Because there really is no place like home…

Undeniably, we’ve all spent more time at home this year than we had originally planned.

With a ‘stay at home’ message rolled out by the Government earlier in the year, this has inarguably played a large part in our lives during 2020.

Your home has no doubt been multifunctional this year, with many being turned into make-shift gyms, date-night venues and an office space (demonstrated by the new working from home culture).

The team here at Visit Newbury have provided a list below of recommended local products, in the aim of giving back to your home this year to make your space work better for you.

Front Door Wreath and Christmas Flowers

Dress your front door with this Merry Berry Door Wreath from Willow and Blooms this Christmas. Look forward to walking home after your daily essential exercise, and bring Christmas cheer to the rest of your street with this festive door decor. Additionally, bring nature indoors with this gorgeous Christmas Sweetie Jar, providing that extra festive-glam to your living (or working) space alongside your Christmas tree.

Order online by 1pm for same day delivery.

Tea Towels From White Stuff

Add some playful additions to your kitchen just in time to start the Christmas cooking!

These 100% cotton tea towels from White Stuff speak volumes about your personality while adding a fun-loving touch to your existing kitchenware. Our favourite is the ‘I kiss better than I cook’. Though, who are we to know?

Available online for home delivery.

Award-winning Gin from 137 Gin Distillery

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxLumber’s Bartholomew Gin, £42-£58

The first of its kind in Newbury, 137 Distillery is a fiercely independent brand creating award-winning distilled spirits on Bartholomew Street, in Newbury Town Centre.

With five crafted gins to choose from, each varies in taste and strength, with all bottles adding a beautiful addition to your home bar or kitchen this Christmas. They’re so good in fact, that two bottles are now stocked in one of the world’s most prestigious and renowned department stores; Harrods.

Available online for home delivery.

Prints from Arty Farty Stuff

xxxxxxxxxxLaughter print, £19.95xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPorpoises, £19.95

For something completely unique to your home this Christmas, check out artwork by local artist Tim Furr, on his Arty Farty Stuff website. Each piece of Tim’s art is a limited edition. His artwork runs in short print runs of 12 so that when another edition is printed – something else is added to the piece or taken away, making each run of 12 unique in its own way.

Home delivery is available for a flat rate of £3.50, or you can choose one of the local pick-up options.

Get Salty with Natures Corner

Not only do Himalayan Salt Lamps add a nature-inspired decorative element to your home, but they have a large cult following thanks to their numerous health benefits. Salt Lamps are alleged to purify the air in your home and soothe allergies, instigating a better sleep and as a result; boosted mood. Natures Corner offer an array of lamps to choose from, varying in shape, size and colour to suit your home.

Furthermore, these Epsom Bath Salts add a colourful addition to any bathroom shelf and come in a variety of aromas to help with detox, relaxation and mobility. Annnnd, relax…..

Natures Corner is open for business on reduced hours, Monday–Saturday and is offering home delivery Wednesday-Saturday between 09:00-17:30.

House Plants and Jewellery Dish From Plum and Grain

Plum & Grain is a new independent business located inside of the Old Town Hall in Newbury’s Market Place. Their aim is to provide ethically sourced items with sustainable values to their customers. Creating their own homemade jewellery and sourcing pieces from a network of independent sellers across the UK, Plum & Grain have established the need for this market in Newbury. We love this Concrete Jewellery Tray and these Scented Eucalyptus Stems smell SO fresh, adding a vibrant feature any bedroom.

Available online for home delivery.

Christmas Chocolates from Hotel Chocolat

Can you even have Christmas without chocolate?

As always, Hotel Chocolat certainly deliver with this excessive chocolate hamper full of festive best-sellers. Our favourite of the selection (which is a tough call), has to be the ‘The Merry Christmas Signature’, which includes a filled chocolate for every one of the 12 days of Christmas in six beloved recipes: Treacle Tart, Caramel Supernova, Cinnamon Bun, Caramel Pecan, Simple Dark Bauble and Caesar.

Need we say more?

Home delivery available.

Harmony Home Collection from L’Occitane

Good old L’Occitane with their deeply aromatic gift sets and sensual sprays.

This Harmony Home Collection consists of 140g Harmony Candle, 100ml Harmony Home Perfume and 200g Harmony Soap, worth £54 but sold for only £47 when purchased as one of their signature gift boxes.

This delightful Pillow Mist is an essential oil spray, effective at creating a soothing sensation to help even the biggest insomniac to get some shut eye.

Home delivery available.

Christmas Tipple from Inn at Home

We know what you’re thinking- it’s about time we had some Christmas bubbly on this list! That’s why we’re delighted to present to you these beautiful bottles of fizz and special Christmas wines, from Inn at Home.

All of products are available online and in their Newbury shop. Inn at Home also offer bespoke beer box creation. You choose the style/budget and they’ll put it together and deliver free of charge! Additionally, Inn at home are currently offering free delivery when you spend over £30 and 10% off when you purchase any 12 beers or 6 bottles of wine. Click & collect and electronic vouchers are coming soon, so be sure to sign-up to their Newsletter by clicking here.

Open daily for business while also offering home delivery and collection services.

Homemade Kitchenware from Pyromani Art

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Christmas + Cheese / Cheese + Christmas.

It’s right whichever way round you put it. That’s why we adore this super-cute and super-functional Cheese (or Chopping) Board by Pyromani Art. Likewise with several pieces to make it onto our list, each board is hand drawn and completely unique. Similarly, this meat platter board is perfect for your boxing day buffet, and can be amended to display your favourite charcuterie foods!

Home delivery available.

To help you to support local this Christmas, please visit www.visitnewbury.org.uk/shop-local/ for a list of both independent and national businesses operating in one form or another throughout this lockdown and visit www.visitnewbury.org.uk/blog/ for local gift inspiration.

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