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Gifts

  • Gift guide for littlies

    Treat the little people! Gorgeous young children's pressies for Christmas, with brands you won't find everywhere else.

  • Gift guide for her

    Aunts, mums, grandmas, sisters and your girl posse all covered for Crimbo, plus some spot-on suggestions for gifts to self. Ho ho ho.

  • Drink Me

    There's something very cheering about buying new mugs - they're a small thing (and usually very affordable) but they can really brighten your day, as well as your kitchen. They're also a brilliant gift for the person who has everything. I've been mugging up (ahem) on the best new ones around - 'tis the season for hunkering down with a hot brew after all. Kettle on? Let's go.

  • Father’s Day gift guide

    Gift ideas to make the dad in your family feel well and truly appreciated on Sun 17 June.

  • Mother’s Day gifts

    Give your mum a gift that has come from a local independent run by someone who loves what they do.

  • Muddy meets Ali Reid-Davies

    I meet the co-founder of one of the most stylish and innovative antiques and interiors shops in the country.

  • Mother’s Day gift ideas

    Some gift ideas for Mother's Day, with recommendations from some of the local independent businesses in the Muddy Herts Little Black Book

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Given up wine for Lent? Probably unlikely, but whichever way you flop, you can enjoy the heady aroma of the sweet stuff from this recycled wine bottle candle. Glass of Sauvignon wax, anyone?

  • Scents and seasonality

    As seasonal as rhubarb in February, as natural as a tangle of freshly-picked pea shoots, Gillyflower specialises in home-grown blooms.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Jen Roffe designs and prints maps and cards in St Albans. You may have spotted her work in small, independent shops and in cafes and bars.

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