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Sunday, November 17, 2019

10 Places to Shop Local in Newcastle this Christmas

Back in October, I asked my readers for suggestions of the best local, small businesses from which to buy Christmas Gifts from in Newcastle City Centre.

As a small business myself, I like to shop local where I can as I know how much of a difference each and every sale makes. Plus the service from a small business is always fantastic.

10 Independent Places to Shop Local in Newcastle this Christmas


I received over 40 suggestions - you can see them all over on Facebook here.  Here are just a few places you can shop local and make a real difference this Christmas.

Mr Wolf Newcastle 

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Mr Wolf was by far the most popular suggestion. Independent toy shops are few and far between and I feel super lucky that we have this gem in Newcastle.

Where: 5-6 Old Eldon Square (just around from Eldon Squares exit onto Hippy Green). Due to the nature of the building, there are stairs to navigate but if you ring the bell the lovely staff will pop up and assist you with any pushchairs etc....

I just love their ethos:

Mr Wolf is determined to make shopping for kids magical once more and his store is just that. With toys out of their packaging for everyone to play with and staff who have played with every single toy, it is a go-to place for everything from a pocket money treat to that first family heirloom purchase.

 With over 60 suppliers from all corners of the globe, Mr Wolf works tirelessly looking for new products and there is new stock on a weekly basis.

Find out more over on their Facebook page here. 


Scented Melts


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Scented Melts specialise in a range of handmade wax melts and oil burners to scent your home. A brilliant local alternative to a festive Yankee Candle.

You will find gift sets with a wide range of fragrances including floral, christmas, fruity and even foodie scents like after eight mints. Prices are super reasonable with melts available from just 70p.

Where: 75 Grainger Market

Find out more over on their website here. 


For the Love of The North 


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For the Love of the North is a firm North East favourite and you can shop for local gifts in their STACK store in the heart of Newcastle. You will find lots of quirky presents from pin padges to prints, tea towels and tree decorations. We love it.

Where: STACK Newcastle

Find out more over on their Facebook page here. 

House Of Botanics 



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House of Botanics is a wonderful independent florist in Newcastle City Centre providing a wide range of high-quality bouquets, wreaths and plants. I took part in one of their wreath making workshops last year and was so impressed with the owner's knowledge which was second-to-none.

Where: Unit 16 STACK Newcastle

Find out more over on their Facebook page here. 


Serendipity 


I cant find any kind of website or social media for Serendipity other than this listing on intu Eldon Squares website.  You will find Serendipity opposite Pizza Express and next to Argos in Eldon Square.

It is the kind of shop that has been there FOREVER and is one of my go-to places for special cards and small gifts. You will find a huge range of high quality cards, gift wrap and special occasion gifts for sale.

Where: St Georges Way, Eldon Square


Mmm... and Glug 

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UPDATE - I HAVE JUST HEARD THAT SADLY MMM.... HAVE HAD TO CLOSE THEIR BUSINESS. SAD TIMES AND A REMINDER THAR SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES DOES MATTER.

Mmm... and Glug is an independent food and drink store specialising in high quality produce from both the North East and around the world. If you have a foodie to buy for , you will definitely find a special gift here.

What I particularly like about Mmm.... is how good the service is. The staff are always super helpful and friendly and keen to provide expert advice where they can.

Where: 129 Grainger Street, Newcastle.

Find out more over on their website here. 


La Casa Delicatessan
 


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La Casa Delicatessan is another one of our favourite places to pick up a foodie gift. This store specialises in the finest Spanish produce - expect the best wines, cured meats, cheeses and more. If somebody made us up a hamper of treats from here I would be very happy indeed.

Where: Unit 31, The Grainger Market

Find out more over on their Facebook page here. 

Geordie Gifts 

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Instagram story legends Geordie Gifts are the place to be if you are looking for a canny gift which will make the recipient smile. Their unique geordie banter is available on mugs, coasters, cards, prints, bags, homeware, clothing and more!

Where: Grainger Market

Find out more over on their website here. 

Flea Circus 

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Flea Circus is the first Newcastle shop of its kind - a department store full of independent sellers and Newcastle creatives. Expect vintage furniture and fashion, household goods, comics, collectibles, ceramics, prints and more.

It is the kind of place that you just don't know what you will stumble upon.

Where: Warwick Street, Ouseburn.

Find out more over on their website here. 

The Glamorous Owl 

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The Glamorous Owl is a beautiful gift shop and gallery supporting over 60 local independent artists and creatives. You will find hand made jewellery, prints, decorations, homeware, candles and local foodie gifts for sale. 

Where: 2 Old George Yard, Newcastle

Find out more over on their Facebook Page here. 


Other ideas........

Our local museums have some wonderful gifts in their shops - most of our museums are charity-run and buying from them is a brilliant way to support. Our favourite museum gift shops are Life, Great North Museum, Discovery Museum and Seven Stories.

Tyneside Cinema (also a charity) sell gift vouchers which make a brilliant gift for any film fan and of course tickets to see a show at one of Newcastle's fabulous theatres or music/entertainment venues is a fantastic way to support the arts.


I also feel like it is important to say that shopping local is not just for Christmas and these shops need our support all year round when you can.

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2 comments

  1. Gosforth High Street is fab for independents. Yum Lush has great cards and gifty bits for grown ups and children, Pikku has baby/children's clothing and gifts and the everything shop for hardware/ gardens is great (I want to call it an ironmongery but don't think it quite qualifies...). I've not shopped at Jump myself for children's shoes but heard good things about it

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  2. So so many great ideas and I really hope lots of people find alternatives to the high street when they're shopping for presents this year. I am obsessed with For the Love of the North at the moment, their stores are just fantastic, so good for stocking fillers!

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