As a county that spans the coast, countryside and South Downs National Park, West Sussex is home to many unique crafts and traditions that have stood the test of time. From the town in which gingerbread originates and heaps of locally made produce, to bespoke pieces from the local art scene, you’ll find fantastic souvenirs from your trip that will make the perfect gift for friends and family.
We’ve listed our must-have independent gift ideas from around the county.
For the art lovers
Visit East Beach, the artist quarter of Worthing, and tour the parade of artist’s studios to find a unique gift for your friends and family. You’ll find a variety of artisan creations from paintings, sculptures and drawings to jewellery, ceramics and clothing you won’t find anywhere else!
Take a trip to the village of Cuckfield and browse some of the quirky independent boutiques. You’ll find the perfect gift for the interiors aficionado in your life with unique homewares from Willis & Co., Tigers to Lilies and NickyC.
For the foodies
The vast, stunning vineyards at Bolney Wine Estate are just a 10 minute drive from Cuckfield. Why not drop in to find the wine connoisseur in your life a bottle of some the finest wine produced in England? From their famous Pinot Noir to zesty sparkling wines, you’re guaranteed to impress.
If you’re visiting Horsham, a trip to the market town simply cannot be complete without visiting the Horsham Museum or a local farm shop to take home a little bit of the town’s history with its award-winning gingerbread. Almost a century after the original recipe was lost, friends of the museum painstakingly restored it to keep the centuries-old tradition alive – this is a gift not to be missed.
For the sporty
Is a member of your family crazy for all things cars, driving and motorsports? Head to the Goodwood Estate near Chichester and peruse the exclusive gifts available to celebrate the renowned racing grounds, from vintage style steering wheel cufflinks and race-themed apparel to limited edition posters, collectors’ pieces and even items for the home.
West Sussex is a treasure trove of experiences for keen cyclists, with plenty of specialist bike shops nestled into the South Downs. At Experience West Sussex, we’re big fans of Stan’s Bike Shack near Horsham and Quest Adventure in Worthing so, no matter where you are, you’ll be sure to find gifts to suit any cycling fanatic, including books, accessories and clothing.
For those in need of pampering
Whether it’s indulgent spa treatments or nourishing products from independent makers, West Sussex has much to offer those who enjoy a more luxurious experience. If you’re looking to really treat someone special, why not gift a restorative spa experience? Wickwoods Country Club Spa in Hassocks provides exclusive packages with a two-course lunch in the adjoining The Glass House restaurant, whilst Midhurst’s Park House Hotel offers tranquil packages with breakfast or afternoon tea.
For the homebody, bring tranquillity into their home with a luxuriously scented handmade soy candle from Anna Swan Candles. You’ll find these at various craft markets around the Worthing and Haywards Heath areas throughout November.
Don’t forget, you can also find out what’s on around West Sussex over the weeks running up to Christmas for more opportunities to find a truly unique gift or experience for your loved ones.
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