Christmas! You’re either an early buyer or a last-minute purchaser. Either way I’m here to make your Christmas present buying a whole lot easier. I’ve prepared a list of gifts for all your family members and what’s even better is that each of these gifts will have been made in Wales. Although I love handing over a wrapped item I’m starting to feel that the memory of an experience lasts a whole lot longer than that dancing llama that won’t shut up so I’ve also included some bucket list options too. Click on the title for each product/ experience to go straight to the website page and don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Gifts for Baby
This is my go-to present for all my friend’s babies. Bring some technicolour into your home with this gorgeous rainbow pram blanket in pure new wool. Specifically designed to cover baby in a pram, buggy or a moses basket, the bright array of colours will look great! Comes boxed (£23.99 – I might be wrong but with your first order you can get an extra 15% off).
The first singing Welsh toy in the World. Join Y Seren Swynol ™ on its magical journey through “Cwm Rhyd y Rhosyn” where you will discover many wonders with Dafydd Iwan and Edward as you sing along to the following ever popular Welsh nursery rhymes from the famous Welsh album. You will find 5 colourful buttons on the star which will lead you to one of the songs (£24).
This company are based in the foothills of Snowdonia, manufacturing and producing some of the highest quality and most eco-friendly, low plastic, palm-oil free, bubbles in the whole world. They’ve also won awards for sustainability (£19.99).
Timberkits vary in difficult from beginner to expert. You’ll see that I’ve added one below for grandad as it’s my usual stocking filler for my dad. Timberkits are a great way to explore the magic of movement by creating characters, creatures and contraptions with different themes and ability levels. They’re a family firm who have been running since 1993 and are based in mid Wales (£9.75).
These beautiful Welsh girls are handmade in South Wales. Each doll is wearing a carefully hand crafted traditional Welsh costume complete with skirt, hat, shawl and daffodil. The doll carries the CE Toy Safety label and incorporates traditional welsh fabrics (£45.99).
Suitable for girls, boys and children from the age of three, Zip World have three sites across the north of Wales that offer different activities for different ages. Penrhyn Quarry is the site of the fastest zip wire in the world. If you fancy hurtling along at 100mph this is the place for you. This is also where you’ll find the quarry carts – bear in mind that the child will need to be over 10 for Velocity and 15 for the quarry carts. Further south is Zip World Fforest which has the most activities for younger children. Let them jump on trampolines (60 foot above the ground), zoom through the forest for one kilometre on the coaster or take the zip safari. There’s plenty of other activities at the site to fill a day. Finally, there’s Zip World Caverns home to Titan where you can zip 1890m from half the height of Snowdon, to the world’s only subterranean playground of its kind, Bounce Below, and Caverns, the most incredible underground adventure zip line and adventure course – there is something for everyone in all weathers. Vouchers are available for each activity and are valid for 12 months (prices vary).
The sessions will be run from Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire. The site of the spectacular Blue Lagoon, which also boasts some pretty impressive Jumps! Coasteering is sometimes talked about for its high jumps and although this is a fun and adventurous part of it, it is so much more. It is the ultimate in coastal exploring, an adventure packed way to explore the coast line, caves and marvel at the beauty from a different perspective (£40).
Join us on one of our Chocolate Making and Decorating Experiences where you’ll get the opportunity to make and decorate three types of chocolate. A fun chocolate experience for all ages, participants will make and decorate chocolate bars, shards and buttons. You’ll produce surprisingly professional results and take home delicious and stylishly packaged chocolate (1.5 hours – £15).
Unlike other Welsh Gold Jewellery makers who manufacture abroad, Cymru Gold produce their original designs almost exclusively by hand in their Welsh workshops in North Wales. These earrings have been designed from a photograph of the Snowdon mountain range and transformed by computer CadCam into a 3D master which is then produced in gold. Here the Snowdon mountain range is reproduced as a miniature exact copy in gleaming Cymru Welsh Rose Gold and set against a teardrop of yellow gold “sky” to produce innovative earrings. Because of the rarity of Welsh Gold their main range contains a stated quantity of between 1-10% of Pure Welsh Gold in our Cymru Gold alloys (£299).
Fern make elegant welsh woollen shawls to keep you warm and cosy with a hint of tradition and a burst of colour. Keep it in the car, take it on the beach, or slip it on discreetly for evening drinks on the patio – or simply wear it in town. Each shawl comes with its own bag to keep it clean and ready for use (£124 for the shawl in the photo).
Imagine, craft and distil your very own gin with this unique experience for two with the Welsh Wind Distillery. You will be shown how to distil your own gin, to your own recipe, using a wide blend of botanicals at our distillery on the beautiful Welsh coastline of Cardigan Bay. Voucher available if purchasing as a gift (£145).
Handmade in Wales these beautiful footstools are the perfect addition to any home. Packed with country charm these are made of high-quality wood covered with 100% cotton. Full of character they make a perfect gift or a treat for yourself! You can order these direct from Ewemoo and choose the colour however last orders are on 18th November. If you don’t manage to get your order in by then you can order from Nicholls online. Nicholls is a family business set in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Established in 1925, the firm originally sold animal feed, pots, and pans to local farmers who passed through the market town of Crickhowell (£149).
The perfect gift for those in need of a re-balance and boost to their natural energy! This beautiful gift box contains treats blended with rose geranium and grapefruit to offer comfort, bring balance, lift depression and relieve anxiety (£28).
A wild foraging day out for two people in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Perfect for a foodie couple, or those keen to explore and experience something a little different. This truly unique foodie experience culminates in a multi-course dinner using the day’s foraged ingredients, prepared by your expert guide and Michelin trained chef, Matt. A wonderful experience not to be missed (£230).
Ok I agree Chilly aren’t a Welsh brand but having supported Refill in Wales this year I couldn’t not add this bottle onto the list. This bottle keeps your drink hot and cold and you’ll be helping Wales be plastic free by using it. They come in lots of different colours so everyone in the family can get one (£20).
This amazing half hour flight departs from Cardiff heliport and takes in the highlights of the city, flying over the docks, the bay area, the Parliament buildings before heading to Cardiff City Stadium and onto the Principality stadium. Flights take place on certain days from April until October, once you have purchased and received your voucher you can redeem it online and book a date for your flight (£149).
The whisky is a 46% Portwood finish and is a new whisky. It comes in the classic Penderyn bottle to match the rest of the series, and features a description of the final game against Ireland and signatures of the squad, Warren Gatland and the coaching team. (This is a limited bottling which Penderyn will produce only for a certain amount of time before production stops later this year) (£48).
Modern waterproof fabric technology in a classic parka silhouette. The Triumph is a fully tape-seamed waterproof jacket that wears its tech on the outside for all to see. A durable 100% recycled polyester outer with contrasting tape to keep the rain out for longer, plus a soft microfleece lining to insulate you throughout the colder seasons. howies have given it a PFC-free waterproof finish that won’t harm you or the environment. This coating offers unrivalled wet weather protection without using any harmful fluorocarbons. For more on howies see socks below (£175).
This hamper includes Elderport, Red Onion Chutney and two local Welsh cheeses from Caws Cenarth – a lovely gift for the port and cheese lover in your life (£27).
An expert guided half day of bass lure angling along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. A truly unique experience and the perfect experience for any fishing enthusiast (£100).
Casual crew length sock made from warm Merino wool. howies is an independent active clothing company based in West Wales, owned and run by its employees. Their award-winning men’s and women’s clothing is ethically produced using organic, recycled or natural fabrics wherever possible (£35).
This humorous model is a great gift for anyone who enjoys making things, but I think it would be an even better gift for a dentist. You can also buy it as a ready-made model (£45).
Experience the inner workings of the 74,000-seater stadium and see where the Welsh Rugby Team battle against opponents from across the globe and where the football titans of Europe fought for the 2017 Champions League Trophy (£13.75 per adult).
Christmas hamper handmade Welsh food and drink, including sparkling wines, award-winning liqueurs and a range of delicious chutneys (£85).
The perfect gift for a food lover, a One Mile Bakery Gift Voucher is a delicious foodie treat. These beautifully presented vouchers can be redeemed against all baking and cookery classes held at One Mile Bakery Cardiff and make a brilliant gift. Treat a loved one to a fun and inspirational cookery class including a delicious two-course lunch and a glass of wine. Classes include Scandi Baking, Introduction to Sourdough, Introduction to Bread Baking, Teatime Treats, Italian Baking, Breads of the World and many, many more (£135).
The perfect gift for anyone who likes to kick back and indulge in a deeply meaningful date with their duvet. This beautiful gift box contains 100% natural treats that exude comfort and relaxation, encouraging a great night’s rest (£28).
(9 December 2020 – 16 January 2021). Why go to the West End when all the big shows some to Cardiff. It might be a long time away yet but if you book now you can get the best seats. Combine with a pre-theatre meal in Cardiff Bay and this will definitely be an opera-tunity (get it!) to dress up. (At print tickets hadn’t been released).
This isn’t a Welsh company but with access to so many beautiful Welsh sites such as Stackpole, Bodnant Garden and Powis Castle plus parking included at beautiful National Trust beaches in Pembrokeshire I think it’s a really nice gift. Many of the sites organise special events through the year so even if your family member has been once there’ll always be a different exhibition on to keep them interested (£6 per month per adult. Other offers available).
Our ‘Nadolig Llawen’ Welsh Christmas chocolate bars contain 43% rich milk chocolate with a dusting of white snow flurries (£2.99).
Large milk chocolate Welsh love spoon made with moreish milk chocolate from Wickedly Welsh. An iconic symbol of love with a delicious twist. The perfect uniquely Welsh gift for a loved one (£4.49).
All the greatness of Barti Spiced in a miniature bottle! The perfect unique gift for a rum lover, or the adventurous foodie (£5.75).
Handmade Dad’s drink coaster from Welsh slate. The coaster has been oiled and has black foam underneath. Can also be personalised. Grasi is a family run company. All their products are handmade in their workshop using the finest slate – Welsh Slate (£10).
100% natural soy candle infused with pure lavender essential oil to create a calm and soothing atmosphere. Part of the Calm Range (£10).
In 1999, Carrie began creating beautifully handmade jewellery in South Wales. Now a leading supplier to independent gift shops across the UK and beyond, Carrie Elspeth operates from a 7,500 sq ft studio warehouse on the outskirts of Cowbridge (a stone’s throw from Carrie’s first studio) (£12.50).
Your answer to that perfect summer glow all year round. Glides on easily and dries instantly to reveal a flawless, natural-looking tan. Can be reapplied for darker results. Organic and natural ingredients leaves skin feeling silky smooth. Tanya Whitebits is an award- winning company providing sunless tan solutions and complimentary products from Porthmadog (£16).
Cotton Bag with Cymru Am Byth design in the style of a vintage tattoo. Cymru Am Byth translates to Wales Forever (£8.95).