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Local Christmas Gift Ideas 2015

There is no denying that the internet can make Christmas shopping quicker, but when it comes to finding something truly special, the best place to look is often right on our doorstep.

Scarborough has an excellent selection of independent shops, offering lots of interesting gift ideas, but there are lots of reasons why you should shop local for your gifts this year.

Firstly your spending will boost the local economy. Research shows that for every £1 spent with a local business, 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.

Also, many local independent shops sell quirky, one-off gifts too, that simply aren't available elsewhere. And what's more many of these are made in Scarborough too.

To provide some inspiration for you to swap your iPad for the high street, we've put together this useful guide featuring of our favourite local Christmas gift ideas available in Scarborough.

Chocolate Appretice
Gifts For Chocolate Lovers

Let's kick off with something for those young chocolate lovers in your life. Local Chocolatiers Amelia’s Chocolate have got a couple of experience days happening next year which would make great Christmas presents.

Aimed at ages 10 and above, Amelia's Chocolate Apprentice Day will see the recipient of your gift will attend a full day creating a new chocolate that they will actually make. The best creation will even become a reality, going on sale in the shop. This experience will take place on Saturday 16th January 2016 and costs £30 including lunch.

Also available to buy as a gift is Amelia's 'Chocolate Club'. The 6 weekly workshops will take place every Saturday morning from 23rd January until 27th February. Aimed at children aged seven and up, attendees will make something chocolatey each week, as well as playing chocolate themed games and learning about the history of chocolate. This great gift idea starts at £20 a week or you can book all six for £100.

As well as these great experience gifts, Amelia's Chocolate also have a great selection of chocolaty gifts to eat too. There's all sorts of gifts,from chocolate snowmen to winter spice drops. PLUS If you use the discount code SCARBOROUGHUK at checkout you'll also get and extra 10% off on the website. This off expires on 18th December which is also the last day for Christmas deliveries.

hand-stamped cutlery
Gifts For The Home

All About The Day are a gift boutique located on Bar Street which specialise in gifts and seasonal goods.

This delightful local shop is packed full of unique products including this fab hand-stamped cutlery which comes with sentimental or witty quotes.

All of the pieces are silver plated and upcycled from vintage cutlery. As the cutlery has had a previous life, signs of its history may be visible which adds to its unique charm

Prices for these timeless keepsakes start from £12.99 for teaspoons to £24.99 for serving spoons including gift box.

Also available at All About The Day are these fantastic LED rustic metal carnival lights. Standing approximately 30cm these are battery operated and wall mountable.

Bang on trend, these vintage style rustic light-up letters make the perfect accessory for stylish homes, parties, weddings and so much more. Individually packaged in a complimentary picture box they're all ready for you to give as a gift - or to be kept for yourself!

The full alphabet is available plus symbols, so you can spell out anything you like. Letters cost £19.99 each, with symbols priced at £22.00.

For Budding Young Performers

If you've got a budding young performer in the family, why not treat them to some Pauline Quirke Academy classes this Christmas.

With modules in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, a membership at PQA would be an ideal gift for those who seem destined for stage of screen.

As well as taking part in incredible performing arts experiences PQA Scarborough is also a great place to meet new friends and gain life skills.  Fees include membership and tuition and accumulate to just £8.00 per hour. For more info call James on 07753 179070, email

These are just a small selection of the great gifts available on the high street in Scarborough. If you've spotted some other great local buys, why not share them by commenting below.

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