Visiting us in December is a great way to tie up the Christmas presents for your loved ones whilst you are enjoying your Winter break. In our scenic village of Grasmere, you can enjoy a beautiful walk around to discover gift shops, art galleries, outdoor wear and if you get a little peckish, visit some of our delicious cafes or grab a bit to go at Lucia’s where the sausage rolls are yummy!

Here are just some of our favourite shops in Grasmere that will most definitely help you to get those gifts all ready for your loved ones that they will love opening on the big day.  Plus you are supporting our local Lake District independent businesses!

Grasmere Gingerbread

Why not treat your loved ones to a hamper of delicious homemade gingerbread goodies from the famous Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread shop.  Over the three generations of family owners, they have perfected the 1854 recipe and also offer a wide range of other delicious foods to give to your loved ones. Walking past the shop in Grasmere, you are bound to get the waft of ginger in the air that certain gives you a bit of heart warmth on these cold winter days.

Herdy – sheep inspired gifts

We are well known for our sheep filled fields here in the Lakes, and we are no different in Grasmere with at least four different breeds bleating at us all on a daily basis throughout the year.


Herdy has a character filled shop here in Grasmere with a cute and loveable versions of one of our Lake District favourite animals.  From fluffy toys for the little ones to cuddle at night, to a planter with a sheep filled grass for Nan’s kitchen to a Lake District Monopoly game for all the family to enjoy! There really is something sheep-tastic for everyone!

Our favourite finds are definitely the Little Herdy hiker sheep cuddly toy (extremely cute and great for any little one), the Lakes Monopoly which allows you to explore the district as a great family favourite board game and some fantastic sheep covered clothing.  The sheep will wonder what is going on when they see you coming!

Puzzles, Puzzles and more Puzzles

If you are puzzle obsessed then we have the place for you to go!  Barney’s News Box is a treasure trove of puzzles for you to find the perfect one to enjoy putting them together piece by piece to create stunning Great British scenery of the Lakes District. With over 7000 puzzles to choose from, you will undoubtedly find one for each of your family and friends to enjoy!

But that isn’t all that Barney’s has to offer as there are gifts galore from across the Lakes and gifts for the little ones including games, toys and models. It really has got something tucked away on every shelf throughout the shop.

Sam Read Bookseller

There is nothing better than on a cold winter’s evening, getting tucked up next to the fire and enjoying a good read.  A quaint shop situated on the corner of Broadgate, you will definitely find a book for everyone you love in here!

Rothay Garden Hotel

Of course, we had to include ourselves in here as one of the best gifts to give to loved ones at Christmas. Give the gift of a luxury treat to your loved ones for them to enjoy in 2022 and have something to really look forward to!  Vouchers can be put towards a stay at our hotel and spa, an afternoon tea, or restaurant experience.  Regardless of the occasion, our gift vouchers are the perfect way to treat someone you love. Ideal Lake District gift ideas for foodies!

Vouchers are available online or give the team a call on 01539 435334

We hope this gives you a little inspiration for some Christmas gifts, and if you cannot get to visit us here in Grasmere throughout December, all these shops can be viewed online!

Happy shopping!