Our top picks of local Christmas gifting ideas
Struggling for Christmas gift ideas? Don’t worry – we’ve got this. Our Christmas gift guide is full of ideas sure to satisfy the most difficult of friends and family members. Seriously, even the really picky ones. Gifts for Mothers? Gifts for boyfriends? Totally sorted. And the rest? Whether you’re buying for those into food, fashion or furnishings, we’ve got Christmas gifting covered. And, what’s even better, all our gifting ideas come from local businesses based in the Cotswolds and Cheltenham area.
Let’s shop online and support local businesses this Christmas.
Cotswolds Candle Company
Based in the beautiful Cotswold village of Idbury, the Cotswolds Candle Company offers a full spectrum of delicious scents that will fill your room full of warming Christmas vibes. These beautiful candles are all made by hand and the scents have been developed by its owner and founder Polly. Polly is very passionate about her products and believes that scents can not only evoke memories but allows us to create new experiences. With limited edition Christmas scents for candles and diffusers there is a fragrance for every nose.
Violet & Percy
Violet and Percy offers quirky and trendy gift ideas from homeware to children’s gifts. Its owner Flora who is based locally in Cheltenham calls herself a ‘one-woman band’. Flora runs everything online herself from the packaging to the coding and website development. There are lots of great gift ideas which will go down a treat and; if you’re a fan Christmas wrapping, make sure you check out the stationary section.
Dunkertons Organic Cidery & Farmshop
Dunkertons Cidery & Farmshop is situated in Dowdeswell park on the outskirts of Cheltenham town. The team have made significant changes to the store this year and now offer an array of organic produce from meats, cheeses and condiments (try the truffle mayo). There are lots of organic ciders to choose from as well as some great wines and beers. If you’re looking for a Christmas hamper, then look no further, the team can custom build a hamper to suit you. For those of you who have cider connoisseurs in the family, why not treat them to a full set of Dunkertons ciders to taste.
Cotswolds Cheese Company
Founded in 2006 by husband and wife duo Jon and Lisa Goodchild, The Cotswolds Cheese Company is every cheeselovers dream. with over 120 different cheeses, with a real focus on local quality producers from around the Cotswolds, as well as British cheeseboard staples like Cheshire, Lancashire and Caerphilly. There are also some foreign classics from France, Spain and Italy too. And whats even better, the team offer an incredible array of cheese hampers with all the ccompaniments such as local breads, biscuits and crackers, chutneys, as well as cured meats, pâtés and more. Not to mention a mouthwatering range of wines and local beers, ciders and spirits.
The Union Project
A proudly independent store run by two local Cheltonians, The Union Project offers the of the best of casual menswear, womenwear and homeware. With brands such as Patagonia, APC, Veja shoes, Norse Projects, Rains and Aesop this is a seriously cool edit of great everyday wearable peices. The website is easy to shop and there are LOTS of great gifts ideas so get shopping!
The Watercolour Arch
Available to buy online through Etsy, The Watercolour Arch offers the most beautifully crafted watercolour cards. If you’re looking to send something special to someone special this Christmas then look no further, these cards are simply divine and made locally too.
Quercy is a beautiful local cheltenham business offering bespoke peices of crafted oak. From wine racks to their stunning oak height charts which could be a wonderful centrepiece for the home. All the pieces are handmade and you can contact Tom and Becky about any bespoke designs too.
Cotswold Bauble Company
What is Christmas without a couple of fabulous Christmas baubles for your tree? The Cotswold Bauble company offer lots of colour and a pick and mix box of four baubles will go down a treat as a gift for friends and family. Available to buy on Etsy now.
Keith Scarrott Shoes
Established in 1975, Scarrott Shoes is a Cheltenham independent store that is known far and wide. With an incredible and eclectic collection of shoes and accessories for women. Why not buy a gift card or splash out on some comfy trainers to get you through winter in style? Be sure to check out the KS boutique online.