Festive Gift Giving

New Forest Christmas Shopping Guide

November, 2016

The festive season is right on our door steps and it’s time to start Christmas shopping. Whether you’re a shopping fanatic, a lover of brands, independent stores or maybe you don’t have a clue where to start at all, well here’s our guide to shopping for the festive season in the New Forest!

Villages and towns

The New Forest if filled with little villages and towns that are home to distinctive and independent stores, perfect for finding unique gifts for your friends and family.

Lyndhurst is a small town, home to our Forest Lodge Hotel and only a few minutes’ drive from Bartley Lodge Hotel. With shops like Down to the Wood, Pages of Lyndhurst and The Old Apothecary you’re sure to find gifts for the quirkiest of friends.

Burley Is the village to visit if you’re after something with a little history or handmade gifts. It’s filled with sweet treats, a cider farm and gift shops. If you’re staying with us at Moorhill House Hotel then you’ll only be a short walk away.

Beaulieu is the ultimate destination for gift shops. As part of the Beaulieu Motor Museum attraction there are plenty of gift shops selling perfect stocking fillers and goodies to tempt and inspire you. Even if you don’t have a ticket to their motor museum you can still enter their gift shop for free! Inside their Palace House kitchen shop, you will find a range of traditional gifts from tasty jams and chutneys to silverware and country house gifts. Just for the festive season they’ll have mulled wine, festive chutneys, delicious preserves, fudge, festive biscuit tins, teddies plus much more!

Lymington is a beautiful seaside town not far from us. Here you can find well-known clothing stores like Joules, White Stuff and Fat Face to independent stores including Truffles  selling sweet treats, gifts and cards to Great Gizmos the home of toy heaven. Head to the top of town to find a charming homeware store, Willow. Here you’ll find all the interior greatness and the perfect gift for a new home.


In the New Forest you will find some of the best farmers markets for present shopping.

Saturday: If the weather is dry then take a trip into Lymington on a Saturday from approx. 8:30am to 4pm. Trailing down the whole high-street you can find market stalls selling the biggest range of gifts, treats, toys, homeware and much more. This is the place to go if you’re really struggling to find the perfect gift.

Sunday: in Burley from 10am until 2pm in the car park of the Queen’s Head you can purchase foodie treats, handmade crafts, photography and artwork.

Monday: If you miss Lymington’s market on Saturday then take a trip straight down the A35 on Monday where you’ll find a very similar market in Christchurch high street.

Shopping Centres

Now, if you’re after well-known brands and all the shops you can imagine then here are the shopping centres to take a trip to when staying with us:

West Quay: Situated in Southampton, West Quay houses over 100 shops from the Apple Store, Cath Kidston, H. Samuel, Karen Millen to the Christmas mecca that is John Lewis, you’ll without a doubt find all the presents you’ll need right here. Outside West Quay you’ll find the Southampton Christmas market featuring over 40 independent stallholders selling a range of authentic gifts such as children’s toys and homeware as well as essentials for the Christmas season.

Bournemouth: Head a little further afield to the town of Bournemouth where you’ll not only discover department stores like Beales and House of Fraser but you’ll also find your festive spirit with their German Christmas market in the Square. It features quaint little Alpine Chalet stalls, decorated with twinkling lights and decorations, selling seasonal gifts, handmade crafts and festive food!

Choose a location