One of the most difficult things for me over the Christmas period is trying to decide what to buy for my Dad and my husband Gareth?! I don’t know why, but I always find it hard to decide what to buy for men, and I’m fed up of buying socks and chocolates (they are probably fed up of receiving them too!). This year, to make life easier for myself, and hopefully for you too, I’ve been in contact with four Welsh companies to ask them for ideas, and I’ve created a shortlist of lovely gift ideas for men. What’s more, all of these have been made in Wales!
Adra was established by Mother of 2, Angharad Gwyn. Her gorgeous new shop is located at Parc Glynllifon near Caernarfon, and to celebrate the company’s 10 year anniversary, she’s just launched a new website!
White ceramic star shaped Welsh Christmas decoration designed and printed in Wales exclusively for Adra. Also available for Dad and Tadcu.
Nadolig Ho ho ho Jumper – £25
A fun Christmas sweatshirt suitable for men or women. Designed and printed in Wales exclusively for Adra.
Dad Cwl Dwd Wash Bag – £12
Black canvas wash bag featuring the words ‘Dad – Cool Dude’ in Welsh. Designed and printed in Wales exclusively for Adra.
Seld was established by interior designer Ann Hughes and her daughter Seren is now a partner in the business. This beautiful shop is located in Aberaeron and they specialise in homewares, jewellery and gifts.
Welsh woollen ties – £21
Beautiful and soft woollen ties in a range of colours, all hand made in Wales.
Farmer’s Eau de toilette – £42
An Eau de toilette inspired by the location of its makers at Lavender Farm, 1,100 feet up in the mid Wales mountains. This fragrance reminds us of lazy mornings and late-night star gazing.
Seld Scarf 03 – £55
Seld has an exclusive collection of 100% Welsh wool products, made using traditional methods with a modern twist. These contemporary and light weight scarves are available in a variety of Seld’s unique woollen designs.
Wales’ first ever Welsh shop which celebrates its 50th birthday in 2018! Two local Dad’s purchased and transformed the shop in 2016 and they now sell contemporary and unique crafts from Wales alongside books, magazines and CD’s.
Wales Rugby Team Frame – £42
The perfect gift for ever rugby fan, designed and created by two Mums in Cardiff! These frames can be personalised and they also make a peg family frames.
Small Beard Box – £12.99
If your man has a beard and you want his beard o smell nice, this is the perfect gift! The box contains beard oil and balm created by Gruff Beard himself. (Perfect gifts for Santa too!)
Dad Cushion – £30
A cushion made using recycled welsh tapestry and blankets and designed by a Mum from Ceredigion. These cushions can be personalised and can be made in your favourite colours.
Singer Rhys Meirion presents the favourite poems of well known faces from Wales, and shares their stories about their relationships with those poems.
Silibili is an online shop established by Mererid Wigley in 2008. The company specialises in children’s slogan tops and gifts, but this year Mererid has developed a range of Christmas jumpers for the whole family!
This jumper is unisex and available in S. M, L and XL. It’s also available in children’s sizes and as a baby grow!
So, there we have it, a list of fabulous gifts for the men in our lives, all made in Wales! Another two ticks off the shopping list and I hope it’s ticked a few off your list too…..but we’ll have to wait till Christmas morning to see which ones I chose! Happy shopping!
By Heulwen Davies, Mam Cymru.