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Buy beautiful, handmade gifts this Christmas from independent local stores in your community #lewes4xmas

By November 21, 2017February 26th, 2018Inspiration, Jessica Zoob's Latest News
Buy beautiful, handmade gifts this Christmas from independent local stores in your community #lewes4xmas

Lewes Independent Stores

My home town of Lewes in East Sussex is a wonderful creative community. As Christmas is fast approaching I wanted to showcase some of my favourite independent retailers. They all have fabulous online stores and some have bricks-and-mortar shops too selling their beautiful products.

Black Friday is coming. A viper’s nest of deals and mass consumerism! I have created a video with an alternative message. Support your community and small businesses this Christmas and choose to buy thoughtfully and avoid the armies of bargain hunters!

Instead choose civilized online shopping or Lewes late night Christmas shopping December 7th. Always a fabulously festive event!


ASAP Apothecary

Small batch distiller of organic luxury botanical skincare and drinks.

Lewes Map Store

Beautiful curated gifts sourced directly from independent UK designers and makers who share our love of traditional craftsmanship, classic design and timeless quality.

Seven Sister Spices

Give the gift of a 3/6 or 12 month subscription to Seven Sisters’ Spices Club Box – recipes and hand ground spices for 5 dishes, different each month and designed to be delicious as a feast if all cooked at once or as individual dishes to enjoy on their own. £12.50 per month

Lomax & Skinner

Bespoke millinery for all occasions.  Use a gift voucher to purchase a handmade hat designed for your special occasion. Fitted and beautifully packaged in a hat box.

Also can be used to purchase a hat from our designer collection or to attend one of our small group hat making courses run throughout the year or one-on-one tuition classes tailored to suit what you’d like to learn.

Photography: Cheng Han    Dresses: Joanne Fleming Design

Lomax & Skinner Bespoke Millinery - Gift Voucher

Nancy Meiland Parfums

Inspired by a summer spent in Skagen, Denmark, where she was  captivated by a magical place where two seas meet. Drawing on the  flora and fauna on the beaches and dunes around her to form the base notes of her new fragrance, Églantier, she collected flowering sage, rosehip and the sandalwood which evokes the driftwood washed ashore at low tide. Opening the fragrance with the seed of crushed ambrette to give a salty note, the rosehip adds a floral accent, with sensual tuberose at the heart.  As with all of Meiland’s scents, there is an enigmatic depth which makes them wearable by women and men alike.

From Victoria

Homewares & unique house plants . “New porcelain plant pot £28.00 Handmade by ‘me’ Victoria Turner.”

From Victoria #lewes4xmas


Handmade in the Perrymans Sussex workshop, each of their simple chopping boards are unique and distinctive in their design, colouring and grain. The timeless and significant nature of wood make these particularly special gifts for yourself or a loved one.
They are able to stamp each of our boards with dates, initials or a short message, at no extra charge.

Wonky Button

Double sided colour in and keep advent bunting


Bringing colour to your life and a smile to your face with their carefully curated collection of fun and colourful things for you, your children and your home

Popsicle - #lewes4xmas


Just two of the lampshades available from Wallplayper, pictured infant of dreamy grey Old MacDonald wallpaper


DOLLY offer a range of modern clothes that have a utility look with a fun twist, they’ve coined the word “Cutility”!

DOLLY - #lewes4mas

Alexis Dove

Award winning jewellery by Alexis Dove made in Lewes. Ethically sourced gemstones and Fairtrade gold.

Alexis Dove - #lewes4xmas

Jessica Zoob Gift Voucher

A work of art makes the perfect gift for any occasion but it is such personal decision. By giving your loved one a Jessica Zoob gift voucher this Christmas they will be able to choose the perfect art print for themselves.

Jessica Zoob Christmas Gift Voucher - #lewes4xmas

There are many other independent shops, cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants in Lewes. I have reviewed  in previous blogposts!