Our guide to Christmas shopping

With Christmas Day just around the corner, now is the time to be thinking of doing your Christmas shopping. Lucky for us, we’ve got plenty of local gift shops selling all types of goodies, which means we don’t have to go and fight the Christmas crowds! Here’s our guide to some of the best shops in the area. 
These are just a couple of suggestions, so if you have any other ideas of businesses you think deserve to be included in the list, let us know in the comments section below!
For craft-lovers:
Erwood Station Craft Centre and Gallery

Erwood Station Craft Centre and Gallery

Newbridge on Wye Pottery festival

This coming weekend, Newbridge on Wye will host a large array of stalls selling a huge variety of different hand-crafted ceramics and pottery. If you know of someone that’d appreciate a more hands-on experience, surprise them by booking them onto a Throwing Day Course in February or March 2014.
A small, family-run lavender farm and shop just outside Rhayader. Treat a loved one to anything from a fresh bunch of lavender to lavender filled organza bags, heart bags, mist spray and soaps. There are also delicious edible options such as lavender and vanilla fudge and lavender butter short biscuits.
Pay a visit to the old railway station to pick up authentic Welsh artisan crafts – everything from chopping and cheeses boards to Welsh Lavender skin products and Elwyn Hughes Welsh love spoons. They now support over 100 talented artists and crafts people, so show them your support this Christmas.
This is a fantastic social enterprise helping provide employment and volunteering opportunities within the local economy. They stock all sorts of gifts and goodies, from Welsh organic herbal teas to local designed and individually hand crafted wooden toys and ornaments. Also pick up your Christmas cards before the big day.
Located in the beautiful market town of Llanybydder, the team are constantly changing stock of over a thousand quilts and blankets mostly made between 1820 and 1939. Come and pick out anything from collector quilts and patchworks to blankets, tapestries, shawls and bear looms. Also on sale are a selection of books and DVDs.
For the foodies:
Sarah Bunton is an artisan chocolatier based at Devils Bridge. Having been established four years ago, they have already won a trio of prestigious Great Taste Awards as well as a coveted Gold and Silver True Taste awards. Given the choice, we’d opt for the £55 large casket (55 handmade chocolates and a luxury artisan bar).
Pronounced da-vee-lay (Gaelic for two thousand), this micro-distillery was founded by organic farmer John Savage-Onstwedder. The whisky is made with 100% organic barley, yeast and pure water and is certified by the Soil Association. The seaweed gin is made from organic grains and local laver.
The famous producers of several award-winning cheeses using only the finest, locally sourced unpasteurised milk. Pick between the creamy Teifi Original, the Caerphilly-style Celtic Promise or the delicious Teifi Blue.