Unique Christmas & Winter Solstice Gifts from Glastonbury

Looking for a unique, handmade and beautiful Christmas / Yule / Winter Solstice gift for someone who loves Glastonbury?

This post was updated in May 2019, the specific details and prices may have changed, but all the links should work,

There are loads of very talented artists craftspeople, musicians and other creatives making stuff in this town. So, I’ve assembled a list of presents that are available to buy by mail order for those of you who live out of town and don’t have time to visit in the next month (eek, it really is that soon…) I’ve selected gifts that I think Pagans, Re-enactors, Weekend Vikings, people who like wearing clothes and smelling nice, and cake eaters will like, but I think there is something for everyone in this list. Do browse their websites, they sell a much bigger range than just the items I’ve chosen to highlight.

Torsy Moorsy Cake

Burns the Bread Torsy Moorsy Cake
Burns the Bread Torsy Moorsy Cake

I got a Torsy Moorsy Cake a couple of Christmases ago from a friend (thank you Zena!) and I still haven’t forgotten how nice it was. It’s a rich fruit cake with cheddar cheese in, and comes in a nice purple tin with the Tor on. £6.50 each plus P&P. Contact Burns the Bread for mail order details.

When I googled Torsy Moorsy, I found this brilliant description of Glastonbury on a foodie site called ‘Gypsy Grub’:

“A small intriguing town for the most interesting people on earth. What a strange, bizarre, uncomfortable, magical, dark, modern, mythical, perfect, quirky, medieval little place. It is definitely one of its kind. Here, you will come across many people on the streets in wizard garb, or who seem to be of faerie decent. They believe strongly in magic, and practice it devoutly.”

Music From Avalon

For the definitive Glastonbury Winter Solstice album why not send a friend a digital download of the perfectly seasonally appropriate Live on Midwinter’s Day album by The Silver Twiglets (lot’s of Glastonbury’s finest musicians) which features my favourite contemporary Midwinter Carol ever. The album download is £7 (or more if you are feeling generous).

Or for something less seasonally specific download ‘Uncarved’ by long-term Glastafarian songsmith Tim Hawthorn, again £7 (or pay more and support him in future album projects).

Mead
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We like to drink Mead (honey wine) in Glastonbury at Christmas. Also at Beltane, Samhain, the Equinoxes, Birthdays, handfastings and alternate Tuesdays if it’s raining. My favourite of the local meads has to be Hecks Mead. They make a traditional mead from honey produced by bees that live in the Hecks cider orchard! They don’t offer mail order on their website but you can get it for £12 a bottle from Bristol Cider Shop.



Gwydion’s Moon Calendar

Gwydion's Moon Calendar
Gwydion’s Moon Calendar

There are not many things more ‘Glastonbury’ than Gwydion’s Moon Calendar. There’s something fantastically old-fashioned, quintessentially British and eccentric about Gwydion’s calendars and diaries.

“An essential day-to-day reference for those genuinely interested in the natural spiritual traditions celebrated in the British Isles, including Witches, Druids and a whole spectrum of sincere fellow travellers, since the first edition in 1990…You can see at a glance the Moon’s current phase and its Zodiac Sign entry times, also Sun/Zodiac entry times (‘Sun Signs’) with eclipses details, a sunrise/set indicator, lots of interesting Pagan details such as an outline guide to the symbolic Sun God and Earth Goddess cycles and their myths, the annual ‘Earth Festival’ and ‘Solar festival’ dates.”

They are £4.25 from the Goddess and Greenman who stock Gwydion’s diaries and other nice handcrafted items too.

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A Very Glastonbury Cushion

Dan Goodfellow is a Glastonbury artist and cartoonist, you can buy phone covers. T-shirts and other stuff featuring his artwork on the Red Bubble site. These funky cushions are £14 and come in a variety of designs.


 

Essential Oils, Incenses, Candles, Sculptures, Perfume

Star Child Avalonian Incense

Star Child is one of the oldest ‘alternative’ Glastonbury businesses, for a fragrant Yule gift how about their Avalonian Incense.

Apparently “Star Child Avalonian Incense is dedicated to the realm of myths and legends, of magic and enchantment. Enter a world between the worlds and a time outside time where dragons roam and fairies play…” Crikey, and I thought it just smelt nice….

Star Child have recently (May 2019) moved to a larger premises in Glastonbury High Street,


Philippa Bowers Statues

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Phillipa Bowers Sculpture

You will find several of the iconic Goddess sculptures of Phillipa Bowers in Glastonbury. You’ll have seen these all around Glastonbury, there’s one in the garden of Rainbow’s End Cafe.

Philippa now has a shop in the centre of Glastonbury High Street, where you will find hundreds of statues of all sizes and Philippa’s artwork.


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Glastonbury Unity Candle

Christmas if of course a time of Peace and Goodwill to all, so a Glastonbury Unity Candle would make a very appropriate gift for almost anyone. They are “Infused with the nature of Glastonbury – flowers, herbs and trees, including the world-famous Glastonbury Holy Thorn – your 12″ x 2″ candle is an exact replica of the Mother Candle which travels to community events of every kind”. They burn for 60 hours and cost £13.29 including first class postage.

You can now buy them from the Glastonbury Information Centre in Magdalene Street. 


Essential Oils

Or how about a Festive Essential Oil blend from a small Glastonbury business, which smells like “Mulled wine, warm fires, and Jingle Bells all in one bottle” £7 for 10ml.


Ethical Fashion by Local Designers

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Silvia Prandini
Sophie Harrison
Sophie Harrison

My wonderfully gobby and stylish Italian friend Silvia Prandini makes fantastic millinery (that’s hats to the uninitiated) and felted ceremonial wear (like capes, but cool). Check out her Etsy Shop.

You can also buy her creations in Haruka who have a shop in Magdalene Street and do a mail order service, they sell their own range of clothes and work by other local designers.

Sophie Harrison is another fabulous designer and maker of stylish felted clothing, here she is modelling her wool neck hand felted smock which you can buy from her Elfn Felt Etsy Shop for £58.


Photographs of Glastonbury

Glastonbury Tor must be one of the photographed places in the world, but few people do it better than Kev Pearson. Check out his website for prints, calendars, canvas prints and photo books. Kev alos has a shop in the Gauntlet Arcade off the High Street, check out this post I wrote about his work Capturing Glastonbury’s Divine Light in Photographs.


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And for the New Year…..

Know anyone who’ll be overdoing it over the festive period? Those lovely folk at Indigo Herbs do a Super Cleanse Detox Tea for £3.99. Perfect for anyone who might overindulge in mince pies, sherry, Christmas cake, cream, mead, turkey, nut roast, port, coffee, Christmas Movies, roast potatoes, chocolate, wafer-thin mints, cheese, biscuits, stuffing, more cheese, more chocolates and Christmas pudding. You might want to buy yourself a packet while you’re at it! Lots of their other products would make an ideal gift for a health-conscious friend (or anyone with a liver).


When you buy from small businesses like these you know your money is going to support them and their families, not into some big companies offshore tax haven!

I’ve chosen gifts that are made in (or very near) to Glastonbury and that I think are wonderfully typical of the town, that are good quality and that I’d be happy to give, or receive, myself. I’m not asking a commission for sales from people that I’m mentioning (or indeed anything at all). so, if you do buy anything as a consequence of this article please could you mention the blog when making a purchase, as I’d be happy to get a Yule present myself from any of these suppliers as a thank you!

Apologies to all the wonderful people I’ve missed out of this list, it’s off the top of my head and I have to publish it before it’s too late. If you want a mention in a later blog post get in touch – free samples would definitely help!

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4 thoughts on “Unique Christmas & Winter Solstice Gifts from Glastonbury”

  1. Great article 🙂 Have just ordered a Torsy Moorsy cake – can’t wait. Thanks for the great tip – Burns the Bread stuff is always excellent. Have a great festive season 🙂

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