This is a gift guide with a difference. I’m about to introduce to you the most unique Christmas gift ideas for both kids and grown ups too! Not only are you about to fall in love with all the products listed below, but you will also be so glad you stumbled across lots of these companies.

What’s different about this gift guide? Every single product here has been created by a Mum run business. Every single one of these products are unique, innovative and quite frankly something you will adore. In this list you will be able to find gifts for the smallest of kids, to the oldest of grown ups. I also have a feeling you are about to discover some of your new FAVOURITE online stores. I will be very surprised if you don’t.

If you are a regular reader of Life Unexpected, you will know just how passionate I am about supporting Mums who have started their own businesses. Over the past couple of years I have interviewed and featured a lot of Mums on Life Unexpected via my ‘Interview With A Mum In Business Series’.  If I’ve learnt one thing from them, it’s that running your own business around the juggle of family life is not easy! It takes passion, dedication, a lot of balancing and a lot of late nights.

Another thing I have discovered is one very true and common fact. Every single time you buy from a Mum run business, there is a real person behind that screen doing a little happy dance. You are literally making their day, supporting their dream and showing them that all those hours have been so worth it!

I would be so grateful if you could spend a few minutes looking through this Christmas gift guide and if you could take some time to support these small, wonderful businesses this Christmas, in anyway you can!

If you’re looking for gifts for crafty people…

Cotton Clara

  Cotton Clara  
 If you know someone who loves doing crafts or who has been after a new hobby for a while, maybe they’ll love some Cotton Clara products for Christmas?

Chloe, the creator of Cotton Clara, sells the most vibrant, unique embroidery kits (that you can do at home) as well as a few other beautiful and vibrant home decor pieces that will very quickly brighten up any space.

Products range from small kits you can stitch yourself (how much fun does that sound?) through to larger, personalised art pieces that are hand stitched to order. Chloe also accepts custom orders. If you are looking for something particular your home, or for someone you love, get in touch with her!

Below I’ve featured some of her ‘Christmas’ themed embroidery kits. However, you really do need to check out her website to see the whole range of things she creates. My favourite products of hers are the rainbow wall hangings and the quote embroidery plaques.

If you want to find out more about Cotton Clara, you can read my interview with Chloe right here:

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1. Joy Embroidered Cross Stitch Hoop 2. Merry Christmas Badge 3. Personalised Letter Christmas Embroidery Tag 4. Large Wall Hanging ‘Sea & Sky’ Banner 5. Stitch Your Own Advent Calendar 6. Alternative Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Laser Cut Board DIY Kit

If you are looking for bright, playful gifts for kids…

Little Carousel

  Little Carousel 

Colleen from Little Carousel hand illustrates and hand stitches the most beautiful kids homeware products. You really need to see her gorgeous, unique designs (have a peek below)! Everything she makes is printed in the UK and she uses her designs to make cushions, bedding, teddies, illustrated prints and so much more.

I just love how different and bright her products are and your kids will absolutely adore them too. Below I’ve listed a few of her Christmas products, as well as a few of my favourites from her store.

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for kids why not get them a ‘pillow pal’, or some beautiful cushions for their bedroom? Or if you’re shopping for a baby, how about a playful rattle?

If you want to find out more about Little Carousel, you can read my interview with Colleen right here:

Little Carousel Little Carousel

1. Penelope Elephant Soft Toy 2. Hugging Christmas Trees Print 3. Snowflake Baby Rattle 4. Mittens Baby Rattle. 5. North Bear Soft Toy 6. White Rabbit Pillow Pal

If you looking for kids activity boxes…

The Busy Box Company

  The Busy Box Company 

Do you ever get to the point where you just really don’t know what to get for your kids? You want something unique, but not too costly. You want something fun, but maybe educational?

If you’re looking for a gift like that, The Busy Box Company will be your new favourite store! Hannah from The Busy Box Company creates unique boxes full of different themed activities that your kids will love. Each box is filled with high quality, unique items that will be played with again and again either individually or all together. Her boxes are such a great, unique Christmas gift idea!

She has lots of different themes, for both babies and older kids and she also sells a variety of different sized busy boxes. You can find her full range on her website, but below are a few of my favourites.

If you want to find out more about The Busy Box Company, you can read my interview with Hannah right here:

Busy Box Company Busy Box Company 1. Little Chatter Midi Sized Busy Box 2. Little Beginnings Busy Box 3. Little Splasher Maxi Sized Busy Box 4 & 5. Little Artist Maxi Sized Busy Box 6. Little Explorer Mini Sized Busy Box

If you’re looking for beautiful kids homeware pieces…

Little Jagger

  Little Jagger 

If you’re someone who puts together a kids Christmas Eve box every year (we love this tradition) then you really quickly need to check out Little Jaggers gorgeous Christmas pyjamas and Christmas stockings, before they sell out. They are so stunning! I love the prints on them and there are several to choose from. My favourite is the little bears. You can find those here!

Other than those two Christmas products, Little Jagger, run by Mum Rebecca, is home to the most unique and beautiful home decor products for kids. Each product features original designs that have all been hand printed and created in the UK. I’ve shared some of my absolute favourites below, but you need to check out the store, especially if you are fed up with typical ‘blue and pink’ prints that always seem to be around for kids rooms.

If you want to find out more about Little Jagger, you can read my interview with Rebecca right here:

Unique Christmas Gifts Made By Mums

1. Woodland Bedding 2. Kids Lamps 3. Christmas Stocking 4. Bean Bags 5. Christmas Sleepwear 6.Hand Illustrated Prints

If you’re looking for something crafty and personal for kids…

Cotton Twist

 Cotton Twist  

Cotton Twist is my new all time favourite kids online store! My daughter is obsessed with doing anything crafty and this is how we spend our weekends. I’m always looking to buy unique gifts for my nieces and nephews and also for Evie’s friends, for their birthdays and Christmas.

Cotton Twist literally has everything I’m always looking for and I can promise you, you are sure to find some Christmas gifts here! Trust me!

In the store you will find a huge variety of kids activity boxes; from jewellery making, to pirate ship making, to seasonal craft boxes such as the ones I’ve highlighted below. Anne-Clare, the creator of Cotton Twist also sells lots of personalised items, just as kids play tins and other personalised activities. If you never want to be stumped for kids gift ideas again, check out her store!

If you want to find out more about Cotton Twist, you can read my interview with Anne-Clare right here:

Cotton Twist Cotton Twist 1.  Personalised ‘Kitschmas’ Advent Calendar Kit 2. Make Your Own Flickering Christmas Tea Lights 3. Make Your Own Wooden Christmas Sleigh Scene Craft It Kit 4. Go On An Elf Treasure Hunt Kit 5. Make Your Own Christmas Decorations Craft Activity Box 6. Personalised Keepsake Tin

If you are looking for something for kids, but really don’t know what to get…

Not Another Birthday

 Not Another Birthday Box  

Are you still really unsure on what to get your kids for Christmas this year? Head to online store ‘Not Another Birthday‘. Although their store name highlights birthdays, we think their gift boxes are suitable for any occasion.

On their website you will find a whole variety of activity based gift boxes. Each box contains thoughtful, beautifully packaged items that focus on activity, creativity or getting outside. One thing I really love about their boxes, is that even the box itself will be used and loved by your kids. The ‘doodle’ style boxes can either be colour in or used for creative play. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite boxes below.

If you want to find out more about Not Another Birthday, you can read my interview with Kate & Lucy right here:

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1. Superhero Box Aged 4-8 2. Fairy Princess Box 3. Dinosaur Box Aged 3-5 4. Dinosaur Box Aged 5-8 5. Superhero Box Aged 3-5 6. Unicorn Box With Puppets

If you are looking for something outdoors inspired for kids…

Mud and Bloom

  Mud And Bloom 

We really want to get Evie a ‘Mud and Bloom’ subscription box for Christmas! They look amazing! Have you heard of Mud and Bloom before? If you haven’t, they’re a company who send out monthly ‘nature and garden’ inspired activity boxes for kids.

The boxes are perfect for 3-8 year olds and each one includes seasonal based activities that are based around gardening and nature crafts. Each month you can expect to find things to plant, things to make, as well as nature news, a quiz and information that will teach kids about seasons, plants, insects, birds and so much more. I love that these boxes inspire learning through play and that they involve messy play, hands on activities and outdoor exploration.

If you don’t fancy a monthly rolling subscription though, you can buy one box at a time, gift vouchers or any past box! Definitely check out the Mud and Bloom website.

If you want to find out more about Mud and Bloom, you can read my interview with Anja right here:

Mud And Bloom Mud And Bloom

See This Months Mud & Bloom Box // Buy Past Mud & Bloom Boxes

If you are looking for something for Mums and Dads…

Ada and Alfred

 Ada & Alfred 

I’ve shared a lot of gift inspiration for kids in this guide! But what about the Mums and Dads? Well, here is a shop for grown ups. Who doesn’t love a slogan t-shirt or jumper? I certainly love them.

Alex from Ada & Alfred designs the coolest slogan t-shirts, sweatshirts and so much more. I think any of her products would make such a fun Christmas gift for Mums and Dads. My personal favourites are the ‘coffee and conquer’ and ‘wine and winning’ slogans.

Her sweatshirts and t-shirts are all really high quality and super snuggly! She also does kids products too, from personalised backpacks to the cutest little leggings! Definitely check out her store.

If you want to find out more about Ada & Alfred, you can read my interview with Alex right here:

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1. Kids ‘Roar’ T-Shirt 2. Personalised Rucksack 3. Limited Edition ‘Prowling Tiger’ Cotton Leggings 4. Wild Unisex Sweater 5. Coffee & Conquer Womens T-Shirt 6. Tea & Triumph Unisex Sweater

If you’re looking for clothes that make a difference to peoples lives…

The Happy Fox

  Unique Christmas Gifts Made By Mums 

If you know someone who loves eco friendly, positive things, then they will love The Happy Fox clothing company. 

Abby, the founder of The Happy Fox, sells 100% organic cotton t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags. The ethos behind The Happy Fox is to help promote mental health and well-being in both adults and children. All of Abby’s products have positive statements reminding us to be kind to our minds! How lovely is that?

Even more amazing, 10% of each t-shirt sold is also donated to a fantastic charity called, Action For Happiness, whose aim is to increase well-being in homes, schools and workplaces. Her t-shirts are all hand screen printed, using eco friendly dies. You can even track where your t-shirt comes from, right back to who made it, with a clever ‘scan-able’ label!

Below I’ve featured some of her products, but pop over to her website to see the full range. My favourite t-shirt of hers is the ‘free range’ kids tee!

If you want to find out more about The Happy Fox, you can read my interview with Abby right here:

  • Mum In Business Featuring The Happy Fox

 Unique Christmas Gifts Made By Mums

1. Rebel Girl T-Shirt 2. Happy T-Shirt 3. Mama Fox T-Shirt 4. Happy Tote Bag 5. Free Range T-Shirt 6. Fox Cub T-Shirt

So, is that your Christmas shopping sorted?

If you liked any of these businesses that I shared above, both I and they would be so grateful if you could support them in anyway you can. Whether it’s buying your Christmas gifts from them or by sharing them with your family and friends. It would really mean the world to them and to me!

Each business I featured is run by a Mum (or two). They’re businesses that have literally been started from home and I cannot even begin to tell you the amount of hours and the amount of passion, dedication and love that goes into each of these little companies. 

If you read some of the attached interviews you will find a common theme in each one. Every single Mum above is so determined to provide either helpful services or high quality, unique products that you can’t find anywhere else and that both you and your kids will love!

So, what products do you love from above? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below.



  1. November 6, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    What a gorgeous collection of gifts! I love supporting small businesses as much as I can and my Coffe and Conquer jumper is one of my favourites: so warm and fluffy!

  2. November 6, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    What a lovely idea for a gift guide and such a great way of supporting fellow mums. I love the range highlighted by Ada and Alfred in particular!

  3. November 6, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    Oh my goodness what amazing companies! I love how personal they are too and they have beautiful products. I am definitely going to be checking all of these out

  4. November 6, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    These are all such wonderful gifts ideas! I just love supporting amazing mums running their own businesses.

  5. Newcastle FamilyLife
    November 7, 2018 / 9:42 am

    some lovely items, all of these would make lovely gifts for loved one this Christmas x

  6. November 7, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    You’ve shared some lovely items here and I love that they are much more unique and personal.I went and took at look at ADA AND ALFRED and I love the copper foil jumpers!

  7. November 8, 2018 / 9:00 am

    This is a definitely a gift guide with a difference, incredible mums making amazing gifts, I will definitely be checking these out.

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