With sustainability on the top of everyone's minds and some supply chain issues, why not buy something locally and take the stress out of shopping?
Our Market Towns
Make Christmas easy by shopping in your local market town. Buckinghamshire has many to choose from and they all have a mixture of independent local retailers and big brands with many holding Christmas markets too. With a rather low key Christmas last year, our town centres are eager to make up for it this year with extra events and incentives to shop local. It's a greener option too!
Going to a Christmas market is an essential part of the run up to the big day. Waddesdon will be running its traditional wooden chalet market in front of the manor for you to stock up on presents and enjoy some festive nibbles and drinks as you shop. They'll be over 80 stalls with many handmade gifts and you can enjoy the lights and soak up the Christmas vibes at the same time. The market is on until Dec 23rd but the Winter Light show is continuing until 23rd January, with a new light show on the parterre. The online shop at Waddesdon is also a great place to find lovely gifts and souvenirs of the Manor and Estate. Aylesbury Christmas Craft & Gift Fair will be taking place on Sun 5th December with plenty of stalls in the Market Square, surrounded by festive decorations to get you in the holiday mood. Chiltern Open Air Museum are holding a Christmas weekend on 4th and 5th too. You can shop at their small Christmas market, meet costumed inhabitants in their historic buildings and learn about how Christmas was celebrated in the past. Mental health charity Lindengate is holding an illuminated night walk and nature trail which includes gift stalls as well as refreshements and entertainment. Pick up a lovely handmade gift and support the charity at the same time.
Know someone who is a bit of a thrill seeker? Buy them a voucher to swing from the treetops with Go Ape. You can find Go Ape in either Wendover Woods or Black Park Country Park, a brilliant gift for someone who is a bit of an adrenalin junkie! Or if know someone who would want to soar even higher, look no further than Finest Hour Experiences. Choose from a flying lesson where you will fly over the stunning Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire countyside, or just enjoy being a passenger and taking a tour along the majestic Thames. Chiltern Trike Tours are selling vouchers for their adventures around the Chilterns. Their Boom Trike takes two passengers and the driver who will chauffeur you through the stunning countryside with stop offs at local producers like distilleries and breweries, locations from TV shows or windmills and steam railways. You can request a bespoke tour to include your or the gift recipient's interests for a truly personal experience. Got a piggy lover? Well a trip to Kew Little Pigs is the gift for them! Enjoy time cuddling, tickling and brushing micropigs as well as learning about how Kew Little Pig’s look after them and how some are even film stars! If none of the above tickles your fancy, then why not find something completely and truly unique? Corzo and Wood, based in Claydon Courtyard create beautiful handcrafted silver jewellery and run courses where you can create your own pieces, including bracelets, rings and even tiaras. You can also pick up your Christmas tree, grown in the Highlands of Scotland, at Claydon Courtyard.
If you know someone who deserves a break then Buckinghamshire has a variety of fabulous spas and spa treatments to choose from. Sitting on the outskirts of Marlow is the delightful Danesfield House Hotel & Spa. Find the right treatment for your loved this Christmas with a selection of relaxing options from Danesfield’s Illumanti Spa. Hartwell House is one of the very few National Trust properties that you can actually stay in. As well as beautiful views and extensive parkland, you can find their stunning spa which is the perfect place to relax. Choose from a variety of different treatments including aromatherapy, manicures and massages.Cliveden House which is just outside Maidenhead also has a luxury spa to unwind in. Behind their walled garden you can find both an inside and outside pool, along with hot tubs and relaxations rooms. Spoil them with a selection of treatments from one offs, overnight stays and day retreats!
Christmas Food Gifts
Orchard View Farm is the perfect spot to find wonderful gifts for foodies. The farm shop is packed with Christmas goodies, many locally produced, as well as an award-winning butchery so you can stock up for yourself whilst you're there. Why not stop by for a delicious homemade lunch, including Christmas menu, and browse for gifts at the same time? Who doesn't love a chocolate stocking filler or Christmassy themed treat? Rumsey's Chocolates in Thame and Wendover have a lovely selection of Christmas gifts such as chocolate snowmen, Christmas trees and Santas and you can also order online. With over 15 years experience, you'll be getting a delicious high quality product that is sure to please the most tricky of recipients.
If you want to shop locally and give them a gift they are sure to love, choose from one of our many breweries, vineyards or distilleries. You can choose from a variety of brilliant boozy gifts including Daws Hill's award-winning fizz and Puddingstone Distillery’s Campfire Gin and their Pud Pud Christmas gin which was voted Best Christmas Gin in The Telegraph. If beer is more their thing, then you can buy a variety of ales or special hampers from Malt The Brewery, a selection of beers from Buckinghamshire’s zero waste brewery, Bucks Star or try something from the Chilterns oldest independent brewery, The Chiltern Brewery.