The season to be jolly is upon us once again (it feels as though it arrives earlier every year!), and alongside the fun and frolics that the festive season brings is often a growing sense of trepidation about shopping for Christmas presents. As the clock ticks and more doors on the advent calendar are opened, many of us start to feel the pressure of finding the right gift for that special someone. On Christmas Eve, if you look carefully, you will notice the look of a rabbit in headlights on the face of many a last-minute shopper, desperately flitting from shop to shop, checking their list and wishing they had wrapped this all up earlier (pun intended!).
Well, we are here to offer a helping hand…luckily, Cornwall, and Falmouth in particular, is the perfect place to find the right gift for the right person. With an abundance of independent businesses and a strong creative spirit, nurtured by its thriving art scene, this gorgeous little corner of the country offers a Christmas shopping experience that can be fun-filled and festive, with a little forward planning. Take a look at our shortlist of independent, small businesses that offer a range of gifts that will make anyone’s Christmas extra special. Keep it local, support independent traders, buy high quality and delight the recipient. Everyone’s a winner!
Award-winning Cornish distillery offering an astounding range of delicious rums and gins that would make the perfect pressie. There are also beautifully presented gift packs and miniature sets available – definitely worth exploring when Christmas shopping.
(Padstow, St Ives, Fowey, Falmouth and Bude)
Falmouth Bookseller is one of the leading independent bookshops in the UK, located in the heart of the busy working port of Falmouth.
With shelves packed full of books to cater to everyone – from fiction to natural history, children’s books to current affairs, and a selection of local interest books – you will be sure to find the perfect read for that special someone.
(Church Street, Falmouth)
Selling gorgeous homewares, jewellery, beauty products and more, The Oystercatcher is a treasure trove of beautiful, high quality, handmade items, perfect for gifts that will have an impact.
With a focus on design, they offer inspired collections from around the world – with an emphasis on the South West and Cornwall in particular – while working closely with local artisans to produce exclusive, in-house designs.
(Mawnan Smith village)
Why not book an unforgettable adventure for the ultimate Christmas pressie this year? After all, how many socks can someone need??
Paddle around the stunning, peaceful and idyllic Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek (the inspiration for much of Daphne du Maurier’s work) on kayak or SUP, and explore coves and caves, beaches and tiny, picturesque villages. A great gift for lovers of the great outdoors.
(Close to Hotel Meudon)
Meudon Afternoon Tea
For those who prefer their adventures to be a little more culinary, the gift of a famous Meudon afternoon tea is the perfect way to show someone you care.
You’ll find homemade cakes, pastries and sandwiches, alongside a substantial range of traditional and herbal teas. We’ve taken the best of what we believe makes afternoon tea superb, then added a sophisticated, modern twist, to make sure you have the best afternoon tea experience in Cornwall.
Options include the Full Meudon Afternoon Tea and the indulgent treat that is our Champagne Afternoon Tea!
Philleigh Way Cookery Courses
Offering day courses, a handful of shorter courses, and evening dining demonstration experiences, a cookery course at Philleigh Way is really like no other. Guests will learn delicious recipes, useful techniques and eat some of the most amazing food, all while being immersed in the environment, being encouraged to ask questions and going home with new-found confidence in cookery.
Sessions Surf & Skate Shop
For the coolest clothing for children and adults, surf and skate boards, equipment and accessories, wetsuits, watches, sunglasses and much more, look no further than Falmouth’s famous Sessions. You’ll be sure to find the perfect Christmas gift here, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the always-helpful team will point you in the right direction.
(Church Street, Falmouth)
Falmouth’s own Verdant Brewery has developed from the brainchild of some enthusiastic homebrewers with a dream, to claiming almost mythical status among beer enthusiasts and connoisseurs across the world; truly a success story. With their freshy brewed, hoppy and unfiltered Pales, IPAs and DIPAs being so in demand that batches often sell out within hours of being released, a gift pack of Verdant beer will delight your beer-drinking friends or family. Even the gorgeously designed cans often become sought-after collectors’ items!
(Kernick Industrial Estate, or online)
Little Wolf SUP
Another fantastic gift idea for the active water-lovers among us, Little Wolf Adventures is based at Bream Cove, a short (but very scenic) stroll from Hotel Meudon, and offer guided SUP tours, lessons and equipment hire. Fully qualified, highly experienced and always enthusiastic business owner and head instructor Dan will get you out on the water and loving every minute of it. A great present for anyone who loves the ocean.
(Bream Cove, Hotel Meudon)
Meudon Gift Voucher
Redeemable against a hotel stay, exquisite dining in Restaurant Meudon, a spa treatment, afternoon tea or cocktails in Freddie’s Bar, a Hotel Meudon gift voucher offers something for everyone, and can be purchased in just a couple of clicks! Get Christmas shopping wrapped up early this year so that you can spend more time enjoying the festive buzz and Christmas spirit!