It's time to level the playing field if we want to wake up to vibrant high streets and markets in 2021. Gifts are so much better from a local shop, a small business, so much more personal, hand selected and thoughtful than from a warehouse. So many people are looking for a local alternative. So if ShopAppy.com is not where you are, or you fancy a bit of a mooch around other places, then the ShopAppy team are here to help you. We have pulled together our top picks for those looking for the ultimate gifts to other people (or themselves). Keep coming back to this page - bookmark it too as we will be updating it all regularly.
Just click on the shop names to visit them online.
Jewellery, art, prints, products made from micro-businesses can be discovered in our current Virtual Maker Fairs online now… Have a marvellous mooch with a cup of tea or a glass of wine…
Saltaire are currently hosting Saltaire Inspired Makers Fair and Peace and Crafts Fair Virtual Event, Saltaire / Shipley
In Bolsover some fabulous crafters and upcyclers have come together for the Old Bolsover Yard Virtual Christmas Event Virtual Event, Bolsover
In New Mills discover anything from Spices and Wasabi Mayonnaise to beautiful Prints Virtual Event, New Mills
In Kendal enjoy the works of 40 Cumbrian artists as featured on BBC Radio Cumbria and immerse yourself in Craft Market Kendal Virtual Event, Kendal
Kirkcaldy’s Christmas Fair is coming soon! Just visit ShopAppy.com/Kirkcaldy
Shops to visit for specific gifts
you are seeking….
Sweets and Treats which everybody will love!
Marshmallows, just for Grown ups, that are divine! Grown up Marshmallows, Minehead
Beautiful cute boxes - funky fudge to boxes of heart shaped jazzies! Mrs Sweets Chocolate Treats, Bridlington
An amazing variety of retro and traditional sweets and custom-made hampers available, just give Claire a ring at Choc Moose, Todmorden
Boxes of chocolates try Inspired Chocolate in Leyburn
Brownies from the valley Bean on the Edge, Hope Valley
Handmade chocolates and truffles Chocolates & Truffles, Skipton
Books, records, games and collectables. A great selection for some ‘Geek Chic’
Vinyl records and vintage film posters Vinyl and Vintage, Wolverhampton
Great selection of records Eclipse Records, Walsall
Video games consoles and more Sore Thumb Retro Games, York
Disney collectables A Touch of Glass, Scarborough
Antiques Arujo Collectables, Banbury
Signed posters, photos and memorabilia Allcourt Sports, Skipton
Lovely hampers of food and drink, the perfect gift for foodies.
A gorgeous collection of treats from the North Yorkshire Coast Botham's of Whitby, Whitby
A delicious taste of Dorset Farehouse Trading, Wimborne
A lovely selection for afternoon tea Cup and Saucer, Claycross
For all things coffee and treats Aroma Coffee Shop, Glaston
A selection of beers from this top notch brewery Malton Brewery
A package of wellness from Eat and Live Wellness in Enfield
Artists and Makers for that unique gift
Reasonably priced fused glass works and jewellery Twice Fired, Saltaire, Shipley
Traditional ropemaking and use of flax to create some beautiful objects that make lovely gifts Thomas Taylor Ropemaker
Whether a trunk or a pamper hamper – lovely designs to enjoy Woodcraft by Jomo, Taunton
Gorgeous and pretty bunting and cushions – and perfect if you would like something custom made Gembobs Crafts, York
Lovely bags and jewellery and all handmade CreArtive Design, Enfield
Handcrafted jewellery that lives up to its name Pretty Bowe’s Jewellery
This place has proved a popular shop in Rugby with their fabulous selection of handmade jewellery Ditherella's Workshop, Rugby
Ceramics with a real wow factor Allison Wiffen Ceramics, Skipton
A great story and great selection in Hull, all handmade and something for everyone Heidi’s Crafts, Hull
Handmade soaps and sets from Belper – at Castlehouse Housemade
Jewellery - Who doesn’t love receiving something that sparkles?!
Lovely jewellery shops – designer, simple and beautiful…great spots for sparkly things….
Home interiors perfect for working and living at home
We have spent more time than ever indoors over the last few months – have a browse of the shops below from A Little Decorum in Wimborne to the Thistle Candle Company in Kirkcaldy. Some lovely things to inspire you for a home that looks nice, feels nice and smells nice!
Art and craft materials and kits – Mindfulness, new hobbies, family fun :)
A great way to digitally detox over the festive period and into 2021 is hobbies, crafting and time with the family – there are so many fantastic arts and craft shops on ShopAppy.com – the first we chose has been made famous by Visa – Barry at The Artery – but go discover more.
Toys - Keep the little kids and reluctant grown-ups entertained
The hardest hit often at this time of year are the many small shops selling toys, but we love them to stay here – have a look at these places for a browse.
Commission a painting and other personalised items
Local shops make it personal, and you can get many personalised items – from your own rag doll ‘mini-me’ with accompanying artwork to an engraved piece or a completely unique speed art commissioned piece by Saltaire’s answer to Banksy ‘Bish Bash Bosh’!
Eco and social good products – A gift for People and Planet.
Climate emergency was the 2020 concern prior to Covid19 – we are seeing more and more shops offering an eco alternative to people from hand-made soaps to upcycled items, recycled creations to zero packaged items – Enjoy a kinder to the planet way of giving.
Beauty, pampering and relaxation products, the perfect treat
I think everyone needs a self care day this Christmas – a pamper package, a chance to relax – there are some really lovely treats in this range…
Top Gift Shops
There are so many gift shops in local high streets, so many struggling too – this selection includes two museum shops too which have quite the eclectic range. We could have added so many more here.
Gorgeous Fashions and Accessories
Whether you are looking for some cufflinks, a new wallet, a beautiful new handbag or a lovely scarf to brighten up Winter, have a look…
Drinks for all occasions
Whether you are a caffeine addict, a tea lover or have a penchant for a wine or a gin…. We recommend these top notch spots…
For wine we would suggest order a box from here Vineyards Direct, Enfield
If you prefer sparkly Simply Prosecco, Lichfield
And for gin, we are spoilt for choice so have a browse of our top three.