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Read on for Christmas gift ideas for fieldsports enthusiasts…and not a pair of socks in sight
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Never will they have to worry about the local newsagents being sold out again.