We all know the famous Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, when increasingly grand gifts are given on each of the twelve days that make up the Christmas season, starting with Christmas Day. At Visit Exeter, we love this idea, so have come up with a list of twelve gifts from Exeter you can spoil your loved one with this year.

Like the carol, we’ve picked a selection of gifts for all budgets from tasty treats and small locally made gifts, to vouchers, days out and meals out! Well why not, it is Christmas after all!

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Gift one – A Roly’s Fudge gift box

Made using the best natural and carefully sourced ingredients, Roly’s Fudge from Exeter needs to feature on everyone’s gift list! Starting from only £14.95 per box (including P&P), all of their boxes are wrapped by hand for a personal fudge gift experience. From Christmas pudding, vanilla clotted cream and cherry Bakewell flavours, to whisky and ginger, butterscotch and salted maple and pecan, your only problem will be deciding which ones to choose! Roly's Fudge is open for open for click and collect - please get in touch on 01392 276711 to confirm your order and set a collection time. If you can't get through on the phone, send an email to rachael@rolysfudge.co.uk!

Gift two – A bottle of Exeter Gin

Winner of the award for Best Classic Gin at the Great British Food Awards 2020, Exeter's own premium gin is made in small batches and produced in a traditional copper still. Distillers have carefully selected 16 different botanicals to create this gin's unique flavour. In line with Exeter's Roman heritage, subtle tones of tarragon, basil, cardamom and marigold combine with a light spicy finish from pink and black peppercorns, whilst high quality juniper berries give this gin a full depth of flavour! Shop here.

Gift three – A bread-making class with One Mile Bakery

Nothing is more delicious than the smell of freshly baked bread, so why not buy a gift voucher for a bread making course from One Mile Bakery? This fabulous Exeter bakery, offers a range of baking at home classes, so that more people can bake amazing bread and bakes at home. Over the course of a fun, relaxed day, you’ll learn to bake three recipes which incorporate all the core skills and knowledge for bread-making and leave you confident to tackle any bread recipe. Order gift vouchers for classes here.

Gift four – An exciting day out with Red House Mysteries

Red House Mysteries are Devon's foremost interactive game and escape room company. Their games and rooms are immersive, narrative driven stories, in which you not only have to find the clues and solve the puzzles to escape within an hour, but also follow the story and solve the mystery at the same time. They run their rooms for teams of 2 to 6 people so are suited to everyone from groups of friends, to couples looking for a more interesting date! Families are also very welcome. Gift vouchers are available for teams of 2 to 6 people, valid for 12 months from date of purchase. A perfect gift for any budding detectives in your life! Order here.

Gift five – Something gorgeous from Insideout

Insideout passionately support local designers and makers. Their beautiful selection of handcrafted unique gifts and treasures are guaranteed to brighten up anyone’s home or life. With two independent stores in Exeter and Tavistock, their choice of gift ideas range from accessories, homeware and jewellery, to prints, ceramics and eco-friendly items. They also have a gorgeous Christmas range to browse through too. Delivery is free with orders over £40. Shop here.

Gift six – Something beautiful from Leaf Street

In the middle of Exeter’s Magdalen Road is a little shop called Leaf Street, and the fabulous news is that you can buy their hand-picked selection of unique & beautiful items from top brands such as Joma Jewellery, Rader & JellyCat online too! There’s even 10% off when you sign up to their newsletter. Pick from jewellery, homeware and gifts, to accessories and clothing, this really is “the home of beautiful things”. Start your online shopping experience here.

Gift seven – A Cygnet Theatre gift card

There’s never been a more important time to support local theatre. In Exeter, the Cygnet Theatre is a training theatre with a varied programme of classical, modern and musical plays throughout the year, including new theatre works. Cygnet graduates have gone on to have successful careers in all aspects of stage, film, TV & Radio. Why not help the Cygnet carry on training the next generation of performers, by purchasing one of their gift cards to put towards tickets for a future performance when they are able to re-open? For further details, contact the theatre here.

Gift eight – An InExeter gift card

Take the decision out of gifting and buy an InExeter gift card. A great way to support local independents and discover a huge choice of retailers from boutiques, artisan producers, lifestyle and homeware shops, jewellers, makers and crafters. With over 95 independents to discover, explore and support, you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to spend it! The card works in the same way as department store / shopping centre gift cards but for independents across Exeter city centre. The card will come with a backing and envelope, perfect for sending to someone special. Order online here.

Gift nine – Vouchers for the River Exe Cafe

Who doesn’t dream of warm summer evenings? Well, if you know someone who does just that, then why not buy them a gift card for one of the South West’s truly unique dining locations? The River Exe Café situated on a floating barge on the River Exe, just outside Exeter places special emphasis on seafood, the café uses the freshest local food, maximising the use of some of the finest food & drink producers in Devon. The Specials Menu changes daily according to what is available from the market and the local fishermen. The café is open from 1st April until the 30th September, but vouchers can be bought anytime here.

Gift ten – Haldon Forest Park membership

Haldon Forest Park is made up of 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Exeter. Open 364 days a year, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. With miles of trails for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders, there’s something for everyone. And the amazing news, is that you can save money and get free parking for a year at Haldon Forest Park and Bellever Forest, plus a range of great benefits and discounts when you buy membership. By gifting someone membership, you’ll be helping to support the forest and maintain the facilities for everyone to enjoy. Members also receive seasonal e-newsletters so they can discover more about local activities and events. Buy membership today here.

Gift eleven – Pink Moon gift vouchers

Enjoy a taste of Cali in Exeter's new social space. Whether you fancy the lively Grab ‘N’ Go café, modern brunch space or social restaurant, both vegans and meat lovers can enjoy delicious food and a great atmosphere when dining in or on-the-go. Everyone deserves a treat, so why not buy some Pink Moon gift vouchers for someone special, so they can enjoy some mouth-watering sharing plates and taste-tingling cocktails in 2021! Buy vouchers here.

Gift twelve – Landrover Experience gift vouchers

Land Rover Experience West Country, based just outside Honiton offer exhilarating off-road driving experiences from 1-hour tasters and half days, to full days for those in need of a real adrenaline fix! Gift vouchers are available for the perfect present or post lockdown family treat. Land Rover Experience West Country, covers 135 acres of outstanding East Devon countryside, with 35 acres of challenging off-road course. View and buy the full range of experience gift vouchers here.

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There’s never been a more important time to support Exeter’s fabulous independent shops, restaurants, food and drink producers, theatres, attractions and activity providers, so we hope this list of ideas inspires you to think outside the box this year, and have some fun creating your own 12 days of Christmas in Exeter wish list too!

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