A Holkham Holiday Gift Guide

Posted: December 03rd 2018

Holkham gift shop stocks a wide variety of gifts throughout the year, from Holkham souvenirs to handmade artisan goods to local, home cooked produce.

Forget the hustle, bustle and queues of the high street, and browse for that unique gift at Holkham. The shop is stocked full to the brim with exquisite tree and room decorations, as used to decorate Holkham Hall for the wonderful Candlelight Tours. There are scented candles, Christmas cards, jewellery, festive cooking utensils and cookie cutters, puddings, chutneys and festive tipples to choose from. You’re spoilt for choice!

Each bauble for sale in the gift shop can be found carefully hung somewhere special in Holkham Hall! Each year, Lady Leicester and Catherine Zoll start planning for Christmas as early as January; this includes a trip to the world’s leading trade fair for festive and seasonal decoration, Christmasworld in Frankfurt. A theme for each stateroom is picked and the hunt for the perfect decorations begins!

As soon as Holkham Hall visitor season closes at the end of October, the team of Holkham warriors assemble and the grand task of decorating the Hall begins! The North State Dining room has a whimsical fairy feel to it this year and you can expect to find the same delicate fairies for your own home in the gift shop. Another favourite for this year are the foodie-themed baubles which, as you might have guessed, can be found in the Old Kitchen. Could you find a spot for these unusual decorations in your home?

As you wander from room to room, you might notice that each room has its own festive scent. From the smell of real pine trees to cinnamon and orange – you really do get a sense of Christmas! Fill your home with a Christmassy smell, there’s nothing more warming than a flickering flame on a cold winter’s night. The gift shop stock a selection of candles – you’ll smell them as soon as you walk into the shop.

On to the food! Over the festive period, food and drink play such a big part in your celebrations. There are family gatherings, work do’s, buffets and of course the main event! The gift shop stocks a wonderful selection of locally made produce – perfect to set your dinner table apart from the rest. We all know Christmas wouldn’t be complete without cheese, chutney and cold meats, plus something warming to wash it down with, of course.

Go to town and treat the food lovers on your gift list with a hamper of all their favourite things! With so much to choose from you’ll be fighting for space! Speak to the team in the gift shop, Margaret, Amanda and Jackie are on hand to help you choose the perfect gift.

For those who know Holkham, know we wouldn’t forget about your four-legged friends! Of course, there are gifts for your pets too! There’s beds and toys and bowls and how about a special treat of Pooch’s homemade biscuits – turkey and cranberry bones anyone?

The gift shop will be staying open late on Candlelight Tour evenings, so if you are booked onto one, be sure to pop in, have a browse and take a little bit of Holkham Home. Happy shopping!

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