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Whilst Christmas shopping is one of the festive season’s most honoured traditions, sometimes finding authentic, original and interesting gifts for our loved ones can prove a little tricky – don’t worry though, because we’ve curated a handpicked selection of South Devon Christmas gift ideas. As a nation, we have a tendency to rely on some of the major retailers found all over the country, but we firmly believe that variety is the spice of life, and at Coast & Country Cottages we are big advocates of keeping it local. It’s nice to give something a little different from time to time, and we are certain that one of South Devon’s unique businesses can come to the rescue when Christmas shopping this year.
As the country continues to navigate its way through Covid-19, it has never been more important to try and support local businesses. This year in particular, we’re being encouraged to think a little harder about the gifts we are buying, and importantly, where we are buying them from. In our opinion, the best Christmas gifts come in local packages, and lucky for us, South Devon is jam-packed with independent retailers, some of which are situated in the vibrant towns of Salcombe, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Totnes.. As you would expect, retailers have recently invested their time heavily in shining and polishing their online offering, and as such, Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home has never been easier. Below, in no particular order, you will find a selection of South Devon Christmas gift ideas that are perfect for those with a love of the local area. We’ve picked a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets, from delicious clotted cream fudge to something a little more bespoke such as a luxuriously personalised clutch bag, you won’t be disappointed.
Looking for a local South Devon Christmas gift in particular? Use our quick links below to help navigate the content, or alternatively, browse our guide to South Devon Christmas gift ideas below…
– Salcombe Dairy
– Salcombe Gin
– Devon Cove Vodka
– South Devon Chilli Farm
– Edward’s Fudge Kitchen
– Sharpham Cheese and Wine
– Me & East
– Will Bees Bespoke
– Canvas Factory
– Bert and Buoy
– Tor Allen
– Dog & Soap
– Busby & Fox
– Barefoot Boy
– Rudds Wellies
– Small Folk
It’s no secret that South Devon is a food lover’s paradise, and when you look at the geography of the region this comes as no surprise. With a thriving coastline and rich fishing industry, and expansive green and pleasant land much of which is agricultural, you will find nutritious, organic and seasonal produce available in abundance. We’ve narrowed down a selection of our foodie favourites from which you can find the ultimate South Devon gift idea – from local fudge makers to delicatessens, gin and vodka creators and even a chilli farm we have it covered…
Located in the very heart of Salcombe, Salcombe Dairy produce their signature ice cream the traditional way, using a combination of milk from local farms and decadent double cream. Ice cream aside, they also offer award-winning ‘bean to bar’ chocolate and various Christmas gifts including tree chocolate, variety packs and luxurious advent calendars. For those with a really sweet tooth, you can also purchase gift vouchers, which are ideal for keeping safe and enjoying ice cream or sorbet at a later date. Visit their online shop for even more inspiration.
A local tipple with a rapidly growing reputation, Salcombe Gin is made the traditional way – in a distillery situated in Salcombe itself. How about presenting a friend or loved one with a bottle of this tasty local tipple, and if you’re lucky, they might even share it with you! Another option is to order a gift voucher for a gin making experience at the Salcombe Gin School, the lucky recipient of which will take charge of their own mini copper still, choose from a range of botanicals and name their own bottle to take home. The Salcombe Gin online shop is the perfect place to shop for a South Devon Christmas gift, so expect to browse a selection of indulgent hampers, miniature gift sets and a wide and varied choice of gin.
Luxuriously smooth, Devon Cove Vodka is a family run business with its roots firmly anchored in the fishing village of Hope Cove – so much so, the King Edward potatoes used to make the vodka are grown on the family farm overlooking the coves sandy shores! Pure and clean, the vodka is exceptional and as clean as it can come. What’s more, it is extremely low in calories making it the perfect drink of choice should you want to indulge in some festive drinking. Devon Cove Vodka have an extensive online shop from which you can (of course!) purchase vodka, but also fruity cove Damson Liqueur and a selection of cocktail kits. You can even request that your order is gift wrapped with a personal message.
The South Devon Chilli Farm is situated on the edge of Loddiswell amidst the rolling South Devon countryside. At the shop itself there is a show tunnel, a colourful café with a deliciously chilli-focused menu and an impressive gift shop, however these are currently closed. Their online shop is extensive, boasting just about every chilli-infused product you can think of, from chilli jam to spicy hot chocolate, including plenty of spicy items beautifully packaged as gift sets. You can even purchase a gift certificate, to be sent via email or by post, which includes a personal message.
Edward’s Fudge Kitchen, found nestled within the cobbled streets of Dartmouth, makes a traditional clotted-cream based version of this traditional sweet treat. From both the shop and Edward’s Fudge Kitchen online shop 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.
The Sharpham Estate sits on the south-facing slopes of the River Dart at a glorious, meandering section of the river close to Totnes. Sharpham’s award-winning wines make fabulous Christmas presents, especially their multi-award-winning Champagne, which took home Silver prizes in the International Wine Challenge and UKVA National Awards, as well as receiving a Gold at the 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 sumptuous hampers, you will find a great range of gifts to please all taste pallets. Shop their extensive English wine and cheese selection at the Sharpham Wine & Cheese online shop – you can also purchase gift vouchers here too.
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 brimming with the most delicious West Country award-winning local food and drink.
South Devon boasts an array of thriving businesses, from independent boutiques to thriving national brands that were born right here! Whether you’re on the search for jewellery, posters, mugs or blankets, there are so many handmade businesses out there just waiting to be discovered…
Me and East is an eclectic celebration of uniquely handmade gifts and beautifully handmade crafts. Everything they stock is meticulously selected and includes jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, prints, cards, clothing and textiles. Based in Totnes, and also home to a successful online shop, it’s the kind of treasure trove that is difficult to leave without a very full basket.
Located on Salcombe’s bustling Island Street amongst a quirky collection of boatyards and chandleries, art galleries and other local businesses (including Coast & Country Cottages) Will Bees Bespoke specialises in bags, clutches, purses and pouches. You can often see their talented artisans busy working at the window or in the workshop producing exceptional items that make fantastic presents – be sure to visit their website for an equally experiential brand experience. Products can be personalised with embroidered names or initials, and the fee for this is included in the price of purchase.
At the Canvas Factory you can purchase a range of handmade, hard-wearing yet stylish bags and accessories, all of which are made in the very heart of Dartmouth. These can include completely bespoke options if you’d like something truly unique, and what’s more, the Canvas Factory can also embroider your gift to order, adding that extra special touch.
Bert and Buoy is a contemporary, nautical lifestyle brand with an instantly recognisable design – we love it so much we just had to add Bert & Buoy to our list of South Devon Christmas gift ideas! Inspired by the stunning surrounding coastline, numerous locations in South Devon and local wildlife it comes as no surprise that these feature heavily in Bert’s handcrafted designs. You may have seen Bert & Buoy’s work at the Dartmouth Regatta after he designed the cover artwork of the event programme, but if not, be sure to check their website to familiarise yourself.
Ethical and eco-friendly handmade homeware and lifestyle, Nkuku is the perfect blend of home decor, furniture and lighting. Their local store is located in Harbertonford, near Totnes, but equally their comprehensive website leaves no stone unturned and you will find their full product list online, and if you aren’t 100% sure, you can always purchase a gift card instead. Be warned, once you have been ‘Nkuku’d’ it is very difficult to turn back!
Professional illustrator and designer, Tor Allens designs are iconic to the region and her unique style captures the true essence of South Devon perfectly. With prints of various popular South Devon locations including Hope Cove, South Milton, the River Yealm and Burgh Island they make the perfect gift for those wanting a snapshot of holiday memories in their home. We love her work so much that we asked Tor to design artwork for our very own View magazine! Relatively recently, Tor Allen has opened her Etsy shop so be sure to support her by browsing her collection and purchasing a print (or few!).
A well-stocked, independent bookstore located in the market town of Kingsbridge, Harbour Bookshop is the perfect place to browse literature and stock up the Christmas reading list. Their online store is extensive and easy to navigate, but if you can’t find what you are looking for then be sure to call a member of the team – they are always happy to help. Should you want to order a gift from here, you can even receive your book gift wrapped in museum quality paper with a handwritten tag.
If a much loved canine companion is part of your family, then no Christmas is complete without purchasing a selection of gifts that are guaranteed to get that fluffy tail wagging. Dog & Soap is a family run business established by two dog-loving, entrepreneurial sisters. The product range is varied – choose from bathing products, drying coats, drying bags, mitts and towels, eco-friendly toys, natural treats and even cards and stationery! The region of South Devon is a dog lovers paradise, so make sure you browse our dog-friendly holiday cottages should you want to visit and spend a little time exploring with your four legged friend.
Barefoot Boy is a Salcombe based children’s clothing brand that grew from a deep rooted love for the ocean, and in particular, how this natural environment proves to be so nourishing for younger wild and free souls. In essence, it’s core is about beautiful, quality products, and as such, their hoodies and tees are ethically produced and designed for beach and ocean adventures. As a business, they are passionate about all children having access to opportunity, and proudly support two important local charities – the Salcombe Lifeboat and The Daisy Palmer Trust, both of which are close to our hearts at Coast & Country Cottages.
Jam packed with beautiful clothing, homewares, accessories and lifestyle pieces Busby & Fox is the place to go if you are after something really special. With six stores across Devon, Cornwall and Oxfordshire, they are all underpinned with creating an experiential shop with an anchored sense of community – tea, coffee and biscuits are often offered, and there is always a bottle of fizz in the fridge! A treasure trove of candles and clutch bags, and also timeless knits and outfits for every occasion, you are certain to find something to suit. The Busby & Fox website is also a characterful emporium – it has never been easier to browse their collection from the comfort of your home – just remember to leave a significant spending budget, because it’s almost impossible not to fill your basket! For the full lowdown, be sure to read our blog feature ‘the Busby & Fox success story’.
Handcrafted from 100% natural rubber, Rudds are high quality Wellington boots crafted to work with your lifestyle – they are simply perfect for South Devon adventures on coast and countryside, muddy puddles and sandy shores alike! A relatively young company with a journey that began in 2014, they have grown from strength to strength and are the ultimate wellie if you are looking for a boot with an emphasis on comfort, support, safety and durability. They also offer a range of Salcombe-centric hoodies and tees for both adults and children should you want the complete outfit.
Based in Totnes, Small Folk offers a range of sustainable and ethical natural clothing, shoes and accessories for babies, children and women. Small Folk aspire to bring you closer to local makers, environmentally conscious brands and responsible manufacturers, as such, you really feel a sense of connection to the local community of makers when visiting. With clothes that are free from harsh chemicals and promote freedom of movement, and toys which spark imagination and creativity, it’s the perfect bolthole from which to find South Devon Christmas gift ideas.
South Devon is a magical wonderland during the festive season and is perfectly placed to enjoy a Christmas break. At Coast & Country Cottages we have an enviable collection of winter retreats simply perfect for Christmas – from coastal cottages with sea views (some of which also boast open fires and hot tubs!) to country escapes and luxury properties. We have over 100 dog-friendly holiday cottages too, so your canine companion can also join the festivities!