Sheffield is probably best known for its out-of-town shopping mall, Meadowhall, which has a great array of mainly high street shops but if it’s independent shops you’re looking for, then stay in the city.
Devonshire Street is home to Sheffield’s independent quarter and a great place to start your shopping expedition for something a bit different and personal.
For retro and vintage fashion lovers
Influenced by film, music and popular culture as well as catwalk trends, you’ll be able to pick up a one-off handmade garment from Syd & Mallory's. Taking inspiration from home turf to the 90's Seattle grunge scene and the British punk phenomenon, the shop offers all you could hope for in original designs for the individualist on your Christmas shopping list.
Stay in Devonshire Street for VULGAR - an independent vintage label specialising in rare one-of-a-kind pattern prints, statement festival pieces, designer labels and timeless accessories as well as go-to classic wardrobe staples like leather and denim. Made up of a small team of friends who work hard to offer the best and the bang-on'est of vintage fashion around, you’re bound to find the perfect one-off gift for your fashionista with a fancy for the sub-culture of times gone by.
Another gem on Devonshire Street is Within Reason a beautiful lifestyle shop which combines an eclectic mix of familiar brands such as One Hundred Stars, Lisbeth Dahl, Jellycat, PIP, Hultquist, Mirabelle and Caro; with lesser known ones. Established more than 20 years ago, it sells stylish, affordable artisan goods for the home and an array of individual gift possibilities.
A brisk 15 minute walk from the station is The Famous Sheffield Shop on Ecclesall Road, showcasing the best of Sheffield's craftsmanship and a wonderful place to pick up a beautiful present. Not surprising from the city of steel, there are plenty of exquisite knives for the cook in your life as well as other steel and silver trinkets from hip flasks and photo frames to jewellery and gifts for children.
For music lovers
Bear Tree Records at The Forum on Devonshire Street is a must for anyone searching for the perfect Christmas gift for the music lover in your life. With an emphasis on handpicked, high quality vinyl – ranging from indie, punk and metal through to jazz, electronica, krautrock and obscure soundtracks. And each record comes with a personal description from the owner Joe, meaning you may well be seduced into buying more than you went in for.
The small but perfectly formed, LP Records on Arundel Street boasts an eclectic selection of soul, dance, funk, indie and prog-rock classics. If there are more than three people in there it can get a bit crowded, but don’t let that put you off, you’re bound to pick up the perfect gift for your music magpie from this amazing collection.