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Shop local this Christmas: gift ideas from the Forest of Dean

Christmas Gift Ideas from the Forest of Dean

Shop local this Christmas with these gift ideas from the Forest of Dean

Ah, Christmas shopping! It’s not something I enjoy that much, I’ll admit. It gets harder and harder each year but it’s a necessary evil, isn’t it? This year, I’m making a conscious effort to buy more ‘experience’-type gifts rather than things (after all, no-one really needs more ‘stuff’), and if you’re tempted to do the same then read on.

I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas from local businesses based in the Forest of Dean. I’m sure if you bought something off this list for your family or friends, they would be delighted!

Supporting local independent businesses at Christmas

As a small business owner myself, I consider it really important to try to support other independent, and particularly local, businesses. Let’s face it, it’s tough out there! Anything you can do to support these people will certainly be much appreciated and help to keep them in business.

The products, services and experiences I’m suggesting here are just some of the gifts you could buy.

Gifts that keep on giving

Many of these suggestions are gifts that keep on giving. They are not just another plastic toy that will soon be discarded and forgotten about.  I’ve deliberately selected gifts that the family can enjoy together.

And they are the type of gift that is not necessarily just going to be enjoyed at Christmas time, but well into the new year too.

Better still, they are all available to buy from independent businesses. 


Harts Barn Cookery School

Harts Barn Cookery School is all about cooking for all – all ages and skill levels are catered for, and we teach everything from banquets to basics!

They offer  a huge range of regular classes, workshops, supper clubs. 

For more information visit https://www.hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk


Tudor Farm House

A former working fam which has been beautifully converted into a stylish boutique hotel has a range vouchers including afternoon tea to foraging workshops.



Humble by Nature

A working farm just outside Monmouth in the Wye Valley, gift vouchers are available for a wide range of courses and events including smallholding & animal husbandry, rural skills, food & cookery and crafts & skills courses



Hillside Brewery

For the beer-lover in your life, These come highly recommended - Mr G is a big fan! Select from an amazing range of Forest of Dean beers, with gift packs including classic engraved beer glasses, craft specials. Gift vouchers also are available for experience days and brewery tours


Plumphill Farms

Have a great selection of meat hampers using Premium, ethically reared produce from the heart of the Forest of Dean.

For more information visit http://plumphillfarm.co.uk


Float in the Forest

Float in the Forest is a new floatation centre, coming soon to the Forest of Dean.Floatation (or ‘floating’) is a type of relaxation therapy.

Floating on the surface of warm water saturated with Epsom salt, in a comfortable environment where sound and light are minimised.  Imagine relaxing in a giant bathtub that you can sleep in with peace of mind.

Float in the Forest will provide a wonderful floatation experience, with the added benefit of emerging into a beautiful natural environment.

Vouchers can be purchased here


Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity – Crafts, Kits and Gifts

Rachel is an inspiring, talented local artist and art facilitator. Choose from mosaics for the wall, pendants, mugs, coasters, tea towels and more. There are also crafty make-your-own kits for a range of products or why not purchase in advance and make your own homemade Christmas gifts this year! Vouchers are also available.

Website: https://www.rachelshilston.co.uk/shop 


Reckless Designs – Handmade and Hand-Painted Pottery

Beautiful pottery, wonderfully colourful. As well as pottery, you can also paint your own in store and take part in a range of pottery classes.

Website: https://reckless-designs.co.uk/ 


Wanderlust Camper Co

For a truly unique experience how about vouchers towards camper van hire - we love travelling around in ours and exploring the area. Create some great memories whilst getting away from it all


Severn Hills Hideaway

Not any old camp site, here you can enjoy a chance to escape, relax and unwind in indulgent comfort. Each tent comes with its own woodturner and your own hottub. Vouchers are available from https://sevenhillshideaway.co.uk



Ragman's Farm in the FoD offer both sustainable Beekeeping and  Willow/Straw Skep Making courses. More information can be found here


Go Ape

For the truly adventurous, Choose from Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway or Tree Top Junior .A great fun day out in the Forest of Dean!

Website for purchasing: https://goape.co.uk/gift-vouchers


Of course no list wouldn’t  be complete without a mention of the gift vouchers available from Capture this Moment Photography. Perfect to capture your precious memories to make them last a lifetime. They would be a great gift idea for a local family who would love the gift of photography to capture special family memories.

Which of these gift ideas for families will you buy this Christmas?


Shop local this Christmas gift ideas

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