For a gift with a point of difference, find a small shop like menswear store Filson, which not only offers outdoor clothing, bags and watches, but brings once-loved items back to life. The store stocks an exclusive range of gorgeous bags that have all been given a new lease of life. What’s more, any bag you purchase from Filson’s standard range has a lifetime guarantee. The restoration department will renovate any Filson bag in need of some TLC."

02.My Chocolate

Giving loved ones something you made yourself makes it much more meaningful, and who doesn’t love a handmade gift! My Chocolate specialises in chocolate making classes and events, giving you the chance to make something yourself and learn a new skill at the same time.

03.Laura Lee Jewellery

Personalising a gift turns it into a memory which lasts a lifetime. Find an independent, local jewellers such as Laura Lee Jewellery where you can not only pick up bespoke pieces inspired by ancient artefacts and the natural world, but also engrave them with a message, creating a beautiful keepsake.

04.Pretty Paws

Christmas is a time to say thank you to your loved ones, and a great way to show you care is with an experience you’ll know they love. I brought my French bulldog Dolly to Pretty Paws to show her how much she means to me with a little doggie treat – the gift of pampering should never be underestimated!

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