Christmas is going to be a little different this year, so we have picked our favourite 12 independent retailers from around Devon and Cornwall’s rail network that you can support from the safety of your sofa.
When things get back to normal why not take a day trip to visit them in person and support our high streets.
Unique gifts and homewares that support British made brands. Where possible items are plastic free, cruelty free and eco-friendly. Shop online.
Ideal as a Christmas tipple or gift, Cornish Cream produces a range of fresh cream liqueurs blending clotted cream with other ingredients such as strawberries, fudge and chocolate. Shop online.
This business’ passion is selling beautiful gifts and interiors for the home, and where possible, sourced from the South West. They also sell a range of accessories and soft toys. Shop online.
The products on sale in Cream are evocative of Cornwall and the shop prides itself on high quality, British made goods. Everything from cushions to candles can be gift wrapped and sent to loved ones this Christmas. Shop online.
The Greenhouse stocks a wide range of beautiful plants for the home as well as locally made pots, hand-painted ceramics, plant related books and gifts. Seasonal dried flowers, including Christmas wreaths are also available. All stock, including plants can be bought online and delivered nationwide. Shop online.
Rebecca specialises in making hand-painted porcelain birds from her studio in the Tamar Valley. Garden birds such as wrens and robins make lovely Christmas gifts or decorations for Christmas trees. Shop online.
Jewellery, accessories, home furnishings and much more can be found in this shop which specialises in ‘quirky affordable gifts’. Items can be purchased on a click and collect basis or delivery, by arrangement. Shop online.
Jo is one of the world’s most respected fused glass designers and produces beautiful pieces, inspired by the Cornish landscape. The range includes candle stands, vases, mirrors and wall hangings which can all be delivered nationwide. Shop online.
This small family run business stocks a range of beautiful homewares, soft toys, gifts, stationery and a wonderful array of Christmas decorations. Stocks changes weekly in their online store, so you will have plenty of opportunities to find that perfect gift. Shop online.
This Barnstaple based small business is a team of artists that produce handmade personalised gifts for all the family. Family tree posters, pet portraits and personalised children’s books are just a few of the wonderful gifts on offer through their online shop.
This gallery has a wonderful array of paintings, ceramics, jewellery and etchings by local Tamar Valley artists. Message the team with any questions and orders can be posted or collected.
Inspired by sketches of daily life in Cornwall, Poppy Treffry produces handmade items intended to put a spring in your step. Handbags, purses, tea towels and lots more are all embroidered with Poppy’s sketches and make eye-catching gifts for all the family. Shop online.
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From 5th November 2020, new national restrictions are that “unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.” Find out more about permissible travel.
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