With Christmas just around the corner (how did that happen?), don’t leave your Christmas gift shopping until the last minute. This year, it is more important than ever to shop locally, giving back to the UK economy, keeping local people in employment and keeping a place for British goods on our high street and in our homes. Luckily, Bristol has many independent, local and British-owned businesses to support. Here are some of our favourites:
Did you know that Santa himself shops in Bristol? This year, try to stay away from large multinationals or websites and support your local toy shop! As a family run business,Totally Toys is proud to have served the local community since 1988. They stock a huge range of toys, games, cuddly toys, books, one of the largest Lego collections in Bristol, lots science and educational products and best of all, affordable, quality wooden toys that will be passed through generations. They have toys for all age groups and abilities and are now offering a ring and collect service too.
The Gift of Imagination
Whether you are buying for adults or children, there is no gift quite like a book that takes you to the furthest reaches of your imagination. For books ranging from obscure biographies to bestsellers, from dictionaries to David Walliams, head to Max Minerva’s Bookshop: North Bristol’s Independent Bookshop. You could get lost in the Max’s shop, spending hours choosing the perfect read for the festive season and if you can’t decide, you could always invest in a reading subscription, with brand new books sent to your home every month. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Winter is tough. One of the first fatalities of winter is usually our skin and lips, with wind, cold and indoor heating drying them out. That’s why skincare and pampering gifts are always a popular choice for Christmas! Treat someone you love to a world class massage, facial or beauty treatment from the wonderful Sublime Serenity in Nailsea. They specialise in massage, ranging from relaxing aromatherapy to functional sports massages and are a perfect relaxing end to a busy year. They also sell all-organic skincare and make up which makes the perfect pampering Christmas gift.
Delicious Gift Ideas
Nothing says Christmas quite like an abundance of food, specifically luxurious food that we wouldn’t dream of indulging in during the year. A perfect gift for a family, a couple or yourself, why not give a delicious food hamper from Handmade Hampers. This local Bristol Company specialise in putting together award winning foods and beverages, beautifully presented and delivered to your door. You can personalise your hamper with a choice of wines, chutneys and other extras and it comes with a personalised hand written note as an extra special touch. They have a great variety of hampers priced from £27.00 with something to suit all tastes.
Something to Treasure
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything, and want to make it something they will treasure forever, visit the talented Tamrakar family for some bespoke and very unique jewellery. They have a great range of rings, bangles, pendants, pendants and accessories which are perfect as an alternative gift or keepsake. All of their jewellery is made with love, fairly traded, and hand-crafted from solid silver which is either imported from Nepal or made here in the UK.
An Alternative Christmas
Everything about this year has been unusual and alternative so why not carry on the tradition! Stay off the high street this year when Christmas shopping, Instead head to a couple of our more unique independent businesses, like the gorgeous Rhubarb Jumble, less than 10 minutes’ drive from our serviced apartments in Bristol. Here you’ll find a literal treasure trove of vintage clothes, homewares, jewellery, accessories and anything else you can image, all handpicked for you.
Another excellent place to find a bargain one of a kind piece is Loot Vintage, located on Haymarket Walk. They hand pick clothes from across the UK, EU and America and bring together edits of expertly curated, great quality clothing. Best of all, when you shop here, you are supporting a local business and keeping local people employed. You can shop in store or browse over 6000 items online!
PREMIER SUITES Gift Vouchers
We’ve all missed out on a lot this year. Maybe you missed a holiday of a lifetime or a big birthday celebration. You may be missing a loved one hasn’t been able to visit. The best way to make up for lost time is to create new memories so this year, give your loved one a PREMIER SUITES Gift Voucher. You can use our gift vouchers in any of the 30+ PREM Group properties across the UK, Ireland, Belgium and The Netherlands and spend them on any services we offer, from delicious dining to golf of spa treatments. You can buy a voucher from our website and send it directly to your loved one from afar, spreading Christmas cheer while maintaining a 2m distance!
If you’d like to buy a voucher, make a booking in our serviced apartments in Bristol or learn more about our festive special offers, visit our official website today. We would like to wish all of our guests, clients, visitors and friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe and peaceful start to 2021.