10 of the Best Places to Shop Local this Christmas  | Living North

10 of the Best Places to Shop Local this Christmas 

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With experts in fashion, skincare, floristry and food and drink on our doorstep there’s every reason to support our local independents this Christmas

North East 

The Flower Folk, Jesmond
The owner here, Pip, has a very simple vision – to combine seasonality with quality. Their range of the the highest-quality fresh flowers and plants will make for the perfect Christmas bouquet for your home, or someone else. And, we’re not sure how you could resist their handmade natural festive wreaths.

RE, Corbridge
Armed with years of experience designing and developing collections, the owners of RE sell a unique range of lifestyle and home accessories. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who has everything you’ll find the weird, whacky and just simply unusual at RE. 

For The Love of The North, Newcastle, Whitley Bay and Corbridge
Working with over 50 North East-based creatives, For The Love of The North sell an unbeatable curated collection that celebrates our wonderful region. Everything they sell is the brainchild of a local artist or creative and represents of a love of the North East of England, and we love them for it. 

Eleanor's Byre, Embleton
Slap bang on the Northumberland Coastal Trail, this cosy shop sells a varied range of products from eclectic sources, though the entire stock is led by a principle of promoting well-designed British-made items. You might not think you need anything when you walk in, but we promise you won’t be able to leave empty handed. 

Petals of Hexham
This independent boutique has been bringing luxury brands, including Chantelle and Maryan Mehlhorn, to the region to fulfil our lingerie and swimwear needs for more than 18 years. So if it’s quality products and unbeatable customer service you’re looking for, look no further. 

Yorkshire 

Element Contemporary Jewellery, Hebden Bridge
First established in 2003, Element Jewellery is a boutique located in the artistic hub of Hebden Bridge. Offering bespoke jewellery and watches, as well as stunning wedding and engagement rings, it’s a must-visit shopping destination for those looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, (or yourself!).

Bath House, York, Ilkley and Kirkby Lonsdale 
Bath House products (think fragrance and natural skincare) have been a life-long labour of love. Beginning in 1997 with a kitchen as their lab, the company now run several boutiques across Yorkshire and The Lake District. Their shops are worth a visit just for the enchanting window displays, but you’ll be tempted by their extensive range of fragrances which are lovingly boxed in hand-finished packaging.

Chirpy, Leeds
This gift shop-cum-workshop stocks unique home accessories and gifts with personality and style. Forget mass-produced stocking fillers, instead think unique and quirky items made by independent, local designers and makers. 

Kiss the Moon, Gilling West
With a range of 100 percent natural beauty products, from oils to bath and body creams, the entire Kiss The Moon range has been designed to help prepare you for a good night’s rest, and nourish your skin while you sleep. We know we wouldn’t be disappointed to unwrap their award-winning overnight hand cream this Christmas. 

Demijohn, York
Alcohol for Christmas is generally a crowd pleaser, whether it’s artisan gin or sparkling British wine. Shop local at York's only liquid deli, Demijohn, where you’ll have the chance to taste their unique British wines, whisky, gin, spirits, oils and vinegars before bottling your choice in the shop. 

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Living North Magazine 
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Published in: December 2019

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