Where can you buy the best Christmas presents for all the family in Suffolk?

The best places for buying gifts for all the family this Christmas PICTURE: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The best places for buying gifts for all the family this Christmas PICTURE: Getty Images/iStockphoto - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Shopping for Christmas presents can be a stressful task, especially if the big day is drawing close and you’re still unsure on what to buy your loved ones. These gift ideas for him, her and the kids may help…

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Buy the perfect gift for the special lady in your life PICTURE: Getty Images/iStockphoto - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto


Elmers Hardware

It might sound like a bit of a cliché to instantly think ‘power tools’ when Christmas shopping for men, but there is a very good reason why sales of multi-sanders, cordless drills, planers, and table saws shoot up during the festive period. It is a connection which seems as old as time itself; since men first learned how to DIY, they have been coveting the finest tools. Elmers Hardware has everything you could need, with professional power tools from the leading and latest brands in hardware from Makita to Draper and Bosch to Black & Decker. There’s a wide range of products to choose from too, all at affordable prices. From those looking to dabble in a bit of DIY to those who know their Dewalt’s from their Draper’s, Elmers Hardware has got the accessories, power tools and products to help you deliver a first-class finish.

Foxhall Stadium

An ideal present for Spedeworth race fans this Christmas is a gift voucher to visit one of Foxhall Stadium’s race meetings during the 2019 season! Vouchers cost £18 (including p&p) and have a face value of £16, which can be used for admission either wholly or part. Foxhall Stadium is the home to many of the major championships offered by Spedeworth, including the National Banger World Final and the National Hot Rod World Championship at the annual Spedeweekend event. Gift couchers can be purchased by calling Spedeworth/Incarace Motorsports or by visiting the online ticket shop.

Orwell River Cruises

Sightseeing cruises from Orwell River Cruises run from Easter until October each year, with a choice of three durations. These cruises provide a fantastic opportunity to travel through the Prince Philip Lock, under the Orwell Bridge and then view some of the county’s fantastic scenery, boats and wildlife up close. One of the three tours available is the one hour ‘Bridge, Falcons and Freston Folly’ tour which travels under the iconic Orwell Bridge, home to the Peregrine Falcons, then downriver to view Freston Folly before returning to Orwell Quay. Purchase your loved one (and possibly yourself too) a ticket now; then take a seat on one of the boats two decks – either top deck which is open with bench-style seating or the lower deck, which is enclosed with cushioned seating around the panoramic viewing windows – tuck into confectionary snacks, relax and enjoy!

DB Security

Why not give the gift of peace of mind this Christmas, by allowing your friend or family member to keep their new Christmas gadgets, laptops and jewellery out of the prying eyes of intruders with a safe. DB Security offers a large range of cash safes, with staff on hand to help specify the correct safe for any needs, as well as to arrange delivery and installation. The company also offers a free no obligation site-survey to help determine the best location for your safe and are Chubb and Burton Safe appointed Dealers.


Whether you are buying for a cheese connoisseur or simply know someone who is keen to learn more, the Slate Cheese Club will help answer any questions they may have, and more. As part of Cheese Club, either every month or every other, recipients will receive a carefully selected trio of cheeses and complementary crackers through the post. Detailed tasting notes are also included with interesting facts, background information and top tips for pairing each cheese with food and drink.Slate’s Cheese of the Month showcases the season’s most special cheeses, new additions to its Wall of Cheese or those Slate feels deserve extra attention. Alongside this cheese, you will receive two more of the same high merit. This means you can look forward to creating an entirely different cheeseboard with three outstanding cheeses every time your parcel arrives.

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Trulock & Harris

Whether you are a game shooter, a walker, an air gun aficionado, a clay shooter or just in need of a good pair of wellies, Trulock & Harris will have something for you. The company carries an extensive range of country clothes from coats to waistcoats in both traditional Tweed and more modern, technical materials. Alongside you’ll also find shirts and jumpers and of course a huge range of waterproof footwear, trousers and leggings. To complete the look, why not purchase a hat too, in tweed, moleskin or wax, and for warm dry feet, there’s an array of boots and wellies to choose from, as well as a huge range of warm socks too. Trulock & Harris is also the place to visit for belts, walking sticks, penknives, flasks, hankies, hats scarves and much more!


Buying for men can sometimes be a tricky task, however Hopsters is guaranteed to be able to help. The craft ale and specialist spirits retailer in Ipswich sells local, national and imported beer and always aims to give its customers something a little different than what can be found at any supermarket. Stock is updated regularly so there’s always plenty of new brands and bottles to be found – all of which are sure to put a smile on the face of the person receiving them!


Elmers Hardware

Baking is big business, thanks to TV shows like the Great British Bake Off and MasterChef and for ladies that love to spend their time doing the same Elmers Hardware has everything they could ever imagine from leading cookware brands such as Judge and Stellar. From single saucepans to sizable stockpots, Elmers can help bring your culinary creations to life. Whether she is a passionate home baker or has a budding baking business, you’ll find everything you need to help her measure, weigh, steam, fry, toast, roast, serve and store. From the traditional to the trendy, help her give the kitchen the cookware it deserves and cook in style.

Orwell River Cruises

Why not take time out to enjoy a lazy Thursday afternoon cruising down the River Orwell whilst indulging in a delicious and traditional English afternoon tea courtesy of Orwell River Cruises? The company offers a choice of two cruise lengths, either a two-and-a-half hour cruise to Pin Mill or a full cruise to Port of Felixstowe and Harwich Harbour, both of which include a selection of tasty treats. While the menu is likely to change often, it is still guaranteed to include an assortment of mini sandwiches, handmade fruit scones with local preserves and cream and a variety of indulgent cakes, as well as plenty of tea and coffee.

Style @ Stow

At Style @ Stow you’ll find a unique and unusual range of gifts, fashion and home accessory stock which is always fast changing. This Christmas why not buy your mum, sister, daughter or friend a fantastic stylish handbag, pair of gloves, hat or scarf? Style @ Stow has an eclectic range of scarves from oversized, printed and voile to everyday and special occasions wear as well as many other gifts perfect for stockings as candles, cards and slippers. Pay the shop a visit to browse the fabulous clothing ranges too, including brands such as Marble, Lily & Me, Capri, Joe Browns , Pomodoro and Made In Italy as well as gorgeous bath and body products, including luscious bath melts, bath tea bags and gift sets offering the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence. Stirling silver and costume jewellery are also perfect gifts along with original art and much, much more!

Ashton Jayne Bridal

With a plethora of stylish jewellery and accessories in store, Ashton Jayne Bridal is a one-stop shopping destination for those looking for a stunning design for a family member or friend this festive season. Whether you’re after a diamond necklace or earrings, or a stand out hair pin or slide, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for, and more!



For energetic children, where better to let them let off some steam than at Superbowl UK Ipswich? Located in the Buttermarket shopping centre, you’ll find an array of activities within Superbowl UK to keep children of all ages entertained (as well as excitable adults). Twelve state of the art lanes in the bowling area offer a concourse for players of all ability levels, while Ninja tag active is an assault course game arena in which you choose which event to complete and in which order, then use your wristband to tag the illuminated beacons to gain points. There are also plenty of amusements to play on and a soft play area for really little ones to enjoy!

Anglia Indoor Karting, Ipswich

If you’re child loves a little adrenaline, what better to arrange for them this Christmas than a day at Anglia Indoor Karting. Established for more than 27 years, during that time, Anglia Indoor Karting has earned a reputation for providing the finest high-speed entertainment in the area. With indoor racing karts and exhilarating multi-level circuit, the thrills of motorsport are brought to all adrenaline-seeking kids. The track is open from 9am to 10pm, seven days a week, although it is advise to call to check availability for ‘Arrive and Drive’ sessions as these run around pre-booked parties and events.

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