Creative Bristol Christmas List

In the run up to Christmas we've teamed up with Let’s Make Art and their Gifts for Crafty Kids project to bring you present ideas for art lovers of all ages. If you missed our first post on amazing creative books, you can find it here.

Next up, we're talking all things independent! There's nothing better than the feeling of supporting local artists, so here's a guide to some of our favourites as well as some great places to pick up their wares. Shop happy!

Just a few of our favourite designers, makers and creators - obviously there are many, many more! Find them stocked online and around Bristol.

Paly Glass
These beautiful little frames containing pressed flowers are a real joy! They make a beautiful addition to any bedroom wall, no matter what age. Nikki can also personalise the frames by making individual letters and makes some lovely mirrors and terrariums too.

Luke Drew This
This Bristol company takes your children’s drawings and prints them onto high quality clothing and accessories. Great presents for mums, dads, grandparents or teachers and the perfect way to immortalise those doodles. Deadline for Christmas presents is 13th December, so bust out the felt tips as soon as you can!

Dakota Rae Dust
Eye poppingly wonderful jewellery, clothing and accessories. We are particularly keen on the ‘Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals’ badge. All handmade by Bec, these goodies are guaranteed to add some colour to your lives.

Beck produces jewellery and home accessories from recycled and sustainable materials out of her studio in Barton Hill. Her wooden jewellery pieces all come with a history, while the colourful geometric planters are a must for all the crazy cactus people in your life. Find her stocked in HOME Shop and other stores in town.

Dixon Does Doodles
If zombie cows, dinosaurs riding bikes or brussel sprout trees are your thing, then Jonathan is your man! You can find his doodles splashed across plates, prints, split pin puppets, temporary tattoos, cards and everything else in between. He also does wonderful commissions so get in touch before 16 December to give a personalised farty bean plate this Christmas!

Emotional Waterfall
Jemma's brilliantly colourful jewellery and pots are a total feast for the eyes and can be found in That Thing, Co-Lab and various other places around town. She's also up for commissions so if you have a piece of furniture that needs some doodle love or you want your bike helmet to stand out from the crowd, get in touch with her!

Insane in the Rain
Amazing raincoats made from recycled plastic with prints so amazing they're guaranteed to make you feel less like a middle aged rambler in the playground. And they now come in mini sizes too. Find them at That Thing.

Bristol in a Box
Nina's handmade lightboxes are a great present for any Bristolian! However, she'll also custom make them with your own image, giving your photographs some added pizazz. Would make a brilliant addition to a little leg's bedroom.

Here's a list of some of the best places to shop independent this Christmas. Some you will have heard of, some you might have forgotten about and some may be off your radar entirely.

Arnolfini Bookshop
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Open Tue-Sun
This is one of those places where you can easily while away an hour just soaking it all in, and we very often do. With books covering every artistic angle as well as great gifts and children’s books, it’s a brilliant place to do a large chunk of your Christmas shopping!

The Bristol Artisan
RWA, Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1PX
9th & 10th Dec
40 designer makers will be gathered together at the RWA offering a range of textiles, children's products, digital wares, illustration, jewellery, ceramics and more.

Bristol Bazaar Independent Market
The Island, Nelson Street, Bristol BS1 2LE
1st - 23rd Dec
This Christmas pop up promises a range of fashion, homewares, cosmetics, art, booze and preserves.

Bristol Co-Lab
123 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8AX
Open Mon-Sun
It was smiles all round when Co-Lab opened up on Gloucester Road earlier in the year after their city centre shop closed down. Head here for clothing, jewellery, homewares, prints and more by local artists.

Bzzaar Christmas Makers Market
47 Picton Street, Bristol BS6 5NH
1st - 22nd Dec
As there's no Picton Street Fair this year (sob) we're pleased to see that some Bristol makers are keeping the dream alive! Illustrations, plants, zines, ceramics and more with an opening part on 1 Dec.

Coexist Winter Shop
Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY
1st Dec - 12th Jan
Covering the whole of the gallery space, this is always a great place to shop with gifts to suit every budget.

Etsy Made Local - Bristol
M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN
2 Dec
Whilst it's a great place to find locally made gifts and support independent makers, Etsy can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. This is your chance to meet some of Bristol's Etsy sellers in person and see the products before you buy.

Folk House Festive Flea Market
Bristol Folk House, 40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG
2 Dec
Always a fun one, head to the old Folky for vintage, bric-a-brac, arts and crafts... and a chance to get your chops round the legendary Folk House Cafe brownie!

Here Gallery
108b Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU
Open Tue-Sun
A Stokes Croft institution, this small space is packed to the gills with beautiful artwork. A highlight for us is the range of brilliant children’s books, including lots by local illustrators such as Naomi Wilkinson. Also a great place to shop for any of those tricky-to-buy-for comic and zine fans.

Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Until 22 Dec
Harbourside pop-up shop showcasing (and manned by) lots of wonderful local artists including Priormade, Lazy Jellyfish and Hannah Broadway.

I Am Acrylic
7 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS
Open Thu-Sat
Recently relocated from London, this lovely shop stocks a wide range of hand cut acrylic jewellery. As they don’t use any laser cutting, each item is unique and lovingly created!

Kasso + Smogg
34 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1TG
New independent store near St Nick's market, perfect for all art, design and culture buffs.

Made in Bristol Gift Fair
Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec & 16 Dec
Toys, jewellery, clothes, ceramics, homewares and more from a selection of Bristol's creatives.

Smithson Gallery Pop-Up
The Forge, Colston Yard, Off Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BD
30th Nov - 3rd Dec
If it's artworks you're after, then get yourselves to the beautiful Forge and take a look at everything the Smithson Gallery have to offer. Contemporary art, leather goods, homewares, stationary and more.

That Thing
45-47 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QP
Open Mon-Sat
Joh, the brains behind this gorgeous shop, champions Bristol’s independents brands, making the shop a one-stop destination for locally made clothing, accessories, homewares, festival gear and more. You're guaranteed to leave feeling around 80% more sparkly.

20 North Street, Bristol BS3 1HW
Open Mon-Sun
Just over a year old, this lovely shop is packed full of toys that don’t require you to hide the batteries in order to save your sanity. They have a wonderful range of creative toys and a good price range too.

We hope you enjoy meeting all the amazingly creative Bristolians out there!