Home to unique attractions, fascinating museums, artisan food and drink, and talented artists and craftspeople, Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages are fabulous places to find Christmas gifts for the whole family.
Whether it's a unique experience that they can to look forward to in 2022, a taste of Suffolk or a little something to remind them of our historic town - our Christmas Gift Guide will make Christmas shopping stress-free!
For Bury St Edmunds Lovers
The perfect gift for someone who grew up in or, has fond memories of the town, illustrator and artist Kim Whittingham creates beautiful watercolour paintings of architectural landmarks around from the town. For something truly unique, why not commission Kim to paint a picture of your home or favourite Suffolk scene. Her website also sells a range of paintings, cards, coasters and calendars featuring her work.
For the Foodie
Home to some of the county's top restaurants and food and drink producers, the foodie in your family will be delighted with a hamper or food and drink experience come Christmas morning.
Greene King has been brewing beer in Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years, and its Westgate Brewery, opened in 1938, is still in action today. Book a tour to see how the company continues to brew beer with traditional methods, or make a hamper of pick favourite Greene King beers, including Greene King IPA and St Edmunds Ale, from the online shop. The Old Cannon Brewery on Cannon Street also makes its own beer on the premises which can be purchased from their website for collection.
For other East Anglian beers, visit Beautiful Beers online shop. Here you’ll find beers and ciders from independent brewers throughout the region, as well as Frank & Ernest Cold Brew Coffee, which is hand roasted and cold brewed here in Bury St Edmunds.
Sunny Suffolk is also home to some outstanding vineyards, and a bottle of local wine is a delight. Giffords Hall Vineyard sells a selection of wines and liquors on their website. Choose from a gift box or hamper and enjoy a taste of the region’s excellent award-winning wines.
Did you know that much of the sugar beet grown around Suffolk is processed in Bury St Edmunds for Silver Spoon? Unlike many other leading 'UK' brands, Silver Spoon sugar is actually produced in the UK. In fact all their White Granulated and baking sugars are supplied by East Anglian farmers and produced in Bury St Edmunds, and their sugar beet is grown an average of only 30 miles from Bury St Edmunds! The monthly Farmers Market will continue throughout lockdown in Bury St Edmunds, along with the twice-weekly street markets - the ideal place to pick up local baked goods, preserves, drinks, crafts and gifts for a delicious hamper.
For the Gardener
Green-fingered friends and family can enjoy the splendour of National Trust’s Ickworth House, Park and Gardens and the enchanting Fullers Mill Garden (open April – September) with annual passes. Or why not plan a day out in the spring, visiting the wonderful Nowton Park, historic Abbey Gardens, Wyken Hall Gardens, Euston Hall and Helmingham Hall Gardens.
For that Special Someone
If you're looking to treat that special someone, then head to Bury St Edmunds for a romantic, post-lockdown weekend away; with boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants, great shopping, country pubs with roaring fires and miles of countryside to explore.
With everything from boutique hotels, country homes and historic buildings to stylish eco lodges, glamping pods, converted windmills and cosy cottages to choose from - Take a look at our 'Places to Stay Guide' and start planning your 2022 getaway!
And if a proposal is on the cards this Christmas, go the extra mile and have the ring designed and made in Suffolk with a bespoke ring from Jewellery by Tony Strowger.
For the Person who has Everything!
Everyone has one person that they struggle for what to buy; why not buy them a voucher from one of Bury St Edmund's many shops, hotels and attractions - or better still, buy them a Bury St Edmunds gift card!
This initiative from the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation works in the same way as buying a gift card for any individual retailer, but can currently be used in more than 40 different outlets in the town centre from jewellers to cafes and gift shops to galleries, with more businesses signing up every week. It’s the first town centre card of its kind in Suffolk.
As well as giving a vast selection of spending options the card is Mastercard-based allowing users to purchase with confidence. And not only does buying an Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card take the uncertainty out of present buying, it’s also helping to support all the businesses that make Bury St Edmunds a unique shopping or eating out destination. Buy yours online at https://www.ourburystedmunds.com/ or call 01284 766258.
An experience is ideal for a family gift; a family ticket to Abbeygate Cinema would be perfect for a movie mad family or how about a family pass to CurveMotion or Planet Laser - great fun for all ages!
For the history buff, 'The Heritage Ticket' is ideal! It provides free entry to both Moyse's Hall Museum and West Stow Anglo Saxon Village for a year; visit as many times as you like, take advantage of free entry to living history and event days and receive discounts on talks, walks and workshops.
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