"Lets walk for our gifts"
As I write it's just 11 weeks until Christmas Day. Each year I say 'I'll get things done nice and early this year' and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, the reality being that I find I've got no wrapping paper on Christmas Eve as I gather the random bundle of stuff I've pulled together over the last few days!
My wife's not like me. Planning starts early, gifts for family and friends bought from local shops over the counter and never a delivery in sight - in fact it could be said that you don't need next day delivery when you go to a shop and buy it - you get to take it home the same day!
We have some great local businesses in Chesterfield and it's our job to do all we can to support them. People moan about the state of the high street but then order everything online. People moan about parking charges but are happy to pay £4 for postage.
This year, let's take a walk for our gifts. If you want to cut down on the leg-work take a visit to www.un-hampered.co.uk to find a selection of Chesterfield's fabulous independent businesses. We've been working on this with Defeye Creative and have some great plans for the New Year ... watch this space.
Once you've got a good idea of the places you want to shop, pick out a place for lunch and you have your day planned.
Not only will the day be enjoyable but you will have done your bit for the local economy. Remember every pound you spend with an independent is likely to end up being reinvested back in a local business, and if every resident of Chesterfield spent £20 on gifts locally this Christmas that would plough £2.1 million back into the local economy.
What's not to like?
Ingmans - Peregrine waxed jacket, British materials, British made £220.00 mention S40 Local. www.ingmans.co.uk
Adorn Jewellers - Ruby Enamel Heart Pendant £200.00.
Ginspired - Snow globe orange and gingerbread liqueur £23.95.
The Scent Styling Co - A range of Home Candles & Gift Bag from £12.00.
Brampton Picture Framing - Edensor by Mick Groves original paintings, specialising in the Peak District - call for prices.
M's Accessories - Twill Jacket £65.00.
Zero Tattoo - Something to remember you everyday, vouchers from Zero Tattoo.
M's Accessories - Clothing & Comfy slippers from £20.00.
Libby's - Black & White Striped Vases from £13.99.
Brampton Brewery - A case of 12 beers brewed on Chatsworth Road £27.00.
The Conservatory Room - Aromatherapy Massage Candles by Eve Taylor £15.00 gift.
M's Gallery - Contemporary jewellery incl. Nomination composable bracelets, charms from £20.00.
Autoselct Campervan Hire - Adventures await, hire a camper. Long weekend from £395.00.
Mellors & Kirk Auctioneers - Give new life to something old and loved, from their auctions.
The Cafe at Libby's - Treat a loved one to vouchers for fab food from £10.00.
Brampton Manor & The Fox & Goose - Sunday Lunch @the F&G, Sunday Carvery @BM, Bottomless Bubbles @BM, Salon Treatments & Afternoon Tea - Vouchers for both venues.
Mind Body Spirit - Trial Jujitsu sessions for mind, body and spirit. Call for prices.
Dansies - Laptops and computer accessories. Laptops from £294.00.
M's Accessories - Fabulous Fair Trade purses from £10.00.
Odyssey Greek Restaurant - Vouchers for a meal out for a well deserving loved one from £20.00.
Ingmans - Compact wallet with RFID protection for your cards and cash £47.00. www.ingmans.co.uk
Adorn - Décoratifs Marcasite Circle Brooch leaves £85.00.
Ginspired - Tasting sets of 5 to 12 miniature bottles from £17.95.
Paperstarlights - handmade and original since 1996 Paperstarlights are the perfect gift all year round from £11.95