An Isle of Wight Artisan Gift Guide

It's not too late to buy that special Christmas present and artisan gifts are a very special way to share seasonal love and thoughtfulness, and the Island is full of talented creatives who design and make the most beautiful things.

If you can't get to the Isle of Wight you can still add a few items to add to your festive gift list by shopping online. Then make a date to meet the makers in person on your next visit to our beautiful Isle.

Perfect for children

Zoe Sadler, Island illustrator and children's writer, has created the most magical book for children. Her colouring and activity book 'Mysteries of the Deep' will enthral minds young and old as they encounter mermaids, deep sea creatures and fabulous fish. Available to order direct from Zoe at www.zoesadler.com or shop at Little Live Like This, 84 High St, Cowes.

Perfect for her

Rust Jewellery is an artisan jewellers where each piece is made using traditional methods and tools by a small team of highly skilled jewellers. In addition to their collections, every ring is unique and hallmarked with only the best quality stones, pearls and certified white diamonds being used. With a shop in Yarmouth on the Island and showroom in Tokyo their collection can also be found online at www.rustjewellery.com.

Perfect for him

For those who enjoy a tipple then buying from the first and only distillery on the Isle of Wight will give your gift a little something extra. The Isle of Wight Distillery have created a range of premium spirits capturing the essence and beauty of the Island. Mermaid Gin is made with locally foraged rock samphire and Boadicea hops and Rock Sea Vodka has a distinctive salty edge. Their range is hand-crafted and slow distilled before being cut with local spring water and bottled on the Island. Buy online at www.isleofwightdistillery.com (over 18's only).

Perfect for the tricky ones

Time to give those feet a treat with some wonderfully indulgent Alpaca Socks from the West Wight Alpacas farm, cafe and Yarn Barn shop. Guaranteed to keep even the most chilly toes warm they sell a range of these most deliciously toasty socks. Alpaca fleece is super soft, warmer than sheep's wool, hypo-allergenic and almost completely waterproof. Buy online from www.westwightalpacas.co.uk or visit them in the West Wight and meet an Alpaca or two!

Perfect for little ones

Handmade with love, designed and created on the Isle of Wight by the Island Design Co., Santa Basil Bear is one of their collection of bespoke soft toys. Making an ideal stocking filler he's dressed up as Santa bear and made with soft fleece. You can buy him and other toys online through their shop at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/islanddesignco or have your very own soft toy commissioned at www.islanddesigniow.co.uk.

Perfect for animal lovers

Inspired by my Vizsla dog Spike and success of my first children's book this year, I set up Trotting Dog Cards and Gifts for dog and animal lovers. I now sells a unique range of dog related items to a global fur pack spread all over the world. I welcome commissions and regularly add new designs and will be launching my second book in Spring 2018. Shop online at www.trottingdog.com or follow Spike on Instagram @spikethevizsla.

 

Marianne & Spike

21 December 2017

By Marianne Su-Yin in The locals' blogs

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