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Fifty pounds gin

Gin by Fifty Pounds

You can almost never go wrong by giving your host or hostess a bottle of decent gin. This one is better than decent as it was a winner in Country Life’s Gin Awards in 2016 and it costs under £50 too, despite its name. It has piney juniper and citrus notes and a touch of spice. Made in batches of 1000 bottles, each bottle has the individual batch number and its producer has spent the past 200 years making gin, so they know exactly what they are doing. Buy Fifty Pounds Gin from Amazon from £32.25. 

 Tartan dog collar

Tartan leather trimmed dog collar by Orvis

Every dog has its day and so does every dog’s collar. Smarten up your faithful hound for Christmas Day with a new collar to replace that old one. We like this festive plaid but it’s also available in two other colour choices and six different sizes. It’s stylish, made from super strong nylon webbing, leather with a brass finish. Buy now from Orvis at Amazon from £35. 

 

Fairfax & Favor tan tote bag

Hurlingham Tote by Fairfax & Favor

When a girl’s away from the field, she wants to show off her sporting credentials. This beautiful Italian leather tote by popular country label Fairfax & Favor looks good in town, carries all the accoutrements a woman needs and comes in tan, black or navy. It is soft and supple to the touch (but sturdy), has a contrasting suede lining, adjustable handles, an inner zipped pocket and a detachable zipped leather coin purse. Buy now from Fairfax & Favor at Amazon from £335.

 

 

Pheasant kitchen roll holder

Pheasant kitchen roll holder by Anthony Steuart

Got a friend who revels in having a country-themed kitchen? This decorative pheasant-themed accessory not only looks the part but it is very useful for keeping kitchen roll handy. There are also alternative designs featuring a black Labrador and Mr Fox. Sturdy and robust. Buy now from Anthony Steuart at Amazon from £28.18

 

Shooter and spaniel tie

Shooter and spaniel tie by Joseph Turner

Favourite ties have a habit of wearing out or getting the worse for wear after a good shoot lunch. Make a shooter feel spruce out in the field with this delightful tie by Joseph Turner. Wool 66%, silk 34%. Hand finished. Buy direct from Joseph Turner for £47.20 (reduced from £59).

Greenall's sloe gin

Sloe gin by Greenall’s

You may have made your own sloe gin or even sloe vodka. If not – or if yours isn’t ready just yet – then a bottle of this would be just the thing. It has strong notes of almond and cherry, a fruity depth and marzipan flavour. Buy now from Amazon for £17

Pheasant cookery

Dinner & Party: Gatherings, Suppers, Feasts cookery book by Rose Prince

Rose Prince contributes game recipes regularly to Shooting Times and we love her creativity and new ideas for presenting game meat. Definitely one for game cooks to explore. Buy now from Amazon for £11.94 

 

Fleece neck gaiter

Fleece neck gaiter by Jack Pyke

Stop icy drafts creeping around your neckline with this cosy neck gaiter. Such a good idea. Less cumbersome than a scarf out in the field, it’s easily adjustable to fit and useful for both male and female Guns. Comes in either green or black. Maybe one for the Christmas stocking or for a youngster to give a parent/grandparent? Buy now from Jack Pyke at Amazon from £4.71.

Stanley classic vacum flask

Classic vaccum flask by Stanley

Shooting is thirsty work and every Gun should have one of these for early and mid-morning refreshments on a chilly day. There’s a reason why this flask is a legend and that’s because it does its job so well, keeping drinks hot (or cold) for up to 24 hours. It’s tough, made from stainless steel and has a lifetime guarantee. What’s not to like? Buy now from Stanley at Amazon from £23.49.

 

Silk shooting cravat by Schoffel

Silk shooting cravat by Schoffel

He may have a whole rack of ties for shooting but a cravat? A cravat is a comfortable way to ring the changes and perfect for those warmer days early in the season. This one is blissfully soft and will tuck elegantly under a shirt collar. A welcome choice when he fancies something a little different. It also comes in ochre with stag motif. Buy now from Schoffel at Amazon from £59.95.

Black Labrador egg cup

Black Labrador egg cup by Quail ceramics

Know someone whose shooting companion is always faithfully by their side? Now they can even be companions at the table (without breaking mealtime rules) with this entertaining egg cup.  Maybe one for the stocking of every member of a shooting family?  Buy now from Quail Ceramics at Amazon from £16.77.

 

Cashmere cotton sweater by Schoffel

Cashmere/cotton sweater in indigo by Schoffel

The fleece may be a shoot day staple, but this beautiful jumper ramps up the style for drinks, lunch and dinner. It’s warm, comfortable and hardwearing and made from luxurious cotton cashmere with a leather Schoffel zip pull and cuffs that turn back. One of those garments he’ll wonder how he ever did without. Buy now from Schoffel at Amazon from £119.

Countryman's bedside book by BB

The Countryman’s Bedside Book by “Bb”

Every self-respecting country home should have a copy of this. If modern life is getting to you, dip between the pages and escape into the world of the English countryside in the 1930s. Or give to a friend who’s very sensibly made the decision to take up country pursuits. Buy now from Amazon from £18.95.

Limes Bath Essence by Floris

Limes Bath Essence by Floris 

Sinking one’s aching muscles and limbs into a welcoming, hot bath after a long, cold day in the field is one of life’s pleasures. Royal Warrant holders Floris understand this perfectly and this invigorating zesty lime fragrance will make even the most mud-spattered sportsman relax and scrub up well for the evening’s activities. Buy now from Amazon from £55

Red roses bath oil by Jo Malone

Red Roses Bath Oil by Jo Malone

And here’s one for the ladies who shoot (or your hardworking hostess). This beautifully scented moisturising bath oil will make her rise from scented waters after a day in the field feeling like a new woman (and smelling completely gorgeous). It’s probably the second-best thing after a bunch of romantic red roses. Buy now from Jo Malone at Amazon from £30.95.

Royal fillet smoked salmon

Royal Fillet of Smoked Salmon by Port of Lancaster

Smoked salmon is a bit like gin. Well, in the sense that it’s generally almost always a welcome gift to a host or a hostess. It’s perfect for a Boxing Day shoot lunch buffet and for rustling up a plate of sandwiches to accompany a bit of Christmas TV.  The Port of Lancaster salmon are fished from their doorstep and traditionally smoked in Lancashire.  Buy Royal Fillet of Smoked Salmon by Port of Lancaster from Amazon from £26.99. 

Garden birds tea towel

Garden Birds Tea Towel by Emma Bridgewater

The perfect stocking filler present for somebody who is always looking out of the window and wondering exactly what that bird in the garden is. Emma Bridgewater designs are just made for country kitchens too. Buy Garden Birds Tea Towel by Emma Bridgewater from Amazon from £8.99

spaniels mug by Emma Bridgewater

All Over Spaniels mug by Emma Bridgewater

What’s your breed of spaniel? Keep them by your side when you’re having a well-deserved cuppa or coffee from this half pint mug. There are also black cocker spaniel and Labrador versions too. Buy All Over Spaniel Mug by Emma Bridgewater from Amazon from £19.95

 

pheasant whisky tumblers

Pheasant and Partridge Whisky Tumblers by Northumbria Collection 

Engraved with classic fieldsports quarry, these engraved whisky tumblers will be warmly received. Buy Pheasant and Partridge Whisky Tumblers by Northumbria Collection from Amazon from £23.99 a pair. 

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