You know the drill – shopping local is the way to put a smile on someone’s face.

Let’s be honest, it’s been a hell of a year. But we’ve stuck together and now is the time to share the festive spirit with local shops and makers.

Before you head for one of the online giants for your gifts this year have a think if there’s a local option instead.  There’s so much amazing enterprise, creativity and talent in our city, and every time you buy from an indie you’re making a massive difference to their business.

Here’s a list to get you going but think outside the box. Ask restaurants, salons, and shops if they do vouchers and check out our recent insta post here for even more options. Also, cheeky plug, but we find our Independent Liverpool membership card the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa gift. It’s £15 for 1 or £20 for 2 and you can get discounts and deals for a whole year at independents in Liverpool. More here.

As ever, we’ve done our best to include everyone but if we’ve missed someone please email us on

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Beautiful illustrations, hilarious takes, art that makes your heart sing and stunning local scenes. Liverpool creatives make banging art. Here are just a few who you can buy work from this Christmas:

Helen Louise Design: lovely illustrations of all your favourite Liverpool places

Tim Tim Tim: ace hand-cut vinyl prints

Pin Head: proper funny metal pins

Sumuyya Khader: striking prints, pins and Liverpool-inspired art

Made by Annette: cute TV inspired prints and pins

Design by Gracie: colourfully illustrated prints, homeware & gifts

DKWDesigns: Painted & digitally enhanced prints and gifts

Julia Penlington: Brilliant painter and illustrator

That Fella Dave: ace pins, patches and prints

Grace Emily Design: hand draw illustrations of landmarks and minimalist graphic art 

Akoma Arts: Prints, cards, and bespoke artworks

Handled with Care Design: really lovely line drawings and original Liverpool pieces

VLG studios: striking wildlife art

JG Illustrations: colourful illustrations and pet portraits

Paint by Pablo: cracking footie prints and loads more

Jess Hanko: add yourself into these quirky local illustrations:

Emma C Artist: fineliner and watercolour commissions

A Few Home Truths: beautiful cards, mugs and personalised gifts

Alison Butler: prints of Liverpool, the Wirral and loads more

Ella Create: Bold, fun and inspirational prints

Poems by em: lovely bespoke poems

Lloyds Creative: quirky illustrations and line drawings

Tommy Graham: cool, funny and thought-provoking graphic works

Rosa Illustration: Incredibly talented artist with a super groovy and colourful edge

Sophie Green: brilliant original art, vibrant illustrations and loads more

Jazz Stan: One of Liverpool’s most popular mural artists! Check our her beautiful work here

AviateHer: Enamel pins to showcase diversity in STEM

Loof & Timmy: Plush toys and cute Christmas gifts based off the characters behind the GIPHY animated series

Post Punks: Punk-themed gifts and more

KnotsAndXs: Mindful macramé & cross stitch kits

We’ve just scratched the surface here, for more inspiration check out and

Shops and markets

Not sure what you’re after and missing having a browse? Check these locals out for loads of great stuff

The Nest: physical shop at the Albert Dock selling special pieces from local designers & makers and soon to launch online

Treat Them Green: lovely ethical and sustainable treats

Chandlers: the shop full of things you didn’t know you needed and loads of ideas for the green-fingered in your life

Voglio: Local gifts, cute art and homewares and loads of Christmas goodies

Freida Mo’s: Homey combination vintage shop/cafe with records, clothes, housemade baked goods & brunch

Scouse Bird Shop: A Liverpool institution

Popup Poetry Shop: Personalised Poetry, Hampers, Gifts & Oddities

Boss Birds Parlour: Vegan and wellbeing gifts, fashion and loads of stocking fillers

A Slower Space: Cute lifestyle store selling plants, coffee, homeware & gifts

Isaac’s Bazaar: quirky upholstery pieces, soft furnishings and prints inspired by music

Liverpool Gift Gallery: design-led products many from local makers

ArtQuarter: A collective of local artists based at The Met Quarter

Red Brick Market: Camden market inspired warehouse full of local makers

Merseymade: A mix of some of the best creatives in Liverpool

Rainbows & Unicorns: The home of creative wellbeing for all things essential oils, crystals and more!

ArtsHub47: Community run arts cooperative on Aigburth Road

MAKE: A creative-led organisation with spaces across Liverpool City Region, Make is a place to share skills, make, fix and create; to learn and to teach; to try and tweak

Colour Popz: Kids toys and gift shop now online!

ArCains: Baltic Triangle’s buzzing arcade with 3 floors, 2 bars and 100s of games are doing gift vouchers! Get one for the child (or child at heart!) in your life in store.

Food and drink

It’s been a tough old year for the hospitality industry, if you know someone who is missing out on their favourite scran see if you can pay forward a meal for them or get your hands on a voucher or two.

Here’s some more ideas for foodies.

Hopscotch Liverpool: Whiskey by the bottle and dram delivery service

Desserts by Dre: off the scale treat boxes and cakes

Liverpool Cheese Company: amazing selections and the ultimate gift subscriptions

Liverpool Spice Company: awesome sauces, chutneys and food kits

Patel’s Off License: those crafty guys at Bundobust have opened their own online craft beer shop with some of the best beers going

Baked by Emmie Lou: treats and amazing bespoke cakes

Haul: Beers, stouts and lagers that dreams are made of

Teacake Cakes: vegan micro bakery sending treats through the letterbox

92 degrees: incredible coffee and merch

Gift and Graze: choc slabs, brownies, grazing boxes and loads more

Blooming Skull Coffee: coffee, plants, prints and vintage

Cupcakes by Mary: awesome cupcakes, cookies and brownies

Beers of Goodison Road: beer mats for the blues

Beers of Anfield Road: beer mats for the reds

The Donut Box: great doughnuts direct to the door

Crosby Coffee: coffee, accessories, equipment and workshops

Black Lodge Brewery: Cans, kegs, cool prints and merch

Top Rope Brewing: Local Liverpool micro-brewery inspired by all things wrestling

The Ship & Mitre: Liverpool’s premier freehouse – offering an amazing selection of beers to be delivered or collected

Lunya: Multi award-winning deli, restaurant and bar that is homage to Catalunya and Spain. Wonderful hampers!

Skaus: Scandi-inspired coffee shop and store on Allerton Road

Love Lane Brewery: Craft beer fanatics, put an order in at Love Lane – Baltic Triangle’s brilliant bewery

R&H Fine Wines: Classy drops, rare cases and vintage bottles

Taco or Don’t: Taco kits, margarita kits and more delivered straight to your door

Howl At The Moon: Liverpool’s local and premiere hot sauce company coming in hot with a Xmas hamper!

The Fermentation Station: Creating local, sustainable, waste free vegan food through fermentation

Books and music

Forget the big boy who started in books and now rules the world, if you can, support one of our indies this year.



Beauty and lifestyle

Know someone who likes a good pamper or takes their wellness seriously, these locals have your back, and your face, and the rest…

The Indy Box: Great new beauty subscription box concept:

Pure therapies: Get your hands on a gift voucher for some personal skincare:

Lifestyle Collective: Vouchers for the most chilled nail bar in town:

Sweet Pea and Little Wolf: cute mix of bespoke herbal tea, healing crystals, apothecary, quirky homeware and clothing

Beths Botanics & Décor: Cruelty free vegan skincare

Healthy Planet Yoga: Vouchers for the yogi in your life:

For the home

Whether we like it or not we’re all spending more and more time in our own four walls, get someone you love something to brighten their space up.

To The Moon: gorgeous home fragrance and candles

Utility: design classics and contemporary pieces

Primrose and Ivy: fresh, Silk & Dried Luxury Bouquets

Cocochi: luxury vegan hand-poured candles

Sunshine Soul: vegan soy wax candles and reed diffusers

Frank and I: giftboxes carefully curated with original handmade products and thoughtful finds

Gingerly Hygge: Cosy, home-made gifts with a Danish twist

Grasshopper Designs: long lasting, colourful, dried grass and flower bouquet

Home of Ethereal: delicate and sculptural pieces

Root Houseplants: cool and contemporary houseplants

Sam Keith Turnings: beautifully made wooden pieces and furniture

Fabric Snug: Where home textile dreams become reality!

Fashion and jewellery

Support the style shakers and creative makers doing their thing on your doorstep.

Resurrection: Bold Street’s premiere clothes shop

Outsiders Store: Explore the latest fashion inspired functional clothing, footwear and equipment for both men & women

Clay by Chlo: Cute polymer clay jewellery and gifts

Sevenstore: Men’s fashion and apparel based in the Baltic

Kirsty Doyle: Sequins, tulle Skirt, statement Trousers

Gypsea Luna: Hand knotted healing necklaces & crystal creations

BTEC Pat Butcher: Quirky earrings in honour of the lady herself

The Hippy Rose: handmade Boho Bags and accessories

Olivia Divine: Colourful and quirky headbands, brooches, necklaces

Tots Baby Wear: Bespoke clobber for the little ones

Quartz and All: Handmade Crystal Jewellery

Jak and Liza: Contemporary womenswear

Toxteth Tie Dye: Modern classics given a tie die twist

Faye Elizabeth Jewellery: Bold, bright and fun pieces

M0ther: Wonderful local gifts for Merseyside mothers and further afield. Check out their new pyjamas!

Rawhide Custom: Rawhide Custom creates British veg-tanned leather goods entirely by hand in the North Docks of Liverpool

Secret Garden: Festival-inspired fashion

Mi Apparel: Sustainable and ethical fashion

Hol And May: Liverpool based sister act selling some lovely clothes

Theatres and cultural venues

It’s a really uncertain time for our theatres and cultural venues, they are all busy working away on programmes for next year not knowing what the future holds. Why not snap up a ticket for one of these upcoming performances and events – it’ll make a great gift and give our cultural sector a big boost: 

The Everyman and Playhouse

Clive Anderson: Me, Macbeth & I

Dial M for Murder


The Philharmonic

Jamie Cullum

Nobuyuki Tsujii piano

World Museum

AI More than Human

Walker Art Gallery

Linda McCartney

Royal Court

YNWA Let’s talk about six baby

Mam I’m Ere