Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? No, me either.
But don’t despair. Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful and soulless activity. Bristol is a great place to go shopping. This city has a huge wealth of creative talent who sell their work at shops, galleries, Christmas markets and events.
So, why not consider giving handmade items as gifts this year? There are so many different things to choose from. Each piece will have been made with love and will often be completely unique.
If you are put off by the fact that handmade items are sometimes a little more expensive than gifts bought from high street shops, remember that most makers give their work a real attention to detail and that products are often made with the best quality raw materials. Perhaps it is better to buy someone one beautifully handmade item that they will cherish, rather than lots of things that they like but don’t love.
But most of all, when you buy handmade gifts, remember that you are paying for that intangible treasure that is creativity. You are paying for the unique idea that the maker had… and then the hours that they spent experimenting to make it a reality.
Your gifts don’t need to be ‘things’. They could be creative experiences. Many people would love to have a go at some of the art, craft and design activities that are taught in workshops, classes and courses across Bristol. Why not book someone into a workshop or course (and go along to keep them company). Visit the Places page of this website to find out where you can go to learn about art, craft and design in Bristol. Or perhaps you could buy them a kit to make something, or some supplies for their creative activities.
And if you are not sure what handmade gift or creative experience to choose, many places offer gift vouchers that can be redeemed against a gift or course.
Have a look at the Places and Galleries and Exhibition Venues pages of this website to find shops, galleries and other venues where you can buy handmade gifts, book onto workshops and courses, and buy gift vouchers.
You can also ‘like’ our Facebook page to get daily updates about shops, markets, events, and much more.