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Sussex Christmas Gift Ideas & Shopping Suggestions

Sussex Christmas experiences

Move over characterless shopping malls. Whether you love or hate Christmas shopping, there is a better way. We’ve rounded up a whole host of Sussex Christmas gift ideas and shopping suggestions which you can do online from the comfort of your armchair or in person soaking up some of the personality of Sussex. Knowing that whatever way you shop, you’re supporting local and giving a gift that is uniquely Sussex.

Sussex Christmas gifts

There’s pretty much something for everyone here, so happy shopping.

Sussex Xmas markets

Uniquely Sussex gifts

There are so many lovely Sussex-inspired and created gifts. Here are a few suggestions:

Sussex Art

With an amazing breadth and depth of creative talent in Sussex, an art-inspired gift is always special. You’ll find lots of local art on offer at the various artisan markets in the forthcoming weeks but other places to look out for are:

Sussex Art Prints

Sussex Art Prints are in Seaford but are also online and have an expanding portfolio of artworks inspired by their local Sussex and Downs landscapes.

Sussex Arts

Sussex Arts showcases the talents and creativity of Sussex artists and artisans. You can find their artists, art galleries, and exhibitions across the county but they are also online and stock a range of thoroughly Sussex gifts from tea towels to books and coasters.

Two Faced Twins

For brightly coloured art that’s modern and Sussex inspired head to Worthing and the Two Faced Twins gallery and shop right on the seafront. They also sell other homewares. There are lots of other galleries in Worthing so well worth a visit.


Brighton is always a cool place to look for local art, from the North Laines and under-the-arches on the seafront to award-winning Serena Sussex who paints landscapes, seascapes and nature in oil and mixed media paintings on canvas.

Brighton Artists Quatrer

Sussex books

If it’s a bookworm you’re buying for, you’re in luck, because we not only have lots of independent and specialist bookshops in Sussex but we have lots of books written about Sussex. So, if you’re looking for a Sussex book, try:

Snake River Press

Snake River Press has a whole section of fun books on Sussex which include 20 Sussex Walks, A South Downs Alphabet, A Sussex Miscellany, and lots more.

Sussex Book Shop

This is an online store with a unique catalogue of books about anything Sussex. Choose your title and they redirect you to Amazon.

Sussex Book Club

Again, you can shop with this site online. Browse their titles and recommendations and then buy via their website.

Sussex books

Sussex home and garden gifts 


For anyone green-fingered, it really has to be a good old-fashioned trug! Believed to have originated in Sussex as long ago as the 1500s, you can buy a traditionally made trug in different sizes online from Hailsham in East Sussex.


The Greatwood Candle Company is based in East Sussex and produces candles that are hand-poured in their Oast House kitchen. The scents have all been inspired by the coast, countryside and history of East Sussex. They also have a range of defusers and body lotions.

Sussex Pottery

The Sussex Guild showcases a diverse array of local talent and they have pottery of every size, shape and description. Again, you can shop online.

Sussex Christmas gifts

For the Sussex foodies

For the Sussex food and drink lover in your life, there is a lot of choice.

Wine, spirits and beer tours

Obvious gift choices include a vineyard tour and tasting at one of our many vineyards. There is a vast choice but try:

A lot of Sussex gin and spirit producers also offer tours and or tasting experiences so try:

  • Goldstone Rum (in Henfield)
  • Slake Spirits (in Worthing)
  • Brighton Gin (in Brighton but nearer Shoreham!)

Let’s not forget our Sussex beers. Breweries that offer tours include:

  • Langham Brewer (near Petworth in West Sussex)
  • Harveys Brewery (in Lewes)
  • Long Man Brewery (not far from Eastbourne)

Sussex wine harvest experience

Something to eat 

For something more edible, what about:

Sussex afternoon tea

Christmas gift experiences

For a loved one who has everything, an experience can be a great idea. A hot air balloon ride across Sussex is a fabulous way to see the county but for other ideas try:

Sussex Hot air balloon

Introductory Flying Lesson

One-to-one training with a Civil Aviation Authority licensed instructor with up to 30 minutes in the air (including taxiing and landing). Shoreham. £150.

Shoreham Airport

Learn to Scuba Dive

The Sussex coast is well set up for those who want to learn to scuba dive. A basic taster session of an hour is £50 pp at Ocean View Diving in Lancing but there are also courses for the more experienced.

scuba diving

A Cycling for Softies mini break

This has been on my list for a long time. The Cycling for Softies Indulgence| Sparking tour is 3 to 5 nights with stays at Ockenden Manor, Baliffscourt and The Spread Eagle and involves two vineyards tours and tastings with full e-bike hire and baggage transfer, and lots of luxury at these three gorgeous hotels. From £1,095 pp.

Sussex holidays

One Night Sussex Weald Break with Tree Top Challenge for Two

Perfect for thrill seekers, you’ll find yourself taking on tree-to-tree crossings, free-fall Tarzan swings and super-fast zips way up in the treetop canopy. You stay in Ticehurst. gift ideas zip wire

Murder Mystery Evening with Dinner for Two

Enjoy being part of a murder mystery event over a three-course dinner in Arundel. Play along as the plot unfolds. A number of professional actors play the central characters including the victims and suspects. The actors will mingle with the guests throughout the evening as you ask them questions to solve the mystery.

Murder mystery gifts

Ghost walk and cellar dinner at The Old Ship Hotel

This includes an 80-minute tour of Brighton’s celebrated Ghost Walk of the Lanes, Brighton’s oldest and most haunted quarter, in the company of  Silas the Ghost Walker. This is followed by a welcome drink at the Old Ship Hotel and a three-course meal with a glass of wine in the hotel’s historic cellars. Tickets start at £55 per person.

Brighton lanes

Quirky, vintage, shopping on a budget and a Christmas day out 

If you are looking for unique Christmas gift ideas, are on a budget or just need some inspiration and want a nice day out, head to one of the Sussex flea markets, emporiums or vintage stores.

Lewes Flea Market

Hastings Old Town

In Hastings Old Town you are spoilt for choice. Try:

  • Butler & George
  • Butler’s Emporium
  • Robert’s Rummage
  • Arthur Green’s

All these are in the Old Town. There are lots of other independent shops in Hastings Old Town and if you want to turn your Christmas shopping into a good day out, try visiting one of the museums or ending the day with fish and chips from Rock-a-Nore.

George Street Hastings


There are lots of independent boutiques and bric-a-brac stores in Lewes but our favourites have to be:

  • Pastorale Antiques (Malling Street)
  • Needlemakers (West Street)
  • Lewes Antiques Centre (High Street)

Combine your Christmas shopping here with a tour of Harvey’s Brewery or a visit to the castle.

Lewes Flea Market

Brighton and Hove

Brighton is a great place for bargain hunting and unusual gifts. You could lose yourself for days on end here but try:

  • Snoopers Paradise (Kensington Gardens)
  • Brighton Flea Market (Upper St James’s Street, Kemptown)
  • North Laine Bazaar

Brighton North Laine


Another great place for some retro finds is Chichester. Here are three recommendations:

  • Heritage Antiques (St Pancras)
  • Almshouse Arcade (The Hornet and opposite Draper’s Yard)
  • Peter Hancock’s (West Street).

In Chichester, you really have to combine any Christmas shopping with a visit to the theatre.

Shopping in Chichester

If you’re still looking for Sussex Christmas gifts and all round festive inspiration, you’ll like these posts:

Wonderful Sussex Christmas Markets for 2023

Sussex Christmas Experiences 2023

Our Magazine Christmas Gift Ideas 

Sussex Things To Do Between Christmas and New Year

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