It’s beginning to look a lot like…  the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas gifts!

We’ve compiled a list of local businesses to inspire you to shop small and spend some of your Christmas budget locally.

BEAUTY & HEALTH

BLOW DRY CLUB AT BRENDAN O SULLIVAN

Who doesn’t love a blow dry? Brendan O Sullivan in Amersham offer membership to a Blow Dry Club for £85 for 4 blow drys a month (memberships have a minimum three-month term). You can also share the membership between two people for the same price. Membership also give you 25% off further blow-dries whilst membership is active and drinks are included. Seriously what’s not to love 🙂 Find out more here.

EXPERIENCES

MAKE YOUR OWN SKINCARE AT HOME WORKSHOP

So Natural Skincare, is the brainchild of Aylesbury based husband & wife team, Jo & Ian Merry. It was Jo’s quest to find a gentle yet effective “natural” make up remover that didn’t cause her an allergic reaction that proved to be the foundation for the creation and development of the SO Natural range of skincare products. From Jo’s original concept the SO Natural Skincare range has grown to  more than 17 different products with many more in development.

They also run monthly practical workshops demonstrating how to formulate and make your own 100% natural, plant based, vegan skincare in the comfort of your own home. These small group classes will take place at Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.

Workshops include: 

Tuesday 29th November 2022 ~ HAND CREAM

Tuesday 31st January 2023 ~ BODY BUTTER

Tuesday 28th February 2023 ~ CLEANSER

Tuesday 28th March 2023 ~ HAIR CONDITIONER

Tuesday 25th April 2023 – STRETCH MARK OIL

Tuesday 30th May 2023 – NATURAL BOTOX

Tuesday 27th June 2023 – ANTI-WRINKLE SERUM

Find out more here.

EVERYMAN CINEMA

Everyman in Gerrards Cross is a favourite of ours. Famous for comfy seats, seat side service of coffee in china and wine in glasses and a small range of hot food. We think an Everyman membership would make the perfect gift as it offers really good value for money and pays for itself with the free tickets. They offer 3 levels of membership which is valid at all of their venues,  starting at £99 for the year and this includes: 7 free tickets , you can bring a guest for free on a Monday plus you’ll get 10% off food & drink and you wont have to pay a booking fee. This should be a serious present contender! Find out more about membership here.

HIGH WYCOMBE ESCAPE ROOMS

High Wycombe Escape Rooms have an Elf themed escape room to enjoy with your family. Elf Isolation is a magical Christmas adventure where you and your family work together to solve puzzles, unlock the riddles and help Santa! The 60 minute experience is suitable for ages 6+, allowing 2 – 6 people to a team. There are other themed escape rooms available to book but the Christmas games always sell out! Find out more here.

WAX & WINE WORKSHOP

Join the ‘Wax Carving + Wine Workshop’ (12 & 22nd January 2023) for a unique experience designing and carving your very own ring with jeweller Louise Vaessen-Walker.

The workshop gives you the skills and freedom to carve your very own ring from jewellers wax, whilst enjoying a glass of wine in the studio. Once carved, your ring will be cast in 100% recycled silver, finished and delivered within 4-6 weeks. Find out more here.

FOOD & DRINK

CHILTERNS RECIPE BOOK

The Chilterns Recipe Book is a stunning compilation of more than 50 recipes created using local products in the Chilterns.  The book would make a fabulous Christmas gift – there are recipes to suit all tastes, from comforting breads and Sunday lunches to elegant cocktails, delicious doughnuts and show stopping cakes, and even meals you can create using foraged ingredients. The Chilterns Recipe Book is available to order here.

WINE TOUR & TASTING AT WOODFINE WINE

Woodfine Wine set in a breathtakingly beautiful location at Newbarn Farm in Seer Green, is one of the very few natural winemakers in the country. They offer tours of their organic conversion farm and vineyard plus you’ll get to to sample their chemical- / additive- / sugar-free wine & cider. Tours & Tastings for couples to groups of up to 20 people can be made by arrangement, plus you get 10% off all purchases made on the night.

We went in October and had a great evening. Read more about it and how to book here: https://chilternchatter.com/wine-tour-tasting-at-woodfine-wine/

CHOCOLATE HAMPER

Say it with chocolate and send someone special a chocolate gift hamper brimming with a selection of chocolate treats from local chocolatier, Prescotts Chocolate. You can also give your gift a really personal touch and add in a message /word in their chocolate letters. Find out more here.

BEAUTIFUL HAMPERS FROM KITCHEN LARDER

The Kitchen Larder, is a gorgeous independent artisan food store in Chalfont St Peter, stocking a carefully curated range of specialist food items. This Christmas they are creating stunning themed collections of KL products which they beautifully tissue wrap and place in their signature white wicker hampers, baskets and gift bags. You set the budget & theme (examples include Coffee Lover, Pretty in Pink, Christmas Pudding Pics, Dad’s favourites)and they will create a stunning original gift. Find out more here.

FOR THE HOME

FROM THE GARDEN ROOM

Born in Chesham in the Summer of 2020, From The Garden Room is an independent homeware and houseplant business inspired by a love of plants and creativity to produce sustainable products that look beautiful in your home. 

Annie, the owner recently announced that she is due the end of November so if you want a hanger you need to get in there quickly as she’ll be taking a break shortly.

All the plant hangers and baskets are made from 100% recycled cotton and all packaging is recycled, recyclable and reusable. The hand made plant hangers look amazing and are available in 7 main styles and a range of colours, prices start at £10. From The Garden Room also source houseplants and pots from local suppliers to go with the hangers plus they are on hand to offer plant advice, an amazing bonus to someone like me who really struggles keeping houseplants alive!

Website: fromthegardenroomuk.com

SPARKLY LIGHTS

Seer Green based Thalia, launched her business Sparkle lighting in the summer of 2019, bringing collections of beautiful affordable lighting to interior lovers. They have a great collection of Christmas lights, including these gorgeous Star Burst Fairy Lights. You can view their collection at sparkle.lighting

ART

Nikki Pearse is an extremely talented abstract landscape artist and interior designer. Jess Knight a local art consultant described Nikki’s style far better than I could 😛 “Nikki’s landscapes are colourful and atmospheric and are constructed using pouring dripping and various brush strokes.” Check out Nikki’s work here and drop her a line via instagram to enquire about her work.

HANDMADE WOODEN REINDEER

Hand Made By Jasper is back the Christmas with some very special handmade wooden Reindeer. Some of the reindeer hand knitted scarfs in the colours of the Ukraine flag which have kindly been hand knitted by the wonderful residents of the Chesham Leys care home. Jasper will be donating £10 from each Ukraine scarf reindeer sold directly to the Pokrova Orphanage in Zolochiv to help give the children a better Christmas. Find out more here.

HELLO RUTH PERSONALISED PHOTO GIFTS

Hello Ruth creates unique, personalised photo gifts and cards. All you need to do is choose a gift of card, send your in your photos and Ruth takes care of the rest! Ruth also has wonderful Christmas Origami craft kits and shares fantastic creative ideas on her Instagram page here. Find out more about Hello Ruth gifts here.

KIDS

MONOPOLY HIGH WYCOMBE EDITION

Own a piece of history with this brand new High Wycombe edition of the classic game of Monopoly which celebrates the town’s past and present. Reviews of the new board game have been mixed, but you can judge for yourself.  The High Wycombe Edition will be available at Waterstones, WHSmith and Amazon