WIRED’s Best of British Christmas Gift Guide

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring… except the countless logistics firms frantically unpacking delayed shipping containers in order to fulfill months of back orders.

But, you don’t have to let the double whammy of global pandemic and farcical Brexit protocols ruin your holidays, you just need to look a bit closer to home for your stocking fillers.

Our Made in Britain gift guide celebrates the very best UK brands and the benefits buying local can bring you, from supporting charities, funding and encouraging the expansion of UK manufacturing, and the small bonus of guaranteed Christmas delivery.  Check out our tech toys edit and our main Xmas guide for more Christmas gift ideas. 

Ruark R5 MiE 

You’ll be hard pushed to find any mainstream hi-fi made in the UK—speaker drivers, chipsets and the like are almost without exception made in other places—but with the R5 MiE British brand Ruark has gone the additional mile to encourage and celebrate home-grown craftsmanship. The R5 is already an award-winning one-box system with CD player, DAB radio, Bluetooth, DLNA streaming and multi-room functionality, but this version’s cabinet is hand built in a Suffolk workshop using FSC-approved timbers, veneers and materials, before having the electronics assembled in Ruark’s headquarters in Southend on Sea. Be quick (and generous), only 35 have been made.

Price: £2,000 | John Lewis

BearMade Gouthwaite Backpack 13-15 litre

Made in Suffolk, this bag features Scottish water-resistant, hard-wearing, dry-waxed canvas that will age beautifully, while the canvas straps are from Sheffield and the clasps are heavy-grade metal. It’s a stylish everyday bag. (check out the rest of the range for duffles and larger capacity options) made all the more alluring by its lifetime warranty. Also, the company will buy back old bags when you get bored of them, and they donate 10 percent of the value of each product to The Outward Bound Trust, and 2.5 per cent to carbon offsetting. 

Price: £175 | BearMade

Custom Ordnance Survey Framed Maps

A fantastic idea for those with wanderlust, or for that matter, a terrible sense of direction, you can now customise and print your own OS Map, complete with title, description and personal photo. Just go into a postcode or location, choose the ratio, map size, and away you go. Superb value, extremely useful and thoughtful, but if you want to make a statement they’ll already print and frame a chosen map to hang on the wall, and each buy receives a month subscription to the digital OS Maps app.

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