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Christmas Gift Vouchers

Our latest shopping guide is brought to you by Melissa @ Rock the Cotswolds

While we want to whole-heartedly support our local high streets, particularly over Christmas, we appreciate that it is not always easy for everyone to get into town. So we’ve found some fabulous local shops and experiences in Cirencester that offer vouchers.

This means that you can take a look what they sell on their website, from the comfort of your own home. Then once you’ve seen the perfect gifts, just get in touch by email or phone with the shop directly and you can either get the voucher sent to you or to the lucky recipient, depending on what suits you best.

We’ve got a selection below of those offering vouchers but do ask other Cirencester shops if they offer them too, as many appreciate it can suit customers now and may be able to help.

Sassy and Boo
This wonderful independent store, on Blackjack Street, offers a luxurious and vibrant range of clothing. Sassy and Boo stocks brands such as Yas, Great Plains, Sandwich and its very own label Luella, founded by owner Alison Townshend. There are a huge array of fabulous colours and mate-rials including hot pinks, cool blues and neutral tones. There is a fabulous and elegant choice of accessories for the winter months including soft cashmere star scarves, faux fur gloves and hand- crafted stud belts for that instant touch of glamour. Keep an eye out for the fabulous Sparkle Jumper too. This exclusively-designed piece of softness not only looks amazing when worn, but proceeds go towards the Starlight Children’s Charity.

Corinium Tents
Without doubt we have all missed the celebrations and milestones of the year so what better gift than the hire of a magical bell tent as the centrepiece of future events? Corinium Tents offers glamorous canvas in three different sizes: from two to six people and prices start from £120. The tents are perfect for a every occasion including a romantic trip away, surprise birthday celebration or children’s party. There are additional items you can hire such as solar lights, rugs and decorative bunting. It can be set up wherever there’s permission for land use such as the back garden to a farmer’s camping field with a spectacular view.

CrossFit Training
What could be better than the gift of physical and mental wellbeing at the end of the year, to start 2021 with some zing? CrossFit Training, run by founder David Long in Love Lane, is an inclusive and supportive club that works for members whatever their age or fitness levels. Whether training in person (or more recently online) there’s a welcoming coach-led community to get you to the best levels of agility and strength possible. There are memberships for all budgets including a Teen package with up to 4 CrossFit sessions a month from just £20.

The Right Kit
This is the place to shop for any discerning gadget or tech lover. There’s a wonderful array of equipment that will work with android phones and turn photos into something spectacular. The per-fect gift for anyone that loves to capture moments whether it be a nature lover on a Cotswolds ramble, those wanting to perfect their instagram grid or bring excitement to social media videos. You’ll be sure to bring out the inner photographer with a variety of lenses including fisheye, wide angle and extreme close up and there are also accessories such as lights, cases and tripods. Just the tools needed to capture a professional-looking image every time.

Con Amore
This local treasure trove, owned by Debbie Giles, has the most spectacular selection of gifts to suit all budgets. Products are sourced from UK independent suppliers and are handmade, Fair Trade as well as Eco and Ethical. This lovely little independent shop has a wonderful range of original, senti-mental and often quirky presents including hand crafted soaps, frames, flower jewellery, hand-painted goblets, chutneys and a range of cards and Christmas decorations. There are also fabu-lous items for children including painted book ends, gorgeous plush toys that are made from recy-cled plastic bottles and educational tin sets.

GH Knight
This gem of a shop has called Cirencester home for 45 years and is a fabulous find for anyone that loves every kind of stationery and all that comes with it. Here they sell beautiful pens in all styles including renowned makes such as Cross, Lamy, Parker and Waterman and the vibrant Kaweco brand. There are weekly planners and gift sets that include beautiful notebooks and novels including The Little Prince, Mansfield Park and Treasure Island. For a touch of Hogwarts there are wonderful inks, wax, quills in every colour and metallic shade imaginable which will appeal to wizards of every age.

Skateboarders come from all over the country to see what the latest offerings are from this small but perfectly stocked store in Swan Yard. Gaz, the founder, has built up a loyal fanbase of thou-sands who have followed him for over a decade. Whatever your age, and whether a total novice or professional, everyone is warmly welcomed and given advice on trucks, decks, wheels and bear-ings. The knowledge and passion for boarding is unwavering. Even if you’ve never set foot on a skateboard (and aren’t quite ready to try just yet), it’s a fabulous place for edgy branded t-shirts, hoodies and accessories such as silver rings, sunglasses, keyrings and wallets.

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