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The Great Hampshire Christmas Gift Guide 2020

By Sarah Frost – 7th November 2020
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Hampshire Christmas Gift Guide 2020

 

It’s looking more likely that most Christmas shopping will need to take place online this year. It would be very easy to go onto Amazon and do it all in one go, but let’s be honest Jeff doesn’t need any more money. It’s been a tough year all around for small businesses, so why not make a little bit more effort and do your Christmas shopping with some local Hampshire businesses.

It can be difficult to know where to start so I’ve put together this Hampshire Christmas Gift Guide to help you with some ideas. I’ve thought of a range of categories which hopefully cover even the most challenging people to buy for. So get shopping and give that special someone a beautiful, local present this year!

 

Food and Drink

 

We are fortunate in Hampshire to have hundreds of great food and drink suppliers. I’ve whittled them down to some of my favourites, but to see more you can visit Hampshire Fare.

 

Food

 

Newlyns  – The popular farm shop has many gifts online for the foodie in your life. They sell their own meat and a wide variety of local produce. Specifically for Christmas are a range of pre-made hampers, or you can select your own to keep it even more personal. Or how about a cheese subscription?

 

Belinda Clark Confectioner – She’s a self-confessed marshmallow addict, whose stunning confectionery is good enough for Fortnum and Mason. Treat someone to a Toasting Marshmallow Kit, or packs of gourmet marshmallows which come packaged in giant crackers and gingerbread houses.

 

NIBBL. – This Basingstoke business sells chocolate gifts and treats which make ideal stocking fillers or treats for the Christmas Eve box. I’ve got my eye on their Percy Pig white chocolate bar myself.

 

Drink

 

Moonroast Coffee – Roasted near Alresford; this coffee would make a great gift for any caffeine lover. This family business has been roasting coffee since 2012 and sources it from small farms in countries like Rwanda and Guatemala. You can buy personalised bags, and home barista training for any budding baristas you know.

 

Breweries – There are some fantastic breweries in Hampshire, and a selection of locally brewed beers makes a great gift. Purchase an Andwells  12 Beers of Christmas selection, or perhaps a membership to the Muddler’s Club.  Longdog Brewery in Basingstoke offers tours for groups of friends (hopefully returning in 2021) as well as an online selection of hand-crafted beers. They are selling Christmas gift packs of 3 and 12 bottles.

 

Gin – The chances are you know someone who is a fan of gin; here are some which they may not have tried. My ultimate favourite is River Test Distillery who were awarded Best English London Dry at the World Gin Awards this year. The beautiful glass-topped bottle makes for a lovely present.

Gorilla spirits make a range of small-batch spirits including Wild Strawberry Gin and Mountain Strength Vodka and I love that £1 from every bottle sale goes to the Gorilla Organisation.

Another local favourite is Twisted Nose gin from Winchester Distillery which has a hint of watercress in it and the bottle is so stunning that it won Best Design at the World Gin Awards.

 

Black Chalk – English Sparkling Wine is the next trend in wine, and a bottle of a local fizz is a nice gift. Black Chalk are currently offering free delivery, and a Tour and Tasting for 2 when 3 or more bottles are purchased. You can read about my tour there here:

 

Little Whisky Shop – Located in Stockbridge is the Little Whisky Shop who sells a huge range of whisky and other spirits. They also have virtual drinks tastings you could buy, gift vouchers if you aren’t sure what to choose, and a variety of miniatures that are fantastic for stocking fillers.

 

The Firsty Foal – Based in Romsey, this company is great for gin tasting experiences, home cocktails, and gifts. Specifically for Christmas are glass baubles of drinks such as Christmas pudding gin, and the twelve gins of Christmas set.

 

Somborne Valley Vineyard – Another Hampshire wine-producer; Somborne have a delicious sparkling rosé that won Silver at the recent Wine GB awards. They also sell red wine in a hamper which would make a great gift.

Home and Lifestyle

 

Rose and Lewis Collection In Winchester, Mary makes signs, decorations and jewellery from resin, decorated with petals and foliage. The sparkly Christmas signs are my personal favourite.

 

Proud Mary Soaps – We could all be a bit more eco-conscious and Proud Mary make ethical, minimal-waste products. I’m a fan of their shaving bars and make-up remover pads but they also make beautiful soaps and shampoos. The packaging is all recycled and compostable too!

 

Two Birds Style – For contemporary jewellery and accessories visit Two Birds Style. They have a stunning range for adults but they also do children’s jewellery. In their online shop, you can also find gifts such as mugs and notebooks.

 

Owl and the Pussycat – This Stockbridge boutique have some great deals for online shopping whilst they are closed during lockdown. They sell fashion for the whole family, home accessories, and children’s toys. Visit their website to see just how wide a range they stock.

 

Pinkstring Boutique – Another Stockbridge boutique is Pinkstring, where Lucy sells elegant, affordable fashion, jewellery, and accessories. The latest range of jumpers and cardigans

 

Long Barn – Located in Alresford, Long Barn traditionally sells an assortment of products made from lavender grown in the grounds. They also sell many different gifts and have a Christmas collection of unique decorations.

 

Lupo’s Nest  – One for your four-legged family member is Lupo’s Nest. This Basingstoke company specialises in dog beds; think luxury and style whilst keeping your pet in superb comfort.

 

Hiltingbury Holistics – This Winchester business specialises in natural soy wax candles, in delightful scents such as Espresso Martini and a festive cranberry, orange, and cinnamon. The candle-making kits are fantastic for a present; you can make your own luxury tealights or candle at home.

 

Wax Pop Creations – It seems that most homes now own a wax burner, and this company has a beautiful variety of sparkly wax melts. They are currently selling a gift pack for just £5 which would make a lovely present for a teacher or friend.

 

Overton Gallery – They’ve moved online for lockdown and they have a gorgeous range of Christmas decorations, children’s toys, clothing, and accessories. They are also taking pre-orders for real Christmas trees from December 1st.

 

Pythia’s Chalice – A holistic and spiritual store selling incense, aroma oils, candles and crystals. My favourites are the mini bath kits at just £5.

 

Origami Elephant – I just love everything in their shop. They sell a huge variety of laser-cut and engraved products, from cheeseboard markers to Christmas decorations, to personalised signs and accessories.

 

Experiences and vouchers

 

Newlyns Cookery Classes – Newlyn’s also have a Cookery school on-site and host an array of cookery courses; covering butchery, to vegetarian, sushi to patisserie. They also do courses for children for any wannabe celebrity chefs one day.

 

Bombay Sapphire – This is the ultimate gin experience in Hampshire. The cocktail masterclass is a fabulous way of exploring new cocktails and it also includes a tour of the distillery itself. You can purchase gift vouchers for a distillery tour on the website, and there’s also an online shop selling Bombay Sapphire gin and glassware. You can see what to expect on a tour from my blog here.

 

Amy Harwood – Amy is a Hampsrhie illustrator who has been hosting art classes during lockdown. Keep an eye on the upcoming schedule as this makes an ideal gift for any creative friends or family. Amy also sells stocking fillers such as dinosaur stickers/iron-on patches, calendars and you can commission a unique pet portrait too.

 

Afternoon tea – This is always a popular gift and many places are offering afternoon tea vouchers for when they reopen. Oakley Hall do a particularly lovely one or for something more affordable, Parlour Tearoom in Basingstoke  offer a variety of options as gift vouchers.

 

Hampshire Life Subscription – A subscription to this local magazine is a fantastic way of finding out more about our county, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving long beyond Christmas.

 

Sherinshe – Sherin has gorgeous gift certificates available for various yoga offerings, including yoga classes which start from just £4. She also runs moon yoga flow workshops and day retreats. For the more weird and wonderful type of gift, Sherin can be commissioned to paint portraits of people with their spirit animals.

 

Grape & Grain Tours – These are award-winning day tours departing from Hampshire, with wine, beer, and gin tasting, all on your own private luxury transport. You can buy personalised gift vouchers on their website.

 

Tinytoes and Stickyfingers – This Basingstoke business make beautiful keepsake jewellery and 3D castings of baby’s hands and feet. They also do the same for pawprints too. This would make a really unique gift and gift vouchers are available.

 

Family Fun

 

The Gaming Den – This Basingstoke store are going online for lockdown with a large selection of board games, puzzles, and other games which would suit all ages.

 

Hawk Conservancy  – A family day out makes for a lovely gift if you prefer making memories over things. Children of all ages would enjoy seeing the flying displays at the Hawk Conversaervancy and you can read about my visit there here.

 

Toy Cupboard – They’ve also gone online for lockdown but are offering a click and collect service from their Winchester store. They also have a wealth of knowledge in child development, special needs, and Autism.

 

Whimsical Kitchen  – Jackie makes all these quirky and original edible gifts in Southampton and children would adore finding them in their stockings. Think shimmering chocolate snowglobes, nutcracker lollies, and marshmallows shaped like Christmas puddings.

 

 

Hopefully, you’ve found some inspiration in my Hampshire Christmas Gift Guide 2020. I’m always open to more suggestions so if you’d like to nominate any other Hampshire businesses then please let me know on social media.

 

All the best,

 

Sarah

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