We’re spoiled for choice with independent shops in Southampton, so why not support local businesses this Christmas and buy a unique gift that they’re bound to remember?
Robin’s Nest is a real vintage and independent treasure trove on the high street. The beautiful building hosts a variety of potential gifts, from vintage signs to jewellery and homeware. There’s also a delightful coffee shop on the second floor, if you need a pit stop. We love these giant cushions from Bags of Soul!
If your friend or family member has a favourite pair of shoes they just can’t part with, why not buy them a voucher for W.J French & Sons? This family owned shop in Bedford Place offers £10-50 vouchers, which they could use towards the cost of reheeling or repairing their shoes, a service which W.J French & Sons provides. The shop has a Cobbler with over 20 years experience, and can repair shoes and leather items, as well as zips.
For the person in your life who loves all things chocolatey and sweet. Find Fredericks Chocolates in The Marlands for a range of delicious homemade chocolates and a selection of sweets.
Rice Up is the city centre’s eco and vegan hub. You can refill your cupboards without plastic, with the shop’s refill stations for cleaning products and other liquids, and dry food such as nuts and muesli. If there’s someone in your life who’s fully on board with saving the planet, or perhaps someone who needs a little nudge, we recommend this Design by Heitmann mug. They can take it with them wherever they go to reduce the need for plastic takeaway cups.
Maybe this person is always tinkering away at a project in a garage or shed, or perhaps they want to learn to do more repairing in the new year, instead of buying new? Well D&G is bound to have any obscure item they might need for fixing or fixing up! Their helpful staff are also always on hand to advise you, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for!
Whether you’re a seasoned musician or fancy learning Guitar in 2022, The Guitar Store has everything you need to level up your hobby. From accessories to instruments themselves, you’ll find all you need to get you started or keep you going. The Guitar Store also has a pre-owned section, if you’re worried about committing to something new.
If you’ve got a dedicated music fan in your life, don’t miss a visit to Vinilo Record Store during your Christmas shopping spree. This independent store, located on Queensway, stocks new releases and golden oldies! There’s also books and apparel if they don’t need another record. We’ll be checking out Taylor Swift’s version of Red.