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This year more than ever before, it's really important to support the small independent businesses up and down the UK.

That's what Transmit Startups does, day in day out - we help businesses to get off the ground. We see their brilliant products and outstanding services. And now, we've packaged up some of the best in our Small Business Christmas Gift Guide so we can spread the word.

We want to shout from the rooftops that the most incredible Christmas gifts you can get for your loved ones this year come not from massive multinational businesses, but rather, the independents that are so important to our communities.

Rory McDonald, founder of Golden Oak Restorations who feature in the Christmas gift guide, told us: "When you buy from a local, independent business like ours, you’re having a direct impact on our community.

"There’s no shame in buying from big multinationals, but when you buy from us your money does so much more. It goes straight back into employing local people, who buy from local shops and who look after their neighbourhoods. We get so much more bang for your buck!"

You can download the whole festive gift guide to find out more about the people we've featured as well as their businesses, or take a look at the index below. And if it makes you think that this could be you, next year, take a look at how simple it can be to get your very own business off the ground.

ArtisanJoanne Matheson
Joanne carries and creates a large range of items such as homemade bags, cushions, book covers, scarves, hats and purses made from Harris Tweed.
Aroma Oils
Aroma OilsJan Baker
After always having an interest and hobby in essential oils, Jan's collection of tealights, oils and gift vouchers start from £5.
The Artisan General Store
The Artisan General StoreSteve Reice
Hampers are available in a choice of handmade luxury hampers or standard straw-filled boxes, from £13 up to £200 for The Fetcham Park House Signature Hamper.
Balgonie Kilts
Balgonie KiltsHelen Dodds
Balgonie Kilts have items perfect for Christmas gifts with a hint of the Highlands such as hip flasks, pins, ties and cufflinks available now with prices starting from £7.
Bewell Manor
Bewell ManorCourtney Robinson
Designed with the finest ingredients, Bewell Manor’s Calm Mood Candle, £32, is one of her best sellers.
Castle Wax
Castle WaxWayne Neesam
Christmas options include Luxury Wax Melt Advent Calendars, £19.99, and Olive Oil Soap and Dish Set, £6.49.
The Children's Wellbeing Studio
The Children's Wellbeing StudioLola Conrich
Subscription boxes change monthly and include a range of activities for children. Prices start from £28.97.
Cider Is Wine
Cider Is WineAlistair Morrell & Roddy Kane
Single bottles of delicious cider are available from £3.50 each, and a ‘Christmas Dinner Pack’ arrangement of 4 assorted bottles for £45.
Coconut and Cotton
Coconut and CottonLucy Barfoot
A range of traditional children’s toys and Fairtrade health and beauty products are amongst the offerings from this plastic-free store.
Comfit Sweets 1653
Comfit Sweets 1653Julie Ann Dawson
Festive jars, elf-leaving gifts and wrapped pick ‘n’ mix start at £2.50.
Cornwalls Vintage Treasures
Cornwalls Vintage TreasuresMarie Walker
Marie’s beautiful creations are available to purchase on her Etsy page and currently has items such as bracelets, earrings, keyrings and necklaces available from £5.
EarthBitsJason Neville Heap and Francesca Castaldelli
Best-selling gift sets include the Plastic-free Shaving Kit, £23.40, and the Soap on a Rope and Coconut Dish, £17.85.
Eidyn Tours
Eidyn ToursStephen Docking
Stephen’s tours of Scotland are a great option for a ‘staycation’ gift with vouchers available from £120.
Freedom Chocolate
Freedom ChocolateSarah and Simon Wood
Gift packs of their allergen-friendly, vegan chocolate, perfect for Christmas treats, include the 8 Mini Bar Selection Box, £14.95, and the Chunky Bar Gift Pack, £11.25.
Gallery Q Dundee
Gallery Q DundeeLucinda Middleton
The gallery includes a wide collection of paintings, jewellery, sculptures, textiles and more from independent artists from all over the UK, with prices starting from £39.
Golden Oak Restoration
Golden Oak RestorationRory McDonald
Handcrafted gifts include colourful oak and leather doorstops, £6, cheese boards, £32, and elegant fruit platters, from £65. Golden Oak’s signature barrel chairs start at £695.
GrateMoz Murphy
Lots of incredible artisan cheese. Cheese for beginners, intermediates, and expert cheese fans.
I Love You This Much
I Love You This Much
Mike and Paul produce a delightful range of greetings cards and calendars, perfect for family and friends this Christmas, with prices starting from £2.
Joob Joobs
Joob Joobs Francesca Fennell
Joob Joobs sell a wide range of original treats and sweets on their website, with prices from £1.20.
Keep + Kind
Keep + KindSamantha Carman
They stock fun, sustainable and eco-friendly gifts and supplies, as well as curated and bespoke gift boxes online.
KinKindVictoria Coe
Their beauty gift sets make a great Christmas gift and are available from £20, and gift cards from £15.
Lisa’s Eco Kitchen
Lisa’s Eco KitchenLisa Kingaby
Lisa stocks a range of products such for the kitchen and bathroom, to make an eco lifestyle easier to attain. Prices start from £1.50.
Love & Love
Love & LoveManuela Baraad
Love & Love now stocks a collection of six styles including the Sunflower Belt Bag, £55, Daisy Crossbody, £70, and Tulip Tote, £85, available in caramel, black, yellow and blue.
Mahé Candles
Mahé CandlesAnnabelle Giselle
The range starts at £6 for wax melts, through to £15 for diffusers and £17 for candles, including the limited-edition Christmas in the Seychelles fragrance
My Next Plant
My Next PlantRicky Burt
This green-fingered start-up sells a range of beautiful houseplants at great prices. Christmas gift ideas include propagation stations starting from £9.49.
Oaklands Motorhome Hire
Oaklands Motorhome HireKarol Ejsmont
Based in Scotland, Karol's luxurious motorhome is available to hire with prices starting from £680 for 7 days, or £130 per night for a shorter hire.
O N E F L O Labs
O N E F L O LabsMilda Lauciute & Mantas Andresiunas
O N E F L O Lab’s bags of energy-enhancing instant coffee, perfectly designed for a ketogenic based diet, start from £21.95.
Onyx Lashes
Onyx LashesKirsten Wilson
The Original Trio Collection of vegan-friendly false eyelashes costs £18.50, and each set can be used up to 15 times.
Pick of Joy
Pick of JoyMaria Corina Ilie
Perfect Christmas gifts include the stunning deep-blue Lapis Lazuli and sterling silver earrings, priced at £24.
Perryley Craft Gin
Perryley Craft GinDavid and Victoria Perry
Christmas gifts include gin crackers, £7, a five-flavour selection box, £20, and individual bottles starting from £10 – ideal for Secret Santa gifts and grown up stocking fillers.
Popolo Ceramico
Popolo CeramicoChristina Taylor-Chisholm
Specialising in luxury personalised ceramics, Popolo’s popular Christmas gifts start at £13 and include dazzling decorations, children’s mugs and jewellery boxes.
SarontiSandie Wells and Karine Large
We especially love Santori’s card games - featuring the faces and names of family members, friends and even pets! Prices start at £12.99.
Santu Coffee
Santu CoffeeWashington and Erin Vieira
For the coffee lover in your life, Santu’s range of Brazilian blends are available from £7 per bag and gift cards from £10.
SoundbopsMichael Tougher
Start your child's music educational journey early with an instrument designed specifically for children, supported by a monthly educational book and app. The first batch will arrive in time for Christmas priced at £119.99.
Sweet Patisserie
Sweet PatisserieEmma Carlton
If you’re going to spoil someone with the most decadent, delicious, delectable treat then patissier Emma Carlton’s Sticky Toffee Pudding should be it.
Tempt Me Tempeh
Tempt Me TempehRicardo Nanulaitta
Tempt Me Tempeh’s dishes make perfect gifts for the veggies and vegans in your life and include options such as butter bean, chickpea and haricot bean tempeh. Prices start from £2.90 and gift vouchers are available from £10.
Wreaths & Ribbons
Wreaths & RibbonsAmanda Reynolds
As a clever solution to 2020’s lockdown, Amanda has created a ‘DIY Wreath in a box’. The beautiful wreath-making kits allow anyone in the country to enjoy making their own festive wreath from £25.

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