Gift Guide of Top Spots

Gift Guide of Top Spots

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 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

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….

Baumgartners Jewellers, Swadlincote

Kingston Jewellers, Barnsley

Cornerstone Jewellers, Bolsover

Jagged Jewellery, Kirkcaldy


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!

The Interior Design House, Enfield

A Little Decorum, Wimborne

Beauty Galore Artificial Flowers, Pickering

Upcycle Antics, Broxbourne

Scent Home Fragrances Ltd, Enfield

Thistle Island Candle Company, Kirkcaldy

Betty Loves Candles, Wakefield

Selby Framing and Gift Centre, Selby

Bailey Cooper Photography, York


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 – the first we chose has been made famous by Visa – Barry at The Artery – but go discover more.

The Artery, Banbury

Jessica Grady Embroidery Artist, Saltaire

The Fabric Den, Bolsover

The Art Room, Scarborough

The Paint Box, Cleethorpes

Stitch, Enfield

It Started With a Stitch, Grimsby


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.

Grovers, Northallerton

The Toy Book Warehouse, Pickering

The Nursery, Stokesley

Joe's Stall, Huyton

Plum, Malton


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’!

Emma O Brian Illustration and naughty Monsters, Saltaire

Own an original framed iconic painting or commission a portrait by Bishbash Bosch (speed artist)

Hall of Names, Taunton

Artist Hive Studios , Enfield


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.

The Little Refill Shop, Seaham

O So Eco, Malton

The Evolution, Putney

pinkfrogz, Enfield

Upcycle Antics, Broxbourne


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…

Heavenly Sensations, Kirkcaldy

The Pamper Lounge, Thirsk

Novy Health & Beauty, York

Kiss The Moon, Richmond

Calmer Heart, Banbury

Betty Loves Candles, Wakefield

Zen Spirits and Wellness Massage, Richmond

Pringle Fairweather Natural Skincare, Kendal

Beauty Secrets, Rugby

The Zenist, York

Yoga Rocks, Enfield

The Sangha House – Taunton


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.

Plum, Malton

MyCherryPie Jewellery and Gifts, Kirkcaldy

Chippenham Museum, Chippenham

Rugby Visitor Centre, Rugby

Little Shop Big Stories, Kilmarnock 


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…

Berber Leather, Richmond  

Forgents & Vogue Fashions, Bolsover

Trinity Fashion, Richmond

Anne Davies Designs, Buxton

Tinbox Angel, Kendal  

Love EMVY, Tamworth

Simply Devine Hat Shop, Tadcaster

Snide London, Broxbourne

2 La Rue, Glaston

La Moda Bags, Enfield


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

Try some lovely coffees Immix Artisan Coffee Roasters, Taunton
Or if you prefer tea Cup Saucer, Claycross and Mr Miles Tea Rooms, Taunton

For the beer and local brewery lovers  try Malton Brewery, Malton or Eyam Brewery, Hope Valley  
Or Isaac Poad Brewing, York

And for gin, we are spoilt for choice so have a browse of our top three.

Vintoto, Wakefield

Whitby Distillery, Whitby

Hothams Gin School and Distillery, Hull

 Taplin Mageean Spirit Company in Leyburn 





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