Our Christmas Gift Guide is here!
What an unprecedented year this has been! It’s hard to express how deeply thankful I am for your support during this time of uncertainty. It's been an extraordinary opportunity to learn, grow, adapt, and reevaluate ‘home’ the place where so much time has been spent. I’ve been reflecting on the importance of family and connection now more than ever. Everything looks different, all the things we’ve taken so for granted, even simple get- togethers and gatherings are no longer something normal, for so many people loneliness and isolation have become a daily reality.
The idea of this guide is to offer a way to connect even when we can’t be together physically – to offer a home experience of Marshes and Flint for those who can’t travel to the store or visit at the moment. It’s one of many new ways I want to provide opportunities for our community to interact, and to say thank you for your incredible support; this year has taught me that my relationship with my customers and followers are not casual interactions, we’ve all had to make more effort, and we all need each other. At a time when so many small businesses are struggling to survive we’re all asking the big meaningful questions – how does our business meaningfully impact your life? How can we make a difference during this time above and beyond survival?
So I'm getting creative, and have gathered together contributions from some of my dear friends and independent business owners to bring us all closer together and offer meaningful connection. I’m hoping you can snuggle up with a warm drink and enjoy this read, browse through some gift ideas, and feel how much we are all part of each others lives.
One of the things I’ve been deeply reflecting on during this strange time is our impact on the planet, slowing down, buying less and better, and being grateful for small simple pleasures and making memories.
We’re heading into the Christmas season which is one of my favourite times of year, and the more I think about it the most precious memories which really surface and pull at my heart aren’t about ‘things’ at all, but the childhood memories of peeling vegetables, baking, cooking with my family – the joy of long repeated recipes – the stuffing, the trifle, the things which are scribbled down in stained margins of cookery books, the things you can’t buy, but close your eyes and you can almost smell them. The sweet aroma of mulled wine, carol singing, decorating the tree (we always left it far too late to get our trees and had the hilariously oddly shaped ones). The local seasonal nostalgia of a trip to Thursford or a walk on Holkham sands. A gift transformed by its thoughtful wrapping, the orange at the bottom of the stocking. Picking holly out of the hedge for our wreath on a frosty morning.
This year may look very different, but I really hope we can pull out the meaning from this strange time, reach out to each other, and find joy in the little things.