Our Aim... To bring traditional values of customer service and care to the modern shopping experience, with a wide variety of quality products at sensible prices.
We are an independent gift shop set next to the water in the beautiful surroundings of Oulton Broad, one village that makes up part of Lowestoft in Suffolk - the most easterly place in the UK. Oulton Broad is the most southerly of the broads in the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads National Park network - and is in fact the only one of the Norfolk Broads that is not in Norfolk.
Oulton Broad has become world-famous for the powerboat racing held on it throughout the summer, including hosting the British championship. Oulton Broad also offers excellent sailing opportunities for both novice and experienced sailors - with the wind is so variable, and conditions that change in an instant, it is often said that if you can sail on Oulton Broad you can sail anywhere in the world!
Did you know? - The world's first working hovercraft model was tried and tested at Oulton Broad in 1956. Sir Christopher Cockerell had the idea - using a cat food tin inside a coffee tin in a bucket, powered by a vacuum cleaner! Then with a boat-building friend he made a working model to be tested on the Broads. This was around the same time as The Gift Shop began its humble beginnings offering novels and postcards to the new tourist trade that started to appear on the Broads.
The Gift Shop has had its place in Oulton Broad for nearly 60 years and during that time has changed a bit! The newest chapter in its history opened in December 2009 when Andrew, who had previously worked at the shop for nearly 10 years, and had been the manager for the last five of those, took over ownership of the business.
We are pleased to have launched this new website in 2009 to showcase the diverse selection of gifts, jewellery, collectables, home fragrance and fine figurines that we have to offer.
From classics such as Disney Traditions, Disney Showcase and Lilliput Lane to contemporary designs like Willow Tree, More Than Words, Pets With Personality / Little Paws and Dr Who we have it all. Our gift selection ranges from chinaware and souvenirs to items for the home. From photo frames and vases to shabby chic bathroom accessories and WoodWick, Kringle and Heart & Home candles. From perfume bottles to trinket boxes and so much more. Our range of glazed ceramic art tiles are very popular, with a wide variety of designs they brighten up any area of the home, and make a lovely modern alternative to framed pictures. We have great gifts ideas including our ranges of boats, dragons and wind chimes. We have mugs, coasters, pens, magnets… the list goes on!
Where possible we include items from local artists and work closely with Suffolk Artist Suzanne Minshaw to create a range of seaside and countryside nostalgic art plaques.
We also stock a wide range of greetings cards covering all varieties, styles and prices - along with lots of gift wrap and gift bags. In addition we have our gift wrapping service that is available both in store and on this website.
2009 saw the launch of our new jewellery collections, including the "Pure" by Coppercraft magnetic Hematite range and a fabulous selection of boxed necklace and earring sets, including several Birthstone collections. Along with the gorgeous Byzantium Collection all made from genuine Swarovski Crystal elements. We are constantly updating the jewellery selection to follow fashion trends.
We are also specialists in Florence Figurines from Italy. We are the largest independent retailer for Florence sculture d'arte in the UK and always strive to provide that extra special service for our customers. Sadly now out of production we are working hard to keep Florence items in stock so you can continue to enjoy the beauty of these stunning sculptures for as long as we can.
We also offer a wide variety of personalised gifts available with fast delivery - perfect for that special gift. Browse and buy online for your specially personalised gifts which are usually delivered in just a few days.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.
Here are a few photos of our shop... our displays are constantly changing with our varying product ranges so be sure to come and visit us soon!
Take a look at our sister site www.CleanTheAir.co.uk for a fantastic range of air purification systems. Specialising in the Goodsphere, PureAire and Boles d'olor Air Purifiers and Essences, along with Ashleigh & Burwood Fragrance Lamps and Lamp Oils, plus Amora Scent Hubs to clean and fragrance the air in your home and office.