#InLoveWithLocal gift guide
We're absolutely mad for indies here at Muddy and we have some super-gorgeous brands and businesses across Bucks & Oxon - flex your credit card and local creds right here! #InLoveWithLocal
We’re fans of Oxfordshire organic vegan brand Ermana. Famed for its face oils, there are also some great gift options, including this Rosewood and Galbanum facial oil and muscle balm set for men.
We *love* Gillian Anderson - and cashmere for that matter - so this partnership between the actress and Winser London has ‘Muddy’ all over it. Head to one of the Bucks stores, in Marlow or GX, for a spot of self gifting or buy online. Gillian would approve.
This striking metal garden wall artwork comes courtesy of local brand A Blackbird Sang. It comes in several sizes and designs (this one features pretty alliums and cow parsley) and can be attached to your fence, shed or walls.
How adorable is this little llama shoulder bag?! Inspired by fairground carousels, the bag has velvet and sparky detail, plus a candy pink lining and glam gold strap. Find it in Buckinghamshire indie children's shop in The Leveret.
Keep snug in style with this wool and cashmere blend beanie from Amersham-based boutique Iris. The hat comes in three neutral colours - navy, black, light grey - and includes a detachable fur pom pom.
Spirit of Christmas
Don’t mind if I do! A new festive tipple of plum, ginger, warm spices and London Dry Gin from Buckingham-based Foxdenton, winners of the Muddy Award for Best Local Producer 2019.
light it up
Inspired by childhood blackberry picking on the Chiltern Hills, this Buckinghamshire candle is made from natural, vegan soy wax and has a healthy burn time of up to 50 hours. Not in Bucks? No problem, there’s a candle for every county, including Oxfordshire!
FOR THE RECORD
Man gift! This purpose-designed LP table is made from 100% recycled acrylic, with brass supports from a Bucks-based Formula 1 supplier (extra macho points). The table holds 30 records upright with space for his favourite LP to sit pride of place on top.
Who doesn't love a little bling for Christmas? This dainty silver flower necklace, from Thame and Bicester-based Biagio the Jeweller, is the perfect gift for your stylish teen (that you can borrow!)
This rugby training ball, created by a PE teacher in South Bucks to help his kids with their spinning, has a unique design at each tip (red lines for passing off the right hand, dark green for passing off the left), so kids can see a perfect spiral rotation when they spin pass properly. Genius! Extra cred for looking cool too.
Hip to be square
Available in sterling silver or 9ct gold these stylish cube earrings are handmade by Woodstock-based jeweller Libby Rak. Buy online or head down to her gallery for a snoop of the whole collection.
Funky interiors and gift shop Feather & Nest has stores in Wallingford and Didcot and is a shoe-in for quality pressies. For kids we're loving this bright and funky origami-style T-Rex bedside light. Grrrr!
Treat someone you love to this multipurpose miracle Green Balm from local organic skincare brand MOA Apothecary - it hydrates skin and can also be used as a cleanser. Love the branding too #justsaying
From Muddy's favourite chocolatier Rumsey's (head to the cafés Thame and Wendover), this bag of dark, milk and white chocolate stars is an out-of-this-world stocking filler.
A photo shoot for someone you love (or the whole fam) is a thoughtful gift - Megan Guard Photography in Thame won the Muddy Award 2019 and her sessions include 10 high res images.
I’m buying up this Domaine Brigand Crémant (the French rate Crémant as highly as Champagne) from The Oxford Wine Company for Christmas Day - ho ho Hangover! Stores in Standlake, Oxford and online.
Ideal for Muddy December walks and bang on trend, these brown leather biker boots with buckle detail from Marlow-based boutique Really Wild are at the top of our Christmas wish-list.