Christmas is coming and it’s time to start thinking about what to buy for your loved ones. If you’re stuck for original ideas this year, read on for inspiration for gifts galore! With so many wonderful and creative small businesses locally, we’re spoilt for choice for unique and unusual gifts. From big gifts to stocking fillers, these Cornish made products offer something a little bit different, with the added bonus that you’ll be supporting small businesses while you shop! Here are some of our favourites that we’d be overjoyed to find beneath the tree this year…
Based in Perranporth, Atlantic Blankets is a family run business, designing snuggly, soft and stylish wool blankets which are all made using traditional methods in British mills.
We love the Random Recycled Wool Blanket: lovingly crafted in Britain from recycled wool, each blanket is completely bespoke and boasts a unique colour medley as it’s created using the wool that is left over after making Atlantic Blankets’ other blankets! Size: 120 x 150cm.
Handcrafted here in Perranporth, The Coconut Bee produces a unique range of organic beauty products that are 100% natural and tailored for coastal living. The full range includes hair care, lip balms, scrubs, body butter and more.
Our top picks are The Coconut Bee Life Balm to moisturise dry winter skin, specially developed to hydrate whilst promoting healing, and The Coconut Bee gorgeous lip balms which soothe chapped lips in the cold weather.
These bright and beautiful felted pom bouquets liven any space with an injection of colour and fun! Combining the joy of flowers with the art, colour and longevity of a crafted product, a Protea Pom bouquet, created and handmade in Perranporth, makes a stylish addition to a sitting room, kitchen or hallway. And with a rainbow of colours to choose from, you can gift them to perfectly suit a friend’s décor and taste, or make a bespoke collection filled with their favourite colours.
Prices start from £18.75
A business based on a passion for designing beautiful, stylish products that help wildlife, Green & Blue are a family run company in Perranporth innovating, designing and creating unique additions for garden and homes. From bee bricks and bat blocks to striking bird ball bird feeders, each product has been designed with style and simplicity in mind.
The bee brick is a great gift for garden lovers, design lovers and nature lovers! Providing a nesting site for solitary bees, the brick looks lovely simply stood in your garden, or can be used in place of a standard brick in construction, creating more habitat for non-swarming solitary bees.
Tinkture Rose Gin
Tinkture Rose Gin is a classic London Dry style gin, but with a big difference. Concocted and created in Cornwall, the gin uses organic British roses as a key ingredient, giving a light, delicate and unmistakable rose flavour with a hint of citrus.
Juniper and coriander provide a complex depth and – our absolute favourite thing about this gin – the golden amber colour of the liquid changes to a delightful, beautiful pink when mixed with tonic! It’s like magic, or alchemy, and the taste is magical too.
A Cornish designer and illustrator inspired by flora, botanics and the seaside, Alison Bick creates contemporary coastal and modern floral designs. From lampshades and fabrics to prints, cards and cushions, there’s a huge choice of gifts for lovers of nature and the coast.
Perhaps Alison’s best known work, the ‘Arthur and Olive’ image of two body boarders was inspired by her grandparents who grew up in Perranporth, and along with their cousins and siblings, were there at the start of British surfing.
A Short Walk
With a workshop on the cliffs in Perranporth, ashortwalk really is just a hop, skip and a jump to the sea! Designers, developers and producers of a wide range of eco products, ashortwalk’s ethos is one of waste not want not. House signs (that look and feel like slate), tide clocks, cork clocks, flower pots, and reusable coffee cups, all made from redundant materials and recycled into something beautiful and practical.
Join the recycling revolution with a tide clock to tell the times of the tide, or a rCup – the world’s first reusable coffee cup made from recycled paper coffee cups, 100% leak proof and dishwasher safe.
Neon colours, glitter accessories, tassled garlands and bright sparkly purses… bring some colour and happiness to someone’s stocking with a gorgeous unique and contemporary gift from super talented Perranporth crochet creator Going Loopy.
We especially love the Glitter Star Hair Slide (a perfect accessory for Christmas day!), and the crochet hanging planters in a range of vibrant colours.
Cornish Food Box Hampers
Love Cornish food and want to give the gift of a taste of Cornwall this Christmas? The Cornish Food Box Company produce beautifully presented hampers full of the finest Cornish food and drink, which can be sent anywhere in mainland UK.
All the food used in the hampers has been grown, reared, caught or made here in Cornwall and are completely seasonal. Ranging from a classic cream tea in a box to cheese boards, overflowing deli delights and Cornish sparkling wines, you’ll be hard pressed to make a decision on which to buy!