Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

Some festive inspiration from your local independents

As we continue second lockdown, your local businesses need you more than ever. From local shops, hairdressers and beauty salons, to restaurants, pubs and bars; there is much we can all do to pull together and support each other during these times.

And what a time for this lockdown to come, with Christmas just around the corner! Overnight, Covid has turned tinsel town into tumbleweed town, with the majority of businesses missing out on what should be the busiest trading season of the year.

So, whilst many of your favourite local stores and hospitality venues may have been forced to close their doors, a huge number of them are offering other innovative ways for you to get your hands on their wares during lockdown.

We’ve created a webpage to better help direct you to them, and a hashtag (#isupportguildford) so we can all do our bit to show our support. Visit www.experienceguildford.co.uk/isupportguildford/ for an up to date directory of local and essential businesses that are open or offering online services, plus find useful information on opening times and what you can do to help offer your support.

Below are just a few ideas from us:

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants are all closed now until Thursday, 3rd December. Get in early and book your table now for their return with a post lockdown meal/drinks locked in for December!

  • Search our directory for hospitality venues offering takeaway and delivery options and give yourself a break from the kitchen sink with restaurant-quality food in the comfort of your own home.

  • Not started your Christmas shopping yet? Well have no fear, many of our local businesses have vamped up their online presence so you can still find unusual and inspiring gifts from the independent stores that we’re all so proud of in Guildford. The products in this brochure are just a few ideas to get you started!

  • Know you’ll be making use of a hair or beauty service at a later date? Purchase a gift voucher now to use when you visit the salon in the future and help with small business cash flow.

  • Show your appreciation. If you’ve been impressed by a business recently, feel they offered outstanding service or have gone the extra mile, then now is your time to shout about it. Post a review on Google, Tripadvisor or Facebook and help spread the positive word.

  • Get those virtual conversations going with support and engagement on social media channels… a like, share or comment all goes a long way in helping spread the word and boost morale. Plus don’t forget to use the hashtag #isupportguildford

If we all pull together during these times, we can all do our bit to support the businesses we know and love and emerge from this pandemic fighting strong.

Stay safe and support local.

Team EG x

All That Glitters

Harrington Brookshaw

Occupying a 19th Century townhouse on Guildford’s picturesque cobbled High Street, Harrington Brookshaw is an independent jewellery boutique, established in 2016.  Their friendly and experienced team will show you through their extensive range of diamond jewellery, including engagement, wedding & eternity rings, plus a large selection of earrings, pendants and bracelets.

To add a touch of individuality, the majority of their engagement and eternity rings are made to their own designs by their skilled craftsmen.

Gift Idea

Starfish pendant, available in 18ct white, yellow and rose gold. Set with 0.33ct of brilliant cut diamonds. Price: £1,295.  Available for delivery or click and collect.

157 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

https://www.harringtonbrookshaw.co.uk/

Cry For The Moon

For the past three decades, Cry For The Moon have been quietly building their reputation for outstanding jewellery and exceptional service.

They look forward to welcoming you and having the opportunity to guide you through their range of individual pieces, many of which have been designed and crafted in our award-winning workshops.

Gift Idea

Diamond set 18ct gold white gold initial.  Prices start from £790, available to purchase online or through ‘Click & Collect’ by appointment only.

17 Tunsgate, Guildford, GU1 3QT

https://www.cftm.co.uk/

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Fresco DeliKafessen

Fresco DeliKafessen is an independent coffee shop owned by two young graduates of University of Surrey, who followed their passion for food and coffee to introduce something new to Guildford town.

Gift Idea

You can experience the taste of Greek deli products this Christmas from Fresco’s:

Papadopoulou Caprice Wafer Rolls – £5.50
Merenda Pavlidis 1KG Jar – £10.00
Greek Spoons Sweets Fig/Orange/Grape/Cherry – £5.80
Pine Tree Honey – £8.50
Flowers Honey – £10.50
Thyme Honey – £10.50
Greek Delights Rose/Mastic/Almonds/Cocktail -£4.50
Dark Sweet Sensation Espresso Beans/Filter Coffee/Decaf Coffee – £10.00
Blond Fruity Sensation Espresso Beans/Filter Coffee/Greek Coffee 350g – £11.00

You can order online for delivery or pick up your order from the shop.

1A Friary Street, Guildford, GU1 4EH

https://frescodelikafessen.com/

Plough

Guildford based online farmers’ market; Plough was born out of the first lockdown, aiming to support small, independent artisan producers and farmers whose route to market was severely impacted. Doorstep delivery to UK mainland.

Gift Idea

Plough Festive Box – brimming with artisan treats from local, independent producers and farmers. Perfect to send or to enjoy yourself!  Price: £135 available to purchase online.

6 Market Street, Guildford, GU1 4LB

https://plough.market

Food For Thought

Renowned for selling a wide variety of organic health foods, supplements, herbal products, natural skincare, cosmetics, organic wines, confectionery, chilled and frozen foods and much, much more including many of the more unusual products not generally available.

Gift Idea

Chestnut Panettone is a delicious naturally leavened variation of the celebratory Italian Christmas cake.  Made with 28% artisan candied chestnuts, each panettone takes 36 hours to make!  Contains wheat, milk and egg. 500g.  £19.50 each.  Available to purchase from the store.

2-6 Haydon Place, Guildford, GU1 4LL

https://www.foodforthoughtuk.com/

Partisan Cheesemonger & Deli

Partisan Cheesemonger & Deli is an independently run shop focussed on providing the finest cheeses, the tastiest charcuterie and very best artisan breads for the Guildford community.

They focus on sourcing as locally as possible to secure the best, and as a result, the vast majority of their produce is British.

Gift Idea

Check out their classic Christmas gift box, which includes lots of delicious festive cheese. They have also curated a local cheese box, which includes hand selected cheese from Surrey and the neighbouring counties and local honey made 5 minutes from their shop. Prices start from £26.  Available online for delivery or from the deli for takeaway/click and collect. They have extended their home delivery and currently offer free delivery in the GU1 – GU9 postcodes (minimum order amounts apply).

14A Chapel Street, Guildford, GU1 4DP

https://partisan-deli.co.uk/

Koja by Surrey Hills Coffee

A firmly independent business with local coffee from Surrey Hills at the heart of it!  They are proud to stock many local suppliers, using artisan/sourdough breads with plenty of gluten-free and vegan options available.

Koja, being Swedish run, are proud to stock Swedish produce, something that certainly sets them apart from other coffee shops in town. Keeping in with the Scandi vibe and feel of the coffee shop! Look out for festive food hitting their shelves soon, including gingerbread dough and house kits!

Gift Idea

Koja have lots of specialist coffee equipment for all your home brewing needs. Including their Clever Dripper Coffee Maker, which comes complete with the filter papers too.  They have a variety of freshly roasted beans every week from their coffee roastery at Surrey Hills Coffee from espresso through to single estate plus their limited edition Christmas favourite ‘Yuletide’.  Price: £19.50 available to purchase from the shop.

12 Jeffries Passage, Guildford, GU1 4AP

https://www.kojacoffee.co.uk/

Gallery Café

Enjoy fabulous, fresh, home made, traditional food in the perfect setting at the Gallery Café.

Set in historic Guildford House they serve an array of food including ploughman’s, salads, soups, sandwiches, quiche, daily specials, cakes, afternoon teas and much more. All served with a smile from their friendly team.

Gift Idea

Offering Afternoon Tea vouchers £35 or £70 for 2 or 4 people, which represents fantastic value for a quality afternoon tea.

Available to purchase by contacting the café via email: gallerycafe2@gmail.com to receive your voucher via post or email.

155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

https://www.guildfordgallerycafe.co.uk/

Growlers and Cans

Guildford’s first and only specialist craft beer taproom and bottle shop is an independent bar and shop in the centre of town offering a range of ever changing brews on tap.  Alongside an exemplary selection of local and worldwide wines, you can find an array of artisan gins, award winning mixers, and coffee from Guildford based roasters, Redber Coffee.

Gift Idea

Create Your Own Gift Box- choose from a selection of bottles and cans (Stouts/IPAs/Sours/Pale Ales) for £15. Order via Facebook/phone and pick up from outside the shop.

24 Chertsey Street, Guildford, GU1 4HD

https://www.growlersandcans.com

Tattam’s

Back in June 2017, Head Mixologist Tom Flanagan brought his vision to life in creating an all-encompassing cocktail experience delivering events from a pop up bar and Tattam’s was born. A truly local independent looking to provide Surrey with a very bespoke offering.

Gift Idea

Cocktail Boxes – Each box costs £30 and includes the instructions and all the ingredients you need to create some of your favourite tipples, neatly presented in a gift box.

Delivered if local to Guildford and paid for at the door using card Payment. Or direct message them and pay via PayPal and they can post to you.

6 Tunsgate, Guildford, GU1 3QT

https://www.tattams.com

Things to See & Do

The Guildford Institute

The Guildford Institute has a special place in the heart of the local community. It is a unique venue where people of all ages and backgrounds can get together to learn, explore, create and meet old and new friends.

With a wide range of courses, talks, music recitals, clubs and visits, there are many ways to enjoy what’s on offer.

Gift Idea

Give the gift of learning with a gift voucher or gift membership for The Guildford Institute

Redeemable against any Institute product on their website, including courses and talks, their vouchers will enable your loved one to enjoy the gift of learning. Gift vouchers available from £10 up to £50. Or at £35 for the year, purchasing their gift membership will give someone access to 365 days of learning and enjoyment.

To purchase your Institute gift voucher or gift membership, please visit guildford-institute.org.uk.

Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH

https://www.guildford-institute.co.uk

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is one of the country’s leading regional producing theatres.  Second to none for top quality entertainment, the Yvonne Arnaud’s exciting programme of events features a range of new work, established classics and award-winning productions, as well as a diverse selection of music, opera, ballet, film seasons, an art exhibition, family shows and an annual pantomime.

Gift Idea

We know that so many people have been missing their theatre trips this year, so now more than ever, a gift voucher is the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones. Available in any amount and denomination and valid for one year, Gift Vouchers are redeemable against show tickets for the Main Stage and in the Mill Studio.

You can now purchase gift vouchers online at Yvonne-Arnaud.co.uk and have them emailed to you – Christmas shopping just got really easy!

Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX

https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Home Sweet Home

Babylon Trading

Babylon Trading offers a unique blend of lifestyle products for the home, all carefully selected to create an individual style. Mixing contemporary, rustic and vintage styles throughout their ranges of furniture and gifts, you’re bound to find something to inspire you.

Gift Idea

‘The Kissing Sculpture’ available online at £79.95, free delivery.  Order via their online shop.

18/19 White Lion Walk, Guildford, GU1 3DN

https://www.babylontrading.co.uk

Lower Lodge Candles

Lower Lodge Candles is a British candlemaker based in West Sussex specialising in premium scented candles and reed diffusers. Their candles are hand poured by their artisan candle makers who have been creating premium candles since 1997.

As well as their extensive collection of fragranced products, you will find a stunning selection of candles & home accessories including lanterns, homeware and gifts for all occasions.

Gift Idea

They have a range of gorgeous scented candles, from hand poured pillar candles to personalised votive candles. These are available in 3 fragrances; Christmas Spice, Silent Night and Winter Berries. From £12 each.  They are offering 10% off your first online order and free tracked 48-hour delivery service on orders over £40.

3 Chapel St, Guildford, GU1 3UH

https://lowerlodgecandles.com

Surrey Home & Gifts

Surrey Home & Gifts bring good customer service and high-quality products for the home. Ranging from luxury fragrances to witty plaques, they have everything you need to make your house a home.

They offer a variety of delightful products suitable for everyone, whether you’re a pet lover or part-time alcohol enthusiast. There are comical plaques to brighten up the home and marvellous mugs to complete your kitchenware.

Add that rustic touch to your living room with their comfy cushions, making great gifts for family and pets. Freshen up the home with their collection of excellent fragrances. Don’t forget to give yourself some TLC with their natural body care ranges.

Gift Idea

DUCK Ducks are so cute, each Duck has a name and a personality. Fantastic gift idea, although you will want to collect them all!  Price from £14.99.  Available to order online for delivery (Free delivery is available for anyone who lives within 5 miles of the shop).

19A Swan Lane, Guildford, GU1 4EQ

https://www.surreyhomeandgifts.co.uk

Best of the Rest

Biddles of Guildford

Biddles of Guildford has 130 years of history selling stationery and office supplies in Guildford. They stock a great range of Stationery, Office furniture and some of the lowest prices on Printer inks in the area.

Gift Idea

Their popular Christmas Train set only £3.99

(Strictly one set per customer) available to purchase through Call and Collect on: 01483 576660 or shop@biddlesofguildford.co.uk

1 Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH

https://www.biddlesofguildford.co.uk

Courtyard

Courtyard is considered to be one of the top independent designer fashion boutiques in the country and has been established for twenty years. It caters for ladies of all ages and for all occasions and includes both clothing and accessories including scarves, bags and shoes.

There are many sought after designer collection such as Nicole Farhi, Marc Cain, Luisa Cerano, Nicole Miller, 360 sweater, Duffy, 120% linen, Velvet and Mala Alisha scarves.

Gift Idea

People’s Republic of Cashmere Roundneck 306 Powerpuff Pink (available in other colours) for £183 order online for delivery or Click and Collect.

5-6 Angel Gate, Guildford, GU1 4AE

https://courtyarduk.co.uk

Carbon Blush

Carbon Blush is a 5* health, wellbeing and medical aesthetics clinic, based in the heart of Guildford. Carbon Blush specialise in advanced skincare and aesthetics, including facials, micro-needling and filler to laser hair removal, fat reduction and semi-permanent make-up. They provide the highest level of medical and holistic care in order to deliver outstanding results in their field of expertise. Their medical practitioners have been handpicked to ensure they remain a leading clinic in aesthetics, alongside providing their clients with a welcoming and accessible environment for any concerns they have regarding both their body and mind.

Gift Idea

The Sophora Blushi Box is the perfect Christmas pamper gift.

This Blushi Box includes:

  • Soul Bloom Candle
  • Rose Quartz Roller
  • Eternal Rose Serum
  • Mystic Rose Facial Oil

Available for £77 via their online shop.

254 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3UG

https://carbonblushclinic.co.uk

Peak Performance

Independently owned Peak Performance Guildford is the UK’s only store for the Swedish sports fashion brand and is home to active, ski and urban wear.

Gift Idea

Peak Performance gift card – £50-£1000 cards available to purchase online.

6 Market Street, Guildford, GU1 4LB

https://www.peakperformanceuk.com

Spend Local, Win Big

Mi Rewards Guildford – the town centre loyalty scheme

How it Works

It’s FREE to join and takes just 2 minutes to set up an account. Once you’ve registered, that’s it, no need to show a separate loyalty card. Every time you spend money at participating businesses you will automatically be in with a chance of winning vouchers for a selection of local retailers, restaurants and leisure businesses!

  • LINK
    Link existing Visa or Mastercard debit or credit cards to your Mi Reward account – it works with any bank!
  • SPEND
    £1 spent earns you 1 point and every 10 points gained automatically earns you one entry into the monthly prize draw.
  • WIN
    Monthly prizes to be won plus bonus seasonal promotions

Visit here to sign up today.