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10 Reasons why you should buy British-made gifts this Christmas

Why buying British-made gifts really is the only way to give this Christmas.British made gifts

Here are our 10 reasons why you should buy Christmas gifts made in Britain:


1.You are supporting British craftsmanship – many of the products made in Britain are made by hand using skills that have been handed down through generations – think woodworking, glass blowing, weaving and knitting – actively seek out something not mass-produced to support skills and craftsmanship.


2. You are investing in something of quality that will last – British made products may sometimes cost more, but because they are often better made the cost-per-use or wear is actually much lower, meaning you give a gift that can last for years.


3. You are giving something more unique – products manufactured in the UK are usually produced on a much smaller scale than things made abroad so you are less likely to be giving the same gift as everyone else.


4. You are bestowing a gift that doesn’t come with a huge carbon footprint – have you ever stopped to think how mass-produced foreign imports get from the factory to the shop floor? It’s not likely to be on a slow boat from China these days. More often than not it has flown here from the other side of the world, leaving a massive carbon footprint behind it.


5. You are creating employment for British workers – why pay for goods that have been manufactured overseas when you can help boost the British economy by keeping people in jobs here?


6. You are nurturing home-grown talent – in times of recession many designers leaving college can’t get jobs working for big companies so they set up their own brands in order to continue doing what they love. By buying their products you are helping to keep the retail market in the UK exciting and vibrant.


7. You are buying something made locally – isn’t it better to give something where you know its provenance and where it’s come from?


8. You are preserving the future of British manufacturing – by actively seeking out gifts made in Britain you are helping to keep the skill of manufacturing alive in this country. The UK would be a much duller place if everyone worked in a service industry.


9. You are spreading the word about buying British – the more people come to realise that we do still make things here, the more they might seek them out too. And an increasing demand by customers for things made in the UK would force retailers to think twice about where they source their products from.


10. You are making excuses if you say that you can’t find anything UK-made – It has never been easier to find products made in Britain, just check out our British-made gift guide for starters.


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  1. Sharon Spink on December 11, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Please don’t just support British made but support British Handmade too. Independant shops like Fabrication, The Light, Leeds are great places to buy fantastic locally made products and artwork. Shops like this prove to the big boys that independant crafters produce not only locally made but quality items too.

  2. Trixie Bradley on December 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Supporting British made is great news!
    Supporting British and handmade, handcrafted is even better news!
    We are as good as anyone else in the world – if not better at producing fabulous quality goods, crafts, gifts, and presents,
    The talent we have is so underestimated in this country and we need to support it 100% otherwise we are going to loose our traditional crafts and skills…

  3. Jo Noble on December 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Please support british handmade too. groups of independant artists and crafters get the opportunity to showcase their work in shops like Fabrication in the Light shopping mall in Leeds.
    If you want quality, one of a kind, original products then support your local independant traders and lets give the big boys on the high street some competition!!!!

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