The pandemic has fucked things up for an awful lot of people this year, I don’t have to tell any of you that. Small business has felt the strain more than most and it’s been heartbreaking to see brands we love struggle, and it some cases close down altogether. So it’s more important than ever that we try to support small (and local) businesses as much as we can this Christmas.

While we might not be spending as much this year – my family and friends are either swerving gifts altogether or applying a strict budget – where possible I want to avoid the giants and look to my favourite smaller shops for inspiration. I know Amazon and ASOS etc. have their place – in the latter case, as a plus size babe I’d be screwed and naked without them – but they don’t need our money to survive this year.

I’d love to be a more ethical shopper in the future and fast fashion is just too easy. Free delivery, free returns, buy now pay later – it’s all laid out on a platter for a material girl like me. I was going to put a guide together but this isn’t a shopping/fashion blog and it just wasn’t flowing in the way I wanted it to. I do want to shout out the places/people I love though so I thought I’d do it in the form of a slideshow with links below.

So, if you’ve ever wondered where I get my inimitable jewellery pieces or which bookshops are my favourite in Brighton, look no further.

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What are your thoughts? Are you Christmas shopping this year?