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December Wish List

Santa baby… slip these treats under the tree please!

1 Lariat necklace, Roobarb in Bridgnorth or www.LoveRoobarb.co.uk, £25.

We love this clever necklace, finished with freshwater pearls, which can be worn in so many ways.1

2 Gingerbread men and snowflakes, Lakeland, £6.99.

Intricate tiles of wintery white and dark chocolate.

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3 Cocktail Kisses Fizz & Bubbles scented lip balm, Marks & Spencer, £3.50.

Don’t go licking it all off!

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4 Jacquard peep toe heels, Wallis, £35.

Hot off the catwalk, with rich tones of red, green and gold, these high heeled sandals will get your feet noticed at this year’s parties.4

5 Black and gold clutch bag by Biba, House of Fraser, £99.

Leather bag with more than a touch of Art Deco glamour.

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6 12 Days of Beauty Treats, Next, £20.

Featuring two scents – Fresh and Floral, and Sweet Dreams. A treat for each of the 12 Days of Christmas.

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7 Gold Lamy LX pen, Write Here, Shrewsbury, £46.50.

Special edition pen made of aluminium detailed with precious metal, this is the perfect way to write your cards.

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8 Reversible sheepskin gilet, The White Company, £525.

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The finishing touch

Top up your decorations with these festive finds in Shropshire.

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Gold lace ball, £1.99; Old Rose paper ball, £1.79; pink lace ball, £1.99, from Wyevale Garden Centres at Shipley and Albrighton.

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LED wooden star, £19.99 from Lakeland, Shrewsbury. Scandi-style. Ten warm white LEDS cast a glow over the willow branches inside.

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Father Christmas sculpture, £399 from the British Ironwork Centre, near Oswestry. Hand crafted from sheet steel, standing 1.6m tall.

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Standing reindeer, £39 from Alan Ward, Shrewsbury. Cute and furry.

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Heart wreath with stars and berries, £29.99 from Vinegar Hill, Shrewsbury

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Molten wonky fused glass hanging green Christmas tree, £5 from Enjoy! In Shrewsbury. Handmade, so each one will vary.

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Crushed bead pear, £2.50 from the National Trust – properties at Dudmaston Hall and Attingham Park. One of a range of fruity decorations.

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Stag, £9.99 from Tea and Roses, Bridgnorth. In antiqued gold finish.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas, £35 from Sweet Cheeks, Oswestry. Complete with a partridge in a pear tree.

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Decorative wooden church, £22 from LW Foxall, Bridgnorth. Interior lights are battery powered for a Midnight Mass glow.

November Wish List

Say it with something from Shropshire

Whether you want to treat yourself of start your Christmas shopping, these goodies all send Shropshire greetings.

 

1 Ludlow mug, £10 from Black Bough, Ludlow. Bone china mug with a stunning pattern based on one of Ludlow’s iconic black and white builldings, The Feathers Hotel. www.blackbough.co.uk

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2 Shropshire Hills by Penelope Timmis, £595. Atmospheric original painting capturing the beauty of the county from a renowned Shropshire artist. www.penelopetimmis.co.uk2

 

3 Orange Flower cell renewal hydrogel, Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, from £19.

We love the effects of this anti-ageing hydrogel from Shifnal’s own Deborah Mitchell. Apply after cleansing to prime, hydrate and firm. www.heavenskincare.com3

 

4 Mixed colour soft touch ball necklace from Grey Dove Jewellery, £17.25. Beads chosen for their luxurious velvety look and feel, on a coated stainless steel wire. Designer Lynne Morgan lives and has a studio just outside Ludlow. www.greydovejewellery.co.uk

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5 Retro tote bag by Lyn Evans, £39.99. Shropshire artist Lyn uses torn paper to create her artwork; carry some around with you on 5this heavy canvas bag with fully piped seams and inside pocket. You’ll be the envy of all the other shoppers. www.buy-from.com

 

6 Eliza’s Book of Whimsy by Elizabeth Henry, £10.95. Uplifting, traditional poems by writer Elizabeth, who lives near Bridgnorth, and beautifully illustrated. Available from her website www.elizabethhenry.co.uk, Amazon and selected local outlets.6

 

7 Shropshire notebooks by Sunny Side Art, £9 for set of three. Perfect for notes or sketches on the move, these little notebooks are from a range of county-inspired products by artist Linda Edwards. Available at Write Here, Shrewsbury, www.writeherekitenow.co.uk7

 

8 Violet Vodka from The Tipsy Tart. One of a range of luscious vodka and gin liqueurs by this Ludlow-based company that are fruity, funky and fun. Priced from £13 plus postage and packaging, from www.thetipsytart.co.uk8

October Wish List

We’ve conjured up some bewitching must-haves for a magical month

 

1 Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar, £3.95 from Lush

Have a spell in the bath with this fruity juniperberry and lime bubble bar; the energising fragrance packs a punch for a long, lingering soak. Just make sure you’re out by midnight!

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2 Traditional 3.5 pint kettle, Netherton Foundry, Highley, £120

Hand made in Shropshire from hand spun aluminium, with hand turned British oak handle and knob. Stove top 2l kettle for use on ranges, electric, gas, ceramic and halogen hobs.

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3 Small tree bowl, Ruth Gibson Ceramics, £25

Shropshire artist Ruth uses ceramic screen printing techniques to apply photographic images on to rolled out porcelain. Available through www.buy-from.com/shropshire

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4 High definition eye and brow palette, Beauty Benefits, Bridgnorth, £25

Everything you need to create and maintain perfectly defined eyes and brows, in three shades including Bombshell, Foxy and Vamp.

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5 Black star print boots, Dorothy Perkins, £45

Add some sparkle to your outfit and let your feet be the stars!

 

6 Cat cushion, This That & The Other, Bridgnorth, £12

We love this collection of adorable moggies; cushion comes complete with insert.

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7  Brick design bracelet from Love Roobarb in Bridgnorth, www.loveroobarb.com, £1850

Burnish silver finish to an age-old design from the Ottoman Empire; handmade and ethically sourced from Turkey.

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8 Nuit a Marrakech perfume by Rituals, £39

Inspired by journeys into the Orient, with notes of mimosa, saffron and cedar wood. Dreamy.   8

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September Wish List

September brings a new season and new treats

 

1 Camel suedette over the knee heeled boots, £49.99, New Look

We love these boots with metallic block heel and tie back details1

 

2 Potato baker, £39.99, Lakeland

Cook yourself a warming spud with Lakeland’s brand new unglazed earthenware range2

 

3 Tumblers £25 from French Grey Tales in Bridgnorth

Set of four eye-catching ceramic tumblers, one of each colour, in a vintage pattern3

 

Cushion from Tea and Roses, Bridgnorth, £32.99

Charming folk style cushion in autumn colours; it’s just the right size for a smaller sofa or single chair, too

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Embossed folio handbag by Cath Kidston, £80

A bit of retro style with a structured shape finished in Button Spot print with leather trims and shoulder handle5

 

Driftwood heart, £18.99 from That’s Nice! Bridgnorth

Lovely hanging heart to bring back memories of beachcombing6

 

Velvet ombre throw, Next, £55

We’ve seen velvet on the autumn/winter catwalks; this looks the perfect way to translate the look to your bedroom

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Scotney bamboo scarf, National Trust, £15

Wine-coloured fine silk scarf inspired by a wallpaper at the Trusts’s Scotney Castle in Kent8

 

Wedded bliss

Six of the best for brides, grooms and guests

 

 

1 Stuff Every Bride Should Know, £7.99, Vinegar Hill

Pocket sized manual with tips and lists to get smoothly from ‘yes’ to ‘I do’. A version for the groom is also available

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2 Personalised word art, £21.99, by Meg Hawkins at www.buy-from.com/shropshire

Personalise the illustrations – created in watercolours by Shropshire artist Meg Hawkins – in any way you like, with names, dates and phrases. Comes with enough space for up to 100 fingerprints

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3 Confetti from Shropshire Petals, from £1.85

Box shown here includes 25 confetti pops filled with your choice of natural petal confetti, grown near Newport, from £57.50

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4 Keepsake box from Hopskotch, Bridgnorth, £8.99

Wooden box for all those little memories of the big day4

5 Rings from Woodings and Co, Shrewsbury

Diamond halo engagement ring, £3,329; diamond wedding ring £1,450

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6 Hamper Made for 2 from Hotel Chocolat, £50

For the perfect pair with plenty to share including chocolates, cocoa beer and a bottle of sparkling wine

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August Wish List

We take our inspiration from the colours of the seaside

 

 

Gabor Lanzarote sandal in indigo, £59.99 from Toggs and Cloggs, Newport Slip-on pair that are a reliable favourite year after year.

Gabor Lanzarote sandal in indigo, £59.99 from Toggs and Cloggs, Newport Slip-on pair that are a reliable favourite year after year.

2 Rose gold embellished clutch, Wallis, £28 For evenings out

2 Rose gold embellished clutch, Wallis, £28 For evenings out

Yaron Morhaim ring from The Silver Pear, Ludlow, £225 Unique rings in a range of designs, made to order. All are made from sterling silver, yellow gold or rose gold plating, and oxidized silver. Stones are semi-precious. From £120.

Yaron Morhaim ring from The Silver Pear, Ludlow, £225 Unique rings in a range of designs, made to order. All are made from sterling silver, yellow gold or rose gold plating, and oxidized silver. Stones are semi-precious. From £120.

Tuscan Escape lemon verbena refreshing bath nectar from M&S, £4 Enriched with extract of acacia honey and sweet almond; made in the UK but inspired by the lemon groves of Italy.

Tuscan Escape lemon verbena refreshing bath nectar from M&S, £4 Enriched with extract of acacia honey and sweet almond; made in the UK but inspired by the lemon groves of Italy.

Murlough Bay shells cushion, National Trust, £25 Created exclusively for the National Trust, the design of this cushion has been inspired by the great British seaside.5

Murlough Bay shells cushion, National Trust, £25 Created exclusively for the National Trust, the design of this cushion has been inspired by the great British seaside.

Pure Colour cream nail polish, £2.99 from New Look A textured glitter polish for a light summery look.

Pure Colour cream nail polish, £2.99 from New Look A textured glitter polish for a light summery look.

‘American Splash’ bowl in blue, from Black Bough in Ludlow, £12-14 Handmade by Duncan Browning in the Elan Valley, mid Wales, in two practical sizes.

‘American Splash’ bowl in blue, from Black Bough in Ludlow, £12-14 Handmade by Duncan Browning in the Elan Valley, mid Wales, in two practical sizes.

Large ‘Sun’ platter from Roobarb in Bridgnorth or www.LoveRoobarb.co.uk, £34 Hang it on the wall or use it on the table – ‘Moon’ version also available.

Large ‘Sun’ platter from Roobarb in Bridgnorth or www.LoveRoobarb.co.uk, £34 Hang it on the wall or use it on the table – ‘Moon’ version also available.

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July Wish List

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Cosmic pendant by Debbie Williams, £35 Handmade in Shropshire, pendant has layers of opaque and transparent enamel, reflecting shades and depths of the universe, on a black leather thong.

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Mini Moderns Whitby enamel mug, £9 from quinceliving.co.uk Enamelware mug brings a touch of the coast and is perfect for outdoor living.

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Festival/shopper bag from Roobarb in Bridgnorth Hand stitched, inner lined Aztec style bag perfect for that festival weekend.

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Pure Scents natural shampoo and body bar, £5 from Enjoy! Peponi, Shrewsbury Great for when you are on the move, this lemongrass, mint and tea tree bar is chemical free and can be used in the sea and rivers.

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Multi braid visor from Accessorize, £15 Keep the sun out of your eyes in style.

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Six strand wrap bracelet from Vinegar Hill, £14.99 Faux suede with crystal details, here in maroon.

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Ditsy Garden portable charger, dotcomgiftshop, £9.95 Charge all your devices on the go.

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Multi coloured coin fringe sandals £27.99 from New Look Funky flatties with toe strap.

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June Wish List

Treat yourself like royalty as we go patriotic… 8 of our favourite finds this month

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Cushion from Vinegar Hill, £28.50. Let your visitors know what a brilliant couple you are.

8 Izzy red spot shoes, £45 from Soul, Bridgnorth. Matching bag available for £32.

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Queen’s 90th birthday shopper, www.millygreen.com, £15. New UK designer Milly Green has created this bag celebrating all things royal in her distinctive watercolours style.

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Multicoloured floral bunting from Sainsbury’s, £10. Get the flags out and celebrate.

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Beth Lily statement bracelet from Accessorize, £19. Show off your jewels with this sparkling bracelet.

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Spring blooms picnic dinner plate from M&S, £4. Eat in style!

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British flag tote bag from Bradley’s the Tannery, £80. Handmade in Bridgnorth from the finest leather.

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Queen’s birthday unicorn and lion mug from Emma Bridgewater, £19.95. Toast Her Majesty with half a pint of tea or coffee.

 

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May Wish List

May day! If you are in need of a rescue, check out these treats

1 Mini moderns enamel kettle, £32, quinceliving.co.uk. Nothing picks you up like a cup of tea.1

2 Prosecco gummies, Lakeland, £6.49. Gummy bears grow up with the taste of sweet, sparkling Prosecco. Why has no-one thought of this before?

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3 Chain detail sunglasses, M&Co, £12. Make an impact with these oversized frames.

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4 Pretty little lip balm, Wysteria Lane, Shrewsbury, £4.99. Pucker up and enjoy the taste of succulent summer strawberries.

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5 Heaven silver bee venom mask, Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, £55 for £30ml. Give your face a lift with this mask and moisturizer which contains bee venom to control the facial muscles.

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6 Wicker wine bottle hamper, Marks and Spencer, £25. Head outside with your favourite bottle.

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7 Kamella sandals from Dune, £65. Walk taller in these boho chic wedge sandals.

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8 Blossom tassel tote bag, White Stuff, £35. Pack up your troubles – and everything else you need to carry!

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