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Top 10 Gifts for an Unforgettable Summer

We don’t always need a reason to surprise our friends and loved ones. Sometimes a “just because” gift is even more meaningful. Everyone has had a tough time over the last year, and it's great to finally be able to share experiences and make memories together again. So, why not consider giving something special to celebrate this summer?

We've carefully selected our favourite SUMMER TOP 10 - all unique products handcrafted within the Royal Borough of Greenwich by the best local artists. Take a look and shop local to help support your community!

Gift 1

The perfect gift for a friend that loves to go for a picnic in the park!

These eco-friendly reusable sandwich wraps are made of organic cotton and are food-safe certified. The plastic lining prevents any leaks and stains.

Interesting fact: the wrap design was created by Ellen Strachan from her original pen drawing, illustrating an oak woodland and all of its wildlife.

Note: these sandwich wraps are fully machine washable. Teatowels and aprons also available in the range to complete the set.

Gift 2

Forgot to put on sunscreen? Unfortunately, you'll have to pay the price for it…

However, Elan’s 100% natural vegan rescue balm will help ease dry and painful skin in no time.

Rescue balm good for: lips, face and body.

Gift 3

Know a friend that's planning a mini-break?

Gift them one of these unique Frida Kahlo-inspired purses (£9.50) or washbags (£22.00) handmade by Lucy Rowland of Greenwich-based Baish Designs. This will get them right into the holiday mood! And who doesn’t like a double-sided tote bag (£27.00) with a happy design? The perfect present to do some grocery shopping in style! Come and see our selection in store!

Gift 4

Have a friend that's hooked on crafting and looking for a good holiday read?

Sew on the Go” takes you on an inspiring road trip through Europe, blending travel tales with 26 creative upcycling projects for you to try at home. Written by our Made in Greenwich curator, Mary Jane Baxter , with a forward by the one and only Emma Thomspon! Signed copies for £16.99

Gift 5

A unique souvenir from Greenwich

This unique locally-sourced jewellery created by Sarah Coldham is made from sea-glass or slithers of vintage pottery and stone found in the River Thames! Green necklace £55; Slate earrings £19; Single sea-glass necklace £30

Gift 6

These cute kids' hats are handmade with love by two of our inspiring artists Jo & Lisa (of Crafty Pear fame) using offcuts from their children's clothing range, so they're environmentally-friendly too. Keep the kids happy and protected from the sun at the same time. £14.00 each in 3 x sizes. NB the large size also fits adults - just so you know!

Gift 7

Spice up your drink with a delicious organic shrub...

Made in Greenwich has long been a fan of Wolfe’s Shrubs.

The woman behind the brand, Bronwyn Wolfe, developed the product whilst on one of our GCDA training courses.

The combination of concentrated fruit and vinegar enhances and highlights the flavours of the ingredients. Pefect for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink with your favourite mixer, or with a cheeky dash of gin!

Price: £7.50 in store only

Gift 8

This handmade willow bird feeder makes a great gift for bird or garden enthusiasts!

All the willow branches are grown, collected, soaked and then dried before being woven into a bird feeder on a Greenwich allotment by Tara Ford.

These decorative feeders are perfect for fat balls and any larger items of bird-friendly food.

Gift 9

Who wouldn't love to grow their very own beautiful sunflowers?

These lovely illustrated charitable cards by local artist Heather Pacic come with a little pouch of sunflower seeds to make your garden bloom nicely! Each card sold helps raise money for local community projects supported by our parent organisation GCDA.

Gift 10

Show your friend that your love for them blooms every day....

These unique vintage-style flowers are handwoven by Mary Jane Makes and come complete with glass domes. With each individual flower taking about an hour to make, this is a perfect and truly original present for one of your loved ones.

Note: different designs available.

The team of Made In Greenwich wishes you an unforgettable summer 2021!

Hope to see you soon in our shop or online.

Guest blog by Sophie Brouwer

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