Still looking for that elusive gift? Why not support local businesses by making a purchase in one of the Northern Quarter’s many independent stores and boutiques.

1. Homewares, breads & cards at Fig and Sparrow
A pared-down range of copper, glass, textiles and ceramics to buy. If you’re into the Kinfolk magazine look, this is the one.
20 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JA. Tel: 0161 228 1843,

2. Necklaces, lamps, teddies & giftwrap galore at Oklahoma (pictured)
The Northern Quarter’s most colourful gift shop stocks a quirky array that takes in everything from cult US cookbooks to handmade jewellery by local artists such as Aliyah Hussain. Other treats include ceramic lamps, blinds and teddies from JellyCat.
4-76 High Street, Manchester M4 1ES. Tel: 0161 834 1136,

3. Shaving kit, pencils, satchels & time pieces at Deadstock
This alteration shop sells everything a dapper lady or gent could desire in terms of grooming products, and useful objects to have about your person. Perfectly designed watches, satchels, pens and notepads abound and there’s a range of lanterns, candles and dustpans to enjoy too. Functional objects become must buys in this enclave of times gone by.
46 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN. Tel: 07925 577054,

4. Stationary, art materials, jewels & new hobbies at Fred Aldous
There’s much to enjoy at Manchester’s most famous artist’s supplies store. Choose from tools and materials for all manner of hobbies from cross stitch to street art, as well as a bumper range of gifts, wrapping papers, cards, diaries, games and more.
37 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1LW. Tel: 0161 236 4224,

5. Homewares and Breton tees at Ezra to Go
Did you know that Northern Quarter coffee shop, Ezra and Gil has a homeware and clothing shop and cafe on Tib Street? Breton-t-shirt-tastic.
106 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LR 

Shopping is hard work, of course, and Tib Street’s new Siop Shop cafe is selling coffee and a home made mince pie doughnut for £4.20 (one of our recent food deals of the week). Artwork is available to buy in store too, from artists including Textbook Studio, Dr. Me and John Powell-Jones.

Fri 15 Dec - Sun 24 Dec
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Published on:
Tue 19 Dec 2017