Gift shopping through our military spouses in business

It’s great supporting our own community within the Armed Forces and when looking for interesting gifts to buy for loved ones. Here are just some of the amazing businesses run by our military spouses.

Gifts and greeting cards

Asali

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Asali offers aviation inspired leather gifts: All our products are made from genuine leather and those in the military range hold a genuine license from the MOD. We donate a portion of revenue from every sale to selected charities.

Image showing a selection of the weekend bags

B’s Clothing and Gifts

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B’s Clothing & Gifts, started when we couldn’t find wheelchair decals for our youngest daughter.  We bought the equipment to make our own, and have continued to grow from there. We make merchandise for the CdLS foundation UK and Ireland charity (donating £1 from the sale of those items).

We can source a large variety of clothing, mugs and gifts to personalise to customer requirements.

Shot of a canvas bag and a mug - both from Bs clothing and gifts.

Also on Facebook.

Clare’s Candles and Little Helpers

Image of one of Clare's candles with a lime and a wooden heart next to it for decoration.

I run a business called Clare’s Candles, and I handmade chemical free candles and an Aromatherapy pocket tin called Little Helpers. 

As a military wife, I see often the effects that deployments and the military lifestyle can have on families, and the Aromatherapist in me wanted to produce a discreet and practical product to help and  Little Helpers Pocket Aromatherapy tins were born.

Picture showing different colours and ranges of Little Helper aromatherapy tins.
Little Helpers

They are just wax containing Essential oils and you simply pop the lid open, gave 2/3 deep breaths and let the Essential Oils work their magic! I wanted them to be discreet as anxiety issues still have a stigma, and some people don’t want to walk around smelling of Essential Oils. 

Cheeky Chuckles Gifts

Cheeky Chuckles Gifts offers are a more adult range of vinyl and etched gifts, I am not easily offended. I can do complete items, or just vinyl for you to add to your own item.

Designers 1098

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1098 make military inspired bags, made by military dependants for military charities. We use top quality fabrics that are brand new but would otherwise have ended up in landfill and a percentage of each sale goes to a military charity, so if the bag had RAF on it a donation will be made to the RAF Benevolent fund, RM and it goes to the Royal Marines Charity.

1098 bags not only support our own but support charity and the environment and as each one is handmade using an ever changing supply of fabrics they are also unique!

A sample of one of 1098's military inspired bags

Emma’s Scrumptious Cakes

Emma’s Scrumptious Cakes is located on the border of South East London and Kent.

Emma is Professionally trained with over 10 years’ experience in creating beautiful bespoke cakes for all occasions including Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings, Anniversaries, Christmas, Easter and even Halloween.

All cakes are designed to your specific requirements and can be any shape and size, and decorated with delicate handcrafted sugar flowers, beautiful hand piping, and sugarcraft models.

I also make beautiful bespoke iced biscuits which make perfect gifts for every occasion including wedding favours. See my Biscuits page for further details.

Image showing Emma's cupcakes made for the SMSpouses LIVE event in November 19
Image taken off the #SMSpouses LIVE event, Nov ’19

Dexters Soft Designs

Dexter Bear in a checked navy pattern

As a mum and the wife of a soldier I understand how hard it is to part with any clothes or blankets that our babies had, or for their dad to be away a lot. So, I decided to start up Dexters Soft Designs and take the idea to make something that I held dear and make it into something that my children can keep close to them, making a teddy bear out of their clothes or their daddy’s shirt to remind them of him whilst he is away, and provide them some comfort too! 

Each stuffed animal I make can be personalised with appliqué names, dates, military badges! Simply provide me with the material, one large men’s shirt can make an animal, and any badges you require and I will work my magic to provide you with the best quality stuffed animal!

A green bear with his medals on.

Eco Living Ideas

Eco Living Ideas is a small independent business which promotes and sells items to help you move toward a plastic free and zero waste lifestyle. Stocking items such as Wax Wraps, Shampoo Bars and Reusable Straws, there is something for everyone. We also have some great gift sets available which make wonderful presents. There is loads of advice on our blog page or you can send us a message to ask a question.

A mix of what's on sale through EcoLiving Ideas
  • Facebook: @EcoLivingideasUK
  • Insta: @ecolivingideas
  • For 5% off during December use code MIL05

For the Love of All things Wood

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For the Love of All things Wood have burnt designs into memory boxes , picture frames, presentation boxes , signs and now in the lead up to Christmas lots of lovely wooden gift ideas!!!

A mixed image of various wooden designs.

This year we have wooden Christmas Eve boxes and crates , Christmas Eve boards , stocking filler games , and the ever popular baubles !!! All can be personalised to order.

Gillian Jones Designs

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Gillian is a military artist and designer. With a fresh eye and a contemporary take on centuries of naval tradition, Gillian set out to design an alternative to the usual limited colour palette of nautical art. This has extended into other areas and she now has a range which includes military and civilian aircraft, vehicles, landscapes and landmarks.

Gillian has served in the Royal Navy and has a background in engineering with a BEng and a PhD in manufacturing engineering.

Gillian is always happy to take commissions for bespoke designs; please just get in touch.

[email protected]
Facebook and instagram: gillianjonesdesigns
Twitter.com/GillAJones

Gillian's stall whilst at SMSpouses LIVE with various RAF related pictures
Image taken whilst at #SMSpouses LIVE event, Nov ’19

JJ Illustrates

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JJ Illustrates is a place of colour design and fun offering custom portraits, fun prints, cards & more for all your colourful and cool friends who don’t like to follow the crowd. 

I also offer Logo and Branding services to other small businesses and have been lucky enough to design for some other amazing Military family owned businesses over the past 5 years. 

An example of a picture you can buy: It says Good morning you Awesome Human

So if you are looking for something Fun and filled with colour this Christmas come and find me online. 

Lois’s Lovelies

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Lois’s Lovelies offers Personalised gifts Unframed (A4 print only) Easy to order these quality prints make the perfect personal and memorable gift. Each is unique. Please note that orders for prints can be taken from the New Year. Santa Letters however are still available at time of writing.

Image of one of Lois Lovelies pictures - this one is entitled 'Our Family' and shows a family of four in their winter clothes stood in a line with their backs to us and with names underneath - Daddy, Mummy, Korby and Poppy.

Personalise with your chosen shape and wording. Can be personalised to any colour and no limit on words.

LouLous Lovely Letters

LouLous is all about words in print. You name it and I make it – funny, sweary, thought provoking, inspirational, clever. I try to use words that you won’t find many other places and each print has a little story behind it explaining just how it came to be.  At Loulou’s Lovely Letters you’ll find unique words, simple typography, fun colours and interesting fonts. Great to hang in your home and even better to give as gifts, because the right words are just flipping awesome! Shop online or email at [email protected] to discuss custom orders.

Moo Prints

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Moo Prints began in 2016 with a small painting of a Highland cow. It was posted on social media and instantly gained popularity amongst friends and work colleagues. When people kept asking for copies, I had my paintings made into prints and have carried on adding to them ever since.  Any profit is donated to charity and we have been able to support projects in Thailand, Ethiopia and Kenya as well as more local projects including Heswall Children’s camps and more recently a drop in cafe anyone who needs a friendly ear in our local town of Forres.

‘Moo’ is the name of the original cow, and also the nickname of the artist’s daughter who also makes bags with my designs on them. Living on the beautiful Moray Firth provides plenty of inspiration for my paintings whilst commuting to London for my ‘real job’ as an airline captain gives me time to paint.  In 2018 we expanded our products to include aprons, tea towels, coasters and mugs to the cards and prints, and we are currently looking at adding calendars and table mats.

You can also find us on our Facebook and Instagram pages both named Moo Prints.

Moo, the original cow for Moo Prints.

Mimi Boo Boo

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Hello! I’m Emily, military spouse, mummy to two little girls and founder of Mimi + Boo Boo. I design, print and handmake button adorned greetings cards and wall art and love doing so! I chose and apply each button with passion and precision, priding myself on my products’ reputation and excellent customer service. My button frames are really popular for Christmas presents and I have so many designs to show you. I’d love for you to find me on social media or visit my webpage to sign up for my exclusive discount, coming with a launch very soon!

Image of some Christmas cards with buttons on
Image of a picture frame with the letter E using pink buttons.

Paper Jungle

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Hi! I’m Nic, designer, maker & owner of Paper Jungle. I’m a military wife and I combine my love of design and create funny.. (I hope!) greeting cards for people who like to show their love in a different way.

After studying Graphic Illustration at Bath School of Art & Design I decided to set up my own business to allow me to continue doing what I love while we move around so often!

Image showing example of two of the Christmas cards that owner Nic has produced - the backdrop decorated by some dried orange slices and a ginger bread man.

You can find me on all socials (paperjungle) or through my website.

Rainbow Sensory Gifts

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I run an online baby/toddler store called Rainbow Sensory Gifts. I create sensory play bags for parents to use at home with their babies to help support their development. I am a primary school teacher myself and decided to start my business to encourage parents play at home with their babies whilst in turn supporting their development.  The sensory bags consists of items to stimulate babies senses and come with a comprehensive play guide with ideas how to use each item. 

Alongside the popular sensory play bags – I also stock a range of high quality wooden toys for babies/toddlers – again to support development through play. I also put together monthly sensory story sacks linked to a theme to encourage an early love of reading. 

Image of a baby lying on the floor looking at a light up sensory ball.
  • Instagram & Facebook: @rainbowsensorygifts 
  • You can add a discount code for military: MILITARY10 too 

Sienna’s Scents

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Sienna’s Scents make homemade soy wax melts. Fragrances range from perfumes, aftershave, cleaning products, favourite sweets and many more. The melts are £3 each and can be packaged as gift bundles. I also stock wax burners that can also be gift wrapped.

Christmasy image of candle burners all festively gift wrapped ready to sell.

The Detachment Diary

The Detachment Diary is home of the diary to bridge the gap between you and a loved one on deployment. Whether it’s simply jotting down everyday life or the milestone of a little one, never miss a moment again. A cherished keepsake you can share with one another.

Not only keeping you connected to your loved ones during deployment, we’ve created weekly planners and a military mum planner to help support you.

Image showing the detachment diaries on a table top with the inside pages on show.

Other businesses

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8901 designs can be found on stylish homewares in some of the leading national charities online shops. The National Museum of the Royal Navy has our bespoke range of designs of aircraft, anchors and WW2 personnel encompassing all their museums, on a huge selection of gifts and for the RNLI we have just completed their new ‘At Sea’ range of homewares and stationery, as well as collection of men’s T-shirts and their Christmas card for this year. 

An image showing a selection of what 8901 sells which includes tea towels, oven gloves, mugs, shopping bags.

8901 promotes predominantly military charities, as we come from a military background and were on the Falklands during the invasion and set up 8901 to support charities and to give something back to those who had done so much for us. 

So for beautiful homewares from bone china mugs, tea towels, oven gloves, stationery, aprons, mens T-shirts and even socks, 8901 designs ensure you are giving amazing gifts knowing that every penny goes to the charity. You can also find our quirky and military themed gift cards on our site.

Boon Gives

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Military daughter, Jenny McCormick runs BOON Gives which brings UK charities of all causes to the fore of the mind, making it easier for customers to support and buy from a multitude of charities, including the NMRN and RNRMC, offering them an alternative to high street stores. The beauty of BOON Gives is that small, lesser known charities get coverage for their amazing products and their cause. The number of partnered charities is ever increasing and we’d love to see more Armed Forces charities benefit from the site. It doesn’t cost them anything and their products are promoted through social media campaigns. It is a one-stop site for all new, everyday or exclusive products that help support the causes that matter to people. 

Screenshot of the Boon Gives website

The ultimate channel for the socially conscious shopper.

Mini First Aid

Life can be challenging for military spouses, with partners who can be away for months at a time. Kayleigh McDine is proving that Military Mums can be successful in running their own flexible business whilst juggling family life. Kayleigh runs Mini First Aid Highlands which offers first aid classes for all the family right across the Highlands, Islands and Morayshire.

Kayleigh says:

“As a military mum myself, I know only too well how vital having first aid knowledge can be! The Highlands are more rural when compared to other postings. I wanted to make sure if something happened to me when my husband was deployed that my daughter would know what to do. This was my whole inspiration to get the parents, grandparents, carers and children of the North of Scotland able to respond if there was a first aid situation.”

Mini First Aid Highlands offers two hour baby & toddler first aid classes for small groups of parents and carers. Classes are friendly but informative and cover choking, basic life support, dealing with burns, breaks and bumps, febrile seizures & meningitis awareness. A class costs £18 per person with MOD discount.

To book a class, please visit highlands.minifirstaid.co.uk 

Image showing all the partners and awards connected to Mini First Aid.

Classes are taught by myself, local mum of 2! I am a qualified Paediatric First Aid Instructor and Baby & Pre-school Swimming Teacher. You may also find me on poolside, as I am a lifeguard. I had been looking to do something alongside my swimming when I came across Mini First Aid. Lifesaving is always my favourite part of our monthly lifeguard training! I love both my jobs and they compliment each other very well. I get to combine the skills I have learnt with my passion for first aid. It’s a win win!

One Life Sports Therapy

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Military partner, Bridget is a sports therapist who has over 10 years experience. She runs One life Sports Therapy, a mobile injury and massage service in the Odiham and Aldershot area. Bridget will be doing massage vouchers for christmas at a special military rate £40 for 1 hour.