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 [email protected].

photo by https://www.instagram.com/bens.ontour/

Art

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 https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/helenlouisedesign

Tim Tim Tim: ace hand-cut vinyl prints https://www.tim-tim.co.uk/

Pin Head: proper funny metal pins https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PinHeadUK

Sumuyya Khader: striking prints, pins and Liverpool-inspired art https://sumuyya.bigcartel.com/products

Made by Annette: cute TV inspired prints and pins https://www.instagram.com/madebyannette/

Design by Gracie: colourfully illustrated prints, homeware & gifts https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DesignbyGracieM

DKWDesigns: Painted & digitally enhanced prints and gifts https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DKWdesignsshop

That Fella Dave: ace pins, patches and prints https://www.instagram.com/thatfelladave/

Grace Emily Design: hand draw illustrations of landmarks and minimalist graphic art https://www.graceemilydesign.co.uk/ 

Akoma Arts: Prints, cards, and bespoke artworks https://www.akomaarts.com/products

Handled with Care Design: really lovely line drawings and original Liverpool pieces https://www.instagram.com/handledwithcaredesign/

VLG studios: striking wildlife art https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VLGStudios

JG Illustrations: colourful illustrations and pet portraits https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JGIllustrationsUK

Paint by Pablo: cracking footie prints and loads more https://www.instagram.com/paintbypablo/

Jess Hanko: add yourself into these quirky local illustrations: https://www.instagram.com/jesshankoart/

Emma C Artist: fineliner and watercolour commissions https://www.instagram.com/emmcartist/

A Few Home Truths: beautiful cards, mugs and personalised gifts https://www.instagram.com/afewhometruths/

Alison Butler: prints of Liverpool, the Wirral and loads more https://www.instagram.com/alisonbutler.art/

Ella Create: Bold, fun and inspirational prints https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ElCreate?ref=search_shop_redirect

Poems by em: lovely bespoke poems https://www.instagram.com/poemsbyem_/

Lloyds Creative: quirky illustrations and line drawings https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lloydsCreativeShop?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

Tommy Graham: cool, funny and thought-provoking graphic works https://www.instagram.com/tommygraham_art/

Sophie Green: brilliant original art, vibrant illustrations and loads more https://www.sophie-green.com/

Jazz Stan: One of Liverpool’s most popular mural artists! Check our her beautiful work here https://www.jazzstan.co.uk/

AviateHer: Enamel pins to showcase diversity in STEM https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AviateHer

Loof & Timmy: Plush toys and cute Christmas gifts based off the characters behind the GIPHY animated series https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoofandTimmy

Post Punks: Punk-themed gifts and more https://www.postpunks.co.uk/

KnotsAndXs: Mindful macramé & cross stitch kits https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnotsAndXs

We’ve just scratched the surface here, for more inspiration check out https://dot-art.co.uk/shop/ https://www.renniesgallery.co.uk/ and https://www.artinliverpool.com/artist-a-z/

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 http://www.thenestuk.co.uk/

Treat Them Green: lovely ethical and sustainable treats https://www.treatthemgreen.co.uk/

Chandlers: the shop full of things you didn’t know you needed and loads of ideas for the green-fingered in your life https://www.facebook.com/ChandlersAllerton/

Voglio: Local gifts, cute art and homewares and loads of Christmas goodies https://www.instagram.com/voglioliverpool/

Freida Mo’s: Homey combination vintage shop/cafe with records, clothes, housemade baked goods & brunch https://www.freidamos.co.uk/

Scouse Bird Shop: A Liverpool institution https://www.scousebirdshop.com/

Popup Poetry Shop: Personalised Poetry, Hampers, Gifts & Oddities https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PopUpPoetryShop

Boss Birds Parlour: Vegan and wellbeing gifts, fashion and loads of stocking fillers https://bossbirdsparlour.co.uk/

A Slower Space: Cute lifestyle store selling plants, coffee, homeware & gifts https://www.instagram.com/aslowerspace/

Isaac’s Bazaar: quirky upholstery pieces, soft furnishings and prints inspired by music https://www.isaacsbazaar.com/shop/

Liverpool Gift Gallery: design-led products many from local makers https://liverpoolgiftgallery.co.uk/

ArtQuarter: A collective of local artists based at The Met Quarter https://metquarter.com/shop/the-art-quarter/

Red Brick Market: Camden market inspired warehouse full of local makers http://www.redbrickliverpool.co.uk/

Merseymade: A mix of some of the best creatives in Liverpool https://merseymade.uk/

Rainbows & Unicorns: The home of creative wellbeing for all things essential oils, crystals and more! https://uniqcorn.co.uk/

ArtsHub47: Community run arts cooperative on Aigburth Road http://www.artshub47.co.uk/

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 https://www.makeliverpool.com/

Colour Popz: Kids toys and gift shop now online! https://www.colourpopz.com/

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 https://www.hopscotchliverpool.com/

Desserts by Dre: off the scale treat boxes and cakes https://www.instagram.com/dessertsbydre/

Liverpool Cheese Company: amazing selections and the ultimate gift subscriptions https://liverpoolcheesecompany.com/shop/

Liverpool Spice Company: awesome sauces, chutneys and food kits https://www.facebook.com/theliverpoolspicecompany/

Baked by Emmie Lou: treats and amazing bespoke cakes https://bakedbyemmielou.co.uk/#

Haul: Beers, stouts and lagers that dreams are made of https://www.facebook.com/HaulLiverpool/

Teacake Cakes: vegan micro bakery sending treats through the letterbox https://www.instagram.com/teacakecakes/

92 degrees: incredible coffee and merch https://92degrees.coffee/collections

Gift and Graze: choc slabs, brownies, grazing boxes and loads more https://www.instagram.com/giftandgraze/

Blooming Skull Coffee: coffee, plants, prints and vintage  https://www.instagram.com/bloomingskullcoffee/

Cupcakes by Mary: awesome cupcakes, cookies and brownies https://www.instagram.com/cupcakes_by_mary/

Beers of Goodison Road: beer mats for the blues https://www.instagram.com/beersofgoodisonroad/

Beers of Anfield Road: beer mats for the reds

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeersOfAnfieldRoad?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=847562687

The Donut Box: great doughnuts direct to the door https://www.instagram.com/the.donutbox/

Crosby Coffee: coffee, accessories, equipment and workshops https://www.crosbycoffee.co.uk/collections

Black Lodge Brewery: Cans, kegs, cool prints and merch https://www.blacklodgebrewing.co.uk/store

Top Rope Brewing: Local Liverpool micro-brewery inspired by all things wrestling https://www.topropebrewing.com/

The Ship & Mitre: Liverpool’s premier freehouse – offering an amazing selection of beers to be delivered or collected http://www.theshipandmitre.com/

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

Skaus: Scandi-inspired coffee shop and store on Allerton Road https://www.skaus.co.uk/

Love Lane Brewery: Craft beer fanatics, put an order in at Love Lane – Baltic Triangle’s brilliant bewery https://www.lovelanebrewing.com/

R&H Fine Wines: Classy drops, rare cases and vintage bottles https://randhfinewines.co.uk/

Taco or Don’t: Taco kits, margarita kits and more delivered straight to your door https://www.instagram.com/tacoordont/

Howl At The Moon: Liverpool’s local and premiere hot sauce company coming in hot with a Xmas hamper! https://www.hatmhotsauce.com/Xmas_Gift_box/p4161769_20860023.aspx

The Fermentation Station: Creating local, sustainable, waste free vegan food through fermentation https://www.thefermentation-station.co.uk/

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.

Bookshops

https://www.newsfromnowhere.org.uk/

https://reidofliverpool.co.uk/

https://www.kernaghanbooks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PritchardsBookshop/

https://www.henrybohnbooksliverpool.co.uk/

Music

https://digliverpool.co.uk/

https://www.defendvinyl.com/

https://www.probe-records.uk/

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: https://www.theindybox.com/the-box

Pure therapies: Get your hands on a gift voucher for some personal skincare: https://www.instagram.com/pure_therapiesandaesthetics/

Lifestyle Collective: Vouchers for the most chilled nail bar in town: https://www.instagram.com/lifestylcollective/

Sweet Pea and Little Wolf: cute mix of bespoke herbal tea, healing crystals, apothecary, quirky homeware and clothing https://www.instagram.com/sweetpeaandlittlewolf/

Beths Botanics & Décor: Cruelty free vegan skincare https://www.instagram.com/bethsbotanicsdecor/

Healthy Planet Yoga: Vouchers for the yogi in your life: https://healthyplanetliverpool.com/collections/gift-voucher

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 https://shoptothemoon.com/

Utility: design classics and contemporary pieces https://www.utilitydesign.co.uk/

Primrose and Ivy: fresh, Silk & Dried Luxury Bouquets https://www.instagram.com/primroseandivy/

Cocochi: luxury vegan hand-poured candles https://shop.cocochi.co/

Sunshine Soul: vegan soy wax candles and reed diffusers https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SunshineSoulUK

Frank and I: giftboxes carefully curated with original handmade products and thoughtful finds https://www.frankandi.com/shop

Gingerly Hygge: Cosy, home-made gifts with a Danish twist https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/gingerlyhygge

Grasshopper Designs: long lasting, colourful, dried grass and flower bouquet https://www.grasshopperdesigns.co.uk/

Home of Ethereal: delicate and sculptural pieces https://www.instagram.com/homeofethereal/

Root Houseplants: cool and contemporary houseplants https://www.root-houseplants.com/

Sam Keith Turnings: beautifully made wooden pieces and furniture https://www.keithturnings.com/store/

Fabric Snug: Where home textile dreams become reality! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Fabricsnug

Fashion and jewellery

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

Resurrection: Bold Street’s premiere clothes shop https://www.resurrection-online.com/

Outsiders Store: Explore the latest fashion inspired functional clothing, footwear and equipment for both men & women https://www.outsidersstore.com/

Clay by Chlo: Cute polymer clay jewellery and gifts https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaybyChloShop

Sevenstore: Men’s fashion and apparel based in the Baltic https://www.sevenstore.com/

Kirsty Doyle: Sequins, tulle Skirt, statement Trousers https://www.kirsty-doyle.com/

Gypsea Luna: Hand knotted healing necklaces & crystal creations https://www.instagram.com/gypsealunaco/

BTEC Pat Butcher: Quirky earrings in honour of the lady herself https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BTECPatButcher

The Hippy Rose: handmade Boho Bags and accessories https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheHippyRose

Olivia Divine: Colourful and quirky headbands, brooches, necklaces https://oliviadivine.co.uk/

Tots Baby Wear: Bespoke clobber for the little ones https://www.instagram.com/totsbabywear/

Quartz and All: Handmade Crystal Jewellery https://www.instagram.com/quartzandall_/

Jak and Liza: Contemporary womenswear https://www.instagram.com/jak.liza.popup/

Toxteth Tie Dye: Modern classics given a tie die twist https://www.instagram.com/toxtethtiedye/

Faye Elizabeth Jewellery: Bold, bright and fun pieces https://www.instagram.com/fayelizabethjewellery/

M0ther: Wonderful local gifts for Merseyside mothers and further afield. Check out their new pyjamas! https://www.m0ther.co.uk/

Rawhide Custom: Rawhide Custom creates British veg-tanned leather goods entirely by hand in the North Docks of Liverpool https://www.rawhidecustom.co.uk/

Secret Garden: Festival-inspired fashion http://www.secretgardenofficial.co.uk/

Mi Apparel: Sustainable and ethical fashion https://miapparel.co.uk/

Hol And May: Liverpool based sister act selling some lovely clothes https://www.holandmay.co.uk/

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 https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on/clive-anderson-me-macbeth-i

Dial M for Murder https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on/dial-m-for-murder

Zog https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on/zog

The Philharmonic

Jamie Cullum https://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/all-shows/jamie-cullum/3435

Nobuyuki Tsujii piano https://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/classical-music/nobuyuki-tsujii-piano/3320

World Museum

AI More than Human https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatson/world-museum/exhibition/ai-more-human

Walker Art Gallery

Linda McCartney https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatson/walker-art-gallery/exhibition/linda-mccartney-retrospective

Royal Court

YNWA Let’s talk about six baby https://liverpoolsroyalcourt.com/whats-on/ynwa-lets-talk-about-six-baby/

Mam I’m Ere https://liverpoolsroyalcourt.com/whats-on/mam-im-ere/