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Christmas pressies, sorted

Need some inspiration in the run up to the Big Day? We have scoured around for the best in show and rumbled some prize goodies - and all homegrown in our fair counties. It's the Glos and Wilts Xmas Gift Guide!


Rock Chick

Guaranteed to turboboost your va-va-voom (honestly, try it on the school run and enjoy the morning glory), this leather biker jacket by Overider is for life, not just for Christmas. £395

Diamonds are Forever

Pick up the perfect sparkly gift from Shen London – this luxe British jewellery brand has a growing reputation for superior diamonds and divine settings, and we can see why! from £510

Barking Mad?

All that glitters is not necessarily gold this Xmas, but it is certainly stunning over at ‘ole Barking Hen jewellery. Fancy an oak leaf, bumble bee or owl fluttering around your neck? Stunning and unique, ladies. From £20

Delicate Dragonflies

Now, this is what I’d really love under my tree this year (are you listening Mr Muddy?)…Dragonfly & Blossom in Malmesbury has gorgeous accessories for the home in collections of Bee, Butterfly, Ladybird and Dragonfly but I’m picking out a dragonfly teapot (and teacups and saucers, and jam pot, oh and maybe a few side plates) to go on my letter to Santa. From £12



Eat, Stay, Dine

With a fistful of Timbrell’s Yard Gift Vouchers. He can stuff himself silly, drink ’til he pops (or worse) and then bed down for the night at Timbrell’s or any of their sister properties, The Swan in Wedmore, Somerset, The White Hart in Somerton and The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury. From £25

Shooting Crap…

Well, not really. Shooting little things that move fast…The gift for the chap who has everything – book a shooting stay at the Bath Arms near Longleat, a cosy country gaff with cosy country rooms and great food. If he’d rather bring the kids and let the wildlife flourish, The Official Longleat Experience includes accommodation for one night at The Bath Armsa full English and one-day tix to Longleat for two adults. From £95.

Man Bag Crush

Replete with Indiana Jones-style sex appeal, these waxed canvas messenger bags from James Lear of Arundel come in three manly shades and neatly hold everything your hero needs from a laptop into a bullwhip. Just add a fedora and leather jacket, and then swoon. £89.95


Juicy Fruit
This chic Christmas jumper from Sophie De-R Cashmere is perfect for style-conscious teens looking to bring some abundance into their lives – pineapples were apparently a symbol of wealth in the 18th century (who knew?!) In four delicious colourways, it’s one size fits all, so plenty of ‘borrowing’ possibilities. £60

Supercool Leggings

The perfect gift for your teen (or you, now we’re talking) are these oh-so-funky leggings by Urban Camouflage. Inspired by the plants and flowers in English gardens and hedgerows, artist Katy has created her own line of activewear and my, don’t we love them! £39

Cosy Pom-Poms

The perfect stocking filler for trendy teens (and me, thank you very much) is this stonkingly toasty beanie from Luna Boutiques. These fab boutiques in Marlborough, Devizes, Hungerford and Newbury also have to-die-for sweaters, scarves and a range of cool and quirky knitwear.


Be Yourself…

…or even better, be a unicorn! These Ride On Fantasy Animals from Travis Designs at Duckings Toyshop are giddy-up gorgeous. There’s even an adult version for the ultimate mum-and-daughter riding experience. £29.99

Cute alert!

OMG, how adorable is this bunny ears pinafore dress?! For baby girls aged 9 to 24 months, it’s from super sweet online babywear store Little People – and it’s making me feel veeerrry broody… £19.95

Christmas Clementine’s

There’s stacks of fun to be had at this Tisbury shop but if you’re too far away fear not, they are online too. I’m plumping for this Peter Rabbit set of 3 suitcases – super cute and too cool for school-slash-nursery. £14.95

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