It’s that time of year again and we bet you’re wondering just what to give them this Christmas. To help you make some great choices, we’ve been out and about browsing the shops and businesses in East Sussex to check out their coastal Christmas gift ideas. The result? This inspired list of must-buys for your plus one, your home and even your furry friend.
Coastal Christmas gift ideas for your plus one
For the gold and silver connoisseur
Phoebe Jewellery based in Lewes designs and creates bespoke items with East Sussex scenes as inspiration. We’re in love with the otter and fish collection as well as the acorn pendants. And if you can’t decide on which piece, buy a Phoebe gift voucher. Take a look
For the alfresco diner
The Bolney Wine Estate in East Sussex has pulled out all the stops on this picnic hamper that comes packed with gourmet delights. We think you’ll need a whole day at Camber Sands to fully relish all the treats inside and of course, some Sussex sunshine. Bag your hamper online and then book your stay in Camber
For the opera aficionado who has (almost) everything
East Sussex’s famous opera house also has a shop where you can take your opera enthusiasm to a whole new level. Even at teatime there’s the quirky David Hockney porcelain collection based on The Rake’s Progress, performed at Glyndebourne in 1975. The tea set literally has everything including this tea bag tidy. Buy yours
For great family days out in East Sussex
Treat yourself and all the family to an English Heritage membership for the year and visit all the great monuments in East Sussex for free. And best of all, because you’ll want to make the most of your membership, you’ll have the perfect excuse to keep coming back! Join now
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For the lover of discerning cocktails
And with an East Sussex twist because the Seven Sisters spirit collection takes those Martini cocktails to a whole new level. Gift the Sussex Martini Case and look forward to enjoying exquisite combinations of Seven Sisters Dry White Vermouth and Seven Sisters Gin. And if your plus one has been extra good this year, why not splurge on the Seven Sisters Brandy too? Available online here from the Rathfinny estate.
For the cheese enthusiast
The Sussex Cheeseboard comes with no less than six Sussex cheeses including a smoked Ashdown Forrester and a Brighton Blue. Plus, you get some zingy chutney and local biscuits to complete the feast. And if cheese isn’t their thing, Lots of Love Sussex does a long list of other fine food, all with the made in Sussex label on the outside. Shop for foodie gifts
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For toasting in the New Year
Whether you’re ringing in the new year or planning for events in 2022 this case of Oxney sparkling wines includes six bottles of bubbles. Produced on the estate in Beckley near Rye, this is English organic wine at its finest. Buy yours here
And if you’d like to see how they make this Sussex-style champers for yourself, why not treat you and your plus one to a guided tour of the vineyard? Vouchers available
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Coastal Christmas gift ideas for your home
For year-round sparkle in your home
Add a festive twinkle with handmade stained-glass objects made by locals near Rye. Each piece is unique, guaranteed to bring a special touch to any space and remind you of East Sussex holidays. See them at Rye’s Handmade on Market Road in Rye or buy online
For Rye vintage
While you’re in the lovely town, be sure to pop into Rae where you’ll find a treasure trove of the objects to add panache to any room in the house. We love the oh-so cosy blankets and throws, but the stationary, scented candles and stylish hats are just as difficult to resist. You’ll find Rae on The Mint in the heart of Rye or buy online
For East Sussex wall art
There’s a particular piece of artwork we love that’s a medley of East Sussex landmarks (yes, Camber Sands takes pride of place!) on a giant capital S, perfect for any room. Choose from a black or white frame to suit your décor and remind yourself of this wonderful county every day! And Lucy also has letters for other places in East Sussex. Take a peek
For sustainable Christmas decorations
With saving our planet right at the top of the agenda, how about decking your home with some handmade wooden baubles? Not only do they look great, but they’ll help make the festive season that bit less plasticky. Shop them at Radical Giving at the Needlemakers building in Lewes or buy online
For colourful chores
Even drying-up is a joy with this Lewes tea towel. Designed by local children’s book illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson, its bright colours and funky pictures of Lewes landmarks will be a game-changer when it comes to chores. Find it at Radical Giving in Lewes or shop online.
For East Sussex art
Continuing our artistic theme, one of the digitally-created prints from Sussex Art Prints could just be the perfect coastal gift idea. We’ve picked out the Coastguard Cottages as one of our absolute favourites because, of course, it reminds us of our coastguard holiday lets at Camber Sands. See the whole collection here
Coastal Christmas gift ideas for your pooch
For a dry, happy furry friend
These dog robes aren’t made in East Sussex, but we’re certain their Scottish manufacturers had Cambers Sands in mind when they created the perfect accessory for all those canines who love the great outdoors. Available in a rainbow-palette of colours, they’re just what you need to dry Fido after he’s been dashing in and out of the sea and rolling in that glorious sand. Simply pop the robe on your dog, wait 30 minutes and hey presto, you have one dry hound! See for yourself
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For the poshest canine in town
For those dogs that just have to dress up for Christmas dinner, these handmade bow ties and bandanas will hit the spot. Choose from a range of patterns – you can personalise them too. You’re guaranteed the poshest canine at the table and best of all, they’re made in East Sussex! Come see
Best coastal Christmas gift idea of all?
In a world where we all have so many belongings, gifting experiences ensures you give something different and create lasting memories. One of the best experiences is a holiday by the sea in Camber Sands. For some inspiration, take a look at our selection of self-catering cottages in the area and then book yours for the perfect coastal gift idea for you and yours in 2022!
You’ll find even more Christmas gift ideas in our gift guide