6 Devon & West Country Themed Gift Ideas August 29, 2015 16:32
Gift Ideas from Devon & the West Country
When buying gifts for friends and family it is always nice to personalise the gift to make it extra special. Giving a present that has a special meaning to the loved one should be the main goal when buying any gift. For lots of people Devon has a special place in their heart, whether it’s through a time living in Devon, from fond memories of Devon family holidays or simply through being born and bred in the county. Gifts associated with Devon make for excellent presents for people with these connections to the county, so we’ve come up with this list of 6 great Devonshire related gift ideas.
1. Devon & West Country Food Hampers
Devon’s famous for the food it produces and this is big draw for lots of tourists holidaying in the region. The county has plenty of farm shops that support local artisan food brands, who produce delicious hand crafted products using high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Devon Heaven Hampers sell Devon food hampers online that include some excellent local food brands such as Dartmoor Wildflower Honey, Luscombe Drinks, Georgie Porgie Puddings and Teoni’s Biscuits to name a few. All of the food and drink that goes into our hampers is sourced locally from within Devon. Gifts are sent directly to the recipients, who are often living in other parts of the UK, and we include a personalised gift card that has a picture on the front of the Devonshire countryside. These gifts are very popular at Christmas time.
One of the most popular types of Devon hampers we sell are cream teas by post, which are perfect for those wanting a really indulgent treat. They're especially good presents for Mothers Day.
Another product that Devon (and the West Country) is famous for is cider. We offer a range of cider hampers, some containing just cider and others that also include Devonshire food such as our Cider & Chilli gift with South Devon Chilli Farm jam and sauce.
Also see our specific section on West Country Hampers for hampers that also include food and drink from Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.
2. Devonshire & West Country Paintings and Pictures
Clearly Devon has some beautiful scenery with its spectacular coastline, rolling countryside and the rugged moorland of Dartmoor and Exmoor. A painting or framed picture capturing the splendour of Devon is a lovely way to brighten up someone’s home and help them be inspired by its beauty without having to leave the house. www.westcountrygalleries.co.uk offers artwork in a variety of themes including seascape painting and picture from the West Country, Devon, Cornwall, Bristol, Somerset & Dorset by talented South West artists. Gary Holpin is a keen local photographer and has spent years exploring the most beautiful parts of Devon, particularly along the South West Coast Path. His website www.garyholpin.co.uk has lots of lovely bright, high quality Devonshire photographs for sale.
3. Gift Vouchers for a Cream or Afternoon Tea in Devon
Afternoon tea is a classic English tradition often consisting of a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, a Devonshire cream tea and an assortment of pastries and cakes, served on a tiered cake stand. With so much beautiful scenery such as the wild moorland of Dartmoor, the beautiful north and south Devon coastline, and the attractive cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay, Devon is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea. For those either living in or on holiday in Devon, gift vouchers for an afternoon or cream tea out in Devon make for a thoughtful present that the recipient can look forward to. We sell gift vouchers for cream or afternoon teas at certain hotels and tearooms in Devon. Our cream tea vouchers are sold in a rustic letterbox hamper containing local chocolate from Willies Cacao and a gift card containing a personalised message; all for £20. We think this makes for the perfect present as it’s something that can be enjoyed instantly on opening and also something to look forward to doing later on.
4. Devon Kitchen Gift Items
Kitchen gifts containing the Devon flag or a reference to Devon are actually quite easy to find. Zaffle specialise in producing custom designs and have loads of Devon themed kitchen gifts to choose from, including Devon tea towels, mugs, aprons, drink coasters, plates and much more. With loads of custom made gifts already on the site, you can also specifically search for places like Salcombe and Dartmouth to find products containing pictures from your chosen locations.
5. Devon Experience Day Gifts
For local residents and those with upcoming trips to Devon, it’s the perfect place for outdoor experience days and here are a few suggestions: For a rather extravagant gift consider a thrilling helicopter pleasure flight over South Devon's Jurassic Coast and admire the natural beauty of Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh's red cliffs, and much more. Devon has some great vineyards that offer tours and tasting sessions, the perfect present for the wine lover in your life. A Segway experience lets you get to grips with controlling the fantastic, futuristic Segway, and take a tour around a beautiful Haldon forest trail near Exeter, Devon. If you're looking for an extra special all weather experience gift for a friend, look no further than the superb Virtual Jet Centre Experience in Chudleigh, Devon, which is one of the only places in the UK where you can get into the cockpit without a pilot's licence. Another memorable gift idea is an all day train driving experience on the South Devon Railway. You can drive a steam or diesel locomotive from Buckfastleigh and take friends and family along for the ride.
6. Hand Made Craft Gifts from Devon & the South West
Devon is home to a thriving contemporary creative scene where lots of talented crafts people produce a variety of products that make for wonderful gifts. At the Devon Guild of Craftsmen you can discover a fantastic range of contemporary and traditional craft and design products for sale: from jewellery, blown glass, furniture, textiles and turned wood to ceramics and prints all hand made by Devon Guild Members. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is a leading national educational charity creating as many opportunities as possible for people to enjoy and learn about contemporary craft. Another great source of craft gifts from Devon is www.love-local.com (update July 17 - store closed but says it may re-open) whose website is dedicated to great products handcrafted in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall and Wiltshire. Their website has an assortment of fantastic gift ideas, arts, crafts and much more from small businesses and enterprises throughout Devon.