If you're anything like us at Magnolia, you'll have woken up this morning to the realisation that there is only one full week left until Christmas and there is still so much left to do!
Now, for our organised friends amongst us, who were done AND wrapped in September, we applaud you! This blog isn't for you but who knows, it might spark some inspiration for next year or a treat for yourself! Here's hoping (like we do every year) that next Christmas, we'll be a little more like you.
For our fellow 'unorganised' friends, we've got your back! We've decided to put together this last minute local gift guide in hopes of sparking some inspiration and that you turn to some of your incredible local businesses for your gifts this year instead of relying on Amazon Prime. 2020 has been devastating for so many businesses, and your support means the world to each and every one of us right now.
Get ready to love local....
For the stressed - Magnolia Centre for Health and Wellbeing
Pamper Gift Boxes (with spa treatment voucher)
We all know that this year has been a very stressful year for everyone. It's more important than ever, to look after yourself. If you know someone who deserves some 'me-time'. Magnolia's brand new range of gift boxes each include an exclusive treatment voucher and pamper goodies to create a 'spa at home'. They come beautifully gift wrapped (to save you a job!) and are delivered free of charge (to you or direct to your loved one) and guaranteed in time for Christmas.
Browse the full range of gift boxes here... www.magnoliahealthandwellbeing.co.uk/gifts
You can place orders via our website, or pop into our 'Pop Up Christmas Shop' at Magnolia on Saturday 19th December 10am - 4pm.
We also have our 'Gift Vouchers' that can be loaded with any amount of your choice and redeemed against any of our services at Magnolia, from Acupuncture to Aromatherapy Massage, Hypnotherapy to Homeopathy and Manicures to Semi Permanent Make-Up. The gift of health and wellbeing will be gratefully received.
For the foodie - Moruzzi and Co
Food Hamper from their brand new deli
We've been in awe of Paul and his awesome team at Moruzzi & Co all year. Their resilience has been outstanding and they have kept us extremely well fed in deliveries through both lockdowns! And now, just in time for Christmas, they have launched their long awaited, brand new delicatessen. Offering a range of cheese (from Snowdonia Cheese Company), wine, pasta, salami, olives and cakes. Call in to get yourself some goodies for the table for the big day, OR if you have a loved one with a particular love of food, the elves at Moruzzi will help you create the perfect gift hamper just for them!
Enquire via Facebook or call them on 01639 639682
For the fashionable - Mossies
Dresses, scarves, bags and gift vouchers
Whilst we haven't had much to dress up for this year, there will still be a lady in your life who will love a new bag, or scarf or dress... (apparently we can never have too many!). Mel and the ladies at Mossies will help you find the perfect gift for your loved one, even if you are unsure. And if you still can't decide, there's always their trusty gift vouchers to fall back on.
Pop into the store on New Street or call on 01639 643134
For the coffee lovers - Brew and Co
Coffee and Hot Chocolate Hampers
When the lovely Samantha and Wayne opened their artisan coffee shop Brew and Co last year, we quickly fell in love with their super smiley service, incredible coffee and their beautiful bulldog Chubs. It certainly hasn't been the first year of trading they'd expected, but they have continued to go from strength to strength in providing the people of Neath with their much needed caffeine fix! For the caffeine lover in your life, Sam and Wayne have created these beautiful coffee hampers, which come beautifully wrapped to save you organised bunch a job. Also available in a luxury hot chocolate variety.
Call into the shop on the corner by the train station or message them on Facebook!
For the suave - The Edge Menswear
Shirts, trainers, and big brands
The Edge has been a staple of Neath town centre for YEARS. When it comes to mens fashion, Nathan and Steve are the guys to turn to. Stocking brands that you'd never think you'd find in Neath, they'll be able to help you find the perfect gift for the gent in your life. But, if you're not quite sure of their style, be sure to grab a gift voucher from them for the perfect present.
Call into the store on Wind Street or send them a message on Facebook
For the house-proud - Baroc
Homeware and unique gifts
We challenge you to find a prettier gift shop than Baroc. James certainly does have style and the most beautiful gift range you will find in Neath. From photo frames, candles, sentimental gifts, jewellery and Joules clothing - there's something for everyone. We particularly love their homeware though, anything from there will delight your most house proud relative.
Order online - www.baroc.co.uk or pop into their store on New Street
While we're on the subject of being house proud, be sure to check out our lovely friend Haley of Queen Bee Wax Melts and Homeware if you want your home to smell divine. Unfortunately Haley has had to close her order books for Christmas as she's been inundated, so she won't be able to help with any last minute presents, but you should definitely put an order in for the new year to see what all the fuss is about!
For the spice addicts - Spirit 'n' Spice, at the Bluebell Hotel
A curry feast to remember
If you haven't experienced the unique take on Indian cuisine found in our very own Bluebell Hotel, you need add it to your 'to-do' list. 'Spirit and Spice' has recently become our favourite Indian takeaway/restaurant. Aasif and his team specialise in 'Indian Tapas'. We know what you're thinking. Tapas? And Indian? But trust us, these mini dishes allow you to try an array of amazing flavours in addition to your favourite curry meal. And when it comes to curry, we highly recommend their butter chicken! It's dreamy. For the spice addict in your life, a gift voucher for a spicy spread will be just the ticket.
Call 01639 505641 or message the team on Facebook
We hope that we've provided some inspiration that gets you motivated to finish (or start!) your shopping with these amazing local businesses. There's so much they offer, and with a personal touch you won't get anywhere else. If you love a local business that we haven't mentioned, feel free to mention them in the comments section!
We would like to wish you and all our fellow local business friends a very happy Christmas, and a healthy new year that will hopefully bring much better and brighter times ahead.
From all at Magnolia x
(Picture taken December 2019)