Shop Local – North East Small Business Christmas Guide

Shop Local – Christmas Gift Guide

Yes, whether you’re ready for it or not, Christmas is coming! Festive lights and Christmas windows adorn our highstreet and bring with it the reminder of gift giving.

It’s easy at the best of times to hop onto Amazon but this year more than ever our high street shops, our local, small businesses have been hit hard thanks to the restrictions of lockdowns and lack of footfall in general. Many local businesses have moved online or to Facebook pages and I wanted to collate and share some of their information in the hopes of spreading a little Christmas joy. We have some wonderfully talented folk up North, let’s support them and shop local for our Christmas gifts!

Below you’ll find a menagerie of treasures from art prints, ceramics, personalised clothing, Santa sacks, kids clothing, jewellery, planners, photography, art, illustration, hampers and so much more!

Shop small, shop local 🎁


Blinkin Imp

Shop local xmas gifts - north east Morpeth art
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“Blinkin’ Imp is otherwise known as Lizzie Carins. I hand make and screen print limited edition artworks, home ware, stationary and accessories!”


Blinkin Imp


Charlotte Summers Photography

North East Photographer fashion teen photoshoot
Image: Charlotte Summers Photography

Charlotte offers headshots and photoshoots for ages 6-15 junior/teen. No experience necessary. Fun fashion shoots. Charlotte has worked with INTU Eldon Square, Rosie Fortescue, NOW Magazine, Beyond Retro, Glastonbury Festival & ITV’s This Morning. 


Charlotte Summers Photography Website and Instagram Portfolio 

Sean Elliot Photography

Sean Elliot Photography Family photoshoot
Image: Sean Elliot Photography

“I have taken it upon myself to offer a new concept: the ‘family hugshot portrait’. The family hugshot is all about capturing your first gathering of those love to capture what we have missed so much. From the grandparents first hug of their grandchildren to the meeting of siblings, from newborn nieces and nephews to the first hug of a shielding parent. Let’s document these special moments, they are your living histories and I would be honoured to capture these moments for you.”

More details on this offer here, website below.


Sean Elliot Photography

Melanie Hedley Makeup Artist

north east beauty blogger makeup artist
Image: Melanie Hedley Makeup Artist

Christmas Vouchers: These vouchers can be redeemed against any of my treatments. Why not treat your loved one to a pamper. All come in this beautiful bespoke box with lovely little surprise goodies inside.

❤️Makeup Voucher
❤️Wedding Make up
❤️Makeup Masterclass
❤️Lash lift and tint
❤️Brow lamination
❤️Rejuvenating LED light facial with lymphatic massage

Diva Dust Makeup Artist


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Image: Diva Dust Makeup Artist – Alice and Diane Photography

Mobile Makeup Artist for Weddings, Proms and all Special Occasions. Nearly two decades of experience. Fully insured. Competitive prices.

Fotografia Morelli

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Image: Fotografia Morelli

“Art photography: an eclectic mix of colour, B&W and artistic effects. Photos come in a range of sizes and are all mounted or can be framed. Framed 7×5” prints start at £18.”


Fotografia Morelli

Carol Nunan Printmaker

shop local north east screen print
Image: Carol Nunan

“Original Prints, Limited Edition Giclee Prints (available from my online Print Shop) and a range of gift products based on my prints (available from my online Gift Shop).


Carol Nunan Printmaker

JEM Illustrations

pet illustrations gift
Image: JEM Illustrations

North East of England based watercolourist, specialising in commissioned portraits of beloved pets


Handmade by Robyn

handmade xmas decorations 2020
Handmade By Robyn

Handmade Decorations


Handmade by Robyn

Wordsworth Handcrafted Soap Co.

home made soap
Image: Wordsworth Handcrafted Soap Co.

“We wanted something simpler. Cleaner. Better for the environment. So we created our handcrafted soap. A simple line of products everyone can use. Natural ingredients, no chemicals, eco friendly packaging. Clean soap. Naturally.”


Wordsworth Handcrafted Soap Co.

Northumbrian Free Range Eggs Ltd

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Image: Northumbrian Free Range Eggs LTD

Supplying free-range eggs and Christmas Hampers.


Northumbrian Free Range Eggs Ltd

North Embroidery & Print

Shop local xmas gifts Embroidery north east
Image: North East Embroidery & Print

“Embroidery & print business located in the heart of Northumberland. No minimum order. We specialise in all types of personalised clothing and workwear including big brands such as Helly Hansen, Dickies, Canterbury & Regatta.”


North Embroidery & Print


The Morpeth Larder

The Morpeth Larder Christmas hamper Shop Local
Image: The Morpeth Larder


“We stock a wide range of Jams, Chutneys, Honeys, Pates, Biscuits, Crackers, Chocolates, Gifts, Tea, Coffee, Local Beers, Local Gins, Lindisfarne Wines/Meads and lots more!

Our Christmas Shop is open full of festive foodie goodies and you can also build your own hampers in-store. Or alternatively, we have hampers on our website and we also offer Free UK mainland delivery on all hampers ordered via our website.”


Robin Roots Candle Company

Image: Robin Roots Candle Company

“Robin Roots Candle Company brings you luxury scented soy candles hand poured in small batches in Northumberland. We bring beautiful scents along with a touch of elegance to your home.”


Robin Roots Candle Company

Darren Chapman

shop local xmas gifts north east jigsaw
Image: Darren Chapman


“I have a range of products available made using my photos from around Northumberland.

Jigsaws, calendars, diaries, Northumberland Address books, canvases and prints too.”

Ginger Fox Giftware

Shop local xmas gifts Santa sacks
Image: Ginger Fox Giftware

“Beautiful homeware, giftware and personalised gifts.”


Phillippa Lee Glass Art

shop local xmas gifts north east blog glass art
Image: Phillippa Lee Glass Art

“I am a glass artist with my studio in Hexham. I make glass angels, wish sticks, trinket dishes, Jewellery, t light holders and lovely glassy Christmas decorations.”



Phillippa Lee Glass Art

Studio 40 Seven

small business north east blog personalised Santa sack
Image: Studio 40 Seven

Arts and Crafts and personalised items.


Studio 40 Seven

David Lawson Ceramics

handmade ceramics in north east England
Image: David Lawson Ceramics

“David Lawson produces hand thrown, wood-fired, salt glazed pottery in Hexham, Northumberland. Beautiful, functional pieces in robust stoneware for everyday use in the kitchen, from tiny spice dishes through to large oven dishes and tableware.

Selling through Allendale Forge Studios, Bardon Mill Tearooms & Bradleys at Bridge End where his workshop & onsite kiln are situated.” All enquiries to


David Lawson Ceramics 

November Club

north east blog theatre history
Image: November Club

“November Club is a performing arts company based in Morpeth. Like so many arts organisations we’ve had work cancelled and had to adapt to digital. We’re proud to share with you a collection of audio tales, inspired by traditional fairytales which are available to download via Bandcamp for £10 inc VAT.

Lost Found and Told is a collection of seven original short stories written by Fiona Ellis, set in Northumberland. Enjoy them in the comfort of your own home or while out walking in the fresh air. Plug in and switch off.
We also have a limited number of memory sticks available if downloads are not for you, please message us for details.
A great alternative gift idea this Christmas. Thank you for your support.”

The Christmas Farm

Christmas tree North east
Image: The Christmas Farm


Christmas Trees, Pot Grown Christmas Trees, Christmas Veg Boxes, Wreath Kits, Farm Grown meat, Sheep skin rugs and more.

The Bee and Botanist

christmas wreath north east the bee and botanist
Image: The Bee and The Botanist

“We are located in the heart of Morpeth, in a courtyard of other fantastic independent stores.”  Providing Christmas wreaths.

Designed By Helena

handmade gifts reusable face masks
Image: Designed By Helena

Handmade reusable facemasks

Designed By Helena

The Airy Fairy

handmade Christmas gifts fairy in red dress
Image: The Airy Fairy


“I make airy fairy’s! I can make you custom made fairies too!”

Not Just A Print

xmas gift ideas vinyl personalised
Image: Not Just A Print


“Not Just a Print is the original home of the personalised vinyl record print. Founded in 2014 by Stacey Rogers on a pregnancy-fuelled dream, we now have 100s of gift designs and a team of 12 designers, makers and organisers who create personalised gifts in our studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Each is hand-finished, each has a story to tell – be it about a wedding, a birthday, a graduation or celebrating a friendship. Each is not ‘just a print’ it’s a unique story in itself.”

The Hat Hut

handmade knitwear north east blogger
Image: The Hat Hut


“Handmade knit crochet hats, scarves, gloves, cowls, as well as sewing cushion covers, bags, aprons, hemming curtains, trousers and more.”

Elfin Around

north east christmas elf experience
Image: Elfin Around

“Elfin’ Around creates theatre and magical experiences for children and families.” Prerecorded messages, zoom calls, Elf deliveries.


Elfin Around


Melanie Kyles

Shop local north east blog pack of scrunchies
Image: Melanie Kyles

“The Melanie Kyles brand blends contemporary embroidery and sustainability for a slow fashion ethos, ensuring neither made-to-order or RTW products compromise on values or aesthetics. All materials used are consciously sourced for their quality, environmental impact and ethical production, before being expertly reworked, embellished or embroidered in-house at The Fashion Lab.

Made-to-order and bespoke options help to minimise waste… aims to challenge outdated perceptions of needlework and craft-based work by applying these skills in unconventional ways. Both artworks and products reflect and inspire one another, bridging the gap between art, craft and fashion.”

Melanie Kyles

With Love Happy Feet

Dog bow tie
Image: With Love Happy Feet

“I sell… from toys, natural treats, personalised dog tags, clothes, grooming etc. I chose this business as I love making pets and their owners happy!”

The Cake Kitchen

handmade cake with pretty topping
Image: The Cake Kitchen


“The Cake Kitchen are offering Delicious Christmas Cakes to order, Christmas hampers full of local produce.”

Darling Northumberland

shop local xmas gifts north east blog candles
Image: Darling Northumberland


A range of beautiful candles made in the heart of Northumberland.

For The Love Of The North

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Image: For The Love Of The North


“For the Love of the North offer high quality North East Gifts, Prints and Cards all sourced directly from artists who live and work in the North East of England.​”

Northumbrian Pantry

support local business Northumbrian pantry deli
Image: Northumbrian Pantry Deli

“Jams, jellies, and chutneys brought to you from the heart of Hadrians Wall country in Northumberland, we pride ourselves in using the highest quality of seasonal produce and local ingredients in order to bring you our extra special flavours.”

Kayleigh Falcus Jewellery

shop local north east blog jewellery
Image: Kayleigh Falcus

“Jewellery Designer | Textiles Specialist | Illustrator | Stencil Artist”


Kayleigh Falcus Jewellery

Yana Active

active wear Yana sports top and leggings
Image: Yana Active

“YANA recognise, support, and style our #everydaywarriors. We jump with you, crunch with you, and lunch with you. When you’re hard at work at the gym or office, so is our activewear. Whether you are smashing fitness goals, or owning your look – we want to be part of the action, and the style in your story.”


Yana Active

Warrior And Feral

north east shopping clothing 'the little lady' t-shirt
Shop: Warrior And Feral

“Sustainable clothing made from 100% organic cotton.
Home Decor Wall Art Prints and Postcards.”


Warrior And Feral

Daisy’s Doodles

xmas t-shirt kids 'so elfin cute'
Image: Daisy Doodles

“Personalised Clothing & Accessories. We offer a wide range of clothing from newborn to adults & everything in between!”


Daisy’s Doodles

Frugal Cottage Designs

shop local xmas gifts budget planner
Image: The Frugal Cottage

Budgeting Planners + Printables


Frugal Cottage Designs

Little Learners

Little learners baby toys
Image: Little Learners

“From colouring sheets to messy play products – we have it all here..”


Little Learners

Ashleigh Brown Studio

shop local north east blogger handmade designs
Image: Ashleigh Brown Studio

“I sell handmade textiles and paper goods.”


Ashleigh Brown Studio


shop local xmas gifts motherhood enamel pins
Image: MerPins

“I sell enamel pins, mugs, bags, notebooks, stickers and keyrings.



The Life Bath

shop local north east blog jewellery gold rose
Image: The Life Bath

Clothing, Jewellery, Accessories


The Life Bath

Tallulah Love

luxury lingerie
Image: Tallulah Loves

“Tallulah Love luxury lingerie. The essence of Tallulah Love lingerie is French-inspired opulence of high quality, with luxurious fabrics, sophisticated use of colour and strong detailing. Oh, and a touch of British quirkiness?”


Tallulah Love


Little Oeuf

shop local xmas gifts kids clothes little boeuf
Image: Little Oeuf


“We specialise in luxury independent indie Children’s & Adults clothing, luxury gifts, books & lifestyle products.

All of our products are carefully curated on the basis that they are super snuggly 🍃Organic, Ethically Sourced & Vegan Friendly (PETA Approved).”

Little Oeuf

The Dry Decor

shop local xmas gifts dry flowers pampas grass
Image: The Dry Decor

“Dry flowers and grasses. Or Natural flowers and grasses allow you to create a home you love.”


The Dry Decor


Christmas Eve Boxes By Amanda Gilchrist

Christmas Eve Box
Image: Christmas Eve Box

“Our personalised Jajo Christmas Eve box range is a keepsake item to start a new tradition which will become an heirloom for the family. These stunning boxes are created with an array of options to ensure we have the perfect item to meet your needs.

All of our boxes are solid wood with hinged lids and measure 30cm x 30xm x 15cm approximately.”


Christmas Eve Boxes

The Northumberland Tartan Company

northumberland tartan tea towel xmas gifts
Image: Northumberland Tartan Company

“We offer a wide range of gifts for all the family including our best selling Lambswool scarf. Also a fantastic range of chinaware and textiles for the home.”


The Northumberland Tartan Company




Happy Holidays!

These are just a handful of amazing independent shops in the North East! I hope this post has given you some gifting ideas and helps us all to shop local for Christmas gifts and more this year.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! 🎄


You can find more Xmas Gift Ideas here!

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