Think about something a little different this year!
Dad – shirt, aftershave, liquorice allsorts. Mum – perfume, scarf, Brazil nuts…….Sorted! And it’s the same every year, but it doesn’t have to be, so think again. Pembrokeshire is truly unique when it comes to shopping, yes we’ve got the normal high street stores, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different, let me tell you about shopping in Pembrokeshire.
One of the best market towns for getting unusual gifts is Narberth, it’s full of local independent shops which stock items from across Pembrokeshire and beyond. Items that you won’t see in the high street chains and although probably available online, you’d have to search for them. There are shoe shops, antique shops, delicatessens, clothes shops and shops selling little gifts and general nik naks. You’ll find similar shops in Tenby, Saundersfoot and St David’s. Haverfordwest is a larger town and that’s where you’ll find the larger shops, high street stores and supermarkets, which are always great to fall back on.
One thing that Pembrokeshire does have in abundance though is Christmas markets and spread out all over the county throughout November and December. Many of the National Trust’s sites such as Scolton Manor and Colby Woodland Garden host Christmas fayres, with local artists selling their gifts, such as paintings and jewellery. Pembroke Castle hosts one of the biggest Christmas markets around with stalls galore, food and drink, entertainment amongst lots of other things. Other markets are held at Manorbier Castle, the De valance in Tenby and Saundersfoot Harbour which hosts a Christmas market with stalls all along the quayside.
There’s always other gifts such as spa days and experiences like coasteering and kayaking which can be bought in the form of gift vouchers, and what about afternoon tea for Aunty Mabel? St Brides Hotel, Saundersfoot and Twr y Felin, St David’s are always worth a visit for a little treat.
Many of the items which I’ve considered buying for my family have actually cost less than I would have thought, and they look great! It also gives me a sense of good feeling that my money is staying in the local economy.So this year my dad has a hamper from a local farmer which includes home made cider, cheeses and pickles and my mum has a necklace made by a local jewellery artist – hopefully they aren’t reading this blog!