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Below are some great ideas for gifts with a heritage or Gosport theme.  Don’t forget that you can also get some fantastic gifts at the Gosport Tourist Information Centre!


Hurry only 1 Saturday left to Hover over to The Hovercraft Museum before their Christmas break.

Saturday 12th December

Why not visit their well-stocked shop, for the perfect Christmas gifts for your hovercraft enthusiast friends and family! Books, DVDs, fridge magnets, coasters, clothing, hovercraft Christmas cards and more!
Refreshments are available, including our very popular LUXURY HOT CHOCOLATE with whipped cream, marshmallows and grated milk chocolate!
*They are fully Covid compliant. Please wear face coverings in their undercover areas.

On behalf of Colin M. Baxter, Driftwood Studio

For great artwork and unusual handcrafted gifts…
A professional marine artist, Colin Baxter works mainly in watercolours in a self-taught style. His detailed paintings are the result of many hours of research and knowledge of old working craft. Colin also creates works of art in driftwood and objects found whilst beachcombing, such as harbour quaysides with cottages, pubs and fishing boats.
You can visit Colin at Driftwood Studio, Unit 2a North Meadow, Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, PO12 1BP, Mon-Sat 10-5. Or check out his website

On behalf of the Diving Museum

The Diving Museum Shop have a wide selection of gifts and collectables – from pocket money toys and books for our young visitors to pewter figurines for collectors.
Many of our gifts are exclusive to the museum – tea towels, publications and T-shirts that are made just for you. Spoil a friend (or yourself) with a little treasure from our shop.
The Diving Museum Shop is operated by our parent organisation, the Historical Diving Society via this link

On behalf of The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Where do you buy a Pirate Duck when you need one?
The online shop of The National Museum of the Royal Navy has a whole flock of them!
In fact, they have a wide selection of Christmas Gifts for all ages. You can even shop by location and pick up gift items specific to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport!

On behalf of The Book Shop (Lee)

Celebrating 87 years trading as a book shop and with an eclectic mixture of books, cards, stationery, maps, toys, and gifts in-store, it is easy to see why the shop is popular not just with Lee locals, but with visitors from the larger local area.
Check their website for the full range of books available, including local history and novels

On behalf of Chaplin Books…

Chaplin Books, an independent publishing house in Gosport, specialising in books on social history and film studies. You can buy direct from their website or order them from any UK bookshop or internet retailer.
Here are a few suggestions for local interest titles you might like for Christmas….
See the full range on their website

Posted for Kevin Dewane – A GREAT CHRISTMAS READ or GIFT

If you live in Gosport you will love these books. See how mum, dad, grandma, and grandad saw the 1950’s. Follow a journey with the author, laugh the laughs, weep a few tears.
To order either or both books, please email who can advise on payment methods. Last orders for Christmas delivery are 9th December
‘GROWING UP IN LEESLAND ROAD’ £9.99 plus 3.00 p/p to the UK
‘DID YOU SEE THE ELEPHANTS’ £10.99 plus 3.00 p/p to the UK
Happy Christmas to All
Local History First Hand

Posted for Martin Ryan

For the Creatives of Gosport past…
This collection is available as an ebook or paperback features over 50 poems including GOSPORT BLUE.

On behalf of Neil Marshall

Local artist, Neil Marshall, loves to paint local heritage scenes, with incredible detail and precision. Here are his latest works.

You can view his full range and buy prints at…

On behalf of The D-Day Fellowship

Pick up a DVD of D-Day Veteran Memoirs by our local 100 year-old Ron Cross.
On Sale Saturday 12th & 19th December 2020 at Gosport Market
Local veteran Ron Cross celebrated his 100th Birthday in June and to mark the occasion he recorded his D-Day memoirs.
The DVD recording is on sale at £5.00.
All proceeds from the sale of the DVD are going to Gosport D-Day Fellowships fundraiser for a permanent memorial at Stokes Bay.

You can also pick up a copy from Gosport Tourist Information Centre (Mon-Sat 10-4).