Many of us are guilty of choosing convenience rather supporting local independents as it is so easy to just sit on our sofas, scroll through the internet and simply click “Buy Now”. This is especially true at Christmas time, when venturing out to hunt down that perfect unique gift takes a backseat to opening the chocolates and enjoying the warmth of the indoors. However, now more than ever due to the current pandemic, independent businesses need our support, and here’s how to do it – even without leaving the comfort of our homes.
Engage on social media – every time you like, comment or share a post on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social network of choice, you’re helping to spread the word.
Recommend, recommend, recommend – found somewhere you love to eat, drink or shop? Tell everyone about it.
Plus, with the big day now less than two weeks away, we thought it would be helpful to share some of our favourite gift must-haves for all those last-minute Christmas presents.
Filled with sentiment and with gifting at its heart, Joma Jewellery combines everlasting style with quality. With a positive approach to everyday life shining through each collection, this jewellery is created to make you smile. Available in Wishes and Kisses, the Joma Jewellery bracelet collection makes for the ideal gift for that special person in your life; whether that’s your mum, auntie, sister, grandma or daughter, you’re sure to find the perfect personalised present starting at just £14.99.
Sustainable children’s clothes
Looking for a Christmas gift for a little’un? Visit MINI MINI and discover its beautiful Organic Zoo collection. Offering a range of 100% organic cotton clothes that are produced in Europe, the manufacturer has a commitment to quality, fair trade and the environment. From gorgeous bonnets and bodysuits, to beautiful dungarees and jerseys, you’ll find enviable children’s clothes in store – prices starting from £22.00.
A picture is worth a thousand words
A click of a camera, a flash of light and a moment is captured forever. Photo Zone can help bring special moments to life as a present. You can select from a wide range of photo gifts or photo print products. Whether you choose a photo mug, notebook, canvas or even an aluminium print, you’ll find something for everyone.
Boho Chic Christmas Gifts
Looking for on-trend, handpicked homewares with a Scandi vibe? Then you’ll instantly fall in love with Liv’s. We must warn you that if you’re heading in-store for gifts for friends and family, then you’ll also likely leave with a number of treats for yourself. From fashion gifts and mugs and coasters, to candles and home fragrance, you’ll be sure to find a beautiful array of gift choices at Liv’s, plus many are less than £15.00.
For the foodies in your life then look no further than Tastes of Britain for the ultimate gift this Christmas. The knowledgeable team at Tastes of Britain can design and provide custom hampers in any size and quantity. Or discover a range of delicious pre-selected hampers available to order in store or online.
If you’re looking for a unique bottle of something or a cheeky alcoholic stocking filler, then a visit to Tastes of Christmas is a must. From Cocktail Lovers Christmas Crackers to gin baubles, you’re not going to want to miss out.
The skate and surf lifestyle
For the loved ones in your life who are looking forward to a costal escape or just prefer a laidback look, then visit The Vines for the perfect Christmas gifts. The Vines is an independent skate and surf lifestyle store, stocking a curated collection of the finest international brands including Polar Skate Co, HUF, Brixton, Magenta, Deus, Levi’s & Stance.
Christmas gifts for her
Many of us will find ourselves asking what we buy for the lady who has everything? Mell Square has a host of gorgeous women’s boutiques, which will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to gifting.
With the best independent, international luxury labels, Katherine Draisey is home to exclusive designs so you’re sure to find something different this season that you won’t find in other boutiques.
Whether you’re looking for casual or occasion pieces, or perhaps some fabulous statement jewellery, then Bridge and its sister store Oska is certainly worth the visit.
The beautiful Le Scarpe is an established designer shoe and accessory boutique in Mell Square. Plus, the store currently has an unbelievable sale on its impressive collection of designer shoes and accessories.
Please note that all items featured are subject to availability. Please see in-store for further details.
Thank you for your continued support. We wish you a very happy Christmas.