If you’re looking for a unique gift inspired by or made in Sussex you’ve come to the right place.

East and West Sussex is home to countless artisans and unique crafts, making it an ideal place to source a special gift for a partner or loved one.

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Whether you’re looking for a souvenir of a trip you’ve taken together, a birthday or anniversary present, or simply a gift to show you care, in this collaborative post here are a few of the best treats that celebrate the local area.

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6 unique gifts inspired by and made in Sussex

Books on the Sussex area

If your partner is an avid reader, books always make for a wonderful gift idea and Sussex-themed books are ideal. This area has a rich heritage and history, from local folklore and legends to cookbooks and murder mysteries. There are countless themes to explore that will educate them on the Sussex area and entertain in the process. Snake River Press specialise in beautiful and fascinating books about Sussex and there are plenty of titles in the range, so your partner can collect them.

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Local bubbles to celebrate

A wonderful anniversary gift is a bottle of bubbly, and you might be surprised to learn that you can buy English sparkling wine made in Sussex. Made from hand-harvested grapes that are matured slowly and carefully for a rich fruity flavour at the Rathfinny wine estate in East Sussex, English sparkling wine is a great pairing to a homemade meal or a picnic on the Sussex Downs. Why not create a curated picnic of local delights such as Sussex Charmer cheese and locally made chocolates for a truly memorable hamper?

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A gardening gift to treasure

If your partner loves to get out into the garden throughout the year, there’s no better gift than a Sussex trug. Originating from Herstmonceaux back in the 1820s, Sussex trugs are synonymous with the area and are used for harvesting plants, produce and flowers. They are made from chestnut wood and willow and are beautiful to look at as well as practical and tactile. Sussex trugs are built to last so it’s a gift that is sure to stand the test of time and will come in incredibly useful if they’re a keen gardener.

Sweet-smelling candles

A cute and inexpensive gift to show someone you care is a candle and with the Sussex Special Collection, you can bring the fragrance of the local area into your home at any time. Inspired by the forests, country gardens and coastal landscapes of this area, these candles have rich scents and a long burn time, so they’re a great gift idea – either on their own or alongside another gift. Made from natural ingredients that are ethically sourced from local suppliers, they are also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

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Guided walks to explore the history

Sussex is studded with countless monuments, abbeys and castles, so what better treat for a history enthusiast than a guided walking tour to explore the best of Sussex. Treasure trail walks around the charming town of Arundel or walks to the Halnaker tree tunnel and windmill are some great options that offer your partner the opportunity to enjoy snippets of local history, beautiful monuments and architecture, and enjoy the scenery along the way. If you’re more of an experience gifter over material items, this is a wonderful treat for anyone who enjoys learning about the past.

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Inspiring art prints

Art always makes a wonderful gift, and if your partner is a fan of design and beautiful prints, a locally made art print makes a great treat for them to display in the home. There are countless local artists in Sussex creating pieces based on the stunning local landscapes and nature of the area, and they make for a great reminder of your travels and experiences too. Local artist Lucy Stephens takes a different approach with monochrome typography inspired by the features that make each area special and unique, from Brighton and Chichester to Hastings and many more towns and villages besides.

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Sussex is an area rich in tradition and local businesses, so it’s the ideal place to find beautiful and special gifts that your partner is sure to treasure and enjoy. Whether they enjoy delicious food and drink gifts, books they can dive into or presents that showcase the history and craft of this area, there are numerous makers you can turn to for a treasured gift to treat your partner.

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