The festive season is upon us and if you fancy buying your nearest and dearest something a little different, there is a host of independent West Dorset shops offering unique gifts which are truly inspired.
7, Redlands Yard, Broadwindsor
In Redland’s Yard in Broadwindsor, stands the little crafting shop Hunny Bunnies, Alison and Sue offer a delicious array of fabric for crafting, quilting, dressmaking and upholstery and a wonderful selection of craft kits for children. Alison and Sue are delighted with their collection of wooden toys for all ages and the pair have made a bespoke selection of clothes for babies and children up to eight years old along with a wide range of accessories to choose from.
T: 07914 387246
19, South Street, Dorchester
Every Cloud is a lovely little gift shop specialising in handmade silver jewellery, contemporary crafts, and unique gifts. This independent shop is chock-full of beautiful and interesting things, most of which are either made in Dorset by talented local artists, or by small British designers and Fairtrade suppliers. Every Cloud is full of perfect gifts for all occasions.
W: everycloudboutique. co.uk
T: 07974 743345
Head2Head Hair Design 28, Trinity Street, Dorchester
Christmas and New Year is a time for parties. If you fancy a new do or an updo, why not try Head2Head Hair Design?
This fantastic salon offers design, along with hairdressing for special occasions such as weddings and parties.
The salon has a Gift Hamper Raffle running until Christmas Eve.
And because Christmas is all about giving, Head2Head are looking after our keyworkers with a 10% discount for Blue Light Cardholders.
T: 01305 264534
Divine Ink Tattoo
29, Trinity Street, Dorchester
Gift vouchers with a 10 per cent discount would make the perfect present for body art lovers. Lead artist James has had a passion for creating tattoos since he was a teenager.
The artists are always on hand, whether for aftercare advice or finding a unique design especially for you. Divine Ink understands how important the decision is to get a tattoo and can help you make the right choice of art.
T: 01305 602435
3 Crown Square, Poundbury
Welcome to the magical world of Boo’s Toy Shop Poundbury. Come and explore the wonderful world of play with us! This gorgeous shop boasts creative, imaginative and educational toys for all ages.
T: 01305 602467
The Biltong Lady
For something different, delicious, and nutritious, why not buy some Biltong from The Biltong Lady?
If you are looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the sweet toothed, the meat lover, the gym goer or ‘Saffa’ in your life, then look no further, The Biltong Lady has got you covered! Hamper options to order or pre-packed.
T: 07388 839855
Alice’s Bear Shop
With a little time off over Christmas it’s the perfect time to start or continue your sewing journey and Alice’s has a brilliant range of bear and doll Bentley in easy-sew felt to Woodward in the finest mohair. Alice’s Bear Shop has something to suit everyone’s budget and abilities.
T: 01297 444589
14, Station Road, Wimborne
Artist Richard Watkin paints with acrylics in a bold graphical style from his studio in in the bottom of his garden in Wimborne. His work features the evocative locations and landscapes of Dorset from the beaches and towns of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch to the dramatic Jurassic Coastline and picturesque Purbeck villages. His prints can be collected by prior arrangement.
T: 01202 929968
4, Crown Square, Poundbury
Punica sells ethically sourced and made homewares and accessories, many of which are made in-house. Artisans from the UK and Turkey create other pieces. They are sustainable and use every piece of fabric. With the offcuts from their lampshades they enrobe the silk fabrics in fibreglass to create fabulous and useful trays.
T: 01305 818596
No.36 Gifts & Lifestyle
36, South Street, Dorchester
No 36 sells beautiful, interesting, and affordable items for you, your friends and family and your home. This shop is a home lover’s delight, from cosy Joya socks and scented candles and diffusers to bags, purses, and jewellery.
E: thepresentdorchester @gmail.com
The Pet Shop
27, Trinity Street, Dorchester
This family-run pet shop has been trading for more than 30 years, catering for many animals including dogs and cats, birds and fish, hamsters and tortoises, hedgehogs, chinchillas and ferrets. They carry a vast range of pet accessories, healthcare and grooming products.
For your beloved pet this Christmas, they have everything from Advent calendars, stockings and toys to their very own Christmas dinner! Receive 10% off a £10 spend
T: 01305 269092
Lilypups Dog Boutique – Crown Square, Poundbury
LilyPups Dog Boutique is a premium pet store that supplies high quality dog food, treats, bedding, clothing, toys and accessories for your four-legged friends.
So why not treat your canine companion to something special this Christmas?
Dorchester Jewellers – Cornhill Corner, Dorchester
Why not pop into this family-run business, which has been trading for 140 years, for exceptional customer service to choose that gorgeous gift?
Dorchester Jewellers offer a wide range of new, pre-owned, vintage and antique jewellery and watches, including Swiss brands, Citizen, Royal London and fashion brands.
And you can bring in a piece for remodelling or part exchange. Take a look inside this treasure trove and find something perfect for your friend or family member.
T: 01305 262754