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Shopping local has never been so important or rewarding this year. From unique items that are made with love and extra special care, why not seize the opportunity to browse the many Independents Merseyside has to offer, from inhaling the scents of decadently hand made candles and soaps to observing the craftmanship of handmade jewellery. Read on to find the very best spots to shop local this Christmas.
The home of Independents, Bold Street, offers not only a magical array of lights and festive décor to accompany your shopping trip but also hosts some of the most unique and exclusive Independents across the North West.
Have a browse in Resurrection to pick up the latest clothes for the fashionista in your life, before moving on to Transalpino, the UK’s No 1 dead stock trainer shop which sources rare trainers, shoes and clothes from all over the world.
Round your trip off with a visit to Shared Earth, a fair trade, eco and ethical company, which sells Christmas scents, decorations, and gifts for pretty much all the family.
Nearest station: Liverpool Central + 1-minute walk
St Johns – Waterloo
St John’s Road is yet another perfect place to take a shopping trip if you’d like to support local suppliers this Christmas.
There’s Barnett’s Wholefoods, where you can find vegan cheeses, chocolates, and shampoo and conditioning bars that would make perfect presents for the environmentally conscious, or maybe The Little Macaron Shop for a special Christmas Day dessert or macaron gifts.
At Florence and Fox you’ll find original handmade gifts by local artists, cards, prints and original artwork. Juno, meanwhile is great for sustainable clothing, handmade jewellery, crystals, gems and incense and accessories and there are a wide selection of scarves and handbags at Ruby Blue Lane.
When you’re done, wash it all down with some food and drink at Peaberry Coffee House, which does a great selection of breakfasts and lunches.
Nearest station: Waterloo + 10-minute walk
One of the region’s, if not the country’s coolest hangouts, the Baltic Triangle is filled with quirky shops and eateries where you can indulge in some Christmas shopping while also supporting the city’s independents.
Men’s wardrobes can be topped up at SEVENSTORE on Norfolk Street, which stocks brands including Off-White, Acne Studies and Adidas that’s sure to make an extra special gift to bring a smile to their face Christmas morning.
The highly acclaimed Dorothy on Jordan Street is a real find, with conceptual prints, products and artwork to suit most tastes, while older art, as well as furniture and vintage clothes, can be found at Red Brick Vintage in Cains Brewery Village.
For more gift inspiration, head to Red Brick Hangar. Here you’ll find a feast of festive present ideas, from over 50 independent traders offering everything from vinyl and household goods to sweet treats so tempting, you’ll probably end up eating them yourself.
Nearest station: Liverpool Central + 20-minute walk
The Rows, Chester
Possibly one of the most beautiful places to undertake your Christmas shopping, The Rows in Chester are the higher-tier of shops that you have to climb narrow steps to reach along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street, as well as smaller areas set off the main streets such as Rufus Court and Godstall Lane.
Start your day at The Flower Cup on Watergate Row where you can grab a warming drink before heading next door to The Violet Palm to pick up some Christmas plants and flowers. Then move on to Harriet & Dee, also on Watergate Row for festive cards and gifts.
Over on Bridge Street Row, you’ll find NICHOLS & Co which have lovely soya wax scented candles and home accessories, while The Rows Jewellers nearby is brilliant for finding pieces of jewellery to treasure.
Of course, there are many, many more independents here, so make a day of it and take your time, soaking up the history and festive decorations along the way.
Nearest Station: Chester + 18-minute walk
For a shopping trip designed to bring out your inner culture vulture, the Bluecoat is hard to beat.
As if a trip to the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool with its fantastic art offering (and excellent food and drink) wasn’t reason enough alone to visit, there’s also a treasure trove of gifts hidden behind its walls.
Kernaghan Books should be top of the shopping list for anyone even remotely interested in books. This Liverpool institution has rare and collectable items alongside everyday classics – all of which are perfect for the wordsmith in your life.
Root Houseplants and Mary Mary Florals, meanwhile, provide plants and flowers at affordable prices and will help you find just the right gift for even the most discerning of recipients.
R&J Porter is a must-visit for that someone special; the legendary Scouse master-silversmith and engraver Bob Porter, who engraves all of the Grand National trophies, also designs his own jewellery and product range for men, women and homes, so stop off to find a unique design.
Nearest station: Liverpool Central + 4-minute walk
West Kirby, Wirral
From arts and crafts shops to clothing boutiques, there’s so many independent retail offerings to be found in West Kirby. And with the train station right in the heart of the town, you can step off the train and right into the shops.
For a good quality clothing item, either for you or for a loved one, Wrogue and Wrobe on Grange Road is a good place to start. Stocking a wide range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and handbags, it’s a great place to find that perfect outfit.
Seagrass Studio Gallery, on Acacia Grove, meanwhile, is brimming with unusual gifts, from paintings and jewellery to ceramics and glass.
Over on Crescent Walk, you’ll find Roost Home Living where you can stock up on home accessories that also make lovely presents, and the Red Balloon Toy Shop, which stocks thousands of toys at any one time.
There’s also plenty of little coffee shops and restaurants, so be sure to schedule in pit stops along the way.
Nearest station: West Kirkby + 1-minute walk
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