These were the gifts people bought for friends they hadn't seen for more than a year

`It's a present' was the phrase we heard most often last Saturday, as visitors to Stroud Farmers' Market were on the hunt for a gift to give to friends and family they were seeing for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Soaps, bath soaks and scented candles all made the reusable shopping bags, including several bars of dog soap for furry members of the family.

What makes them such great gifts?

For a start, College Green soaps are wrapped in artisan Cambridge Imprint block printed paper. There's no need for further wrapping (which would cover up the lovely designs), they are ideal for easy giving.

Our aromatherapy bath soaks make a thoughtful gift to help a party host unwind after a house or garden full of visitors - especially when we're all out of practice.

And a College Green scented candle makes a fabulous host(ess) gift - either to create a subtle scent in a room as guests arrive, or to set a relaxing bathroom scene once guests have left (entertaining's exhausting, right?)

Top of the farmers' market gift charts for May were:

  • Soap - our best selling soap once again was Rose Geranium.
  • Bath soak - Happy 
  • Candle - Bluebell
  • Gift set -  Lavender & Patchouli natural soap with Sleep Easy bath soak. 

Our next market will be on Saturday 26 June - will there be more gift buying we wonder?