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Vixendale Gifts

Vixendale Gifts is a unique shop selling entirely British-made gifts, all with an animal or countryside theme.

We source our gifts from small companies & individual designers/creators to ensure that what we offer is unusual and very special. We do not stock mass-produced goods and you will be certain to find a really special gift, many of which you will not have seen before. We regularly buy from new companies and individuals so our stock changes throughout the year.

Our main product categories include sculptures, cushions, kitchen textiles, stationery & cards, prints, tableware, jewellery and decorative items. We also have a small selection of local-themed gifts depicting Thirsk, Yorkshire & the surrounding countryside. We can often source particular items for you with a little notice – please contact us for more details.

We have a shop in the beautiful market town of Thirsk, home of James Herriot and the television series The Yorkshire Vet. Our online shop is

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Vixendale Gifts Fox brooch
Fox brooch


A unique & unusual wooden brooch created from an original patchwork image of a Fox. Measures 52 x 34mm. Comes in a plain card box with a foam cushion and display band around it.  

Vixendale Gifts Puffin greetings card
Puffin greetings card


A fun puffin card, blank inside for your own message.The cards and envelopes are made using recycled materials and the cellophane covering is fully biodegradable. Measures 140 x 140mm. Blank inside.  

Vixendale Gifts Wren Suncatcher
Wren Suncatcher


Made in Pickering, these gorgeous decorations are perfect situated in a window where the sun will enhance the beautiful colours of the glass.  Approx. 100 mm high.

Vixendale Gifts Hedgehog Tea Towel
Hedgehog Tea Towel


A beautiful tea towel featuring a painting by Yorkshire artist Robert Fuller. High quality, 100% cotton.

Vixendale Gifts Perkins and Morley Range – Squirrel Canvas
Perkins and Morley Range – Squirrel Canvas


Squirrel Canvas.  A gorgeous canvas picture depicting a fun Red Squirrel image from Perkins and Morley. 300mm square.

Vixendale Gifts Cat gift wrap
Cat gift wrap


Gift wrap featuring black & white repeat images of cats. 2 sheets & 2 tags per pack. Each sheet measures 50 x 70 cm.

Vixendale Gifts ‘At the stables’ wooden sign
‘At the stables’ wooden sign


A wooden sign with jute hanger. Measuring 174 x 68 mm.

Vixendale Gifts Dachshund ceramic heart
Dachshund ceramic heart


A gorgeous ceramic heart, featuring an image of a Dachshund. Has a champagne-coloured hanging ribbon with a charm-style bead. Comes in a cardboard gift box with a card to write a message on & information about the product on the reverse.

Vixendale Gifts Lamb Cushion
Lamb Cushion


A cute little lamb design on a suede-feel cushion cover, includes a plump fibre filled cushion. Size 40cm square.

Vixendale Gifts Goldfinch compact mirror
Goldfinch compact mirror


A beautiful circular compact mirror depicting an image of a goldfinch by Yorkshire Wolds wildlife artist Robert Fuller. Comes in a black card box with an information card . Mirror measures 60mm across.

Vixendale Gifts Pheasant Oak Cheese Board
Pheasant Oak Cheese Board


A  beautiful board created by hand in Scotland from naturally fallen oak wood. Perfect for cheese display board or use the plain side for everyday chopping. Each board is unique. Naturally antibacterial.

Vixendale Gifts Peony Rose Beefayre Soap
Peony Rose Beefayre Soap


A rich, triple-milled organic soap bar from Beefayre. This company donates a percentage of their sales to bee conservation and their products are free from parabens, as well as being cruelty-free.100g  

Shop Owner

The Face Behind The Business

Cath Richardson

Hello. My name is Cath & I live in North Yorkshire with my husband & 2 cats.I have always had a love of animals & the countryside & trained in Recreational Land Management. After leaving college I worked in the  gift departments of a few garden centres,  including running the gift department of the flagship branch of Squires in Twickenham. After moving north & working in another garden centre I became disillusioned with the quality of foreign gifts we were selling, which were largely seen in many other gift shops. I decided to combine my love of animals with supporting companies & individuals creating British-made gifts, so opened my own gift business. I started trading from a small space within a shop in Ripon, which is a home for lots of independent businesses. After 2 years I was ready to take on my first premises and found a lovely little shop in Thirsk. It is an ideal fit for my products, being the historical home to James Heriott and now The Yorkshire Vet television series. I have recently opened an ecommerce store & look forward to selling my gifts around the country.

You can read more about Cath and her wonderful shop Vixendale in my Our Independent Shops interview.

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