Norwich stores suggest gift ideas

With just eight shopping weeks until Christmas, now is the time many people are thinking about what could be the perfect presents for their loved ones.

Adults can be especially tough to buy for, and so, as part of our new Shop Local for Christmas campaign, the Evening News has asked some local shops to highlight some of their favourite products to help people find the ideal festive gifts.

From flowers to jewellery and hampers to scarves our fine city's independent retailers have come up with a diverse ranges of goodies to give you inspiration.

As we all know, shopping closer to home and supporting independent traders is a great way to help the local economy, so this Yuletide shop local and help make it a great Christmas for our local traders.

There has been an excellent response so far to our new Shop Local for Christmas campaign in which you could win �1,000.

To be in with a chance of winning pick up a Shop Local 'passport' from stores displaying the Shop Local sign.

They are also available from our office in Rouen Road, Norwich, or can be downloaded from the Shop Local page on this website.

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Make sure you have your 'passport' when you visit local stores. When you spend �10 or more in a participating shop you receive a stamp on your 'passport'. Collect 10 and send your completed 'passport' to Shop Local, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

Your name will be entered into our draw and one reader will collect �1,000 just in time for Christmas. You have until Friday, December 17, to collect your 10 stamps. 'Passports' must reach us by Saturday, December 18, and the winner will be announced in the Evening News on Wednesday, December 22.

Kevin Plumstead, above, owner of Elizabeths the Florists, Unthank Road, Norwich.

'Table decorations, possibly with candles, make lovely gifts. The traditional festive holly and berries with cinnamon for scent are often popular, as are amaryllis vase arrangements.

'Festive hand-tied arrangements are nice gifts too in a seasonal box or gift bag, and poinsettias are also very popular at Christmas.

'We tailor-make all of our floral displays to give them more of a personal touch.'

Anita Barry, a partner of Gallyons Country Clothing, in Bedford Street, and Gallyons City and Country, in the Royal Arcade, Norwich.

'We have Hunter wellies in a huge range of colours from fuchsia through to the traditional green, including some ankle boot wellies and some with wedge heels, Perfect for winter weather!

'We have a great range of Barbour products – from hip flasks for men to fashionable quilted jackets for women, and lots of hats and scarves too.'

Jon Maddocks, below, owner of Aurum Jewellers, Bedford Street, Norwich.

'Beautiful handmade Trollbeads come in a range of designs and colours and are very collectable.

'Start with a Debut bracelet which comprises a silver bracelet and lock with two Italian glass beads.

'The beads are totally interchangeable so the bracelet design can be continually changed to suit your mood.

'Check out the limited addition empowerment beads. They are a fantastic present and you will be supporting a great cause – Cancer Research UK.'

Vanessa Pidgen, manager of Cane Furniture Centre, Dereham Road, Norwich.

'We have some really nice hand-carved wooden animals and some one-off paintings from Bali that offer something different from the usual.

'A nice practical gift could be a small piece of furniture like a coffee table, magazine rack, foot stool or chest of drawers.'

Harvey Albrow, manager of Albrow and Sons, All Saints Green, Norwich.

'We sell quite a lot of turquoise jewellery at Christmas because that is the December birthstone.

Antique jewellery also offers something different that you are not going to see on the high street – something with a bit of history and character.

'Earrings and cufflinks are popular presents. The nice thing about buying jewellery as a present is that often it is a treat that somebody wouldn't necessarily buy themselves.'

Jason Kercher, manager of Simpsons Jewellers, White Lion Street, Norwich.

'Earrings and pendants are always good presents, and they can make nice additional presents too.

'Everyone likes a bit of sparkle at Christmas.

'There is such a range of prices with jewellery that it means you do not have to break the bank. We have a wide range of jewellery – secondhand, antique and modern of varying price ranges.'

Nigel Carter at City Farm Shop, Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich.

'We find that many people like to buy hampers full of Norfolk products to take to their friends and family in other parts of the country.

'We make up hampers to order and they can be filled with a range of products including local fruit and vegetables, honey, preserves and flour.'

David Kingsley, above, one of the directors of men's clothes store Hatters, in White Lion Street, Norwich. 'Accessories make brilliant gifts, and we have some unusual Paul Smith wallets, bags, scarves and socks that would be great presents.'

Beckie Kingsley, manager of Ginger, in Timberhill, Norwich. 'We have some very nice and quite luxurious sheepskin boots from Love from Australia which have a great fashion edge to them. We also have some great accessories from Paul Smith and Armani.'