Welsh Christmas Gift Guide 2019
Our 2020 Welsh Gift Guide is here! Check it out via this link.
Yep, believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The season is upon us — and after the popularity of last years guide we’re back with another edition of our Welsh Gift Guide — this time bigger and better.
We’re not about this big brand black Friday bullsh*t.
Here’s what we reckon: support Welsh brands, support your local makers and put the money back into your community this Christmas. Most of the brands below can be ordered online via their websites, but lots also have local stores, so pop in if you can!
And a fair few of the brands you see down below featured in last years edition of this very guide. Why? Well they didn’t get any less awesome in the last twelve months, and an extra 10,000 of you have started following us on Instagram since then. We figured we’d better keep spreading the good word.
Here’s what we’ve got for you:
- Boozy Gifts
- Clothing and Adventure Gear
- Printed Gifts
- Beauty and Grooming
Something we’ve missed? Let us know.
We’ll start with the hard stuff, because it’s the party season. There are countless independent drink companies cropping up in Wales. Here are some of our favourites at the moment:
In The Welsh Wind
In The Welsh Wind is a small distillery in West Wales’ Cardigan Bay — they make amazing bespoke spirits in their copper still “Meredith”. On sale right now on their website you’ll find a Welsh Cake Gin — and we’ve heard rumours of Bara Brith edition. More info here.
Purple Moose Brewery
We had a heap of comments about Purple Moose when we put the call out for ideas last week — beautiful beers, brewed in Snowdonia. With everything from an IPA to a ‘Chocolate Moose’ on offer there’s sure to be a beer for every taste. You can order online, or pop in to see them at their brewery of beer shop in Porthmadog.
This gin comes from a tiny distillery hidden away in the slate quarries of, you guessed it, Dinorwig. It’s made using botanicals that thrive in the uncompromising North Wales landscapes — coupled with local mountain water it makes for a beautiful taste. Meet the team over on the website.
Clothing and Adventure Gear
There are so many great clothing and adventure Welsh brands coming through — and we love that so many of them are focussing on giving back to the environment and staying away from fast fashion.
Antur Supply Co
Did you know antur means adventure in Welsh? Now you do. The North Wales based company supply some awesome lifestyle essentials — including their brand new insulated water bottles and their sleeping mat that packs down super tiny. Check them out.
Eightry was created with sustainability and environmental issues at its core. Using sustainable high-quality materials, the idea is to produce amazing products with the earth benefiting.
With each purchase, a tree is planted. Go make yours.
Welsh Girl, Hay-on-Wye
‘Modern Welsh Heritage’ — that’s the essence of Welsh Girl Hay’s brand. And we’re big fans.
After 25 years in London, Julie returned to Wales in 2014 to realise a long-held dream of exploring traditional crafts, sewing and Welsh textiles. Her ponchos, cushions, scarves and tote bags are true slow fashion — they’ll last a lifetime, as will the lovely designs. More here.
OzDzynes is an active lifestyle brand in mid-Wales. Want a custom beanie like the above? They got you covered. Check them out.
We love the above! The newly launched Snowdonia Clothing will plant a tree for each order placed before the 3rd of December.
From prints to Christmas cards to calendars — we’ve found our favourites. All of the below can be bought online, but make sure to pop into your local stores to check out local creators too!
Discover Cymru Calendar 2020
Our Welsh landscapes calendar is back — and it’s as beautiful as ever. Featuring twelve amazing images from across Wales, all profits are being donated to two fantastic charities; Wales Air Ambulance and Mountain Rescue.
Jwrnal in print
Over the last year or two Sarah has built a brilliant community of Welsh creators with Jwrnal.
You can still get your hands on her first print edition, so if you’re looking for a great read for the coffee table this Christmas, you can order a copy via her website here.
Prints by Marian Haf
West Wales based Marian Haf makes some amazing prints that would look good on anyone’s wall. A lot of her prints can come personalised — so if you’re after a ‘T-Rex in the Rain’ (one of my personal favs) with a personal touch she can make it happen.
Check out all her work over on Etsy.
Cardiau Cymraeg is a Welsh greeting cards and prints shop based in Swansea.
Their main aim is to enhance the variety of Welsh cards and products available to the people of Wales. Each of their cards and prints are illustrated by hand, designed with care, and made with love. They don’t use any plastic wrap in their packaging and each of the cards and envelopes can be recycled.
If you’re in Brecon over the next few weeks, make sure to stop in at the beautiful new Found Gallery. Now showing their ‘Seasonal Finds’ exhibition — there is beautiful work from photographers, artists and makers from right across Wales. And lots of lovely gift ideas too.
Did you know Wales had its very own action camera company? North Wales based Olfi produce amazing action cams — and they’re great value too.
What’s more, for this weekend only they’re offering a great deal — the Olfi one.five Black Action Camera is down from £119.99 AND includes a 64GB microSD card. Learn more here.
This has to be the hardest category for us to shortlist. THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD FOOD! Thanks for the endless list of suggestions you sent our way.
What’s a Christmas without too much chocolate? You’ve probably seen their chocolate popping up in shops all over the place — thanks (we’re sure!) to the brilliant flavours including peanut butter and the brilliant Halen Mon salted above.
You can get your chocolate fix over on the NomNom website.
Black Mountain Smokery
Based just outside Crickhowell, the family run Black Mountain Smokery pride themselves on producing some of the UK’s finest, freshest smoked goods.
If you’re looking for beautiful smoked salmon or a Christmas ham with all the trimmings to go with then look no further. If you’re reading this from further afield, the good news is that it’s all available to order.
There’s no shortage of amazing craftspeople in Wales — a big thanks to those of you that sent some of them our way.
Based in North Wales, David creates beautiful products from wood. Many of them have amazing stories like the Mine Oak Collection shown above, which were created from oak recovered from North Wales’ slate mines.
Made by Greig
Greig is a designer and creator of unique bespoke lighting and other lovely things based in the Black Mountains. If you’re looking for something a bit different for that Christmas lighting, check out his store on Etsy.
Thornbush Hill Candles
Thornbush Hill specialise in hand poured, small batch fragrances. And by all accounts they smell AMAZING.
Check them out online here.
Beauty and Grooming
Myddfai Trading Company
Myddfai is a social enterprise and producer of luxury toiletries and gifts with a social conscience. Offering employment opportunities to their local community, profits are reinvested in rural regeneration within the surrounding area.
Old Faithful Beard Oils
The perfect gift for the bearded Welshman in your life? Look no further. Old Faithful’s beautiful range of beard and shaving oils, moisturisers and balms are the perfect gifts for your face fuzz sporting friends.
Their products start at £11.99 and can be purchased via their website.
Cole & Co
Cole & Co is a family business that first started out with a shop selling clothes, gifts and greetings cards in Beaumaris, Anglesey in 2000. In 2010 they started to create a range of delicious soaps and candles from their kitchen table. The rest is history.
Order online here — or pop in and see them!
North Wales based Bethan makes beautiful pieces from her home studio. With a focus on the finer details, form and texture, we love her work!
Emma’s work is inspired by the soft organic forms and beautiful colours found in the landscape of her home, Snowdonia. She work with the cycles of nature to design collections of one of a kind pieces.
Welsh Photography Workshops
We called this one out last year as well — many of our contributors offer you the chance to head out with them and hone your skills — some of our favourites include:
- Alyn Wallace — if shooting the night sky is your thing then Alyn’s astrophotography workshops will be perfect
- Drew Buckley — workshops across Pembrokeshire and on the amazing Skomer Island
- Jim Cossey — Jim is based in the Brecon Beacons and provides workshops to fit around your skill (and fitness!) level
- Simon Kitchin — Snowdonia based Simon Kitchin offers workshops across the National Park
Festivals, festivals, festivals
If you’re giving the gift of experience why not look to some of Wales’ brilliant festivals?
Whether it’s food (wassup Abergavenny Food Festival), music (Green Man, Festival Number 6, Brecon Jazz) or a bit of everything (hello The Good Life Experience), we can’t think of a better gift to give than a festival ticket.
Rent a camper for a weekend away
What better way to see the Welsh countryside than on four wheels? Luckily for you there are a bunch of great independent campervan companies popping up all over Wales.
Give the art of adventure
From mountain survival skills to rock climbing, rafting to mountain biking, hiking to horse riding, Wales really does have it all if you love the outdoors.
While we can’t list every outdoor activity provider in Wales (there are plenty of places that do), here are some that we have heard good things about or personally had great experiences with.
- Canoe the Wye with Wye Valley Canoes
- Learn to climb at Summit Centre
- Learn mountain skills with Exploring Snowdonia
- Go Coasteering with TYF in Pembrokeshire
- Learn to surf in Snowdonia (yep you read that right) at Surf Snowdonia
- Go mountain biking with Bikes and Hikes
- Tour a Taff offer motorcycle tours and adventures through Wales
A gift voucher for any of the above will go down a treat in a Christmas stocking (plus you get to go along to!)
Right, that’s it. We’re done. We hope you’re inspired!
Shop local. Diolch.