The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide (part 4)

During December, we’ve been showcasing the best marketplace gift ideas for friends and family, from seasonally striped gifts in part one, to stocking fillers and statement jewellery in part two, and shearling coats in part three.

The final instalment of The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2015 includes adventure days, delightful everyday gifts from the US and a special Christmas message from Funding Circle’s Global CEO Samir Desai. Thank you for all your support in 2015, and we look forward to bringing you more lending opportunities in 2016.

We’ll continue to showcase each business on Funding Circle’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram pages until Christmas Eve and would love for you to share the ones you like! #GiftGuide2015

Day 21 : Saber Powersports

Perfect for any thrill seeker, Saber Powersports in Southampton offer adventure experiences on their fleet of powerboats. Business owner Simeon Penn, who borrowed £20,000 in May 2013 to buy a new jet engine, has been racing powerboats for over 25 years. You’ll just need to decide between the Jet Viper, the 007 or the Thunderbolt. What fun!

Day 22 : Mill View Plant Centre

Mill View Plant Centre in Oxfordshire, which has been run by the Dallimore family for over 30 years, sells a range of plants, shrubs and hanging baskets to help spruce up your garden in 2016. Director Katie Cook, who borrowed £100,000 in November 2015 to open a new coffee shop, explains that their handmade wreaths are always best seller at Christmas.

Mill View Katie

Day 23 : Maika Goods, US

Looking for a new lunch bag for 2016? Maika Goods, based in San Francisco, make functional goods that are simple solutions for the everyday. Business owner Viola, who borrowed through the Funding Circle marketplace in the USA, says Maika Goods represent that leap of faith to always push the creative envelope.

Maika banner

Day 24 : Thank you

On Christmas Eve, we’d like to focus on all of the investors who have helped make 2015 such an exciting year, lending over £500 million to 7,000 businesses across the UK.

A Christmas message from Funding Circle’s Global CEO Samir Desai: ‘I’d like to wish all our investors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It’s been a pretty incredible year all round, but they’ll be many more exciting things to come next year.’

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Rob McCorquodale