Nottingham is full of independent shops, brimming with products put together about the area, or by people in the area… Some places even do a combination of both!
If you want to shop local for Christmas presents this year, check out these places:
Photo credit: @dukkigifts
No other store in Nottingham says ‘Ey up, Duck!’ quite like Dukki. Run by a local couple, they specialise in crafted items that give a fun take on the local dialect that our city is so famous for. Located on St James Street (opposite Wetherspoons’ The Roebuck Inn), walking into their colourful shop will give you a ton of inspiration for Christmas presents. We love the ‘Ey up Duck’ coaster, perfect for popping under your mulled wine after Christmas dinner, which you can get two of for five pounds.
2. The Treat Kitchen
Sugar is a perfect go-to for that person in your family with a sweet tooth. The Treat Kitchen stock boiled sweets, boxes of fudge, truffles and so much more. Mum would love a twin-pack of gin and tonic jellies, while Dad would happily munch on beer and chocolate flavour. The reindeer-face and penguin chocolates would be great stocking fillers for the kids. You could even buy a pack of mince pie sweets and pop them on the table while watching the Queen’s Speech and cheesy Christmas specials.
3. Katie Abey Designs
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This Nottingham Trent University Graphic Design graduate has become well-known in the area for her quirky, sarcastic designs that are vibrant and fun. If you’re looking for Christmas cards that are distinctive and will make your recipient smile, they will brighten up anyone’s windowsill. Her most popular product, The Mug of Motivation, would be lovely for a friend who is going through a tough time and will give them an extra boost when having a cup of tea.
4. Rolling Roses
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For your family and friends with a more classic taste, anything from Rolling Roses will be suited to them. Nottingham artist Leanne Ball gets inspired by our renowned lace history, which is evident in products such as the lace-printed teacup and saucer. For a jewellery piece your other half will love and not see on any of their friends, the ceramic aqua and gold heart earrings are ideal. Each product is individually handcrafted in ceramic, so it will be unique to you.
5. Plates Records
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Records are back in style and the music-lover in your life will definitely be hankering for one. Instead of splashing out loads on a coveted album on eBay, chances are you’ll be able to find it in here for a much lower price. Plates give out free cassette tapes if you feel like getting a really retro (and cheap) gift! You could present their album to them in a frame, so they can use it as a decoration for when they aren’t jamming out to it.
Shopping at places that puts money straight into the pocket of hard-working locals is a great way to support the Nottingham area this Christmas. So why not give it a go?