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Your local Christmas gift guide

Show your local high street some love this year and crack the Christmas shopping in one fell swoop. Here's our edit of the best gifts from some of our fave producers, makers and curators across Northants.

We’re all about championing indie businesses at Muddy so we’ve put together a guide of seriously good gifts – all available either online or in store around Northants. Show that you’re as much #inlovewithlocal as we are by, err… going shopping! Can’t argue with that..

BOLD SPIRIT

Looking for a gift for someone who’s had their globetrotting lifestyle curtailed? Turn up the thermostat on their Christmas with the Caribbean flavours of mango and lime thanks to Towcester-based Audax rum (that’s Latin for bold btw). A winner for any wannabe mixologist and guaranteed to get the party started.

£32

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PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN

Thrill-seekers will get a real rush from a driving experience day at Silverstone Circuit. Choose from Formula Single Seater, Aston Martin, BMW or Ferrari driving days on the legendary race-track. A gift they will definitely never forget.

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HELLO SAILOR

The Bean Hive in Kettering is brilliant for all the novelty foodie gifts but if you want a failsafe treat then chocolate is the way to go and who wouldn’t want to unwrap a muscly tattooed sailor and take a big bite on Christmas morning?

£6.50

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STRIKE A POSE

Pose Fitness in Weedon are one of the hottest fitness studios in Northants with their stunning converted warehouse space and brilliant mix of dance and core-based classes, so it’s no surprise that their range of fitness apparel and accessories is flying off the shelves. We love this criss-cross back sports bra.

£35

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HERITAGE TIPPLES

Every bottle of Silverstone Distillery’s Smoked Wild Apple Vodka, Oak Rested Gin, and Military Spirit Gin is carefully distilled and bottled on site. The sleek bottles make gorgeous gifts but, if you’re really out to impress, opt for the Founders’ Club Membership to get your loved one their name on the distillery wall (plus loads of other brilliant benefits including pre-release booze for life. Where do we sign?).

£40 a bottle

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GOAL!

For the man who has everything, a bottle opener in the shape of the classic French foosball figure. You can’t wrong when you mix beer and footy with a hefty pinch of nostalgia. Available from pink palace The Bean Hive in Kettering.

£17.25

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BOX CLEVER

Dreamy chocolate box store Toybox Kettering is all about traditional craftsmanship and developmental learning selling the sort of gorgeous wooden toys you keep forever (no plastic tat here, thank you!). We are loving this rather Christmassy sit on and ride deer for tots aged 1-2.

£99

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COSY VIBES

Is it even Christmas without the hygge vibes of a festive scented candle? Lyss and Vay Candle Co.’s gorgeous glass jar candles are sustainably made with soy wax and 100% recyclable packaging, plus we love the comforting crackle from the wooden wick. Choose from Mulled Wine, Gingerbread and Winter Pine scents.

£20.99

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WHEELIE GOOD

If you know someone special who loves bikes and pizza (who doesn’t?), then why not combine the two passions with this novelty copper pizza slice in the shape of a hipster fixed gear bike available from colourful Kettering emporium, The Bean Hive.

£15

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IRONSTONE

FIT FOR ANYTHING

Whether your loved one is already a gym bunny or just looking to improve their overall heath and wellbeing, Ironstone Wellbeing Centre in Kettering offers a raft of wonderful classes, workshops and treatments, from hot yoga and Pilates to Tai Chi and Zumba and you can give vouchers to whatever value you wish.

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SPICE THINGS UP

This super-spicy chilli oil from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa is actually a passion project of Northants cricketing legend Allan Lamb. Banhoek Chilli Oil bridges the gap between a must-have kitchen staple and luxury hamper treat and the beautifully wrapped bottles make prefect pressies. Available to buy at Beckworth Emporium Food Hall, Mears Ashby.

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WINE AND DINE

The Willow and Brook restaurant in the picture postcard village of Apethorpe is one of our top dining destinations. Having been given a new lease of life in 2020, it’s gone full gastro and is bursting with warmth and soul. Why not treat someone special to a night out with some vouchers, available to the value of your choice.

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GET PAMPERING

Pretty much every woman on the planet deserves a post-Christmas spa, so give the gift of total relaxation and bliss with a gift card for the lovely Whittlebury Park. The lucky recipient can choose how they spend it too, from a hot stone massage and gel mani to a sumptuous meal at Murray’s fine dining restaurant or a cheeky weekend getaway.

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THAT’S HOT

Why not give the gift of hot burning fire this Christmas with this mini Candied Jalapeno preserve selection pack from The Bean Hive. There’s even a very Christmassy jalapeno cranberry sauce alongside a BBQ sauce, hot relish and mint jelly.

£8.95

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SHELF INDULGENCE

With most of us spending so much more time glued to our screens, actual real life magazines feel like such a luxury. Luxuriously tactile, they allow you to spend some quiet time indulging yourself. We reckon a stack of gorgeous magazines makes a really thoughtful gift and Magazine Heaven at Rushden Lakes has the widest selection of mags anywhere in the UK.

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PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

Who run the world? Girls! And don’t let them forget it, by gifting this brilliant card game from The Bean Hive in Kettering. The idea is to collect a category of right-on female activists, musicians and politicians, with the winner crowned The Boss.

£9.95

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BOOZE FREE ZONE

Looking for a luxe gift with a twist for that friend who’s always on a health kick? Here, indulge their inner goddess with a gorgeously sophisticated bottle of alcohol-free spirits from Xachoh. Infused with Silk Road spices, Xachoh’s botanical blends are taking teetotal luxury to the next level with ginger, mace, star anise, camomile and rosemary among the painstakingly selected ingredients, for an everyday elegant drink that’s both healthy and uplifting.

£28.99

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