The great local Christmas gift guide
Stuck for pressie inspo? Support local with these great gifts for him, her, kids and foodies from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight's brilliant boutiques and makers
For Her: Chartreuse velvet jewellery wrap
This recycled velvet, vintage-feel jewellery wrap from Winchester’s H&B Style boutique has a gorgeous detachable insect brooch detail. Store your favourite bling inside in the two zipped pockets and ring holder.
For Foodies: Bombay Sapphire socks
They might be a stocking filler cliché but trust us, Bombay Sapphire fans will totally appreciate the novelty. Find them plus barware and other great gifting merch at the Hampshire-based Bombay Sapphire Distillery site.
For Him: Barbershop Botanicals Hair and Body care kit
Dapper gents will love this Meon Valley apothecary-style cosmetics brand, founded by a master barber and an aromatherapist. This hair and body care starter kit contains caffeine Hemp & Green Tea Shampoo, Argan & Jojoba Conditioner and Sea Buckthorn & Aloe Vera Body Wash.
FOR KIDS: Ash & Co Scrappy Racers Car Making Kit
Ready, Get Set, Go! Mini Makers will love this Grand Prix Scrappy Racer, building their design and woodworking skills while having loads of fun. Made by hand in by the brilliant Ash & Co it’s one of a range of fantastic kits. The hands-on firm also run fun, kid-friendly workshops and events at their Hampshire workshop.
For Her: Loungers Trousers
Don’t default to the usual chains for your PJ refresh – support local with super soft, stylish, sustainably-made loungewear from Loungers Clothing instead. For every pair sold in this Horatio’s Garden design, the Hampshire-based firm will donate £10 to the Horatio’s Garden Charity.
For Foodies: 12 Gins of Christmas
Now THIS is our kind of Christmas Eve box! Taste your way around the county with this selection of 12 craft gins in double serves from distilleries around Hampshire and a bit beyond, all picked out by drinks expert Jane from the brilliant Firsty Foal.
For Kids: Circus Stacker wooden playset
Roll Up! Roll Up! Little ones will love this solid wood circus troupe in a scoopable, travel friendly pick-up-and-go bag. Made by Tender Leaf Toys from sustainable wood with non-toxic paints, it’s one of a great collection of toys at The Owl & The Pussycat boutique in Stockbridge.
For Her: Emma J. Shipley Cheetah Diffuser
Teaming cool, quirky design with fabulous wafts of lemon, basil, jasmine, rose and woody vetiver, treat home birds and style queens to this fabulous diffuser. It’s one of a range by the brilliant artist and luxe Brit homeware brand Emma Shipley, available at Stanwells boutique in Lymington.
For Foodies: Borneo Pantry pickles and sauces
A serial Great Taste Gold award-winner, Isle of Wight-based producer The Borneo Pantry has solid foodie creds. Perfect for the cheese course – and pepping-up leftover turkey sarnies – a tasting trio three jar gift set in a wrappable jute presentation pack will make a very welcome Christmas gift.
For Him: Indigo Island St Barts Shirt
Sisters Torty and Lulu combine original designs with top quality tailoring in their 100% cotton shirts for men. Comfortable, colourful and stylish, all the designs in the Hampshire-based duo’s Indigo Island collection are hand block printed by traditional artisans.
For Her: Shell bracelet
Handmade in Bali by traditional artisans, and definitely on our hint, hint list, one of these shell bracelets from Lymington’s Nudi Concept Store would make a fabulous gift or stocking filler.
For Foodies: Hattingley Celebration Set
Pop, clink, FIZZ! A great gift set from one of the county’s best producers, pick your favourite Hattingley English sparkling wine to go inside. You can even get them to add a handwritten card.
For Him: The Nautical Co. Fisherman’s Jumper
Bringing French style to the UK, The Nautical Company is a Hampshire-based online clothing boutique launched by ex-pat Sandrine in 2010. Warm and stylish, sailors and non-nautical types will love this 50% wool, ribbed crew neck jumper.
For kids: Mint & White Island Babe sweater
Stylish and cosy, wherever they adventure to, these gorgeous Island Babe sweaters from Isle of Wight-based makers Mint & White range in size from ages 2 – 12. Pick from soft pastel pink, baby blue, navy, grey or white. Cute.
For Her: Cleverly Wrapped Pom Pom Hat
Warm, colourful and perfect for Boxing Day walks, this Pom Pom Hat is one of a massive range of accessories from Cleverly Wrapped boutique in Stockbridge. Get it gift wrapped in bespoke packaging at no extra cost. Bonus.
For Her: Round enamel tray
Hampshire-based Turnbull and Hooch have loads of great gifts for home. Great for entertaining (and those who love to entertain), these cheerful trays with pretty embossed detail can be paired with a matching brass tray stand (£45), instantly transforming them into a table or portable drinks station.
For Foodies: Maison Boutinot red wine magnum
A fabulous partner for the cheese course (if they can be persuaded to share), connoisseurs will be delighted with this magnum Côtes du Rhône Villages which comes complete with a wooden presentation box and the option to gift wrap, from Southsea’s Camber Wines.
For Kids: Mouse snow globe
Kitsch, sure – but undeniably cute and something littlies will love playing with, this mouse snow globe is one of a collection at Russell Ince’s Christmas Imaginarium. Open from March to December in Ryde, Christmas starts really early at this quirky Isle of Wight shop with its wonderfully traditional Victorian exterior.
For Her: Snow Flake earrings
Ice cool with a pocket-friendly price tag, we’re loving this sweet snow flake earrings from Portsmouth’s Spott and Herbert.
For Foodies: Giddy Nibbles
Topping our list of edible gifts this year, this delightful Winchester-based producer’s cheese biscuits were dreamt up for ‘giddy’ drinks and nibbles o’clock. Pick ‘n’ mix from the choice of cheese flavours or elevate further with some delish mini chutneys.
From £15.45/four rolls
For Her: Chocolate Horse
So much better than chocolate coins – and very Hampshire, this milk chocolate horse by the fabulous New Forest-based Miss Witt is made from quality Venezuelan cocoa beans.