Consider Christmas sorted with this handy Christmas Gift Guide, certain to locate the best gifts for your friends and loved ones this holiday season.
From the classic candles, perfume and jewellery, to more unusual finds and vouchers for bespoke experiences for those hard-to-buy-for folks, there’s all you need for an overflowing stocking- all locally sourced here on The Suffolk Coast.
Fen Farm Christmas Box
Fen Farm Dairy have taken the UK food scene by storm and this Christmas they have curated the king of Cheese hampers for the gourmet in your life.
The indulgent hamper contains everything you need for the cheeseboard this Christmas, that is, if you are willing to share it. The mouthwatering selection includes:
- Baby Baron Bigod (Suffolk) - A luxurious Brie De Meaux style cheese made using the milk of the Montbeliarde Cow
- Lincolnshire Poacherthe - A beautiful love-child of a West Country Cheddar and an Alpine hard cheese, combining the very best elements of both.
- Stichelton Blue (Nottinghamshire) - A raw milk British Blue cheese, creamy, but crumbly in texture.
- St Jude (Suffolk) - A semi-soft raw milk cheese made by Julie Cheyney and Blake Bowden, made using the milk from the Fen Farm Dairy cows.
- St Helena (Suffolk) - A smooth and delicate cheese made by Julie Cheyney and Blake Bowden, made using the milk from the Fen Farm Dairy cows.
In addition, the hamper also contains a Medlar Jelly from Eastgate Larder and Buttermilk Crackers from IJ Mellis (made with Fen Farm Dairy buttermilk)
Buy online at https://fenfarmdairy.co.uk
Family Feast with Deben Inns
Treat your friends and family this Christmas to a voucher for one of the Deben Inns; a group of unique pubs and restaurants each with their own unique style and all brimming with Suffolk hospitality. Your gift recipient can choose from eight award winning pubs including The Kings Head, Woodbridge, The Maybush, Walderingfield with its picturesque views and the charming Butt and Oyster in Pin Mill.
There are vouchers for all budgets and the receiver can choose to put it towards a delicious Sunday Roast, a celebratory bottle of champagne or a relaxing lunch made from locally sourced ingredients. Cheers!
Order online at https://gifts.debeninns.co.uk/
A Log Cabin Stay on The Suffolk Coast
Windmill Lodges is a small family run site of just seven authentic round log cabins each with their own private outdoor hot tub. Based in Saxtead just two miles from Framlingham they make the perfect base from which to explore the joys and delights of the Suffolk Coast or just simply relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of rural Suffolk.
It’s not every year you get the chance to spend Christmas eve stargazing in your own private hot tub! And with different size cabins available, Windmill Lodges has a log cabin to suit everyone; from couples looking for a romantic getaway to families looking to make memories...
More details of their festive breaks can be found at https://windmilllodges.co.uk/your_stay/festive-breaks/
Photographic Day with Anthony Cullen
A great gift for budding photographers to hone their craft; choose a digital photographic course with award-winning photographer Anthony Cullen.
The lucky recipient will make their way to Anthony’s studio at Pin Mill, in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the banks of the River Orwell, and embark upon a day of inspiration, study and personal tuition in a small group limited to just six participants.
The course even includes lunch at The Butt and Oyster and by the end of the day, they will have learned about basic photographic techniques for landscapes, portraits, action, close-ups etc, have taken photos with personal guidance from Anthony and will have picked up some basic imaging techniques, showcasing their skills in a final high quality print to take home.
Suffolk Cycling & Walking Short Breaks Gift Vouchers
If you are on the search for an original Christmas gift for the leisure cyclist in your life then treat them to a break away on two wheels with Suffolk Cycling breaks.
With Cycle Breaks gift vouchers, you can give the gift of some active getaway time-out. With scenic Suffolk coast/countryside self-guided cycling tours, expertly organised with accommodation and luggage transfers, it takes the stress out of the organisation of such an epic outing.
A range of tours are available, exploring Suffolk history, stunning nature, castles, vineyards and the heritage coast. Electric bikes are available and Vouchers start from £50.00. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, the company also arrange fantastic walking tours which cover a range of picturesque locations and provide options for all exercise levels and budgets.
The Next Loaf Baking Class
Let’s bake! For the baking fanatic in your life, choose a voucher for them to spend a day in the company of expert baker Rebecca at The Next Loaf in Wenhaston. They’ll enjoy fun, informative classes that'll leave them feeling inspired and eager to get back to their own kitchen to practice all they have learnt!
Choose from full day, half day or evening options and a range of courses including sourdough, Scandinavian baking, bread making, European baking, French or Italian baking and even sourdough pizza.
Find out more and book at https://www.thenextloaf.co.uk/
Snape Maltings Collection
A visit to Snape Maltings at Christmas is bound to get you in the festive spirit, and it's the perfect place to get all your Christmas shopping, selling everything from homewares and furniture to delicious food, handmade hampers, toys, art and more. We've picked out a few of our favourite items, all for under £50!
Battery powered Copper Robin Table Light
This charming, metal, freestanding robin is wrapped in 20 warm white lights and is the perfect little character to spread some festive cheer. Perch him somewhere in the hallway to greet guests on arrival, or make him part of the table decor on the big day itself.
Laboratory Lifestyle Set of 5 Perfumes
This five-piece edit of miniature fragrances spans across elegant florals and velvet-warm woody scents; a perfect gift for those who like to tailor their scent to the mood and the moment. These five sublime scents include Tonka, Amber, Gorse, Samphire and Atlas and will have you dreaming of your next spritz.
Snape Maltings Candle
Snape Maltings home fragrance collection is available in five scents including the fresh and floral ‘Sandlings Walk’, ‘Iken Springs’ with peony, rose and violet with a hint of musk and cedar wood, and the crisply nautical ‘Sailors Path’. The collection has been inspired by the Suffolk location and all handmade in the UK, a beautiful way to set a scene of tranquil ambience inspired by Suffolk’s serene landscapes.
One and Eight Necklace
This elegant and unusual porcelain necklace hangs on a sterling silver chain and is carefully handmade in Devon, UK. It is presented in reusable glass bottle packaging and is a thoughtful and stylish gift that is sure to please.
Snape Maltings Recycled Wool Check Throw
Each of these gorgeous 100% recycled wool throws is woven from different yarn, meaning that every one of them displays a different colour combination and is truly a unique product! These are brilliantly versatile items; the perfect blanket for chilly evenings on the decking, curled up with a book in the snug, or for the sunset on the beach. These are heritage items that will be cherished in the family for years to come.
Buy online at https://shop.snapemaltings.co.uk/collections/gifts-under-50 or in House & Garden at Snape Maltings.
A Cookery Course at the Food Hub Cookery School
For an inspirational gift that keeps on giving, why not opt for a cookery course gift voucher for your foodie friend? With so many cookery courses to choose from at the Food Hub Cookery School, you can be sure that they will find the perfect one to help them learn new skills, inspire their taste buds and broaden their culinary horizons.
From shorter masterclasses to whole day cookery classes and even weekend classes with exclusive guest chefs, there are vouchers for all budgets and all styles of cookery. Choose to specialise in Italian Cookery, Patisserie, Bread baking, Middle Eastern, Sourdough, Smoke BBQ and more.
You can even purchase a voucher for 2 people so couples and friends can learn together and share the foodie love!
Full the full programme of festive courses and to book online visit https://www.foodhubsuffolk.co.uk/festive-courses
Speed out to sea with Jet Adventures
Treat the thrill-seeker in your life to an exhilarating trip out to sea with Jet Adventures. Setting off from Lowestoft Harbour, you can enjoy trips around the inner and outer harbour at Lowestoft, to see the seals at Scroby Sands in Norfolk and sightseeing along the Suffolk Coast. You can even book your own private tour with a custom trip!
Gift cards are available to buy on Jet Adventures website, and can be used against any of the trips.
Find out more and buy gift vouchers at https://www.jetadventures.co.uk
Designer Treats from O&C Butcher
If you need some help with your Christmas shopping, head over to O&C Butcher on the High Street in Aldeburgh where friendly staff are on hand to help you find the perfect gift. There's a fabulous selection of gifts for men and women including cosy hats and scarves from Barbour, luxurious bags from Fairfax & Favor, festive scents from Noble Isle, jewellery from One & Eight and the most beautiful cosmetic bags from Elizabeth Scarlett. Not to mention a great range of gifts for four-legged friends too!
Along with other shops in the town, O&C Butcher will be open until 7.30pm for late night shopping on the 7th and 14th December. Join them for a glass of Adnams Fizz and some luxury mince pies from D'Hotel Patisserie, festive spirits will be high!
An Epic Adventure with Sea to Peak Expeditions
Throughout the year Sea to Peak Expeditions offer day and evening sailing trips, departing from Felixstowe Ferry. These enable individuals or small groups to get a taste for life aboard Kimochi and are suitable for all levels of experience. Depending on the conditions and wishes of the crew this may be a sail around the Principality of Sealand, a visit to the seals in the Walton Backwaters, or a trip up one of the beautiful Suffolk rivers.
Sea to Peak Expeditions is currently offering 10% off all its adventures with discount code TSC10 at their checkout. This makes day sails £89 and evening trips only £58.50, making them an ideal gift this Christmas.
Visit https://seatopeakexpeditions.co.uk/day-trips%2F-expeditions to find out more (or www.seatopeakexpeditions.co.uk)