If you are hitting the shops in the run up to Christmas to find a unique, bespoke gift for family or friends then why not look locally?
Here are some of our suggestions!
Leek has Margot’s Craft Corner that sells beautifully designed cards, a shop called Little Gem that stocks a range of unique handmade jewellery, complementary accessories and clothing. For those who are looking for nostalgic gifts then Classic Collectables is the place to find vintage toys.
In Stone, Tylman of Stone is a store that sells kitchens and furniture but also small gifts such as candles, crafts and kids traditional toys. Above the store is Fleurs Tea Room which would make a great stop off for lunch before continuing with your Christmas shopping. There’s also Plants the Jewellers stocks a range of jewellery and watches for kids and adults.
Stafford Town Centre has a unique shop called Peccadillos selling bespoke jewellery, gifts, cards and interiors. Miss Millicent is a haberdashery where you can find gifts for those who love knitting, or sewing.
If you live in Lichfield there is The Spellbound Bead Co – a shop crammed to the rafters with beads and all things bead related. Magical Story has a fabulous range of gifts inside a barn. The Chilli Barn Stocks a range of chilli sauces, salsas, pickles, chilli chocolate, chilli sweets, fiery snacks and hot jams. They also produce and stock the hottest pork scratchings in the country.
In Burton, Tutbury Mill Mews has a fantastic range of handmade, photographic and humour cards as well as a range of gifts. The Alphabet Gift Company stock baby blankets, soft toys, to stationery, jewellery, handbags, scarves, candles, fragranced gifts and specialises in personalised gifts for special occasions. The range of gifts can be personalised to your requirements with the option to engrave, embroider and print carried out upstairs in the store.
Newcastle-under-Lyme has a handmade and vintage shop – Past and Presents selling vinyl, vintage haberdashery, clothing and gifts (vintage and handmade). There is Red Boutique that sells ladies accessories with a great selection of jewellery, scarves, handbags and purses, even homemade teacup candles! Little Trove specialises in fair trade home products handmade by skilled artisan producers.
Supporting your local high street is a great way to encourage jobs and local growth in your area. These are just some examples of local shops in and around Staffordshire – there are plenty more and we’d love to hear your suggestions!