Best independent art shops for Christmas gifts 2023
Put some sparkle into the festive season by supporting small businesses and independent artists this Christmas. We’ve put together a list of our favourite independent shops around the UK where you can buy quirky and original gifts that you won’t be able to find in big, high street retailers. From statement artworks to fun stocking fillers, take your pick from lovingly designed and crafted gifts made by indie artists.
Flock and Gaggle, Manchester
Officially Manchester’s award-winning best gift shop! We love this indie gift shop on the first floor of Quayside MediaCityUK in Salford. Hosted by painter and illustrator Fernandes Makes, it sells work from over 40 different independent makers, creators and artists from the local area and beyond.
📍 Quayside, The Quays, M50 3AH
Family Store, Brighton
Based in Brighton's North Laines, Family Store have been selling clothing, pins, patches, records, small press, and other illustrated goods both in their bricks-and-mortar store and online since 2016. Alongside great new independent goods they also collaborate with local and worldwide illustrators to bring you exciting new things to wear and love.
📍 33 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL
Studio Pylon, Glasgow
Studio Pylon’s website proclaims Art, Gifts, JOY! And who can argue with that? Studio Pylon is all about bringing affordable art and design to everybody, being a welcoming, accessible, inclusive space and supporting and showcasing as many fantastic artists and makers as possible.
📍 10 Hillfoot Street, Glasgow G31 2LF
Conquer Trading Post, Keswick
A small independent gift shop, with an 'old school' cabin vibe. Antique shop fittings, pigeon hole cabinets, and our apothecary section make for a truly unique and awesome shopping experience.
📍 28 Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5DQ
Affordable art print, cards, stationery, homeware, gifts, books and magazines curated by Joseph Cox and Alice Thomson in their awesome Hull shop and studio. They love to share work that's made in Hull as well as by artists, designers and illustrators from a little further afield. Form was created by Joseph and Alice in 2016 and you can shop online as well as in their shop.
📍 62 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TU
KIN.DER, Peak District
Risograph print studio, pop up shop and creative space. KIN.DER is run by artists Lauren Riley and Richard Knox and mostly focuses on custom screen printing and risograph printing, amongst other bespoke work. The shop stocks an eclectic mix of prints, apparel, homeware, gifts and stationery.
📍 Glossop Gasworks, Arundel Street, Glossop SK13 7AB
Still Life, Ulverston
The most eye-catching shop in Ulverston, if not Cumbria! Browse for all your creative and stylish gift inspiration and artwork needs – plus studio.
📍 11 - 13 Union Street, Cumbria, Ulverston LA12 7HT
A coffee shop and screenprint studio in New Brighton owned by Luce and Scott, the screen-printing duo behind Toucan Tango. A lovely small space to sup coffee, beer, cider or wine as well as browse crafted goods.
📍 6 Atherton St, New Brighton, Merseyside CH45 2NY