The big day is upon us, meaning it's time to seriously start thinking about completing your Christmas shopping; there is nowhere better to fill up your shopping bags than in the New Forest!
Our towns and villages boast unique artisan shops and delightful boutiques, elevating the entire shopping experience! A stroll down our high streets, decked out in Christmas splendour, will immerse you into the Christmas Spirit, offering a magical shopping experience away from nearby cities' usual hustle and bustle.
Image - The Furlong Shopping Centre
Stop by at Burley Fudge if you visit the village of Burley, where you can pick up bags full of delicious artisanal fudge and other confectionary, you'll be able to find something for everyone on your Christmas list! Or, for a choice of well-known high street brands and some local companies too, head to The Furlong in Ringwood, where you'll find the likes of Sweaty Betty, Fat Face, Whistles and The White Company.
Image - Burley Fudge Shop
Local garden centres and farm shops are some of the top locations for a full festive experience and the best places to pick up local products as special gifts. Head down to Fairweather's Garden Centre in Beaulieu for an explosion of Christmas décor and gifts, and you don't want to miss a visit to Hockey's Farm Shop or Sunnyfields Farm Shop either!
For other great options for places to purchase exceptional gifts, our local attractions have gift shops with an extensive choice of toys, clothes, memorabilia and more. Or you can order online from local shops, including award-winning New Forest Shortbread.
Image - Fairweather's Garden Centre
Make sure you buy and use a Go New Forest Card when shopping in the New Forest, as you can make some fantastic savings at all the local shops that offer discounts for cardholders! And for 2024, the card has gone digital, so you will always have your card at your fingertips via your mobile wallet!
Image - Go New Forest Card
Shopping locally has many benefits, which makes a big difference in keeping our high streets thriving. At Christmas time, it transforms into an enjoyable festive day of present buying. There really is a therapeutic quality to wandering through the festive streets whilst uncovering hidden treasures that make perfect gifts, ticking off your present-buying list.
Happy Christmas shopping!