We have scoured the internet, to give you the DYP Gift Guide. We’ve gone mostly for independent businesses. And we’ve aimed for some unusual and unique gifts. If you can’t find some inspiration here, we’re sure you will on some of the websites we’ve mentioned.
The DYP Gift Guide
Gifts for Travellers
Scratch The World Print We found this fabulous concept map from Maps International. It’s the perfect gift for anyone intent on conquering the world. Whenever you visit a country, you can scratch off the gold coating to reveal the country beneath.
The Yorkshire Beer Experience If someone’s grounded for the winter, how about a virtual trip round God’s Own County in beer? A kit with lots of different Yorkshire ales.
Gifts for Babies
What do you get for the little person who doesn’t even understand Christmas yet? They’re probably going to prefer playing with the box and the wrapping paper anyway.
Teething Ring How about something useful like this teething ring from Little KG Boutique. It’s pretty too, and doubles up as a rattle. Very handy.
Wooden Shape Sorter Or a handmade, personalised wooden toy, like this shape sorter from Auntie Mims.
Personalised Silver Plated Baby Spoon For the baby born with silver spoon in it’s mouth, how about a personalised keepsake to treasure as baby grows up.
Gifts for Parents
You know what mums need? Time off, of course! So how about an experience. There’s a tonne of art and craft days at www.experiencedays.co.uk , as well as plenty of other experiences. Red Letter Days have vouchers for hobbies, crafts, food and drink, dance and music experiences and more. We also looked at what our colleagues at Not On The High Steet were offering. We found, amongst other things, a Harmonica lesson, a luxury chocolate tasting evening, and an alpaca walk and fleece felting experience.
Gifts for the Ethically Minded and Over-stuffed
So many of us just have too much stuff already. How nice would it be to share the Christmas love with individuals and communities that really need it. Oxfam have vouchers that will buy a goat for a rural family or provide winter warmth for a refugee, or a toilet for a village, and much more. Good Gifts have vouchers that help people set up micro businesses, buy text books, provide baby clothes etc. That’s just how all encompassing our Gift Guide is!
Gifts for Music Lovers
If you have a music-lover to buy for, look no further than Guitar Geekery, with mugs, tshirts, posters and more.
Or the best of musical biographies in the Rough Trade shop. Or some vinyl from an independent record store. To find a local one in the UK, search here or for the USA search here. They aren’t definitive lists, but they’re a start.
Gifts for Foodies
True foodies are a bit tricky. Do they really want a kit? They probably have half the ingredients already. And they’re probably sinking under a mound of recipe books. But what about something a bit unusual? Make your own bacon perhaps? Or cheese?
Yorkshire’s finest, Betty’s do vouchers. Treat someone local to a posh afternoon tea, or a choice from the Betty’s mail order service for those further afield.
Gifts for your Lover
Ahem, well, it depends doesn’t it. Romantic, sexy, practical ? Well, here’s something cheesy. Or should we say chocolatey. A Romantic Chocolate Gesture from Morse Toad.
What about some gorgeous jewellery. We like this pendant by Kaila Jewellery, if Santa’s reading this, nudge nudge. And who doesn’t want a swish new watch eh? This Zoom Beat Watch from Maxout is something a bit different.
Gifts for Children
Children can never have enough books. In our humble opinion. Whatever they’re in to, there’s a book for that. The Book Trust gives exhaustive lists and ideas for all ages and interests. Have a browse. What could be better!
Gifts from DYP
Of course no DYP Gift Guide would be complete without including DYP gifts too! Lots of cheeky mugs, prints and teatowels.