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Islington Independents Gift Guide

by Paul | Updated: February 16, 2024
Islington Independents Gift Guide

In collaboration with Made in Islington we’ve put together a gift guide, featuring local artists, designers, makers and merchants.

Made in Islington is a directory of independent businesses thriving in the vibrant London borough of Islington. From charming cafes to talented artists working from their own homes.

“we aim to connect you with hidden gems in your own backyard. Embrace the local spirit, support small businesses, and uncover the true essence of Islington.”

..in that spirit, we proudly present our Islington Independents Gift Guide:


Little Natures is a boutique brand that offers bespoke arrangements using fresh or dried flowers. Visit the website to book design services, or shop exquisite bouquets, wreaths, handmade greetings cards, and more.


The Bakery is an artist-run gallery based in a converted 19th century bakery in Portobello. They have recently expanded to a gallery space in Camden Passage. There have many original paintings and prints available in their online shop.

Picadilly Circus by Raina Goran

A limited edition signed Giclee print made with acrylic and collage.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Draught Drop is the UK’s first draught beer delivery service. It is founded in 2020 with the aim of providing customers with the best quality draught beer that London’s craft breweries have to offer.

Draught Drop – Mixed Pale Ale Trio

A selection of 3 draught beers including two pale ales/ipas and one lager, handpicked from local breweries.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Candy Moss is a London-based vintage antique shop that offers a collection of unique decorative objects.

Vintage Lilac Alexandrite Wine Glasses

A rare find. Stunning pair of wine glasses with lilac Alexandrite (neodymium) stems that change from a lilac purple to a light blue in low light.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Large Painted Wall Planter

Large painted terracotta wall planter, signed by artist to base.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Moosey is a contemporary art gallery with locations in London and Norwich showcasing exhibitions, artwork & prints from emerging artists around the world.

Elephant – Nakayama Shinichi

7 Colour screenprint on 250gsm paper, 66.5x43 cm. Hand signed and numbered edition of 35. Comes with certificate of authenticity.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Shaky Dance, Power Plants' by Nina Bachmann

15 Colour screenprint on 250gsm paper. Hand signed edition of 60. 57x67cm. Comes with certificate of authenticity.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Fluffy Poodle – Cha Yuree

6 Colour screenprint on 310gsm Mohawk Superfine Paper. 56x71cm. Hand signed and numbered edition of 55. With certificate of authenticity.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

The Root Co. was established in Angel in 2018 by Will Englander. It started as an experiment but has blossomed into a thriving business, and now appears in shops, delis, cafes around the UK. You can order a batch in their online shop or pop into Planet Organic.


Gill Wing Jewellery – Established over 20 years ago, sourcing the most unusual and beautiful jewellery pieces, showcased in their beautiful Islington gallery.

Gill Wing Jewellery Gift Voucher

For people who like to pick their own presents. This gift voucher can be spent online or in Gill Wing's Islington jewellery gallery.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

COLUCCI is a distinguished luxury fashion brand rooted in elegance, craftsmanship, and sustainability.

Pink & Yellow Monogram Silk Neck Scarf

Crafted in limited quantities to minimise overproduction and deliver a high-quality, luxury product.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Orange & Brown Silk Wide Blade Tie

Monogram silk tie, printed in Macclesfield and hand-sewn in Kent by artisans with centuries of experience.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

The Good Blue is a local startup who make fountain pens. Not just any pens, these are ‘writing tools that are functional and designed to be used. Not objects to just be kept and admired’. A glorious gift for anyone.

We’d love to get our hands on the L130 Fountain Pen & R615 Fountain Pen.


Neal’s Yard Dairy is a home to the best cheeses made in Britain and Ireland. Their deep understanding of the art and science of cheesemaking comes from a long history, founded in Covent Garden in 1979. They have since expanded to many locations around London, including 107 Essex Road, Islington.

Neals Yard Dairy – Christmas Hamper Selection

A Christmas cheese selection with accompaniments. Handcrafted English Ash cheeseboard to serve it all on, and one of the Neals beloved navy tote bags.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Ergo is a delightful Italian grocery shop at 19 Camden Passage. They have a unique selection of Made in Italy products, high quality, rare and unique, fresh, functional, organic, also free from and veg. We’ve very interested in their Wine Club and Cooking Academy.

Also: Pizza Workshops, Pizza Box Cooking Kit!


Founded in 1990, After Noah are industry leaders of selling and restoring vintage and contemporary furniture. They also run a toy shop, which is a magical experience for any family to visit. Located at 121 Upper Street, this is where we plan to a lot of our Christmas shopping!

Evi - Medium Soft Cuddle Doll

Meet lovely Evi. This plush cuddle doll in a cute dress wants to be cuddled. Doll Evi is 35 cm tall. The doll comes in a beautiful storage box.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

Small Black & Gold Globe

20cm black and gold double axis globe with a brushed metal frame and base. Detailed country and city information clearly presented in a modern two colour layout.

Islington Independents Gift Guide

We hope this has provided plenty of ideas for you gifting dilemmas. It’s great to shop locally and support your community.

We’d love to hear from you if you have any local recommendations, or you would like to be featured, email: paul@giftwell.co.uk.

Islington Independents Gift Guide
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