Shop for your Christmas gifts in the New Forest and Lymington.
Let's support our local businesses this Christmas.
Shopping locally is a good thing on so many counts - click here for 10 good reasons to shop locally!
This time of year, when we tend to spend more than normal, is a great opportunity to boost the income of our local shops as well. In any case who wants to spend ages queuing at city centre carparks and wading through the frenzied crowds, only to find nothing of interest in the so-called 'offers'?
As for online, well for certain things yes but don't we all spend enough time on our screens? So often the 'normal' prices in our local independent shops are the same or lower anyway - and you'll probably get better service too! We'll be doing as much of our Christmas shopping as we can locally, and hope you will too.
Here is our guide to some of the best Christmas gifts available locally, including a few different 'experience' gifts and vouchers which can be enjoyed later. Keep abreast of all the local craft fairs and Christmas markets too, where many local artisans and New Forest producers display and sell their unique wares. Full details in our article Christmas in the New Forest and Lymington 2018.
Find individual gifts, some great offers and service with a smile
Throughtout the New Forest, our local high streets are full of wonderful businesses crying out for your support at Christmas! Whether you're in Lymington or Beaulieu, Brockenhurst or Lyndhurst, you'll find a wonderful selection of products - all served with a smile! Think out of the box a little - and remember to look out those shops in the back streets! Here are a few of our favourites:
Buchanan Jewellers, Lymington - jewellery and watches
Buchanans offers a wide range of lovely jewellery from traditional to modern and unusual, with something for all budgets too. Wander in and you'll find a big comfy sofa from which you can view the tempting display cases at your ease and in keeping with that first impression you'll enjoy a really relaxed and friendly ambience with absolutely no hard sell!
Beach Hut n Boats, Lymington - find handcrafted gifts on the way to The Natural Health Hub
Situtated just behind the High Street, on the way to the Natural Health Hub, Beach Hut n Boats is a true treasure trove of delights - and prices astart from as little as £1.50! With handcrafted and beautifully made goods from a wide range of talented artisans. This Christmas check out the unique tree decorations too!
JoJo Maman Bebe, Lymington - top to toe clothing, accessories and toys for little ones
Kit out the little ones for a magical Christmas at JoJo Maman Bebe - from jumpers, smart trousers and party dresses for the tiny grownups, to sleepsuits and accessories for the tinies! Plus a great selection of toys and games - we particularly love the Wooden Christmas Dinner play set (right)!
A&J Seal, Lymington - all your Christmas meat, poultry and eggs!
Buy your Christmas meat, poultry and eggs from A&J Seal and get into an all year round habit too to choose locally reared top quality products with no excess packaging and served with good humour.
Southern Stationery, Lymington - useful stocking fillers and great value wrapping papers
Visit Southern Stationery in Angel Courtyard (behind Tesco) for pens and pencils, diaries, calendars and much more, all at excellent everyday and all year round prices. Stephen also stocks a good range of Christmas giftwrap in stock right now at brilliant prices! Definitely check in here on your way to the High Street!
Fairweather's Garden Centre, Beaulieu - plants, trees, home and garden gifts - plus £5 off real Christmas trees until 4 December!
Beaulieu's independent garden centre has UK sourced Christmas trees on sale now, with £5 off real Christmas trees until 4 December (find exclusive voucher here!) Fairweather's also stocks a wonderful range of traditional and contemporary Christmas decorations and delightful gifts for all your family and friends, including gift vouchers - as well as plants of course, perfect for Christmas gifts! The Fairweather's food hall contains tasty pickles, jams and treats, mostly locally sourced and which can be combined to make into a hamper. This is one of our favourite places to Christmas shop - go for a wander and enjoy home made delights in Steph's Kitchen afterwards!
Beaulieu Motor Museum Gift Shops - kitchen shop, gift shop and
Beaulieu is a special family outing this month, with evening illuminations and other attractions - and the Beaulieu Kitchen Shop and Gift Shop have lots of different items that make great gifts. A day out at Beaulieu would make a lovely Christmas gift too!
OSCAR - treats for your four legged friends at Christmas!
Local OSCAR supplier Clare will deliver to your door. As well as food for dogs, cats and other pets, OSCAR stocks toys and training items, treats and accessories for your pets, including leads, harnesses, collars and grooming items.
In the Frame, Highcliffe - frame your memories
Karen at In the Frame will help you create an original gift in a frame, a truly thoughtful gift based on photographs and/or other memorabilia. Canvas prints are another great gift idea and definitely one to remember AFTER Christmas – Karen from will guide your frame choice to complement the lovely new print or photo you’ve been given - and her framing service is legendary.
The perfect local gifts for body and mind...
The Natural Health Hub, Lymington - natural products and gift vouchers
The Natural Health Hub has pressies you're unlikely to find anywhere else! From natural organic beauty products (including Neals Yard and Weleda)…. to energising gem water bottles… to non-toxic nail polishes… to groovy bamboo socks… to art by a local artist… pop along and take a look at the great range on offer. Alternatively book a Christmas present course or therapy for your loved ones at this central Lymington sanctuary.
SenSpa, Brockenhurst - spa breaks, gorgeous products and gift vouchers too
The gift of luxurious relaxation. SenSpa at Careys Manor Hotel has a really wide range of treatments, Spa breaks, Spa days and half days (including the sumptuous Evening Indulgence whichi includes a Thai meal at the Zen Garden restaurant). If you cannot decide, choose a gift voucher either for a particular Spa treatment/Spa day or for a monetary amount. In addition, remember SenSpa's own range of award-winning spa products!
Bath House Spa, Brockenhurst - treatments, spa days and membership
The spa at the family-friendly New Park Manor offers a calm oasis and exceptional views over the New Forest (especially from the outdoor hottub!) An array of gift vouchers are available for treatments, spa days and spa and/or treatment membership.
Saltus Spa, Brockenhurst - relax and unwind with a treatment or spa day
The spa at the Balmer Lawn hotel offers a range of treatments and spa days. Treatments are bespoke and based on Espa products.
New Forest Aromatics near Lymington - nationally renowned locally made natural aromatic products
Visit New Forest Aromatics at their lovely base at Setley Ridge and breathe in the wonderful aroma of New Forest made candles, balms, gels, lotions and potions plus more. New Forest Aromatics also sell gift vouchers which can be spent on any appointment or products in salon.
The Massage House, Lymington - gift vouchers for treatments
20% off January treatments at the Massage House - can be bought in advance as Christmas presents. What a lovely start to the New Year - a post Christmas treat for you or a much appreciated gift for somebody special!
Shape Up Fitness - the fun and friendly way to feeling fitter and healthier
Based at the Passford House Hotel near Lymington, the team at Shape Up Fitness offer a range of fitness classes in a fun and friendly environment. The great thing is no membership fee! Just purchase class passes online and arrive in time to start - a batch of class passes, a personal training session or a 30 day challenge make a brilliant Christmas gift.
Push Studios - dance yourself fit whilst having a giggle
Professionally trained dancer Kevin Thatcher brought Push Studios to the New Forest this year. Offering Dance Fit classes along with Ballet Fit and Adult Ballet, you will have the time of your life! Friday classes at Lymington Community Centre are available to buy as a bundle - a very different gift for someone who would like to raise their fitness levels whilst having a real giggle!
New Forest Academy of Dance - ballet, tap, modern theatre for children of all ages
New Forest Academy of Dance teach ballet, modern theatre and tap to children from as young as two years old, plus ballet and tap for adults too. Based at Lymington Community Centre and also in Pennington, dance classes make a wonderful gift
Try something new! The gift of experience...
Vinegar Hill Pottery - pottery courses and original pieces
Vinegar Hill Pottery is a working pottery run by Master Potter Dave Rogers. Give the gift of a pottery course this Christmas! Dave runs regular 3 day pottery courses, perfect for beginners and hobby potters and a fun way to relax trying something new.
Countryside Education Trust - courses and membership
Based in Beaulieu, the Countryside Education Trust’s mission is to connect people with the countryside. They offer a number of different courses during the year, including courses on keeping poultry and on beekeeping, which would make fantastic alternative gifts. It is also possible become a Friend of the Countryside Education Trust, another great gift.
New Forest Activities, Beaulieu - gift vouchers for healthy and fun family activites on and off the water
The ultimate place to find fun in the forest! Beaulieu based New Forest Activities run land and water activities all year round and their gift vouchers make perfect presents for outdoor enthusiasts - children, childlike, or properly grown up! Current courses include Winter Archery, Canoeing, Kayaking, Bushcraft and of course Battlefield Live!
New Forest Paddle Sport Company, Milford - shop and vouchers for paddle sessions
Everybody who's anybody stand up paddles on the sea all year round, right? It's even more fun in winter, we're told... Vouchers for paddle sessions (SUP and kayak) make perfect presents from award winning The New Forest Paddle Sport Co, whose shop in Milford on Sea also stocks a range of kit, including stand up paddle boards, kayaks, watersports clothing and accessories.
Beds on Board vouchers to stay on a boat - a special treat!
A holiday gift voucher from Beds on Board is an extra special gift and something a little different! Spoil someone with a stay on a luxurious boat in an amazing location - Lymington based Beds on Board now have accommodation on boats in over 80 countries, it's a brilliant way to to see coastlines around the world and often far more reasonable than a hotel. #anotherwaytostay #stayonaboat
Escape Yachting, Lymington - amazing value lunch & dinner cruises (quote Lymington.com!)
Sailing trips with lunch or dinner on the Solent with Escape Yachting - Special offer only £99 per person when you quote Lymington.com on booking. Vouchers make great Christmas presents and are valid until 31 August 2019.
Flexisail membership - a shared boat ownership experience
Lymington based Flexisail provides the opportunity for you to own a share of a boat without the capital or time investment to manage and maintain it. You get an 'ownership experience' through membership using a boat that very few other members have access to across the year; where you develop a pride of ownership; and where you can be proud to sail. You would be sailing in a supportive structured environment where you can build skills and experience in a confidence building way with support and assistance from us whenever you need it. Your membership commitment is just for 12 months.
The gift of giving...
If you're really stuck on a present for someone, consider the gift of giving. As a coastal area, many of us benefit from the incredible dedication and efforts of our local Lifeboat crew. Give someone membership of the RNLI and you'll be helping to provide the brave RNLI crews and lifeguards with the training, boats, equipment and support they need to save lives. And there are many other local organisations who would benefit from similar donation gifts.
Our high streets have many charity shops, all raising funds for excellent causes - be sure to take a look inside and you'll be amazed at the original gifts you'll find this Christmas. And remember to take along anything you can donate for them to sell if you're having a clear out before Christmas, too!
When you are out shopping at Christmas, spare a thought for those who have less. Waitrose in Lymington has a Basics Bank collection by the tills and it doesn't take much to provide something - and get more involved if you can to help others in the local community.
So, think out of the box this Christmas and support your local independent businesses and local organisations. Locally sourced gifts are more unique and more meaningful... and good value too.
The Lymington.com Team, November 2018