December is just around the corner, which the mad dash for Christmas shopping is closely following behind. Amidst the chaos and mayhem, it’s more important than ever to keep a conscious mind on the impact that the festive season can have on the environment.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best places in Manchester where you can shop sustainably this Christmas, all whilst supporting independent sellers and local businesses as you do so.

Here’s the rundown…

A Curious Collection on Withington's buzzing high street

Showcasing the work of local artists, A Curious Collection, nestled just behind Café Blah on Withington’s high street, is a brilliant place to start your sustainable Xmas shopping journey. Beautifully curated and well-stocked, this little store specialises in selling funky wall art, bespoke homeware, handmade jewellery and a cracking collection of vintage rare finds.

Any gift you pick up here directly supports the local art and maker scene as well as supporting the high street of one of Manchester’s coolest little areas, so get yourself down and feast your eyes on the colourful, creative and, of course, curious collection that this store has to offer.

5 Davenport Ave, Withington, Manchester M20 3GA, Tel: 07951 585649
Form Lifestyle Store in the Northern Quarter

Tucked away in a Grade II Listed Building resides Form Lifestyle Store. Championing slow consumption and celebrating the work of independent makers, Form is a definite go-to. This little spot will offer you a completely different Christmas shopping experience with a calm atmosphere at the forefront of its ethos—the perfect place to take some time perusing and learning about the makers of the products themselves.

Selling candles, planters, ceramics, decor and much more—check this one out next time you’re caught in the hustle and bustle of the Northern Quarter.

6 Bradley Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1EH
Emmaus Mossley's Secondhand Superstore

We couldn’t not include this brilliant space in the guide…Offering a great way to save some coins, stumble upon unusual gifts, all whilst doing your bit in helping out the local community and environment—the Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore has been transformed into an emporium of secret Santa gifts, reusable Christmas trees, lighting fit for a Winter Wonderland, bargain baubles and a whole lot more.

Hidden gems galore, this is the ultimate sustainable spot to do your Christmas shopping and the perfect opportunity to do your bit in spreading the word about the wonders of the pre-loved.

Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH, Tel: 01457 838608
McQueen Independent on Chorlton's Beech Road

Sat proudly in the heart of the famous Beech Road in Chorlton, McQueen Independent is a beautiful store all about a fairtrade, with an ethical and sustainable ethos at the heart of their business. Selling a wide selection of menswear, womenswear, accessories and some lovely stuff for the home—there’s always something for everyone.

Perfect for anyone into colourful patterns, high-quality materials and anything that shows a personal touch, be sure to check this one out this December.

54 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EG, Tel: 0161 881 4718
Afflecks' Earth Friendly Rocker

Perched on the third floor of the Afflecks Palace is an eco-friendly lifestyle and homeware shop, Earth Friendly Rocker. Stocking a huge range of stuff from health and wellbeing products, incense, stationery, jewellery, pet goods, artisan fudge, their very own little apothecary and a whole refillery section (the list does go on).

Catering for all budgets and lifestyles, you’ll definitely find something for whoever you’re looking for.

3rd Floor, Afflecks, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
Nood Boutique in Chorlton

Also on Beech Road, the Nood Boutique is renowned for stocking eye-grabbing statement pieces perfect for anyone looking to jazz up their wardrobe for the new year. Only sourcing from brands who share their eco-values, Nood is a brilliant place to pick up good quality, timeless and out-there items different from anything you’ll see in the big shops.

Check out their funky socks, multi-purpose bags and massive collection of winter wear that’ll make you feel cosier just looking at it.

36 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EL, Tel: 0161 860 0461
NQ's Cow Vintage

Got someone in your life into all things vintage, retro and from any era but now? Look no further as COW Vintage offers a smashing sustainable alternative to the harmful cycles of fast fashion, plus they’re always super-stocked with all the grooviest pieces from decades ago. Ethically-sourced and specially hand-picked, the lovely lot down at COW Vintage make the vintage shopping experience fun, inclusive and simple—perfect for anyone starting out their eco-fashion journey.

Be sure to check out their upcycled section where the team reworks garments from outdated pieces and unused fabrics into brand-new one-of-a-kind pieces where nothing goes to waste.

61 Church St, Manchester M4 1PD, Tel: 0161 834 4926
Wed 24 Nov
Words:
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Tue 23 Nov 2021