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Surrey Christmas gift guide

Still got Christmas gifts to buy? Check out this guide for savvy shoppers who want to keep it local.

FOR THE HOME

Heaven scent

We love these gorgeous scented candles from Surrey-base company Candle Spa. All the candles are hand-poured, and made with natural soy wax. And the fragrances – which have been developed with the help of leading spas and beauty salons – have great ‘throw’, which means they give a lot of bang for their buck. The range includes scents like lavender and black pepper, mint and wild jasmine, and pomegranate and white fig. The luxury three-wick candles cost £35, the single-wick in 30cl tumbler cost £20. candlespa.co.uk

Stylish touch

Give the gift of hygge with these gorgeous sheep skin rugs from Cobham-based company Surrey Style. We particularly love the classic ivory Isabella sheepskin rug, but they also come in taupe, dark grey, black and vole. And snuggle. From £40. surreystyle.co.uk

Art attack

What to buy the person who has everything? Answer: art. And there’s no need to trek to London now that Belgravia Art is based just out of Cranleigh. You’ll have to book an appointment to view the art, or you can order online. There’s no denying it’s a luxury gift – this Gered Mankowitz print of Jimi Hendrix comes in at a cool £4,250. But it’s also an investment. belgraviagallery.com

A cushy life

Quirky and fun, these cute cushions from Somerset lifestyle brand Pignut will stamp a bit of personality to any sofa. The gift shop at Denbies Wines Estate have a range of choices – so whether you’re buying for a cat lover or a dog person, or both, they’re covered. £38 denbies.co.uk

FOR HER

Velvet touch

Navy blue is the perfect colour for this time of year, and nothing says party quite like velvet and sequins. These gorgeous clutches are available at Cobham store Pip and Gray. Clockwise from back, square velvet clutch £39.50, envelope clutch £21, blue velvet square clutch with silver star £30, box velvet clutch with sequin star and silver chain strap £45.  pipandgray.co.uk

Silver leaf

I’ve got these gorgeous Monstera leaf earrings on my Christmas list. They come with a detachable gemstone cluster in sterling silver, and are handmade by Oorla Morgan in her little studio near Hampton Court or at the Art Shed in the Medicine Garden in Cobham.  The leaf measures about 25 x 25 mm, and the earring drop measures about 50mm. oorlajewellery.co.uk

Satin and lace

Slinky, sexy and elegant enough to wear in the boudoir or – if you’re feeling daring, tucked into jeans with a blazer buttoned over the top. These Gold Hawk silk camisoles are flying of the rail at Guildford’s The Gate Boutique. A dead cert winner of a Christmas gift. £225 thegateboutique.co.uk

It’s a wrap

Gabrielle Vary’s geometric designs may be bang up to date but they’re created by hand on vintage knitting machines in softest lambswool. Buy this striking scarf, or browse her wraps, cardigans, ponchos, cushions, throws and baby blankets in multiple pattern and colour choices. Scarves from £59. gabriellevary.co.uk

Silver statement

If these stunning earrings turn up in my Christmas stocking this year – I certainly won’t be disappointed.(Mr Muds, are you paying attention?) They’re part of the silk collection – if you’re feeling generous you could buy the matching pendant. £180 simonpure.co.uk 

Bagsie this!

We’re loving this funky satchel bag with the quirky rivet studs giving it a bit of edge. It’s made from beautiful Italian leather, and you can buy it from ONE40 in Cranleigh. £330. oneforty.co.uk

Hoop-de-hoop

You’ll never go wrong giving earrings for Christmas – and these timeless gold hoop earrings by Georgiana Scott Jewellery are stunners. They’re made in Italy with 18 carat gold plating. Available from The Gate Boutique in Guildford. £99 thegateboutique.co.uk

Handmade with love

This cute snowflake brooch is the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. It comes mounded on a Christmas card and has been hand made by the clients of The Grange near Leatherhead, an organisation that supports people with disabilities. They’re available at Inspirations shop in Dorking, as well as the gift shop at The Grange Centre, where you’ll find a range of other handmade goodies including Christmas wreaths, garden bird boxes, homemade fudge and handmade tree decorations. grangecentre.org.uk

Take the silk road

You’ll never go wrong with a silk scarf, and these ones in the gift shop at Denbies Wine Estate are especially gorgeous. Made from 100% pure silk, they’re from British brand, Tilley and Grace. £37.95 denbies.co.uk

FOR HIM

Dog gone

What to get the man in your life? It’s can be a tricky one. But One40 in Cranleigh has some great gifts for men, including this stylish leather card wallet (£45) and leather rugby ball keyring (£14.50). Or for the dog lover, why not get this decorative sausage dog figure (£19.95). oneforty.co.uk

Rows and rows

Forget home gym equipment that’s a sight for sore eyes (and thighs). The handsome WaterRower Classic from ETM Fitness near Farnham gives a great whole-body workout, using actual water for resistance and looks super stylish. Good looking and useful. But the best bit? You can use it too. From £749. etmfitness.co.uk

FOR TEENS

Style bandolier

The perfect accessory for any teenager who can’t be without their phone (is there any other type of teen, you ask!), this Bandolier phone case is stylish, sassy and practical, with space for a credit card as well. It’s from The Gate Boutique in Guildford. thegateboutique.co.uk

Full of beans

Sheepskin beanbag, graphite, £480

Quirky, cool and totally gorgeous, we’re loving this super soft sheepskin beanbag – perfect for any teen hideaway. It’s sumptuously soft, made in England using British sheepskin, and gives off a hip Scandi vibe – although perhaps slightly less so with a teenager slumped in it. Never mind the price – if you work it out on a cost-per-use basis you’re totally quids in – cos I’m betting you’ll never get them out if it. £480 surreystyle.co.uk

Beauty sleep

How could they sleep any more, you ask? This eye mask in a stylish Liberty print from designer maker Vinnie & Brigitte should do the trick. £7.50 vinnieandbrigitte.co.uk

Cook smart

Teenagers can be especially tricky to buy for – but gift experiences are always a winner. And if you get to enjoy the spoils then even better. As well as making award-winning curry sauces, Anila’s Vaghela also runs curry classes including one for tweens and teens. (She also runs classes for grown ups.) During the three-hour class your teen will learn to make a starter, main, side dish and desert plus accompaniments. A great gift to enjoy together. Everything is provided. £50 anilassauces.com

FOR LITTLE ONES

Alice’s creatures

If it’s a keepsake you’re after, jeweller Simon Pure in Guildford and Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh has a gorgeous collection of five pendants called Alice’s Creatures that includes a hedgehog, rabbit, dodo, doormouse and frog. They’re all supercute, are handcrafted in sterling silver and come on an 18in trace chain. simonpure.co.uk

Jellycat

The gift shop at Denbies Wine Estate is full to bursting with gorgeous British brands. For littlies, we’re particularly partial to these soft toys by London brand Jellycat. Super soft and luxurious, they’re super cute and a little bit quirky. A lot like us really! From £6.95 denbies.co.uk

Cute alert

OMG, how adorable are these little dresses for little girls?! They’re made to order for girls aged from 0-6 months up to 8-9 years. They’re from super sweet designer Vinnie & Brigitte – whose based in Haslemere –  – and they’re making me feel veeerrry broody. Fox skirt from £13, handmade dress from £17, flutter dress from £16. vinnieandbrigitte.co.uk

Street smart

Every child loves to play make believe and Little Street is the perfect way for little people to experience the wonders of the world – all scaled down to their size. The branches at both Frimley and West Byfleet offer seasons passes, which would make the perfect gift. The Annual Freedom pass valid anytime is £55. little-street.co.uk

EDIBLE TREATS

Crackers about gin?

The ultimate gift for the gin lover in your life, this set of six Christmas crackers from Surrey-based Silent Pool Distillers would make a fab gift. Or the perfect table dressing on the big day. Each cracker contains a miniature bottle of gin, plus the obligatory hat and a set of jokes. £65 silentpooldistillers.com

Artisan indulgence

If you’re not yet acquainted with this artisan Surrey producer, you’re in luck. Because now you are! And just in time for Christmas. These South American indulgent treats are little discs of sheer joy – melt-in-your mouth and gluten free biscuits that are sandwiched around festive fillings.  Choose from Dulce de Leche, Lemon & Lime, Hazelnut Ganache & Pistachio, Matcha Tea or Salted Caramel. £5.50 justbecausetreats.co.uk 

Say cheers

The ultimate gift for wine lovers, this beautiful gift box contains three bottles of award-winning sparkling wine from the Albury Estate, between Guildford and Dorking. There are also tasting notes, and Champagne stopper. £105 alburyvineyard.com

Bauble bar

Celebrate the festive season in style with this fabulous and original bauble filled with Ponche Crema – that’s Venezuelan Eggnog to you and me. I reckon these would make the perfect Santa Gift. And coming in at just £6 a bauble, they’re the perfect price too. £6 justbecausetreats.co.uk

Say cheers

Looking for the perfect gift for the beer aficionado in your life? The Crafty Brewing Company are just the answer. Brewed in Dunsfold, near Cranleigh, this selection of hand brewed craft beers deliver an innovative twist on British beer. There’s a core range of eight craft beers, and with the option to build your own gift box – just mix and match the bottles to create the ultimate six pack – you really can’t go wrong. Oh, and did I mention theres’s a 15% discount for Muddy readers on all online purchases? Just use discount code MUDDY15 when you purchase online.  Or you could pop into the Crafty Brewing shop to collect your order and enjoy a free pint of the Christmas winter warmer craft beer Fruitcake. Cheers to that.  £13.50 for six beers. craftybrewing.co.uk

EXPERIENCES

Chocks away

Let him fly high at Goodwood near the Sussex / Surrey border by taking the controls of vintage aircraft like this Stearman G-CCXB (pictured), or a 1943 Harvard, or a Piper Super Cub – operated with a stick and rudder (gulp). Modern planes can also be taken for a whirl over the countryside. From £190. goodwood.com

The Art of Curry

Gift experiences are super popular – and this is the perfect his and hers gift so you can spend the day learning to make an authentic Indian curry. Sameena Thompson is the lady in charge, and she’ll share her secret family recipes, and unravel some of the mysteries of blending spices. Classes are held in Farncombe, near Godalming. theartofcurry.co.uk

Gone fishing!

Any adventure that gets kids off their devices and outside is a winner in my book. But I quite like the idea of killing two birds with one stone with this gift idea. A father and daughter/ mother and son (interchange as appropriate) gift experience. The guys at the Surrey-based We Fly Fish offer various packages for family fly fishing adventures. And everything is taken care of (equipment, permits etc), so all they’ll need to do is turn up and catch some fish. One day for two anglers £320. weflyfish.co.uk

Breech Lane Curry

What to buy the budding chef? We love giving gift experiences – and for those in north Surrey, a class at this home-based Indian cookery school in Walton-on-the-Hill is the perfect gift. Curry lovers will learn to make authentic Indian food that is healthy, honest and homemade under the tuition of Jaya Malani who will share family recipes and cooing techniques. breechlanecurryhouse.com

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