The alternative Manchester Christmas shopping guide
PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 December 2014 | UPDATED: 18:59 21 October 2015
We've explored the hidden corners of Manchester to find the best places for you to purchase the perfect Christmas gifts this festive season
UNUSUAL AND CUTE GIFTS
A mecca for the arty people of Manchester, Fred Aldous is a design hub, stationers, craft-haven and haberdashers that has been in the city since 1886. With around 20,000 crafty items available to purchase and a vintage photo booth, you are bound to find an unusual gift for someone this Christmas. Why not try a candle making kit or a build your own Christmas cracker for some festive fun?
37 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1LW
Tel: 0161 236 4224, www.fredaldous.co.uk
GIFTS OUTSIDE THE BOX
Castlefield ‘Off the High Street’ Christmas market 2014
Castlefield is Manchester’s biggest monthly fine food, craft and vintage market. This Christmas the artisan market will run their ‘Off the High Street’ market each weekend starting from the end of November. Featuring a collection of Christmas gift stalls with hand made products created by local artists and craftspeople; it’s the best place in the city centre to get that extra special gift for someone you love. It will also feature top Manchester street food stalls, craft beers, mulled wine and music.
Every weekend starting November 28 until December 21.
Upper Campfield, Liverpool Road/Deansgate, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FN Tel: Tel: 07826465673, www.castlefieldmarket.org.uk
Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Home to thirty resident artists and makers, Manchester Craft and Design is the ideal place to find a gift that has been created with love this Christmas. Located in the creative Northern Quarter, artists here design, create and make a variety of handmade products, from textiles and ceramics to pewter and paint.
17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD
Built in 1871, the beautiful Victorian Grade II Barton Arcade is your go-to destination for luxury gifts this Christmas. For the perfect party shoes, visit Edwards of Manchester, who have been selling quality and handmade footwear since 1830. For an extra special gift, AKA Bespoke Jewellers custom-make jewellery of all styles and designs. They also stock a prestigious range of vintage watches.
Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW www.bartonarcade.com
GIFTS FROM LOCAL INDEPENDENTS
Tib Street, Northern Quarter
With a continuously evolving stock of beers from around the globe, you’ll find the perfect beer for even the most undiscerning tastes at Beermoth. An independent, specialist shop established in 2013, Beermoth are happy to offer advice on picking the ideal tipple for you or your loved ones that will take pride of place on the dinner table this Christmas.
70 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG
Tel: 0161 222 4001, www.beermoth.co.uk
A boutique florist, Northern Flower was set up seven years ago and is run by a small team of qualified florists. With 18 years of experience between them, in this potting-shed style shop you’ll find the best quality bouquets here to treat someone over the festive season. Adorn your Christmas table with a bespoke themed centre piece or greet those knocking at your door with a pretty festive wreath.
58 Tib Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LG
Tel: 0161 832 7731, www.northernflower.com