Christmas Shopping In Cornwall
From the Blog
Cornwall has many leading chain stores and popular high street shops. But that’s not usually why people opt to do their Christmas shopping in Cornwall. Instead, visitors choose to shop in the Duchy to find unique gifts in our independent shops and boutiques. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a Christmas shopping guide for you.
Artwork & Crafts
Looking for an imaginative present for someone special? Cornwall is the place to be for galleries, potteries and craft shops, so you can be sure to find that precious and memorable gift. The Art Space Gallery in St Ives is positioned right on the harbourside and sells everything from glassware and ceramics to water colours and acrylics. Jo Downs Glass has galleries in St Ives, Padstow and Fowey, as well as the working studio and gallery in Launceston. Her range of gorgeous glassware includes jewellery, coasters, bowls, hangings and inspirational gifts, alongside her much sought-after statement interior pieces. Jeremy Sanders Studio near Penzance features bold oil paintings, often of the Cornish coast. There are lots of other beautiful galleries all across the county, but we would recommend St Ives, Padstow and Fowey as good starting points. If you want to create a personalised gift, try Star Glazers Pottery Painting Café in Falmouth and use paints, stencils and stamps to create an original piece of pottery.
For fashion fanatics, Cornwall has a plethora of independent shops and stylish boutiques for individual clothing and accessories. In the county’s only city of Truro, there is an excellent choice of independent shops. Stolen From Susie sells beautiful clothes, scarves and handbags at affordable prices; Busby & Fox sells gorgeous clothes, furniture and fresh flowers; and Tootsie & Tiger is a vintage boutique with a carefully curated collection of clothes from the 1920's onwards. Likewise, the bustling harbour town of Falmouth has an exciting mix of independent retailers such as Coast Casuals, Wild Pony, Secrets and Dizzy. Find out more about shopping in Falmouth here.
Jewellery & Quirky Gifts
Cornwall Gold offers a unique visitor experience In the heart of Cornwall's mining landscape. Set in 18 acres of beautiful grounds, Cornwall Gold has the UK’s biggest jewellery showroom. The city of Truro has some independent jewellery shops such as Little Jems Jewellers, Klimek and Cathedral Jewellers. If you’re looking for an unusual present or some stocking filler inspiration, Inhabit in Truro has fantastic fun and quirky gifts, or you could browse the gift shops in the seaside towns and villages such as Polperro, Looe, Porthleven and Mevagissey; you’ll be able to find everything from seashell toilet roll holders and sea scented candles, to Cornwall themed tea towels Poldark memorabilia. Don’t forget to visit a Christmas Market while you’re in Cornwall, you can find details of them here.
What could be better than sending a loved one a little taste of Cornwall? The county’s farm shops sell the best of local produce such as homemade jams and chutneys, seasonal vegetables and local wines and ciders. Try Lobbs Farm Shop in St Austell, Etherington’s in Redruth, Trevaskis Farm in Hayle, and Padstow Farm Shop. For the pasty lovers in your life, Philps Pasties in West Cornwall now offer a delivery service! Alternatively, check out The Cornish Food Box Company’s Christmas hampers, featuring everything from cider & chutney, to cheese & wine, to deli delights. Feeling flush? The Ultimate Christmas Hamper contains Tarquin’s gin, fruit cake, mince pies, apples juice, cheese, chutney, chocolate and much more!
Know anyone with a sweet tooth? Then you’ll also want to browse the sweet treats and Cornish confectionary in the farm shops. To experience the true flavours of the county, we recommend Cornish chocolate, fudge and clotted cream (served best with a scone and jam or a mince pie!) Find tempting treats at Kernow Chocolate in St Eval near Wadebridge, Buttermilk Fudge in Port Isaac and Padstow, County Confectionary in St Ives, or the food section at the Eden Project gift shop. If you would rather choose a Cornish tipple, head over to Polgoon Vineyard and Cider Orchard in Penzance or Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm near Truro for a great selection of Cornish ciders and wines.
Know of any other unique shops in Cornwall? Share your suggestions below.