Keeping it local - Townsite's Christmas Gift Guide

on 04 December 2017.

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It’s that heart sink time of year when only the very smug are feeling organised and have already ticked most things off their Christmas list. The rest of us gloomily contemplate queueing for parking in overcrowded town centres as the first fingers of panic begin to grip. Luckily, here in Hungerford, we are blessed with the sort of fast-disappearing high street where a great chunk of Christmas shopping can achieved in the space of a few hours. Our independent retailers offer the sort of gifts you won't find replicated in hundreds of other stores up and down the country. Townsite has come up with some sample ideas to whet the appetite and guide the clueless.martin and the magpie

Martin and the Magpie

The magic of Christmas is frequently to be found in the decoration and is not complete without some festive foliage. Martin and the Magpie is as tasteful and competitively priced a florist as you are ever likely to find. The store is beautifully laid out with mistletoe, holly wreaths, hyacinths and sumptuous cut flowers all begging to be taken home. They also stock the top quality soy based Raine & Humble candles and diffusers as well as some great decorations and indoor plants. We all have a weakness for a beautiful bloom and their ready-made bouquets are stunning and entirely affordable. Whether you are looking to brighten the home or for that special gift you cannot fail to be delighted by this gorgeous shop.

  Cooper and Cooper

cooper and cooper In keeping with the tasteful theme of house beautiful, Cooper and Cooper at 1 Church Street is a hub of stylish vintage living, stocking a sought-after range of fine linens for table and bedroom, home-ware, cushions and throws. Other desirable items include glassware, handmade St. Eval candles at the best price I’ve ever seen them, and the wonderful and sometimes hard to find Lampe Berger Paris home fragrance range. The Lampe Berger glass lamps are a thing of beauty and will add that special touch to your home. Other useful seasonal oddments include hand-made glass baubles and hanging decorations. Gorgeous!

The Emporium


Emporium, as the name suggests, has the lot. Antique furniture, vintage, retro, glassware, silverware, china and jewellery can all be found within this attractive 17th Century building. Laid out enticingly over two floors and several rooms, the showroom is an attractive mix of well-lit cabinets and hidden corners, tailor made for lengthy and happy browsing. If you are struggling to find a Christmas gift for that hard to buy for person you will not lack inspiration at the Emporium which has something for everybody, regardless of age, taste or budget.

Below Stairs of Hungerford

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Sticking with the theme of individual and unusual, the way to make sure what you buy is truly unique is to go antique. Below Stairs of Hungerford is a window into a bygone age with its range of early 19th and early 20th Century antiques arranged across five themed showrooms around a charming courtyard. Here there are complete gems, kitchen collectibles, furniture, lighting, door and window fittings and decorative garden items as well as beautiful pieces of silver and brass. Whatever you chose, it's unlikely the recipient of your gift will have one already.

The Hungerford Bookshoop

bookshop hungerford The brilliantly stocked and greatly loved Hungerford Bookshoop has perhaps the most ingenious gift idea of all. A Book for all Seasons is a bespoke subscription scheme where the lucky recipient will receive a book a month for a whole year based on their specific tastes and preferences with free delivery. Over an initial consultation with a coffee or glass of wine, you discuss your areas of interest so the bookshop’s experts can send you the titles which will be of specific appeal - truly a gift which keeps on giving. Should you prefer to select some titles for yourself but are in need of a little guidance, this year the bookshop have some great Christmas suggestions in their online bookshop. Arranged into categories including: children, biography, literary fiction, art, history, sport, nature, comedy and many more this is an indispensable guide which allows you to shop from your armchair.

Libby Blakey Designs

Libby blakey hungerford If you or the person you are buying for are committed to a high design aesthetic, then the natural destination for your Christmas pound has to be Libby Blakey Design. An interiors expert of several decades, Libby’s taste is both informed and whimsical. Among the beautiful items stocked for this Christmas is a great range of ceramics and glassware as well as some very clever remote control faux candles, ravishing mugs with initials on and her usual line in exquisite scarves and carefully selected clothing items. When only the classiest gift will do.

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