In half term hell? Well we have something to make it a whole lot better. We have teamed up with some amazing brands to give you everything you might need to get you through including toys, jewellery, nursery items and clothing for both mama and baba! One very lucky winner will win OVER £200 worth of amazing prizes!
It’s Small Business Saturday on the 2nd December which aims to highlight small business success, encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities! Last year British Shoppers spent an amazing £717m in independent and local businesses on this day, directly supporting real people and families and helping them to earn an honest crust!
With this in mind, and being a small biz ourselves, Albie and Sebastian has teamed up with some amazing Manchester based businesses for a fab competition on Instagram! Not only are these Manc Mamasfabulous mums, but they’re working hard running their own businesses too to support their families! So, support your local girl gang and take part in our giveaway to win a HUGE prize bounty just in time for Christmas. Just head over to Instagram on Saturday at 10am and find one of the businesses listed below to find out the rules and enter the competition.
In the meantime, here’s a little bit about each of these amazing Mum bosses, the special offers they are running for Small Business Saturday and the prize you might be lucky enough to win in our competition! If you WIN, you WIN them all! Good luck x
Competition starts 10 am Saturday 2nd December to midnight on Saturday 9th December. UK entries only.
It's time to deck the halls, start boiling the sprouts and best of all, begin buying beautiful gifts for all those little burble babies in your life! Oh, and you of course! Burble Baby is a luxurious on line gift boutique for mum and baby created by mum of 3, Karen. The carefully curated range features leading mum and baby brands across changing bags, baby clothes, toys and mama merch! Sign up to their newsletter to receive 15% off your 1st order and all the latest news and offers. UK orders over £20 are delivered free of charge! Order by 12 noon Monday 18th December to guarantee pre Christmas delivery.
SMALL BIZ OFFER: All orders over £50 will automatically receive a FREE Sophie la Girafe Christmas Bauble throughout December – a cute addition to your tree decs!
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @burblebaby to WIN A £30 voucher to spend on the site
Everything's Sweet is a bootleg feminist t-shirt brand that was created after Gerry, Al & baby Cecily Sweet attended Manchester Women's March and felt super empowered. There are a lot of empowering tees out there at the moment which is absolutely brilliant! Women supporting women, men supporting women, we're all for that but we think our tees are a bit different. They're inspired by some of our favorite bands and they give back to a really important, local, woman's charity. 10% from every sale goes directly to The Pankhurst Trust (incorporating Manchester Women's Aid) who preserve the heritage of the suffragettes and protect women and children suffer abuse.
SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SMALLBIZ for FREE delivery
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @everythings_sweet_threads to WIN a SISTA HOOD T Shirt
Mama Knows is a Mama led business that creates beautiful, contemporary jewellery that, when being worn by an adult, is safe for grabby little hands and teething mouths to pull, play and gnaw. Say goodbye to broken necklaces and scratch marked chests - hurrah!
All of our necklaces are handmade, original designs with a focus on style - our necklaces look like stylish necklaces, not teethers! Just because you have littlies in your life shouldn't mean the end to wearing stylish jewellery.
SMALL BIZ OFFER: Get free postage on all orders with code SBSFREE
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @mamaknows_uk to WIN a necklace of your choice
Albie & Sebastian is run by Amie and Carlie who believe that babies and toddlers should be able to look cool whilst still being comfortable. They launched in 2017 and have recently expanded their range to include long sleeved tops and t-shirts to match leggings, dribble bibs and organic wooden teethers. Sizes range from newborn to 4 years and have been designed to grow with your little one. With a range of unique prints that are truly unisex they will make your little one stand out from the crowd. All fabric is ethically sourced, and the ladies search high and low to find fabrics that are super soft and on trend! Everything is handmade in the UK with love!
SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SBS10 for 10% across the range
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @albieandsebastian to WIN a gift set with personalised star and penguin dribble bib
A Year of Dates started in Sept 2016 with our date jars and boxes; we’re all busy this a fun way to bring some excitement and romance to your life. The rules are simple – choose an envelope to open every week and follow the instructions!
We have gifts for those BIG birthdays with our 30 and 40 boxes - the idea is to make memories and have adventures throughout the year with family and friends.
For families there is A Year of Play; aimed at children aged 5-12 the cards are to help find things you can all do together come rain or shine. Split between indoors and outdoors we hope they inspire.
SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SBS15 for 15% off all orders
INSTA PRIZE – Follow @ayearofdates to WIN A Year of Play
Ami is a mum of two who created Angelcasts when she found out she was pregnant and could no longer work in film or TV making props with dangerous chemicals. Ami wanted to give everyone more choice over their castings and jewellery and bring a contemporary approach to a traditional art form. Angelcasts can stop a moment in time for you to always treasure and keep loved ones close to you. From the fingerprint and written word jewellery to the baby and adult body castings. You design every detail.
SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code MANCMUM17 for 10% off
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @angelcasts to WIN either a fingerprint ring, a handprint bead or a paw print bead
Eleanor Bowmer is a textile designer and illustrator based in Manchester. She's worked in textile design for over 8 years and her passion lies with painting. She quit her job 3 years ago to create beautiful artwork and homeware for interiors which she sells both independently and on Not On The High Street. A lot of her designs can be personalised which makes them the perfect gift for any occasion!
SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SMALLBIZ20
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @eleanorbowmer to WIN any print of your choice.
PUR Candles is run by Laura Morris from her home workshop in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. A mum of 2 boys, Laura took her passion for natural candles and started experimenting with soy wax and essential oils in her kitchen and still makes the candles at home in small batches.Each candle is blended, poured and packaged by hand and is 100% natural and certified vegan. They are available in single wick candles, tea lights and more recently a 2 wick candle with a 50 hour burn time. With each candle serving an aromatherapy purpose, the range includes candles such as INVIGORATE (Lemongrass) & RELAX (Lavender & Orange).
SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SMALL for Free Delivery
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @purcandles to WIN a Single Wick WARM (Cinnamon, Ginger & Orange) Candle (35 hour burn time)
Manc Mamas was formed last year by Gemma, Lynda and Lisa. We're three Greater Manchester-based mums with three very different professions, but one shared interest... to make the return to the workplace after maternity leave easier for women.
Between us, we've found solace and support in the return to work journey and continue to do so in the ongoing battle for work/life balance. Out of all this, Manc Mamas, our sixth baby, was born.
We host meet-ups and events which include everything from talks from local working mothers who can share their successes and experiences, to workshops in association with the Business School at the University of Manchester to help women who want to start their own businesses, as well as the odd knees up and shopping event once a quarter (or so).
Photo credit @clairebrookesphotography
INSTA PRIZE: Follow @mancmamas to WIN a pair of tickets to the next Manc Mamas event