Being a small business owner myself I know what a difference it makes buying from small local British businesses especially at Christmas.   A great place to find local products is at Christmas craft fayres or local markets.  I went to Louth Christmas market and Lincoln Christmas Market as well as Lincoln Christmas Food & Gift Fayre recently, and there are lots of fantastic businesses producing food, drink and handmade gifts.

Lincoln Christmas Market

Lincoln Christmas Market

Some of my favourite local producers include cheese makers, chocolatiers, soap makers and crafters.  Kettlers Cottage Crafts make soaps, candles and skincare products.  2 of my favourite cheese makers are Lincolnshire Poacher and Cote Hill.

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

By buying food locally you reduce the distance that food travels, packaging is reduced and you can buy food in quantities that you will use, as well as supporting local businesses.  Another good way to find where to buy local food is at farm shops and farmers markets, check out Big Barn to find local producers and farm shops near you.

Handmade Felt Decorations by Popollie

Handmade Felt Decorations by Popollie

These gorgeous felt decorations are handmade by Popollie and I found them at Louth Christmas Market, you can see what else they make on the Popollie Facebook page.

So rather than spending money with big national shops and supermarkets, why not have some fun searching out places to buy locally produced gifts and food this Christmas.  Once you have found local producers you will want to return to them year after year or maybe on a more regular basis throughout the year.  Supporting local businesses is a great way to help keep money in the local economy and rebuild the economy.

So do you buy local?  Who are your favourite local producers? Please leave a comment below.