Greetings cards, birthday Cards, Christmas cards, blank cards, thank you cards, Valentines cards, wedding cards, anniversary cards, etc. Are the cards and gift wrap you buy made in the UK?
Buy British made birthday cards – support Britain. Fortunately many shops still sell greetings cards that are made in the UK, but there is a recent trend of cards in places like Paperchase being made in China. Please look at the back of the cards you are buying and make sure they say that they are made in the UK.
If you shop carefully you should have no difficulty in getting British made greetings cards, envelopes, gift wrap and postcards.
Some greetings cards, like those sold by Marks and Spencer, Cancer Research, and Tesco are usually made in China (M&S sometimes sell a few British made greetings cards, as do Tesco). Some cards do not state country of origin on the back (and we have to assume these are foreign made) but most give country of origin. For example in 2015 Tesco Christmas charity card packs were made in China and some Tesco gift wrap was made in the UK and some in China.
According to the Greetings Card Association (GCA) greeting cards are a huge and successful industry this is with nearly 1.38 billion spent on single cards in the last year – more than tea and coffee put together. The UK has the most successful greeting card industry in the world with 31 cards being sent on average per person each year. Companies like Loxleys in Sheffield make greetings cards, but according to the GCA there are approximately 800 publishers in the UK, most of which are small businesses with fewer than five employees. By buying British made greetings cards you can support this industry and the jobs it provides.
Companies making greetings cards in Great Britain include:-
Loxleys who have a factory in Sheffield
UK Greetings (owned by American Greetings – their greetings cards are labelled ‘made in UK’ or ‘made in USA’. Some UK Greetings cards have no country of origin label which presumably means they are made in somewhere like China).
Hallmark (also American owned). Some Hallmark greetings cards do not show country of origin on the back and it is likely these ones are foreign made.
International Greetings UK Ltd (they manufacture in the UK, but also import),
The Great British Card Company – Founded in 1980 as Paper House, they have since purchased other brands including the Medici Society and Almanac Gallery. They also also distributers for the imported brand Avanti Press. No country of origin information is given on their website and I don’t know if all their own brand cards and gift wrap are made in the UK – http://www.greatbritishcards.co.uk
Silvine – postcards, jotters, writing pads, notebooks, etc. Silvine stationery is made by Sinclairs Stationers in Yorkshire and they manufacture all their stationery in the UK.
Museums and Galleries – greeting cards and giftwraps designed, printed and packaged in Great Britain, plus some of their card packs and some of their gift stationery is UK made – for trade see http://www.museumsgalleries.co.uk and available in some shops. Museums & Galleries Marketing Ltd was bought out of administration by Mint Publishing in 2013, and now trades under the name Museums & Galleries Ltd.
“Cardtoons Publications Limited is a Lake District based company designing, publishing and distributing cartoon postcards, photographic postcards, Lap Maps, photographic greetings cards, Beware Sheep textiles, Sheepy Things gifts and other related gift products such as tea towels and jigsaws. Products are delivered direct to customers throughout Cumbria, North Yorkshire, North Lancashire and Northumbria. Unusual and entertaining, products are all UK manufactured and unique to Cardtoons.” Quoted from their website. They also do bespoke work. Products are available in shops in the Lake District for example – http://www.cardtoons.co.uk
Hype Associates Ltd (Hype Greetings Cards) of Liverpool (trade only) published the Peter Rabbit blank greetings card below which was printed in England. No country of origin information is given on their website, so I don’t know where their other character greetings cards are made, but it might be that they are made in England too – https://www.hypa.com
Phoenix Trading – an independent card publishing house who have all their cards made in the UK. On their website they say “All of our greeting cards are produced and printed in the UK” and “95% of all of our products are produced in the UK using UK-sourced environmentally accredited materials.” They also tell us “Phoenix Trading is the world’s No.1 direct selling greeting cards, giftwrap, notecard, christmas card and stationery business.” They operate primarily in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and France. As well as direct sales from traders (their products are not available in conventional shops) they also sell from their websites (where unfortunately no country of origin information is given against individual products). They donate a substantial amount of their profits to charity, through their fundraising arm, the Phoenix International Charity – https://www.phoenix-trading.co.uk
The Green Gables sell UK made greetings cards, Christmas cards, and gift wrap.
Wool Blanket Online say on their website “We have a wide selection of Scottish and Tartan gifts. All of our blankets, throws, picnic blankets, Scottish tartan travel rugs, baby blankets, scarves and shawls are made of wool (unless stated otherwise, eg, cotton blankets) and are made either in the UK or EU. All the stationery is produced in the UK, except for the tartan serviettes.” Their stationery includes greetings cards, gift bags, wrapping paper and notebooks. They also sell British made caps and wooly hats. Not all products are UK made but country of origin is clearly stated on their website – http://www.woolblanketonline.co.uk
Ohh Deer Ltd, founded in 2011, stationery and illustrated paper goods sell a few UK made items such as some of their greetings cards, gift wrap, postcards, and cushions. They say on their website that they have a “desire to produce as much as possible in the UK”. Products made in the UK are labelled as such on their website. Products are available from their website and they have 2 physical shops, one in Loughborough and one in Ipswich. The Christmas greetings card below is from Oh Deer and is printed in England – https://ohhdeer.com
Lucilla Lavender Ltd publish contemporary greetings cards and stationery, selling to gift shops, bookshops, garden centres and department stores across the UK and abroad. Trade only. The company were founded in 2008. They give no information about country of origin on their website, but the one card from them I have seen (pictured below) was printed in the UK – http://lucillalavender.com
Paperlink are publishers of contemporary art and humorous greetings cards and were founded in 1985. Trade only. They give no information about country of origin on their website, but the one card from them I have seen (pictured below) was printed in England – http://www.paperlink.co.uk
I had great difficulty finding a British made Valentines Day card for 2017 in Tesco in Flitwick. Nearly all their cards were made in China. I did find a couple though which are pictured below – one from Lucilla Lavender (see above) and one from Paperlink (see above).
Portfolio of London greetings cards are printed in the UK (they do not have a website).
Woodmansterne greetings cards are all designed and printed in England. Woodmansterne cards are printed by them in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.
Be-Cards are one of my twitter followers. Their twitter tagline is “We supply Great British made greetings cards and gifts worldwide” and they are possibly manufacturers too as they say on their website “Manufacturing Great British greetings cards and gifts for worldwide distribution”. They joined twitter in October 2016. I can’t tell you much beyond that about this company. Trade only I assume – http://www.be-cards.uk
Pony Poo greetings cards and gift wrap (and notebooks, etc.) are made in the UK (from pony poo!). Pony Poo paper is made at Frogmore Mill, in Hemel Hempstead.
Frogmore Paper Mill is the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill. It is still a working paper mill. The mill is now managed and operated by the Apsley Paper Trail charity and open to the public. The site is actually owned by Dacorum Borough Council. Frogmore Mill has an eBay shop, selling paper and board.
Emma Burningham blank cards, seasonal cards, gift wrap, and gift tags are made in the UK. Oxfam greetings cards (at least all those I have seen) are made in the UK. Some Scope charity cards I have seen are UK made. ABO London sells made in England greetings cards (featuring impressionist genre artwork), as well as cushions and silk scarves. The DM Collection blank greetings cards, based on a series of watercolours by London-based illustrator Daniel Mackie, are printed in the UK. Cinnamon Aitch greetings cards are all made in the UK. The Original Poster Company Ltd cards and envelopes are all manufactured in the UK. Little Shrimp greetings cards (and a notebook) are all made in England. 3 On The Shelf greetings cards (and notepads) are made in Great Britain. Pastimes used to sell own branded made in the UK greetings cards, but sadly they have gone. Evocative Cornwall say on their website “All of our products are made in Cornwall”. They sell a range of Cornish themed calendars, dairies and greetings cards. Hole in my Pocket sell a range of made in the British Isles greetings cards, British made prints (no information is given on where the print frames are made), made in the UK badges, foreign made mugs and bibs printed on in the UK, made in the UK tea towels, UK made tote bags, UK made aprons – I assume everything else they sell is foreign made. Princess Alice Hospice charity Christmas cards that I have seen are printed in the UK.
Southfield of Dalkeith manufacture stationery, arts products, craft products, greeting cards, envelopes and gifts in Scotland. Products can be found in good stationers, with only bulk orders possible on their website. I am not sure if all their products are UK made, so you will want to check.
Clinton Cards no longer seem to stock any products made in the UK, including their greetings cards, so sadly are best avoided now.
Ruth H greetings cards are made in England. It says on their website “PROUDLY DESIGNED & MADE IN ENGLAND”. Lauching during 2016 and their online shop was not up and running yet when I looked today (4/6/16). They also do photography and also intend selling items like gift wrap and mugs. Let’s hope the mugs are actually made in Britain rather then them selling foreign made mugs and printing on them in England. Watch this space – photographybyruth.co.uk
Rachel Ellen say of their greetings cards – “All of our greetings cards are 100% British made, in fact after being designed in house they are all printed and flittered within a 2 ½ mile radius of our premises in Nottingham (so virtually no carbon footprint). They are then die-cut, hand finished, cello wrapped, checked, picked, packed and despatched by our very own skilled in house team.” However note everything else Rachel Ellen sells is foreign made – http://www.rachelellen.co.uk/shop
Nancy & Betty Studio sell a range of British made greetings cards, gift wrap, notelets, and Christmas crackers. They say on their website “All of our goods are proudly made in Great Britain, including the envelopes and presentation boxes”. Available from their website, in various well known stores and elsewhere online for example at Unique and Unity – http://www.nancyandbetty.com
Chase and Wonder sell stationery and gifts all made in Britain. They say on their website that they are a brand “focussed on producing only the highest quality designs and products, all of which are proudly made in Britain”. Products include prints, greetings cards, wrapping paper, writing sets, notebooks, handkerchiefs, purses, pencil cases, wash bags, napkins, tote bags, and cushions – all made in Great Britain – http://www.chaseandwonder.com
Clare Loves has British made notebooks, a British made weekly planner pad (Monday through Sunday; made by Lollipop Designs), and lots of other nice British made things for the home and garden, things for children, and greetings cards, gift wrap and stationery – http://clareloves.co.uk
Handmade Wales bookbinding and gifts with “Everything handmade in Wales” according their twitter tagline. Photo albums, card boxes, coasters, notebooks, address books, notelets, greetings cards, wrapping paper, visitors books, cushions – http://www.handmadewales.uk
The Pattern Guild make their products in England. They say on their website “Our products are made in England using the best materials in order to guarantee quality in every single product.
Our fabric is also printed and woven in England.” They sell made in England sweatshirts, canvas weekend bags, tote bags, pouches, pencil cases, scarves, cushions, card holders, and greetings cards. They also sell t-shirts which are screen printed in London, although the t-shirts themselves are foreign made. They have a stall on London’s Covent Garden market, which is where I first saw this company on 20/1//16 and the products look really good – http://thepatternguild.co.uk
I found some ‘it’s my birthday’ metal badges made by “The expression factory Regent made in England 01274 580 555” in a local Post Office. As far as I can gather, these were made by Regent Greeting Cards Ltd, Regent House, Dockfield Rd, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 7SF. However, it seems the company went into administration in February 2015, resulting in redundancies and a sale of part of the business to a company called IParty Ltd, which is owned by David Regan, the majority shareholder of Regent Greeting Cards. I can find no further information on IParty Ltd, so whether any manufacture (and importing) of greetings cards and badges continues there I don’t know. The administrators were KPMG. Regent Envelopes Limited (a manufacture, in the UK, of commercial and greeting card envelopes), which trades from the same site, did not enter administration and continues to trade as normal.
Abacus Cards / Clare Maddicott Publications greetings cards, social stationery and gift wrap appears to be made in the UK. Available in local post offices and various other shops and garden centres, all the cards I have seen say “printed in the UK” on the back. However, no country of origin information is given on their websites, so you will need to check for any potential purchases – http://www.abacuscards.co.uk (trade only), http://www.maddicott.com
Scout Editions postcards, greetings cards, notebooks, and tea towels are mostly made in the UK. UK made items are labelled as such on their website. Their other products appear to be all foreign made – http://scouteditions.co.uk
The City Works produce notebooks, wrapping paper, greetings cards, postcards and suchlike. On the provenance of their products they say “All of our products are designed in-house, with some hand-made by us. We hand-emboss our range of greetings cards, and print & singer-sew our notebooks together too. All of our other manufacturers are based here in the UK. We only use UK-based paper suppliers and printers, and our Kraft packaging is handmade by us too.” This seems to suggest at least mostly UK manufacture, but country of origin is not given against individual products on their website and the ‘based in the UK’ could mean foreign manufacture, so please ask before buying. Only their wrapping paper seems to actually carry the words “Made in England”. Founded in 2015, the company, from their Facebook page, appear to be based in London. On their Facebook they also say “Our merchandise is designed in-house and manufactured in the UK.” City Works have told me (16/11/15) “Every single one of our products are made in the UK. We hand print our greetings cards in house, we deboss our own minibook covers and we hand-sewn and trim all of our notebooks ourselves. Our wrapping paper, posters, post-cards and art prints are printed using printers all in the United Kingdom.” I have not seen any of their products yet, but they look great. They are available from their website and a few stores in London – http://the-city-works.com
Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap. Available from their website and elsewhere (for example in the London Transport Museum Shop) – http://www.victoriaeggs.com
Victoria Armstrong ceramics and stationery all made in England. Much of it is dog themed. It says on their website “Using traditional, hand-made methods, our dog-themed, ceramics are made in Stoke on Trent in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries. Our mugs and jugs are made from the best Cornish clay and our Christmas baubles from the finest English Bone China. Our stationery collection is made in Wiltshire and Kent and uses high quality, responsibly sourced board which is FSC approved” – http://www.victoriaarmstrong.co.uk
Vanessa Bee Designs sell British made fridge magnets, greetings cards, coasters, tea towels, aprons, bookmarks mostly with sheep themes or other animal themes. They also sell foreign made gift products. They say on their trade site “with the exception of our bags, all our products are manufactured in the UK”. Bespoke items are available to trade customers. Trade and retail –
Beyond the Fridge have a good range of British made products such as large magnetic boards (to stick magnets on), magnetic dry wipe boards, fridge magnets, placemats and coasters, mugs, kitchen splash backs, and light boxes. Their glass chopping boards, shaped magnetic notice boards, doormats and prints unfortunately appear to be foreign made as no country of origin is given for these products whereas it is clearly stated for all their other products. They have a physical shop in Frome or products are available from their website – http://www.beyondthefridge.co.uk
Alec’s Cards greetings cards are made in England. They say on their website “All our greeting cards are printed within Cumbria, UK, and even our plastic sleeves, card and envelopes are produced within Cumbria, making our products truly local with a small carbon footprint”. The bags they sell are made in India though, although they are printed on in the UK – http://www.alecscards.com
Woodward PDA Limited (trading as PDA Card and Craft for mail orders) purchased Woodward Printers at Langley Mill just outside Nottingham in 2002 and here they do their printing and card making operations – blank card, card packaging, envelopes, etc.
The Yorkshire Envelope Company make, well, envelopes – http://www.yorkshireenvelopes.com – They are part of the Mail Solutions Group who own a number of envelope manufacturers in the UK and India, including Crossways Envelopes, Empire Envelopes and the newly founded Great British Envelopes Limited. They manufacture envelopes in Britain and India. If you shop around you should have no difficulty in getting British made envelopes.
Emotional Rescue and On-The-Ceiling personalised cards are all made in the UK and can be purchased online at TheDogsDoodahs.com. Another online company that makes their personalised cards in the UK (in Guernsey) is Moonpig.
Custom Gift Wrap are a UK supplier of custom printed gift wrap, tags & greetings cards (for gift shops, tourist offices, stately homes, museums, marketing agencies, groups, companies, etc.). Check if their paper is manufactured and printed in the UK before buying – http://www.customgiftwrap.co.uk
Re-wrapped wrapping paper is “designed and printed in the UK” according to the Twitter but I assume from their lack of saying so that the paper they use is actually manufactured abroad, which is rather disappointing and not very good for the environment – http://www.re-wrapped.co.uk
The Card Gallery is an on-line retailer specialising in Wedding Stationery, Wedding Accessories, Baby and Occasions products. Unfortunately not all of their products are made in Britain but a high percentage of them are. There are foreign made guest books and photo albums currently in their range but they state that they are working on phasing these out and replacing them with a British made alternatives – http://www.thecardgallery.co.uk
Some National Trust greetings cards are made in the UK. You may also find a few more British made items in National Trust shops, including cushions, oven gloves, greetings cards, diaries, calendars, and foodstuffs – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk
Waitrose mostly sell greetings cards that are made in China, but you may find a few British made greetings cards in Waitrose supermarkets, both own brand and from Woodmansterne. You’ll need to visit their shops and look at the back of the cards as they no longer bother to list country of origin on their website.
Red Berry Cards, are an independent greeting card publisher, based in Cambs, England. They tell us on their website “all of the products are designed and illustrated by Nicole and printed in the UK”. Greetings cards and coasters – https://www.redberrycards.co.uk
Katie Leamon greetings cards, notecards, invitations, stickers, and crackers are made in England. Some products, like their pencils for example, I suspect are printed in England but made abroad and they do not make that clear. Their personalised stationery is not marked as made in England on their website. They say on their website “All of our products are proudly made in England” – http://www.katieleamon.com
I will add more companies here when I come across them.
The same with postcards – please make sure your greetings postcards, tourist postcards of the UK and blank postcards are made in the UK.
J. Salmon Limited is (was) the oldest established post card and calendar publisher in Britain, founded in 1880. On their website it says “Salmon is proud to say that its product range is still entirely printed in Britain at its site in Sevenoaks.” Post cards and calendars remain at the core of the company’s publishing but other product ranges include guide books, gift books, recipe books, greeting cards, notecards, prints, placemats, diaries and other associated items. Their publications feature colourful photography, nostalgic transport and countryside images, retro and vintage posters and contemporary artwork. Salmon products are available in many retail outlets including stationers, card shops, bookshops, garden centres and giftshops. You can also buy their calendars, diaries, recipe books, placemats, prints, greetings cards, notecards, picture guidebooks and gift books directly from their website. In addition to local views, J Salmon post cards depict a wide range of themes including seaside, humour, pets, steam transport, wild animals and many others – 25 Sept 2017 update sadly J Salmon says it will close its business down in December 2017. As of 20 June 2019 their website tells us “The company took the decision to cease printing production in late 2017 and finally withdrew from publishing in the early part of 2018.” Salmon products are no longer being made, although their recipe books are still available from a company called Dorrigo of Manchester, a former distributer for Salmon and now the publisher of just the recipe books, not the postcards and so on (which are sadly no longer being made). Dorrigo produce 3D relief maps and waterproof dinky maps for the tourist industry and now they publish the famous Salmon Favourite Recipe Books, but no country of origin information is given on their website so I don’t know where their products are made and the new Dorrigo Salmon recipe books themselves contains no information about where they are made – http://www.jsalmon.com
E.T.W. Dennis & Sons Ltd was a printing & publishing company based in Scarborough founded in 1870, and which closed down in the year 2000. The old Dennis printworks HQ on Vernon Road in Scarborough, the factory which made scenes and seaside views sent around the world, was sadly demolished in 2013. Dennis is credited as the first company to print commercial postcards in the UK, in 1894. E.T.W. Dennis & Sons Ltd made their products at Printing House, Melrose Street, Scarborough. I believe these premises have been demolished too, in 2018. This building was bombed in World War 2. They printed other things too such as Calendars, Toys, Wedding Cards, Scorecards for Boardgames, etc. Bamforth & Co Ltd were another Yorkshire based rival publishers that became famous for their saucy cartoon seaside postcards. E.T.W. Dennis & Sons bought out Bamforths in the 1980’s. Dennis’s would sell up to 25 million postcards a year with 2-3 million being Bamforth postcards.
You can buy British made stationery – notebooks, jotters, postcards, raffle tickets, writing paper, envelopes, exercise books, memo books, cash books, etc – from companies like Silvine. For more British made stationery please see my stationery category on the right.
Perfect Pictures produce postcards, greetings cards, calendars, fridge magnets and other associated souvenir items with three ranges, Perfect Pictures, Millstone Cards and Peter Pedley Postcards, which they sell wholesale. I’m not sure what proportion of their products are UK made, as they don’t mention country of origin on their website, but I have seen a made a made in England postcard from them pictured below – http://www.perfectpicturecards.co.uk
Shops such as Waitrose and Marks and Spencer sell British made wrapping paper, but you’ll have to buy instore as country of origin is not listed on their websites. You can easily find British made gift wrap in shops and online, but do please check the country of origin before buying. International Greetings make some of their gift wrap in the UK.
Some Esme Winter products are made in the UK; others are foreign made. Their Decorative Papers (Decorative Endpapers) are made in the UK and have a variety of uses including as wrapping paper, as book protection cover papers, as lining papers for trunks and deed boxes, etc – http://www.esmewinter.co.uk
Why not tie up presents with Twool sustainable twine (and re-use it later).
You can get British made Christmas crackers and crackers for all occasions from Simply Crackers, the only company I know of making Christmas and other occasion crackers in the UK. Simply Crackers is the trading name of Wheatley of Nottingham who manufacture crackers for all occasions. They say on their website “all our crackers are handmade and manufactured in the UK” and “For your peace of mind ALL our crackers are produced at our factory in Bottesford, Nottinghamshire, UK” – http://www.simplycrackers.co.uk
You can find British made tinsel at http://www.dreamgb.co.uk/seasonal/christmas-gifts/british-made-tinsel-detail* This quality tinsel is made in Wales by Festive.*
Please click here for British made Christmas decorations and the like.
As I say, you should not have any difficulty finding made in the UK greetings cards, gift wrap, envelopes and postcards in shops, but please remember to check the packaging to see country of origin.