Planning on shaking off the hordes and escaping to South Devon this Christmas? Regardless of whether you’re staying in...
Finding original or interesting Christmas presents for our loved ones can be a challenge. The most convenient option may be to rely on some of the major retailers found all over the country or to shop online. But it’s nice to give something a little different from time to time. Perhaps one of South Devon’s unique businesses can come to the rescue. Here are 8 Christmas gifts made in South Devon, ideal for those with a love of the local area. We’ve picked out a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets, from a box of clotted cream fudge to something bespoke from the Canvas Factory.
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Island Street, Salcombe
Specialising in bags, clutches, purses and pouches, Will Bees Bespoke is based on Salcombe’s Island Street, amongst a quirky collection of boatyards and chandleries, art galleries and other local businesses – including Coast & Country Cottages!
You can often see their talented artisans at work at the window or in the workshop, producing exceptional items that make fantastic presents. Products can be personalised with embroidered names or initials while you wait, with the fee for this included in the price of purchase. Will Bees have even released their new Signature collection, bringing their ‘signature’ logo to life.
Foss Street, Dartmouth
At the Canvas Factory you can purchase a range of handmade, hard-wearing yet stylish bags and accessories, made in Dartmouth. These include completely bespoke options if you’d like something truly unique, and the Canvas Factory can also embroider your gift to order.
The South Devon Chilli Farm is situated on the edge of Loddiswell amidst glorious South Devon countryside. There’s a show tunnel, a colourful café with a deliciously chilli-focused menu, and an impressive gift shop on site.
Just about every chilli-infused product you can think of, from chilli jam to spicy hot chocolate, is available here, including plenty of items packaged nicely as gift sets. If you know someone with a serious love of all things spicy, the South Devon Chilli Farm is surely worth a visit in time for Christmas.
Island Street, Salcombe
A local tipple with a rapidly growing reputation, Salcombe Gin is made the traditional way in a distillery close to our Salcombe office. How about presenting a friend or loved one with a bottle of this tasty local tipple? Another option is to order a gift voucher for a gin making experience at Salcombe Gin School. The lucky recipient will take charge of their own mini copper still, choose from a range of botanicals and name their own bottle to take home.
Newcomen Road, Dartmouth
Edward’s Fudge Kitchen was a joint winner of our “Finest South Devon Fudge” competition in 2016, and makes an authentically local, clotted-cream based version of this traditional sweet treat. You can buy gift packs of various sizes, choosing from an extensive range of flavours, from the tried-and-tested to more unusual, with lemon meringue and peanut butter options both available.
Sharpham Estate, Ashprington
The Sharpham Estate sits on the south-facing slopes of the Dart at a glorious, meandering section of the river close to Totnes. Sharpham’s award-winning wines, derived from Madeline Angevines imported originally from the French Loire, make fabulous Christmas presents, especially their multi-award-winning Champagne equivalent, which took home Silver prizes in the International Wine Challenge and UKVA National Awards, as well as receiving a Gold Taste of the West award. There are lots of delicious, creamy cheeses made on the estate too, our favourite has to be their classic ‘Sharpham’ cheese which has won Gold at the Global Cheese Awards. From private vineyard tours to tasting experiences and hampers, there is a great range of gifts to please all taste pallets. To view their website, click here to find out more.
Delimann is an online fine food and gift emporium based in Devon, best known for their delicious afternoon tea and cream tea gifts. Their Christmas hampers are filled with the most delicious West Country award-winning local food and drink. With free next day delivery across the UK (except Sundays) it couldn’t be easier to send a little taste of Devon this Christmas.
Fairfax Place, Dartmouth
Bert and Buoy is a contemporary, nautical lifestyle brand with an instantly recognisable, unique design – we love it so much we just had to add Bert & Buoy to our list! Inspired by the stunning surrounding coastline, locations in South Devon and local wildlife feature heavily in Bert’s carefully handcrafted designs. You may have seen Bert & Buoy’s work at the Dartmouth Regatta after he designed the cover artwork of the event programme.
So there you have it, our top 8 unique local Christmas gifts made in South Devon. For more festive inspiration, read our blogs:
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