The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spread joy and show appreciation for our loved ones but also to contribute to the growth of our local community. By choosing to shop from small local businesses, you can discover unique and thoughtful gifts while supporting entrepreneurs and artisans in our own neighbourhood. We've put together a curated guide featuring a wide range of gift ideas that showcase the creativity and craftsmanship of local businesses and also ensure that your friends and family receive something truly special this Christmas.
If you're shopping for the health-conscious foodie in your life, consider a gift basket filled with organic herbs, spices, and whole foods. Pop in to Tullivers on 1-2 Colliergate, YO1 8BP who stock a great range of supplements, whole foods, free-from products and organic bodycare. You'll also find over 200 different herbs and spices, herbal teabags, and green, Ayurvedic and fruit teas. The shop is owned by Alan and his wife Tracey, along with Alan’s sister and brother in law, making it a true family business. CHECK THEM OUT!
Looking for a thoughtful Christmas gift that inspires creativity? Check out Avorium on 13 Colliergate, YO1 8BP - they sell beautiful, sustainable, matching desk accessories as well as health journals, pens and tote bags - many of which can be personalised. The shop was established in 2021 by three siblings: Tom, Georgia and Olivia. They offer a sitewide 20% student discount and you can also get 10% off your shopping with a SPARK10 code at the checkout - both in store and online until 24th December. TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR WEBSITE
If you're after a treat for fashion enthusiasts who appreciate sustainable fashion choices, visit Expressions, a family-run vintage and retro clothing store on 12 Walmgate, YO1 9TJ. The owner Chris Davies took over the business from his parents and now runs it also with his own children. Expect a great selection of unique and timeless pieces, from hundreds of ice hockey, American football, baseball and basketball jerseys to dresses covering the 40s to today. They even sell cushions sewn by Chris' mum, made from American football jerseys! Plus, there's a 10% discount available to students, NHS staff as well as armed forces and emergency services personnel. SEE MORE HERE
Houseplants make wonderful gifts too, bringing life and freshness to any space! If you’re looking for healthy, exotic and unusual plants, Botanic on 27 Walmgate, YO1 9TX is your go-to place! Opened in late January 2018 by the owner Emma, the shop also offers bespoke greenifying advice for businesses and plant maintenance services. Student and NHS discounts are also available. MORE INFO
For quirky gifts and unusual presents, go see Give the dog a bone on 17 Fossgate, YO1 9TA. From toys, comics, games and puzzles to kitchenware and greetings cards - they have all you can think of that is just that little bit different. EXPLORE THEIR PRODUCTS
You will find original Christmas gifts also at York Digital Image on 8 Bridge Street, YO1 6DD. Here you can design a unique T-shirt, mug or wall art with a personalised message, artwork, inspirational quote or a favourite photo which will make for a thoughtful present that can be enjoyed throughout the year. VISIT THEIR PAGE
Or why not give the gift of unforgettable experiences? Treat your loved ones to a Gua Sha or Reflexology session at our in-house Power and Peace Therapies or a Reiki infused sound bath with Kat at All The Aces. Make sure you also check out Ossie Studio for a wide selection of self-care and beauty treatments.
For a truly special and artistic present, explore drawings, prints, and paintings from local artists. This way you can add a touch of creativity to your gift-giving and support our vibrant arts community. Check out the incredible artwork by our resident MAKE studio artists: Leon François Dumont, Jake Moore, Lucy Topham, Kai West and David Arnold. Or take a look at our local artists' multimedia showcase for even more inspiration - you can find it displayed on our Pic Tap terrace. Pamphlets listing over 30 artists featured are up for grabs too.
Or how about a delicious dining experience? Bring your family or friends down and choose from our 9 street food vendors - there's something to please every palate. Indulge in mouthwatering scran prepared right in front of you, savour the aromas and discover the flavours of different cultures and traditions. Plus ordering is super simple via our app available on each table - you can even set up a tab and let your party order individually, all hassle-free! CHECK OUR TRADERS OUT
With so many options, we hope you find some wonderful gifts that not only bring joy but also make a positive impact on our local community!