Posted: November 24th 2021
by Niobe Shaw
‘Tis the season, and many of you will be busy selecting Christmas presents for your loved ones over the next few weeks. We all love to give (and receive!) gifts and shopping locally can help to reduce the festive season’s impact on the environment. At Holkham’s courtyard Gift Shop, you will find a range of beautiful products, many of which are produced locally and sustainably. We have curated a series of gift guides to help you to choose thoughtful presents that will keep your friends and family smiling long after they’ve unwrapped them!
Our gift shop will be open daily until Christmas Eve with late night openings on certain dates. This Thursday, 25th December, we will be welcoming Paula Sutton of @hillhousevintage who will be signing copies of her new book, Hill House Living, from 2pm-4pm. Additionally, until 6pm, Archangel Distilleries will join us for gin tasting, there’ll be churros to enjoy and - weather dependent - a fire pit to keep you feeling toasty while you shop.
With our Walled Garden and stunning natural surroundings, it’s unsurprising that we have plenty of gifts for the green-fingered person in your life. From inspiring coffee table books and garden-inspired homeware to practical tools and luxurious pampering pressies to relieve tired bodies after a long day of digging, here are just a few of our gardening gift ideas.
Hand Cream, Wash and Scrub
Fikkerts, from £10
While gardening works wonders for our minds, it can result in aching bodies and dirty hands. These luxurious products are perfect for removing grime, leaving hands feeling beautifully refreshed after a day’s digging.
‘All Season One’ Gardening Gloves
Perfect for these colder months - and all year round - these gardening gloves are a practical present that are sure to be used time and time again.
We have a number of gardening books available in our shop, not limited to those pictured. If you are buying for someone who has just started their first garden, then ‘Ten Minute Gardener’ will provide plenty of advice. ‘Little Growers’ is full of gardening activities and recipes to enjoy with children. Whether you are treating a beginner or an expert, one of our books is bound to be suitable.
Created for gardeners, this nail brush would be an apt addition to the indulgent Fikkert’s products above.
Head Gardener Hook
From Period to Penthouse, £13.25
We all love an ego boost! Crafted from a vintage silver-plated spoon, this hook is hand-stamped with ‘Head Gardener’. Due to the nature of the product, it’s a unique piece and makes a beautiful gift.
Head Gardener’s Choice Seed packets
The best kind of seedy stocking filler! For anyone looking to grow their own produce to cook and enjoy, our seed packets contain Head Gardener Mark’s favourite vegetables. The range includes beetroot, pak choi, pumpkins and squash or even scotch bonnets for the spice lovers!
Wildflowers Wildlife Collection
These tins by Seedball contain a selection of six balls of wallflowers, specifically chosen to support bees, butterflies, hedgehogs, birds, beetles and bats. Plus, the box itself is beautifully illustrated and can be reused as a handy storage container for plant labels, seed packets or around the home.
Trowel and Fork
Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball, £23 each
These hand tools are the perfect combination of practicality and beautiful design. With smooth, beechwood handles and polished stainless steel heads, the tools will glide smoothly through the soil, feel wonderful to hold and will slowly mould itself to the shape of the owner’s hand.
Brian Donovan, £30
Brian Donovan is a local woodworker using wood from local, fallen trees to create habitats for wildlife.. These wooden bee hotels provide shelter to help protect solitary bees, perfect for creating a buzz in anyone’s garden!
A Visit to the Walled Garden
If you want to give the gift of an experience rather than a product, why not promise your plant-loving pal or flower fan a day out to Holkham’s Walled Garden once it reopens in the spring? This will be something to look forward to during the winter months, and is sure to provide plenty of inspiration for their own gardens.