Our top Christmas gift ideas
There are those of us who plan ahead, start writing the list in August and shopping in September, and there are those of us who cannot fathom starting the Christmas shopping until the John Lewis ad has launched and it’s acceptable to start singing It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (sorry, it’s in our heads too)…
Whatever kind of Christmas shopper you may be, we’re here to help. We know things are looking a little different this year and we know it’s going to be a lot harder to fill those stockings in person. So, we’ve rustled up a list of some of the very best, hassle-free and Hertfordshire-made gift ideas that can be bought online, wrapped up and sent straight to your friends and family for the ultimate festive feel-goods.
Go on, add a little cheer to your loved one’s year, take a look at these ideas and let them know you care. Because if you can’t say it at Christmas, when can you, eh?
Knebworth House and Gardens
Give them the gift of acres of open space, the chance to wander the historic halls of a manor house and an expanse of glorious landscaped gardens for 2021. Are we suggesting you buy your best friend a historic country house? No, even we’re not that nice. But with the gift of season tickets to Knebworth House and Gardens, you can offer them the next best thing.
Paradise Wildlife Park
We never said you couldn’t put some of these ideas on your own list, so why not add a family annual ticket to Paradise Wildlife Park to your family’s Christmas stocking this year? On top of year-round visits to the park’s 800 wild animals (have you seen the Land of the Tigers exhibit??) and the chance to take a Jurassic journey back in time with dinosaurs on the Rex Express, you’ll also be helping the passionate team care for their animals and raise funds to support wildlife conservation projects across the world.
A historic market town with a cathedral at its heart, St Albans is one of our go tos when it comes to Christmas shopping, and this year isn’t so different. Peruse the St Albans Cathedral online shop and you’ll find plenty of stocking fillers, from candles, to a Hertfordshire cookbook packed with recipes from its best restaurants and producers. The St Albans market online shop is the perfect spot to pick up plenty of local goodies this Christmas! From vegan soaps, to chocolates, antiques and art, you’re bound to tick off a few people on your list here.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
It might not be a letter from Hogwarts, but it’s a pretty close second! Get the Potter fan in your life the ultimate gift of tickets to discover the wonders of the wizarding world. With gift cards available to redeem next year, your chosen witch or wizard can book up their tickets to board the Hogwarts Express and visit whenever suits them best (so they won’t have to resort to stealing Mr Weasley’s Ford Anglia).
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Give the gift of peace, quiet, nature and culture this Christmas with a membership to Henry Moore Studios and Gardens. Between home-schooling stress and dining table desks, we’re guessing your giftee will love the chance to unwind with unlimited access to the gardens, studios and exhibitions. And with acres of grounds to enjoy, magnificent sculptures and the chance to visit the artist’s Hoglands home, who can blame them?
From golfing breaks, to luxury weekend getaways, a gift voucher for The Grove is one indulgent treat. So tell us, who’s top of your list this year? Be it segway experiences through woodland, or a weekend away, complete with dinner and the chance to use those oh-so lnstagrammable spa facilities, we can guarantee this gift will get you to the very top of the nice list.
We all know a foodie, so we have no doubt you’ll have someone in mind who would love the gift of afternoon tea at Pendley Manor next year. Think tempting scones, mouth-watering sandwiches and delectable cakes, served up in the manor house, overlooking rolling gardens and strolling peacocks.
I think we can all agree we deserve a little tipple or two this Christmas, so be sure to add a bottle of Puddingstone’s Christmas gin to your list this year! The original Pud Pud gin is back (last year’s best Christmas gin according to The Telegraph), the Pud Pud cask gin sounds absolutely sensational and the new Cherry Pud Pud is a delicious cherry juice-infused twist on the original that you don’t want to miss. Which should you choose? Well, we vote all three – it is Christmas, after all.
From foodie favourites and independent boutiques, to markets and big brand names, we're shopping local in Watford this year! Discover a shopping centre bursting with ideas for those difficult ones to buy for (we've all got them on our list), or stroll Market Street for independent shops and unique gift ideas for that someone special. Get ready to start ticking off that list...