This year, go beyond the ordinary and look to the Military in Business® community for your festive shopping. Ahead of Small Business Saturday on 2nd December, a dedicated day to support and celebrate small independent businesses, we present a collection of twelve gift-worthy products available from veterans and military families in business. From handcrafted wonders to unique experiences, each gift has a meaningful connection to the incredible individuals and supports these small businesses in a valuable way. Dive into the joy of giving and supporting small businesses that make a big impact.
Step up your little one’s style game this season with Gooseberrie Bush’s magical Holly Dress and versatile Ivy Dungaree! Crafted for comfort and play, these handmade treasures in 100% linen are the perfect additions to your child’s wardrobe. The Holly Dress adds a touch of festive charm, while the Ivy Dungaree brings everyday adventures to life. Give the gift of playful sophistication with Gooseberrie Bush this Christmas.
Turn your wood burner into central heating! Fit the Recoheat pumped-air heat recovery unit to your solid fuel stove and it massively increases the output and distribution of heat, and even reduces fuel use. Join the hundreds of customers who’ve transformed the warmth of their home and slashed their heating costs – check out the website and Trustpilot reviews. Get more heat, with less fuel – and less CO2 – with a Recoheat.
Unleash the extraordinary this Christmas season with We Are Bert Ltd! Elevate your space with our awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind scrap art robot sculptures—more than just art, they’re conversation pieces that spark wonder and imagination. Stand out from the ordinary and make a statement with our unique robot sculptures that transcend traditional decor. Transform your home into a gallery of creativity, where each piece tells a story and invites conversation. Discover the art of individuality with Bert Ltd.’s scrap art sculptures—because your space deserves a touch of the extraordinary
Finalist in the Soldiering On Awards 2023 Business Start-Up category, The Chocolate Soldier specialises in hand-crafted small batch chocolates for any and every occasion. Handmade by veterans, they offer boxed chocolates, after dinner collections and stocking fillers for kids.
Rose33 offers beautiful custom jewellery ready to personalise as a gift, or a treat for yourself. A variety of 18k gold plated, or silver bracelets and necklaces in a range of styles. Choice of gift boxes are available to choose from.
Get active outdoors this Christmas Season across the South of England with Outdoor Nation. This new online gateway to the outdoors, helps you discover and plan outdoor activities that suit your abilities, experience and circumstances. There is something here for everyone, whether you are simply seeking inspiration, or whether you are looking for support to help make your adventures a reality.
‘Charles Cordell, a former soldier, writes with bravura confidence’: The Times. From the carnage of Edgehill to the barricades at Brentford – ordinary men and women face each other in the chaos of the English Civil War. This story is not based on a single hero. It does not take sides. All must face the brutal reality and human emotions of war – the bloodiest in British history. Charles Cordell – Army veteran turned author – has pledged that 2% of royalties from books purchased will be donated to the RBLI programme for homeless veterans, a cause very close to his heart.
Give a gift that gives back this Christmas. With every order, Social Socks donates 10% of the total sale to charity and plants a tree. Their classic range is a crew-length sock made from combed cotton, which has a ribbed leg and an embroidered logo. They come with a cushioned sole for extra comfort plus increased arch support for even more cushioning, compression, and support to reduce pain from being on our feet daily. The socks are finished off with smooth, linked toe seams so precise you will never know it’s there.
A quest to reconnect with a Royal Navy shipmate led founder Paul to an unexpected encounter with Reiki therapy. This moment sparked his fascination with holistic wellness. Despite facing challenges, he pursued Reiki, became an entrepreneur, sourcing holistic products, including candles and natural soaps. Paul pledges to create products that are not only gentle on him but also on the environment.
Martin Pearson started his business as part of his recovery journey after Medical Discharge from the Royal Navy, supported by XFE. Martin handcrafts personalised and bespoke hardwood gifts for all occasions. Everything is hand finished and his wood is from a sustainable source.
Northern Glow was founded in march 2020 with a vision to create wood wick candles and wax melts using a completely natural wax blend. All their products are hand poured in Northumberland using a Rapeseed and Coconut wax, they are cruelty free and vegan friendly. Owner Lindsey is coming to the end of a 25-year career in the Army.
Based in Fareham in Hampshire, Keri Jones started her floristry business after leaving the Royal Navy. Keri creates beautiful bouquets, seasonal wreaths and other pieces, made to order to mark special occasions.
Many more businesses in the Armed Forces community are showcased in our case study articles: x-forces.com/case-studies