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The Local Muddy Xmas Gift Guide

To discover beautiful indie brands making and selling in Devon, check out this bumper guide for savvy shoppers who want to keep it local.

FOR HER

Soft and snuggly pieces for the wardrobe, luxe jewellery and stylish accessories. What more can a girl ask for at Christmas?

Golden wonders

 

Womens Christmas Gifts

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For women who prefer minimal jewellery, they’ll love the simplicity of this gold halo ring by Pernille Corydon, in gold plated silver £45 Lorna Ruby.

This gorgeous Pandita charm bracelet is handmade in Rajasthan and features labradorite, prehnite and crystal quartz gems, on a chain made from hand cut metal beads plated in 22k gold.  £79.95, Nkuku.

How elegant are these danglers? The aktis sculptural hoop earrings are part of Wanderlust Life’s stunning AW17 Freedom Found collection and represent energy and light during the winter months, £36, Wanderlust Life.

 

Snuggle-seekers

Womens Gift Guide

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We all love finding a snuggly scarf under the tree and this fair isle one, hand made by Suzie Lee is made from lambs wool and is long enough to double up and serve as a cozy snood, too.  Find this (£55) and lots more British-made goodies on the gorgeous Devon-derived site Silk & Slate.

What’s the second-biggest must-have this Christmas? super-soft loungewear, of course! Check out these Chilled Pull-Ons, which are – wait for it – made from the lightest Air bamboo jersey.  Yep, clothes made from bamboo = a dream to wear, according to brill Devon-based brand BAM. Duvet day, anyone? £38, BAM.

Just look at these super-stylish silver faux fur mule slippers by Helen Moore.  You’ll need to pop into the Fifty5a women’s store in Totnes on the High Street, but it’ll be totally worth the trip.  Totnes – and this store – is a dream at Christmas.  £59, Fifty5a

 

Arm Candy

Women's Christmas Gifts

This black handmade leather box bag from the very talented Lucie Cast is simple, chic and, once you have it in your clutches, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.  £180, Cast Made

These fun gold brush strokes tote bags, from Totnes contemporary clothing brand Colony, make the supermarket dash an altogether more stylish affair.  £12, Colony Clothing.

 

Extra special stocking fillers

Collage of gifts for women

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Mamma’s rejoice.  This very cool and colourful teething necklace will not only brighten up the obligatory breton top that new mum’s can only ever seem to find; it’ll be a dream for the nippers to chomp on, when they’re teething, too. Double win! £13.99 Teddy and Millie

For evenings when all you want to do is take a long bath and hide away from the rest of the world, this super-indulgent and divine-smelling gift set from Ashburton-based aromatherapy and skincare brand Buff will set you straight.  The fact that it’s a lover’s blend means that if you’re the other half buying this present, you might (I said might) benefit. NAKED sensual aromatherapy gift box including body scrub, body oil and candle £25 Buff Natural Body Care

Socks, we all need ’em, the snugglier, the better.  Fairisle bamboo walking socks, £18, BAM

There’s nothing like starting a fresh new notebook is there? Especially when it’s as pretty as this Christian Lacroix Paseo one from Brixham-based Tooth & Claw, from £10 Tooth & Claw

Why should pretty be things be stored where you can’t see them? This Bequai jewellery box is a great way to showcase your loveliest keepsakes.  £34.95, Nkuku

 

FOR HIM

Fresh scents, ideas for action men and the finest tipples for lazy days.  Just a few of the goodies in our gift guide for men.

What’s that you’re wearing?

Men's Gift Guide

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Two brilliant reasons for stocking up on this bodywash from premium skincare brand Triumph & Disaster: he’ll smell and feel amazing and your bathroom shelves will look pretty nice, too.  Infused with sandalwood and neroli and full of nutrients, the apothecary making this describes it as ‘a wash for those with too little time and too much to get done’. YLF Body Wash, £25, fifty5a

Or how about a gender-free fragrance, so you can sneak a spray when he’s not looking? This Amber eau de cologne from British scent specialists Laboratory Perfumes will react to the wearer and evolve over the day and evokes the British coast and countryside.  So fresh, then. Very fresh.  £62, fifty5a

If you’ve a vegan in your life, this Frankincense gift set straight from the garden workshop of a Devon-dwelling soap-making supremo will make for a gorgeous-smelling gift. Made from all natural ingredients, there’s a soap, a candle and a facecloth, £21.50 Soap Daze

 

Bear hugs

Men's Gift Guide

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Made for those lazy days snuggling up with a film and the fire on, this jersey shirt in navy and white paisley print is made from the softest bamboo jersey.  Available in lots of colours and prints, too. £55, BAM

For weekend walks and chillier days, this navy cable knit jumper by Peregrine is a winner.  £95, fifty5a

 

Have a merry Christmas

Men's Gift Guide

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If he’s a wine-lover and swings both ways between red and white, give him the best of both worlds, without breaking the bank (and let the wine experts guide you in their recommendation).  This classy presentation box from Ashburton and Chagford-based Jaded Palates contains a bottle of Langlois-Chateau Sancerre and Burgundy Pinot Noir, from some of the best wine-making regions in France.  We’ll drink to that! £39.90, Jaded Palates

We are not going to make a gift guide without gin; and we are most definitely not forgetting Muddy award-winning brand Wicked Wolf.  This artisanal gin, produced from the wilds of Exmoor is seriously good, particularly with ice, a slice and a sprig of thyme.  £34, Wicked Wolf Gin

 

Extra-special stocking fillers

Men's Gift Guide

If he’s a beer-fan, then you need to get him a growler.  That’s a re-usable glass bottle for filling with draught beer, to you and me. Uber-specialists in unusual and rare beers, Plymouth-based Vessel Beer Shop offer growlers for you to buy and then choose from their ever-changing stock of draught beer. The growlers are primed with gas before being filled, which means the beer inside stays fresh for up to 2 weeks before opening.  When you’re done, just bring it back and go again. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, right?Growlers £5.50 – £7.50 (with a 20% discount on drink-in prices). Vessel Beer.

Star Wars fans will love taking their coffee in this fun KeepCup, from super-cool Cycle emporium and cafe Rockets & Rascals.  KeepCup Star Wars Original 12oz in Darth Vader, £14.50, Rockets & Rascals

If you reckon he’s gunning for a new year fitness regime, then beat him to it and help kickstart things. Teignmouth-based SeaSports South West are the leaders in watersports courses and tuition. A gift voucher is a great way to give him a chance to try what’s on offer, or book him a taster session from one of many different courses. He’ll be hooked and ready to paddle off the Christmas excess in no time and, if you don’t fancy joining him, then you can sip coffee and call occasional words of encouragement! SeaSports South West  

 

FOR KIDS

Mermaids, unicorns, cuddly toys and hours of entertainment.  Here’s Christmas kiddie-style.

Colourful Chrimbo

Kids gifts

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Here’s the perfect solution for a teething small. These elephant teethers are perfect for little fingers to grip and chomp on and the colours are the cutest! £5.95, Teddy and Millie

I’m a little bit in love with this little leather Pippin Purse from British brand Honey & Toast.  Super quality and super-cute space design. £29 Silk & Slate 

What’s better than a mermaid-themed gift? A make-your-own mermaid in a tin gift, of course! Imagine the sense of accomplishment when they craft their creation and then tell every single person they see for the next three years.  £11.95, Little Blue Budgie

 

Mobile fun

Kids Gifts

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Littlies will love filling this unicorn tin with treasures and showing it off on their travels.  (And you won’t feel too shabby carrying it, when they get fed up with it).  This my magical treasures unicorn tin, can be snaffled at Tiverton-based lifestyle and gifts emporium Jo Amor. Definitely worth a trip at this time of year. £7.50 Jo Amor

I spotted these brilliant creations from Devon-based kids brand Pipity earlier in the year and I think they’re a FAB option for a stocking-filler. Choose from three different travel activity books, which each encourage drawing, doodling and creativity. They all come with a natty ‘how to make’ and ‘how to play’ YouTube video for kids to follow and provide them with hours of entertainment in the car, at home, in the cafe, anywhere, really.  You can also buy a very cute (and wipe clean, hurrah!) activity case to store them in. Books £4.99 each, Pipity.

Now then, how’s this one for multifunctional? Check out the rather amazing Wishbone Flip; it’s a rocker, a push-toy and a ride-on all in a matter of a flip.  And it looks rather cool, too, doesn’t it? £119.99, Rockets & Rascals.

 

Special stocking fillers

Kids Gifts

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I want a handmade gnome from Sweden like this at the bottom of my stocking. £14, fifty5a

A little book that inspires children to aspire to be more, this vintage style read illustrates that anything is possible for girls and boys. What Do Grown-Ups Do All Day? £12.95, Little Blue Budgie

What is a stocking without a cute, cuddly toy? This Sugar Plumb Fairy Mouse should tick all boxes. £12, Escapology

 

FOR THEM

When you’re buying for a couple, aunts and uncles, neighbours, even the teachers, this lot will inspire you to go beyond the obligatory box of Quality Street.

Decorative Delights

Gifts for them

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These Windlass Bookends are a perfect example of what makes Escapology a great little find. Full of quirky gifts, beautiful furniture and homewares, you can easily sort Christmas in one stop.  £115, Escapology

Jessica, the talent behind Ruby Cubes is popping up at all of the best Christmas markets and fairs this season, with her beautiful, quirky range of handmade homewares made from cotton rope.  How gorgeous are these tassel-top chunky pots? £30 Ruby Cubes

These Kiko glass and metallic frames from Nkuku make for a lovely gift and look fab strung together with their colourful ties made from recycled sari ties.  From £14.95, Nkuku

 

Tasty Gifts

gifts for them

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You can’t beat edible gifts and these chocolate and marmalade Cantuccini biscuits from Muddy award-winners Ben’s Wine & Tapas in Totnes, make for a rather lovely little gesture.  £3.95, Ben’s Wine & Tapas

Cheese fiends will absolutely love a show-stopping cheese Christmas cake full of six artisan west country cheeses that they may never have tasted before. It’ll be the perfect centrepiece on the big day, almost a shame to break into.  I said ‘almost’… £84, The Cheese Shed

And for those who like to pair their cheese with wine (and have been particularly good this year), why not treat them to this luxury Christmas wine mixed case, full of expertly selected reds, whites, dessert wine and champagne. Well, if you can’t splash out at Christmas, when can you? *cough* £99.90, Jaded Palates

 

Show-stoppers

Gifts for them

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I love this retro-looking Teevee table clock, inspired by American TV sets of the 1950s. £69, Escapology

I mean, how nice would it be to receive a tower of macarons for the big day? That’s pud sorted, isn’t it? These ones from Frandie Macaron taste amazing – believe me! With 36 mini macarons in 6 flavours, your only mission is to work out how to steal one, without anyone noticing.  £60, Frandie Macaron

Don’t forget the furry ones! This superb, plumpy floor cushion is part of the latest range from Weaver Green, you know those lovely people who make beautiful things from recycled bottles? (Like the rug also pictured).  The pooch, or guests will happily pull up a pew on the floor with one of these.  Cushion, from £185, Weaver Green

How, err, cool is this statement wine and champagne cooler? £47, Escapology

Nobody in their right mind is going to turn their nose up at cheese for Christmas; and they’re definitely not going to send you away with this beaut of a hamper, full of everything you could possibly need for a cosy evening by the fire.  It really is the ultimate cheese feast! Christmas Ensemble Hamper, £134.99, The Cheese Shed

 

Top Tipples

Gifts for them

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The beautifully packaged gift box containing a bottle of premium Salcombe Gin and two glasses is almost too good to unwrap. Limited Edition Gift Set £65, Jaded Palates

Pop into Plymouth-based wine specialists Le Vignoble and they’re going to send you away with a perfect gift or two.  They’ve recommended to me this Jeroboam of Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rose from the Langeudoc. All 3L of it! £66.35, Le Vignoble

Ben’s Wine & Tapas in Totnes have some lovely Cornish craft gin offers at the moment. Tarquin’s Christmas Edition Mulled Wine & Cranberry gin comes in its signature pretty bottle and will make a super gift. £35, Ben’s Wine & Tapas

 

One-off Gifts

Gifts for them

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Does somebody special in your life deserve some special art? We absolutely love the work of Devon artist and cartoonist Moose Allain. Who wouldn’t love these playful pictures? Check out the range, it’ll make you smile.  £40 each, World of Moose

For foodies, there’s nothing more exciting than a gift voucher for a cookery course – and it’s a great gift option for a couple.  Fortunately, we have two stonkingly good schools in Devon, both offering some awesome experiences.  Check out Ashburton Cookery School and Exeter Cookery School and take your pick.

 

Light of your life?

Gifts for them

 

You can’t go wrong with a nicely packaged scented candle, can you? Pretty and useful in one hit. Left: Hobo  Soy Fig & Cassis candle, £18.95, Lorna Ruby; Right: Plum & Ashby Pomegranate Scented Candle, £24, Silk & Slate

 

Eat, drink & be cosy

Gifts for Them Christmas

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This one’s for someone special with a taste for the finer things in life.  The multi-award winning Salcombe Gin School and Distillery have just released this limited edition Finisterre Gift Set. Only 825 of these sets exist, consisting of a bottle of this special blend of gin, along with a 12 year Fino sherry.  Basically, two stonkingly good drinks in one hit. £95, Salcombe Gin

Cosy up with one of these super-snuggly Bronte Moon blankets, made from lambswool, in a warm gold colourway. Part of a gorgeous collection at Barnstaple interiors and gifts emporium, Coast & Country Interiors. Nice, huh? £74.99 Coast & Country Interiors

Make someone’s 2018 a mindful one with this brilliant cookbook, written by some old Devon school friends on a mission to get us all eating a healthy and happy diet.  It’s the number 1 healthy eating cookbook of 2017, dontcha know? £16, Mindful Chef

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