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Your local Christmas gift guide

Looking for gift inspiration? We’ve got you covered!
Canterbury’s city, coast and countryside have everything you might need, from independent shops and traditional traders offering handcrafted jewellery, arts, crafts, gin, games and gifts, to big brands and high end designers. 

While our high streets are temporarily closed, many of our small independent businesses are open online, so you can still stock up on unique gifts, add ideas to your wishlist or simply treat yourself (you deserve it!).

To help you get started, we’ve compiled this special gift guide showcasing some of our small independent businesses and the great gifts you can buy for her, for him, for them and for you.

Gifts for Her

Christmas gifts for her

Now she can look good and feel great with these stylish mustard, faux-fur lined gloves from Ivy May, the ideal access to brighten up winter walks and keep hands toasty. Team it with a vintage style soy wax candle to fill the home with a festive aroma, or check out their mini-festive guest soaps - they make a super-cute stocking filler! 

Wrap up warm with Joules’ Halton knitted turtle-neck jumper (96% wool 4% cashmere) and for the woman about town, this ROKA cross body bag is a great find.

For some seasonal wellbeing, treat her to a positive pick-me-up with La Luna’s holistic health gifts such as essential oils, crystal-infused body products and natural reed diffusers and they are always willing to help with any requests.

Beauty fans will appreciate Pure By The Sea’s popular Elemis Christmas Kits or affordable luxury heated Spacemasks infused with reviving iron filings and mood-enhancing jasmine. 

Treat her to some sparkle this Christmas, with some stunning, contemporary rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces from 925 Silver, spend more than £50 and you’ll get free UK wide delivery.

For Him

Christmas gifts for him

Treat him to a tipple or two with some hand crafted ale, lager, cider or spirit, courtesy of local producers Canterbury Brewers & Distillers and Goody Ales.

For pure escapism, surprise him with a good book by his favourite author, from independent bookshop, Harbour Books. You can request any book in print too, perfect if you can’t find what you’re looking for!

Tickle his taste buds with traditionally made fudge from The Fudge Kitchen. There’s the vegan gift hamper, or you can build a box featuring their favourite festive flavours and send them straight to them anywhere in the world.

Alternatively, add a touch of style to his wardrobe with a beautiful Gurteen’s Esquire waistcoat or CASA MODA 'cashmere feeling' crewneck from County Clothes, home to some of the top men’s fashion brands, including Barbour and Bugatti. 

Perfect picks for little ones 

Christmas gifts for kids

For top toy trends this year, Pokemon has made a big comeback and Corolle dolls perfect for a baby's first best friend. Don’t just take our word for it, Toys N Trends will help you find what you’re looking for with their Facetime tours.

Treat them to a timeless traditional wooden toy from Buttercup’s. Little hands will love creating this Christmas mouse scene and for mini imaginations the Atlas of record-breaking adventures is bound to keep them busy.

Luxuries for home

Christmas gifts for home

If you’re hunting for an annual addition to your Christmas collection, get inspired by the makers and sellers who make it their mission to bring you something one-of-a-kind.
Made to use. Made to last. Made for you. We love this mouse cheese dish by Canterbury Potter, Richard Chapman, it will make a gorgeous addition to your Christmas table. And his snowman tealight holders, when lit, will be full of festive cheer. All pottery is high fired stoneware making it practical for everyday use and dishwasher safe.

Local artist, Jo Oakly, sells beautiful linocut prints with stunning seascape themes. Her popular print ‘She Rose’ perfectly captures the sentiment of 2020, well as we look towards 2021. To make it extra special, why not put in a request for Jo to sign your artwork too.

Flory and Black quite possibly have some of the best baubles in town. Their range is outstanding, unusual and varied, check out mousey pearl mermaid and hanging glitzy headphones.

Let them choose their gift

Christmas giftcardStill stuck for ideas? The Canterbury Gift Card couldn't be more perfect!. Whether it’s a delicious meal out, a haircut, some new clothes or a trip out for the whole family, the Canterbury Gift Card has you covered. 

It works in the same way as a department store gift card. You preload the card with your chosen amount and it’s ready to use at a huge range of businesses across the city (at the time of writing, that’s more than 90 businesses!). It’s easy to use and makes sure your money is spent locally.

This is usually our busiest time of year with Christmas shoppers wandering the cobbled streets and folks taking festive breaks. Until you’re able to visit our shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, retailers, hotels and attractions in person, please support them by shopping locally online or with click and collect, if you’re able to.

Make it a Christmas to remember in Canterbury - eat, drink, shop and celebrate.

Businesses across Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay look forward to welcoming you back into our city and towns after lockdown. They continue to work hard to keep you safe and follow government’s covid guidelines. For example, adapting their spaces to allow you to maintain social distance, wearing face coverings, having hand sanitising stations, introducing one way systems and reduced capacity, taking online bookings only, offering contactless collection and delivery, and, where applicable, following the government's Track and Trace guidelines. 

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