Shop local this Christmas.
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. From handcrafted pottery, to fantastic artmakers, here’s our guide to some of the best independent businesses based in Manchester to get your Christmas 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. This Christmas, the uber-cool shop has some incredible stock – including Tiger King baubles, retro-style furniture, and some fab decor pieces that would make perfect Christmas gifts. The shop is open now under tier 3 restrictions, however, you can also shop their curiously curated range from the comfort of your own home here. 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
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 decor. Pick up gorgeous potted plants, pampas grasses and lovely pots. You’ll be spoiled for choice. Shop online or visit them at 74 Princess St, M1 6JD.
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 festive celebrations. Orders yours via Instagram here.
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 shop supporting local businesses and creators, Ancoats Pop Up has its very own online shop – and it’s the perfect hub for gifts. From gorgeous Christmas 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 this festive season. Shop here.
7. Hip Flask Delivery
Hip Flask Delivery is a wonderful idea for any beer lover, combining a number of local brews in one package. The concept supports a number of Manchester-based breweries, including Seven Bro7hers, Shindigger and Beatnikz Republic – with a whole box for just £35 packed full of Manchester-brewed beers. Shop it here.
8. 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.
9. 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 Christmas 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. They even have some fantastic Dolce & Gabbana Christmas tins in this year which are packed with Italian treats. 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 here or check them out at 48 Edge St, M4 1HN.
11. 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. If you do stop by, be sure to check out Ginger’s Comfort Emporium for a little treat. Visit Affleck’s at 52 Church St, M4 1PW.
13. Nordic Muse
A one-stop shop for homeware, jewellery and gorgeous stationary – Nordic Muse stocks gorgeous Scandi-style decor 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 Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, M1 7ED.
14. Vin-yard Manchester
Another resident of shipping container hotspot Hatch, Vin-yard Mcr offers an eclectic mix of wines by the bottle, giving winos the opportunity the try out something a little different to your usual supermarket offering. Their collection offers vegan, organic and natural options – with reds, whites, rosés and sparkling bottles available to order. Check them out at Hatch or shop online here.
15. 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 to hide in a stocking this Christmas. Choose from truffles and chocolate boxes, or opt for something a little more creative such as their sculptured chocolate buddha, skull and even a Manchester bee. Shop here.