Gift ideas for explorers & outdoors-lovers, all from local Cornish companies.
Each year I try to encourage others (and myself!) to shop small and support local/independent businesses around the festive season. Not only does it contribute to the Cornwall economy, it also gives you those warm fuzzy karma feels too!
1. Wild Guide: Devon, Cornwall & South West
Not your standard touristy guidebook! I have this myself and find myself pouring over the beautiful photos for hours. It’s full of secret places to explore. BUY for £13.48*
2. bkr Glass Water Bottle from Roo’s Beach (in Egg Blue)
Ditch the plastic when you’re out and about by bringing this cute companion along instead. I just love this colour! BUY for £24.95
3. Poldark and Handsome card by Katy Pillinger Designs
Katy is an amazing Cornwall-based illustrator who I’ve been following for a while; don’t you just love this card? You could give it as a Christmas card or just for fun. BUY for £2.60
4. St. Eval scented tin candles
Made with love in the heart of Cornwall, St. Eval make a huge range of scents, sizes and shapes. You’re bound to find a flavour to suit every family member. BUY for £9.00
5. Chambray backpack from Watershed Brand
Made from durable fabric by a company based in Newquay, this backpack is a perfect gift for the adventurer/hiker in your life. BUY for £22.00
6. ‘Cornish Catch of the Day’ print by Alison Bick Designs
Another talented Cornwall-based illustrator, Alison Bick’s designs are colourful and fun. I love the detail that goes into each sketch! BUY for £20.00
7. Starfish Drusy Earrings by Jewelbox Cornwall
You might have seen I ran a giveaway for these earlier in the year; they are gorgeous! I wear mine all the time. They are perfect for that mermaid-loving friend. BUY for £34.99
8. Saltwater Kitchen Cookbook: Cornish Food Adventures
Get back to nature with this Cornwall lifestyle inspired recipe book. From fresh fish to beach barbecues, you’re gonna get way too excited about Summer! BUY for £15.58*
9. Body Pampering Gift Box from Spiezia Organics
Treat someone special with this luxury gift from Penryn-based organic skincare company, Spiezia Organics. This set includes hand & foot balms, two body oils and a body balm. BUY for £28.00
10. Wave Necklace from Surf Girl Beach Boutique
I love how delicate this little necklace is. Perfect for the surf gal in your life, or just for someone who loves the ocean (which is… everyone in Cornwall?). BUY for £32.95
11. Navy Herringbone Throw by Atlantic Blankets
How snug does this look?! Perfect for Winter cuddling! Made from British wool by Perranporth based Atlantic Blankets, these throws sell out fast. But don’t worry they have lots of colours to choose from! BUY for £32.00
12. Esam Beanie by Finisterre
Finisterre is one of my favourite Cornwall based brands due to their focus on sustainability. Their hats are super snuggly and perfect for Winter walks. BUY for £30
13. Serenity Slumber Sleep Aid Kit by Bloom Remedies
Based in Penzance, Marie creates beautiful and relaxing aromatherapy kits using lovingly blended essential oils. This would be a perfect present for anyone you know who is a little stressed out lately! BUY for £16.50
14. Sterling Silver Shell Ring by Lucy Kemp Jewellery
Lucy is based in Hayle and makes stunning silver jewellery just like this adorable ring by hand. Again, this is an ideal present for the mermaid obsessed! BUY for £19.00
15. Sitka Flame Case by Rise Outdoors
Rise are all about sustainability and living on the wild side. For anyone you know who loves their camping and wild adventures, this super practical gift is perfect! BUY for £18.90
16. Hand Printed Linen Bread Bag by Helen Round Designs
Helen is a Torpoint-based artist printing her beautiful designs onto fabrics. Of course, you could use this bag for all your shopping – not just bread, and you’ll be helping the planet! BUY for £19.95
There are so many more amazing makers and independent brands in Cornwall too – and I’m sorry if I missed anyone out from this list!
If you love supporting local artisans and are in Cornwall for your Christmas shopping, don’t forget to head to the Etsy Made Local Fair in St. Ives. It starts on 2nd December and ends on the 4th, and will have over 40 exhibitors (including many of the makers mentioned above), as well as workshops throughout the days – I can’t wait!
Find out more on the Facebook event page.
Where will you be shopping for gifts this Christmas?
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