by Menai Holidays
There is a growing appetite for shopping local. It seems the fun factor of having days out nosing in and out of small independents or going to Christmas fayres is being rekindled. Enjoy getting gifts made in and from the local area that show you care – we’ve listed some of those we love below.
And if this is not your idea of fun, then why not choose an experience over more things? If you’re in need for some inspiration about what to give as life-affirming, soul-enriching experiences? Then read on!
Janet Bell Gallery is inspired by Danish design, with Janet hailing from Copenhagen. Her paintings are very much from the region. Tinkers and Belles has wonderful children’s clothes, books and toys all beautifully made. We love the playful colours and designs. Anglesey Paper Company is a riot of colourful paper products form lanterns to notebooks, Anderson Gallery has lamps, rugs, pictures, mirrors and scarves. And if you want to add some vintage styling to your home, then Hawthorn Yard in Menai Bridge is an Aladdin’s cave of upcycled and vintage furniture. For lovely painted furniture pieces, as well as some interior styling then head to Vanilla Hill Interiors; in addition, the wonderful Pretty Things is crammed from end to end with beautiful gift and interior ideas.
There is a wonderful Christmas craft fayre running for the whole of December at Oriel Ynys Mon. And if you want to pick up some last minute goodies for the Christmas table or just begin the feasting early then come to Conwy Christmas Food and Drink Festival and Menai Bridge Christmas Fayre.
Book a SUP experience with Psyched Paddleboarding.
Go on a foraging experience with Anglesey Hedgewitch or a shellfish foraging trip with Wildlife Wales.
Go coasteering with Anglesey Outdoors, or learn to climb, or camp on a cliff ledge with Gaia Adventures.
Conquer a mountain peak one of the very many in Snowdonia with Snowdonia Walking and Climbing or do it and raise money at the same time with Breese Adventures.
Learn to surf with Gecko Rhosneigr, or Offaxis, or Kayak with B-Active or Seamor Kayaking.
Betws Y Coed, being surrounded by conifers and trees, has a wonderful alpine Christmas theme. Galeri Betws Y Coed has an art gallery on the first floor, a boutique clothing section downstairs and beautiful ceramics and textiles. For lovely clothes head to Anna Davies.
In Harlech, Llew Glas Interiors has both paintings, textiles and gifts. Cae Du Designs has the finest array of fabrics at fantastic prices if you are looking to gift blinds, cushions, curtains, or any other textile-related idea your loved one may want.
Conwy is jam-packed with independent shops from Vinomondo for all your wines spirits, and beers (you can enjoy a tipple and a tapas whilst you’re there!) to the Potters Gallery, Yesteryears toy shop, and Hinton’s bookshop to name but a few.
Porthmadog is a fantastic place to go, seek, out Glosters run by husband and wife, Tom and Myfanwy, their stylish pottery and other lovely gifts are a great addition to the town. Don’t miss Purple Moose brewery for their ales, and other locally sourced products, and the delightful Portmeirion shops. It worth heading to Barmouth for Pieces for Places alone, and there are some other lovely shops there and nearby.
Heading to the Llŷn? Then make a beeline for Cwt Tatws, their wonderful shop in Tudweiliog stocks a wide array of high-quality gifts, and with a cafe on site, you can have a rest and a bit to eat whilst indulging in some retail therapy! Pwllheli, like Conwy, is packed with lovely independent shops, one them being ours and what better present than a gift voucher for a loved one to come and experience glorious North Wales with? Oriel Tonnau has lovely paintings and gifts, and what Gwin Llyn Wines doesn’t know about wines isn’t worth knowing. They also have an enviable gin collection) On the way to Abersoch call in at Lavender House, a wonderful warehouse of interior loveliness. And then drop into Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw gift shop before going to Abersoch Boatyard.
Exhausted from it all? Then book a relaxing holiday with Menai Holidays and give yourself something wonderful to look forward to in 2019!
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