The town of Llandeilo, in South West Wales, can be typically described as a present buyer’s dream. With a range of unique shops, visitors can always find a special gift for a loved one. And what better excuse to visit than this Mother’s Day. With Sunday fast approaching, I thought I’d take a little walk around the area and show you the best places to buy presents in the town. If you are local to the area, or know the town, then let me know. I’d love to know which shops you love.
Coffor Bach, literally meaning small chest, is a lovely shop with a huge selection of gifts for all Mums. It’s full of beautiful things to fill your home with and would make an excellent first stop in the town. If you’re looking for something particularly Welsh, then this shop will stock it. There’s a range of traditional Welsh blankets for something really special (I’d buy them all if I could), or, for those of you who don’t want to spend that much, there are also notebooks made from reclaimed blankets. This shop is also where I first discovered Sophie Allport and it’s worth a visit just to buy one of her mugs.
Cuckoo’s Nest, or Nyth y Gwcw, is a cute shop specialising in work from Welsh designers. There’s a wide range of cards and gifts available and the Welsh mugs on sale would make perfect additions to anyone’s kitchen. The shop doesn’t only sell cards and mugs though, but jewellery and children’s toys too. One of the designers featured is Buddug, a Welsh artist hailing from Snowdonia. Her teapot necklace is one I’ve had my eye on for a while.
I can’t imagine shopping in Llandeilo without thinking of Peppercorn. A staple fixture in the town, anyone with an interest in baking or cooking will love it there. The shop, which has been going since 1987, has a large selection of mugs and plates, recipe books and even baking supplies, so if you have a Mum who loves baking, then you’ll find the perfect present here. If you’re feeling extra flush, then there’s also a few kitchenaids for sale. Peppercorn even sells wrapping paper, gift bags and cards, so there’s really no need to go anywhere else.
Mari Thomas Jewellery
Mari Thomas Jewellery is a relatively new addition to the town, having only been in Llandeilo since September 2012. Jewellery designer Mari makes her beautiful pieces in the Llandeilo studio, so they’re as local as possible. The shop not only sells Mari’s work, but also the best of Welsh and international designer jewellers and artists and there’s also an online shop if you can’t get to the shop itself. The designer also makes jewellery to order, so if you’d like something extra special, treat your Mum this Mother’s Day with a piece from Mari Thomas Jewellery.