Hampshire Independent Gift Guide Christmas 2020

Hampshire Independent Gift Guide Christmas 2020

This is my very first Hampshire Independent Gift Guide, bringing you a round up of incredible local independent businesses from across the county.

Everything on this guide can be bought online, helping you work around restrictions and get that all important Christmas shopping done. Not even a pandemic can stop the spread of Christmas cheer. I’ve heard it’s spread by singing loud and clear. đŸ˜‰

Oh yeah, and you’ll be supporting amazing local producers, creators and makers keeping creativity and retail diversity alive in Hampshire.

It’s really powerful that your Christmas shopping can also help your local community…

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The #KitForYourTrip Christmas Gift Guide 2020

The #KitForYourTrip Christmas Gift Guide 2020

The #KitForYourTrip Christmas Gift Guide 2020 is here to help you find the best and most useful travel products to gift.

Lots of these gift ideas will make great suggestions for avid travellers and people spending time outdoors. There’s nothing quite like a useful and thoughtful gift. Plus, all of these items can be found online, to make shopping in the middle of a pandemic that little bit easier.

Here’s some of my favourite bits of kit to inspire your gift giving this year.

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Hampshire Travel Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Hampshire Travel Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This Hampshire Travel Christmas Gift Guide 2020 is here to help you find the best experiential gifts for the travel lovers in your life.

This guide will help you navigate shopping local and online this festive season because let’s face it, the majority of shopping is going to be done from home. Weirdest year ever, right?

Supporting local businesses, creators, causes, charities and institutions is particularly important this year so they are all still there, once the pandemic is under control. Supporting them will ensure our towns and cities stay diverse fun places to explore.

Here’s some of my favourite local travel experiences to inspire your gift giving this year.

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Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020 is here to help you navigate shopping local and online this festive season.

The majority of shopping this year looks like it will have to be done online or planned for the future.

Supporting local businesses and creators is particularly important this year, more than ever, as we all try and find our way through the challenges the pandemic presents.

But, will us Brits let is dampen our Christmas spirit? Hell no, I hear you cry, especially not when it comes to the food and fizz. We’re resilient creatives who, by hook or by crook, will spread some festive cheer thanks to the modern wonder of online ordering.

Here’s some of my favourite local food and drink to give you some gift ideas this year.

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Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist

Did 2020 topple your travel plans? Me too, don’t worry, I’ve got something that will keep that wanderlust at bay and have you exploring the many wonders of the UK in no time!

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist is the answer to all of my travel woes of 2020 and 2021 (maybe longer, let’s not jinx it!). And, it is providing much needed inspiration in the darkness of ‘uncertain times’.

Live in the UK? Take a look at why this book might help bring some direction to your travel plans for the foreseeable future.

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The Winter Garden at Mottisfont in Romsey

The Winter Garden at Mottisfont in Romsey

Travel, exploring and discovering something completely new comes in so many different forms. You don’t have to go far to find a little bit of everyday magic.

A garden that comes to life in the depths of winter is something really special. The winter garden at Mottisfont in Romsey was full of bright, colourful plants that could brighten up even the dullest day!

Getting some fresh air, stretching my legs and admiring the beautiful plants in bloom was a great way to brighten up January.

Take a look…

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Christmas at Mottisfont in Romsey

Christmas at Mottisfont in Romsey

There’s nothing quite like catching the last of the Christmas feels just before Twelfth Night!

Just because the festivities are over doesn’t mean you have to be done with all those gorgeous decorations and twinkly lights.

I’m loving making the most of my National Trust membership and ticking some local travel hotspots off my bucket list!

Take a look around the gorgeous estate at Mottisfont in Romsey. It embraced a Flower Fairy theme to celebrate Christmas and bring a touch of the beautiful gardens and a bit of fairy magic to the inside of the house.

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How to make a Christmas snowflake jingle bell garland

How to make a Christmas snowflake jingle bell garland

In this ‘how to’ creation I’ve embraced this year’s resurgence of the macrame trend and mashed it up with Christmas for a festive make.

I hope you like this festive creation from my brain, once you have the individual bits it’s relatively quick to put together.

The knotting of the macrame garland is the bit that takes the most time though.

I gave these as gifts this Christmas and some have been hung up and others put on Christmas trees as alternative tinsel decorations.

Here’s a step by step guide if you fancy making your own…

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Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

An alternative belated Merry Christmas from me to you…

Typical, I had a message prepared and then I went and caught THAT bug that’s been going around which stopped me from posting it.

And, I’m actually really pleased it did. It was just too darn fluffy and not realistic, so here’s a shortened re-worked edit for all of you in chrimbo limbo out there.

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