Born and raised in the North East of England and educated at CCAD The Northern School of Art, founder Victoria always found herself creatively minded and driven. She lived in London, Italy and Paris, but never found herself until she interned in America, running off to find her dreams in NYC. After 18 years’ experience of life in the big apple, she captured those dreams and have brought it all back to Newcastle, leaving behind a little bit of her heart and soul in the west village, but finding love and creativity is still strong in the North. Victoria Print Studio now takes all of that Manhattan vibe to design original prints for the fashion world and fine art for the home. They offer customised creative services at affordable prices for both fashion and interior design, including but not limited to; personalised designs for your home, developing art, wallpaper and soft furnishings to make your space unique. Whilst Victoria’s incredible wallpaper is worth checking out on our Interiors Gift Guide – she has some fantastic items for thoughtful giving to loved ones too, as well as a range of North East-themed cards.
Christmas Cards – from £2.50
Handmade Silk Scarves – from £42.00
Founder Clare Edwin got into silversmithing in 2016, when she was looking for a creative escape from a career that had left her deeply unhappy and more than a little broken. She was instantly hooked; the ability to take an unassuming scrap of metal and turn it into a piece of wearable art gave her immense satisfaction and she knew very quickly that she wanted this to be more than just a hobby – her business was born. Handmade by LollaMac is a range of contemporary jewellery, all designed and handcrafted by Clare using traditional silversmithing hand tools and techniques, from her studio in rural Northumberland. She works with sterling silver, copper and brass – the ‘mixed-metals’ look being a signature of the brand. Her style is simple, clean and minimalist. Nothing in your face, but striking nonetheless, with a cohesive collection suited to any occasion.
Copper and Sterling Silver Double Disc Earrings – £44.00
Textured Stud Earrings – from £24.00
Dangly Hoop Earrings – from £38.00
Katie’s Design House was founded by surface print designer & illustrator Katie Burns. Inspired very much by the natural world, Katie uses hand-painted artworks to create surface print designs for textiles and paper products. Katie also shares her love for painting and drawing in workshops with the aim to show others the joy and relaxation that comes from putting paintbrush to paper. This Christmas, Katie is offering Stationery Kits which contain all of the materials for you to create handpainted stationery, with video tutorials to accompany. Some of Katie’s prints can also be personalised to add that extra special touch.
It’s All Peachy Print – £12.00
Calm Vase Print – £12.00
The North Print – £12.00
Author of the best-selling DCI Ryan series, LJ Ross writes fantastic mystery books set in the gorgeous North East. Following the journey of DCI Ryan, his team and Dr Anna – we explore the North East in ways you wouldn’t expect, getting to know major tourist sites and hidden nooks while also chasing murderers and uncovering networks of corruption. These are a great read and highly recommended by Team HLN.
Captured Keepsakes has been creating quality lifecastings and keepsake jewellery since 2009. It was then that Sarah began her mission to capture moments in time. After outgrowing her home studio in 2016, she opened the North East’s first (and only) dedicated lifecasting and keepsake jewellery studio, in Prudhoe, Northumberland. Now you can also buy these gorgeous and unique products online, and keep memories in artwork and jewellery that you can truly treasure for years to come.
Heart-Shaped Handprint / Footprint Keyring – £65.00
Handprint / Footprint Star Necklace – £85.00
Star Fingerprint Pattern Necklace – £95.00
Love.Style.Magpie is all about creating your everyday style story. Founder Jo brings together curated collections of easy-to-style pieces that are perfect for your capsule wardrobe – think effortless style. They work hard to find quality pieces you won’t see everywhere and their vision has always been to be more than a boutique. Love.Style.Magpie is your one-stop-shop for style discovery and a great personalised shopping experience. With that in mind, they have just launched a new women’s Personal Styling service called Discovery. Stylist Jo is on hand to help you discover the styles that best suit your body shape and personality along with the colours that will help you glow. Once you’ve had your chosen Discovery service, shopping will be fun, simple and you’ll find all that you need at Love.Style.Magpie. Along with that personal touch and customer service, your experience will make you want to go back for more.
An online clothing boutique selling stylish laidback loungewear including sweatshirts, hoodies, tees & jewellery, all designed by Lucy Dodwell.
Lucy grew up in Wylam and holidays every year in Bamburgh. She also sells the best, most chic joggers ever, which sell out in minutes every time she has a delivery.
Her clothes are so comfy and easy to wear, yet stylish too. Perfect for anything from the school run, to meeting friends or hanging out at home. Gift vouchers available.
Founded by Eleanor Hughes, this North East boutique online store focuses on accessories to make its customers smile. From jewellery and bags to scarves, sunglasses and hair accessories.
This year she has also stocked up on a range of fashionable face masks – always a useful gift!
Team HLN are a big fan of Ruby Friday’s blanket scarves which are a great dupe for the large Acne scarves at a fraction of the price.
Founded by Dawn Foxall in 2017, Foxology Clothing offers beautiful knitted products that cause as little environmental impact as possible.
All British made and British designed, they’ve been working on a gorgeous new colour palette for its womenswear collection, available across a range of items.
Made from 100% super-soft Geelong lambswool spun in Scotland, this roll-neck is an absolute must-have for this season, available in fabulous new colours and with flattering fashioning ribs and shaping.
This flattering merino wool rib jumper, with a flattering slash neck and long rib sleeves. It looks chunky but is really light to wear and super soft against the skin.
This lightweight and soft turtle neck jumper in soft merino wool is a great transitional wardrobe staple.
Bath House was set up 22 years ago by two families, The Brooks and the Marshalls who all met at art college and went into partnership together to form Bath House. They have been building up their brand of fragrance, body care, and skincare ever since and make all of their own products in their making rooms in Cumbria. As artists and designers, they are passionate about creating, designing, making and packaging all of their own products.
Their signature perfume, Patchouli and Black-Pepper is an incredibly popular product in their home diffuser and candle. A lovely warm romantic scent to fill a room with – perfect for long winter nights in, cosy by the fire.
Bath House has fragrances to suit everyone, whether you like woody, rich and warm (Slate), feminine floral with notes of tuberose, red flowers and sweet plumb (Hide and Seek) or fresh notes of neroli, bergamot and cedarwood (Storyteller).
Founded by Vanessa and Natalie, two sisters born and raised in Hartlepool, Totes Eco offers hand made products to help customers change their way of living to a more sustainable approach.
These cotton pads are the perfect plastic-free and eco-friendly alternative to using wet wipes when removing make-up. They come in a set of 3 with a free laundry wash bag to protect them in the washing machine.
The Sleep Set is completely reusable, washable and plastic-free. The set includes a set of 3 makeup wipes with washbag, sleep eye mask, bamboo toothbrush and drawstring bag.
Viso Facial Bar situated in the heart of Heaton is the first of its kind to hit the North East. Combining a love for skincare, the importance of wellbeing and the need for sustainability, Viso Facial Bar is an all-vegan and organic facial treatment space that focuses on sourcing mindful products to suit every skin, keeping the skin functioning at its optimum.
Treat a loved one to gift vouchers from this gorgeous facial bar to give them the gift of self-care this Christmas.
Fashion brand Oxygen London was created by North East Girl, Georgia in 2015. After graduating from University she felt the desire to design her own collection in womenswear taking inspiration from the catwalks, adding her own style & influence to each piece. Due to fast fashion, Oxygen London decided to stop designing their own collections and focus on bringing new styles little & often keeping up to date with all current trends. They believe in bringing extra luxury and elegance to the brand. For this reason, they only select premium & contemporary outfits so that all of our customers get the best quality they deserve. Oxygen London has just launched its AW20 collection with one of HLN’s favourite influencers, Alex Simpson. Check out our top picks, including:
High Waisted Bella Split Trousers – £37.00
Bex top – £38.00
Frankie Blazer Coat – £70.00
Shepherd Illustration is an independent paper goods brand founded by illustrator and motion graphics designer, Lauren Bennett. Delicate hand-drawn Botanics & Wildlife illustrations applied to paper goods with a green-conscious. Printed with pride in the U.K. on recycled and sustainable materials. Originally from York, Lauren is now based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne as a proud mum to baby Teddy and two adorable Dachshunds!
Can’t Wait For A Brew With You Card – £3.00
Chippa Nation was founded during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring a little light-heartedness to uncertain times. The products and gifts selected are fun, thoughtful and practical, either for their intended use or their re-useable possibilities. Founder Tara naturally loves seeing people smile and Chippa Nation is her small offering to help pass on the feel-good factor to her customers and those around them through the wonderful lose-yourself fragrances and lifestyle bounty. Live in the moments that matter, live consciously and keep that Chippa Feelin!
Chunky Knit Beanie – £28.00
Wild Woods and Fir Soy Candle – £25.00
Marshmallow Drinking Chocolate – £10.00
Chippa Nation is offering 20% off everything on the Chippa Nation website until midnight on Christmas Day. Use code HLN to claim.
La Chocolatrice was founded by Zoe Rutter nearly a year ago. This independent chocolate shop and workshop is based in Newcastle City Centre and has recently expanded with a new factory and shop to keep up with demand. This delicious handmade chocolate comes in thick slabs in a variety of flavours – our favourite at High Life North is the Milk Chocolate Indulgence Bar, a delicious milky chocolate bar which is as indulgent and delicious as it sounds. Zoe learned from the best chocolatiers in France and is treating us to the fruits of her labour – we really recommend stocking up on these gorgeous bars.
A Royally Christmassy Gift Box – £13.95
Milk Chocolate Fruit and Nut – £3.50
White Chocolate Cranberry and Biscoff Christmas Bar – £4.50