Our city’s entrepreneurs are making waves. Ideas that start out as doodles on paper, spreadsheets on laptops propped up in bed until the early hours, business plans that seem like pie in the sky, yet they’re making the national newspapers, receiving rave reviews from around the globe and putting smiles on scousers faces every day.
Our creatives, artists, scientists, engineers, foodies, bakers, gurus, writers and makers are putting their heart and soul into starting up and sustaining business in our amazing city, and supporting them this Christmas couldn’t be easier. (We must have independent candle stick makers out there too?)
You know those signs you see, the ones the say ‘Every time you buy from a local, independent business, they do a little dance’ it’s 100% true. Whoever you’re buying for this Christmas, why not shop local and take some inspiration from some of our favourite independent businesses.
Royal Albert Dock is bursting with stores, boutiques, restaurants and bars and when it comes to choosing a gift from a local artist or designer, you’re spoiled for choice at The Nest. Our current faves are these resin/wood chopping boards from Kate Chesters. Browse the huge collection of cards, gifts, home wear and more. More info here.
Whether you’re looking for a festive wreath, table centre, succulent or huge bouquet for your loved one this Christmas, swing by Roots House Plants and Mary Mary Floral Design at the Bluecoat on School Lane and let owners Lisa and Anna help you pick a winner. More info here.
As well as providing world class cheese to tonnes of city venues and across the UK, the Liverpool Cheese Company also stocks pre-packed collections which make fab gifts for the cheese-lovers in your life. Best of British, Beer Lovers Selection and wedges to suit all budgets. Order yours here.
Taking a bottle around to your mates or relatives at Christmas is a traditional as old as a good malt, and what better way to impress than with a carefully chosen bottle from Whisky Business. This basement emporium (with an amazing soundtrack) is a treasure trove of spirits, you’ll find whisky, gin, craft beer and rum too. Head to Fenwick St and see if you can find it. Hints here.
Both Bold St and Liverpool ONE Utility stores are filled to the brim with the quirky and unique gifts. From baby booties to designer bottle openers, stunning artwork to sarcastic Christmas cards and there’s even a purple wheelie bin pen holder for your desk. Get a preview of what’s in store, here.
If you’re looking for a little sweet treat stocking filler or token pressie for a neighbour, teacher or friend, head to The Little Macaron Shop, St John’s Road and pick up a batch of their fresh baked macarons, tie them with a bow and you can’t fail to impress. Ps – the candyfloss ones are our faves! More info here.
Open late on Thursday so you can browse and shop after work, Red Brick Hangar Market at Cain’s Brewery Village is bursting with brilliant gift ideas. From vintage clothing, retro furniture and cake to vinyl, art, sportswear, jewellery and plants, you’ll find it all under one roof and all from local independents. Find out more here.
The vast majority of us spend our Christmases at home and what better way to relax than with a luxury scented candle from Owen Drew Candles at Royal Albert Dock. Designed by Owen Cockton, right here on Merseyside, Owen Drew is made entirely from natural products, using vegan soya wax, a wooden wick, and natural essential oils, to produce a range of unique and beautifully fragranced candles. Get yours here.
When it comes to Christmas glamour, Liverpool’s own Kirsty Doyle has a collection for you. Had your eye on the seasons must-have stretch flares? Fancy a sparkly number for your Christmas do, or want to treat your sister to that amazing statement necklace? Check out the KD website and buy from a local designer making waves in the fashion industry.
Give the gift of a Christmas feast and head to Delifonseca for a fully-loaded hamper, stuffed with tasty goodies. The fabulous deli team can help you decide what items to choose to suit all dietary requirements or if you’re like us, just pick up all the sweet, fun stuff like Ninjabread and Hipster Santa cookies! Click here to find out more.
Already done your Christmas shopping for 2018? Well why not support the local independent bars and restaurants when you’re out celebrating instead? We’ll see you down the Baltic to raise a glass to local legends helping to put Liverpool on the map!
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