Henley Life - page 26

Shop locally
for foodie treats and special gifts
Christmas shopping is a chore to some, and
a joy to others, however most of us want to
support local shops and eateries.
Yes, the online order is sometimes quicker
and easier, but it can be a little soulless, and
probably has a much more detrimental
environmental consequence.
So if you take up the challenge to shop in
the local market towns and villages of
South Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Bucks,
then block out a couple of hours, make a
list, park in one place, and head out to find
rare, beautiful and often good value
presents for all the family.
Even a half hour walk down Friday Street in
Henley town centre will cover most
members of the family --
DickWay Rare
Books, Autolex, Boatique, The Ferret
three clothes shops and coffee shops to suit
all tastes.
Children are the most easy to buy for,
particularly if you go for large, plastic items,
but actually places like
Central Home
Henley Sports Shop
, both on the Reading
Road, have more traditional options.
Stocking fillers are always found at
Temptation Gifts,
and don’t forget the
Henley Pharmacy
is great for soap and
beauty stocking fillers.
For Christmas gifts
with a difference
Liz Felix
at 23
Reading Road has
an eclectic and
beautiful range of
hats, bags,
umbrellas and
The shop caters
for the whole
family from tots &
teens to parents &
grandparents. It’s
the only shop we
know where you
can buy a
traditional flat cap
and a pair of
sparkly earrings in
one transaction. Liz Felix stocks both traditional and trendy hats with accessories to match.
From sensible to simply gorgeous. Oh, and did we mention PomPom hats? Currently all the
rage... for adults and little ones. There are (among others) umbrellas with Flamingo print
plus local designer clothing, gloves and scarves.
Liz is open on Henley’s Christmas shopping Sunday event when she will also be running a
competition for the best Christmas Hat.
Everyone gets a goodie bag for entering with a prize for the winner.
Fashionable gift inspiration at Liz Felix
Christmas shopping in Marlow and
fancy a delicious bite ? Then the
Burgers Artisan Bakery
is the
perfect choice.
Venture down to the bottom of Marlow High Street and sitting opposite Higginson Park,
you will be pleasantly surprised to discover this family-run business which has been
producing a wide variety of wonderful goods since 1942.
The tearoom, chocolates and bakery have been enjoyed by many over the years, a
continued success which bears testament to their high standards and commitment.
And since Christmas calls for something a little special, they have even more treats than
normal to tempt you! From mince pies and stollen to Christmas puddings and handmade
Christmas cakes, there is plenty choose from to spoil yourself or others.
Burgers of Marlow Ltd 01628 483389
Burgers Artisan
And for some
Me-time treats...
Pop into the
to get that
Christmas sparkle back
or buy some beauty gift
24A Tuns Lane, Henley-
On-Thames RG9 1SA ·
01491 573344. Watch out for their exciting 12
days of Christmas promotion on social media
to win fabulous prizes.
Or feel festively fabulous with
Christmas. With the party season fast
Aspire Clinic
is ready to help
you add a bit of sparkle and glow to your
Whether you want to look radiant for the
office party, would love Father Christmas to
deliver a voucher for that longed-for
treatment, or start a new skin-care regime
ready for the New Year and the New You,
Aspire Clinic can make you look and feel
fabulous. As well as some great festive
discounts on treatments, Aspire has two
gorgeous gift sets on offer:
Skin-Sational at £60 contains Agera
Microderma System’s Home Exfoliation Kit and
Heliocare SPF 50 to exfoliate and revitalise
skins cells, and give a smooth and glowing
Revital-Eyes at £95 contains Nano Eye-lift Gel,
RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner and
gentle eye cleanser to tackle fine lines and
wrinkles, and enhance lash condition.
Aspire is open Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-
5pm. Closed December 23 to January 1.
Aspire Clinic 0118 931 3575
For something a bit different when
you’re out Christmas shopping, why
not visit the quirky
Giggling Squid
Marlow. Their chefs have been hard at
work making sure every dish on their
Christmas menu exceptional and a
world away from your standard
Christmas fare. They are offering
turkey with all the trimmings with a
Giggling twist!
The best way to celebrate the festive season is
with a glorious Christmas tree. But other than
size, what are the things to consider when
buying your Christmas centerpiece?
Henley Life
spoke to Forestry Commission
England to find out which species are used for
their forest Christmas trees, what are the
differences and how to look after them.
Norway Spruce
Considered the traditional Christmas tree, the
Norway Spruce is best known for a wonderful
shap and an abundance of branches so it’s
great for hanging lots of decorations on and
it has the perfect ‘Christmassy’ scent.
Who does it suit?
With a long-lasting scent and a traditional
shape, Norway Spruce trees are perfect for
those who appreciate the classic look and
smell of Christmas.
Nordmann Fir
These have soft foliage and an even shape –
making it a joy to decor te with its glossy,
dark green needles that have a whitish/light
blu underside.
Who does it suit?
With its big needles which are lovely and soft,
Nordmann fir are perfect for those with
young children and those with enough space
to show it off – approxiomately 5ft of space
for a 6 ft tree.
Lodgepole Pine
The Lodgepole Pine is an ideal Christmas tree
due to its bushy appearance and luscious
long green needles, with branches that point
upwards and have a wonderful pine scent.
Who does it suit?
With the best needle retention of them all,
Lodgepole Pine trees are perfect for those
who like a long festive season and decorate
their tree as early as possible. But plan where
to put this tree as it needs a high ceiling.
Caring for your Christmas tree to
prolong its appearance
1. Cut off 2.5cm from the trunk to aid with
water absorption
2. Put the tree in a stand with the trunk
immersed in water
3. Keep your tree in a cool, dry space. Away
from radiators and fires
4. Water your tree regularly
Why buy real from a Forestry
Commission Forest?
1. Real trees use 10 times fewer materials and
five times less energy than artificial trees.
2. They are completely biodegradable.
3. They are grown in the UK
4. A tree is planted for every tr e harvested
5. You’ll have a free baby sapling, to pla t
your own tree
6. It will als come with a certificate of
authenticity to guarantee the tree’s quality,
which will be signed by Santa hims lf.
To find your nea st forest sales centre
and loc l Christmas activities visit
Choosing the perfect
Christmas tree
The decorated Christmas
tree at Hurley House Hotel
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