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The ultimate Cotswold gift guide

The ultimate Cotswold gift guide

Whatever the occasion – Christmas, birthdays or just to show you’re thinking of someone – buying a gift made in the Cotswolds is a great way to champion the region’s creative, passionate small companies. Whether you live in the Cotswolds and are looking to support a local business or want to bring a taste of the Cotswolds to you wherever in the world you live, here’s our ultimate Cotswold gift guide featuring our favourite present ideas – all of which you can buy online.

Gift wrapping
Gift wrapping

Cotswold food & drink gifts

Costello + Hellerstein’s silky chocolate truffles are a major upgrade on the usual box of Milk Tray. Handmade in the Cotswolds by pastry chef Ori Hellerstein, they’ve won multiple Great Taste Awards. Their Noel Selection (£19.95) features four of their favourite flavours – sea salt caramel, ruby chocolate ganache, rhubarb and milk chocolate, and dark chocolate orange.

A bottle of Baileys is a festive favourite, but Cotswolds Distillery have created their own take on it with the Cotswolds Cream Liqueur (£24.95), which combines their unaged whisky with fresh Irish cream. It’s rich, creamy and packed with malt, vanilla and butterscotch flavours – serve it over ice, pour it over ice cream or use it to add a kick to a hot chocolate.

Ross & Ross create Cotswold gift boxes for foodies, using produce from local suppliers. They’re best known for their bacon and salmon DIY curing kits, but they also do a fantastic roast dinner box (£24) to upgrade a Sunday roast, featuring roast potato oil, roast chicken rub, roast dinner dust and pigs in blankets dust, and there’s also a veggie version available.

Cotswold food and drink gifts
Cotswold food and drink gifts (photos © individual shops)

Whittal’s was set up by chef Beccy Whittal, who makes melt-in-the-middle brownie bombs and creamy fudge using local ingredients, including Gloucestershire butter and Herefordshire cream. There is a range of different seasonal flavours so you can create a bespoke pick and mix box (£15.95) or their single-flavour fudge bags (£3.50) make great mini gifts.

Family-owned Sibling Gin Distillery in Cheltenham distill their own spirits and infuse them with modern botanical flavours. They’ve created four limited edition gins to match the seasons, with the Winter Edition Gin (£40) infused with fresh cranberries and clementine peel. Or you can also get a Four Seasons Gift Set (£25) with mini bottles of each seasonal gin in a gift box.

You can’t beat a good cheese board – and the Cotswold Cheese Co stock over 120 artisan cheeses, including unusual Cotswold varieties like the Morton, Lypiatt and Mini Rollright. As well as cheese they also stock local honey, chutney, biscuits, beer and coffee. There’s a pre-made Cotswold Hamper (£55) available or you can create your own cheese gift hamper online.

Cotswold food and drink gifts
Cotswold food and drink gifts (photos © individual shops)

Cotswold home gifts

Cotswold Candle Company is inspired by the scents of the Cotswolds countryside, handmade using lower carbon emission soy and mineral waxes. Light their Christmas tree candle (£24) and breathe in and you’ll feel like you’re taking a wintery walk through a pine forest. They also have a range of classic scent candles as well as reed diffusers and room sprays.

Thea’s Room in Cheltenham creates colourful block print lampshades, cushions and other fabric gifts with an eco-friendly ethos, using fair trade cotton or reclaimed fabrics which would normally go to landfill. Their printed bread bags (£16), aprons and cushions make great gifts.

For a low-impact gift, Eco Able sell sustainable products made by small businesses, and donate a portion of their profits to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. They have everything you need for an eco-friendly lifestyle, with a selection of products for the home and garden as well as a range of new baby gifts including organic muslins with Scandi-style prints (£16) and cotton wipes.

Honeybourne Pottery in the North Cotswolds is a family-run business who create a range of stylish handmade stoneware – including a simple but elegant monochrome pourer (£26). Or if you know someone who’s always wanted to take a turn behind the potter’s wheel, they also run pottery classes, from one-off taster sessions for beginners (£55) to longer courses.

Cotswold home gifts (photos © individual shops)

Cotswold clothes & accessories gifts

Wild Like Her in Tetbury was founded by Cathryn, who wanted to produce fun, colourful and ethically produced clothing that celebrates women’s awesomeness. There’s a mix of t-shirts, jumper and hoodies – including this pink and leopard print ‘Love’ design (£52). Or you can ‘make it your way’ by combining your own choice of clothing, colours and designs.

Craftsman Kingsley Leather makes beautiful handmade leather gifts from his studio in Cheltenham which are built to last. His online shop has a range of belts, wallets, cardholders, keychains and personalised initial cufflinks (£50), made using antique leather.

Silver Nutshell founder Anna creates pieces of jewellery inspired by nature and using real shells, leaves, fossils and seedpods. Every piece is unique and handmade, like her signature Silver Leaf Necklace (£39) which is cast from individual leaves and uses sustainable products, eco-friendly packaging and part of the profits are donated to Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Or if you’re stumped for ideas, BoxTree Gifts can do the work for you. You can create your own gift box from their range of products or choose from pre-made gift boxes for men, women or kids. We love their Care Package (£38) which has tea and biscuits, honey and botanical hand cream, ready wrapped and can be sent directly to the lucky recipient with a card.

Cotswold clothes and accessories gifts
Cotswold clothes and accessories gifts (photos © individual shops)

Cotswold gifts for kids

Very Posh Bunting is made in Cheltenham, using gorgeous fabrics with embellishments hand sewn on to make them extra special. The range of bunting for kids includes favourite characters like Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter. All the bunting is double-sided and most comes in three-metre lengths (£14.95), packed flat so it’s perfect for posting.

Daphne & Margot founder Jo designs and makes children’s clothes using mainly organic fabrics in a range of colours that aren’t the usual pink or blue. Everything is handmade, with dresses, rompers, leggings and jumpers, and colourful headbands (£6) which make good stocking fillers.

If you’re looking for a present that’s educational as well as fun, The Curiosity Box in Oxford specialise in science kits for kids. They are linked to the school curriculum and you can choose from different themes in chemistry, biology, geology and engineering. Their Jumbo Boxes are designed for ages 7–11 and the Tots Boxes for 4–6 year olds (£22.95).

Or for a touch of extra magic for kids at Christmas, the Polar Post send out beautiful letters (£22.99), written by Father Christmas himself on his official notepaper with tales of his adventures, hand-addressed by one of his team of elves and postmarked from the North Pole.

Cotswold children's gifts
Cotswold children’s gifts (photos © individual shops)

Cotswold experience gifts

Rather than buying a physical gift, why not buy a unique Cotswold experience? Rob Gould, Cotswold Forager runs guided walks around the Cotswolds, helping people to reconnect with nature and discover the edible delights around us. Gift vouchers can be used towards public or private walks, and there are also Forage and Feast events where you cook what you find.

If you’re looking for a gift for a foodie friend, how about a baking class? Danielle at Severn Bites is a French-trained bread expert now offering her classes online so people can take part wherever they are in the world. Gift vouchers can be used to for a tailored course, whether you want to get into sourdough making or are an advanced baker wanting to hone your skills.

You can also give the gift of gin with a Ginspiriational Lab Experience at Brennan & Brown distillery in Cheltenham. After starting with an introduction to gin-making, you choose from 40 different botanicals to create your own perfect gin blend, which is then distilled in a mini still while you take a tour, before it’s bottled ready to take home.

Or for something a bit different, explore the skies above the Cotswolds with a stargazing night from Dark Sky Telescopes. Participants join an experienced astronomer on Cleeve Hill for an hour-long session with a large telescope which lets you see star systems, planets and galaxies.

Cotswold experience gifts
Cotswold experience gifts (photos © individual shops)

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