Never know what to get for those special people in your life? You’re not the only one. Even though we are open on Christmas Eve, the worst thing you can do is leave all of your shopping until the last day.

From the classics to the more unusual, we summarise the best Christmas gift options available at our shopping village:

Comfy socks

What better way to start off our guide than with the classic, a pair of socks? We all need a comfy pair of socks to get us through the winter and Abraxas Dressage has a selection of Seasalt Cornwall socks. Beautifully presented, these organic cotton socks make a lovely gift. Fluffy, stripy or thick, the choice is yours.

Pamper packages

There’s no better present than a full pampering. Pour La Femme Beauty have a range of pamper packages available, from body exfoliations and facials to spray tans. With so much to choose from, if you can’t decide, pick up a gift voucher so they can pick their favourite.

Penguin stacker

Assemble the pieces to this penguin in the correct order and watch it gently rock on its base. The felt and solid beech pieces allow children to explore different shapes and textures. Found at Popsy and Peanut, this is the ideal fun gift for a little one aged between one and three.

Treat hamper

Does anything say Christmas quite like chocolate and treats? Every present needs to be accompanied by a tasty treat and there’s nowhere better to get it than at Darcy Delights, Small Business of the Year in Northamptonshire. The traditional shop has 60 jars of nostalgic treats and can even make hampers full of your loved one’s favourite treats. We think that their Christmas pudding chocolate truffles are a lovely festive stocking filler.

Mum and dad mugs

Abraxas Cookshop has a great selection of Emma Bridgewater ceramics. We’ve chosen these beautifully designed mum and dad mugs – the ideal gift from a little one. The shop also has a beautiful range of teapots for pouring!

For the animal lover

Alfie’s Ark is filled with gifts for animal lovers. Whatever the animal, you’re bound to find jewellery, art or an item to match! For equestrian enthusiasts in particular, there is a stunning necklace, bracelet and earring set as well as some beautiful prints.

Winter coat

A good winter coat can be all that’s needed to brave the cold but warmth doesn’t have to be sacrificed for style. Keep your loved ones warm with one of House of Carillon’s stylish winter coats from designer brands such as Olsen, Rhino & Pelle, Micha, and Zenia.

Scarf and gloves

If a coat isn’t enough, visit Darlington’s Something Special or House of Carillon for a selection of stylish gloves and scarves. Abraxas Country Clothing has winter accessories for men too!

Meditation candle

Taking time to relax and unwind is becoming ever rarer. The warm flicker of a meditation candle promotes a sense of calm, creating the perfect setting to meditate and reflect. The Peace Cranes individually hand designed meditation candles each has its own meaning, beauty, and symbolism.

Garden lovers

The winter months can be a frustrating time for the garden lovers. But with spring just around the corner, The Garden Room has garden ornaments, furniture and tools to keep gardeners’ spirits up ready for when spring strikes.

Harry potter

We’ve all got at least one Harry Potter enthusiast in our lives and for something a little different, Darlington Illuminations have a special range of Harry Potter interiors. Amongst the range are storage boxes, signs and glasses. We’ll leave it for you to decide which Hogwarts House they’re in!

Hair styling

With plenty of picture moments over the festive season, we all want to look our best. Flutterbye’s Hair is available for trims, dyes, and redesigns for men and women, but also have a great range of hair products to keep your locks in good health. Our favourites are the Joico shampoos, conditioners and colour butters.

Throws and blankets

There’s nothing better than snuggling up under a cosy blanket in winter. Our furniture store Texture Interiors stock Bronte by Moon, a range of beautifully woven throws and blankets in Merino lamb’s wool, Shetland Pure new wool and luxury Alpaca and Mohair. A present that you’ll be queuing up to get under.

Photo shoot

Sometimes, creating memories is all that someone wants as a present. To capture special moments, Lightdraw Photography has a range of packages available for a Christmas photo shoot or for one in the new year.  Whether you want to buy a gift voucher, purchase a limited edition print.

Upcycled furniture

Simply Salvaged has its own range of upcycled and handmade furniture and accessories. With stocks changing on a daily basis and unique items being the theme, you never know quite what you will find each time you go in. If the person you’re buying for likes quirky, vintage and retro, this shop is a must visit.

Don’t forget the pets

Christmas is for pets too! And what better way to treat your pets than with a personalised food bowl and hamper full of treats? Hogans Pet Hampers have a range of ideas for gifts to give your pet.

No matter how difficult they are to buy for, there is something for everyone at Heart of the Shires. Our independent stores covering a range of specialities: art, furniture, clothing, health and beauty and more.

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