While we’re huge advocates for shopping independent at the best of times, after the impact the pandemic has had on small businesses in particular – there’s no better time than the present to show our support for local shops in and around Manchester. From handcrafted pottery, to fantastic artmakers, here’s our guide to some of the best independent shops and online businesses based in Manchester to get your shopping from this year.
Known for their quirky homeware and gifts, Oklahoma is a charming little spot in the Northern Quarter with a little something to suit all budgets. From bright furnishings to nik naks emblazoned with pop culture references, this little shop can keep you browsing for ages. Oklahoma, 74-76 High St, M4 1ES.
2. Love Raw
Founded in Manchester, LoveRaw is the perfect gift for those on a vegan diet or living with intolerances, promising to be a ‘game-changer’ for anyone who can’t have the regular milk kind. The recipe has been perfectly crafted by husband and wife duo Rimi and Manav – and tastes just like proper chocolate. A gift any milk-free recipient will be grateful for this year! Shop here.
3. Glass House/Nice Things
Got a plant enthusiast in the family? Glass House not only has hundreds of beautiful plants, but it’s a lovely shopping experience, too, thanks to its pretty in pink décor. Pick up gorgeous potted plants, pampas grasses and lovely pots. You’ll be spoiled for choice. Shop online or visit Nice Things on Oldham Street.
4. Buzzy Bee Bakery
Baked goods make for a really thoughtful gift for anyone, and if there’s one local baker nailing it at the moment – it’s Buzzy Bee Bakery. Based just outside of Manchester in Cheshire, the sister-run bakery creates gooey cookies, brookies and more – with huge brownie towers on offer which are perfect for celebrations.
5. Feel Good Club
New in town as Manchester’s first mental health and wellbeing cafe, Feel Good Club isn’t just a great place to grab a cuppa – but they also have a small apparel offering, which is feel-good vibes all round. The super cute designs are perfect for putting a smile on anyone’s face, and they’re sure to suit any style, too. Check out the range here.
6. Ancoats Pop Up
A creative pop-up market supporting local independent businesses, shops and creators, Ancoats Pop Up is running its own festive fair in Manchester this year up until the week before Christmas – and it’s the perfect hub for gifts. From gorgeous serving boards and oak furniture, to art pieces and pottery, there’s plenty to choose from – and your purchase is sure to put a smile on the face of a small business.
7. Piccadilly Records
Know a music lover with a vinyl hobby? Piccadilly Records are absolute pros when it comes to all things vinyl, and they have a huge library of records to choose from, too. Pop in for a nostalgic browse, or opt for their new click and collect service where you can pre-order online. Not only will you be lining the pockets of a local instead of Jeff Bezos, but it’s also a great shopping experience for vinyl lovers. Order here or visit them at 53 Oldham St, M1 1JR.
8. Salvi’s Deli
Salvi’s is much-loved here in Manchester for its authentic Italian cuisine, with a number of sites dotted around the city. But for those who love to try their own hand at cooking, their deli is the perfect spot to pick up a few treats. From hampers packed with goodies straight from Italia, to specialist ingredients that you won’t find in Tesco – Salvi’s Deli in the Corn Exchange has everything you need to nail Italian grub at home. Unit 22b, The Corn Exchange, M4 3TR.
Tucked away in the quirky Northern Quarter, Deadstock General Store offers up an array of modern and aesthetically pleasing homeware including serveware, gorgeous plants, candles and more. And not only can you visit the store IRL – but they have a lovely online store, too, meaning you can shop from the comfort of your sofa without popping into town. Visit their website or check them out at 48 Edge St, M4 1HN.
10. Paramount Books
A true gem around the Shudehill area, Paramount Books has been providing the community with books since the 60s, with a ton of second-hand classics to explore (with fantastic covers, may we add). The bookshop also stocks a number of comics, too, so it’s the perfect place to find something for that avid reader in the family. Visit them at 25-27 Shudehill, M4 2AF.
Iconic Afflecks is an absolute treasure cove of treats, housing a number of local independents throughout the historic building. Local artists, designers, foodie makers and more call Afflecks home, making it a pretty fun gift-shopping maze to explore. This Christmas, Afflecks has a festive pop-up indie village brimming with independent shops and is encouraging the people of Manchester to support local. Visit Affleck’s at 52 Church St, M4 1PW.
12. Nordic Muse
A one-stop-shop for homeware, jewellery and gorgeous stationary – Nordic Muse stocks gorgeous Scandi-style décor pieces that would be extra special as a gift for a loved one. Choose from gorgeous kitchenware and stunning vases, or browse through their cute selection of storage baskets and plant pots. Check them out here, or visit the shop at 106 Tib St, M4 1LR.
13. Cocoa Cabana
Trained by iconic chocolatier Slattery, Cocoa Cabana creates beautiful artisan chocolates that can be picked up from either of their cafes or ordered online. The chocolates come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and would be a beautiful surprise for anyone this Christmas. Choose from truffles and chocolate boxes, or opt for something a little more creative. Be sure to grab a hot chocolate there too! Cocoa Cabana, Murray Street, M4 6HS | 168 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, M20 1LH.