WITH consumer demand for sustainable gifting at probably an all-time high, online platform, Perthshire Artisans, is offering shoppers an #AllGiftsConsidered festive season.
Since the beginning of 2020, ‘sustainability’ searches by online shoppers are said to have have increased by 37 per cent.
Consumers looking for ‘considered’, socially-conscious gifts and who want to support independent creatives can visit Perthshire Artisans to browse and order from a wide range of carefully-curated gifts, ceramics, textiles and art.
Perthshire Artisans was launched by GrowBiz in 2020 and is a curated platform of diverse creatives from across the region.
With over 30 artisans’ work to choose from – ranging from printmakers to photographers and ceramicists to candlemakers – it offers a selection of over 350 individual and handmade items to choose from, making considered and meaningful gifting joyful and effortless.
Consumers are increasingly looking for unique gifts which have a story and a provenance behind them; so who made it, where it was made, the choice of materials, the sustainability of the making process, and the lifespan of a gift are as important as who the gift is for.
Caron Ironside, project manager for Perthshire Artisans, said: “The idea of ‘considered gifting’ and ‘buying better’ can mean buying less, up-cycled, local or choosing to support a small, independent business.
“All these values are at the heart of Perthshire Artisans. Our online platform offers conscious consumers choice and confidence that their purchase is supporting Perthshire creatives in their business, and that the quality work is being enjoyed by a wider audience. Whether you’re an ‘avid up-cycler’, the ‘handmade admirer’ or the ‘small business supporter’, there’s something for you.”
Gifts for the avid up-cycler
Several artisans’ work is purposefully made using any number of materials. Beth McDowall cleverly turns vintage carpenter planes’ into quirky lamps, Nigel Laye re-imagines staves of relinquished whisky barrels into coat hooks and bottle stands and Katy Galbraith’s mosaic artworks and homewares are literally pieced together with forsaken crockery and glass.
Gifts with participation
An experiential gift may be a consideration, and is often two gifts in one. Photographic artist, Dave Hunt, offers a ‘vintage process portrait’, making for an unusual interactive experience and portrait, as well as workshops teaching vintage photographic processes. Jewellery designer, Roberta Pederzoli, offers the opportunity to create your own jewellery via various workshops.
Gift ideas for the nature lover
Appreciation of our natural world is a great source of inspiration and consideration as a gift. Macro photographer, Gillian Hunt, exquisitely captures the intricacies of flowers and busy bees in action in her images. Rachel Hendry’s natural botanical infused aromatherapy candles and wax melts bring us closer to the restorative power of nature, and Stewart Graham’s digital art landscapes are a modern interpretation of familiar rural scenes throughout the area.
Gift ideas for lifelong seasonal decorations
Decorations that will last a lifetime can become valued and treasured traditions. Nicola McCabe’s ceramic tree bells, Jane Drysdale’s Glass Tree Decorations and Mairi Urquhart’s glass tea light holder can all be enjoyed and passed on as gifts themselves.
Gift packaging reconsidered
Considering gift wrapping and avoiding waste is easy when choosing to use one of Cornelia Weinmann’s Japanese knot bags (£13), a stunning wrapping alternative that can be re-used at any time of the year.
Gift of choice
If you can’t decide, then why not buy a REDS gift card? This can be purchased through Perthshire Artisans and used as payment towards any products on the site, ensuring that the money you spend goes into Scotland’s rural economy.
Caron Ironside concluded: “Consumers are increasingly mindful of the provenance and sustainability of the products they buy.
“Making an active choice to spend your money with businesses which share your values is hugely empowering and it is a trend which is only going to grow. After a challenging couple of years for everyone, all the signs are that consumers want their gift choices to reflect their values and for some, supporting independent creatives who work with sustainability in mind will be very appealing indeed.”
To explore the work of the creatives on Perthshire Artisans, visit https://www.perthshire-artisans.scot/. All artisans are individually selected for their exceptional skills and all prices shown include UK P&P
For further information about Perthshire Artisans and GrowBiz, please contact Gaynor Simpson at Vibrant Communications on 07790 104073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Katy Galbraith Hanging Robin Mosaic £49
This quirky hanging robin is unique as it is made from recycled materials, including vintage crockery, and all the tiles are cut by hand. 11cm, including legs.
 Lyst 2020 Conscious Fashion Report
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