West Berkshire Family Life

west berkshire christmas shopping guide - shop small & local in 2021

Here at West Berkshire Family Life we love supporting small and local businesses, so we have compiled this Christmas shopping guide to give you some inspiration for Christmas gifts! 

We have so much to choose from including jewellery, gift vouchers, stationery, even coding courses – a great idea if you have older children that you’re struggling to buy for.

Please support these fantastic local businesses. Even if you don’t buy anything, go and check out their social media and give them some love; just a like, a comment or a share can make a big difference!

Discover how your kids can learn to code while doing something they love!

At Code Ninjas, kids learn to code while building video games. They gain vital skills like problem-solving and critical thinking in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Programs include after school, camps, birthday parties, and more!


An exciting learning adventure for tech-loving kids! Have a blast building awesome video games and developing ninja coding skills using JavaScript, Lua, Python, and C#.

  • Kids aged 7-14 can learn to code year round at their own pace
  • Advance from white belt to black belt to mark your achievements
  • 1 or 2 hours per week


Build a foundation of coding and critical problem-solving skills through our fun and completely visual curriculum – no reading required!

  • Kids aged 5-7 learn coding fundamentals through play
  • Visual and tactile learning
  • 1 hour per week


Our camps offer an immersive environment for kids to explore and develop new skills, gain confidence, and have fun with friends. From coding and game building, to STEM and robotics – it’s an unforgettable experience!

  • Create your own games and assets in Minecraft and Roblox
  • Learn how to Become a Youtuber and create your own fan-site
  • Make movies using stop motion animation
  • And so much more!

We offer free 30 minute taster sessions every Saturday afternoon, book online via our facebook page, over the phone, or in the Dojo located at 125 London Road, Newbury.

Invest in your child’s future and unlock their full potential through coding today!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CodeNinjasNewbury

Website: https://www.codeninjas.co.uk/newbury-brk-uk

Sandra Mcardle Jewellery

I am a silversmith and I work in silver and gold to create pieces of jewellery or gifts that bring joy. I have a range of ready to wear jewellery but I also work with individuals to design and make commissions that ‘make the concept a precious reality.’



Instagram: sandramcardlejewellery 

Facebook: Sandra McArdle Jewellery

Little Peanut Creations

Little Peanut Creations is a local small business based in West Berkshire, selling handmade and personalised gifts and keepsakes. 

These products include Personalised Christmas Eve Boxes and Christmas Baubles. The products are bespoke, so whichever design you choose, you can contact Dilly to alter it and make it your own. 

Be sure to visit www.littlepeanutcreations.com to view all of the Christmas products and don’t forget, by being a member of West Berkshire Family Life, you are entitled to 15% off by using the code WBM15 (excludes sale items). Visit our membership page here.

W: www.littlepeanutcreations.com

Facebook: Little Peanut Creations

Instagram: littlepeanutcreations

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling is a pottery painting coffee house located in Newbury town centre. You can purchase ‘to go’ boxes from its website (for delivery or collection) which you paint at home and then drop off for firing, there are some fab Christmas items to paint. Gift cards are also available to purchase.

W: www.theuglyducklingpottery.co.uk

Facebook: The Ugly Duckling

Instagram: theuglyducklingpottery

West Berkshire Family Life members can enjoy a free drink at The Ugly Duckling when you or your child go for a painting session (valid Mon-Fri only). Sign up for your FREE membership card here.

Pop Up Play Village Thatcham & Newbury

Pop Up Play Village provides role play mini kits for hire and has gift vouchers available which can be used towards the purchase of these kits.

W: www.popupplayvillage.co.uk

Facebook: Pop Up Play Village – Thatcham and Newbury

Instagram: popupplayvillagenewbury

As a WBFL member, you can enjoy a 10% discount on play sessions and parties with Pop Up Play Village Newbury & Thatcham. Visit our membership page for details.

Paper Journaler

Journals, notebooks and stationery, designed and painted in Newbury. Black Friday sale runs until Sunday 28 November 2021!


Secrets from the Shires

Give someone the magic of an indulgent quiet moment this Christmas with handpicked gift boxes sourced locally from small businesses in the Shires. Whether you choose liqueurs or tea, chocolate or Christmas pudding, a book or a pamper box, send that special someone your best wishes this Christmas.



Magpie and the Mob

At Magpie and the Mob we advocate for makers and making; scouting out the most exciting and unique products to bring more joy to the lives of you and your loved ones. All our products are hand picked for being independently crafted and high quality. You can shop on our website or come and visit us at the Newbury Artisan Market and Shaw House Christmas fair! 

Currently on our website we have gift guides for every budget and you can also book onto our Wire Christmas Decoration workshop! 


Instagram @magpieandthemob


Parker-Wilson Photography

Parker-Wilson Photography specialises in family, childhood, newborn, and a ‘day in the life’ photography. I work with my clients in a relaxed and natural way and capture authentic moments for you to cherish forever. Vouchers for one of my photography packages are a perfect gift for a loved one and will be a gift that will always be treasured. 

Please see my website, www.parker-wilsonphotography.com for more information, my portfolio & package options, and to contact me. 

Follow me on Instagram @parkerwilsonphotography

and on 

Facebook @Parker-Wilson Photography.

The Ginger Collective Family Photography

Give the gift of memories this year, with a gift voucher from The Ginger Collective. As a photographer, Rebecca specialises in capturing the magic of childhood, committing your children’s memories to film which can be passed down to the next generation. 

Vouchers come beautifully presented, and really are the gift that will be cherished forever

Head to www.thegingercollective.co.uk or contact Rebecca on thegingercoll@gmail.com.

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