Frantic for ideas on what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Worry no more! Visit Bristol’s elves have searched Bristol's sensational shopping selection high and low to sniff out the top Bristol-themed gifts that’ll have your nearest and dearest dancing a Christmas jig for joy. Fact. #MerryBristmas!

Experiences | Bristol souvenirs | Bristmas tipples | Food | Fashion & Jewellery

  • Bristol Experiences

Whether you're shopping for someone that's into adventure, nature, history, culture or food, there are Bristol experiences they'll love. Here are ideas to inspire you and them...   

Say Yuup to Bristol experiences 

Yuup is a new online marketplace where you can book and gift local experiences in Bristol in minutes. Support your local community and discover exciting things to do on your doorstep. Create ceramics in Southville, discover blood and butchery in Bedminster and learn to cook Thai food in Totterdown. Check in regularly to see the latest experiences and uncover limited edition experiences, super special sessions and one-off experiences which you can’t find anywhere else. 

People sat at a table doing pottery

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Christmas chill out

Treat someone to a day of pampering and indulgence at one of Bristol’s spas.

Gift vouchers are available from The Lido for all sorts of blissful offerings. Choose between treatment, food or monetary vouchers.

Bristol Harbour Hotel also offer similar gift experiences for more marvellous wellbeing activities.

PURE Spa & Beauty vouchers can be purchased for any of their spa and beauty treatments for any amount, giving you the ultimate choice to create a perfect pampering gift experience.

For a slightly different restorative experience, gift them a voucher for the Elevate yoga studio in Wapping Wharf

Bristol Lido - unusual Christmas gifts from Bristol

Image - Bristol Lido at Christmas

O come all ye fur-ful

Gift an animal lover an adoption package, not only a special present but also supporting conservation work across the globe.

Wild Place Project has new adoption packs for their bears, giraffes, ring-tailed lemurs and zebras. Each includes an eco-friendly 3D model of your chosen animal, an adoption certificate and a detailed fact-file. 

Sister site Bristol Zoo Gardens offers the chance to adopt a whole host of animals from Poppy the penguin to Jock the silverback gorilla. Giftees receive a special pack containing a ticket to the Zoo, a cuddly toy, an adoption certificate, your name displayed at the exhibit and a fact-file about the animal.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm also offer adopt an animal packages, one for families and one for single animal lovers. 

Bristol Zoo Gardens - the ultimate Bristol Christmas gift guide

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Just the ticket

Bristol’s attractions offer annual membership at fantastic value and are a great way to give a gift that will be used again and again.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain costs £48 for a family pass (2 adults and 2 children) and includes unlimited visits for one year.

Return again and again to discover the underwater world with annual membership at Bristol Aquarium (£156.82 for a family of four). 

Wild Place Project offers gift Annual Passes (adult £44.40, child £33.45). In addition to unlimited entry to Wild Place Project for a whole year, annual pass holders benefit from perks such as discounts in the gift shop and café.

You can also give an admission voucher to either Bristol Zoo Gardens (adult £17.84, child £12.10) or Wild Place Project (adults £14.37, child £11.50), for the animal-lover in your life to visit their favourites from gorillas and red pandas at Bristol Zoo, to bears and giraffes at Wild Place Project.

A family of four can visit the fascinating Aerospace Bristol, home of the last Concorde ever the be built and fly, for £49 and tickets are valid for a year.

Boy sat in the cockpit of a plane at Aerospace Bristol

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Inquisitive families can delve into the wonders at We The Curious time and again with annual membership, which starts from £99. 

Slimbridge Wetland Centre annual family membership starts at £72 and offers entry to nine wetland centres across the UK.

Westonbirt The National Arboretum offers joint (£78) or single (£40) membership to its magical tree garden, entitling the owner to 364 days of free entry, early bird booking and free entry for kids when with a parent or grandparent member.

You can also buy gift cards for trampoline park AirHop Bristol, as well as goodie bags featuring a bounce ball, premium grip socks, stickers and more.

Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum credit Johnny Hathaway

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Hot air balloon flight

Planning something super special? Give someone the unforgettable experience of soaring high above over the city in a hot air balloon. Bailey Balloons and Elite Air (UK) Ltd offer flights. Book a private trip, a champagne flight or buy gift vouchers. Read what it’s like to fly in a hot air balloon over Bristol here. Tempted?

hot air balloon ride over Bristol - ultimate Bristol Christmas gift guide

Image - balloon flight over Bristol, credit Angharad Paull

Unwrap a mystery

Bristol becomes a giant outdoor escape room in The Mystery of the Sabotaged Balloon, a self-guided walking adventure based around a mystery story. Crack cryptic clues including word games, maths puzzles, and hidden objects to catch a dastardly saboteur. Perfect for wannabe sleuths!

Mystery Guides' Georgian adventure story guide next to a Christmas stocking

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Give the gift of a road trip 

Help your giftee plan a road trip to remember in 2022 with a voucher for an Uncover Britain guide. These include flexible suggestions, itineraries and ideas themed around areas like the Cotswolds or interests like houses and gardens

Let it spray, let it spray, let it spray

If you're looking for a special gift for a budding Banksy, how about a voucher for a street art workshop and tour? Where the Wall offer gift certificates for stencil art spray sessions as well as adult, OAP, student and young person walking tours. Or you could check out Graft’s gift vouchers for one-to-one and couples graffiti workshops.

Graft - ultimate bristol christmas gift guide

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Laughing all the way 

Comedy geeks will be over the moon with tickets to Slapstick Festival in January, the UK’s biggest celebration of silent, visual and classic screen comedy. Options include individual shows starting from £8.50 (£5 concession) or two choices of pass – a £92 one granting admission to all Watershed events, Slapstick Divas and the Silent Film Gala, and an £18 one securing seats at 26 events plus a souvenir T-shirt and pin badge.

  • Bristol-themed souvenirs

All I want for Bristmas is blue

The city used to be one of the most important glass-making centres in Europe, thanks to its distinctive blue glass which dates back some 300 years.

With a Studio Shop in Arnos Vale and a retail outlet next to St Nicholas Market (itself a treasure trove of potential gifts), Bristol Blue Glass continues to make beautiful glassware in the traditional way and offers a collection of classy, glassy gifts – from jewellery and wine glasses to perfume bottles, beads, baubles and bowls. Visit the studio and you can see them being made, or learn to blow one yourself!

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Ship shapes and zoovenirs

The city’s attractions also have excellent gift shops, filled with unique Bristol-inspired gifts.

Brunel's SS Great Britain stocks a boat-load of ship-shape souvenirs, stocking fillers, books, maritime prints by local artists, Isambear Kingdom Brunel teddy bears and the Brunel Duck.

As well as browsing the toys, games and gifts in person at the We The Curious shop, you can now find a selection of their best-sellers online. Everything is ethically and sustainably made, with plenty of fun gizmos and books for nature, space and science-obsessed kids. 

Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project also has a new online shop with a section dedicated to sustainable and eco-friendly gifts, such as books, bamboo socks and delicious crunchy crickets. Or gift your favourite animal a Christmas treat with their range of animal enrichment options.

Head to the Bristol Museums Online Shop, combining the delights of what you'd find in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed gift shops like books on Banksy, work by local artists, jewellery, toys and souvenirs inspired by current exhibitions. Arnolfini’s specialist bookshop is also a great place for tomes on contemporary art, design and culture. 

ssgb duck - ultimate christmas gift guide

Image - Brunel Duck, Brunel's SS Great Britain

Art! The herald angels sing

22 November to 5 December is the time to buy prints and books for your arty friends, as contemporary gallery Spike Island is having a sale. Shop with them online or in person.  

Step into Bristmas

Give someone a gurt lush Christmas with Bristol-themed goodies galore from our online shop. Snap up everything from local sweet treats, to mugs bearing Bristol's coloured houses, prints from local artists and of Bristol's street art.  

Coasters featuring illustrations of Bristol

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Fairytale of Bristol

Discover Banksy’s street art in his fascinating book ‘Wall and Piece’, recreate dishes from your favourite Bristolian restaurants at home with 'The Bristol Cookbook', wow someone special with Colin Moody’s photography book 'Glorious Gloucester Road', go on a journey through 'Weird Bristol' with Charlie Revelle-Smith’s book and entertain little ones with the legend of 'The Bristol Giants'. 

Bristol Giants save Christmas - ultimate christmas gift guide

Image - Bristol Giants Save Christmas book, by Oliver Rigby, illustrated by Tom Bonson

  • Tasty Bristmas tipples

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Boost someone’s Christmas spirit…

...collection with a bottle of 6 O’clock Gin – handmade and bottled by Bramley & Gage just outside Bristol. Personalised bottles, gin gift packs and fruit liqueurs are all available from their online shop, at the distillery and at their pop-up shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Or you could treat gin enthusiasts further, by booking a distillery tour which includes a tutored tasting.

Prohibition-style speakeasy bar Hyde & Co sell gift vouchers for all of their food and drink establishments. Indulge loved ones with an exquisite dining or drinking experience (including cocktail tours and spirit society) at The OxBambalan and The Milk Thistle.

6 O Clock gin - Bristol Christmas gift guide

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Ding dong Moor-ily on high

Treat your beloved beer lover to a ‘hoppy’ Christmas with a mixed can gift pack from Bristol’s Moor Beer, available through their online shop or from the tap room and brewery on Days Road, St Philips. 

Moor Beer gift box - ultimate bristol christmas gift guide

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  • Food

Christmas Pies

The next best thing to Santa whooshing down your chimney with a stocking full of presents has got to be Pieminister turning up at your door with pie gifts. Hand-pick the perfect selection through their online shop, which will be stocked with special edition festive flavours very soon.

There are also gift ideas for pie-fanatic family and friends – pick up aprons, a pie cookbook, pin badges, oven gloves or gift vouchers here. All are British and ethically made, just like the pies!

Festive pies and sides from Pieminister

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'O cider tree, 'O cider tree

Go one step further than gifting someone cider by getting them their own apple tree. The Cider Box has a range of ancient, traditional cider apple variety trees in their sapling stage, ready to be planted and, in time, bear fruit for cidermaking for many years to come. 

Have a herby Christmas

Find gifts for keen gardeners and cooks on Jekka's online shop, including new winter herb boxes and a 2022 calendar celebrating herbs throughout the year. Vouchers are also available for their spring masterclasses on topics ranging from growing and cooking with herbs, to botanical screenprinting.  

Christmas sparkle

Leave a special shiney something from Wylde Jewellers under the tree. Their birthstone collection, snowflake earrings, star rings and diamond pieces are all favourites at Christmas. Pop into their Clifton store for a glass of mulled wine or champagne while one of the team chats you through the range. 

Woman in party outfit holding phone and showing off rings

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Old-but-new gifts

Find fabulous Christmas knits, sweaters and party sequins as well as a lovely range of locally made jewellery at vintage store Something Elsie in Wapping Wharf. 

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