If you’re wanting to avoid the busy mainstream stores this Christmas, check out Liverpool’s unique and quirky independent shopping options.
If you’re planning a trip to Liverpool for a spot of Christmas shopping, Bluecoat is a must. This 300 year old building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre not only offers a year round programme of family friendly events including arts, literature, music and dance, it’s also home to some of the city’s finest creative businesses around from ceramic wares to independent jewellers, handmade accessories, to boutique clothing. Take some time to browse the Bluecoat Display Centre where you’ll find one-off, handmade jewellery, prints and glassware. For music lovers, take a trip to Bluecoats, Probe Records, one of the best record shops in Liverpool. Despite its modest size, it’s home to a wide range of rare vinyl, as well as new releases and street press magazines. This little music haven is legendary in Liverpool is a must visit when looking for that unique Christmas gift for a music loving friend.
For the literature lovers
Known as Liverpool’s Independent Quarter, Bold Street is home to the city’s largest collection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. With a whole host of unique and quirky gift shops, vintage boutiques and world foods to keep you fuelled for a day of festive shopping, the cobbled steps of Bold Street really do have something for everyone. While you’re there, make sure you check out News From Nowhere, one of Liverpool’s best book shops and a Bold Street favourite. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, take a trip over to Reid of Liverpool on Mount Pleasant, this treasure trove first opened its doors in 1975 and has more than 40,000 titles to choose from.
For the men in your life
Looking for independent clothes shops in Liverpool? Weavers Door is a favourite for menswear in the city. Located on Manesty's Lane, the store is a must for essential menswear pieces from much loved brands including Oliver Spencer, Norse Project and Barbour. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, pop in and ask their advice, as they are famous for their exceptional customer service.
An artist’s paradise
For more creative gifts this Christmas, take a trip to one of Liverpool’s most loved art shops, Rennies Arts and Crafts on Bold Street. With everything you need from the world of arts and crafts, including some of the world’s best suppliers such as Daler Rowney and Winsor & Newton, this art lover’s paradise has everything to get creative minds flowing this Christmas. If finished art is more your thing, Dot-Art Gallery is the place for you. With regular exhibitions featuring the work of local artists, their mission is to make art affordable. With prices starting from just £20, pop by and have a look for yourself if you’re looking for an arty gift this Christmas.
For the gin lovers
Got a gin lover in the family? Why not treat them to a unique experience this Christmas and get them a gift voucher for Liverpool’s Gin Journey? This unique experience will see you guided through the city visiting hidden bars and hearing tales of the boozy botanical trade throughout the eras, all with a delicious gin in your hand to bring it to life. Each tour includes, 5 locations, 5 gin cocktails and samples and a chauffeur and ‘Gin Guardian’ to guide you through your day.