Looking for a special Winter Solstice or Christmas gift? Give something unique and support Glastonbury writers, small businesses, photographers, designers, artists and craftspeople by buying something from this gift guide. I’ve tried to include gifts for a wide range of family and friends. I cheated by finding two slipper makers – after all who doesn’t need slippers?
Have a look too at last year’s Unique Christmas & Winter Solstice Gifts from Glastonbury post as far as I’m aware everything on it is still available.
Kevin Pearson’s Glastonbury 2018 Calendar
Regular readers of Normal for Glastonbury’s Facebook page will have noticed I often post his wonderful mythical fine art photographs of Glastonbury Tor and other scenes from around the area. He’s now offering his Glastonbury 2018 Calendar, it’s is A3 size (297 x 420 mm) and features one month to a page. Spring-bound with integrated wall hanging loop. Price: £10 +£4.70 P&P (UK only) from his website where you can also find prints and other gift ideas.
Check out his new shop in Unit 5 of the Gauntlet off Glastonbury High Street.
Mendip Madness by Geoff Stray
Bus driver Geoff Stray’s book ‘Mendip Madness’ is now available in print. It’s a collection of hilarious short stories based on his experiences ‘Transporting the Whack-Jobs of Cider-Land’(a bus driver’s encounters with the strange inhabitants of Somerset), I published one of Geoff’s stories on the Normal For Glastonbury blog here. An ideal stocking filler.
Order from Geoff’s Website Price UK – 1st class post: £4 + £1.35 p+p. Total: £5.35
Book Gardens by Dimitris
Dimitris makes wonderful book gardens, old and unloved books are transformed into living, growing, works of art. He’s also a fantastic photographer and jewellery maker.
Check out his website ‘Dreamers Are Welcome‘ .
His book gardens can also be bought from Glastonbury’s Magical Florist ‘Enchanted Florals’ in the High St. Various prices.
A Latte Mug featuring Linda Ravenscroft’s Fairy & Fantasy Art
Linda is a prolific artist and her work is available as prints, clothes, calendars, tarot cards, fridge magnets and more.
This hand-printed Latte Mug is a generous size and is £15, many other designs are available.
Check out her website Linda Ravenscroft for her whole range or visit her large shop and workshop at the bottom of Glastonbury High Street.
A Comfy Cushion from Artist Laura Daligan
How about this mysterious jackalope cushion? The Jackalope is the warrior rabbit, a creature of myth, magic and folklore. A cheeky trickster, a magical companion, fond of the wilder charms of life – is said to give good luck to those they favour!
This cushion is £25 and is available from Laura’s Etsy shop here.
Vlogger, musician and artist Laura has many more items for sale on her Etsy shop LauraRedWitch. Other designs are available.
A Dress Designed in Glastonbury from Haruka
Glastonbury designer Amanda makes beautiful clothes in natural fabrics to fit all shapes and sizes. Style blogger Rachel the Hat said “When you wear a Haruka piece you feel amazing. You feel the quality of the fabric, you feel the time that’s gone into making it, you feel the design come to life and the passion that has gone into each and every stitch”
Here’s the Smock Dress from her new range it is £79 and is available in various sizes and colours.
‘The Magical Year’ book by Glastonbury Author Danu Forest
The Magical Year is a modern-day exploration of Celtic spirituality, folklore and traditions interwoven with practical crafts, recipes, spells, ceremonies, guided visualizations and meditations in a season-by-season celebration of the eight festivals of the Celtic Wheel of the Year.
Available direct or by mail order from Glastonbury Bookshop Labyrinth £9.99 plus postage
Sheepskin Slippers from Drapers
If in doubt, buy them slippers! Drapers have been manufacturing in their Glastonbury factory for over 80 years, they are now the oldest sheepskin footwear manufacturer in the United Kingdom. They sell a wide range of slippers, boots, gloves and sheepskin goods. You can buy mail order from their website or pop into their factory shop in Chilkwell Street where you can pick up some fantastic bargains. Various prices, styles and colours available.
Glastonbury Slippers from Pandora Picture Boot Company
Pandora Picture Boot Company sell shoes, boots, slippers and other leather items featuring magical icons, including Glastonbury Tor.
Various prices, styles and colours are available.
See their Facebook page for details, or ring them on 07342 984005
A Personalized Signwritten Nameplate from Dave Panit
Glastonbury signwriter Dave Panit is the creator of a lot of quirky artwork both in Glastonbury Town and at the Glastonbury Festival.
He’s now offering personalised name plate and other commissioned pieces on his website.
A Handmade Cloak from Avalon Cloaks
What could be more snuggly, useful and more ‘Glastonbury’ than a cloak? Avalon Cloaks offer “Quality cloaks for magical folks ……made with love and sacred intention” they ship all over the world.
The cloak featured in the photograph is from their Yule collection and features a Funky Velvet Pixie Hood with fleece lining and Indian trim.
See the Avalon Cloaks Website.
Gifts for Children
It’s hard, if not impossible, to think of a Glastonbury produced gift suitable for children of all ages, so instead I suggest checking out Little Imps Independent Toy Shop in Glastonbury.
They really make an effort to source quality toys that you simply don’t see elsewhere, with a wide range of wooden, traditional, musical and educational toys in particular.
You can visit their website Little Imps or visit the shop in Magdalene Street.
Apologies to everyone who makes wonderful things that I haven’t included, there are simply too many of you, you are welcome to post a link to my Normal For Glastonbury Facebook page if you’d like NFG readers to know about your products, or comment on this post.
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