Giving till it hurts - The Marlborough Christmas Gift Guide

on 01 December 2017.

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THE MARLBOROUGH GIFT GUIDE

Looking at your Christmas list with a heavy heart? Haven’t a clue? Fear not. Townsite have combed Marlborough and found original gifts to suit a range of budgets, not one of them from a High Street chain! Christmas is a time when the independent traders really come into their own and prove yet again that if you’re looking for quality and originality, local is best.

christmas guide 2017 David dudley Marlborough Jewellery is always a favourite, but with a myriad of choices, where does one begin? With an expert. Or even better, an inspired expert. Marlborough’s king of quality, David Dudley has chosen this Christmas to showcase a beautiful collection of silver jewellery by Swedish designer Drakenberg Sjölin. The collection is inspired by Nordic light and darkness, and the constant movement of nature. “Leaf” forms part of this exciting collection and real leaves were used when making the jewellery giving each piece a unique pattern.

In addition, David Dudley has an extensive range of jewellery, starting from silver for as little as £15, through gold and gem-set, right up to knock-out diamond pieces for when something spectacular is required. David Dudley’s knowledgeable staff will happily guide you through the entire range, including their high-quality antique and second-hand collection.

merchants house polar bears On the subject of things that glitter, the Christmas Shop at The Merchant’s House is a wonderland of all things festive, with enough seductive power to induce a buying frenzy (for this writer, at least). You’ll be spoiled for choice but among the many potential gifts are their beautiful Egyptian glass baubles which look spectacular hanging in a lit window, a stylish selection of hats, gloves and scarves, a whimsical and nostalgic Christmas range of Emma Bridgewater pottery and for the children, gorgeous polar bears in a variety of sizes. There is also a fantastic range of imaginative pieces to dress your Christmas table along with a huge selection of candles and lights.

white horse Books are always a safe bet, striking just the right note of being thoughtful and interesting as well as giving the recipient an improving occupation for a cold winter’s night. Few places have a more diverse or thoughtfully curated collection than the White Horse Bookshop, but did you know that this year you can buy a beautiful piece of jewellery while you stock up on a few fascinating titles? Exclusive to the White Horse Bookshop and based on their unique logo, jeweller and silversmith Jane Angel has created these beautiful solid silver, hallmarked brooches. The epitome of elegant simplicity, these white horse brooches are available for £59.99 and make the perfect gift for lovers of white horses, Wiltshire or even aficionados of the bookshop!

We all have those people on our list who like a ‘useful’ gift – myself included. What I don’t want is another scarf that will go straight to the charity shop on January 2nd. I want something I can use day in and day out, continually reminded of the kind person who gave it to me. There is an eye-catching window display of funky kettles, Roberts Radios in some striking designs and other useful and attractive items for the home in Lighting of Distinction on the High Street. A brightly coloured kettle or a radio emblazoned with the Union Jack is just the kind of gift which will keep on giving.

Finally, let us consider that perennial Christmas favourite, the hamper. They are popular for the very good reason that they perfectly answer the oft-heard question, ‘What do you give to the person who has everything?’ Few people, no matter the relative accumulation of their possessions, will turn their nose up at some top quality comestibles, and The Food Gallery have come up with a belter. For a mere £30 you can customise your hamper by choosing 6 items from a select list in the shop. These will then be tastefully arranged in soft, shredded tissue, wrapped in starry cellophane and topped off with a beautiful raffia bow. With just 48 hours notice, your hamper can be ready and waiting for you at the shop. These luxury packages look spectacular and allow you to give with confidence.

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