The top 8 peer-to-peer lending Christmas gift ideas

Why not add another dimension to your gift shopping this Christmas and purchase your usual festive shopping fayre from some of the great businesses that you’ve helped grow?

After nearly 3 and a half years we’ve seen close to 3,000 different businesses come onto the marketplace, offering a wide range of products and services: from electric bikes to thrill seeking experiences to alcoholic beverages.

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Here’s a list of gift ideas you could consider for your loved ones this year, all from Funding Circle businesses:

1. A Christmas staple: Chocolate

A failsafe for any Christmas prezzie or stocking filler, chocolate. Ditch the Quality Street and Roses in favour of these two more unique choices:

Moo Free is the leading manufacturer of dairy-free milk chocolate in the UK. We’ve tried it and could not taste the difference! It’s also completely free from gluten, suitable for vegans and it’s organic. Feel good chocolate at its best.

Casemir Chocolates offer luxury handmade chocolates for all of the family. Try their sister company too: The grown up Chocolate company.

2. Gifts for the children

It can be hard enough to find gifts for your own children let alone other people’s so here’s something different and useful which will have universal appeal. Tidy Books manufacture award-winning shelving units for children’s books that are colourful, fun and educational.

3. Gifts for the home

Gifts for the home always go down a treat at Christmas time. You can never have enough candles, cushions and throws. Forever England sells a range of beautifully crafted British homeware products, like bedspreads, cushions and kitchen utensils.

4. Embrace healthy living and choose a bike

Everyone is talking about getting fit these days so if you want to splash out on someone special, why not consider buying them a bike. If you’re around the capital, pop into Fitzrovia Bicycles who stock a range of the world’s best bike brands.

If you’re feeling very generous you could even look at buying an electric bike from 50 cycles.They are on the pricey side but would definitely give the rider a boost for long distances!

5. Beauty products to see you through winter

Perfect gifts for the ladies in the family, why not try Gelicity for gift sets of bath and body products. Balm Balm is another skincare business to have benefitted from Funding Circle investment and they offer a range of 100% natural and organic skincare products. They have also created festive Christmas crackers which could work well if you’re looking for something for your ladies’ Christmas dinner!

6. Beer from local breweries

A number of local brewing companies have used Funding Circle over the years including Dunham Massey in Altrincham and Weltons Real Ales from West Sussex, so check their websites for details of their stockists.

7. Other alcoholic beverages

You can stock up on quality Somerset gin and fruit liqueurs from Bramley & Gage, manufacturers of the award-winning 6 O’Clock Gin. You can buy it on their website or at most Waitrose stores.

Old. St Andrews is also a good bet. They bottle Scotch Whisky and other spirits in customised bottles and offer a miniature range, making them great Secret Santa presents.

8. Country breaks

If you’re looking for something extra special you could go for a country break at one of the hotels who have borrowed through the marketplace. Specifically, you could look at Woodlands Manor Farm down in Cornwall, or Hallgarth Manor Country House Hotel up in Durham.

Alternatively, book a luxury camping holiday, or glamping as its now known, with Jollydays for next summer. Glamping has been all the rage this year; even The Rollling Stones ditched the hotel for a yurt at this summer’s Glastonbury festival. If it’s good enough for Mick, it’s good enough for us!

It’s not everyday that you can say you helped a product get onto the shelves and it’s certainly not every day you can then help get the products off the shelf and through the check out!

Hopefully this list will give you some great gift ideas that support local British businesses on their way to bigger things. Share this list with your friends and family (the ones you aren’t buying for from this list of course!) to help support these businesses even more!

 

Jack Pritchett

Senior Communications Manager

 

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