Cotswolds Christmas Gift Guide
With all that is going on in the world it is hard to know what Christmas is going to be like this year. With Covid meaning we might not know when we will see loved ones again and making plans to celebrate the festive season difficult, we have to cherish those we love in other ways. This means gift giving has extra importance this year as it becomes one of the only ways we may be able to show those we care about just how much we appreciate them.
Here at Sarah Badeni we feel passionate about shopping locally and sustainable where possible and with many small businesses taking a big hit this year this has greater importance now more than ever. That is why we have decided to bring you our Cotswolds Christmas Gift Guide for 2020 to help you find the best luxury gifts and experiences for the people you care about whilst supporting your local community.
Brownrigg Antiques in Tetbury is one of my favourite places to scavenge for beautiful and eclectic antiques. Set in a gorgeous three floored Georgian house in the Cotswolds, it's the perfect setting for finding that special someone a beautiful handpicked statement piece. Offering everything from furniture to quirky ornaments you can spend hours browsing in store or on their website which is regularly updated with new pieces. They also have the most beautifully curated Instagram account, as recommended by Vogue in this years April issue, that is definitely worth a follow.
Thyme- A Village within a Village
We might not have been able to get away abroad this year but with staycations becoming the best alternative, why not create amazing memories with a stay at Thyme- a village within a village. Situated in a restored historic manor house and farm in heart of the Cotswolds it's the most idyllic place to unwind and feel closer to nature. And as if that wasn't enough they also offer cookery classes, floristry classes, spa treatments and gift experiences. If a get away isn't feasible for you at the moment they also have the most elegant shop, embodying a 'love of the land' ethos, they offer beautiful and sustainable gifts, including a lovely silk wear collection, homeware and gardening themed gifts. Westonbirt is also right around the corner, so why not book a visit there during your stay to see their Enchanted Christmas event or just for a lovely afternoon wander.
Domestic Science is an independent department store, with a gorgeous store in Tetbury as well as one in Nailsworth. It's the perfect place to find unusual and quirky gifts, selling all sorts of home and lifestyle items. I particularly love their homeware collection, offering beautiful candles and decorations for your home. If you're stuck for little stocking fillers they have lots of lovely hand creams, bath salts and aromatherapy oils all for around £10, as well as unusual games and toys for the kids. Even if it's not gifts that you're after, but something to wrap them in, they have a divine gift wrapping collection. From sheets of beautifully designed wrapping paper to ribbon in all colours, they've got your gift wrapping covered this season!
Part of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's private residence, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove are opened annually for visitors. Offering gift experiences and private tours, it is the perfect place for an exciting and luxurious day out. However, if you'd rather stay indoors this winter season, you can still get a taste of luxury with their Highgrove online shop. With luxury gift sets and unique collections, they offering everything from Highgrove House Hampers to handmade decorations. If you aren't looking to splash out they also have lots of little gifts, such as Highgrove shortbread and fudge boxes, perfect for that special Royal stocking filler!
The Workbox in Malmesbury is another one of my favourite local independent stores. Unfortunately they don't have an online store I can link you to, but if you're in the local area it is definitely worth a visit! Their shop is packed full of a wide range of jewellery, gifts and ornaments and they often have a lovely selection of Christmas Cards as well as the best advent calendars in the area!
Known for their quality craftmanship, Millstone Mills sell beautiful chess piece salt and pepper mills that are all hand made in England. Millstone have a long family history and great reputation in making some of the worlds best mills crafted from solid beech, perfect for any long term chess lovers in your life, or anyone who has recently become obsessed with chess after watching the Queens Gambit on Netflix! They also offer key bottle openers, disguised in a gorgeous book cover , that you can personalise to include a dedication on the inside, doubling as a card and a present!
Run by Kate Gordon Lennox and Clare Pike, Rich Pickings offer incredible floral displays and garden design. Known for transforming venues into gorgeous places for weddings with their phenomenal floral displays, they take commissions as well as offering workshops throughout the year and creating the most amazing garlands and wreaths for the festive season. All their wreaths are made in their workshop near Tetbury, using natural materials they'll make you the perfect wreath to suit whatever colour and style you are after. You can contact them on Instagram or via their website, and they're taking orders now!
And of course there is always a Sarah Badeni Blouse or a Sloppy Joe for your Christmas Eve drinks for 6!