Delight friends and family with our selection of gifts sourced from all along the Welsh coast
GOOD CHEER FROM CONWY
Help loved ones get into the Christmas spirit by wrapping up this hat-trick of tipples from Tanners wine merchants, who have a store near Llandudno. The trio – which are drawn from Tanners’ own label – comprise a bottle of their elegant house Champagne, a spicy, fruity red from the Rhône Valley, and a succulent, classic white Burgundy.
Tanners Hat Trick, £50. Tanners, Tremarl Industrial Estate, Ffordd Maelgwyn, Llandudno Junction, Conwy LL31 9PN. Tel: 01492 874099. tanners-wines.co.uk
BEE-AUTIFUL JEWELLERY IN LLANDUDNO
If you know someone with a soft spot for bumblebees, why not create a buzz with this beautiful Busy Bee jewellery collection? The British-made range includes pendants, earrings and bracelets, all of which are available in silver and gold combinations to suit varying tastes and pockets. This really is a gift that’ll be treasured for many Christmases to come, and truly stands out from the usual festive fare.
Busy Bee Collection, from £25. Peers The Jeweller, Victoria Shopping Centre, Mostyn Street LL30 2NG. Tel: 01492 871187. www.peersthejeweller.co.uk
FLUFFY FOOTREST FRIENDS FROM SOUTH WALES
Delight fans of Welsh rural life with one of these fun and funky footrests from Ewemoo, which are based in the town of Ystradgynlais near Swansea. The quirky pieces come in a choice of animal species, including sheep, pigs, hedgehogs, as well as both Fresian and Highland cows, and all in a variety of different colours. They’ll bring a room to life in a jiffy and make the perfect companion when you just need to put your feet up for five minutes during the hectic festive season.
Footrests, from £50. Ewemoo Crafts. Tel: 07778 102238. www.ewemoo.co.uk
A SPARKLING SURPRISE IN GWYNEDD
Treat someone to a spot of indulgence with a Sparkling Afternoon Tea voucher, enabling two people to tuck into a three-tier platter of fresh sandwiches, scones, mini cakes and Prosecco at Fron Goch Garden Centre and Restaurant, just south of Caernarfon. This is a particularly lovely gift for anyone who values an experience rather than a possession, and it can be taken at the recipient’s convenience.
Sparkling Afternoon Tea Voucher, £32. Fron Goch Garden Centre and Restaurant, Llanfaglan, Caernarfon LL54 5RL. Tel: 01286 672212. www.frongoch-gardencentre.co.uk
TASTY HAMPERS FROM MONMOUTHSHIRE
Make sure that someone close to you has an absolutely delicious Christmas with a fantastic selection of treats and gifts from the Welsh Luxury Hamper Company. The hampers contain products sourced from all around Wales, and are inspired by the country’s beautiful landscape and fascinating heritage. Each is filled with keepsake items and produce, nestled in a bed of pine or oak wood wool and presented in a hand-crafted box.
Hampers, from £44. Welsh Luxury Hamper Company, Riverside Court, Chepstow NP16 5UH. Tel: 07388 733398. www.welshluxuryhampercompany.co.uk
STUNNING GLASS ITEMS IN PEMBROKESHIRE
Brighten up someone’s home this season by handing over this fused glass platter by artist Moira Williams – available from the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven. To find loads more in the way of artistic inspiration, and some other amazing pieces like this platter, head to the gallery’s Big Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – on until 31st December – which will be packed with wonderful works by Welsh artists.
Fused Glass Platter, £145. Waterfront Gallery, The Old Sail Loft, Discovery Quay, The Docks, Milford Haven SA73 3AF. Tel: 01646 695699. www.thewaterfrontgallery.co.uk
A PAINTING FROM CARDIFF
Give an art lover something to keep them enthralled all year long with this mesmerising piece by artist Henry Walsh. The work features a minimalist but striking winter scene, painted in acrylic on a deep block. This is a wonderfully atmospheric artwork that’s sure to prove a conversation starter, and will take pride of place in its recipient’s home. Gathering II, £200.
The Albany Gallery, Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 3RS. Tel: 02920 487158. albanygallery.com
ALL ABOARD IN GWYNEDD
Why not treat someone to a double whammy of indulgent afternoon tea and an atmospheric train ride through North Wales’ glorious landscapes, at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways? The Christmas Pullman Tea is a package available on the 13:15 from Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu on the 27th and 31st December. It includes fi rst-class travel, with tea, sandwiches, and Christmassy cakes served on the return journey – how very civilised!
Christmas Pullman Tea, £59.85 per person. Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Caernarfon Station, Caernarfon LL55 2YD. Tel: 01766 516024. www.festrail.co.uk
GORGEOUS GLASSWARE FROM SOUTH WALES
Help someone close to you have a very elegant Christmas indeed by wrapping up some beautiful glassware from the LSA International range at Leekes. Each of these high-quality pieces is individually mouth-blown using traditional techniques for a striking and unique fi nish. The choice ranges from vases to delicate glasses which are absolutely perfect for toasts at Christmas and New Year.
LSA International Glassware, from £16.39. Leekes have stores throughout South Wales. Tel: 03332 224140. For further details, visit www.leekes.co.uk
TAPESTRY RUG FROM PEMBROKESHIRE
Help a friend have a bright and beautiful festive season with this striking tapestry floor rug from Solva Woollen Mill. The rug has been woven entirely from British wool, and is a cheerful berry red colour that’s perfect for Christmas. The design is fully reversible and can even be machine washed, so its recipient needn’t worry about muddy boots and paws strolling across it.
Berry Red Welsh Tapestry Floor Rug, £110. Solva Woollen Mill, Middle Mill, Solva, Pembrokeshire SA62 6XD. Tel: 01437 721112. For further details, visit www.solvawoollenmill.co.uk
HANDMADE GIN FROM CONWY
Help the liquor lover in your life have a particularly merry Christmas this year with a bottle of pHure Smooth Conwy Gin. This juniper-rich number goes down as easily as its name suggests, and it’s distilled at reduced pressure using energy generated by solar panels, which gives a saving of around 350g of carbon dioxide emissions for every bottle – so you’ll please the planet as well as your recipient!
Smooth Conwy Gin, from £19. pHure Liquors, Conwy. Tel: 01492 437087. For more info about varieties and where to buy them, visit www.phure-liquors.com
CROCKERY FROM PORTMEIRION, GWYNEDD
Ensure that someone you love sits down to Christmas dinner in style this year, with this utterly charming festive penguin collection from the Portmeirion range. Each piece features at least one of the delightful little characters, and the choice includes teaspoons, coasters, a mug and plenty more to get the table waddling to culinary glory on the big day.
Sara Miller London Portmeirion Penguin Christmas: Mug, £16; Pastry Forks Set of Four, £21.50; Footed Cake Plate, £51.50; Cake Plates Set of Four, £43; Lidded Bowl, £19.99. Portmeirion has stores in The Derwen, Bridgend and in High Street, Porthmadog. Tel: 01782 743427. www.portmeirion.co.uk
REST AND RELAX IN THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN
If you know someone who’s particularly tough to buy for, why not help them get exactly what they want with a voucher from The Vale Resort in Hensol Park? Their Christmas Gift Vouchers can be used for a spa treatment, a round of golf on the resort’s 18-hole course, or an indulgent afternoon tea in the Vale Grill.
Christmas Gift Vouchers, from £10. The Vale Resort, Hensol Park, Hensol CF72 8JY. Tel: 01443 667800. For details, visit valeresort.giftpro.co.uk
FAMILY FUN FROM GWYNEDD
A great gift for any keen hillwalker, this Welsh mountain version of Top Trumps features 33 of the country’s most iconic summits. On sale in Porthmadog’s Browsers Bookshop, each card includes a picture, six key facts, a potential route to the top and a range map. There’s plenty more to choose from at Browsers, too, which stocks books, games and gifts for both young and old.
Top Welsh, £10 (quote Welsh Coastal for a special discount of £2 off marked price). Browsers Bookshop, High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9EU. Tel: 01766 512066. See their Facebook page.
VIBRANT ARTWORK FROM PEMBROKESHIRE
Pembrokeshire-based painter Audrey Johns transports viewers straight to the Welsh coast with her big, bold and colourful paintings of the buildings and communities that make this county so special. If you know someone with a love of the West Wales coast, why not gift them this delightful depiction of a Welsh harbour with beautiful, bright buildings, inspired by both Fishguard in north Pembrokeshire and Aberaeron, Ceredigion. It’s sure to take pride of place on any wall.
Harbourside, £50. Audrey Johns. Tel: 01646 601520. To view more of Audrey’s work, visit www.audreyjohns.co.uk
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