This Christmas it’s more important than ever to make considered purchases and think about where you decide to spend your money. The idea of be big, shop small is that instead of shopping online with the big boys (the big A word shall not be mentioned!) consider shopping with smaller independents, artists and businesses who will really benefit from you shopping with them. With that in mind, here’s the Last Night I Dreamt ultimate gift guide for Christmas 2020...

Gifts for her:

Slippers are a must for Christmas. Be your own lobster in these fluffy beauts that add some stay at home glam to any outfit!

£35 Real Clothing, Southwell, Nottingham


Team with

Stripe and Stare PJS from Dressing Room

If staying in is the new going out then hunker down in this DISCO sweat.

£49 By Pollyanna


Who says we can’t party hard at home? Just because we all need some glitter...I’m obsessed with my personalised glitter clutch from my gal over at I Know The Queen.

£65 Monogram Glitter Clutch

Snuggle up with the softest of hot water bottles

£25 Home By Tea

Throw a throw into the mix! We love a good throw, particularly this one from Southwell’s very own.

£50 The Hen House

Light the Last Night I Dreamt candle for an extra glow 

Because we’re big into candles this is another fave one that I’ve just ordered! We love how we can team it with this stunning limited edition Fee Greening collab candle for Evermore London.

£70 Fee Greening Candle

Style out your protective eye candle with our beauty Mishy Evil Eye bracelet. How cute?

You can’t do Christmas without gifting someone a scarf and this one is a fave of ours from Lincoln independent Agatha (262A High Street, Lincoln).

£115 Vivienne Westwood Scarf 

Whilst we are speaking of Lincoln! We are proud stockists of Lincoln’s most beautiful jewellery shop, Daniella Draper - 260 High Street. If there’s anything we can’t help you with then the girl’s at Daniella Draper Lincoln store are more than happy to help. Check out our collection here.

Gifts for him

What to buy for a Mister with everything! Hmmmm! Now this is a tricky one but I’ll give it a go.

For the guy that’s always wanted his home bar:

£95 Home By Tea Neon Bar sign

Team it with his favourite tipple from our very own

Mr and Mrs Fine Wine

Open said tipple with this beauty:

£59 Carnill and Company - Alessi Corkscrew 

For the man who loves coffee and for when all this Covid business is over, why not buy him a Barista Coffee course. We are big fans of Nottingham’s own 200 Degrees.  

Consider sustainable gifting and buying a preloved item of vintage clothing for him this Christmas. We are big into vintage sweats and two of our favourite go to places to shop for vintage is:

Vintage Vixen  in Newark

Braderie 19-21 Pelham Street, Nottingham

For the Gardner and Plant Lover:

We are fortunate to have one of the best garden centres local to Southwell, Reg Taylor’s with an awesome selection of plants. 

We also recommend The Watered Garden in Nottingham for a fabulous selection of indoor planting.

The perfect opportunity (when everything is open again to pop to Sneinton Market, enjoy a coffee at Blend.

For the (dried) Flower Lover

I have my dried flower arrangement on order from local lovelies Gigil and Bloom

For Kids

Hattie and Moo in Southwell is our go to for all thing children’s wear in Nottingham. Our top pick for this Christmas is their fabulous array of inspirational books for your little one. Here’s our fave from the Little People, Big Dreams Range.

£9.99 Emily Pankhurst.

Another fave recommendation that many of our customers love frequenting is the Anual Store in Lincoln. We are all over this hoodie. Does it come in adult sizes please?

£60 Bobo Chose

Sticking with the hoodie theme and because i’ve ordered one for Bea and wear one myself, why not shop the iconic Hari & the Gang HELLO hoodie.

For the Art Lover

So I’m obsessed with Margot in Margate! This Be Kind image is one of our faves for this Christmas. We love you Margot!!

I’ve also purchased a gift from Millie Amber this Christmas. I love some of her paintings and embroidery work.  

art gifts

For the Tea Lover

Our recent giveaway showed how many of you are tea lovers out there! We are loving the Bird and Blend advent calender.


For the Chocolate Lover

Or are you more of a hot chocolate girl. I’ve recently ordered this giant hot chocolate bomb for my children’s Christmas Eve Box from Studio Chocolat, located in Cobden Chambers in Nottingham. Team it with some of their gorgeous edible bites or treat yourself to one of their calenders.

For the Biscuit Lover

We are obsessed with Peggy Porschen in London, not just because they inspire our Belgravia in the Bubble shop “windowscaping” shop window, but because their biscuits are an artform and the perfect sweet treat for a biscuit lover.

£9.95 Nutcracker Cookie.

For the Foodie Lover

Southwell’s Old Theatre Deli shop, The Larder, stocks a wonderful selection of local cheeses and luxury food items. Create your very own Festive Grave box online now for a loved one. I’m there.

For the Music Lover

Where I’ll be heading for my husband (who incidentally created our awesome playlist on spotify. Listen here!!)

Check out Rough Trade in Nottingham’s Christmas 2020 Gift Guide

For the Book Lover

So my favourite book of 2020 was American Dirt. But don’t give your money to Amazon this Christmas, shop from an independent book shop. One of my go to places when I’m staying in our little getaway down South is One Tree Books in Petersfield. A real gem.

A bit closer to home, Nottingham has an award winning independent bookshop of its very own.

14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH 

You can order online with them whilst they’re closed too.

So there you have it, my Christmas 2020 guide to shopping small and shopping independent. Happy shopping and make sure you BE BIG, SHOP SMALL this Christmas. 

Love Rebecca x