Hull has become a bit of a retail mecca for those in the know, offering everything from high-end to high-street stores, as well as some outstanding independent shops that will ensure sorting out your Christmas shopping is simple.
With retail hubs across the city centre including St Stephens on Ferensway, the Prospect Shopping Centre and Princes Quay, combined with charming locations in the old town such as the outstanding Hepworth Arcade, you really will find something for everyone.
For vintage and retro fans
On the lookout for a vintage fashion find? Then make sure you stop in at Beasley’s in the heart of Hull’s old town in Hepworth Arcade. It’s been a staple for locals in the know for decades and, taking in the outstanding selection of fashions old and new, it’s not hard to see why.
Also in the Hepworth Arcade, Roisin Dubh is ideal if you’re looking for something on the quirky side. The shop stocks vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, accessories and products that are bound to offer inspired gift options.
Poorboy on Humber Street has a great range of vintage clothes ranging from the 60s to the 90s. As well as ‘re-made’ pieces that bring retro pieces bang up to date, they also create gorgeous hand-crafted leather satchels made locally from British leathers.
For liqueur lovers
Gin-lover? Then don’t miss Hotham’s – a gin school and micro-brewery in Hepworth Arcade. Creating and selling award-winning gins, it’s a sure-fire winner for a gift and, if you’re feeling especially generous, you could splash out on an experience day where they will learn about the history of gin, the gin making process and create their own unique bottle of gin to take home.
For the kids
Looking for something for the young or young at heart? Also in the Hepworth Arcade you’ll find Dinsdale’s Joke & Trick Shop. Open since the 1930s this institution even boasts having had Tommy Cooper as patron and sells all sorts of tricks, jokes, toys and fancy dress to keep the pranksters in your family occupied.
For kids of all ages, Just Kits on Hessle Road is the place to go if you’re after something to keep their hands busy over the holidays. Specialising in radio control cars, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters, it also has a fantastic array of plastic kits, paints, modelling materials and accessories, so there’s something for every model-making enthusiast and novice alike.
For music maestros
Spin It records inside Trinity Market is the perfect place to stop by if you’re buying for a music lover and on the hunt for a classic or newly released vinyl. In fact, the store boasts one of the widest collections of records in the region, with over 16,000 LPs and 7,000 singles.
Disc Discovery on Spring Bank is another great independent record shop you can pick up a vintage classic. With a vast collection spanning the 60s through to the 00s and a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team on hand, you can’t go wrong.