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Plenty of places to find that gift

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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The hardest part of shopping for gifts and stocking fillers in Mid-Somerset is deciding where to look first. With such a diverse mix of shops, stores and independent boutiques you can find something for everyone, with every village, town and city offering something a little different from the last.

This beautiful rural town is an unlikely fashion mecca with a huge variety of small and exclusive boutiques boasting everything from budget sportswear to high Italian fashion.

The fashion quarter at Kilver Court is particularly popular with shoppers, with designer brands such as Jack Wills and Hawick Cashmere. There's also a major retail park in the centre of town whre you can find the likes of Argos, Tesco and Sports Direct.

Meanwhile the high street is always buzzing and there's a major department store in Haskins.

Wells has one of the busiest and most prosperous high streets in the south west where you can find ladies and men's fashion, gadgets, sports equipment and all the wild and wacky gifts you'll need to fill the children's stockings.

There's also an abundance of arts and crafts shops selling handmade jewellery, high-quality fabrics, pottery and specialist books.

And those in search of stocking up on tasty treats or a quick bite to eat will not be disappointed either, with Queen's Street boasting some particularly delicious food and drink.

This charming village is a pleasure to stroll around at any time of the year but particularly at Christmas. As well as the shops and businesses in the village centre be sure to explore the Lower Gorge and Tweentown.

Cheddar should be your first point of call for locally sourced produce, where you'll find the brilliant Somerset Farmer's Markets offering up gorgeous local ales, cheeses, fruit, veg, chocolate and even Cheddar's own spring water, extracted from within the Mendip cave network.

As well as the traditional mix of brand names and local business, Glastonbury boasts an array of unique and quirky independents for those looking for something a little bit different this Christmas.

Wonder through the streets and you will find a wonderful mix of shops selling bespoke furniture, books, charms, crystals and clothing, not to mention a range of therapists, clinics and individuals specialising in spirituality.

As well as an intriguing combination of boutiques providing a wide choice of accessories, clothing, toys and crafts, Street has some fantastic health and beauty businesses for those wishing to look and feel at their best this Christmas. With plenty of independent cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around, Street offers a lovely relaxed shopping experience.

You can't talk about shopping in Mid-somerset without mentioning Clarks Village, pictured right. With 1,400 parking spaces and 12 coach bays the shopping outlet serves not only Street but much of the surrounding area and beyond, with a multitude of stores offering a fantastic range of designer labels and famous brands, often at discount prices.

If you're looking to find all your presents in one place then a day out at Clarks Village could be just the ticket.

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