Cornish gifts to make a lasting impression
Gift shopping can be a daunting task and we all seem to have that one person who’s impossible to buy for – whether that’s the man who has everything, a tricky teenager, or a friend that’s got you totally stumped.
But fret not, Shop Cornish has done all the legwork this year, and curated a selection of 12 unique and thoughtful Christmas gift ideas that are bound to impress. And what’s more, each and every one is wonderfully Cornish, meaning you can support independent Cornish businesses with your hard-earned pennies, rather than trawling the high street for a less-than-perfect gift.
With seven weeks until Christmas day, it’s an ideal time to start getting organised on the present front and we have a sneaky suspicion that you’ll find some great inspiration in our festive gift collection.
For the homebodies
Does anything get more personal than a Cornish gift with a secret message? The Morse Code Recycled Cotton Blanket by Atlantic Blankets gloriously achieves this – with a dot and dash pattern that reads ‘You, Me and the Sea’…something to whisper in the ear of a loved one.
Supersoft and available in standard, large, and super king sizes, this blanket will go down a treat with those that love to cosy up by the fire at home – or on the beach over the winter months.
For the beach dwellers
They’ll never get caught out by the tide again once they’re the proud owner of the Storm Blue Tide Clock from Cornish Magpie. At a glance, it’s easy to see whether the tide is rising or falling, and the time remaining before high and low tide. A practical gift for all who enjoy time at the beach, and with a contemporary beech frame and a deep blue clock face, it makes an eye-catching wall feature too.
For the little snugglers
Prepare for a cuteness overload when you gift the Sheep Ear Gilet from Atlantic Shore! Made from 100% fluffy wool pile, with pockets to warm little hands, and an easy-to-use front zip, children will love wearing this as much as you’ll enjoy seeing them in it!
For the culinary creatives
For an apron that’s stylish enough to keep on at the dinner table, look no further than the bold and colourful Tropical Leaves Apron by Republic of Happy. The vibrant pink, green, and sunny yellow leaf pattern reflects the fauna and flora of Columbia – the birth country of the brand’s talented owner and designer. Printed onto durable, 100% cotton drill, this apron is made to be worn and worn (and the compliments will flow!)
For those who like to relax
Candles are known to lift the spirits and help us unwind from life’s stresses, so Jo Downs Samphire Fish Candle Stand with sublimely fragranced Plant Wax Tealight Candles really does make a caring gift. The sparkling green glass candle stand with darting copper fish is presented in a Jo Downs branded gift box with 3 tea lights – guaranteed to bring a smile to their face.
For the whole family
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a board game! We’re loving the Cornwall Family Jigsaw from The Cornish Store which is a pictorial celebration of all things Cornish. From cream teas to campervans and the Camel Trail to castles, this 1000-piece puzzle guarantees fun for every generation.
For the eco-conscious male
Bloomtown has really raised the bar when it comes to men’s smellies. Their Eco Essentials For Him set comes gift-wrapped in a craft box with a beautiful ribbon and a personalised card, containing a useful everyday assortment of organic hand & body wash, hand sanitiser, soap, soothing lip balm, and a natural deodorant bar. The man in your life will go wild for the earthy, signature “Woods” scent and will definitely want these products on display in the bathroom thanks to the smart eco packaging.
For the crafters
Even novice sewers can create Poppy Treffry’s Snowy Mountains Storage Pot – featuring a cheerful ski scene. A fun sewing project that comes complete with easy-to-follow instructions, including a step-by-step video tutorial by Poppy herself, and all the components you need to make a handy fabric storage bowl.
For the green-fingered
As our gardens turn dormant for winter, it’s always nice to introduce some fresh greenery to the indoors. Surreal Succulents make this simple with their Cube Glass Terrarium Kit – a mini succulent garden that your loved one can design and create themselves using fresh succulent cuttings, natural sand, and even Cornish shells.
For those who want to keep the ocean close
They’ll adore the Seaglass Charm Bangles by Gemweyth Seaglass. With a relaxed beach vibe, these hammered sterling silver bangles are effortlessly wearable and can be personalised with up to 4 pieces of seaglass in a choice of colours.
For the coffee connoisseurs
Gift a set of hand-thrown, black stoneware Expresso Cups with a pack (or two!) of freshly roasted, single origin Coffee from Potterbeans – a Cornish company that receives rave reviews about its Caribbean and Indonesian coffee beans – all hand-roasted in Cornwall. Choose tumblers with a turquoise or cream pottery glaze and transform your special someone’s coffee-drinking ritual.
For those who enjoy a warming tipple
Reminiscent of autumn walks, Elemental Winter Berry Blackberry and Sloe Gin makes a delicious Christmas treat. Enjoyed neat or with Fever Tree’s Clementine tonic, this Cornish-made small-batch gin is sure to be well received.
You can find all of the featured Cornish gifts via the easy-to-use product sections on the Shop Cornish website.
Later this month we’ll be back with 12 incredible stocking fillers, marking the 12 days of Christmas, so watch this space!