Christmas is almost upon us and we have never looked forward to a Christmas break more than this one! When making your Christmas gift list, try to avoid ordering or buying from big multinational businesses. If you can, buy British this year and support local shops and businesses in what has been a very difficult year of trading. You still have time to grab a bargain or a unique gift from an independent business and luckily Manchester has some excellent choices. Here are just some of our favourite British businesses to buy Christmas gifts from this year.
Did you know that Santa shops in Manchester? Giddy Goat Toys is Manchester's only independent toy specialist with a fantastic range of toys, books and games for children of all ages. They a stock all of the bestsellers including Lego, Playmobil and Orchard Toys and sell a great range of sustainable wooden toys that are sure to stand the test of time. You can be sure you’re in the right hands when you shop in Giddy Goat with an experienced team of professionals and parents on hand to recommend toys for any age group.
There is no gift quite like one that can take you away from where you are, exploring a long lost memory and nothing gives us that feeling quite like music. Give your loved one the greatest gift of all this year when you shop in Piccadilly Records. This independent record shop was founded in 1978 and is based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It has a reputation as one of the world’s best record shops and were voted Best Independent Record Store at the Music Week Awards and the Worldwide Awards. The shop stocks a mixture of genres; Rock, pop, indie, and alternative music and have a huge range to choose from. Their staff are knowledgeable about all things musical and are always happy to recommend. You’ll find something perfect for the music lover in your life who appreciates music played well.
A highlight of Christmas for us is overindulging in treats that we wouldn’t usually eat during the year. That’s why the perfect gift is a food hamper packed with delicious food and drink, preferably British made! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a family, a couple or a corporate gift, visit Herd Northern Quarter. They are an independent steak restaurant who have adapted their business and are now also offering excellent Christmas hampers, which you can customise to suit your personal taste and preference. The hampers are filled with everything you need for a slap up meal from 2-6+ people and are very reasonably priced. It takes the stress out of Christmas dinner!
If you want to give a gift that will surely be appreciated, you could also visit Manchester Gin’s website and order a bottle or a gift set. We can vouch for the quality of this having tried and tested it many times!
If you want to make this a Christmas to remember, give the gift of jewellery, something they will treasure forever. Manchester has a dedicated Jewellery Quarter, filled with a range of independent and chain jewellers. Located in the heart of the city, King Street, Exchange Street and St Ann's Square stores will have you spoiled for choice. Whether you are looking for a one of a kind timepiece, a unique vintage item or a bespoke, made to measure ring to pop that all important question this year, you’re guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for in Manchester Jewellery Quarter.
If you have a Manchester United or Man City fan in the house (and let’s face it, everyone should have!) why not give them a little piece of Manchester to bring home. Both teams have merch stores in the city, selling all manner of branded products, from kits and boots, to socks and accessories. There is something to suit all budgets, whether you are buying for your little Ronaldo or your football mad Kris Kindle. For Man Utd fans, the megastore in Old Trafford has reopened and is a treasure trove for all things red and gold. You can also shop online to browse their full collection.
It has to be said that Manchester is a very trendy city. We are always first with the latest crazed and shopping here is so varied. As well as the high street faves, we also have some amazing, eclectic second-hand and vintage shops dotted around the city. One of which is the brilliant Affleck. It’s an oasis of unique, one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, art, music, furniture, cosmetics and so much more all under one roof. You could get lost in the huge selection of unique and unusual products they have for sale; perfect for the person who has everything! You can shop online but to find the true gems you need to experience this gorgeous place for yourself.
We have all missed out on something in 2020. It might be a dream holiday or big birthday or you may be missing spending time with family and friends. The best way to make up for lost time is to create new memories and Manchester is an ideal place to start. Give your loved one the gift of choice this year by purchasing a PREM Hospitality gift voucher for use in any of our UK, Irish, Belgian or Dutch properties at a time that suits them. You can buy online and have your gift sent from wherever you are in the world, spreading Christmas cheer from the comfort of your sofa!
If you’d like to learn more about Manchester, book a festive stay in PREMIER SUITES or buy a gift voucher this Christmas, visit our official website. We would like to wish all of our customers, guests, suppliers and friends a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy start to 2021.