North East Christmas Gift Guide (+ £1000 giveaway)

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Over the last few years, I have tried to support North East businesses in the run up to Christmas. I know that lots of you are interested in supporting our local and small businesses and that every single sale does make a difference.

Even if you don't purchase anything, following the businesses that you are interested in mentioned in this post on Social Media and interacting with their posts is a FREE and easy way to show your support so please do consider doing this. 

Grab a coffee and enjoy browsing through this post. I hope you find something you like. 

Tian's Gifts 



Tian's Gifts have a physical shop in the Grainger Market or you can shop online via their website. I absolutely love Tian's products and it's a go-to place for something thoughtful & unique that won't break the bank. Some of my favourite products are their pop-up Christmas cards, real leaf bookmarks and stationery. 

Football Devotion 

I am so pleased I found this website as it's such a great place to find unique gifts for football fans and not to be stereotypical here but those hard to buy for men in your life. There are gifts based around most of the big teams and I especially like the retro gifts. I mean how cool is this retro coaster! It'll make a brill stocking filler. 



Chocs Ahoy 


Chocs Ahoy are a fab local online chocolate shop who really excel at making unique and themed chocolate themed gifts. They regularly restock their website in small batches so if something is out of stock, do check back (or follow them on social media where they usually announce restocks).

Christmas chocolates this year include 'Colin and Percy's Christmas Bash', 'Giant Snowflake S'mores' and my personal favourite, 'Merry Grinchmas' which I think will be the perfect treat to enjoy during family movie night at home. 

Philomena's Boutique 


My friend Mandy (who you may know from Mandy Charlton's Photography) is the Queen of Christmas and runs an online Christmas boutique. This year, they have specialised in unique hand painted ceramics and they sell gorgeous cheese boards, tree decorations, coasters and more that you won't find anywhere else. 


Chewlery 


Chewlery create BPA-silicone 'chewlery', ideal for teething, twiddling, anxiety, ADHD, sensory and autism. You can choose from a ready made design or message their page to custom make your own. I think these will make a brilliant present for a new mum or little one. 

Amy's Afternoon Tea 


Amy's Afternoon Tea (based in Bedlington) create the most beautiful afternoon teas to be enjoyed at home alongside custom cakes and treat boxes. Gift vouchers are available and will make a lovely gift for any afternoon tea lover. 

The Angler's Arms Sheepwash 



If instead of a Christmas gift, you prefer to enjoy a festive meal with friends or family instead. How about Angler's Arms at Sheepwash? Their Christmas Fayre is reasonably priced and runs from 30 Nov - 23 December. 

Sycamore Cottage Glamping 


Sycamore Glamping is home to two luxury glamping pods (and a dog-friendly cozy cottage) on a working farm in Northumberland. They look incredible with lots of special touches and receive 5* reviews. Check out their page for their Black Friday deals and why not treat someone to a special trip away this Christmas. Gift vouchers are available too. 

The Pudding Parlour 


I've used the Pudding Parlour a few times in the past few years and their mail order treat boxes are perfect to sending someone as a gift through the post (ideal if self isolating / unable to travel etc....). Gift vouchers are also available if you can't choose!

This Christmas they are stocking festive hot chocolate bombs, festive cakes, stuffed chocolate orange cookies, hot chocolate hampers, Christmas Eve treat boxes, Biscoff Cake Jars and more. Take a look at their website under 'seasonal' to see the whole range. 

Not Just a Print 


Not Just A Print specialise in personalised gifts and stock a huge range of products including personalised hot chocolate stations, home bar accessories, homeware, mugs, prints, santa sacks and more. They also create personalised Christmas Eve Santa Sacks which are a good alternative to Christmas Eve Boxes (and fit more in). 

Book Subscription with Learning Ladders 


The Learning Owl Book Club is a book subscription service from Learning Ladders Cleadon. Aimed at children aged 7-16, children will receive a personalised monthly package featuring two newly released / pre-released books (at least one will be signed by the author), goodies and a little treat (eg hot chocolate) and an activity pack all beautifully boxed and wrapped.

Nationwide delivery is available. Message Learning Ladders using the links below for more info and to order. A lovely gift for bookworms. 

Spanish City 


Gift vouchers are easy to purchase from the Spanish City website and can be used across all venues on site so the recipient can choose from afternoon tea, a seafood dinner, fish and chips, cocktails, a meal in 1910 & more. I like that these vouchers offer such choice and are valid for 18 months too. Order gift vouchers via the Spanish City website. 

Bella Boo's Gifts 


Bella Boo's Gifts create popular themed cookie painting kits which look brilliant for Christmas Eve / a rainy day in the holidays. Last orders for cookies is 25 November but if you've missed out, follow their page as they offer seasonal ranges across the year (I'm sure they'll be doing something for Easter). 

As well as paint your own cookie kits, Bella Boo's Gifts sell a range of personalised gifts & mugs too. 

Little Wood Walkers 


Little Wood Walkers create lovely gifts designed for younger children to make the most of their time outdoors including their popular Plessey Woods and Rising Sun Country Park adventure books, mud kitchen recipe cards, scavenger hunt cards and prompts for making up stories on outdoor adventures. 

Their products are super high quality and I really wish they were around when my three were little. Check out their full range and order via their website below. 

Cards by Georgia 


Cards By Georgia create beautifully designed positivity calendars, bookmarks, notebooks, cards and stationery. I love their designs and think they are perfect for hard-to-buy for tweens/teens. I know that Dee would love any of these products. Order via Social Media below. 

Rainbow Sparkles Store 


Rainbow Sparkles produce handmade hair accessories for children. Their products are beautiful yet inexpensive and I love the festive themed designs. Perfect as a stocking filler or to order for a Christmas party. 

Handmade & Heartfelt 


Handmade & Heartfelt produce handmade decorations and homeware including christmas stockings for pets, tree decorations and glitter glasses. Order via their Facebook page below. 

Apollo Creations 


Apollo Creations are a lush local business specialising in cute stationery, notebooks and quirky cards. I love their range and this year they have brought out some tree decorations too. Dee has their eye on this Christmas tree sloth. 

Geo Journey 


Geo Journey are a subscription based gift based on either travelling the globe or space. Children will receive an 'explorer' kit featuring a journal, passport, map and activities and then each month will receive a special delivery with additional themed gifts and activities through the door. Subscriptions are available for 6-12 months and can be purchased via the website below: 

Kingy's Cakes 


Kingy's Cakes (based in Rowland's Gill) create beautiful cakes and themed boxes including this Christmas Eve box which is available to order via their Facebook page below. 

Their cakes are honestly so nice and I know they already have a lot of fans around the region. Christmas cupcakes and 'Elf on the Shelf' cupcake boxes are also available. 
What Katy Made



I adore the range of festive clothing available from What Katy Made. So many lovely designs and I urge you to check out their Etsy store below. 

Elf for Christmas 




Elf for Christmas stock a wide range of accessories for your Christmas elf including cards, reward kits, calendars, stickers, books and more. This year they have also launched a range of festive hoodies. 


North East Business Giveaway 


I am so thrilled to be launching a giveaway with a bundle of prizes worth over £1000. Enter via rafflecopter below and one winner will receive all of the prizes below: 


Thank you so much to all of the businesses that have donated a prize for my mega giveaway. The prize bundle is as follows: 

  • Tian's Gifts - A selection of pop-up cards and a Newcastle notebook. 

  • Football Devotion - Newcastle United Retro Print and Coaster Set 

  • Philomena's Boutique - A selection of Christmas products from the boutique 

  • Chewlery - A voucher for one tiny teether or adult silicone bangle 

  • Amy's Afternoon Tea - Afternoon Tea for 2 (to be collected by the winner from Bedlington)

  • The Angler's Arms - A three course Christmas Fayre meal for 2 (to be booked asap and redeemed before 23 December 2021) 

  • Sycamore Cottage Glamping - A 2 night break. The break is to be taken between start of Jan - end of March (excluding school holidays) and is subject to availability.  The 2 nights includes a 2 night stay for a family of up to 2 adults & 4 children plus 1 travel cot in Cedar pod with 1 night in our bbq hut (Willow pod may be used as an alternative if Cedar Pod is unavailable, Willow can hold 2 adults and up to 2 children plus 1 travel cot).  The prize is as described and no alternatives will be offered.

  • The Pudding Parlour - A Mail Order Christmas Bites Box 

  • Not Just A Print - A Mulled Wine Camping Mug Set 

  • Learning Ladders - A six month book subscription 

  • Chocs Ahoy - A Chocs Ahoy Chocolate Advent Calendar 

  • Spanish City - An Afternoon Tea for 2 Gift Voucher 

  • Bella Boo's Gifts - A Gift Voucher to spend at Bella Boo's Gifts 

  • Little Wood Walkers - A selection of Little Wood Walkers outdoor activity cards 

  • Cards by Georgia - A selection of products from the Cards by Georgia range 

  • Rainbow Sparkles Store - Velvet Bow and Christmas Clips 

  • Handmade & Heartfelt - Two Christmas Mugs 

  • Apollo Creations - A selection of Christmas decorations and cards 

  • Geo Journey - A Geo Space Subscription and Geo Journey Subscription (worth £275). 

  • Kingy's Cakes - A £20 Gift Voucher to spend at Kingy's Cakes 

  • What Katy Made - 4 x Festive Jumpers / Sweatshirts of your choice 

  • Elf For Christmas - A £60 Christmas Voucher to spend on Christmas Hoodies 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY VIA RAFFLECOPTER BELOW. Sometimes Rafflecopter can be glitchy and you may need to refresh the page. I have found it is easier to enter on a desktop/laptop than a mobile. 

You don't need to complete all entry options to enter - each option gives you one entry. 


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  Terms and Conditions 

UK entries only. Some items do require travel within the North East England region for which you are responsible for. In the event of low availability, we have the right to substitute any prize mentioned for another of similar value. Some prizes will be delivered (UK mainland only), others which are venue specific such as afternoon tea etc.... will need to be collected by the winner. The winner is responsible for travel and any extras. 

Giveaway ends midnight 3 December 2021. 

Please note expiry dates & specific t&cs on vouchers. Some prizes are date specific. If you cannot make these dates, no alternative is available. The prizewinner is responsible for checking expiry dates. 

One winner will be selected at random via rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified via email. Please check your spam folder when the giveaway ends as you do not want to miss the time-specific prizes. 

Over 18s only. NO cash alternative or refunds available. 

Data is collected by rafflecopter as per their terms but will not be held by North East Family Fun / Samantha Rickelton and once the winner has been contacted, all data will be deleted. 


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35 comments

  1. Oh the football devotion things look great for a football fan family member! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Got my eye on some Chocsahoy treats!

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  3. Some really great businesses on here, thanks so much for sharing and supporting - lots of browsing to be done!

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  4. Cards by Georgia looks brilliant!

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  5. My fave Ne business is Cookie Freaks but from your list I like the look of Little Wood Walkers

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  6. Fantastic giveaway and excellent prizes given by local independents!

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  7. Amazing giveaway, some lovely gifts for santy coming!

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  8. Love that jumper by what Katy made

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  9. Will enjoy having a good look through all the business links 😊

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  10. What an amazing selection of prizes! How lovely for all these businesses to get involved 🤞🏼

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  11. Great blog post. Thank you for supporting local businesses! x

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  12. Looks fantastic and some great crimbo ideas! Thankyou

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  13. Wow what a gorgeous collection. I love the Little Wood Walkers, such a lovely idea :-) I also quite fancy a movie day lounging around in an Elf for Christmas hoody :-)

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  14. Wow some fab items on here, love the Little Wood Walkers and the Elf for Christmas hoodies look so cosy :-)

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  15. Great giveaway! Like the look of Tians Gifts

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  16. What an amazing giveaway. To many amazing businesses to choose from

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  17. Wow amazing giveaway 🤞🏻

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  18. My fave NE company is ELDance in Sunderland - a chance for the grown ups to have a dance and they do gift vouchers too! So many great companies on this list, checking some out for Xmas pressies!

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  19. Amazing gifts. Support local

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  20. Fingers crossed. Kingy Cakes look fab.

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  21. I love Cards by Georgia great personalised products!

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  22. Fabulous post sharing lots of lovely local businesses

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  23. Ellie Rutherford3 December 2021 at 09:20

    Always wanted to try Amy’s Afternoon Tea!! 😍

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  24. Such great prizes from amazing businesses! :)

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  25. These are great prizes 👍🏻

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  26. I love Ruby Fridays, gorgeous affordable hats, bags scarves which make perfect gifts.

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  27. Laura O’Malley3 December 2021 at 10:11

    Entered, would love the chewlery for my teething 8 month old!

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  28. Chocs Ahoy, who doesn't like chocolate

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  29. Katherine Lycett3 December 2021 at 11:05

    Love what Katy Made, I am literally freezing!!

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  30. Eek! Fingers crossed!

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  31. Learning Ladders - I signed up to their book subscription after seeing your story and loved the first box!

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  32. Love What Katy Made and Bella Boo’s - what an incredible giveaway, thank you for bringing all these amazing local businesses together

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