OK, so there might have been a bit of a backlash to changes to this year’s Christmas markets in Bristol but it’s not all bah-humbug, we went down there to check them out and found some great Christmas gift ideas from Bristol and beyond!
Stay cosy with an alpaca wool jumper from Peru
Alpaca wool from the Peruvian Andes is super soft so it's perfect for making scarfs, hats and jumpers to keep you warm and cosy this winter. Go and visit Peruvian stall owner Melisa and treat yourself to a Christmas jumper that nobody else is going to be wearing, a scarf for nan or a hat for mum. There’s even cuddly alpacas and mini jumpers for kids and cosy slippers to keep your tootsies toastie!
Stock up your cheese board with cheese from Snowdonia
If you’ve never tried Black Bomber from The Snowdonia Cheese Company then you don’t know what you’re missing! They’ve got a stall in Broadmead this year and they’re stocking nearly all of their flavoured cheeses, we recommend the chilli and red pepper, pickled onion, cranberry, and of course Black Bomber! Plus, there’s free tasting every day!
Sustainable gifts from India
We were assured that everything in the Zen Shop is sourced sustainably so why not sparkle up somebody’s Christmas with a cushion made from up-cycled saris in Rajasthan or one of their beautifully decorated ornamental bowls, or get your home smelling sweet with some of their scented candles or oils.
For something more local….
Head down to The Architecture Centre near Harbourside where Made In Bristol have set up their pop-up festive shop selling a range of locally made and innovatively designed gifts inspired by Bristol’s history, places and people
And after all that shopping you'll be in need of a rest
Don’t be struggling home ladened with Christmas shopping, treat yourself to a Gluhwein and a Bratwurst in the Christmas bar and book yourself a Slide home. We run until 7pm Monday to Friday and we'll be extending our service during December, plus our vans have got more boot space than santa’s sleigh!