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30 Nov, 2017



Books, music, adventure gear, stocking fillers and more. Here are sixty four presents for Good Lifers that will be well received this Christmas.

1.  Mallmann on Fire: The Romance of the Grill by Francis Mallmann
This book isn't new, but it's fantastic, and we highly recommend it. 100 recipes cooked over open flames, we can't think of anything better.

2.  Toucan Tango Avocawoe Enamel Pin Badge
In homage to the growing 'avocado hand' injury. A good stocking filler for the avocado lover in your life.

3.  Welsh Wool coldatnight Blanket in Berry Red
Woven at a 180 year old water mill near the banks of the River Teifi. This is the blanket we'd like to be snuggled under when we open our presents. Dressed in pyjamas, of course.

4.  Monty & Co Engineer Boilersuit (1-6 yrs)
Inspired by wartime RAF flight suits this hard-wearing one piece is perfect for outdoor adventures.

5.  Anthony Burrill Don't Say Nothing Letterpress Print (76 x 51 cm) 
We've had this hanging in the Farm Shop for a number of years, and this year it seems more relevant than ever.

6.  Tickets to The Good Life Experience
In 2018 we celebrate our fifth Birthday and it's going to be one heck of a party, so tickets to The Good Life Experience make for one exciting Christmas present! Mention in the comments at the checkout that it’s a Christmas present, and we will put one of these cards in the post to your delivery address for you to hand over on Christmas Day. Easy! Don’t forget that under 12s go free, and who doesn’t like a FREE Christmas present? 
Early Bird Adult Tickets from £109

7.  Elbow - The Best Of
Two discs and 28 tracks handpicked by the band from their twenty plus years of recording including their first two single releases, ‘Newborn’ and ‘Any Day Now’ as well as their brand-new and triumphant cover of The Beatles' ‘Golden Slumbers’. A Good Life HQ team favourite.

8. A Pair of Hiut Denim Jeans
Made in West Wales and made to last. These jeans are a life investment.
From £140

9. Discover Cymru Calendar 2018
An A3 sized reminder of just how breathtaking the Welsh countryside around us is. 12 photos selected from submissions from this 34,000 strong Instagram community.

10. Gail Bryson's Holloway Large Tote Bag
Hand-printed in London and hand-sewn by the ladies of HMP Holloway. The indigo/coral colour combination had us at hello.

11. Do Wild Baking - Food, fire and good times by Tom Herbert
Fifth generation baker Tom Herbert launched this brilliant book at The Good Life Experience this year, signing smoked copies for festival goers. In Do Wild Baking over 50 delicious recipes – from Beer Bread to Hot Smoked Salmon – are grouped by location: Beach, Mountain, River and Forest. And if rain prevails, most can be recreated at home. This is a Christmas present for adventure.

12. Parallelogram A La Carte by Hiss Golden Messenger and Michael Chapman
Legendary performer Michael Chapman played on the Caught by the River stage at this year's festival and we were lucky enough to see him again in Chester a couple of weeks ago. This collection of recordings from Chapman and Hiss Golden Messenger matches up kindred spirits and mutual influences.

13. Finest Imaginary Less Intense, More In Tents Patch
A fine resolution for 2018, and an excellent stocking filler.

14. Tinct Panna Medium Wallet
Made in London from Italian leather, which only improves with age (we a well-loved version a year or two down the line). Add embossed initials for extra brownie points.

15. The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words from the natural world, from the countryside and the landscape. Robert Macfarlane casts a series of spells celebrating the poetry of nature in his new book, The Lost Words. Beautifully illustrated by Jackie Morris, The the book stands against the disappearance of wild childhood and wild places.

16. Grain & Knot Custom Hand Carved Headboard
This may be wishful thinking, but we'll add it in just in case. Each of these beautiful headboards is completely custom made from hand carved walnut. If you know someone who'd love it, you'll need to be quick, as they take 3-4 weeks to arrive.
From £550

17.  Vintage John Lennon Print from Pedlars
Part of a set of six prints designed and printed in 1968 to promote the release of Yellow Submarine in the US. A wonderful piece of design and slice of history.
£29.50 (or £69.50 framed) 

18. Best Made Co Pair of White Seamless & Steadfast Enamel Mugs
These enamel mugs are manufactured for Best Made Co by a legendary European manufacturer. Using World War II era techniques the renowned "Famous X" is baked directly onto the cup ensuring a smooth, long-lasting, and seamless finish. But what truly distinguishes our cups is that the rim and the handle —the two spots that get the most abuse— are reinforced with a double dipping of enamel, making this the most steadfast cup in the land.

19. The Level Collective Gear Sweatshirt
This jumper serves as a check list for your next adventure. Ethically made in India and hand screen printed in Sheffield.

20. A Stay at Gladstone's Library Sleeping with the Books
This is a stay with a difference. Gladstone's Library is the UK's only residential library. Book in and make full use of the peaceful setting and grounds to plan that new side-project, or simply enjoy the collection of almost 150,000 printed items that the library has to offer.
Rooms from £65 

21. Golden Bear Belts Leather Key Shackle
Designed for your belt loop, and surf inspired with anchor and star embossing. This is a hard wearing key shackle, hand made with love in Devon.

22. Old Faithful Makers' Balm (Hand Balm)
We discovered this amazing balm at The Good Life Experience. Originally made for ceramicists whose hands dry out while working, the Balm contains Shea Butter which moisturises and protects while the Calendula acts as anti-inflammatory for dry, chapped skin. As Old Faithful says, your hands are the greatest tools you will ever own, and with scents of Vetiver, Patchouli and woody Elemi, this is the stuff to look after them with.

23. Stance Socks
Seriously good socks for outdoor adventures.

24. This Island of Yours by Rough Island Band
We came across The Rough Island band via member James Sills, who will many of you will know as our TGLE choir master. This Island of Yours is an album inspired by the Isles of Scilly. Accompanied by a beautiful 50 page booklet of the photos, sketches, poems and stories from fans that inspired the album. 

25. Rough Trade Album Club 6 Month Membership
Each month, your chosen recipient will receive a surprise package of legendary record shop Rough Trade's hand selected Album of The Month direct to their door. As well as access to Priority Pre-ordering, which allows members to pre-order the best and most exclusive limited edition products before anyone else. Includes free-entry to regular Members-Only Events as well as lots of awesome giveaways.
CD £71.94  Vinyl £131.94

26. Choose Love Shop for Refugees
Every single purchase you make goes towards a similar item for a refugee, delivered via one of the 80+ projects Help Refugees work with across the world.
From £3

27. Shackleton Signature Jumper
Directly inspired by a jumper worn by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men on their expedition in the Antarctic. 100% British lambswool heavy knit sweater, and a faithful reproduction of the famous explorer's favourite and dependable original. The inner label carries our most revered of Shackleton’s words: ‘It is in our nature to go out into the unknown.’

28. Spry Classic Boiler Suit
A re-working of a vintage mechanic's overall, made from traditional navy blue cotton twill, cut to flatter and protect as you go about your business. Several members of Team TGLE have these boiler suits and can testify to just how hard working they are.

29. Albam Marl Sock in Orange
New year, new socks, and this is a great pair.

30. Peggy + Kate Pack of 6 Christmas Cards
Not strictly a present, but they accompany a present extremely well. Each card was originally hand illustrated with watercolour and gouache by our friend Kate Cronk. She also makes the very best wrapping paper.

31. The Pedlars Guide to The Great Outdoors
This is Charlie and Caroline Gladstone's -Pedlars and The Good Life Experience festival founders- first book, published by Random House. It's based on the Gladstone's experience accumulated over 20 years living in The Highlands of Scotland, where they brought up their six children. Build a raft, swing an axe, cook on a campfire, tickle a trout. Everything you and your family need to know how to make the best of The Great Outdoors. 

32. Netherton Foundry Cast Iron Oven Casserole
Pre-seasoned and ready for casseroles and stews, crumbles and puddings. Made in Shropshire.

33. Ant Oram Fast Good Cheap: Pick Two - Screen Print Edition 4
A hand pulled 1 colour screen print by our friend Ant Oram. When making decisions, this is a good rule to live by. And it's on sale, bonus.

34. Single Malt Teapot Iroko Tea Scoop
Hand carved from beautiful African hardwood by Vic Phillips, who will be back on our Makers' Row next year with his hugely popular spoon carving workshops.

35.  Michael May 6" Bowie Knife
A think of absolute beauty and an excellent companion for wild adventures in 2018. 6" o1 steel blade. Stag crown handle. Nickel silver guard.

36. Alfie's Studio Glasshouse Terranium
We love this collaboration A collaboration between Alfie's Studio (design) and The Glass Gardener (made), and Nicole is on hand to help you choose what will best grow in it, and how to care for your plants. Her website is a go-to for budding green fingers (all the clichés, sorry).

37.  Baby It's Cold Outside by Cerys Matthews
Every. Single. Christmas. It's our tradition. Cerys' unique and infectious take on traditional Christmas carols. Played on a wild assortment of acoustic instruments including coconut shells, boomwhacker, Chinese temple blocks and harmonium. Includes -of course- perennial winter favourite sung with Tom Jones “Baby its Cold Outside”.

38. Moel Famau by David Setter
One of our favourite places. This line drawing of the mighty Moel Famau is digitally rendered and printed directly onto wood panel. Ready to go straight on the wall!

39. The Welsh Girl Blanche Tapestry Cushion
A handmade, limited edition 18" cushion woven on traditional looms in Wales. Only a very small number of cushions are made from each colour way, and no two colours are ever repeated. We love it.

40. Craeft: How Traditional Crafts Are about More than Just Making by Alex Langlands
Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm, Langlands resurrects the ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour-and passionately defends the renewed importance of cræft today. We are excited to welcome Alex to speak at The Good Life Experience in 2018.

41. Rural Kind Roll Top Rucksack
Rugged enough for the hills, good looking enough for the city. Fit's a 17" laptop. Handmade from heavyweight waxed canvas and oak bark tanned leather. Takes 2-3 weeks as they are made to order so if you know someone who would love this, jump on it!

42. LCD Soundsystem - 45.33
The LCD Soundsystem piece of music commissioned by Nike to accompany a workout. It never gets boring and constantly builds and builds into an all out punk funk attack. genius.
CD £5.99 

43. Pendleton Camp Blanket
A modern icon. Pendleton blankets are soft and durable. A campfire investment. The stripes on this one were inspired by the ombre blankets cowboys carried on their saddles, to unroll when they made camp after long days of riding the range. Comes with a leather carrier.

44. Carneval: A Celebration of Meat Cookery in 100 Stunning Recipes by Harry Eastwood
Packed full of delicious, satisfying recipes and loads of meat wisdom, Carneval promises to give you a better understanding of how to source, cook and appreciate the meat that you eat. Harry Eastwood encourages you to honour the whole animal and eat meat with joy and moderation. 

45. Mr Bingo's The Problem With Life Print
We get this.

46. Break Fluid Three Month Coffee Subscription
The gift that keep giving, 3 month coffee subscription delivered directly to the door of the person you love (who in turn loves coffee- for 3 months.

47. Middle of Nowhere Patch Pack
Four sew on patches in a handy patch bag and a selection of vinyl stickers. You are welcome Father Christmas.


48. Idler Harmonica for Beginners Kit
The Idler Academy has assembled the perfect kit for the novice harmonica player. It includes a classic diatonic Hohner harmonica in the key of C (RRP £35), an online Harmonica for Beginners course with Ed Hopwood, the Idler Academy’s harmonica tutor, with over two hours worth of video lessons (RRP £48), an Idler Academy exercise book for writing out notes, chords and ideas and an Idler badge and bookmark.

49. Hepple Gin
Hepple Gin uses an innovative three-level process for extracting botanical flavours. The heavier ones are distilled with the grain, lighter examples are vacuum distilled, and juniper flavour is extracted using carbon dioxide. Vibrant, intense and full of citrus and juniper flavour. Made by our friend, chef Valentine Warner.

50. The Modern Cook's Year by Anna Jones
Divided into six seasons, Anna Jones’s latest brilliant book contains over 250 delicious vegetarian recipes interspersed with tips on everything from seasonal music playlists to flowers to look out for in each month of the year.

51. Trakke Foulden Packing Cubes
Pack like a pro. We think these packing cubes are so good. Great for keeping clothes and accessories together, compact and organised.  The large size fits a pile of folded clothes neat and tidy, while medium and small sizes are great for pants and socks. And they can be monogrammed too.

52. Bah! Humbug!: Every Christmas Needs a Little Scrooge by Michael Rosen
A retelling of a Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of “A Christmas Carol”, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart? 

53. Elementum Journal Ed. 3 - Roots
HIGHLY recommended by Jeff at Caught by the River, expert in all things nature writing.

54. Base Camp Kelly Kettle
Forget gas burners , there is nothing quite like keeping the little fire stoked inside and the smell of wood smoke to join your sunrise view to make the perfect morning when camping.

55. The Art of the Larder: Good Food from Your Storecupboard, Every Day by Claire Thomson
In The Art of the Larder TGLE campfire chef Claire Thomson -AKA 5 O'Clock Apron- presents 150 dishes that offer everyday meal solutions, all with storecupboard basics at their heart. An organized, methodical and economical kitchen cupboard can be life-changing. Knowing that you can always have a simple, healthy, delicious meal at your fingertips will revolutionise the way you cook and shop. It is a vital cookbook in every kitchen.

56. Farmers' Hand Cream
Inspired by the labours of Welsh hill farmers, this cream is great for farmers, and for everyone else too. Made with Welsh-grown lavender.


57. Forager's Gin - Yellow Label
Starting with soft juniper tones, Foragers gently takes you to fresh, semi-sweetness of apple and elderberry, before giving way to incredible, subtle, unmistakable floral notes from gorse and heather flowers. This truly is an authentic expression of Snowdonia.

58. Home Cook: Over 300 delicious fuss-free recipes by Thomasina Miers
Thomasina Miers, founder of Wahaca, Guardian weekend cook and three times TGLE campfire chef has collected her most-loved recipes; recipes that she has fed her friends and family at her always busy kitchen table, recipes made up of family classics or food inspired by her travels and her favourite food-writers and chefs. And she has made these gorgeous recipes achievable, time-friendly and fuss-free.

59. My Old Man: Tales of My Father by Ted Kessler
No two paternal relationships are the same. Every experience, every bond, is unique. And whether happy or sad, fond or fraught, the memories and stories we have about our dads stay with us for ever. n this carefully curated collection, a dazzling list of contributors - including Florence Welch, Paul Weller, Nina Stibbe and the sons and daughters of Ian Dury, Johnny Ball, Roy Castle, Leonard Cohen and many others - open up, some for the first time, about their paternal experiences. Ted's talk with Frank Cottrell-Boyce on the Caught by the River stage at TGLE 2017 was a festival highlight with laughter and tears.

60. Erskine Rose Scented Candles
Hand-poured in the UK and delicious smelling. The neon lids and packaging are all handmade, embossed and painted in the Erskine Rose studio. And a solid 50 hour burn time.

61. Gail Bryson Hand Printed Tea Towels
Natural linen, highly absorbent tea-towel, hand-printed in London. Made with good quality 100% linen from Lithuania.
From £10

62. Kansas Smitty's House Band - Kansas Smitty's 12" LP
Kansas Smitty’s, the self-titled debut album from South and East London  musicians Kansas Smitty’s House Band, represents the culmination of the first two years of non-stop gigs onLondon’s underground music scene.  Between sessions and shows at their place, a sweaty weekly party in an old railway arch in Bethnal Green, and monthly shows at Ronnie Scott’s, the Band composed the original jazz music to create an album that’s an instant classic. This embodiment of the Band’s original approach appeals not only to jazz fans, but to a genre-blind audience who can relate to the accessible way in which these young virtuosos perform their unique material.

63. Plant Dyed, Hand Spun Yarn, Naturally Dyed Yarn, Hand Spun Yarn, DK weight yarn, Welsh Wool
For the crafter in your life. Suitable for Crewel, Crochet, Knitting, Rug making, Weaving & tapestry>

64. Future Islands - The Far Fields
This album has been our office soundtrack since it came out in April. We waited patiently for the follow up to Future Islands' critically acclaimed Singles, and it was worth the wait. If you ever get the chance to see them live, grab it with both hands, the dancing is unsurpassed. And the music is not at all bad either. Blondie’s Debbie Harry makes a guest appearance on The Far Field, in a duet with Herring on penultimate track Shadows, a particular favourite.
CD £10.99



A weekend of discovery + adventure, music, food, books + the great outdoors