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Crafty Tinks Shop Window Takeover

Crafty Tinks artwork is so beautiful it had take centre stage in our shop window! Last month, we invited talented Artist, Abi from Crafty Tinks, to display her beautiful paintings in our store window. Abi lives just under an hour away from us in Macclesfield in Cheshire. With the support of her husband and family […]

Look What Debbie Did – Shop Window Takeover

Look What Debbie Did took over the Handmade Design shop window

Debbie’s Paintings are too great just for us to see! Earlier this month we invited our friend Debbie to display her beautiful paintings in our store window. More than just a statement, Look What Debbie Did is the name of a small art business in Staffordshire. Founded and run – unsurprisingly – by Debbie, the […]

Handmade Design Awarded Gift Shop of the Year

The Handmade Design Team appearing at the Prestige Awards

We are pleased to announce the Prestige Awards has recognised us as a top gift shop in Ashbourne and central England. So what is Handmade Design? Located in the heart of Derbyshire, Handmade Design is an independent gift shop. Since opening in 2015, we have been championing small businesses across the UK. What products does […]

Squiggly Sue Pop Up

Squiggly Sue & Laura Owner of Handmade Design In Front of Shop Window Display

Squiggly Sue has her first ever pop up display with us! We’re excited to be showcasing the work of local Artist, Squiggly Sue, in our shop window. Squiggly Sue (formally known as Sue Quinby) popped over last week to set up her beautiful display. We haven’t stocked Sue’s creations before but we have to say […]

Karen’s Spring Favourites

Spring has seen the arrival of lots of new and exciting loveliness! We asked Karen what her favourite’s are at the moment…   Karen’s Top 3 Picks for Spring   Positivity Bottles These are so cute and make a fabulous gift! They’re a sweet little glass bottle with a cork bung and a tag tied […]

Everything You Need To Know About Beeswax Food Wraps

Handmade Beeswax Food Wraps

In a bid to become more eco-friendly and reduce our plastic usage, many of us are looking for easy, everyday alternatives we can use. Cling film and tin foil are staple products that would be found in most kitchens. It’s something we use all the time but do we actually need to? Surely there’s is […]

Gemstone Meanings

Handmade Gemstone Thread Bracelets

Since we began stocking these Gemstone Thread Bracelet, we’ve been asked lots of times what the meaning of each gemstone is. The power of gemstones may not be your thing but it has helped lots of you choose more thoughtfully and match a bracelet to the person you’re buying for. We’ve decided to put a […]

Judge Gift of the Year Awards 2022

Laura was part of the judging panel for the Gift of the Year Awards 2022. The Gift of the Year Awards are the largest and longest running awards in the home and gift industry. Each year, they receive hundreds of entries across twenty categories.     The panel of Judges is made up of retailers, […]


Millie Moth has taken over our shop window again! Millie Moth (also know as Karen and member of the Handmade Design team!) has set up another stunning shop window display this week. As well as being part of the our small team, Karen is an Alcohol Ink Artist. She is lives a short drive away […]

Derbyshire Life Magazine February 2022

Front Cover of Derbyshire Life Magazine February 2022 Edition

We were featured in Derbyshire Life Magazine for the first time this month! Local blogger, Molly, who runs a blog called Lovely Local Indie approached us as she was writing an article recommending ‘5 Glorious Gift Shops’ in Derbyshire. It was an absolute honour to have been selected out of so many beautiful shops in […]

Gifts Today Magazine December 2021

Last month, Gifts Today Magazine contacted us to find out how business during 2021. During our interviewed, we were delighted to explain to them that generally business had been good for us. Whilst the first quarter was a struggle with our bricks and mortar shop being closed, we remained positive and once we reopened again […]


Last month, Sophie (the face behind Duck and Peach) spent a few days in the shop with us – creating the most beautiful piece of art behind our counter. We asked her to design something that showcased all the different ways our products are designed and made. The initial mock up far exceeded our expectations and […]


This month, we were filmed again as part of BBC’s Money for Nothing! We absolutely love the program so it’s such a honour to be able to be part of it occasionally. If you aren’t familiar with the show, Sarah Moore (Presenter and UK Artisan), partners with small, creative businesses from all over the UK […]


Handmade Design Handmade Gift Store Ashbourne

We were featured in Gifts Today May / June magazine edition. It’s was an honour to have been asked to join Gifts Today Retailer Panel! To introduce us, we were featured in their May / June magazine edition. You can read the interview on their online magazine. Gifts Today Magazine is a leading Business 2 […]


Would you make the switch from single use cotton wool to reusable scrubbies? In a bid to become more environmentally friendly, lots of us are looking for easy, everyday switches we can make – from single use to reusable. Cotton Wool is a staple products in most homes. It’s something we use everyday but do […]

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