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Sussex gift guide

Shop local - in most cases online too - with our edit of present ideas from Sussex-born businesses covering food, fashion, kids and home

FOOD & DRINK

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Gin twist

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A gin that’s so uniquely Sussex that it’s made from carefully foraged ingredients from beach and Downs. The Hedgerow Gin is the autumnal version, or go classic with the Sussex Dry Gin. Both are from £6 – £38. Pick up a bottle by appointment from Slake’s Shoreham-by-Sea distillery, or one of the Sussex stockists listed on the site, or order online.

slakespirits.com 

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Fine and foraged

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Another foraging-inspired local business with a unique set of presents for foodies. Hedgewitch is a Lewes-based fine foods company that produces foraged-for preserves, pestos, pickles, vinegars, olive oils, cordials and more, all prettily presented and making the best of seasonal ingredients. Buy from stockists in Brighton, Hove and Lewes, or online.

hedgewitch.me

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Hamper hero

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Pallant of Arundel sells a range of hampers and gift boxes at its shop and online. From the Simply Sussex gift box (pictured) packed with locally produced treats for £40, to the big Pallant Christmas Hamper for £150. Order by Fri 14 if you need it by post with guaranteed pre-Xmas delivery.

pallantofarundel.co.uk

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Wine time

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After a nice wine for a gift or party? Pop into experts South Downs Cellars at Lindfield or Hustpierpoint, or bag a bottle online. Looking for inspiration? See their tips for festive wine matching here.

southdownscellars.co.uk

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KIDS & TEENS

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Board meeting

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Brighton-based skateboard specialist LongboardsUK has a range of cool sizes and designs from retro to cutting edge from around £19.99 up, as well as seperate decks, wheels and trucks. You can even order a custom-made board for that special skater in your life. Buy them in the Oddballs store in Brighton’s North Laine or online.

LongboardsUK

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Fairy Folk 

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Unique and adorable keepsakes for children (or grown ups), Halinka’s Fairies are handmade in Sussex from wrapped wire and special fabrics like silk and vintage evening dresses. The Christmas selection includes Nutcracker characters, angels, mice and Father Christmas and friends. Bring some magic to a child’s room or hang them on the tree each year. £18.80 upwards depending on size.

halinkasfairies.com

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Eco kids

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Horsham-based Muddy Awards finalist KJF Clothing sells eco-friendly clothes with cute designs made from organic cotton and bamboo. It also gives 50% of its profits to charity! Choose from leggings, shorts, rompers, dresses, T-shirts and more. The online shop has closed early for Xmas so get your order in Jan for any little folk you’re seeing later. These bear and dino tops are £13- £16 for babies to 6 years.

kjfclothing.com

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Play time

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Eco-slanted wooden toys, clothes and personalised gifts are available from Worthing shop Harmony at Home and via its website. This fire engine is £32.50 (£37.50 if personalised with a name or message).

shop.harmonyathome.co.uk

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FASHION

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Lip service

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With Sussex roots but available online, The-Bias-Cut.com’s collection champions style for women over 40. Besides clothes, it has a range of original accessories, including scarves, make-up bags, eyes masks and handbags like this fun Bisous applique leather clutch/crossbody bag with detachable strap (£95).

the-bias-cut.com

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Kiss and make-up

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Brighton-based business, Glow Organic, run by a professional make-up artist, sells entirely organic and ethical beauty products. You’ll also find products that tick all the boxes for the vegan in your life. This bamboo Zao makeup eyeshadow palette is natural, refillable, vegan and plastic free for £52. Find more gift ideas here. There are also make-up lessons available to help you get party-ready.

gloworganicbrighton.co.uk

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Christmas sparkle

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Just outside Sussex, with a workshop at Cranleigh, but also available online, Simon Pure’s contemporary jewellery often comes with colourful accents. This stylish Flute necklace (left) in silver with a pink tourmaline or a Swiss blue topaz, is £149. Or maybe you’d like to drop hint about the Crumble bracelet (right), £332, with six assorted blue sapphire and blue topaz.

simonpure.co.uk

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It’s a wrap

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Gabrielle Vary’s geometric designs may be bang up to date but they’re created by hand on vintage knitting machines in softest lambswool. Buy this striking scarf, or browse her wraps, cardigans, ponchos, cushions, throws and baby blankets in multiple pattern and colour choices.

gabriellevary.co.uk/scarves

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Arm candy 

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A good stocking filler for the teen or tween in your life, these bracelets – imported by a Brighton-based business, also help women in a poor area of Mexico into sustainable employment. Choose from a wide range of colours and ‘vibes’ in some branches of Top Shop and via Loula Social, which also offers subscriptions to ‘raise your vibe’ boxes of wellbeing treats.

facebook.com/loulasocial

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HOME

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Love from Portugal

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These ceramic coasters, with a cork base and gold detail (£39) are among homewares hand picked by a Battle-based woman with a love of Portugal. Check out the Lusophile site for rugs, throws, bowls, jugs, preserves, unusual toiletries (donkey milk soap anyone?) and more, many handmade and suitable as gifts.

lusophile.co.uk

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Four-legged friends

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Don’t forget your furry and feathered friends this Christmas. The Pet Shed at Fiveways in Brighton has heaps of lovely gifts for animals of all sorts, including stockings, Kong toys, handmade bowls and this wide range of fetching festive collars.

thepetshedbrighton.co.uk

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Indian stunner

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Trading Boundaries at Sheffield Green has some gorgeous decorations including painted elephants, vibrantly feathered bird ornaments and baubles. The mansion house emporium is a one-stop-shop for all manner of interesting gifts, many imported from India. Think wallets, scarves, candles, lamps, clocks, carved mirrors and much more. You can also shop online.

tradingboundaries.com

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Sitting pretty

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Got an arty friend or relative? Look no further than the Charleston House gift shop, where Bloomsbury group -inspired gifts can be bought online. This Clouds cushion (£59.95) is made to order from Duncan Grant’s 1931 Clouds design fabric. Scarves and ties, prints and ceramics, even a printed deckchair are also available, plus books about the famous artists connected to the house.

charleston.org.uk

 

 

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