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Stumped for ideas? Muddy’s got *loads*…

I know, I know, some of you — you know who you are — will already have everything bought and probably wrapped, ready to pop under the tree.  If, however, you’re a bit more like me… well, you might have given Christmas shopping a passing thought — but that’s about it.

Never fear, last-minute-lovelies, the Muddy Herts Christmas Gift Guide is here!  We’re all about shopping local, as ever, and we’ve got some gorgeous goodies that will get you out of the trickiest present-purchasing jam.  Shop on!


Arum woven cotton scarf, £44 from What Sarah Did (Hitchin)

A scarf can so often be a bit of a panic buy, but Danish brand Becksöndergaard is so fab that no one will be disappointed with one of their sumptuous scarves — and What Sarah Did has a great range.

And while we’re taking warm and snuggly, how about these beauties?  Super-cosy Ugg sheepskin slippers from a selection at Amelie.


Ugg ‘Wrin’ sheepskin slippers, £95 at Amelie (Berkhamsted)

Or if you’re thinking sparklier than that, we’ve got some stunning jewellers here in Herts.  Order from the Handmade Jewellery Company before Christmas, tell them MUDDY sent you, and there’s a 20% discount to be had!  Or make sure you guide the appropriate person to the appropriate page…  How about either of these gorgeous baubles?


Silver wishbone pendant and chain, £87 from the Handmade Jewellery Company


Medium texture silver bangle, £280 from the Handmade Jewellery Company

I’m a big fan, too, of chocolate.  No news there.  But there’s something utterly lovely about a bespoke box — or hamper! — and one that contains brussels sprouts is something oh-so-Christmassy.  Choccie sprouts, that is.  Made You Smile Chocolate Factory in Hitchin is just the place for this sort of thing…


Bespoke chocolate hamper, Made You Smile Chocolate Factory (Hitchin)

And a great purse or bag is always going to go down well, right?  I’m a big Orla Keily enthusiast, and Amelie have a great selection.  Or check out this gorgeous bag from Bell & Fox at What Sarah Did.


Orla Keily stem print wallet, £55, and punched leather wallet, £150, from Amelie (Berkhamsted)


Bell & Fox canteen bag in merlot with gold hardware and signature bell, £175, at What Sarah Did (Hitchin)

Or if you’re shopping for a chap — or are a chap, to be fair — then Julie Slater & Son have a couple of great options.  Check out this soft yet sturdy messenger bag — with maybe a wallet to pop inside?


Leather messenger bag, £55, from Julie Slater & Son (St Albans)



Vintage dashboard leather trifold wallet, £25, Julie Slater & Son (St Albans)

To add a little colour, there’s always a rather jolly bowtie from Chimney Menswear, near Royston.  Or, if you’re going to give socks — and everybody needs socks — then make them perfectly lovely ones!  Everything from Chimney is always beautifully packaged and wrapped, too.  Love it!



Something for the home, something festive, is always great, too, right?  These tealight holders from Magnolia Flowers in Tring are just the thing — perfect for creating a cosy Christmas.


Glass tealight trees, £14.50/£19.50, Magnolia Flowers (Tring)



Ceramic tealight angels, £18.75, Magnolia Flowers (Tring)

This mug is technically for children, but I’d happily sup hot chocolate — laced with a little brandy, maybe? — from it on a chilly afternoon.  I just adore this Moomin-themed range at Hermitage Rd & Co in Hitchin.  Loving that cross little face inside!  (Santa, it would fit just perfectly in my stocking…)


Large Moomin mug, £7.99, Hermitage Rd & Co (Hitchin)

And if you really, really don’t know what they’d like, how about a voucher?  You can treat yourself… no, wait, treat someone you love to a treatment like nothing else you’ve ever experienced with the Joy Salem Touch in Radlett.  At just £70 for a 90 minute treatment (which is a 15% discount), you can come out looking years younger and feeling oh-so relaxed.

Or how about the gift of style?  You can pick up an online shopping voucher with personal stylist Alice Barnes in Tring for just £99  if you quote ‘Muddy’ when you book.  A 30-minute pre-shop Skype, 30 minutes of online personal shopping, and a 30-minute virtual ‘try-on’ vis Skype — just enough to give a new look for the new year!

Enough ideas, lovelies?   Hope so.  If you find something else lovely and local while you’re out and about, let me know.  I’m always, always looking for new things…


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