My High Street gift guide

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‘Tis the season to be original. And we are lucky enough to have a sled load of unique and covetable gifts on our High Street. Here are my favourite Christmas buys in Rye this season. Ho-ho! Hope I inspire some of you.

FOR MEN It’s a real trick, being able to find decent ‘gifts for him’. I’ve been thoroughly depressed by the shopping centre take on the matter: over-priced, mindless comedy tripe loaded into tacky men’s gift shops and fired, point blank at us, crosseyed with panic over what to buy for our boyfriends, husbands and dads. Not-so-successful movie merchandise or a mug with an “hilarious” caption emblazoned across it. Or you could insult someone’s intelligence, mouth, stomach and eyes with a special edition beer named Old Fart and matching pint glass set. Maybe treat him to a brightly coloured self-effacing slogan t-shirt just to really bring him down to the level whatever generic slogan has been splashed across it. “Couch potato.” Ha-ha.Yawn.  Avoid these hideous shopping centre gifts and stick to Rye High Street this year.

FOR WOMEN Women are easy to buy for. If it’s pretty, nicely packaged, not cheap, and maybe has a splash of pink, it’s usually a winner. Here are some naughty as well as nice ideas for you. I’m all for innovation in this town – and a special mention to Siren and Pearl for bringing a classy touch of naughtiness.

FOR ANYONE These are my unisex, would-look-good in any home items:

 

FOR KIDS Come on, you don’t need help buying presents for kids do you? Aside from scorching the night sky with fireworks that spell out their Christmas wish list, I’m sure any little ones in your life have made every indication of what Santa needs to bring. OK, seeing as it’s Christmas, I’ll give you a tip:

Must have this Christmas: Stuffed Penguins from £23 The Corner House
Must have this Christmas: Stuffed Penguins from £23 The Corner House
Bird Call: Various bird sounds. £6.95 Lion Street Store
Bird Call: Various bird sounds. £6.95 Lion Street Store
Prism Camera Toy £7.50, Lion Street Store
Prism Camera Toy £7.50, Lion Street Store
Ukelele. Various colours, prices and patterns, Rye Music Trading Company, Lion Street
Ukelele. Various colours, prices and patterns, Rye Music Trading Company, Lion Street
Trinket Boxes, Sequinned Purse and tiny heart candles, from £3, Byzantuim
Trinket Boxes, Sequinned Purse and tiny heart candles, from £3, Byzantuim
Sheepskin booties sizes 2-6 £10.99 The Golden Fleece, Lion Street
Sheepskin booties sizes 2-6 £10.99 The Golden Fleece, Lion Street
Limited Edition Charlie Bear, in pastel colours. £65, The Corner House
Limited Edition Charlie Bear, in pastel colours. £65, The Corner House

FOR THE DOG Rye is full of pampered, pedigree dogs. What is a pampered dog without a designer bed, coloured stencilling on its fur and crystals on its face? Bored. Get your pooch a makeover. Average price for grooming £25, Creative extras are about £10.

Creative Grooming price on request. Divine K9, Market Road
Creative Grooming price on request. Divine K9, Market Road

 

Danish Design 'Boxing Hares' Dogbed from £22.50, Pette Shoppe Rye, High Street
Danish Design ‘Boxing Hares’ Dogbed from £22.50, Pette Shoppe Rye, High Street
Danisg Design Dog Coat, various patterns. from Pette Shoppe Rye
Danisg Design Dog Coat from £9.75, various patterns. from Pette Shoppe Rye

Happy Shopping!