Local Christmas Presents

The Christmas shopping season is well upon us and there are lots of locally made presents available here in Teddington.

If you’re particular proud of the Teddington name, Kitchen Sync have a range of gifts including mugs, pillows and cards brandishing this including Teddington tea towels with lots of Teddington trivia, designed by the shop themselves!

There are many Teddington-themed presents at The Loft including a new hard back book “A Year In The Life of Bushy Park” (also available at Waterstones) which is packed full of glossy photos and interesting facts about our local park. Regular park user and photographer Joanna Jackson chronicles how the changing seasons affect the park and writes about every aspect including it’s history, buildings, sporting links, flora and fauna.

If you use the park regularly and wish to help the Royal Parks Foundation maintain it, you can help them earn a percentage of items compared and bought online with no cost to you! See here for the Give as you earn scheme which won’t cost you a penny but can help maintain the magic of Royal Parks.

Fancy having breakfast or dinner delivered in a wooden Teddington themed tray? These unique serving trays can be purchased for £25 by contacting Emma via emma_mapp@hotmail.com

If you’re looking for some unusual baubles for the tree this year (or many painted gifts), you can paint your own at Happy Potter (left), or purchase some hand-made baubles from Gillian Million, each unique transparent bauble containing flowers and Christmassy & sparkly innards (right).

You can browse the creations or request a bespoke piece from skilled jewellery-maker and silver smith Charlotte Bezzant if you’re looking for something really special crafted here in Teddington.

Artist Su Hubbard has created an illustration to mark the closing of Teddington Studios, including the commemorative blue plaques of the famous names that have recorded there over the years.

10% of the price is going to the Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund. Su also can create bespoke commissions of illustrations of your home which also make for a great and unique present.

Speaking of hand-made items, you will always find unique presents such as award-winning upcycled jewellery and exclusive fashion at 1of1Design, as seen here featured on Grey Fox Blog

There are a couple of rare opportunities today to visit shops not usually open the public – Teddington-based Alice Hannah fashion and accessories are hosting a Christmas sale today (Saturday 6th) just a quick step from the High Street 10am-4pm.

Also Lotta from Stockholm will be having a pop-up shop today too at Divine at Number 12 where you can pickup jewellery, jumpers, rugs and clogs.

If you fancy something recognisable but different, how about an unusual 360 degree portrait of a local scene! 360 degree photos (Bushy Park shown above) have been created by local photographer Marcus Hamilton and are available framed from But Is It Art – some of which are on display in the window.

Also don’t forget that whatever you’re buying, it will probably fit nicely into one of the Totally Locally Teddington bags for sale at Card Collection, Simply Skin and Heirloom for £5 each – purchasing these helps fund the campaign to support our local independent businesses.

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