again at our tap room to provide you with all the local presents you need!


Pawtraits by Tilly

'Pawtraits by Tilly' is a personalised pet portrait business set up by designer and illustrator Tilly Todd.



As a personal stylist, I can help you discover and develop your own personal style, how to shop for your body shape and colouring to make clothing choices that boost your confidence. An Edits-Styling gift voucher is a unique and original gift!


Style & Source

We handpick pieces which are original and affordable from all over the UK. We embrace British design both old and new, and are also big supporters of local independent creatives. 


Brave New Year Apparel

Co-founded by Lou Hamilton and Meredith Hepner-Chapman their eco-range is made-to-order with artwork by Lou Hamilton to inspire you to wear the messages you want to share with the world. 

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Third Wave

We produce bespoke, hardy, waterproof bags made from colourful, pre-loved recycled windsurfing sails/sailcloth. Handmade in Harpenden and made to order. Your perfect eco-friendly tote bag, swimming kit, laundry, beach bag or bag for life!


Maya Chilli Company

Raised by my Grandma in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, my chilli is a fusion of fiery Indian flavours and cool Danish sophistication.  We blend the finest natural ingredients, totally free from salt and preservatives and Vegan.  The added dollop of love brings out its revolutionary taste!  Join the Revo-Fusion & free the flavour! Use discount code: FREELOCALDELIVERY


Ghengu Jewellery

At Ghengu Jewellery, I source and make beautiful wearable jewellery working with materials such as leather, faux suede, feathers and semi-precious beads.


Ducks Fly Together

Ducks Fly Together is an online gift shop creating unique and personalised gifts for special people and special occasions. We love collaborating with customers to create the most bespoke items that will be treasured. We specialise in jewellery (notably cufflinks, necklaces and earrings), coasters and wood art.  

We are offering free, express delivery to the local area right up until Christmas Eve!


Veritiero Campbell Interiors

Two friends with a shared love of all things interior design, sourcing and selling gorgeous home furnishings and accessories. We only buy what we love! Interior design & services available.


Five Dinners

Is a curated meal planning service, where members receive a meal plan each week alongside a complete shopping list. The meal plans include x5 family-friendly recipes created by Theo Cooks, executive chef, food columnist, x5 cookbook author and was a semi finalist on Masterchef and our weekly guest chefs.  FiveDinners is fantastic for your pocket, saving money on your grocery bills and great for the environment in helping to reduce food waste.