In Christmas

The festive season is on the horizon, meaning everyone will have Christmas shopping on their mind at the moment, however this year we are tasked with having to think even harder about what presents to buy and where we’re buying them from, as we currently aren’t able to visit shops.

Which is why, this year more than ever before, it is so important to shop locally and support small businesses. Although we can’t pop to our favourite New Forest retailers at the moment, many of them are operating online, so we can still buy fantastic local products for our friends, family and colleagues!

From clothes, sweet treats, homeware, flowers, hampers and gift vouchers, there a huge range of products you can buy online from local businesses – there will certainly be something for everyone. And shopping locally always makes gift giving and receiving even more special, as you just know that large amounts of love, care and quality have gone into creating the products being gifted.

Find out lots of businesses who are operating their shops online on our website. Including gorgeous clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories from local shop based in Lyndhurst, Sofikas, or perhaps you have an active family member or friend, if so, take a look at the great range of products on The New Forest Paddle Sport Company’s and The Woods Cyclery’s online shop. New Forest Heritage Centre have an online shop with a great selection of gifts, including toys, games, hooded sweatshirts, guides and even den kits for home.

Treat someone to the most beautiful homeware and keepsakes from The Rockingham Arms’ online shop, they also sell candles, soaps, hand creams, bags and more! Another local business that sells brilliant health and beauty products is Lindsay Knight Neal’s Yard Remedies. Unique Retail is a fantastic local retailer that is operating online, selling lots of handmade gifts

For foodies, there are lots of options! If they have a sweet tooth, how about a box (or 3) of Burley Fudge’s delicious handmade fudge. Or for those that love a drink, Ringwood Brewery have an online shop, where you can buy their popular ales and lots of other merchandise. Did you know that Bombay Sapphire Distillery is also located just outside of the New Forest? They have a great online shop too! Or for something a little different, give with gift of tea this year, with brilliant products from Tips and Leaves. For the ultimate food and drink gift, how about a hamper full of mouthwatering local products from The Forest Foodie? From jams and chutneys to locally made chocolates and shortbread. They also have lots of gift hampers that include local wines and other tipples.

You can even get beautiful personalised gifts, that are made locally too. Have a look at the lovely products available to personalise and buy from EdgeInspired, based in Ringwood, and get someone an extra special gift this Christmas! Or make something with lots of top quality crafts and supplies from Emerald Crafts.

Gift vouchers are also a fantastic present idea too, there are lots of gift vouchers available from New Forest businesses, from hotels, pubs, attractions, shops and more! Afternoon Tea is always a good choice for a gift voucher, or how about a gift voucher for a canoeing experience on Beaulieu River, or a day out at a local visitor attraction?! You could even treat a special couple to a date night at a lovely country pub or restaurant in the New Forest.

Remember that you can save on your online Christmas shopping with a Go New Forest Card! Our 2021 Go New Forest Card will be Buy 1 Get 1 Free from 1 – 31 December – or if you want to get your Christmas shopping done earlier, our 2020 Go New Forest Card is currently half price until 30 November and is valid until 31 December 2020. Meaning just £5 is giving you access to lots of incredible offers and discounts from local retailers who are selling their wonderful products online. Find all online retailer offers on our Go New Forest Card website.

Keep an eye out too for amazing local virtual Christmas Markets from locations in the forest, such as Lyndhurst & Emery Down’s virtual Christmas Market – showcasing some of the brilliant retailers of these villages, making it easy for you to find local businesses you can buy online from!

If you need some more inspiration about local New Forest retailers that are operating an online shop, a good way to get some ideas is by asking your neighbours in the New Forest, or your family and friends that live locally, they'll give you get lots of ideas and will help you find out even more great shops to buy your presents from online this year.

Support our local businesses in the New Forest this Christmas. 

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