Anteachers_banner_2_webother eventful academic year will soon come to a close, leaving you to reminisce over some remarkable ‘firsts’ and longstanding memories, but how do you reciprocate the invaluable gift of an education the devoted teachers have given your children?  There are many hidden gems closer than you think, with local businesses offering unique gifts, perfect for those dedicated teachers.

The end of the school year is just around the corner and what a year it was; from the Christmas performance that brought you to tears, to the crafty demands of the Easter bonnet parade, all coming to a close with the competitive spirit of sports day. To sum it up, this eventful journey would certainly have been a roller-coaster of emotions for both you and your children, with the efforts and thoughtfulness contributed by the teachers and assistants quite easily falling under the radar. The inspiring teachers have hopefully given your children the invaluable gift of an education, with much hard graft going on behind the scenes that we are never privy to or even asked gratification for. Many even go above and beyond the call of duty, building an endearing rapport with our children. So how can we thank these inspiring educators and mentors?

I am sure a few kind words would make a powerful and heartfelt impact in showing your appreciation, but a parting gift can offer teachers a little reminder that they can look back on. There is no competition here, and I am sure whatever gift you choose will certainly be genuinely appreciated.  But what would make the grade? There are many local businesses that offer unique and individual gifts that would be ideal for such occasions. So to save you the trouble we have put together a list of places it may be worth browsing.

Sugarplum  I  Fleetb5303c_e4ddcea5eb97445787a910465f41db3a

Two local ladies, Gina & Julia set up Sugarplum Boutique & Home in Fleet High Street back in September 2013. It was actually founded in 2004, but went from strength to strength, resulting in the investment of a store.  With both partners gifted with an eye for individuality and design, Sugarplum exhibits unique and unusual gifts, home-ware, handbags, scarves and jewellery, all of which are great value and on trend, so would make great gifts.

The warm and friendly team are always at hand to help you select the ideal gift, so why not head down and see what you can find.

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Inspirations Gift Shop I  Aldershot

With 20 years in the trade, this one stop shop for gifts has evolved over the years offering quirky gifts and traditional items. All items can be views and purchased online.

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The Walnut Tree  I Fleet

The Walnut Tree in Fleet was opened in 2004 to provide inspiration for original gifts and ideas for the home.  This individual outlet sources gifts from local artisans and further afield, bringing you a unique selection of beautiful products. You can order online or collect in store, with the option of gift wrapping your purchases.

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Salamander Gifts  I  Fleet

Based both online and in the Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet, this individual store aims to bring you good quality gifts that are by no means average. They work closely with hundreds of small suppliers, many of whom create their wonderful products by hand and in the UK. All items are bespoke and crafted with a personal touch. With all items individually packaged with love and care and some even offering the option of being personalised, this could be the ideal place to find that ultimate gift.

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Serendipity I  Fleet

Serendipity is an independent, family owned business situated in the Old (Wrights) Bakery, a quirky Victorian building along the Fleet Road. While taking pride in delivering excellent customer service, Serendipity offers an eclectic mixture of gifts, antiques and collectables for you and your home in a relaxed and pleasurable environment.

With over over 30 suppliers, they also host a pretty tea room, with freshly brewed tea, freshly prepared lunches; homemade cakes & scones; cream teas and pastries. Often described as an ‘oasis’, this exclusive setting aims to  offer a peaceful and tranquil setting that rounds off your shopping experience.

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SS Floral Events  I  Yateley

An awarding winning, independent Florist based in Yateley, who are members of the British Florist Association. With over 20 years of experience and a passion for creativity, each bespoke floral arrangement is given that all important personal touch. The unique service is individually tailored to suit, along with the option of a delivery and collection service.

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Busylizzie  I  Yateley

Aspiring to become a florist since the age of 15 years, Elizabeth Lee founded Busylizzie in 1986. Having spent years of studying the trade and even travelling abroad to craft her floristry skills. Quality and customer satisfaction is always top of the agenda, with fresh flowers arriving daily, all sourced from reputable suppliers; mainly from Columbia and Holland.

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Elska Cards & Gifts  I  Yateley

Elska is a small family-owned hp-cards-550x300online shop selling illustrated greeting cards and handmade gifts. Each individual card and gift is attentively crafted or illustrated, allowing you to personalise with your own message. These thoughtful gifts are certainly unique, and can be packaged and delivered as you choose.

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MiMi  I Hartley Wintney

This hidden gem is located at the heart of the village, with an ever changing stock that is individually selected and caters to every budget. If you are not local you can get in touch through their Facebook page, which will also give you an idea of what’s on offer and the chance to read the great reviews.

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Mrs. Potts’ Place I Camberley

Why not let the children create their own gift at Mrs Potts’ Place? Here you can choose from a selection of ceramic ware and paint in your own style. If you wanted something extra special they could assist too, offering signature plates or even portraits painted by the in-house Artist. This local workshop offers a pleasant, intimate setting and received the accolade of Best New Business 2017 in Camberley.

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Katharine Jane  I  Odiham

Based in the historical village of Odiham, Katharine Jane offers beautiful gifts, reflective of the picturesque setting. Whether you are looking for a token to say thanks, beautiful keepsakes or ornaments & gift-ware, Katharine Jane can accommodate. All items can be gift wrapped or accompanied by a card if you choose.

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Newlyns Farmshop  I  North Warnborough

This traditional, family operated farm can be found within the tranquil setting of North Warnborough, offering an over 500-acre farm, traditional breeds of farm animals and an award winning farm shop. The purpose built shop is run by friendly and knowledgeable staff and offers a range of local and homemade products. The bespoke hamper service could make a great gift and can be customised to suit your budget, alternatively, gift vouchers are also available. Newlyns recently won the 2017 Muddy Stiletto award for best farmshop/deli.

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Skye’s Little Gems  I  Aldershot

This web-based business is run by a local mum, who creates bespoke items of jewellery, frames and other gifts that could be an ideal thank you present.

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Cashmere Goose  I  Hartley Wintney

cashmere gooseThis beautiful gift shop on Hartley Wintney’s High Street has some absolutely stunning gifts. From decorative home accessories, unique and stunning jewellery, high quality clothing, scarves, bags and everything in between, you are sure to find a stylish and individual gift here.

Local friends Sue and Clare started up this relaxing retreat on Hartley Wintney’s High Street and have gone on to offer online shopping and have recently won the Muddy Stilettos 2017 award for best women’s store in Hampshire.

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Understandably, you will be highly occupied in the many upcoming events to celebrate the end of the school year and not to mention planning for the all-important summer break, so we hope these wonderful local shops can help you find that ideal gift.

From all of us at Mackenzie Smith, congratulations for getting through the year and we hope you enjoy the summer holidays!