2023 Christmas gift ideas from the Swindells’ family
December is here, and that means the annual racking of brains for present ideas. Each year we compile a few thoughts on potential gifts for your loved ones from within our own family of clients. We hope they spark your imagination…
Brighton Gin are veterans in the craft gin distillery game. Kathy and her team have been awarded over 20 regional, national, and international awards. Try their Pavilion Strength gin or if you’re feeling like something a little stronger…perhaps the Navy Strength is the best pick for a present this year.
Noble Jacks - New Album on Vinyl
Nominated live act of the year in the 2023 UK Americana Awards and hailed as the finest purveyors of folk-influenced Americana, look out as Noble Jacks bring the liveliest show around, a raucous fiddle-driven thrill ride, to the stage! And now you can own their new album on vinyl...
Since 2012, Espresso Solutions have been supplying the cafés, roasters, baristas and coffee professionals with the tools they need to stay on top of their game. From coffee machine parts to cafe supplies, water treatment to barista tools and beyond, they’ve got it covered.
Lewes based Gifted Turtles specialises in personalised wall art, they also have a myriad of other gift options from cushions, mugs t-shirts and ‘print at home’ art for those last minute stocking fillers.
Agaso Equestrian Apparel
For the wild-at-heart equestrian in your life. Agaso is a Sussex based Equestrian apparel brand specialising in breeches. Every detail of their designs has been adjusted and tested to ensure the ultimate in comfort. They have been created from over 40 years of expertise in rider training at the top level. Their new fleece lined winter breeches are ideal for the colder weather and the Denim range has to be checked out...
Davenport Organic Vineyards
In 1991 Will Davenport planted 5 acres of vines at Horsmonden in Kent, while simultaneously working for a Hampshire vineyard and, unintentionally, this became the beginning of a life-long business as a wine producer.
‘We believe that the route to making the best wines is to work with nature and this has to begin with organic grapes…’
Davenport wine can be ordered directly from the website…perfect for Christmas day.
If you’re looking for a cosy place to rest this winter and indeed for a long time after…how about taking a trip to Sussex Beds…
Sussex Beds is a family based business. Originally started by founders John and Sandra Pickering in 1981, Sussex Beds continues to thrive and grow. Now run by John and Sandra's children and grandchildren along with other family members.
Alder Lake Farm
Perhaps you're looking for a more active gift? Alder Lake Farm have an indoor riding arena for hire and you can also buy vouchers for your friends and family. There are show jumping dates, clinics and numerous events that you can book, check their website for details.
PP Estates garden machinery
Looking for a gift for the aspiring horticulturalist? Or does a loved one just enjoy blowing leaves around? PP Estates are Uckfield’s independent garden machinery specialists. The discerning gardener is offered far more than just lawnmowers, the showroom is stocked with a tool for nearly every job you can think of in the garden…present problem solved.
Piltdown Golf club
Piltdown welcomes visitors and members and would be an ideal present for the golfer or walker in your life…get in touch with the Pro Shop to check availability or head in to find a range of golf paraphernalia to bolster your stocking fillers.
The Bit Boutique - For the equestrian in your life
'The formation of the Bit Boutique has been a labour of love for me as an Equine Dentist. Bitting has changed exponentially in the last few years with the design and manufacture of bits becoming more focused on the comfort of the horse and reducing overall pressure put on the horse in order to achieve a higher level of communication between horse and rider, which in turn achieves a higher level of training and finesse in your chosen discipline'
Bell Palmer - Equine Dentist
A local meal out…
Not into material gifts? The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without over-indulging in food, drink and general merriment. Check out the atmosphere and events at The Highlands in Ridgewood, the Cock at Ringmer and the Heathfield Tavern for a local festive night out.
Push the boat out…
We also have a few options for those loved ones that have been extra good this year in 2021 and are deserving of a more substantial gift…
Exceptional pre-owned Porsches for sale in Sussex, one of our more expensive suggestions and it probably won't fit in a stocking, but take a look at their stock and perhaps book a test drive...
Heart of the South Racing
Now we know a horse won’t fit in a stocking……however, owning a racehorse is a hobby in everyone’s grasp thanks to racing syndicates and is more accessible and affordable than ever before. Heart of the South Racing offers an honest service that takes all the effort out of owning a racehorse and make it a social thing, where owners can get to know each other at the races and at social events…but a remember a horse is not just for Christmas…
Merry Christmas from everyone here at Swindells…we hope these ideas spark your imagination.
Changes to UK company law: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023
New changes to UK company law are being brought in by virtue of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (“ECCTA”). The aim of these changes is to tackle economic crime and improve transparency. Companies House has stated that its fees will increase to reflect its new functions and powers under the ECCTA. The measures are being brought in at different stages and dates.
Double cab pick ups to be classed as cars from 1 July 2024
For the last twenty years, private individuals have been able to run pick ups as company cars and pay significantly less tax on the benefit in kind, than if they were a regular saloon, hatchback or SUV. However, in note EIM23151 released on 12 February 2024, HMRC signalled its intention to rescind the tax break on all new pick ups ‘purchased, leased or ordered’ from 1 July 2024.
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