Monday 11 December 2017

The North East Christmas Gift Guide

While the internet may be full of Christmas Gift Guides I doubt you'll find too many like this! I love to share my favourite North East finds at Christmas time and buying your loved ones gifts inspired by or created here in the North East is such a great way to help the local community and purchase some truly unique and special gifts.

I hope you enjoy this year's North East Christmas Gift Guide (if you want even more ideas check out last year's guide here!)

The North East Christmas Gift Guide

Make your own single at Cluny Studios 

Anyone else love warbling along to Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas"?  Chances are you'll know someone that's always wanted to be a popstar so this Christmas why not give them the most amazing Christmas gift with the chance to record their own track in a proper recording studio!  A one hour session at the Cluny Studios costs £50.00 and includes your own engineer to mix your track and make it perfect.  Your experience is valid for 12 months and you'll even get 5 CDs with your track to give out to your friends!

A Cosy Winter Break at the Lord Crewe Arms

We discovered the Lord Crewe Arms a few months ago and it is one of the most beautiful places that we have ever stayed.  If you're looking for the ultimate gift for someone special in your life then a gift voucher for the Lord Crewe Arms will tick every box.  You can treat your loved one to a foodie voucher, a Gatehouse Event voucher (read my review of the Gatehouse here) or a stay over voucher.

You can buy a Lord Crewe Arms voucher here.

North East Christmas Gift Guide - Lord Crewe Arms

Starbucks Newcastle Mugs

If you're a regular visitor to Starbucks you may have spotted their brilliant limited edition Newcastle mugs that are currently available. Featuring some very familiar Geordie landmarks, the mugs are perfect for any Starbucks fans and will look great on display in the kitchen.  Not available online, you can find them in the local Starbucks stores (and why not treat yourself to a festive coffee while you're there!)

The 21 Hospitality Group Taste Tour

Before I'd read Sam's wonderful review of the 21 Hospitality Group Taste Tour I had no idea that it existed! For £45.00 you can buy a voucher that offers you the best foodie experience in the Toon.  Restaurant hop between three of the 21 Groups best locations and enjoy bar snacks at the Broad Chare, Mains at Caffe Vivo and then dessert at 21 Newcastle. I have been hinting very heavily to Santa Simon that I'd very much like a voucher for Christmas!

Buy your 21 Taste Tour Voucher here

North East Christmas Gift Guide - 21 Taste Tour

Cheeseboard from the Grainger Market

Find me a foodie who wouldn't love the gift of cheese! Matthew's Cheese Shop at the Grainger Market sells over 200 different types of cheese so it's THE place to go to create the foodie's perfect cheeseboard this Christmas.  A great present for the cheese lover in your life, Matthew's Cheese Shop can help you create a truly unique and special cheeseboard that's beautifully presented all ready for your loved one.

Find out more about Matthew's Cheese Shop here

Pampering at All About You

All About You has become my favourite beauty salon in Newcastle, I love popping in for a treatment and a gossip with the lovely ladies.  I'm slowly working my way through their menu of treats and have so far enjoyed a pedicure, manicure and waxing (I'm definitely booking myself a post Christmas facial next!)  The beautiful little spot below the Grey Street Hotel is the perfect place to treat your Mam or best friend this Christmas and their gift vouchers make a great present!

Discover more about All About You here

North East Christmas Gift Guide - All About You

A Bottle of Durham Gin

2017 has definitely been the year of gin for me and I know that I'm not the only person who has become a complete ginthusiast!  If you want to grab a gin inspired gift from here in the North East why not check out Durham Gin.  I've got my eye on their Durham Damson, Blackbery and Ginger Gin Liqueur (how good does that sound?) - another hint to Santa Simon!

Buy your Durham Gin gifts here

Local Produce from the Fenwick's Food Hall

I love pottering around the Food Hall at Fenwick's at Christmas time and there are plenty of local gifts that you can buy the foodie lovers in your life. How about a bottle of Noveltea (the perfect Christmas tipple) a Rafi's Spicebox Curry Kit (great for the budding chef), some Gingerbread Mam goodies (for your friend with a sweet tooth) or, of course, if you're feeling extra generous you can create your own Fenwick's Hamper!

North East Christmas Gift Guide - Fenwick's Food Hall

Geordie Gifts

I couldn't write a North East Christmas Gift Guide without mentioning Geordie Gifts could I? This year buying your presents from the cheeky Geordies is even easier with their pop up shop at Grainger Market. I love their hilarious tote bags and their coasters are perfect stocking fillers. I've already bought up half their shop and there are a few Geordie Gifts sitting under my tree!

Buy your Geordie Gifts here, or pop down to their shop at The Grainger Market

12 Deals for Christmas at Matfen Hall

Personally I love to receive a gift experience at Christmas and if you love the idea of treating your loved one to something really special this year check out the range of gift ideas available at Matfen Hall in their 12 Deals for Christmas.  They have 12 special gift ideas all available at a reduced rate over the festive period. From Afternoon Teas to Weekend Breaks and Golf Experiences, there's a gift for everyone!  Vouchers are valid January - March 2018, giving your loved one something to look forward to in the cold Winter months!

Check out the 12 Deals for Christmas here

North East Christmas Gift Guide - Matfen Hall

I would love to hear about any North East Christmas gifts you've bought this year! I still have a few more people I need to buy for!

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  1. Yes, I'll have all of those thank you <3 Ooh, I'd love to record a CD, now should I sing "wind the bobbin up" or "Let it go"?

  2. Great gift list Chloe. I’d love any of these!

  3. Love this post Chloe! Even though I'm not in the North I've got so much inspiration from it!

    Rosie |


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