My Favourites heart

My Favourites

Save your favourites with a single click and you’ll never forget a brilliant Muddy recommendation.


Get the inside line on what’s unique, special and new near you, straight to your inbox across 25 counties

Christmas pressies, sorted!

What to buy the special peeps in your life? Hey, easy peasy! Here's our curated Chrimbo pressie guide

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 county. It’s the Muddy Stilettos Xmas Gift Guide!




Not Just Travel Vouchers

‘If you dream it, they’ll book it.’ Looking for a gift for the woman who has everything? You can’t go wrong this Christmas with vouchers from a fabulous travel consultant. Vouchers don’t have to be for a trip of a lifetime (although they can be. Fancy trekking the Andes, anyone? Or Iceland for the Northern Lights?) – spend them on a weekend to Amsterdam, an experience while you’re away, or even take the kids to Disneyland Paris. She’ll/they’ll love you forever… From £50.



Victoria Tapper Photography

Give the lovely lady in your life a gorgeous gift to remember this Christmas, with a family photoshoot from Muddy fave photographer Victoria Tapper. Exclusively for Muddy readers, this Christmas voucher will give you beautiful, natural family pictures to treasure forever. Purchase before 20 December, photoshoot can take place any time before 20 June 2020. £295 (usual price £395) 



The Pink Pheasant

Take a look at these beautiful statement lamps, which will brighten any interior.  The Pink Pheasant’s range of recycled glass lamp bases are available in different colour recycled glasses, all using natural dyes, and look fab with their handmade lined lampshades. Rustic style recycled glass lamp bases start from £66 and handmade lined lampshades start from £40.



Watling Goldsmiths of Lacock

Hats off to this gorgeous local jeweller, who will custom make and design a piece of jewellery heaven, just for you. Or, if you’re buying for your hubby, pick up a pair of their funky cufflinks, the perfect gift for the man in your life. I’ve got my eye on the silver Wellington Boot cufflinks. Wonder if they’ll do me a pair of Stilettos…?



Bowood inspired Xmas goodies

Add a little bit of Bowood to the stockings of the lady in your life…Choose from Spa Day vouchers, facials, massages, Golf lessons or afternoon tea for two. Or play it safe and give the gift of an ageless, bright and flawless complexion with one of the Eminence Organics Starter Sets. These award-winning products are openly used by celebrities such as Megan Markle, Eva Longoria and Dita Von Teese. From £43



Packaging Not Included

Check out our favourite zero waste shop in Wilts for loads of excellent Christmas gifts for her. Zero Waste gift sets, beard balm, unisex stainless steel and bamboo razors, soaps, shampoo bars, lunch bags, bath salts, luxury skincare products, reusable face and nail varnish pads, body loofahs, water bottles, stainless steel straws, beeswax wraps…They also have a range of eco friendly reusable fabric gift wraps, paper tapes and hemp twines. Love it!




Dinghams Cookshop

Is it a cookshop? Is it a cafe? Could it be that little slice of heaven that is both? Check out Dinghams in Salisbury for some of the best Christmas shopping ever. We love their gorgeous Octopus Crackled Glass Bowl, which make stunning centrepieces and sold out completely last year. £154



Serenity Wellness and Beauty

The fabulous Serenity Wellness and Beauty in Melksham is a proud ambassador for the amazing vegan Tropic products. Eco friendly, carbon neutral, not tested on animals made fresh daily and British you really can’t buy better, plus, Tropic is the fastest growing business in the Beauty industry and has won numerous awards for its products. Pop in for a look and to buy, or pick up a Serenity voucher towards a relaxing treatment for your loved one. ***HOT NEWS*** Anyone buying presents through Serenity will automatically be put into a free prize draw for an hours treatments of your choice to be taken In January. Call to arrange an appointment to come and view and try the beautiful products 07486 648105.



Wanderlust Camper Co

Make lasting memories with a weekend of glamping-style campervan hire. Whether it be an adventurous road trip, fun family holiday or a fabulous festival experience, these Christmas gift vouchers can bring you a little closer to that magic.



Trinkets galore!

Choose from a gorgeous selection of lovely twinkly things at local Lowden Garden Centre, including photo frames, candles and diffusers. One of the best spots in Wilts for a real snoop around – there are loads of goodies to be had! While you’re there, you’ll be impressed by the Farm Shop, selling locally sourced produce (most meat comes from within 15 miles and all craft beer and cider from within 10 miles) and titbits to stock up the larder – think homemade jams and Wiltshire honey, local yoghurts and cheeses.






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.



The Bajan Kitchen

We LOVE this Wiltshire company (also based in Barbados!), bringing you their Caribbean family recipes over three generations. For the man who’s a whizz in the kitchen, this Christmas gift pack will put the oompf into his cooking and keep you all toasty and warm this winter. £15



Twisting Spirits

Launched in 2017, Twisting Spirits create amazing and distinctive craft gins, distilling, filling and labelling each and every bottle by hand. So far, so typically artisan you may say, but these guys are different, using a hot and cold dual distillation technique to deliver a massive burst of flavour. This year, buy the man in your life a bottle of their fabulous Douglas Fir. Now, where is the Fever Tree?




Lucy Tom Interiors

Our top pick this Christmas from fab design company Lucy Tom Interiors is definitely the salt and pepper graters. The pepper set contains several aromatic long peppers from the Indonesian island of Java, together with a high-quality stainless steel Grater. The Japanese-style salt grater set includes a generous chunk of genuine pink Himalayan rock salt. Ideal for dinner parties. £24



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.





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! From £49



Cosy Jumpers

The perfect presents for trendy teens (and me, thank you very much) are these gorgeously toasty cashmere sweaters from Luna Boutiques. These fab boutiques in Marlborough, Devizes, Hungerford and Newbury also have to-die-for beanies, scarves and a range of cool and quirky knitwear.



A test of logic

We’ve found a fab teenage gift, locally made in Bradford-on-Avon, from adorably cute gift store Strawberry Blue. This 240 pce wooden puzzle has 220 flags from around the world, cut into precise shapes, and each piece has clues to the neighbouring flags. A test of knowledge and logic! £39.99






Toucan Toucan

We love love love these oh-so-cute genderless kids’ pjs, made from ethical organic cotton, natch. ToucanToucan is a new brand of genderless kids’ pyjamas from a husband and wife team in Wilts. With kids’ spending 40% of their childhood asleep (doesn’t seem like that in my house, sometimes!), it’s worth thinking about what they snuggle up in. Over to ToucanToucan, founded by parents of ‘one of each’ who discovered it was actually pretty tricky to snaffle up sweet, traditional style jarmies for little people which were gender neutral, made from soft, organic cotton, and, most importantly, not going to cost the earth. From £20



From You to Me illustrated story book

A personalised and beautifully illustrated story book about the male hero in a child’s life. Allow your child to put Dad or Grandpa as the central character in this wonderful story written by well known author M.P.Robertson. With a title of your choice the grown up takes centre stage as he battles bears under the stairs, Bog Monsters trapped in toilets and things that go bump in the night with no fear at all.



Season tix to Bowood House & Gardens

Why not give the gift of experience this year and make memories with a 2020 Season Ticket to Bowood House & Gardens in Wiltshire. Visit one of the UK’s most exciting adventure playgrounds, discover the rich and fascinating history of Bowood House and the Lansdowne family, all set within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and gardens. With a 2020 Season Ticket you can visit as many times as you wish over the season (1st April – 1st November 2020).



Snow Village Musical

We just love this  – perfect for handmade linens and divine gifts.Discover divine La Cotonniere, an adorable store in the heart of gorgeous Bradford on Avon, where you can shop for bespoke handmade table and floor lamps, as well as made-to-order cut blinds, and embroidered textiles. This Christmas, we love their Snow Village Musical playing gorgeously Christmassy tones… £75



Hide in a teepee from When Lulu Met Weasel

Utterly gorgeous, to-die-for children’s teepees, handmade in Wiltshire by Sarah Phillips-Chirwa. Don’t forget to add lights, scatter cushions, squishies, oh and make sure you get yours personalised! All teepees are 100% British handmade and are CE tested, and they don’t just make teepees for little people – you can get adult sized ones too. You can choose your very own bespoke, unique tent – get in touch and they’ll create one just for you. From £128 



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 funky children’s lunch bag – super cute and too cool for school-slash-nursery. £18
Back Home

The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Wiltshire

Reader Treats Just For You!