Friday 27 November, 2020

WATCH: Loop's Total Local gift guide

Total Local hosts Kadeem and Shanique share the season's must-have gifts.

Total Local hosts Kadeem and Shanique share the season's must-have gifts.

Whew! Christmas Day is fast approaching and if like many, you’re not the best shopper, Santa’s little helpers are here to save the day!

’Tis the season for sharing, and considering we’re exactly nine days away from Christmas Eve (ie your final day of last-minute shopping) we hope our nifty little video will help you to a totally local shopping experience.

All products and information are listed below, but we’ve made it easier for you with this video.


Even better? We’ve eliminated the hassle of shopping in-store.

It’s the age of the internet after all, and all items listed can be purchased online or with a simple phone call, pick-up/drop-off situation.

In the mood for locally made scented candles? We’ve got you covered. Drifting towards economical and environmentally friendly? We’ve got repurposed sandals from DAE Collection and bamboo straw sets from BamBusa.

Just in case you're sold on the total local bit but not interested in these items – as unfathomable as that may be – be sure to check out our list of local markets, shopping fairs, and watering holes here.

Thank us later; you’ll either leave this post inspired or with a list!

Here’s your Total Local gift guide to Christmas shopping…

1 Laura Alexis (IG: @lauraalexiscandles) Website:

If those catchy names don’t get your attention, the all-too-familiar comfort scents will! 

From the lavender-based Sekkle Dung to the peppermint-, and eucalyptus-infused Bedroom Bully; you’re sure to fall in love with Laura Alexis. And they don’t just make candles, so feel free to put your nose in their business, tell them Loop sent you.

Unit #4, 8 Hillcrest Ave, Kingston

Opening hours: Saturdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 12 noon and 9:00 pm, and on Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Phone: (876) 381-7953

2 Things you Key’P (IG: @thinkgsyoukeyp)

The cutest ‘key’p’sake' this holiday comes from Lasine Matthews, founder of Things You Key’p. These quirky little personalised leather accessories come in a range of colours and can be engraved with just about anything from symbols to text to logos etc. You won’t ever have to lose your keys again! Your keys will thank you.

3 BamBusa (IG: @bambusajamaica) Website:

Get ready to draw straws with BamBusa’s personalised bamboo straw sets. And when they said personalised, they meant it: you can get anything you want engraved on the straws. Choose from over 180 designs and 12 font styles. The standard set comes with a natural cotton case option. Plus, there’s a range of other colours and patterns.

Available at: Deaf Can! Coffee c/o Toyota Jamaica Coffee House, 93 Old Hope Road & Things Jamaican stores islandwide.

4 aMarie Art (IG: @amarieartja) Website:

aMarie Art founder Alicia Thomas is a Kingston born, self-taught artist who lives vicariously through her artwork. Thomas has created some of the most striking abstract art that has been celebrated a yaad and abroad. Check out her collection of mugs, handbag holders, rugs, pop sockets, luggage tags, etc. We need not say more.

Contact: 876-276-7196

5 DAE Collection (IG: @dae.collection) Website:

Reduce your carbon footprint with repurposed sandals from DAE Collection. The locally-made sandals are made with materials ranging from goatskin and variations of hide. The funky colours and the fact that no two sandals are the same makes shopping with DAE much more desirable.

6 True Shade Cosmetics (IG: @yourtrueshade) Website:

Since 2015, True Shade Cosmetics and the Your True Shade brand provides a complete range of locally made make-up and beauty products. True Shade Cosmetics works best for men and women with sensitive skin. Indeed, with facial scrubbing brushes, lip balms and glosses, foundation powders, lippies and so much more, your only problem will be deciding on what to get.

Available: at Fontana Pharmacies islandwide; contact: 876-872-8812

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