Small Business Saturday is just around the corner on 3rd December, so we’ve compiled a short guide of some great gifts you can buy at our local independent retailers in Ross-on-Wye. Whether you’re looking for that special something for the one you love, a quirky gift for the ‘hard to buy for’ family member or a little treat for your four legged friend, there really is so much on offer and you can get pretty much everything in a day’s shopping trip (with of course, a stop off in one of the fantastic local eateries in the heart of town).
Gifts for kids
Christmas is all about the kids (well, maybe..) and you’ll find one of the prettiest shop fronts in town this month at Little Saplings on the High Street. The twinkly fairy lights and giant hanging snowflakes and snowballs set off a beautiful winter wonderland display of soft toy polar bears and penguins as well as the cutest range of Christmas outfits. The range includes little pudding bibs, winter coats and romper suits as well as knitwear and baby socks.
Also on High Street is Rossiter Books which stocks a fantastic range of books for all ages, with a particularly impressive children’s section. For your little bookworms, find the latest reads including Ben Miller’s ‘Secrets of a Christmas Elf‘, Tom Fletcher’s ‘The Christmasaurus‘, Amy Sparkes and Katie Hickey’s ‘The Repair Shop Stories: The Christmas Doll‘ and Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpiller’s Night Before Christmas‘. There is also a wide range of wonderful classic books by authors including Raymond Briggs, David Walliams, Eric Hill, C.S. Lewis and Enid Blyton.
If you’re looking for the latest toys or games for your little ones, head to Toy Box on Broad Street where they stock a huge range of well known brands including Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug, Ty, Airfix, Nerf, John Deere, Interplay, Dolls World plus soft toys and educational and early learning gifts. They also stock the popular Jiggly Pets Gigi Giraffe, set to be one of this year’s favourite Christmas toys!
Gifts for her
at broad st has plenty on offer for style-conscious ladies and Sally has a fantastic range of knitwear in stock at the moment as well as diamanté hair accessories and jewellery. Also, recently landed, is the stunning new Doug Eaton 2023 calendar with twelve months of beautiful semi-abstract art, depicting the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
Crowsfeet on Cantilupe Road is an absolute treasure trove stocking beautiful toiletries, glamorous jewellery, stylish kimonos, festive fairylights, eye catching handbags and candles including the delicious Orange & Cinnamon St Eval’s candles.
If you want to leave Ross feeling absolutely fabulous, make sure you visit Lainey’s & Silver Store, firm favourites for ladies’ wear and sparkling silver jewellery. You’ll find a huge range, from cozy wraps to fedora hats and gorgeous tops and trousers in an array of rainbow colours to brighten your day. Why not accessorise your look with something really special from the gorgeous silverware on offer?
Just over the road on High Street, Lalena Jewellery also stocks a fantastic array of jewellery as well as crystals and gemstones. For something fun and festive, you can find a lovely range of enamelled earrings and pendants depicting Christmas trees, robins, holly, snowmen, santas and snowflakes – perfect for the festive season!
If you’re starting to feel a little chilly, Lizzie Bunting at the bottom of Broad Street has got the perfect antidote to the cold weather – pick up a pair of gorgeous Joya socks or snuggle up in one of their cozy woollen or waffle blankets. The perfect treat for yourself or as a gift to keep your loved ones warm this winter.
Gifts for homeware lovers
For beautiful locally made crafts, a visit to Livinloom, located in a lovely townhouse basement on Gloucester Road, is an absolute must. Gaby creates a range of bespoke lampshades and handwoven items for the home. Also on display are handcrafted pottery, textiles & jewellery all made by local craftspeople.
For personalised gifts and wooden homeware, pop into Crossfield Creations on the High Street. There is no end of pretty gifts, many which can be etched with the name of the recipient. Also back in stock are the very cute little DCUK wooden ducks and penguins – be quick though as they sell out fast!
Boutique at No 2 is full to the brim with Christmas gifts, homeware and advent calendars, including the ever popular Gisela Graham mugs, jugs and decorations – check out the pretty Christmas robin stoneware or the Santa gonks and festive garlands to really add some magic to your home.
Gifts for the gardener
For the green fingered amongst you, there are lots of lovely gift ideas at Dor’s Garden. As well as Christmas wreaths, decorations and other festive themed gifts, there is a selection of spring bulb festive containers which are a lovely addition to your doorstop this season. It’s also the gift that keeps giving with the promise of a lovely spring display in the new year.
Heavenly Homes & Gardens on the High Street is also packed with beautiful ideas for both inside and outside the home including stunning festive fairy lights, decorations and garlands plus garden ornaments, hurricane lamps and planters.
For fresh Christmas trees, potted plants, flowers, wreaths, fairy lights, cut mistletoe and a wide range of gift ideas, pop into Ross Garden Store on Station Approach where you can also enjoy a light bite to eat or a warming latte at The Engine Shed Café. Their Christmas Shop is a magical space, filled with all manner of ornaments, decorations, crackers, tableware and family games plus a Christmas Food Shop stocking delicious festive treats and ready-filled hampers to suit all tastes.
Finally, not to leave out your furry family member, there are lots of healthy treats plus toys and gifts available from Raw Dogg a short drive from the town centre on Ashburton Industrial Estate. Or, choose from a selection of fun Christmas outfits and toys available at Ross-on-Wye’s town centre pet shop, Creature Comforts on Gloucester Road. How about a stylish stripy polar bear jumper or frilly necked tanktop for your chihuahua? You know they’ll thank you for it!