Prints and wall decorations have become very popular over the last few years and I wanted to dedicate a section of my bumper gift guide to the great small businesses who do them best!
If you want to add a print or wall decoration to your Christmas buying list then look no further. Whether they're into personalised prints, bold typography or colourful animals, give the gift of statement walls with these stylish prints and wall decorations.
I would love to see if you've added any of these prints or wall decorations to your own Christmas list or if you've found the perfect gift for the stylist person in your life. Don't forget to tag me and the brand over on Instagram, you can find me at @small_business_collaborative.
Jen specialises in creating home prints and greetings cards with a minimal, but elegant style and a focus on typography, for people who want meaningful, design-led paper goods.
All of the products are made by Jen, in her home in Staffordshire. The limited-edition foil print has been hand-printed by Jen on her traditional printing press using FSC certified, premium heavyweight slate coloured paper and gold foil.
The prints are created in a way that enables them to be personalised, because it's those little details that make it extra special.
I have a love for typography and different types of lettering and Jen's style creates the perfect balance of modern, minimal but still with lots of character.
Fun Fact from Jen: I've been a graphic designer since I graduated from University with a design degree which basically means I've spent over a decade making pretty things for people and businesses. I started my business whilst on maternity leave so that I could spend more time with my two little girls who are now two and almost four.
Price Range: £3.50-£25
Sister Paper Co.
At Sister Paper Co. we create empowering and playful illustrated cards, art prints and gift wrap. Proudly female owned and operated from our London home studio, Sister Paper Co. was launched in 2021 by founder and designer Emma.
Sister Paper Co. value the environment and are committed to minimising the impact their products make on the world. All art prints are printed in small batches here in the U.K using only paper from FSC-Certified sustainable forests. The studio is powered by energy from renewable sources, all packaging is plastic free and all our products are 100% recyclable.
I love Emma's style and how much character her designs have because they start as original works of art using actual brushes and paints. Her prints would make a wonderful Christmas present for daughters, best-friends, work-mates and more.
Fun Fact from Emma: Proudly female owned and operated from our London home studio, Sister Paper Co. was launched in 2021 by founder and designer Emma.
All our collections begin their life as an original hand-painted ink or gouache artwork, even the unique lettering you'll find on our greeting cards is created by hand.
Price Range: £8-£30
Libra Fine Arts
Libra Fine Arts was born in 2020, during lockdown when we all had a good look at our lives! Skip, a self-taught artist fell in love with the development of his own artwork, it became a type of meditation, shutting out the outside world.
Katherine and Skip produce high-quality products featuring their artwork. They use UK printers and local suppliers and the frames are hand made and the mount is hand cut. And they plant a tree for every sale so they can make tomorrow better for everyone.
Hand-drawn artwork in hand made frames and hand-cut mounts.
These prints are highly detailed and as they are black and white they would look beautiful and stand out in lots of different styled homes.
Fun Fact from Katherine and Skip: When Libra Fine Arts was born, the deal was ... Skip will draw the art and I will do everything else... Well little did I know how much everything else was!
I have never been a creative person, but I have always had that nagging feeling of wanting to run my own business. Libra Fine Arts wasn't a plan, after watching Skip take over the spare room, seeing his drawings I thought there was real potential in what he was creating and to build on it.
Price Range: £15-£89
Ember Edge Creative
Stephanie produces creative laser cut and engraved greetings cards and gifts. Everything is made in her workshop on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales.
All the cards are packed with recycled envelopes in biodegradable cello bags and are printed on sustainable FSC certified wood and card/paper.
Stephanies designs are detailed and modern and I love the highly contrasting colours in her lasercut print and artworks.
Fun Fact from Stephanie: Whilst studying Contemporary Crafts, Stephanie was introduced to laser cutting technology and has incorporated the process into her work ever since.
Alongside her own product range, Stephanie specialises in laser cutting and engraving services. Most materials can be cut like paper, card, fabric, wood and plastics. Harder materials like metal and glass can be engraved.
Price Range: £1-£35
Cox & Ewe
At Cox & Ewe Sarah aims to bring colour, joy and a smile to people's lives and homes. She creates yarn covered signs and mini-jumper creations in an array of bright colours.
Each sign and mini-jumper is hand made in the UK, meaning every piece is unique and made to order in the customers choice of colour.
These signs would make a great addition to a children's room or any wall that needs a bit of colour and joy.
Fun Fact from Sarah: Cox & Ewe started in May 2020 during the first lockdown as a creative outlet to manage my anxiety around the pandemic. I've learnt such a lot already on my small business journey and along the way have become an even stronger supporter and advocate of shopping small and supporting the fellow small business friends I've made along the way. I aim to be as eco-friendly as possible with all aspects of my business and ensure that my packaging is 100% recyclable.
Price Range: £9- £34
Concrete Nature was funded with the desire to positively impact human experiences and the environment. The studio focuses on creating environmentally conscious and design-led printed goods by using risograph printing, carefully selected recycled and FSC certified paper stocks and packaging made from recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials. They also regularly donate to charity and one tree is also planted for every single order they receive.
Everything is made in the UK. Risograph printing is an environmentally-friendly printer using soy-based inks to produce unique prints. Additionally, all of the printed goods are exclusively produced as one-off limited editions. It means that once the print runs are out of stock, they won't get reprinted. Once they’re gone, they are gone forever.
I love how the colours look in risograph printing, it's my favourite type of print and Clementine's designs are beautiful and her creative kit's makes me want to play with paper.
Fun Fact from Clementine: Concrete Nature is an environmentally conscious creative studio based in Glasgow. Launched in 2020 by French designer Clementine Carriere, the studio balances collaborative, commissioned and self-initiated projects. The studio produces limited edition risograph prints, stationery and kits designed to bring design and nature into your home.
Price Range: £2.50-£40
Now Then, Sunshine
Now Then, Sunshine is all about sending positivity into the world through bright, beautiful designs and joyful modern calligraphy. Jules, the calligrapher and illustrator behind the brand, creates happy greetings cards, cool wall art and colouring books filled with empowering phrases instead of pictures – all designed to bring a little more sunshine into your life!
All Jules work originates from hand-drawn or hand-painted artwork, giving a gorgeous, unique feel. Wherever possibly her work is printed in the UK on recycled stock with eco-friendly ink - and everything is sent out plastic-free to keep things kind for Mother Nature.
I love Jules vibrant and artwork and her style filled with positivity and cheer!
Fun Fact from Jules: My kids play a big part in what I do and are my main supporters and critics!
They call my calligraphy 'Mummy's beautiful writing' which I love.
Price Range: £3.50-£18
Autumn Bella Designs
Autumn Bella Designs is home to a range of Prints & Cards designed by Amy Worley.
All illustrations are initially hand-drawn in pencil & painted in watercolour. Each drawing involves a lot of shading, line work and attention to detail. These are then put together digitally with each individual illustration being combined to create the final design.
Sustainability is very important to Autumn Bella Designs so all card and packaging used is made from recycled materials and are recyclable.
I love Amy's Zodiac collection, it's so detailed and intricate. Perfect for anyone spiritual in your life.
Fun Fact from Amy: My business is named after my niece, when i started the business it was mostly prints for Children as these started with drawings of a Panda and Penguin I did as keepsakes from her Baby Shower. The business has changed lots since then but of course still has her name!
My favourite and most popular range is the Zodiac collection. We have prints for all 12 Star Signs- in most cases more than one option.
Price Range: £3- £35
Jo creates colourful craft kits and sustainable paper decorations from her studio at home in East London. She is on a mission to spread a bit of joy and positivity through sharing her love of colour, pattern and craft.
Jo loves artist collaborations and her favourite summer product was her Yay Bunting collaboration with the illustrator Mal Made. It's double-sided with the words 'Yay Hooray' on one side and 10 wonderfully different people on the other. It's a joyful celebration of the diversity of the UK.
All the products are made in London, using either leftover paper or FSC certified paper and Jo donates 10% of her profits to UK foodbank.
Jo's designs are beautiful and a bit nostalgic but with a modern twist. Perfect for Christmas and all year around.
Fun Fact from Jo: Hi I'm Jo, reusing existing materials to create new things is something that also really excites me...so my Hack Packs are made from leftover paper from the printing industry and are a kind of freestyle craft kit. For every pack I sell, I donate one to a kids' art club.
My happy place is anywhere with tea, paper, scissors and glue!
Price Range: £1-£20
If you'd like to see the full Christmas gift guide for 2021 please visit this link.
I hope you found the perfect new piece of art work for your home or for a loved ones by looking at this guide. I would love to hear if you have supported any of the small businesses featured so don't forget to tag me over on Instagram, @small_business_collaborative, with your lovely gallery walls!
Thank you once again to all the 260+ businesses that took the time to apply to this year's gift guides, I really appreciate you all and it was so much fun put it together and to see everything you do. And thank you to Adele who helped me put this together. If you need help with your online product listings for Etsy, Faire, NOTHS, Shopify and more, Adele can help. You can find all your details on her website.