Shopping: Cambridge has got Christmas wrapped up
AD FEATURE: On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me. . . a box of Fitzbillies’ buns. On the second day, a Rutherford’s punting trip. On the third, a bottle of Saffron Grange sparkling. Velvet finds great local gifts for all 12 days of Christmas
Fitzbillies Christmas Buns & Book Gift Set, £20 (plus delivery)
A box of four of Fitzbillies’ famously sticky Chelsea buns and a signed copy of the Fitzbillies book: Stories & Recipes From A 100-Year-Old Bakery. Available to buy online for collection or delivery anywhere in the UK.
51-52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RG
36 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UW
2. Rutherford’s Punting
Rutherfords's Punting gift card, from £45
If you want to buy an unforgettable gift this Christmas, look no further than one of Rutherford’s premier river trips. There’s something for everyone, from classic tours through to tantalising cheese and sparkling Champagne experiences.
3. Saffron Grange
Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé 2018, £30
Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, this award-winning brut gives ripe red berries on the nose, strawberry sherbet on the palate and finishes with a hint of white pepper spice. Delicious with sweet and savoury foods alike. Gift and tour vouchers are also available in the web shop.
4. Sew Knit Craft
Craft kits, from £5
If you’ve got a crafter on your gift list, Sew Knit Craft is the place to go. Billed as “gifts which will give hours of pleasure”, the shop is stocked with brilliant kits for crafters of all ages and experience levels, available both instore and online.
58 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN
5. Signorell's Deli
Speciality hamper, from £9.99
A scrumptious gift for anyone - friend, colleague, family member - choose from a variety of pre-created hampers or even create your own, selecting from Signorell’s expertly curated range of Italian wines, cured meats and cheeses, biscotti, panettone and more. Purchase instore or via clickitlocal.com.
17 Burleigh Street, Cambridge CB1 1DG
6. Relief Chiropractic
Massage gift card, various prices
Who wouldn’t want to receive the gift of relaxation this Christmas? A voucher for an aromatherapy or sports massage at Relief Chiropractic Health Clinic is ideal for that special someone. Gift cards, which must be presented on arrival, are valid for a full 12 months.
Solopark Trading Estate, Station Road, Pampisford CB22 3HB
7. Curating Cambridge
John Stevens Henslow botanical cushions, £35 each
Described as the place to find “gifts for those who think differently”, Curating Cambridge is a new online store showcasing unique, intriguing and high quality items inspired by - and, crucially, sold to support - the diverse collections of the University of Cambridge.
Magnetic toast tongs in solid bamboo, £8
Promising “a little piece of France for your home at an affordable price”, LittleFrenchCorner sells vintage, country-style and contemporary pieces - so something for everyone. Made from slim yet strong bamboo, which is both food safe and biodegradable, these tongs are a nifty gift.
9. Roxana de Rond
St John’s Street 8:54am print, from £45; cards, from £2.50 each; coaster set, £15
A graduate of Anglia Ruskin’s famous Children’s Book Illustration MA, artist Roxana de Rond is known for her depictions of the Cambridge’s historic buildings, green spaces and interesting inhabitants. Commissions are available and UK delivery is free in December.
ECCO Shape Sculpted Motion 35 boot in red, £160
Known for combining design, quality and comfort, ECCO shoes are made from leather produced at the brand’s own tanneries. Crafted from richly hued leather, for both durability and a premium look, this boot ticks all the autumn/winter boxes.
ECCO, 25 Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HW
11. Parker’s Tavern
Gift voucher, from £22
We all need something to look forward to - and what better than a delicious meal at Parker’s Tavern, the acclaimed restaurant at Cambridge’s University Arms? Choose from afternoon tea, Sunday lunch or simply a monetary value for the recipient to spend at their pleasure.
52-42 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AD
12. The Gog Farm Shop
The Downing hamper, £150
The Gog has won multiple awards and its top-of-the-range The Downing Hamper, crammed full of delicious products and presented in a luxury gift box, is testament to that. It is, say the team, “a wonderful gift sure to delight whoever is lucky enough to receive it”.
Heath Farm, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge CB22 3AD
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