Champagne glasses from Caro Somerset
How much do you love these champagne saucers? Hand blown and engraved with a Greek key pattern these beauties are a bargain at £14 each. Christmas fizz will taste so much nicer from one of these. From the new-look lifestyle store Caro in Bruton. Renegade Monk
Best possible present for your cheese lover. This intense, moreish rinded cheese has only been around for a few months but has already snaffled several awards including a Gold at the Global Cheese Awards. The brain child of Marcus Fergusson, a cheese fanatic, who began experimenting on Feltham’s Farm, his family homestead in Somerset and came up with this absolute beauty – pungent but creamy, like a very fruity Vacherin. It’s already got the Hugh FW stamp of approval, sells in farmers markets and good delis across Somerset, Devon and Dorset and is now being stocked in London (Rippon’s of Pimlico). This is cheese to blow your mind. Perfect gift for a weekend visit too.
A Year of Flowers, Common Farm Flowers
Getting bunched once a month in the most spectacular way with our favourite, beautifully scented seasonal English flowers from Common Farm Flowers. This really is the gift that keeps on giving.
£800 OV Naturals Facial Oil
I can’t think of a single female – from teen to nonagenarian - who wouldn’t be thrilled with a bottle of facial oil from OV Naturals amazing new Heart and Soul range. Lucy Stevens is a talented aromatherapist who has customised this collection from years of experience treating clients with aromatherapy based massages and facials. The results are incredible. Using organic ingredients and essential oils to energise, the range is suited to all skin types including the most sensitive and at this time of year is quite literally a face saver as this blogger can testify. Try it, you’ll be hooked. From £16 though we'd recommend the twin bundle of two different types £28 Mr B’s Bookshop
Top of our wish list every year is a Reading Spa voucher for our favourite
Bookshop, Mr B’s Emporium in Bath (£80). Over tea and cake one of the shop’s
Immensely well read staff will chat books, discover your literary loves and then guide you through this treasure trove of greats, all the latest titles rubbing shoulders with the classics and plenty of offbeat gems you won’t have heard of . This year we’re opting for the Reading Bundle – 4 themes to choose from and parcel of surprise books on subjects such as Banned Voices, Strange Vacations and Dystopian Europe. The bundles cost £65 and I can’t think of a better present for the book obsessive in your life.House of Kid
Gorgeous t-shirts, babygrows and denim jackets for the small people in your life from Devon based designer Cleo Cobb. All denim is preloved and we particularly like this Aztec denim jacket for some Mexican rock and roll. But everything here is gorgeous - peace sign and skull and crossbone tees, iron on patches, the emphasis on comfort, sustainability and eye catching design. Love. Jacket £65
Pebble stack earrings Mirri Damer
We love these earrings from jeweller Mirri Damer who is based in Falmouth and uses the Cornish coast as her design inspiration. Too cute. From £95Conker Gin
It’s only 3 years old but Dorset’s Conker Gin has a devoted following and you’ll find it in the hippest bars and restaurants. The gin is made from ten botanicals and distilled in Dorset’s first gin distillery. So delicious, in fact, that’s it’s designed to be served on its own poured over ice. New to Conker is the Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur made from Dorset roasted beans and sold in a gorgeous black bottle. Espresso martini anyone?The Writing Room,
We'll take anything from this most gorgeous shrine to all things writing, housed in a beautiful little Georgian building in Lyme, but, since you're asking, how about a handmade exercise book, £12? Or perhaps the adorable Herb Lester playing cards, each one emblazoned with a phrase in English, French or Spanish. Perfect travelling companion, we say.
Moccasin slippers from foragesomerset
We’re buying these for daughters and god-daughters but may well snap up a pair for ourselves. Hand embroidered and gorgeously soft sheepskin – what more can you ask of a slipper? £30