[Main Image: Christmas wreath from Suffolk Living, Felixstowe]

We’re well into the Christmas shopping season, but whether you’re buying for all the family or just a few loved ones, it’s important to support your local independent retailers. However, to save you the hassle of travelling all around the county to find that perfect gift, we’ve created an edit of gifts from some of our favourite local retailers!

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1. Bulldog statue from The House in Town, £59

This (non)furry friend can keep you company all day, with zero maintenance! It even comes with a faux gemstone collar for extra glamour.

Visit The House in Town at 23 St Peter’s St, Ipswich, IP1 1XF – or go to the website at www.houseintown.co.uk

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2. Champagne Cooler from Merchant House Interiors, £140

Wandering what to do with all that champagne at dinner parties and such? Put them in a champagne cooler, of course? This one is the ideal size for keeping your guests ‘hydrated’ with two or three bottles on the go.

Visit Merchant House Interiors at 27-29 St Peter’s St, Ipswich, IP1 1XF

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 3. True Grace Christmas Candle from Loveone, £28

Nothing makes a winter home cosier than strategically placed candles with scents such as tangerine, black pepper and clove. True Grace’s Manor Christmas collection epitomises all of these beautiful fragrances in one single candle. Put them in every room and revel in Christmas cosiness!

Visit Loveone at 21 St. Peters Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF – or go to the website at www.loveone.co.uk


4. Little Book of Jewellery from Boreham Christopher, from £15

Taking jewellery on holiday is no longer a logistical nightmare with these handy jewellery books from Boreham Christopher. Keep your favourite pieces safe and secure in between the ‘pages’ of these books, and simply pop it in your luggage or weekend bag. These come in a variety of colours to suit every taste!

Visit Boreham Christopher at 38 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7AN – or go to the website at www.borehamchristopher.com


5. Cushion from Tea and Kate, £28

Tea and Kate has a beautiful range of soft furnishings, key homeware pieces, gifts and art available at their shop in Victoria Street, Felixstowe. This bold cushion was one of our favourites – ideal to turn a plain settee into an eyecatching feature!

Visit Tea and Kate at 10a Victoria Street, Felixstowe, IP11 7EW – or go to the website at www.teaandkate.co.uk


6. White Star from Suffolk Living, £24.95

Why buy boring light fixtures when you can light up your living room with a star? This fashionable and functional decoration will sit perfectly on a shelf, mantlepiece or table amongst pretty ornaments – or even by itself as a standout piece.

Visit Suffolk Living at 12 Orwell Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7NY – or visit their Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/Hideawayhut

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7. Assorted condiments from Mrs Bennett’s Pickles & Chutneys, from £3

Who doesn’t love to spread a little bit of chutney on their cheese and crackers at Christmas time? Mrs Bennett’s makes delicious condiments from her kitchen in Polstead, which are stocked nationally in Marks & Spencers, as well as locally at various farm shops around Suffolk.

To find a stockist near you, click here: www.mrsbennetts.co.uk/stockists