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Looking for Christmas Shopping Inspiration?

Are you looking to give something different and exciting this Christmas to friends and family? Or perhaps you are drawing up your own wish list for Santa? Whether you have been naughty or nice this year, why not consider a unique present or gift experience from Dartmouth and fabulous South Devon, knowing that it will go down a real treat?



If you are no fan of Black Friday, put off by traffic and parking in busy towns, just lacking motivation on Amazon, or even slipped into 3 for 2 oblivion already, this could be just what you are looking for! Whether you are looking for some Dartmouth inspired gifts or clothing, or actually would really love to book an experience at one of the many attractions in the area and start counting the days down to your next holiday here, read on....


Let's start right here in fabulous Dartmouth. How about booking a memorable boat trip with the Fizz Boat as a Christmas gift? A great way to spoil yourself or the lucky recipient. Champagne cruise, anyone? Or socks again? Hmmm, which do you think?


Moving on....how about a decadent Cream Tea, served with panache at the stylish Dart Marina Hotel? Or perhaps combine it with a Spa Treatment at the hotel for a lovely pamper session? Now you're talking!


Love trains? Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company offer vouchers to create memories to last a lifetime. Imagine - something to look forward to that's really different and shows a lot of thought.


Does fine dining float your boat instead? Did you know you can buy vouchers for The Seahorse Restaurant, which has gained numerous national awards and features in the Sunday Times Top 100 UK Restaurants? That sounds nice, doesn't it?



Adventurous and sporty? Sea Kayak Devon, based in Dartmouth, sounds perfect! Vouchers can be used to buy full day or half day trips, or can be put towards any trips and courses.


You know you want to try it! Who fancies The Paddle Shack, for paddleboarding on the Dart? Exciting!


Clothes! No, not socks.....we are talking stylish, nautical, unique to Dartmouth. That would be Jack Speak! Have you checked out their website, showcasing Jack Speak Apparel collections for men, ladies, children and accessories?


Historian? Interested in the navy? You can book tickets for Britannia Royal Naval College Tours. An truly excellent experience and a "must do" for any visitor.


How about some nautical niceness in your home? Bert & Buoy offer distinctive, contemporary homeware and accessories, inspired by the coastal scenery that surrounds Dartmouth. Their website is amazing and full of ideas to tempt the shopper!


Breakfast time! Did you know Cafe Alf Resco have an online shop and also offer vouchers, which you can spend on breakfast, brunch or lunch? That is a great gift, and so much better than sending someone a routine hamper of shortbread and mass produced marmalade.


Wine buff? Mad about cheese? Guided tasting, vine to wine and private tour gift vouchers are available at Sharpham Vineyard. Sounds seriously good to us! A stunning location for the lucky recipient of one of those vouchers.


A beautiful calendar of pure Dartmouth joy? Have you looked at the Dartmouth 2020 calendar produced by Martin Thomas at Dartmouth Photos?





Venturing a little further afield....


Gin fan? Oh my goodness....do Salcombe Gin have a range of simply amazing experiences! From Gin School to bespoke taster sessions and their online shop - this must be the ultimate gift for gin lovers everywhere. You can treat us, if you want! We highly recommend the Gin School sessions for two, from personal experience.


Thrillist? How about Sea n Shore vouchers for an exhilerating RIB ride out of Salcombe into Start Bay, or even a RYA Powerboat Course instead? Or you can buy vouchers to be put towards an experience instead. Feel free to throw in a comb - they will be needing it at the end of this!


Love Dartmoor? Treat your loved ones to a private guided walk or organised event to get back to nature and in tune with the land in Britain's favourite national park with the fabulous and inspiring Dartmoor's Daughter.


Love animals? How about gifting families and children an action packed, unforgettable and totally cute day out meeting miniature pigs and donkeys, ponies, alpacas and more at Pennywell Farm?





How about that for some ideas to get your Christmas shopping underway with some unique and truly wonderful suggestions? We do hope we have got you thinking creatively and with the added benefit of supporting local businesses, too. Or why not book a week or short break at our national award winning boutique holiday cottage - The Old Wash House? Perfect for family holidays or romantic escapes, we would love to see you!


Happy Shopping!





















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