Christmas Gift Ideas in Cambridge

The countdown to Christmas is on, and if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect gifts, Cambridge has you covered. From handmade crafts by local artists to relaxing getaways and even punting gift vouchers, Cambridge offers a huge array of options – there’s a perfect present waiting to make this Christmas truly memorable.



Venturing into the serene countryside surrounding Cambridge, Paus is a great place to escape. This outdoor retreat is a haven for those seeking a bit of R&R amidst nature’s embrace. Paus features a range of outdoor activities, including yoga sessions, a waterside sauna, a barefoot walking trail, and a re-wilded meadow. A highlight of Paus is the Finnish barrel sauna and outdoor hot tubs, providing an indulgent experience with breathtaking views. The on-site hilltop bistro serves heartwarming food crafted from fresh produce grown in its vegetable garden. Consider gifting a loved one a Paus gift voucher, allowing them to immerse themselves in the tranquillity of this unique outdoor retreat. Whether it’s a day of pampering or a glamping adventure, Paus promises to create lasting memories and a thoughtful Christmas gift.


Lilac Rose 

Located in the heart of Cambridge on Bridge Street, Lilac Rose has great Christmas gifts. Lilac Rose prides themselves on stocking unique British designers who emphasise colour and print. Their stocklists consist of an eclectic collection of pieces you wouldn’t usually find on the high street. Gifts from Lilac Rose are perfect for those in your life who enjoy dressing brightly with unwavering flair. Each item exudes a unique charm, making Lilac Rose the perfect destination for finding thoughtful and distinctive gifts this Christmas. And for or those of you on the West Coast, worry not, there is also a branch in Lemington Spa!


Lilac Rose, Cambridge town centre - christmas shopping




The Cambridgeshire-born and bred pub and restaurant business boasts eight premises around the county, including the Crown and Punchbowl in Horningsea and The Cambridge Chop House on Kings Parade. Cambscuisine all began with The Cock in Hemingford, Cambridgeshire who quickly became famous for their sausage and mash – they have now won the National Dining Pub of the Year award twice! In September 2018 they launched the Cambridge Community Fund meaning that for every bill over £30 an extra discretionary £1 has been added to support the fund. In the last five years they have raised an incredible £120,000 for local charities.

It’s well worth checking out one of these locations with fantastic food and quintessential country views to go with it. You can purchase a Cambscuisine gift voucher here, and your loved one can use this for any of the eight venues they wish!


Varsity hotel & spa


Create magical memories with a Christmas gift from the Varsity Hotel & Spa. From spa treatments to rooftop dining, the Varsity offers a luxurious escape in the heart of Cambridge.

Surprise your special someone with a voucher for a romantic dinner, a relaxing spa day, or even a stay at their opulent hotel. The Varsity boasts 360 panoramic views with a rooftop bar, Six and Riverside Bar and Grill. The spa facilities feature Elemis treatments, a sauna, steam room, gym and jacuzzi overlooking the river Cam for a blissful escape.

The Varsity offers gift vouchers for the spa, restaurants and hotel, a traditional afternoon tea, or even just a voucher that can be used for any of them when visiting the Varisty.

The Varsity Hotel  Spa Cambridge



Punting with Lets Go Punting in the winter is an incredible way to visit the famous Cambridge University colleges, especially with a blanket and a hot drink. It is truly special in winter when the colleges are undisturbed and covered in frost. It will make the perfect gift for family, friends, colleagues or loved ones to enjoy. We offer various options, whether it’s a private or shared tour, that they can redeem whenever they wish offering flexibility. You can even upgrade the tour to include picnics, like the deli grazing box, brunch box or afternoon tea, all sourced from local suppliers in Cambridge. And for the extra touch, why not add a bottle of bubbles for them to enjoy! Winter punting is not just an activity; it’s a thoughtful and memorable present for those who appreciate the quiet beauty of Cambridge in the colder months.

Get a punting gift voucher here!

The Chesnut Group 


Consider gifting the experience of The Chesnut Group, a collection of charming pubs with accommodation across the East of England—ideal for a thoughtful Christmas present. Whether your loved ones fancy a coastal escape in Wells or a city stay right here in Cambridge, these traditional buildings offer the perfect backdrop for a cosy getaway or an exceptional dining experience. With a commitment to local sourcing, each pub crafts mouth-watering menus featuring Sunday roasts, dog-friendly spaces, open fires, and captivating interior designs within historic structures. The Rupert Brooke, set in the scenic countryside of Grantchester, and the Eight Bells, boasting a 16th-century wooden interior, showcase the group’s diverse offerings. Make this holiday season memorable by getting a Chesnut Group gift voucher, allowing recipients the flexibility to redeem it at any venue for delightful food or a relaxing stay.




If you find yourself in need of a quirky and last-minute Christmas present, look no further than Socktopus. This delightful store offers a spectrum of fun socks in every colour imaginable—a perfect solution for someone who appreciates fun footwear or for that impromptu Secret Santa gift you need to snag. Conveniently situated in the heart of Cambridge, Socktopus makes finding a unique and playful present a breeze.

Rose Crescent and the Market Square


If you still need to decide what to get as the perfect Christmas gift, consider a visit to the Market Square and Rose Crescent. They both offer an array of options, from vintage clothes and plants to books, jewellery, and art. With a history dating back to the Middle Ages, the market square has exceptional gifts from local providers. Meanwhile, Rose Crescent is home to luxury shops featuring renowned brands like Le Creuset, Jo Malone and Freckleface – you can even find the Department of Magical Gifts shop. Conveniently located near the front of King’s College, once you’ve found everything you need, treat yourself to some delicious global cuisine from the market or unwind in a cafe with a view of King’s College – the perfect way to relax once you’ve found everyone the perfect present.


Rose Crescent, Cambridge - christmas shopping



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