Looking to wow your friends and family with some very special presents this year? Why not take a look at our Great Christmas Gift Ideas all from local Herefordshire businesses. From amazing experience days to fantastic creative courses and workshops to memorable jewellery and art. Make it a year where you dared to be different.
CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIASTS
A very SPECIAL GIFT for any CLASSIC CAR lover, the chance to drive a Morgan Plus 4, Alfa Romeo Spider or a fabulous MGB Roadster. Let them experience the stunning scenery of Herefordshire and the Welsh Marches, the Malvern Hills, Wye Valley or the Cotswolds, from behind the wheel of an iconic classic car.
Take to the open road and create some super memories with Orchard Classic Car Hire.
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Rug making, painting, drawing, printing, creating textiles, upholstery or the art of perfumery. Fantastic courses that will inspire the creatives in your life.
Gift vouchers are available for Marianne’s fun and inspiring one day art courses taking place during 2019.
Courses are £62.00
Vouchers can be purchased directly from Marianne or via the website
Lucy Brodie – Huntlands Farm
Gift vouchers are available for Lucy’s fantastic upholstery courses, they are very popular and booked up quickly. Weekend and full week courses are available.
Vouchers can be purchased directly from Lucy Brodie or via the website
Ginn’s Creative Workshops
Ginn’s creative workshops and school of sewing is based in north Herefordshire and is a popular creative break. Workshops include painting & drawing, hand block printing, transfer printing on fabric, sewing tasters, upcycling and altering clothes. Make simple bunting or something more advanced, its great family fun.
Vouchers are available from £20 upwards and can be used to pay towards or to pay in full, for one of Ginn’s courses. Personalised vouchers can be sent out by post
E: email@example.com W: www.ginnscreativeworkshops.co.uk
Make your own unique shaggy raggy rug to personalise your home.
Vouchers are available for Jenni’s 2019 one day and weekend rag making workshops which must be booked directly. Jenni’s book MORE RAG RUGS & Recycled Textile Projects and DVD Rag Rug Workshop make fabulous gifts too.
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.jenniragrugs.com
The fascinating world of herbs and their uses is revealed, to open your eyes to your hedgerows and beyond. Rowan offers personalised vouchers for her popular herbal courses including the art of natural perfumery for 2019 dates.
E: email@example.com W: www.rowanmconegal.co.uk/botanical
Hereford College of Art Christmas Workshops
Join HCA for Christmas creativity in their specialist workshops. Their inspiring staff will encourage you to let your imagination sparkle as you design and make your very own Christmas products to gift, or keep and enjoy for years to come. Choose to make hand printed Christmas cards, glass decorations or jewellery, a great pre-Christmas treat for family, friends or for you to indulge in.
Castle House Hotel
Festive Wreathmaking Workshops – 12th, 13th and 14th December 2018
Debbie Coplans owns The Hibiscus Room, one of Herefordshire’s most innovative and talented florists. She creates beautiful floral themes for weddings, private parties and functions all over the country. She will demonstrate how to create a festive wreath for a door or table, or perhaps a garland for a mantelpiece or bannisters. Using fresh foliage, berries, cones and fresh winter flowers, Debbie will guide you through the process so you have something beautiful to take home. Always fun, the workshop and festive lunch is especially enjoyable to do with a group of friends.
CIDER, BEER & JUICE GIFT PACKS
Herefordshire is a county filled with fantastic artisan drinks producers. Christmas gift packs are always a popular choice and make the perfect present. Please check individual websites below for choice and availability.
BREAD MAKING WORKSHOPS
From crunchy ciabatta to a savoury sourdough or perfect pastries, Peter Cook’s Bread workshops are an excellent gift for those with a passion for baking. A wonderful day of flour-filled fun, great for beginners or perfectionists.
TOUR OF BRITISH CASSIS
The perfect cocktail ingredient, award winning British Cassis is made on the wonderful Whittern Estate in Herefordshire. This fabulous ‘Meet the Maker’ experience lets you explore the estate, shows you how to make the blackcurrant beverage in their cassisery and you even get a chance to hand-bottle your own.
Or just buy a beautifully packaged bottle as a gift from their online shop.
AMAZING ACTIVITY EXPERIENCES FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Looking for a unique Christmas gift to enjoy together or to club together to buy an experience for? How about Llama trekking, pottery or some exciting outdoor activities like paint balling or quad biking?
Set quaintly on the Eastnor Castle estate, this is creative fun for all.
Vouchers are available from £20 upwards for the opportunity to make a single pot on the potter’s wheel, paint it and then leave it with Eastnor Pottery to fire and glaze ready for collection one month later. A days potter’s wheel workshop (lunch inc) is £130 or a weekend for £240.
Golden Valley Llamas
Walk with, pet, feed and groom the llamas in Herefordshire’s beautiful Gloden Valley. A llama trekking gift voucher is a brilliant experience present for family or friends. Dare to be different.
Oaker Wood Leisure
Planning a big group gathering? Go for a day or book the glamping village. Oaker Wood Leisure offers a range of activities from paintballing, quad bike trekking, raft building, clay pigeon shooting, low rope assault course, high ropes, target shooting, and a one day course on how to build your own pizza oven. They also offer Activity Days for children and teens in School Holidays.
Vouchers are available for Children’s Activities and Pizza Oven Courses
Run around the Herefordshire woods on a fun-packed session with family, friends or your work team.
Vouchers are available for paintballing, laser tag, archery, air gun shooting and clay shooting.
For the nature lovers in your life, how about an annual membership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.
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HAMPER & FOOD GIFT BOXES
What about some delicious treats for the favourite foodie in your life?
Field Fayre – The Organic Store
This Ross-on-Wye High Street destination can make up your own personal gift box for Christmas and choose from a fantastic range of organic products.
Oakchurch Farm Shop & Garden Centre
Choose from a wonderful selection of delectable hampers brimming with excellent home produce that will tantalise the taste buds, or create your own from their shelves of artisan and gourmet goodies.
VINTAGE AFTERNOON TEA
This wonderful indulgent treat is one which will create lasting memories. The gift of a sumptuous vintage afternoon tea is all about decadence and sharing it with someone special.
Aylestone Court Hotel
On the edge of Hereford City with handy free parking Aylestone Court Hotel take daily bookings for Afternoon Tea, where a bespoke range of handmade miniature sandwiches, scones, cakes and other treats are served on pretty tiered cake stands in their beautiful Georgian dining room. Special requirements happily catered for.
Holloways Glasshouse Café
Sit in the beautiful surrounding of Holloways near Suckley and enjoy a selection of homemade cakes, scones, biscuits and an extensive range of traditional and herbal teas. Or if you prefer add some bubbles to your old-fashioned Afternoon Tea to celebrate those special occasions a delicious bottle of Prosecco may be added..
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Trumpet Tearooms & Gallery
Enjoy this hidden location on the Trumpet crossroads between Hereford and Ledbury. Offering delightful vintage Afternoon Teas and cream teas with a scrumptious choice of cakes and sandwiches in a tearoom setting. Vouchers can be purchased in denominations of £5.00, £10.00 and £20.00 and may be used for any food in the tearoom. Call or email the tearoom to purchase.
Castle House Hotel
A boutique treat at this Hereford City waterside venue. Vouchers can be purchased as a special Christmas gift for elegant Afternoon Tea, lunch or dinner or for one of the hotel’s events.
The Chase Hotel
This Regency hotel in Ross on Wye offers vouchers which may be purchased for Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, or a traditional Sunday lunch.
GIFTS FOR GREEN FINGERS & GARDEN LOVERS
Keep the garden lovers in your life happy with an annual subscription to some of the most beautiful gardens and houses in Herefordshire. Or how about a gift card towards some fabulous plants, seeds or pots.
The Laskett Gardens
Vouchers are available for the 2019 season. The gardens will be open for either a morning or afternoon visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 30th April and 26th September. Date and time to be arranged to suit. £12pp or multiples thereof. Email for more details.
Brobury House and Gardens
One of Herefordshire’s beautiful gardens that is open all year round, an Annual Subscription Gift Voucher allows the recipient to visit as many times as they wish for a whole year. Great value at £30.00.
Radway Bridge Garden Centre
Money cards make excellent gifts and are available in any denominations to then be used in store. Radway also offer National Garden Gift Vouchers supported by the HTA.
Newent Plant Centre
Up to 20% saving with garden vouchers purchased for Christmas gifts which can be used in 2019. Call for more details.
For the trend setters, treasure lovers and those who want to make a statement, John McKellar has the most beautiful collection of designer, handmade platinum, silver and gold jewellery. The shop is also happy to run a Christmas list so if you have a partner or friend who is not sure what to buy for you, you can pop in pick some pieces and the shop will show them your list when the purchaser comes shopping. The nice thing is you’ll still have a lovely surprise on Christmas day.
ELEGANT ART, CRAFTS, BOOKS & DVDs
Old Chapel Gallery
In beautiful Pembridge, Old Chapel Gallery sources the best in handmade British contemporary fine arts & crafts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and more made by both emerging and established artists and makers. Gift vouchers can be purchased online..
Herefordshire Life Through a Lens
For the person with a passion for Herefordshire history, these documentary film DVDs are perfect. Herefordshire Life Through a Lens: Stories from the Hop Yards, Chewing the Cud: Memories from Hereford’s Old Livestock Market and The Close in Living Memory: Hereford Cathedral Close memories are fantastic stocking fillers and can be purchased directly from the website.
In its unique Bookery location deep in Herefordshire’s Mortimer Country, Aardvark is packed with secondhand literature of all kinds. Get lost in the rafts of shelves or order online and find that long lost hidden gem.
DISCOUNTS ON GREAT PLACES TO STAY THIS CHRISTMAS
Book a festive break at Discover Parks, a unique collection of Five Star standard Holiday Home and Touring Parks in Herefordshire and the Welsh border. Book using discount code ESL2018 at Discover Parks and receive 10% off your stay when you book before 31st March 2019.
Rent My House
Rent My House are offering 10% off for any Herefordshire residents booking accommodation for their family and friends. Just quote code WB10