Looking for the perfect gift for the Sussex lover in your life? Or maybe you just want to fill your basket with gorgeous Sussex gifts and support your local community? Here at Sussex Bloggers we’ve been searching the county from coast to countryside to bring you a fabulous Sussex gift guide packed with products crafted or inspired by East and West Sussex.
A Sussex Gift Guide
Sussex has an ever-growing scene of independent craftspeople and producers offering all kinds of fabulousness from food and drink to arts, crafts, gorgeous accessories and unique homeware. Our guide showcases some of our favourites. Read on to find some beautiful, locally crafted and Sussex inspired gifts, both traditional and contemporary.
Gifts for Art Lovers
Iconic Sussex scenes from Sussex Art Prints
Inspired by local landscapes, nature and abstracts. East Sussex graphic designers, Stefan Mucha and Amanda Lewis-Clements, produce some wonderful wall art, prints and cards. The Giclée fine art prints are from original artwork of well-known Sussex landscapes and landmarks. The quality of the prints is excellent and they’re available framed and unframed. Paired down, pale and gorgeous, I have two at home on my wall.
Monochrome Location Letter prints by ‘Lucy Loves This’
Designed by Lucy Stephens, in the studio at the bottom of her garden, these location letter prints celebrate everything local. Using monochrome typography and drawings Lucy draws on local treasures that make each town unique. Currently, there are three Sussex letter prints; Brighton, Chichester and Hastings, with two more – East Sussex and West Sussex – scheduled for early next year. The prints are made in the UK, printed on recycled paper, easily postable and under £25.00 if unframed, or £55.00 if framed.
Buy online at LucyLovesThis and check out their 200 plus other prints if you’re looking for towns and cities further afield.
Online Mandala Art Classes for Beginners by ‘Mandala Meadow’
Have you ever seen a mandala and wondered how it is made? Join a live online art class with Sussex based artist (and co-founder of Sussex Bloggers) Kathryn Burrington and find out exactly how to craft one yourself. As Kathryn explains “Mandalas are an ancient art form originally from Napel and India. Drawing them is now widely recognised as a wonderful aid to relaxation. Once you know a few simple techniques, they’re a lot easier to draw than you think.”
Gift vouchers are available for Kathryn’s classes costing from £15 per person for a 90-minute lesson. Large private group classes are also available, perfect for corporate groups, hen parties and family gatherings no matter where you are in the world.
Buy gift vouchers online at Mandala Meadow.
Gifts for Sussex Bookworms
My mantra for buying Christmas gifts is ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read’ and it works well. I’m always happy to receive a book and if it’s a book with a Sussex theme then I’m doubly happy. From local folklore and legend to Sussex cookbooks and murder mysteries here are a few titles that’ll whet your Sussex whistle.
Snake River Press
Snake River Press create beautiful little hardback books and guides about Sussex. Titles range from A Sussex Miscellany and An Eccentric Tour of Sussex to Salacious Sussex. There are around 20 in all. I own Good Food and Drink in Sussex by Fizz Carr and will be adding more. The books feature the county’s history, landscape, art and culture, which together paint a unique picture of Sussex life both past and present. Intelligently written and lovingly crafted with stylish design and imagery, the books make perfect Sussex gifts for friends and family, or self-indulgent treats for yourself. I’m guessing the name Snake River is inspired by the Cuckmere River – if anyone knows do let me know.
See all the titles and shop online at Snake River Press
Gifts for Her
360 Botanics – natural vegan skincare and wellness
At 360 Botanics it’s all about 100% natural skin care and wellness products. The therapeutic healing power of pure essential oils and natural plant-based ingredients go into making the cleansing oils, exfoliants, pink clay masks and super serums. Wellness products include soy wax candles, therapeutic bath salts and essential oil infused aroma mists. Every single product is hand blended and packaged in small batches, in Lewes East Sussex. It’s 100% vegan, cruelty free and free from chemicals.
Shop online at 360 Botanics
Gifts for Foodies
Rowdy and Fancy’s Chocolate
Sussex has a clutch of independent chocolatiers and chocolate makers and you can read about them here in our guide to Sussex Chocolate. Among our favourites are Rowdy and Fancy chocolatiers who create especially tempting flavours in Forest Row. Their rose chocolate is the most sublime chocolate that’ll ever cross your lips.
James Hull is the name behind J Cocoa. This empassioned chocolate maker works from his studio in Hassocks, West Sussex and is the only chocolate maker in Sussex that we know who makes bean to bar chocolate, ethically, sustainably and with zero-waste packaging. What’s not to love?
A Sussex gift guide would not be complete without cheese! The Goodwood estate is renowned for its fabulous organic produce and you can now buy a range of meat and dairy products from their farm shop. We’re particularly fond of their creamy soft white Levin Down, their rich mature Charlton Cheese and the award-winning Molecomb Blue. Pre-order and collect Good Cheeses from their online shop.
Sussex Charmer is a newish cheese from Bookham Harrison Farms. The cheese is a cross between Cheddar and Parmesan and made from morning milk from a single grass feed herd in Rudgewick. Buy Sussex Charmer online.
Alsop and Walker
Alsop and Walker really have got it right when it comes to making top-notch artisan cheeses. With such a superb range, there is a cheesy nibble for everyone. Their platters are a great gift for cheese-lovers. Visit the Alsop and Walker’s website to feast your eyes on the full range. They also sell and Borough Market and supplied cheese for Kate and William’s wedding breakfast.
I’m beginning to think we need to dedicate a whole post to Sussex cheeses – there’s a huge range of local producers.
Gifts for Tipplers
There’s a huge range of locally produced gins to choose from. So many, in fact, that we were inspired to write a whole article featuring some of our favourite Sussex Gins.
For our gift guide we’re featuring Slake Gin. This independent artisan gin distillery is solar powered with many of the botanicals foraged in the countryside near Shoreham-by-Sea where the gin is made. Slake Hedgerow Gin packs a punch of warm peppery, spicy flavours which makes it a fabulous winter warmer. Perfect after Sunday autumn walks, cosy fireside tipples and a must on any Sussex gift guide.
Buy online at Slake Spirits
A wine tour or tasting at Rathfinny wine estate
Rathfinny wine estate near Alfriston in East Sussex is home of Sussex Sparklilng. A bottle, or even two, of this fabulous English sparkling wine or Rathfinny’s Cradle Valley wine make for a a beautifully Sussex themed gift. Alternatively, book a wine tasting or wine tour at the Rathfinny Estate. Don’t forget to pop into nearby Alfriston to Rathfinny’s Gun Room for a a peek at their range of wine and wine themed gifts before you leave. Read this review of the Rathfinny wine tour with lunch to see why you should book up today.
The oldest independent brewery is the perfect place to get your hands on the gift of beer. Harvey’s Brewery has been brewing fine ales to the family recipe for seven generations. Pay a visit to the brewery on your next trip to Lewes and then pop into the shop for supplies and gifts including beer, wine, gin and Harvey’s merchandise. Online shopping is also available along with pre-ordering and customer collection.
Shop Harvey’s online or visit at 6 Cliffe High Street, Lewes, BN7 2AH
Tinwood Estate Sparkling Wines & Gift Vouchers
Situated in the heart of West Sussex at the foot of the South Downs National Park, Tinwood has a reputation for producing some of the finest English sparkling wines. You can purchase their wines online as well as gift vouchers for wine tasting, afternoon tea and overnight stays in one of their luxurious lodges.
Visit Tinwood Estate’s online shop.
Langham Brewery is an award-winning independent steam-powered microbrewery in Lodsworth near Petworth, West Sussex. In addition to their exquisite cask-conditioned craft beer, they sale a range of merchandise in their online gift shop as well as gift vouchers for their brewery tours.
Visit Langham Brewery’s online shop to find out more about their home delivery or drive-through services.
Gifts for History Buffs
Sussex has more than its fair share of monuments, castles, abbeys and historical sights. An annual membership to English Heritage is a wonderful way to to visit some of Sussex’s best. If you’re quick you can get discounts on gift and annual memberships. Visit English Heritage and use code EH202 for 15% off. I suggest you start with a visit to Battle Abbey – not that I’m biased…
Gifts for Walkers and Hikers
Sussex walk guide books
If you know someone who likes walking and likes pubs then this Guide to East Sussex Pub Walks is perfect for popping in their pocket next time they’re out for a hike with a pub stop. If it’s West Sussex you’re looking for then we’ve got you covered with West Sussex Pub Walks: 20 Circular Walking Routes & the Best Places to Stop… There are a whole range of Sussex walks including pub stops, circular walks and dog walks. Check out the complete list…
Ordnance survey maps with a personal touch
For map lovers, Ordnance Survey has you covered. Their explorer maps feature car parks, contour lines, campsites, pubs, and much more. Every map comes with a free digital download for your devices which you can use while you’re out and about. Alternatively, just buy the GPS downloads for your device. Always handy to have a paper map though in case you lose your signal.
I’m intrigued by the Great British Adventure map and personalised maps which can be centralised to anywhere in Great Britain or Gift Vouchers are always useful.
Guided Sussex Walks
If you’re looking for a guided walk then our very own Sussex Bloggers co-founder, Kathryn, offers walks to Halnaker tree tunnel and windmill and also around Arundel (April to November). Walks are embellished with snippets of local history and stories from Sussex folktales and legends with information about plants and animals spotted along the way. She also offers a downloadable self-guided treasure trail around the town of Arundel – perfect for the whole family.
Gifts for Gardeners
The Sussex Trug
Every gardener worth their salt should have a Sussex Trug. The traditional wooden basket is used for harvesting produce and flowers. The handle and rim are made of coppiced sweet chestnut wood and the body of willow. Sussex trugs originate in the Herstmonceux area of East Sussex and have been made since the 1820s. The trugs are based on an idea dating back to Anglo Saxon times. A genuine Sussex trug will last a long time – mine’s still going strong after 15 years. It’s the perfect practical and sustainable gift for the gardener in your life. Beware of cheap immitations.
Find out more about genuine at Sussex Trugs the original Sussex trug maker.
We hope you’ve found some cool and unusual presents in our Sussex gift guide. Happy shopping! If you know of a Sussex business that would compliment our gift guide do drop us a line so we can consider including them. If you like this post please share it with your friends and on social media and support our local Sussex businesses.
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