The Isle of Wight is home to a rich cottage-style industry and we are pretty skilled and inventive bunch down here. With all sorts of independent shops and boutiques as well as jewellers, potters, painters and candlestick makers you won’t be hard pushed to find something a little out of the ordinary to gift your loved ones this Christmas.
The Quay Arts Shop
Here you’ll discover a range of locally made ceramics, textiles, jewellery and one-off pieces sharing shelves with work from Quay Arts artists and tutors at Jubilee Stores. You will find handmade cards, novelties, children’s crafts, gift vouchers and thoughtful gifts.
Everybody loves a tipple at Christmas, go one (or we should say 12) better than the traditional bottle of homemade sloe gin and splash out on a Tipsy Wight 12 Days of Christmas Vodka Liqueur gift set. Reflect on the year gone past and sip your way through the seasons enjoying the flavours of the english countryside from elderflower to damson. All vodkas and liqueurs are all made by hand using fresh seasonal fruits, in small batches from ingredients grown or foraged for, on and around the Tipsy Wight farm.
Based down in the wilds of Niton on the southern point of the Island, Tregear Pottery are throwing some of the most distinctive pots and ceramics around. Made from a fine white stoneware, each piece is hand decorated with designs inspired by the exceptionally beautiful wild coastal landscapes found on the Back of the Wight.
Sophie Honeybourne and the team at Honeybourne Jewellery put the artistry in artisanal jewellery making. Sophie’s classic enamel range is inspired by the change and repetition found within nature, drawing from the surrounding beautiful deserted beaches and unspoilt woodland. She works mainly in silver, adding sumptuous seasonal colours from a palette of around 50 kiln-fired Vitreous enamels. Pick something from her existing collections or commission something bespoke for her to make for you.
Arreton Barns is pretty much your one-stop shop for an alternative to the high street this year. Known as the Island’s largest arts and crafts centre, the barns are nestled in the beautiful countryside at the heart of the Isle of Wight, and are home to an eclectic array of arts and crafts studios, along with shops to find interesting and unique gifts this year.