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Lowton & Golborne’s Christmas Gift Guide: Support Local Businesses

by Editor

This Christmas, let’s see how much we can #supportlocal, choosing to buy from small, independent local businesses over the high street chains or online giants where we can. 

Our Gift Guide is here to make that as easy as possible. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, thoughtful cards, stunning decorations or incredible food. 

And please, if you buy from any of these fantastic local businesses, remember to tell them that you found them in the Lowton and Golborne Christmas Gift Guide! (‘cos we’re a small local business, too!) Thank you.

P.s. if you’re selling something for Christmas, it’s not too late to be added. Email us asap.

Decorations

Festive balloons – pick your theme!

Create a real wow factor in your home, workplace or at a party with some personalised balloon decorations from The Party and Balloon Shop.

Or, just imagine the look on the kids’ faces when the naughty elves arrive for the countdown to Christmas in one of these inflatable creations!

Cost: Ask for details.

Buy from: The Party and Balloon Shop.

Handmade silk rose wreath

This beautiful Christmas wreath will last you a lifetime – as it’s handmade from silk ribbon by Golborne based craft business, Now and Forever Roses.

The wreath consists of pine cone and berry decorations with baubles, bells and satin ribbon roses – each one is handmade with quality ribbon and the wreath is finished off with a bow. Now and Forever Roses can also make silk roses bespoke to your requirements.

Cost: Around £30 for a wreath like the one pictured.

Buy from: Now and Forever Roses.

Festive Book Art

Golborne based Book Transformations is run by Kate Bufton, a book artist that creates fun festive gifts from old books including Christmas trees, wreaths and Santas. Each piece is original, depending on the books used – perfect for book lovers! Kate also runs workshops, so you can learn to make amazing art out of books, too. 

Cost: Prices start at £18 for a tree, £24 for a Father Christmas and £28 for a wreath. 

Buy from: Book Transformations.

Light up more than just the Christmas tree

A cosy fireplace is the ultimate winter accessory – and Lowton based K.A. Davies Electrical Ltd can help you acheive an ultra stylish media wall to create that perfect atmosphere. Plus, if you want to plug in your Christmas lights, why not ask for an outdoor socket, or make it even easier with soffit lights installed? They look beautiful all year round, and you can choose to vary your colour scheme for the festive period. 

Cost: Contact them for a free quote. 

Buy from: K.A. Davies Electrical Ltd. Call, text or WhatsApp 07834374014 or message K.A. Davies Electrical Ltd via Facebook: www.facebook.com/kadavieselectrical or Instagram @Kad.Elec.

Dress up your Christmas party with a bespoke balloon display

Choose a tailor-made balloon wreath, arch or other display from Golborne based Stacy’s Balloon Creations. They also make the perfect centrepiece for a seasonal party or event. 

Cost: Prices start from £25.

Buy from: Stacy’s Balloon Creations

 

Flowers that last much longer than Christmas

Choose a wreath, or other home installation from Melrose & Pops – Design & Events, an award winning artificial florist based in the CPS Centre in Culcheth. Each design is created with high quality, extremely realistic silk and dried flowers which last a lifetime. Their Christmas wreaths are available in various sizes and can be adorned with traditional or modern elements.

Cost: Prices start at £45 for a 45cm Christmas wreath.

Buy from: Melrose and Pops – Design & Events.

Handcrafted pottery decorations

Decorate your Christmas tree with beautiful, unique decorations handmade in Lowton
at Nichola’s pottery studio, Irene & Edith.

As well as decorations, there are lots of other handmade gifts available – you can even book an appointment to view the studio where they are made! 

CostDecorations are £10 each or £26 for three.

Buy from: Irene and Edith.

 

 

Food & drink

For somebody who’s super-sweet

Pretty Sweet Treats are a letterbox gift company specialising in personalised sweet boxes for all occasions. The goodies come in a slim box, that can be posted through a letterbox – so the perfect way to send Christmas greetings to a friend or loved one futher afield. Or, choose a ready-made Christmas Eve sweet box for the kids.
Cost: From £8. 
Buy from: Pretty Sweet Treats

Christmas cheesecake and other sweet treats

Wow the guests with a delicious Christmas New York Cheesecake from Wigan Treats. It’s the perfect sweet treat for your festive gathering. 

You can also choose Christmas treat boxes, or no-bake cheesecakes… the perfect gift for someone with a sweet tooth! 

Cost: New York Cheesecake £28; No-bake Cheesecake £25. 

Buy from: Wigan Treats.

Festive fudge

Beautifully wrapped, and lovingly made, a gift from Lowton based What the Fudge is sure to go down a treat! Choose from their wide selection of flavours, or go for their festive fudge range, available from the end of November. 

CostFestive fudge available from the end of November, £3.50 a bar or in Christmas Gift bags (3 bars per bag) for £12.

Buy from: What the Fudge.

Make an impression with a stunning Christmas cake! 

How’s this for a centrepiece at the Christmas table? These stunning 6 inch festive chocolate drip cakes are available from Jo’s Cakery. Available in vanilla/red velvet/chocolate or Kinder Bueno flavour. Perfect for Christmas Day desert! 

Cost: £32.99

Buy from: Jo’s Cakery.

Children’s gifts

Snuggle up in festive PJs for all the family! 

The Lowton Creative Co have everything you need when it comes to new Christmas pyjamas this year! Ranging from all-in-ones for babies to matching tartan sets for the whole family – and you can choose to personalise them all, too!

Cost: Prices start from £13.99 for kids and £17.99 for adults with personalisation included.

Buy from: Online from The Lowton Creative Co. or call into their shop at 162a Newton Rd, Lowton, WA3 1DG.

Handmade plaster characters for painting

Sparkle at Carringtons Crafts are a Leigh based business, making handcrafted plaster character kits, which can then be painted and customised as you wish! They’re perfect as a stocking filler or as a fun craft activity in the run up to Christmas. All kits come with a brush and paint, too.

Cost: Prices range from just £1.50 – £8.

Buy from: Sparkle at Carringtons Crafts

An academic kick-start for 2024

Give your child’s learning a boost in the New Year with tutoring from our local Kumon Lowton Study Centre. Established for over 60 years, and with more than 4 million students worldwide, the unique Kumon Method of Learning enables children to develop their study skills and confidently tackle advanced work above their school grade level.

Cost: Registration is £35, with a monthly fee of £65 per subject. Use this ‘Refer a Friend’ link, and you’ll get a £20 Love to Shop voucher when they enrol – and they’ll get free registration! Winner. 

Buy from: Kumon Lowton Study Centre

A creative gift that lasts all year! 

If you know a creative little one who loves to make, why not give the gift of a subscription to receive regular boxes full of arts and crafts projects from Rainbow Tree Box? Each box contains the materials needed for three projects, and is suitable for ages 3-8. 

Cost: 3 months subscriptions for £52.47. You can also choose gift vouchers, starting from just £5.

Buy from: Rainbow Tree Box

Start a love of rugby 

Why not give your child a love of sport that will last a lifetime, by taking them along to Rugby Tots in Golborne? Suitable for ages 2-5, coach Andy Wright will make sure they have fun learning the basics, and getting engaged in sport in a fun, positive environment.

Cost: Ask for more details.

Buy from: Rugby Tots: email andy@rugbytots.co.uk or call 0345 313 9675.

Stylish shoes that are comfortable – and really fit, too

Pop into Solemates Children’s Shoes in Culcheth to kit out your child with stylish winter boots or comfy trainers. With an expert fitting service, this friendly footwear boutique will make sure that both you and your child leave happy. 

Cost: Various 

Buy from: Solemates Children’s Shoes, 24 The Courtyard, Culcheth, WA3 4HA.

Shopping with any of the local businesses? 

Please remember to tell them you saw them in the Lowton and Golborne Christmas Gift Guide! 

Gifts for the home

Get cosy with new blinds or curtains

Treat your home to a makeover this Christmas with blinds from Lowton based Grove Blind & Shutter Co. Choose from timeless Plantation Shutters or Wooden Ventians, beautifully draped curtains or colourful rollers, all expertly made to measure by a local, family firm.

Cost: Styles to suit all budgets. Arrange a free consultation for your home. 

Buy from: The Grove Blind and Shutter Co.

Slate art – for Christmas, or all year round

Choose a beautiful and cheery piece of art, such as this slate decor for the home. Amber House Crafts is run by Nikki, who loves to decoupage slates, logs, bottles and glasses… with beautiful results. 

Cost: Slates start from £7. 

Buy from: Amber House Crafts

Handcrafted wooden items which will last a lifetime

Whether the person you’re buying for is a keen cook or is looking for unique, handcrafted homewares, an item from Lowton based The Timber Hermit will be treasured for life. Choose from gifts including wooden pens, cruet sets or chopping boards to writing desks, bowls and Japanese lanterns.

Cost: Pens from £18, bowls from £15. 

Buy from: The Timber Hermit

Beautiful glass art by Dawn

An item handmade from Kilnformed Glass by Dawn, who is a fused glass artist from Golborne, is bound to become a treasured keepsake. Choose something Christmas themed, or something that’ll look great on display all year round. From wedding gifts to bespoke caravan windows… Dawn has made them all! 

Buy from: Kilnformed Glass by Dawn

Book in your garden makeover for 2024

If your outside space isn’t living up to its full potential, why not take the plunge and book in a transformation, in time for next summer? Local company Taylor’d Landscaping have a beautiful portfolio of successful garden makeovers, and are booking jobs in for next year now. 

Cost: All designs will be bespoke to your garden and how you want to use it – get in contact for your personalised quote. 

Buy from: Taylor’d Landscaping. Call or message 07854853639 or find them on Instagram

Get ahead with your home projects

What’s on the ‘to do’ list for 2024? Whether it’s an extension, loft conversion, new bathroom or kitchen or just a new front door, PS Joinery and Building can help. All jobs include an initial visit to assess the job and a free, no obligation quote. 

Cost: It all depends on your job! 

Buy from: PS Joinery and Building. Call or message 07963 373952.

The home office of your dreams! 

Make a vow not to spend another year working at the kitchen table… put your garden to good use and create an outdoor home office that’ll be the envy of all your colleagues! Take a look at the beautiful range of garden buildings from Rafters Landscapes – they could also be an outdoor gym or just a space for relaxing and entertaining. 

Cost: Ask for a free quote. 

Buy from: Rafters Landscapes. Call or message: 07803 808987.

Get your house ready for guests

If you’ll be hosting at Christmas, it might be time to look around and decide whether your carpets and upholstery could do with a refresh. In fact, you’ll be amazed by the difference after a visit from Lowton based Brightway Carpet Cleaning – your home will soon be looking and smelling cleaner and fresher, ready for any visitors! 

Cost: Ask for a free quote. 

Buy from: Brightway Carpet Cleaning – call or message 07445 363381. 

Shopping with any of the local businesses? 

Please remember to tell them you saw them in the Lowton and Golborne Christmas Gift Guide! 

Gifts for your pet

Personalised decorations

Willows Sewing Shack makes amazing handcrafted gifts and clothing for your pet dog. And for Christmas, they’re even selling decorations to help your pooch get into the spirit of the season, such as this Christmas bauble.

Cost: Baubles are priced from £4.

Buy from: Willows Sewing Shack.

Creature comforts for your cat… even when you’re away

If you’re going away this Christmas, or planning to book a holiday in the New Year, see if Lowton based Purrfect Cat Minding can look after your precious pet. Staffed by genuine cat lovers, they’ll ensure that your cat can stay at home, safe and well looked after, even when you aren’t there to do it yourself. A cost-effective alternative to a cattery, and better for your pet, too. 

Cost: Visits from just £9.50.

Buy from: Purrfect Cat Minding. Call or text 07445363381.

The perfect accessories for ‘walkies’

This paracord dog collar and lead is available from Golborne-based dog accessory business, Lucy Loves. This Christmas they’re also selling personalised baubles, pet friendly crackers, bandanas, drying coats and natural treats. A whole stocking full of gifts for your pooch! 

Cost: Various.

Buy from: Lucy Loves

Dog walking, for even anxious pets

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, you’ve probably struggled to make arrangements when you’re unable to walk your pet, go on holiday or have to work away. But that’s where Mihaela’s Dog Sitting comes in – she’s a specialist dog walker and minder, who knows exactly how to handle dogs who are nervous or anxious. She’ll built a rapport with your pet, and enable you to have peace of mind, even when you can’t be around. 

Cost: Contact for more details. 

Buy from: Mihaela – Dog Sitting for Dogs with Separation Anxiety. Call or message 07955 147965.

Pampering and relaxing gifts

Smell beautiful

Simply Beautiful Scents are based in Golborne and sell handmade scented products like candles, wax melts, perfumes, aftershaves, room sprays, soap, sugar scrubs and soap sponges.

Cost: Wax Melts start at just £1.99, with perfumes, aftershaves and room sprays from £5.

Buy from: Simply Beautiful Scents.

Shop locally for Body Shop goodies

If you’re buying for somebody who loves Body Shop products, why not buy from a local rep like Every Body Beauty? You can browse their online catalogue which is full of gift inspiration, including these lovely sets for just £14. Ask Claire for a paper Catalogue or virtual link.

Cost: Gift sets (pictured) £14, other gifts available from £8 – £56.

Buy from: Every-Body Beauty Bodyshop at Home

Shopping with any of the local businesses? 

Please remember to tell them you saw them in the Lowton and Golborne Christmas Gift Guide! 

Personalised gifts

Grab your personalised festive ‘must-haves’ 

Visit Lowton Creative Co for everything you need to inject some magic into Christmas – with a personal touch. They have a super-cute range with everything from soft toys, stockings and gift bags, with personalised print or embroidery available, too. 

Cost: Prices start at £6.50 with personalisation included. 

Buy from: Online from The Lowton Creative Co. or call into their shop at 162a Newton Rd, Lowton, WA3 1DG.

A family treasure to use for years to come

Personalise almost any item with JF Impressions. Why not choose a gift for all the family with a photo slate like this one? It’s 30cm wide and 20cm high, and you can create your own Family Winter Scene, choosing different backgrounds and characters, and personalising with your family name. It’s an ornament you’ll be displaying for many years to come.

Cost: Personalised slate is £19.99, lots of other products available.

Buy from: JF Impressions.

Outdoor artwork, perfect for nature lovers

A handpainted slate from WildeSlateDesigns is the perfect present for a gardener, or an aminal lover. Handmade by Eleanor in Lowton, these slates picture flowers and pets, and you can even comission a piece especially for whoever you’re buying for. 

Cost: Prices start from £7 – commissions from £20. 
Buy from: WildeSlateDesigns

Health and Wellbeing gifts

Help someone achieve their dieting dreams in 2023 

If you, or someone you know, is hoping to shed the pounds and be healthier in 2024, then why not help kickstart their efforts with gift vouchers for Slimming World membership. Jenna runs two groups at Heath Street Methodist in Golborne, where you’ll get friendly, knowledgeable advice which will help you suceed. 

Cost: Choose 12 week  membership for £64.50, or six weeks for £34.75 (both include joining fee). 

Buy from: Slimming World Golborne, with Jenna

Gifts for business owners and entrepreneurs

Turbocharge your business branding in 2024

Rachael Does Design is the go-to place to design your small businesses a ‘picture perfect’ home on the internet and level-up your online presence.

Working with an array of enthusiastic business owners – from Dog Groomers and Spas, to Childminders and Sushi Restaurants – Rachael’s business is based on a passion for her clients’ success.

Take a look at some of Rachael’s recent work and find out how she can help you – whether you’re looking for a new logo, or a whole new website.

Rachael also does graphic design, copy writing and social media management. 

Cost: Ask for a consultation.

Buy from: Rachael Does DesignYou can follow her on Instagram @rachaeldoesdesign_, or call or message 07525090072.

Free up your precious time with a Virtual Assistant

If you’re a small business owner, it’s easy to feel you’re drowning in tasks… all of which are stopping you from the most important task: growing your business, and making money! 

You may not think you can ‘afford’ a Virtual Assistant – but stop and ask yourself: Can you afford not to? 

In 2024, let Ministry Virtual Assistants deal with the tasks you hate, so you can get on with the ones you’re really good at. They can do anything from sorting your email inbox, your social media, booking systems or even that time consuming ‘life admin’.

Cost: Probably not as much as you think. Get in touch to discuss your requirements today.

Buy from: Ministry Virtual Assistants. Call or message 07305780643. You’ll also find them on Instagram: @MinistryVAservices.

Reach more local customers in 2024

If you want more local customers, then make 2024 the year you become one of our Featured Businesses, helping raise awareness of your business name and services to thousands of website visitors and email subscribers. 

Our Lowton and Golborne Local Directory has hundreds of local businesses listed, and yours can stand out by becoming one of our fantastic ‘Featured Businesses’. We’ll work with you to promote your business, knowing that our readers are living right here, in the town where you work. 

Cost: A basic listing is free! And becoming a Featured Business, with lots of extra promotion, is just £65 for six months. 

Buy from: Lowton and Golborne News. Email: news@lowtonandgolbornenews.co.uk for more details. 

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if you are a local business who is not yet included simply email us news@lowtonandgolbornenews.co.uk to be added! It’s not too late, and we will be adding new businesses throughout November and December, so please check back again to see more soon.

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Please note, the usual terms and conditions for our Local Directory apply to those businesses in our Gift Guide. Inclusion does not mean endorsement, and when instructing a trader or entering into any contract or purchase agreement you should make your own checks into the reliability and legitimacy of any trader.

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