Maya Magal x Twiin
The one thing we like most about being a small business? The connection we have with our customers! Whether you're shopping last-minute Christmas presents or coming into one of our stores to share your ideas of the ring of your dreams with us, there's nothing that brightens up our day quite as much as getting to know the stories behind the gifts you buy from us. From our skilled jewellers to our enthusiastic retail staff, and from our marketing team to our founder and designer Maya herself, we all have one thing in common: we want to make someone happy by creating something beautiful. Being able to work towards a goal together, each and everyone of us equally contributing, gives us a lot of positive energy, and receiving your lovely messages turns a smile on our faces everyday.

Let's Shop Small This Christmas

That's why, during this challenging year, we love seeing how you're all making efforts to support small businesses and turn to your favourite local shops for your Christmas presents! As for us, we've gotten to know a couple of amazing small businesses ourselves. We're lucky to have one of our London jewellery shops based in the vibrant Coal Drop's Yard, home to a mixture of independent shops, cafes and dining spots. We love getting to know our neighbours and the passionate teams behind these brands! 
One of these is Twiin, a Los Angeles concept store where you'll find an eclectic mix of established and emerging fashion labels, sustainable goodies and beauty products. To honour the joy of shopping small, we've curated a list of our favourite items to shop at Twiin. After all, December is right around the corner so it's time to talk about gifting! From stocking fillers to Secret Santa prezzies, discover the best Twiin has to offer. 
 If body shaped candles in all colours and shapes haven't crossed your Instagram feed yet, you're definitely missing out on something! These hand poured candles by Hometown Collective make the perfect gift for a mother to be. 
Designing our birthstone collection introduced us to the healing powers of crystals and gemstones. Amethyst, for example, is known for its ability to decrease stress and anxiety. The Lavender and Vanilla Moonshine Gem Elixir by the brand Love by Luna was created to soothe the mind during stressful times, and can't we all use a bit of that? The oil can be used as body oil, aromatherapy or, as Twiin puts it, a decadent addition to your bath. It's also 100% organic, vegan and cruelty free!
For that friend who's a bit of an eco-warrior, we suggest gifting something that's both practical and fun. The bright, warm colours of these reusable straws makes them stand out from the usual metallic or bamboo versions, and will brighten up their iced coffee in the morning! Have a look at Twiin's Sustainble Gift Edit for more durable gifts. 
If you ask us, you really can't go wrong with a good quality scented candle. Boy Smell's hand poured scented candles are one of our go-to gifts, and we're not sure whether that's because of their lush scent or their sleek look. The Broken Rosary brings you sacred cedarwood, lush rose water and pumiced orris. Anyone who's lucky to be given this one is sure to love the candle's earthly spiced notes of cardamom, moss and cinnamon leaf. 
If you're still unsure what to buy, Twiin has curated a couple of gift sets themselves. These feature eco-friendly and sustainable gifts from LA's hottest brands, and they come wrapped in Twiin's recyclable gift packaging.
xo, the Maya Magal Team
December 01, 2020

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