This Christmas 2021, make your friends and family feel extra special – with SoGlos rounding up gorgeous Gloucestershire gift ideas from wonderful independent businesses across the county.
Country clothing specialist and gun shop, Bredon Hill Country, offers quality clothing and footwear at its shop near Evesham, just across the Gloucestershire border – as well as at country shows and horse trials around the UK.
Stocking brands including Schoffel; RM Williams; Fairfax and Favour; Dubarry of Ireland; as well as Holland Cooper, visitors are sure to find the perfect piece for their wardrobe or for loved ones.
Bredon Hill Country will be hosting some special festive shopping events this winter, packed with great offers just in time for Christmas.
Taking place on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November at Cheltenham Racecourse, Christmas gift buyers will be able to get their hands on quality country clothing at discounted prices at the end of season Sale.
Or for something extra special, on Thursday 2 December 2021, Bredon Hill Country will be hosting its all-day Christmas shopping event from 9am until 8:30pm at its shop near Evesham. Guests can enjoy a free glass of fizz on arrival, canapés and mince pies, drinks at Bredon Hill Country’s bar, instore offers and competitions, as well as brand reps on hand to help you find the right gift for your country-loving loved ones.
During the November end of season sale, visitors can look forward to discounts on everything from designer fashion and tweed to waterproofs and wellies from top brands including Schoffel, RM Williams, Dubarry of Ireland, Orca Bay and Ariat – ideal for Christmas gifting, or treating yourself!
Head to Bredon Hill Country’s end of season sale at Cheltenham Racecourse, the all-day Christmas shopping event at its flagship store in Evesham, or visit bredonhillshooting.co.uk.
Looking for something extra special this year? When it comes to Christmas, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester is all about considered gifting.
From homeware to jewellery, many of the makers use sustainable and locally sourced materials – including reclaimed wood, recycled metals and Fairtrade gold and platinum.
What’s more, as everything is handmade in the UK, you’ll know exactly who made it and where, as well as all about the materials and the inspiration behind the item.
Each purchase from New Brewery Arts supports a UK-based maker and includes a donation to the crafts charity, which helps to provide drop-in workshops and bursary placements for the community – so not only will the recipient love receiving a gift that’s completely unique, you can enjoy some feel-good Christmas shopping too.
For a heart-warming treat for animal lovers this Christmas, you can give the gift of sponsoring a dog, cat or small animal pen at Cheltenham Animal Shelter with its Pet Pen Sponsorship initiative.
Each Pet Pen Sponsorship donation supports the work of the shelter and will help to make each animal’s stay more comfortable – with the festive gift providing help towards the costs of cosy bedding, food, toys, and veterinary care if needed.
A thoughtful present that last’s a whole year, sponsors will receive regular pet updates about the animals in their pen, as well as a personalised thank you certificate.
The sponsorship can be given either as a recurring gift for £5 monthly, or alternatively can be purchased for 12-months for a singular one-off payment of £60, for either yourself or a friend!
Whoever you’re shopping for, there’s bound to be a great gift idea from one of the many retailers at King’s Walk.
With fashion brands like River Island, Deichmann shoes and, of course, Gloucester’s brand-new Primark store set to open in December, fashion lovers will be spoiled for choice.
Superdrug has got you covered for beauty gifts, while The Fragrance Shop and The Perfume Shop offer a range of designer perfumes, aftershaves and gift sets too.
For the little ones in your life, The Entertainer has toys and crafts galore – and there’s a Clintons for cards and that all-important wrapping paper.
Christmas shopping is thirsty – and hungry – work! Thankfully, Costa at King’s Walk has plenty of festive treats to enjoy when you’re in need of a pit stop, from gingerbread lattes to Black Forest hot chocolates with whipped cream, not to mention all butter mince pies and chocolate chip panettone – alongside its classic menu of sandwiches, toasties and cakes. There’s also Janes Pantry serving up freshly baked treats and sandwiches too.
Pop into King’s Walk in Gloucester from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays, or visit kingswalk.co.uk.
For the discerning foodies in your life, give them something they’ll thank you for – gorgeous Gloucestershire grub!
A gift voucher for a truly special dining experience at The Scenic Supper in the Cotswolds is a thoughtful present the recipient will be able to look forward to. There are two beautiful sites to choose from – one at Toddenham Farm, nestled deep in the Cotswold hills, and another at Fir Farm near Stow-on-the-Wold – both with stunning views and sensational menus.
The Scenic Supper champions local, fresh seasonal and outstanding ingredients – so you’ll be supporting local not once, but twice. And for ease, you can have the gift voucher delivered directly to yourself or sent directly to the lucky individual’s inbox straight after you make your purchase.
Home to a world-class tree collection with beautiful spring florals and spectacular autumn colours, a Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum membership is a wonderful year-round Christmas gift that any outdoorsy person is sure to enjoy.
A single Friends of Westonbirt membership costs £40 and joint memberships cost £78 and entitles members to a whole host of benefits, including free entry into Westonbirt Arboretum so your loved ones can enjoy every season.
Christmas memberships need to be purchased by midnight on Monday 13 December 2021 to ensure Christmas delivery – along with a sticker on the envelope warning the lucky recipient not to peek until Christmas Day!
As well as free year-round entry to the arboretum, Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members receive other benefits too including being able to take up to four of your own children of grandchildren to the arboretum for free; discounts with local partners such as Cotswold Outdoor and Go Ape; and half price Friday tickets to the ever popular Enchanted Christmas Trail.
There’s also the chance to join in with Supporting A Square – as every square acre of Westonbirt Arboretum needs continual care – which you can support and name for £25 a year.
Perfect for those wannabe James Bonds out there, a gift voucher for Escape Entertainment’s Escape Rooms will see your friends and family put all of their skills and knowledge to the test as they embark on missions which have been developed by a former GCHQ intelligence officer.
With different rooms at Escape Entertainment – one of Cheltenham’s most immersive Escape Rooms – to explore, including Mission Intercept – where secret plans have been stolen and you must intercept the enemy before they are revealed; and Castle Heir where you must discover who the rightful heir is following a mysterious death. Do you know anyone up to the challenge?
Escape Entertainment’s escape room vouchers are redeemable for any of the rooms so your family and friends can explore whichever realm they choose.
And what’s more, the vouchers never expire which means you can redeem them at any point in the future for any of Escape Entertainment’s escape rooms. Starting from £40 and delivered by email, they are perfect for a lastminute pressie.
As well as a vast range of plants and gardening equipment, the gift shop at The Fairview Gardener offers a handpicked selection of gifts that are ideal for Christmas.
With home accessories and Christmas decorations from the likes of Gisela Graham, scarves and even a range of local, artisan products, there’s plenty to choose from.
And if you’re stuck for what to choose, The Fairview Gardener also offers gift vouchers which can be spent in store and in the Tea Room too.
The Fairview Gardener is opening for late night Christmas shopping evenings every Thursday throughout December 2021. The Tea Room will also have plenty of festive treats on offer too.
And to help customers really get into the festive spirit, The Fairview Gardener is hosting a Carols in the Christmas Trees event on Friday 10 December 2021.
Pop into The Fairview Gardener on Chapel Lane in Birdwood, near Gloucester, or visit fairviewgardener.co.uk.
Made from sloes foraged from the Cotswolds and core botanicals of cinnamon, cloves, anise and orange, 100 per cent organic British Polo Sloe Gin makes for a fantastic festive drink.
It won two stars at the Great Taste Awards in 2021, with judges admiring its ‘aromatic nose with lots of almonds, spice and vibrant fruitiness’ as well as its ‘perfect level of sweetness.’
With half the sugar of other sloe gins too, British Polo Sloe Gin pairs beautifully with prosecco or Champagne to make a Sloegasm cocktail, or with ginger ale to make a Ginger Sling – making it a perfect present for the cocktail lover in your life.
In 2019, over 250 kilograms of sloes were harvested by SoGlos readers across the Cotswolds and made into British Polo Sloe Gin – we reckon that deserves a drink or two!
100 per cent organic British Polo Double Spiced Rum is the first ever rum to be double spiced – distilling its core botanicals of orange, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger into the spirit, as well as steeping them in the base rum.
This process results in a rich, rounded flavour with all the sweetness coming from organic vanilla and no added sugar.
Winning two stars at the Great Taste Awards 2021, the judges loved the ‘warming exotic spice notes, ginger and orange’ as well as its ‘truly heart-warming delivery of vanilla, orange peel and finely judged cinnamon’ and ‘lingering finish of sweet vanilla and burnt sugar’. British Polo recommends pairing with ginger ale for a deliciously festive drink.
British Polo Rum is the first 100 per cent organic spiced rum to be made in the UK, showing that the Cotswolds can hold its own against the Caribbean when it comes to producing outstanding rum. Cheers to that!
Fluffy friends don’t have to miss out on Christmas celebrations this year, as you can gift them a delicious meal or treat from Cotswold RAW – and it’s good for them too!
Working closely with its veterinary and nutritional consultant to produce delicious raw food for dogs, Cotswold RAW has created the ‘Three Bird Raw’. Packed with organic and free-range chicken and turkey, it’s a play on the traditional three bird roast that’s pawfect for Christmas day.
The pup-passionate company also provides a great selection of raw food and natural treats full of nutrients, which would make an excellent present for your pooch – including the special Christmas treat box ‘Arthur’s 12 Days of Christmas’, bursting with their favourite flavours!
We all want the best for our four-legged friends and there’s something for everyone on Cotswold RAW’s menu, from daily diets for puppies all the way through to older dogs – all having a significant effect on their vitality from oral hygiene, to enhanced digestion.
Treat loved ones to a spectacular evening watching owls fly by moonlight this winter at The International Centre for Birds of Prey near Newent – where guests can experience the elusive birds in their natural environment, all whilst under the atmospheric evening light.
Start off by encountering the nocturnal world at the ICBP’s new ‘Halk Walk’ demonstration; sip on festive drinks and warm up with a delightful two-course meal featuring dishes such as creamy Dijon chicken and decadent chocolate brownie; before ending the evening on a high with the centre’s ‘owls by moonlight’ magical spot lit flying display.
Not only will guests get to see the glorious birds in their element, dinner, dessert, and drinks are all included too – with vegan choices and dietary requirements catered for, making for a truly magical evening.
For those looking for something extra special to give this Christmas, the five star Ellenborough Park, on the outskirts of Cheltenham, has a range of gift vouchers for everything from spa experiences to overnight stays.
Treat someone special to a voucher for an indulgent Champagne afternoon tea in Ellenborough Park’s Great Hall for £40. Give the gift of relaxation with a Morning Revive or Afternoon Glow spa package for £80, including a 25-minute treatment; access to the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, pool and gym; and fluffy robes, towels and slippers, of course.
Or if you’re really out to impress, opt for a Decadence spa day package including two luxury treatments for £200; or a voucher for an overnight stay for two, including dinner, bed and breakfast, as well as full use of the spa and leisure facilities, for £300.
As a five-star hotel, any trip to Ellenborough Park is sure to impress – with the Cotswold hotel boasting spacious bedrooms, beautiful grounds, unique dining experiences like its quirky dining carriages, an Indian-inspired spa offering Elemis treatments and a heated outdoor swimming pool too.
Packed with designer and top high street brands, Gloucester Quays has Christmas gifts all wrapped up.
Fashion fans can save up to 70 per cent on gifts from All Saints; Barbour; Jack Wills, Levi’s; Ted Baker and Tommy Hilfiger, with The Fragrance Shop and The Cosmetics Company Store for perfume and beauty gifts.
For sporty types, there’s Adidas; Asics; Gloucester Rugby; Mountain Warehouse; Raging Bull; The North Face; Trespass; and Weird Fish. Then there’s Denby, Le Creuset and ProCook for home and cookware gifts, plus Hallmark for Christmas cards and M&S Outlet for gift wrapping too.
Plus, there’s also plenty of restaurants and bars at Gloucester Quays catering for everything from a festive family meal to Christmas catch ups with friends.
In addition to the fantastic shops at Gloucester Quays, there’s also the festive Orchard Street Market taking place every weekend from Saturday 6 November until Sunday 19 December 2021, with everything from festive street food to artisan Christmas gifts – and an open-air ice rink on Orchard Square from Thursday 25 November 2021 until Friday 3 January 2022 too!
Pop into Gloucester Quays from 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
Or for a chance to win a family day out at Gloucester Quays, see win a festive family day out with ice skating at Gloucester Quays, or fill out the entry form at gloucesterquays.co.uk/winafestivedayout.
Give the gift of a memorable experience this Christmas, by treating a loved one, couple or family to a thoughtful gift voucher from the Everyman Theatre.
Valid for two years and redeemable on any performance – as well as in the Everyman café bar and Matcham’s restaurant – the Everyman Theatre’s vouchers are an excellent gift for avid theatregoers or those who might never have had the chance to go before.
What’s more, you’ll be supporting the Everyman Theatre and all the work it does as a charity too.
Friends and family can use the Everyman Theatre gift vouchers to book some big shows in 2022, including hit musicals such as Hairspray, Footloose and Bring it On, star comedians such as Chris Ramsey, Paul Merton and Al Murray; drama including The Da Vinci Code ; or even Russian State Opera and dance from the BalletBoyz.
Trioscape Garden Centre’s Christmas department is open now – and is packed with gift ideas and stocking fillers galore, seasonal plants, as well as a host of gorgeous festive decorations.
The independent garden centre in Newent is home to baubles, tree decorations, artificial trees, magical lights and much more, so visitors will be able to create their own winter wonderland in the comfort of their own home.
Visitors who have shopped ‘til they’ve dropped can head to Trioscape’s popular Gardeners Kitchen, where customers can refuel on a range of fabulously festive food and drink. There’s Christmas lunch served every Wednesday and the chance for families to have breakfast with Santa too!
With a mission to co-create experiences which bring joy, spark curiosity, connect communities and inspire change, give loved ones a year of memories this Christmas with a Cheltenham Festivals membership.
Costing from £25, choose from bronze, silver, or gold memberships for early access and priority booking perks, as well as discounted tickets to some of the hottest events in Gloucestershire across Cheltenham’s Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals throughout the year.
As well as the chance to see some of the globe’s biggest authors, listen to world class musicians, be inspired by scientists and great thinkers, gift-givers will be supporting a wonderful Gloucestershire charity – helping support community engagement and education projects, as well as enabling those who may not have the opportunity to experience Cheltenham’s festivals in all their glory.
Showcasing gorgeous crafts from talented British makers, Nature in Art’s latest exhibition features jewellery, glasswork, ceramics, sculptures and more for those looking for a unique Christmas gift.
Art lovers can enjoy a wholesome day out at the world’s first museum dedicated to art inspired by nature, too, with the exhibition running from Tuesday 9 November to Sunday 19 December 2021.
With price tags ranging from around £20 to over £1,000, there’s something to suit every budget – whether you’re filling stockings or splashing out on someone extra special.
Nature in Art is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, with the exhibition running from Tuesday 9 November to Sunday 19 December 2021.
For more information, visit natureinart.org.uk.
Treat wildlife lovers to a real feel-good gift this Christmas, with a year-long membership to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
Giving members unlimited entry to Slimbridge for a whole year, as well as access to the other nine WWT sites, an exclusive membership pack and latest issues of Waterlife magazine, an individual adult membership costs £55, while it’s £83 for a joint membership and £92 for a family membership.
Gift givers will be supporting a great cause, as proceeds from the membership programme help the WWT to fund crucial projects at Slimbridge and its other wetland centres, maintaining habitats for the return of beautiful winter birds such as geese, golden plover and Bewick’s swans.
With Christmas decorations, wine, food and personalised hampers, The Green Dragon Inn in Cockleford has all you need to find a great gift for your nearest and dearest at its onsite shop.
Open seven days a week, the store champions local Gloucestershire produce, alongside special products from around the world that are sure to tantalise taste buds and make for an excellent stocking stuffer this Christmas.
Or perhaps treat friends and family to a Green Dragon voucher with a personalised message so they can sample the Cotswold pub’s delicious menu, real ales and fantastic wine selection.
With late closing on both Wednesday 8 and Wednesday 15 December 2021, shoppers at The Green Dragon’s store can enjoy complimentary mulled wine, mince pies and exclusive festive offers while they browse from 5pm to 9pm. And what’s more, they’ll be entered into an exciting prize draw if they spend over £50 in a single transaction.
For a Christmas gift that goes with a BANG, Ian Coley is offering gift vouchers for its clay shooting experiences and professional tuition at the renowned shooting school near Cheltenham, this Christmas.
Gift-givers can choose from a range of all-inclusive tuition vouchers, catering for different abilities; while the Have-a-Go experiences are perfect for those who have never held a shotgun, offering a cost-effective way to try clay shooting for the first time – with a choice of 25 or 50 clays, costing £54 or £90. Suitable for ages 10 and above, they also make a lovely gift for a fun-loving family.
Perfect for a thoughtful – but last-minute – present, Ian Coley’s gift vouchers can be sent directly to the recipient with next day delivery options available.
Filled to the brim with delicious local gifts, Fluffy Puffin’s Christmas hampers make for a wonderful Christmas gift for Gloucestershire foodies.
Fluffy Puffin hampers contain 12 artisan products – with tasty treats including English sparkling wine; fresh sliced smoked salmon; cheese and crackers; real English ale chutney; and a festive macaron, along with a bath bomb, soy wax candle and even a hand carved wooden Christmas bauble for the tree. Hampers cost £80 each plus £9.95 per hamper for delivery nationwide.
All of the hampers contents are made by local artisan producers, with Fluffy Puffin including delivery to Gloucester, Wiltshire and Bristol addresses within the price.
It also offers discounts for orders of 10 hampers or more – ideal for businesses which want to treat their customers or staff this Christmas.
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