Last Updated: 22 April 21
Gift Ideas from Devon
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 your 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 excellent presents for people with connections to the county. We’ve come up with this list of 10 great Devonshire related gift ideas to inspire you.
1. Devon & West Country Food Hampers
Devon’s famous for the food it produces and holiday makers love experiencing the fantastic food available across the county. Devon has a vast array of farm shops that support local artisan food brands and 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 and drink such as Dartmoor Wildflower Honey, Luscombe Drinks, Georgie Porgie Puddings, Burts British Hand Cooked Potato Crisps, Teoni’s Biscuits and Willies Cacao chocolate, to name just a few. We also have a range of savoury hampers with savoury biscuits, chutneys, hand-made cheeses, nuts and other savour snacks. All of the food and drink that goes into our hampers is sourced locally from within a 30 mile radius of Devon Heaven HQ. Food hamper gifts are sent directly to the lucky recipients and are hugely popular with those who live further afield and have fond memories of Devon. All Devon Heaven hampers are sent with a personalised gift message of your choice on a leaflet carrying a beautiful countryside scene of Devon. West Country food hampers make the perfect gift to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, retirement or as a thank-you.
Devon Cream Tea Hampers - One of the most popular types of Devon hampers we sell are cream teas by post, perfect for those wanting a really indulgent treat. Cream teas by post make especially good birthday presents and are also perfect for celebrating Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Cream tea always spark a lively conversation as to whether it’s cream or jam on first!
Devon Cider Hampers - 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 delicious Devonshire food. Our cider hampers include; Craft Devon cider hamper, Classic Devon food basket with cider and the ever popular Cider and cheese hamper.
Artisan Cake and Biscuit Hampers - Devon is so lucky to have a great selection of high quality local bakeries within the County and this has inspired us to create our Artisan Cake & Biscuit Hampers to showcase these great products.
For those who love ALL things West Country, we have created our West Country Hampers that include food and drink from across the South West including Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.
2. Devonshire Photographs, Cards and Calendars
Devon has an abundance of beautiful scenery with its spectacular coastline, rolling green hills and the rugged moorland of Dartmoor and Exmoor never too far away. A visual memento of the splendour of Devon is a thoughtful way to brighten up someone’s home and remind them of the beauty of Devon without having to leave the house. Devon photographer, Kyle Baker offers a selection of photographic prints, cards and calendars celebrating the beauty of the Devon landscape, seascape and countryside.
3. Vintage style Devon posters, greetings cards and gifts
South Devon artist Becky Bettesworths popular Devon vintage style prints and gifts are a beautiful memento of Devon. Becky’s work draws inspiration from the classic railway posters of the 1930s. Her vintage posters depicting pictures of Devon are modern and fresh, without the fuss and rush of the modern world. Becky draws her inspiration from a time when life drifted at an easier slower pace. There are a range of posters of favourite popular places in Devon as well as other gifts including cushions, chocolates and stationery.
4. Art from Devon
It’s always special to receive a gift of art from Devon. Laura Wall is an artist, illustrator and author with a studio and gallery based in the seaside town of Teignmouth, Devon. Here you can find an array of arty gifts celebrating all things Devon. Winner of Best Devon Art Gallery 2019, winning Britain’s Best Up and Coming Artist 2013 and recognised for her work by the Fine Art Trade Guild, Laura Wall art is sure to be a well received, bright and cheery gift.
5. Devonshire & West Country Paintings and Pictures
If you’re looking for artwork in a variety of themes and styles, visit West Country Galleries. Here you will find artwork in a variety of styles and themes including seascape and landscape paintings and pictures 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 has lots of lovely bright, high quality photographs of Devon for sale.
6. Gift Vouchers for a Cream or Afternoon Tea in Devon
Devon Cream tea gift vouchers - Afternoon tea is a classic English tradition offering 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 in Devon including 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 tea or cream tea in Devon provide a tasty treat and a day out that the recipient can look forward to.
7. Devon Kitchen Gift Items
Devon gifts for the kitchen - Devon themed kitchen gifts containing the Devon flag or a reference to Devon are a fun reminder of happy times spent in Devon. Traditional homewares and essentials shop, Lawsons est. in Devon in 1904 has some beautiful Devon mugs, tea towels and mementos of Devon.
Devon themed kitchen Gifts showing Devon flags and imagery are actually quite easy to find. Zaffle specialise in producing custom designs and have a vast array 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.
8. Devon Travel Experience Gifts
Devon travel 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. Or if you prefer to take things at a slower pace, a hot air balloon flight enjoying all of Devon’s magnificent scenery from above is an experience to be treasured for years to come.
Flying can be enjoyed whatever the weather at the Virtual Jet Centre near Exeter. It’s one of the only places in the UK where you can get into the cockpit without a pilot’s licence.
Know someone who fancies themselves as a train driver? 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.
If futuristic travel is more your style, a Segway experience lets you explore the beautiful Haldon forest trail near Exeter, Devon.
9. Devon Food and Drink Experiences
Situated in the stunning rolling countryside along the banks of the River Dart in South Devon, the Sharpham Estate offers a variety of Devon Vineyard tours and tasting sessions, the perfect present for the wine lover in your life. Sharpham has been at the heart of the wine making industry for nearly 40 years and continues to grow and build on the success of it’s wine production. As well as wine production, Sharpham produces award winning Brie soft cheese. The team employ traditional techniques so the cheeses remains fully hand-produced and free of GM ingredients. The gift of a tour at Sharpham will be a beautifully unique and memorable experience.
Giving the gift of eating out and enjoying some great locally produced food is such a treat, book your loved ones a meal at award winning organic restaurant, Riverford Field Kitchen situated on Riverfords working farm and serving up all the best locally grown, organic food that Devon has to offer.
Situated at the other end of the County in East Devon, River Cottage gift vouchers can be redeemed against a wide selection of River Cottage cookery courses which include hedgerow foraging, beekeeping or the classic ‘River Cottage experience’ and events such as River Cottage summer night feasts or Eat better forever with Hugh to name but a few. The recipient of your voucher will be spoilt for choice.
10. 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 wonderful and unique 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.
Otterton Mill in East Devon is home to exhibiting the work of over 50 talented artists and artisan makers from Devon and the South West. Featuring a wide range of media, including ceramics, glassware, jewellery, textiles, prints, paintings, photography, metal and wood, all displayed within the unique setting of a historic Mill. There’s an inspiring selection of both functional and decorative work, at prices to suit all budgets.
Head South to Torbay and Discover over 20 skilled and contemporary artists and craft makers in the Stable Yard and Sea Change Studios at Cockington Court. You can buy high quality crafts directly from the makers, See the glass blowers create amazing works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking away in his forge, and smell the delightful aromas created by the chocolatier. There is nothing quite so special as choosing a hand-crafted gift that you have watched being made.