After the year we’ve had (and are still having…) more of us than ever have re-tuned into the value of community and decided to step away from Amazon and support our local businesses where we can this Christmas.
We’ve got a selection of the very best Cheshire has to offer – from food and drink to treat yourself to and give as amazing gifts to unique artwork, beautiful jewellery, homeware and more. We’ve been amazed to discover what’s on offer right here on our doorstep and have only included those we really, really love – the quality of the products is second to none, they’re unique, made with love and reasonably priced. Better still, it’s been a pleasure to deal with all these providers when putting this Guide together, so you really are helping good people earn a living in these difficult times. To use a quote I’ve seen on social media (please let me know who to credit if you know!) –
“When you buy from a small business you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college.” ❤️
All of the businesses listed have online shops so you can purchase from the comfort of your sofa – happy shopping!!!
We’ve got a whole section dedicated to Christmas in Cheshire here.
FOOD AND DRINK
We’ve pulled together some of the most delicious food and drink offerings made right here in Cheshire – you can’t go far wrong gifting something delicious, and they’ll make your own Christmas fare that little bit more special. Step away from Sainsbury’s and spread a bit of Christmas cheer all round by shopping small and local this Christmas if you can!
🎁 Haughton Honey
100% pure honey as nature intended produced right here in Cheshire!
Haughton Honey was founded by a local bee farmer who wanted to produce something pure and natural but also fun! He combined his love of nature and the outdoors with his love of food and began producing top grade, natural honey using nectar from our national flowers. Celebrating English bee farmers, Haughton Honey comes from the meadows, trees, farmland and gardens across the English countryside.
With traces of dandelion, chestnut, lime, clover, blackberry and other wildflowers, Haughton Honey’s raw honey is cold extracted and coarse filtered to protect the natural enzymes and proteins that make English honey so special. It’s Spring and Summer in a jar! They also offer CBD infused honey.
Haughton Honey would make a really lovely, unusual gift for any sweet toothed friend or family member in your life. We’re going to be treating honey lover Nanny Mumbler to a jar this year!
Sam Joseph is a high quality Chocolatier based at Altrincham Market and The Picturedrome, Macclesfield. They specialise in Handmade Chocolate, Truffles, Bars and Desserts which are made daily on site using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
Sam’s kitchens are in the markets themselves, so you can actually see your treats being made, and chat to the chocolatiers as they create their artisan delights.
Their exquisite chocolate truffles – dark, milk, white, salted caramel and hazelnut praline – make gorgeous gifts for any special occasions and are the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. You can order from the comfort of your sofa and wait for them to be delivered to your door. We’re huge Sam Joseph fans at Mumbler – their chocolate is second to NONE and we’ll definitely be stocking up this Christmas (and not just for ourselves)….
The Edge Gin is a Cheshire based distillery inspired by the wizard of Alderley Edge. Owned by husband and wife team Clare and Mike, they run every part of their small batch Cheshire based distillery themselves. They have two column head stills called Merlin and Arthur which produce 80 bottles per run.
When you walk around Alderley Edge, you can really feel the magical history of the area. There’s a carving of the wizard’s face and an inscription which reads ‘Drink of this and take thy fill for the water falls by the Wizard’s will’. That inscription features on the Gin’s bottle (with a change from water to Gin… naturally!) The wizard’s face also appears on the front of the bottle as a green man… something magical that not everyone sees.
Clare and Mike don’t add sugar or sweeteners to their Gins, just natural botanical goodness. Their signature botanical “Wolfberry” (aka Goji Berry) makes the gin sublimely smooth and moreish.
Their Gin range features London Dry Gin, L’Orange Gin and Pear Gin. Using their London dry Gin recipe, they add an abundance of orange zest or dehydrated pears to flavour their L’orange Gin or Pear Gin, which still allows the Juniper to shine through.
They also make a lovely selection of Liqueurs, and a very delicious Mulled Pear Gin cocktail. We’re going to be stocking up for our Christmas parties (even if theres only us in attendance!)
For something really special, check out their range of Gift boxes, chocolates, branded glasses & mugs.
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The Tea Cabinet is a tea lover’s dream! For almost a decade, Charlotte who owns the business worked with her father, James, proprietor of Tea From The Manor, before launching her own business, The Tea Cabinet. Charlotte still works alongside James using Tea From The Manor’s wonderful tea in all her products.
The Tea Cabinet has an online emporium which sells the most gorgeous tea- based gifts – from all singing tea hampers (which include a stainless steel/glass teapot with an integrated infuser, loose leaf tea of your choice, Christmas deer candle holder and sparkly tea light) to tea selection boxes and their lovely ‘Hug in a Mug’ which would make fantastic stocking fillers. To cheer you all up (because Lockdown 2.0 is miserable) Charlotte is giving you free shipping on all items until 2nd December 2020! Click here to visit the Emporium.
To spread the tea love even further, why not gift a monthly subscription? The lucky recipient will receive a Tea Of The Month, exclusive access to the Members Area of the the website, monthly tea video, 5% off Tea From The Manor Products and free postage to the UK. A fantastic gift for anyone serious about their tea, and something for them to really look forward to each month.
Charlotte is also holding The Tea Cabinet Masterclasses over zoom, which will be on sale from Saturday (21st Nov 2020).
The Masterclasses will be held on Saturday 19th December at 3pm and Sunday 27th December at 3pm.The Masterclass is a tea 101, covering all the basics:
Three Wrens is a multi-award winning boutique distillery based right here in Cheshire. Master distiller and owner, Nick, spent 20 years in the drinks & spirits industry starting off as an award winning mixologist in Manchester, running high end bars and competing in cocktail competitions all over the world. Nick harboured a long standing ambition to create his own brand of gin and finally took the plunge to open the Three Wrens distillery in August 2019.
Three wrens make a range of gins that are truly different, including three ‘world firsts’
Apple Crumble Gin 40% abv – Gold medal winner 2020 world gin awards, Great British Food Award winner 2020 (we’ll definitely be trying this!!)
Three Wrens Raspberry Modena Gin 41.3% abv, The worlds first gin to be rested in ex-balsamic casks of Modena, Italy. IWSC medal winner 2020
Three Wrens Bison Grass Gin 41.5% abv, The worlds first gin distilled and infused with the mythical sweet grass ‘Hierochloe Odorata’ that they have grown from seed in Cholmondeley! Brand new!
The team @ Three Wrens will be working hard as usual during lockdown, distilling every day and fulfilling orders through their online shop – click here
Three Wrens have a huge range of gift options for the gin lover in your life!! Treat them to a straight up bottle of one of their award winning gins – add a bespoke gin glass and garnish pouch to make it really special – or, for a real treat, choose one of their luxury hampers or ‘Rescue Boxes’. If you prefer to gift an ‘experience’ one of their distilling workshop vouchers would be perfect. Check it out here.
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Weetwood is a multi-award-winning, independent brewery and distillery based in the heart of Cheshire near Tarporley. They brew a range of ales and lagers and distil their own spirits from grain on their purpose built, sustainable site.
This year, in response to demand for high quality, authentic, locally-produced drinks delivered directly to consumers’ doors, they started their Home Delivery Service – they deliver full-case orders of at least £40 for free on weekdays, anywhere in Cheshire and surrounding areas.
Weetwood’s cases of pale ales, golden ales, traditional bitters and porters would make a fantastic gift for any ale lover in your life – they get rave reviews as well as the Mr Mumbler seal of approval – praise indeed! We always gift Grandad Mumbler a case of beer from the kids for pretty much every occasion – goes down far better than a pair of socks! They’d also make a great addition to your own Christmas food and drink collection, as would Weetwood’s own authentic Kuhl lager produced right here in Cheshire, and their Vintage Taunton Cider.
They also produce grain to glass gin, raspberry gin, vodka and rum which come highly recommended.
Check out their website to make your choice, then give them a call and they’ll sort you out with the discount (01829 752377). For smaller or more complex orders, their on-site shop is open and has a contactless ‘drive-thru’ option. Their new website with online shop will be live from the end of November and you’ll be able to insert the discount code at checkout to retrieve your discount.
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Lottie Bakes is ran by the lovely Charlotte, a local Mum to two little girls. Charlotte’s baking credentials are pretty impressive- she’s a trained chef and worked in a number of high end Cheshire restaurants before beginning her current job where she specialises in food ingredients. Through Lottie Bakes, Charlotte gets to do what she loves – designing and creating explosive cakes using a number of different techniques – and needless to say, she’s REALLY good at it – she knows her stuff and her creations are AMAZING.
From cupcakes to wedding cakes nothing is out of scope – Charlotte love the challenge of creating memorable centre pieces for celebrations.
Charlotte has designed a range of Christmas based cupcakes – they (as well as any of her other creations) would make a gorgeous treat for the kids (and grown ups!) this year – either as little gifts, taking centre stage on the party food table or simply just because it’s Christmas! We’ve already put in our order for some Christmas ones – I’m going to pop one in each of the kid’s Christmas Eve boxes and I cant wait to see their faces! Check out the photos of the Christmas cupcakes below, as well as some of the fabulous cakes Charlotte has created – just give her a shout on Facebook (click here) or email her at email@example.com for more information and to order.
Gorgeous gifts for the home are always a winner (whether for yourself or loved ones, or both!) and when you opt for those listed below you can be confident you’re getting not only bespoke, high quality and affordable products but that they’ve also been lovingly hand made by local people who pour (literally in the case of the candles!) their heart and soul into each and every one made. A really lovely gift choice.
🎁Ali Draws Studio
Ali is a Cheshire based illustrator specialising in illustrated maps and watercolour house portraits. If you’re looking for something unique this Christmas, she has a range of beautiful Cheshire map illustrations available to buy as art prints. The maps can also be personalised with your house, your business, or something else entirely. Ali also offers custom watercolour house portraits (which we think are just lovely), Christmas cards and more, all of which can be found in her Etsy shop.
Cheshire Home Fragrance is an award winning brand making and supplying luxury fragranced candles, wax melts, reed diffusers, room sprays and other home fragrance products. All of their wax products are handmade with love in Cheshire using vegan friendly and cruelty free ingredients. Sounds perfect!
Caroline, who owns the business, has lovingly designed her range based on quality and inspired by on trend fragrances with the aim to bring you the best collections, quality and excellent customer service, all of which is borne out by the amazing reviews she gets.
With a strong company ethos Cheshire Home Fragrance believes above all, in selling only quality products. Through this, Caroline builds long and trusting relationships with each of her customers. Not compromising quality over price, Caroline delivers her products at honest and fair prices.
Cheshire Home Fragrance have also recently branched out with the opening of the extension to the original showroom and are now selling a range of homeware and gifts.
Sissie Green hand craft luxury wax products including soy wax candles, almond oil diffusers and soy wax melts right here in Cheshire.
Abbi and Amy who founded the brand had a few goals in mind: providing luxury wax products at affordable prices and being kind to the world we sometimes take for granted. They started out working in their kitchen in Cheshire, moving later to their small workshop to meet increased demand.
Every single candle is hand poured, their muslin bags and tags are hand printed and none of their products or packaging contains plastic. All recipes are animal friendly, cruelty free and vegan.
Sissie Green’s soy wax melts and candles have lower melting points, which means they burn up to 50% longer than paraffin wax products. They’re also non-toxic as soy wax is clean burning and releases no known carcinogens when burnt.
They have an amazing range of products which would make gorgeous gifts for friends and family – or even yourself! We really love the Sissie Green Subscription idea – you can really treat someone by getting them a Sissie Green subscription box – each month Sissie Green will select a scent that fits the time of year, lovingly hand pour the candle then pack it so the recipient can have a little box of happiness delivered to their door every month! It really is the gift that keeps on giving – what a lovely idea!
Woodend Flowers is run by florist Rowena who has vast experience of all things floristry – weddings, Christmas, sympathy, birthdays, venue dressing etc. Rowena works hand-in-hand with the seasonal availability and her work is inspired by the local woodlands and hedgerows across Cheshire to bring the very best of the outdoors, indoors, to your home. Woodend Flowers’ arrangements are rustic and natural and gift wrapped in biodegradable and recyclable material. Local delivery is free.
This Christmas, due to the situation with coronavirus, Rowena is unable to run her hugely popular wreath making workshops but worry not – she’s offering a DIY package for you to make your festive wreath in the comfort and safety of your own home!
Place your order then simply wait for the free doorstep drop off delivery containing everything you need to make a 14” wreath including the fruits and ribbons along with the video tutorial of Rowena through email for you to follow at home. The packages will be tailored to whatever style of wreath you’d like to make, whether it be bright and fruity or a cold and frosty winter wreath.
If you’d rather leave it to the professionals, Rowena also makes THE most beautiful door wreaths to order – check out the photos below for an idea of the type of creation she expertly puts together. They are just gorgeous and a sure fire way to spread some festive cheer this Christmas.
Nothing cheers people up more than having something new and lovely to wear – and, lets be honest, who doesn’t need cheering up at the moment?! The gorgeous products listed here are all lovingly hand made here in Cheshire so they’re really special – something to look forward to putting on when we can finally go out, or just to look good wearing round the house!
🎁 Henrietta Hair Bows
Local accessory business Henrietta Hair Bows hand make show-stopping hair bows and headbands. Each piece is designed and handcrafted with love by Charlotte, the creative talent behind the brand, from her studio in Alderley Edge.
Henrietta Hair Bows’ collection is a treasure trove of all things sparkly and glittery to add that personal touch to outfits. With a Christmas Collection, Autumn / Winter Collection, Glitter and Sparkle as well as baby headbands for all occasions, you’ll be sure to find something special for the festive season and beyond. They’d make really lovely stocking fillers and add a bit of sparkle to any Christmas Day outfit. Mini Mumbler already has her eye on a few designs!
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The Cork Shop is a new Cheshire based brand who make beautiful, unique, natural products using, well – Cork!
Cork is 100% natural, vegan, sustainable, recyclable, waterproof, lightweight, durable, anti-bacterial and animal cruelty free. It’s a bit different, unusual, unique and very very stylish. The cork is sourced from the Cork Oak Trees of Southern Europe without damaging the tree or the environment. Cork is in fact one of the most eco-friendly materials that nature provides. Extracted from cork oak trees every 9 years without harming or damaging the tree which continues to live and grow.
The Cork Shop makes a whole range of cork based products – from homeware to bags to jewellery – even watches! They would make really lovely, unusual gifts which are both familiar and a little bit different.
The little bottled earring company are the originators of the concept of unique handcrafted earrings in cute glass gift bottles. Each piece is made with care and love in Cheshire by the brand’s founder, Angela.
As well as being a work of art in themselves, the pretty bottles keep your earrings hanging, clean and safe.
The range of earrings is vast – choose from gorgeous love hearts in gold or silver; drop freshwater pearls; boho inspired styles (that’s Aunty Mumbler sorted!); hoops and wooden studs to name just a few. We really love the ‘moon face earrings’ especially after we read how one customer bought a pair with the intention of sending one half to her boyfriend in Spain who she was unable to visit during covid – what a lovely gesture! Unbelievably, the most expensive pairs are only £15 – one reviewer said she couldn’t believe what she got for the price!
Angela also makes a range of larger contemporary earrings which come in gift boxes as well as unique, statement rings – I’m hoping Mr Mumbler reads this and gets me one!