Pick the perfect present for your family and friends with our gift guide featuring local small businesses.
Christmas is a time to support local business. In East Anglia we’re spoilt for choice with fabulous independent boutiques, amazing homegrown produce, talented craftsmen and designers.
We’ve picked a few of our favourite regional brands, ideal for gifts for men, women and children.
Celebrated Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, Sonja Shah-Williams, founder of Anala has created 100% pure Ayurvedic morning and evening, highly prized plant and flower oils that she hand blends from her home in Braiseworth, Suffolk. Sonja teaches that Ayurveda is the system of medicine that brings balance through our interconnectedness with nature. The healing power of plants and their flowers is simply amazing and so these oils are a perfect way of allowing you to unlock some of the profound wisdom of Ayurveda whilst providing deep cellular nourishment and healing to both the skin and the mind. Give the gift of the daily ritual of anointing this Christmas that creates vital moments of me-time. Price: £60. Available from www.anala.co.uk
Imaginative, fun and 100% plastic free – a retro inspired circus troupe all made from top quality plywood and screen printed on both sides with charming illustrations of performers. All the pieces can be kept in a double sided, printed circus bag. The item has great eco-credentials too; materials are sustainable wood and cotton. For every tree that is cut down another is planted in its place so ensuring a continuous supply. Price: £29.99. Available fromwww.shoppompom.com
Dogs are part of the family, and what could be better than honouring them with a portrait? A fabulous gift to yourself or a loved one, dog portraits are becoming hugely popular. Samantha Barnes, based in Suffolk, paints beautiful images of pets and only requires six images to work from, so you don’t need to worry about your dog sitting still for a pose! There’s only a few Christmas slots remaining so be quick to snap this everlasting gift up! Price from £399 for 40 x 40cm. Find out more at www.samanthabarnes.com
A great gift for an foodie; a gift voucher to dine at Paris House, an award-winning, Michelin recommended restaurant set in 22 acres of deer park on the Woburn Estate in Bedfordshire. There are a range of options to choose from including masterclasses topped off with lunch at the chef’s table (price £169), Champagne dinner (price from £225), lunch for two (price £117 for 2) and the chef’s table experience (price £500 for 2). Or simply purchase a gift voucher and let your loved one choose their own experience. See further details at www.parishouse.co.uk
Give friends or family something to look forward to with a ‘Beach Hut Day’ gift voucher. Cool Coastal Huts have stylish beach huts to rent in Frinton-on-Sea from £50 and Mersea Island for £60. Gift vouchers are valid from 1 April to 1 November 2020. It’s the perfect gift for any beach lover and one that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Book your day at www.facebook.com/coolcoastalhuts
This luxurious gift houses 12 delectable treats from wine to Prosecco, cider to beer – and even the world’s best gin from the award-winning Southwold brewery and distillery. Price: £59.99. Available from www.adnams.co.uk
Impress the whisky fan who has everything with this beautifully-presented collector’s set. This classic pack contains a 200ml bottle of award-winning The English Original single malt whisky along with an attractive blue hip flask. A family-run business, The English Whisky Co. was the first English Whisky Distillery for over 100 years when it open its doors 12 years ago and now produces the finest English Single Malt Whisky at its distillery in Norfolk. Price: £24.99. Available from www.englishwhisky.co.uk
There’s nothing that says Christmas and the special festive time than a seasonal hamper and the food connoisseurs at Crowley’s of Suffolk bring you the ultimate in luxury hampers to share with family and friends – and to gift this year. The ‘Full House Hamper’ retails at £585 and contains no less than 24 items, considerably better value than Fortnum and Mason hamper and very much designed that nothing goes to waste. The ‘Ultimate Foodie Hamper’ has 15 carefully selected items including smoked salmon and Driftwood cheese, award-winning goats cheese, plus Champagne and retails for £335. Both hampers are delivered in a sturdy wicker hamper basket which can be re-used and make the ultimate Christmas present for anyone who appreciates fabulous food and drink! Price from: £335. Available to buy at www.crowleysofsuffolk.com
A gift of afternoon tea at The Ickworth, near Bury St Edmunds is the perfect present for friends and loved ones. With delicious finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, all served in one of the exquisite dining rooms, you will be truly spoilt. There is also a wonderful range of gift vouchers. Price start from £21.50 per person. Find out more at www.ickworthhotel.co.uk/restaurant/afternoon-tea
Located in Fakenham, 741 Awards offer beautiful handmade glassware, perfect for special Christmas gifts or occasions. With spiral design cutting and presented in an attractive gift box, the elegant and contemporary ‘Just for You’ wine glass is hand cut with a delicate stylised swirl design and sprinkled with three sparkling Swarovski diamante crystals. There is a generous space to engrave a logo crest dedication or inscription making it ideal as a personal or corporate gift or memento. Price from: £19.99 blank and £24.99 including engraving. Order at www.741.co.uk
Exclusive to Redwings Horse Sanctuary, this beautiful scarf comes in four colours. The scarf measures 180cm long and is 85cm wide and is made from polyester. It is the perfect scarf for all seasons and would make a wonderful Christmas gift, plus you’ll be supporting a local charity! Price: £10. www.redwings.org.uk
Look and feel fabulous this Christmas with Elouise Lingerie, located in St Neots, Cambridgeshire! As the party season gets underway don’t forget that the right lingerie can make all the difference to your outfit! Why not treat yourself to a complimentary lingerie styling session to make sure you look and feel fabulous at Christmas? If you are looking for a special gift for a loved one, there’s some beautiful sets available. Browse all items at www.elouiselingerie.co.uk
Gifts for all you crafters out there! Something to suit every pocket, which can be individually gift wrapped. Stop by Sew Knit Craft on Kings Street, Cambridge. www.sewknitcraft.co.uk
If you are looking for the perfect experience gift for Christmas, Suffolk Escape Rooms based in Saxmundham on the Suffolk Coast have two fun, immersive Escape Room games. Price: A gift voucher for four people costs £65 (other values also available). www.suffolkescaperoom.co.uk
Chocolate is a firm favourite gift at Christmas, but if you’re looking to make the purchase extra special visit Arcadia Sweetshop at The Arcade in Bedford. Choose from bespoke confectionary hampers, made to order sweet trees or bouquets or classic biscuit tins. Find out more at www.arcadiasweetshop.com