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Christmas Shopping Guide to Manchester

Check this round-up of unique gift ideas from local businesses before you settle for ordering online this Christmas.

Christmas will feel a little different this year, with many of us unable to socialise with family and friends the way we usually would. But this makes it an even better time to show how much we care with thoughtful gifts, from the makers and businesses that need our support to keep going. With the city’s famous Christmas Markets officially cancelled, we looked elsewhere to find Manchester’s best spots for creative Christmas shopping.

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Festive Winter Fair at Victoria Baths
Hathersage Road, M13 0FE
This socially-distanced shopping event welcomes you back to Victoria Baths, with specially selected artists and makers at stalls throughout the building. Take in the history of the partially-restored 1900s baths while browsing ceramics, artwork, jewellery and homeware from 30 independent sellers, to make sure your gift-giving this year is totally unique. There’ll also be Victoria Baths merchandise available to support the restoration work of the Trust.
The Festive Winter Fair is open 11am-4pm on 14th-15th November, as well as the following weekend on 21st-22nd November. Timed entry tickets are available online for £3.

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Chorlton Makers Market
adj. to Chorlton Library, M21 9PN

The Makers Market pops up throughout Manchester neighbourhoods every month, bringing a selection of local makers to our streets. Chorlton Makers Market is found adjacent to Chorlton Library on the 3rd Saturday of the month, featuring stalls from artists and craftspeople, from bakers to soap makers, illustrators to cheesemongers. Don’t forget to swing by the Chorlton Plant Swap to take home a new green friend! You can find information on Northern Quarter, West Didsbury and other Market locations here

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Object Style 
Beech Road, M21 9EQ +Epicerie Ludo grocer and wine merchant just over the road
Taking advantage of South Manchester’s independent businesses, just down the road from the Makers Market you can find Beech Road, a stretch of tree-lined street hiding Chorlton’s plethora of bars, restaurants and covetable shopping. Object Style is a lifestyle store selling stylish homeware, art and accessories that ensure you’ll leave with a tasteful gift for all your friends – and probably something for yourself too. 
While you’re there, pop into Epicerie Ludo, a grocer and wine merchant just over the road, selling treasures for your pantry that will build the perfect festive hamper.

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Rare Mags 
Lower Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 1JQ
You can’t go wrong with a beautiful book for Christmas, and by jumping on a train to Stockport you’ll find yourself at Rare Mags, the blue-fronted magazine and bookstore on Lower Hillgate, recently upsized to cram even more beautiful stock inside. With publications and writing covering everything from outdoor survival to poetry, fashion to food history, slow living to natural wines, you’ll find something for even the fussiest member of the family – and you’ll be supporting an independent shop and the publishers that make these books a reality. Stockport is also home to a number of creative, independent shopowners perfect for Christmas gift-hunting – take The Norah StoreAll Night Flight Records and Plant Shop as well as antique and secondhand shops at every corner.

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Bernie’s Grocery Store
Hawthorn Grove, Heaton Moor, SK4 4HZ
A new shop and an exciting discovery, on the way to Stockport, tucked down a side road is Bernie’s, a new grocery store by Provisions & Grocery, selling locally-made goods and produce by the finest Manchester bakers, brewers, fermenters, and roasters. Still, in the growing stages, Bernie’s is still expanding, with veg stalls to be announced and a pop-up in the city centre for Christmas shoppers. Trust us, it’s difficult to choose in this beautifully curated shop, so why not select a Bernie’s Finest Hamper, starting at £50 and perfect for any avid home chef, new homeowner or foodie.