Christmas is going to be an odd one this year – you may not be able to see friends or family, and going around the shops won't be quite like normal. Our local sellers have had an odd time this year too, and need us to help them now more than ever...
This year we’ve teamed up with It’s in Nottingham to showcase the wonderful gifts our independents are offering, so you can support them while sitting on your sofa and get beautiful, thoughtful gifts for your loved ones at the same time.
From mouth-watering doughnuts to classy afternoon tea, cute reindeer tops to woolly warmers, and fabulous festive wines to fruity sloe gin, this is your ultimate Nottingham independent gift guide...
If you’re not able to meet your mate down the pub for a pint, make sure they still get a beer or three on you with this set. Simply tell the crew at Brew Cavern what your friend is into, and they’ll put together a selection of cans and bottles from the best craft beer produced in Notts and beyond.
Flying Horse Walk, NG1 2HN
Brew Cavern website
This clever soap dish has a playful design that also cleverly helps drain and dry the soap, which is made with botanical ingredients and packed with nourishing ingredients. The dish and soap come in a range of different styles, but whichever ones you choose are sure to boujee up any bathroom.
Sneinton Market, NG1 1DT
Olivia Aspinall website
Christmas attire doesn’t have to be gaudy - in fact, it can actually be classy while bringing festive cheer. The reindeers have just a touch of sparkle for extra flair, but the black colour is versatile enough to go with any outfit. It’s perfect for lounging at home in with a touch of extra glamour.
Cobden Chambers, NG1 2ED
Stick and Ribbon website
While we can’t go around the world at the moment, this selection of gorgeous wines will do that for you instead. With Spanish Rioja, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Gascony Plaimont, Sicillian Rupe Secca, Argentinian Malbec and Victoria Chardonnay, there’s a bottle to please every party guest.
Castle Gate, NG1 7AQ
Weavers Wine website
Sew up that friendship tightly by gifting them this sweet starter sewing set. It includes a thread picker, scissors, clips and plenty more, so they have all the tools they need to enjoy the joy of sewing straight away. The pretty pattern will also look proper cute sat on their crafting table.
Lower Parliament Street, NG1 1EH
Coles Sewing Centre website
Mmm, doughnuts. We’re blessed to have such a drool-worthy bakery, and a box of baked goods from them is the finest in doughnut decadence. With a handy gift voucher, your chosen pal can select all their favourite flavours themselves. Whatever their jam is, Doughnotts is guaranteed to please.
King Street, NG2 2AS
For that person in your life that’s been meaning to get crafty during lockdown, but hasn’t quite got round to it. This gem of a kit has everything they need to start their jewellery journey, including beads, wires, and pliers, as well as a handy inspiration sheet to get their imagination whirring.
Market Street, NG1 6HY
The Bead Shop website
There’s nothing like a sip of a festively fruity drink to get you in the Christmas mood. This gorgeous Sloe Gin from Redsmith does just that, with its flavours of plum and blackberry jam paired with a brandy finish. It’s a terrific treat for that loved one who has definitely earned a posh tipple.
Sneinton Market, NG1 1DW
Redsmith Distillery website
Getting into the creative zone can be really relaxing, and what better way to do it than in a cosy, inspiring shop in Lace Market? Treat someone to an afternoon of switching off with wine glass decorating, which they can do while sipping on a cocktail or munching on tea and cake.
Mary's Gate, NG1 1PF
Debbie Bryan website
We all want to make the world better, and this sleek-looking, high-quality safety razor will help to do just that. Not only is it reusable and made with ethically-sourced materials, but a tree is planted for each one purchased. Aka, buy one for all your mates and you’ll have done your bit for the planet.
St James’s Street, NG1 6FG
Shop Zero website
Get raising those pinky fingers – this afternoon tea is serious luxury business. This tasty treat will have plenty of seasonal treats, including scones, sandwiches, and scrumptious cakes. It’s the perfect indulgence for that special someone who has plenty to chat about and deserves to do it in style.
Park Row, NG1 6GN
Hart's Hotel website
Have you got a guitar player in your life who has been strumming your heartstrings? Or maybe you know someone who needs an upgrade? This fashionable guitar strap is Canadian and is made with quality leather, so is sure to be durable for everything from jamming sessions to open mic nights.
Woolpack Lane, NG1 1GA
Nottingham City Guitars website
For luxury artisan, vegan and ethical chocolate, this Christmas wreath fits the bill. Made with award-winning 75% Solomon Islands Chocolate, it's both beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. Each one is presented in a gift box and individually wrapped, making it a truly exquisite gift.
Sneinton Market, NG1 1DT
Luisa's Vegan Chocolate website
Getting cosy doesn’t mean you can’t keep things fancy. These matching cowls and wrist warmers are the ultimate winter accessories, with their rich tones and luxurious textures. They come in ten different colours, so you can nab the best shade to match your friend’s wardrobe colour palette.
Sneinton Market, NG1 1DW
Megan Crook Textiles website
Bring the art gallery to the living room with this stunning print that celebrates the iconic model Grace Jones, who the gallery is showcasing in their latest exhibition. Designed by KimThompsonArt, this striking picture would look stunning hung up in a collection of home art, or even just by itself.
Weekday Cross, NG1 2GB
Nottingham Contemporary Shop website
Get into the swing of gift shopping with this handy voucher from the city’s finest jazz bar. Buy one for your friend so you can pay for smooth tune gig tickets, their next tab, or even scrumptious afternoon tea with middle eastern inspired cakes, pastries and ice cream. Sounds groovy.
George Street, NG1 3BH
Peggy's Skylight website
Some people can’t function in the day without a proper cup of coffee, and for a delicious cup of good stuff, Stewarts have got it in the bag. Two bags to be precise. This festive pack provides a great introduction to micro-lot coffees and is sure to impress that coffee aficionado in your life.
Sneinton Market, NG1 1DW
This baked good is truly festive and is sure to keep well too. It’s available in regular and large, which is handy if you’re posting. You can also buy either the traditional flavour with candied peel or raisins or the dark and milk chocolate one. Whatever you choose, deliciousness is guaranteed.
£12.50 or £16.50
Derby Road, NG1 5FT
Tough Mary's Bakehouse website
The perfect pampering present for that friend who is itching to glam up for all Christmas events, Zoom-based or otherwise. You choose how much cash to put on and they choose whatever service they like, whether that be silky-smooth legs, Insta-worthy brows, or mistletoe fluttering lashes.
Pelham Street, NG1 2ED
NKD Waxing website
There’s nothing more zen-like than having the flickering flame of a salt lamp lighting up the room. Apparently, they’re proper good for you, helping with mood-boosting as well as with getting a good night’s sleep. As a bonus, they also look mega pretty, with their soft pink colour and crystally texture.
£10.39 - £39.99
Trinity Walk, NG1 2AN
Little London Herbal Store website
Did you know a lot of wines aren’t vegan? Don’t be caught out when shopping for your plant-munching mate by gifting them this luxurious, indulgent set. Choose a bottle from four varieties of wine, which will come in a wooden gift box alongside handmade Studio Chocolate chocs.
Eldon Chambers, NG1 2NS
No. Twelve website
This paw-some voucher is purr-fect for your feline-loving friend. With the voucher they can head to the cafe and have a coffee and cake, buy themselves some sweet Kitty Cafe merch such as hoodies or mugs, or even buy treats such as for their own furry friends such as Christmas catnip fuzzies. D’aw.
Friary Lane, NG1 6DD
Kitty Cafe website
This boozy set from the sister business of 400 Rabbits showcases fine samples of Mezcal, Bacanora, and Sotol, so you can get into the Mexican Christmas spirit. If you or your gift-receiver can’t host a party but want a party in your mouths where only the best booze is invited, this is magnifico.
Hurts Yard, NG1 6JD
Casa Agave website
Nottingham’s premier independent cakery knows how to make sponge and cream taste like a dream, and these Nutcracker Cakes are no exception. You can customise the flavours and artistic decoration so they can create your ultimate showstopping centrepiece. Bake Off, eat your heart out.
Sneinton Market, NG1 1DU