Colourful gifts with contemporary marbled gift tags by Aqua Handmade Books
Marbled festive gift tags

I wrote a post last December about Chiswick Creatives, the group of local artists and makers I belong to, and how much fun I had taking part in their 2019 Christmas Pop-Up Makers’ Market. This lovely bunch of folk have been a real lifeline for me during this year’s ups and downs and I can’t tell you how much incredible support they’ve given me – personal as well as creative.

ipad showing the Chiswick Creatives online Makers' Marketplace - original and unique handmade giftsLike so many other fairs and markets this year, the Christmas Pop-Up we had planned for the end of this month won’t now take place. Undeterred, and because we were sorely missing the creative and community spirit that our events generate, we decided to create our own online community.  So now we have a brand new website and our very own online “home” – Chiswick Creatives Online.

ipad showing Christmas Gift Guide 2020 by Chiswick Creatives - original handcrafted Christmas gift ideasWe’ve also put together our first online Chiswick Creatives Christmas Gift Guide. As we aren’t able to hold our pop-up market this year, we decided to bring it to you instead. We hand-picked some of our most popular handmade gifts and cards, original artisan wares and seasonal decorations, and put them together in one convenient place so that you can browse them all from the comfort of your sofa. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the festive goodies on offer –

Chiswick Creatives Christmas Gift Guide 2020 - unique handmade Christmas gift ideas

If you’d like to see more, hop on over to the full Christmas Gift Guide. We hope you enjoy the selection we’ve put together, but it’s just a small taster of what we offer. We’re all busy at our workbenches and easels like little Christmas elves, so you’ll discover many more unique handmade Christmas gift ideas in our individual online shops. (You can click through quickly and easily from the Gift Guide).

And because Christmas shopping is going to be problematic for many this year, we’re also offering a range of helpful services like gift wrapping and sending items direct to the recipient, free UK P&P and free local delivery. Services vary from maker to maker, so do check each one for details.

Finally, I’ll leave you with just a few of the books I’ve made in the last few months, and you’ll find the full selection at my Etsy shop, Aqua Handmade Books. Happy handmade gift browsing.

Unique handmade Christmas gift ideas - Refillable A5 sketchbooks
Refillable A5 sketchbooks
Journals and sketchbooks - hand painted covers
Experiments with hand painted covers
A new binding style for blank journals
Handmade Christmas gift ideas - concertina sketchbooks or mini albums
Concertina sketchbooks or mini albums
Hnad-stamped mini sketchbooks - perfect stocking filler gifts by Aqua Handmade Books
Hand-stamped trio of mini sketchbooks
Handmade Christmas gift ideas for writers and artists by Aqua Handmade Books
Blank journals with Japanese chiyogami paper covers


  1. Hi Helen
    So lovely to see a blog from you. As always your books are stunning and your email is full of colourful ideas . Hope that 2021 will be a happier year and that we” meet up soon at Bag Books.

  2. Helen

    Hello Helen! So lovely to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words, and I’m so proud to be included alongside so many talented makers and artists. Stay safe and well, and yes – hopefully we will meet up again before too long. xH

  3. Helen O'Brien

    I’m going to recommend yr blog to my lovely friend Kirsty Dresser so look out for her signing up.
    have a wonderful Christmas

  4. Helen

    I will do, thank you Helen! And wishing you a merry and bright festive season too x