Christmas is fast approaching so we thought we’d give you a helping hand if you’re stuck for presents with our five great British gift ideas, as there’s nothing like handing your loved one a present home grown on your very own turf.
For the love of (British) pie
For pie fanatics there’s nothing more British than a pork pie and where else than Melton Mowbray for a traditional slice of pie heaven. Don’t worry, you don’t have to travel all the way to Melton just to get this. There are plenty of online retailers that do traditional Melton Mowbray pork pie hampers; just remember to order it before the Royal Mail festive deadline.
Handmade leather bags
A leather bag makes a great festive gift since they tend to last a lot longer than others but go for one that’s handmade and you’ve got something that’s a touch more special and unique. Christmas markets are great place to find British made festive gifts and many will often sell handmade leather goods, like in Manchester, Bath and Winchester’s Christmas markets. So why not scout your local market to see what leather goodies you can find for your loved ones.
What better way to wrap up this winter than a wooly jumper and living in a country known for its wool trade you can’t go wrong. There are many retailers that do good quality British made wool jumpers and cardigans. West Yorkshire, East Anglia and the West Country are the three main areas for wool production. Alternatively, get your hands on some wool and knit your own.
Okay so another food related gift idea but who doesn’t love edible Christmas gifts and especially when it’s chocolate? There are many British brands now that do great luxury chocolate and some with an ethical focus like Fairtrade and Organic, which means there’s even more choice. With the Christmas season in full swing many will have lots of gift boxes and hampers with a collection of different chocolates. Treat your family and friends to some luxury chocolate, that’s if it lasts past Christmas day!
Spread a little cheer
Jams and marmalades are the ideal gift, as they last throughout the year. We don’t mean just any jam from the supermarket either and for something special try your nearest farmers market where you’ll find homemade jams and preserves made from locally grown produce, which is great as you’ll also be supporting your local community. If you want to go one step further why not make your own from seasonal fruits to give that personal touch. For a festive twist try spiced cranberry marmalade.
There you have our five British picks for gifting your friends and family this festive period, so with Christmas looming get your orders in before it’s too late.