Spotlight on: Top 8 gifts to give this Christmas…

There’s still a week of markets to go before Christmas Day so make the most of the extra gift markets on Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st to find that perfect present… and don’t forget the last market of the year on Saturday 22nd December!


  1. Rainbow Christmas trees from Ye Green Men: what could be jollier than these fabulous glass Christmas tree decorations displaying all the colours of the rainbow? While you’re buying up these new pieces, take a look at the other offerings on this colourful stall – pretty fused glass jewellery, cufflinks and dining platters, and plenty more! (Wed 19th, Thurs 20th, Fri 21st, Sat 22nd December)


  1. Sleep Easy Bath Soak from College Green Soapregulars to this divine-smelling stall will already know how beautifully wrapped College Green soaps are, making them ideal gifts already, but have you see the fabulous jars of bath soaks? Each jar contains pure essential oils mixed with magnesium-rich Epsom salts, skin-soothing Dead Sea salts and detoxifying Himalayan salts, and come in three varieties – warming muscle soak with eucalyptus and black pepper, lavender and valerian sleep easy soak and skin-soothing sandalwood and oatmeal soak. (Sat 22nd December)


  1. Gift selection trio from Lishkins Preserveseverybody loves a good homemade chutney or jam and there are plenty of fantastic flavours to choose from here! Lemon & Gin marmalade, Rhubarb & Ginger jam, Cranberry chutney… have we whet your appetite? (Sat 22nd December)


  1. Snow angel soap from Escento Soapsthis pretty Christmas soap is a great gift for anyone with sensitive skin, and it looks and smells divine too! Made from skin-friendly goats’ milk, these soaps are completely natural with no harsh additives that dry out the skin. Check out the cute bauble soaps and new shampoo bars too! (Fri 21st December)


  1. Salami selection from Severn Spots Charcuteriegive your host something a bit different this year with a pic n mix selection of this locally made salami. New to the market are the salami sticks in deliciously festive flavours – sherry & ginger, walnut and spicy hot spots for those colder nights… (Fri 21st December)


  1. Leather notebook from NG Leathera thoughtful gift for anyone who likes to record their thoughts! Other beautifully crafted items at this stall include gorgeous belts, purses, hand-stitched satchels and dog collars and leads, all made by hand using fine English or Italian leather. (Wed 19th, Thurs 20th, Fri 21st, Sat 22nd December)


  1. Hand-thrown ceramics from As the Crows Flythis delectable range of porcelain is created by Bee Hayes who specialises in wheelthrown and slipcast tableware. Her range also includes exquisite hand-drawn illustrations that are hand-applied onto fine bone china. The new range of monochrome Espresso Ware is breathtaking in its simplcity. A fabulous gift for the home. (Wed 19th, Thurs 20th, Fri 21st, Sat 22nd December)


  1. 3-Can gift tube from Stroud Brewerythree organic craft beers in a craft tube – what more could the real ale drinker want for Christmas? Well, how about the 3-bottle gift pack or the 2-bottle and Stroud Brewery glass gift box which you can fill with beers of your choice! (Thurs 20th, Sat 22nd December)