Shop local Christmas gift guide: For her
We've got the style savvy women in your life covered this Christmas, with these gorgeous gifts from local designers, makers and sellers.
Spritz it up!
Know someone who’s an Aperol gal? This print from Muddy Award-winning gift shop, Treat Yo’ Self in Hitchin will be right up their street and add a fun splash of colour to their kitchen, too.
This gorgeous set contains a lavender and geranium bath oil and pillow mist to aid restful sleep. It’s from Bedfordshire-based Millie’s Organics which promotes self-kindness (something we could all do with a little more of!) and even gives back to the mental health charity Mind every month. Good stuff all round.
Got a fitness-loving gal in your gang? Cool activewear label Zozimus will be right up their street. It was founded by two friends from Bishop’s Stortford to cater for the ‘WFH to wine o’clock’ crowd who do the occasional workout, of course! We love their new collection, which includes these subtle smudge dot perform leggings and foundation bra.
A lovely new pair of slippers is surely on every woman’s list to Santa, right? And these ones from Kings Road – a fashion and lifestyle boutique in Leighton Buzzard and Woburn Sands – tick every box, from style to sustainability. Yep, they look Scandi cool but they’re also made from recycled plastic bottles and natural rubber, so you can buy local AND bump up your eco creds.
This collection of home fragrances handmade in Ampthill look and smell gorgeous and are affordable. The range of winter-inspired scents make them the perfect hostess gift if you’re popping to friends’ for a festive tipple or as a treat to self to fill the house with warming fragrance. Winter Hideaway, with cinnamon, clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary is our pick.
Art on a plate
Know an interior design maven who loves things a little bit quirky? This decorative Twiggy plate from Muddy Award winning interiors store, Cositas in St Albans certainly fits the bill. It would look super cool displayed on a dresser or as part of a colourful gallery wall.
Forget the heels, it’s all about who’s got the funkiest trainers these days. This pair of jazzy leather flatforms with their gold lightning bolt won’t disappoint! They’ll go with just about anything, from winter maxis to school run trackies, and keep feet comfy and blister-free too. Get them from Moo Boutique in Tring (find them at Maggie J & Co on the High Street, too!)
These simple yet elegant initial necklaces are so wearable that you’d be hard pushed to find any woman who wouldn’t love one in their trinket collection. They come from St Albans-based jewellery boutique Amalily. The letter charms come on on distinctive rectangular link chains for a classic and modern look. We love!
This Berkhamsted-born range of beauty products combines the benefits of nature and science to bring users a more simplified beauty routine that actually works! This Comforting Discovery Set contains three travel-sized products to cleanse, hydrate and nourish the skin (plus a free moisturiser). Ideal for that jet-setting lady in your life.
Half and half
Know a gal who’s partial to a Breton stripe… and a bit of leopard print? There’s no need to compromise with this awesome oversized sweatshirt from Berkhamsted brand Wilder Ones. They specialise in unisex clothing for kids but (lucky for us!) make some designs in adult size too – woop!