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Festive Gift Ideas in Ards and North Down - Wed 2 December

Collage of gift ideas, including paddleboarding, hampers, Echlinville Distillery Barrel, North Down Museum and Creative Peninsula online shop graphics and Sustainable Journeys Ireland logo

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020

***Please continue to follow the latest government advice, check local guidelines on the NI Direct website and for public health guidance check Public Health Agency website.***

*With current restrictions in place please check current operating procedures with individual providers, if applicable*

For some festive fun with a difference this year, Ards and North Down offers a wide range of Christmas themed experiences and gift ideas. Here are a few unique ways to make your holiday period special.

On the Water
Get out on our coastal water and loughs at any time of year with these wonderful providers.

SUP Hub NI, Bangor
Stand Up Paddleboarding is the world’s fastest growing water sport, Sup Hub NI provide a safe and fun way to get on the water, with various package options to choose from. Go to SUP Hub NI website for gift vouchers.

Four paddleboarding out on the water

Strangford Lough Activity Centre, based in Killinchy
SLAC offer quirky outdoor activities and adventure tours you can escape from everyday life and immerse yourself in the moment. Go to Stangford Lough Activity Centre website here for gift vouchers.

3 canoes resting by the waters edge

Mobile Team Adventure
Offering adventures in the great outdoors, try a unique immersive experience on Strangford Lough such as Glide with the Tide, a sea kayaking and food tour or perhaps you want something bespoke to you or your group, Mobile Team Adventure will help you create that memorable experience. Go to Mobile Team Adventure website for gift vouchers.

People in canoes at sunrise

Take to the Skies
With a helicopter pleasure flight and enjoy a birds-eye view over County Down.

Heli-Power, Newtownards
Take the controls of a helicopter with experienced and enthusiastic instructors and experience the thrill of helicopter flying with a trial flight experience. Go to Heli-Power website for more information.

Helicopters at Newtownards Airfield

Food and Drink Delights

Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Killinchy
Step into an 18th century thatched cottage, set on the shores of the beautiful Strangford Lough for a hands-on bread making experience.

Make yourself at home, sample local treats and Tracey’s breads along with award-winning hand rolled butters and delicious homemade jams. Prepare to roll up your sleeves and get floury! You’ll make three traditional breads – Soda, Wheaten and Potato to take home along with a copy of Tracey’s tried and trusted recipes.

Tracey has many wonderful Christmas gift ideas to provide you with that much-needed shopping inspiration, as well as vouchers for a bread making experience you can also buy Afternoon Tea vouchers,  homemade hampers packed with food and drink from wonderful local artisan producers and branded tea towels, recipes and aprons. Go to Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen website for gifts and vouchers.

Selection of local artisan foods part of a Christmas hamper    Tracey Jeffers from Tracey Farmhouse Kitchen, by a Christmas tree with hamper products

Making Spirits Bright with gifts from The Echlinville Distillery
The Echlinville Distillery has unveiled its Christmas gift range. Echlinville is home to some of Ireland’s best-known spirits including Dunville’s Irish Whiskey Echlinville Gin, Weavers Gin, Jawbox Gin and Bán Poitín, all of which are available to purchase on their website alongside an impressive range of giftware.

Ginthusiasts are sure to love Echlinville’s stunning gin gift boxes. Each box features a bottle of one of the distillery’s award-winning gins alongside stylish gin glasses or the iconic Jawbox mugs in a beautiful presentation box. And their mini gin crackers are the perfect stocking filler for any gin fan.
There is no shortage of options for whiskey drinkers, with the iconic Dunville’s Irish Whiskey range accompanied by whiskey glasses and flight trays. Gift vouchers are also available, shop now at Echlinville online shop.

Please note that while Echlinville’s online shop is operating as normal, the distillery itself is currently closed to visitors. Over 18s only. Please drink responsibly.

Dunvilles Irish Whiskey gift selection, bottles of whishey and glasses      Echlinville Irish Pot Still Gin selection, bottles of gin, gift box and glasses

Guided Walking Tour
Enjoy a restorative and memorable experience on a guided coastal walk.

Sustainable Journeys Ireland
Connect with nature, landscapes and local people in the company of local tour guide and environmentalist, Brigid Watson. For more information about guided walking tours go to Sustainable Journeys Ireland website.

Sustainable Journeys Ireland logoBrigid Watson of Sustainable Journeys Ireland and some beautiful landscape pictures of beaches and loughs

Creative Inspiration
In Ards and North Down we’ve more makers per head than anywhere else in Northern Ireland with studios dotted across region and you can buy beautiful hand-crafted items in the local towns and villages as well as online. Or why not create your own unique masterpiece? A perfect Christmas gift!

North Down Museum
Even though North Down Museum is currently closed that does not mean you have to miss out on purchasing the beautiful hand-made products from local artists and makers that you normally find there. You can now browse online and pick up that special gift for your nearest and dearest.
Browse North Down Museum Christmas Craft Shop.

North Down Museum Christmas Craft Shop, tree and wrapped presents

Creative Peninsula Gift Guide
Browse and be inspired by the Creative Peninsula ONLINE Christmas Gift Guide. Featuring beautiful handmade products by Creative Peninsula artists and makers, all available to purchase online.
View the full Gift Guide.

Creative Peninsula Gift Guide, tree with hanging icicle decoration

Eden Pottery
Based on the Ards Peninsula, Eden Pottery is best known for sponge-printed design, using traditional methods to hand craft and decorate, making every piece unique. Eden at Home, pottery decorating boxes available for collection. For more information go to the Eden Pottery Shop website.

Man at making a clay vase Woman and child painting a mug

Discovery Glass

Irene of the Discovery Glass Studio in Comber is celebrating 30 years in business and is pleased to introduce her festive range of gifts for Christmas. When looking for something special to give or even to keep for yourself, Irene creates a wide variety of glass pieces that will be treasured for years to come. Some are even specific to this unprecedented year in rainbow coloured glass such as the Rainbow Festive Firs or Precious Angels both with “love, faith and hope” tokens and 2020 rainbow Christmas stars. Robins are always a favourite and are available as hanging suncatchers/decorations or standing on beautiful locally grown birch slices.

All are attractively presented and offered with complementary gift wrapping. Click and collect available.

Irene McBride | T: 07736 967292 | View Esty Shop | View Discovery Glass Website

Dreaming of your next getaway?

Clandeboye Lodge
Delight your friends or family, treat yourself and help fight food poverty this Christmas.

You give others - Spend £100 on vouchers | We give you - £10 voucher for you | We give together - We’ll donate to local food bank
For every £100 you spend on Clandeboye Lodge Gift Vouchers, you will receive a £10 voucher to spend with us AND we’ll make a food donation to our local community food bank, the North Down Storehouse.
A Clandeboye Lodge Gift Voucher is a special way of telling those close to you that you care. It can be redeemed against selected packages bringing the promise of a little luxury and indulgence for 2021. Our ‘3 Ways to Give’ offer allows you to enjoy the tradition of Christmas gifting as well as helping us to help those most in need. Offer valid on gift voucher purchases up to 31st December 2020.

Shop gift vouchers now at Clandeboye Lodge website.

T: 028 9185 1160 – our Christmas hotline is live everyday between 10am-12noon | E: welcome@clandeboyelodge.co.uk

Interior of hotel lobby with Christmas tree and lanterns   Bottles of Champagne chilling

Hastings Hotels - Winter Sparkle Package

The luxurious new overnight ‘Winter Sparkle Package’ at the Culloden Estate & Spa for £105pps*, this fabulous offer is available for stays until 28th February 2021 and includes overnight accommodation, full Irish Breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi with access to over 7,000 digital newspapers & magazines and a mini bottle of Prosecco each to enjoy in your room.
For further information or to book visit Hasting Hotels website or call 028 9047 1066.
*Terms and conditions apply. Cancellation up to 12pm day prior to arrival. No deposit required. Offer applicable for new bookings only.

Get in touch

If any provider has gift vouchers, hampers or an experience they would like to see featured here please email through to marketing@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk