Support Independent Artists This Christmas

The copious amount of mulled wine and cheese, very rarely leaving the house, and spending a slightly ridiculous amount of time in pyjamas I can fully get on board with, but it’s the rest of it that I could quite happily avoid all together if I had a choice – the awkward office party, the even more awkward walk of shame back to your desk the day after, the conversations with over curious relatives you haven’t seen since last Christmas and then of course having to brave the crowds of panic stricken shoppers.

Hoping to make your Christmas shopping a little easier this year and avoid that dreaded and all too familiar high street hell, I’ve put together a list of some wonderfully unique gift ideas and independent stores in Liverpool.

Turncoat Gin

TurnCoat
Everyone loves a gin don’t they? I’d love it even more if someone bought it for me, Turncoat are not only locally based but they’ve also just released 50cl bottles – just in time for Christmas!

They also recently collaborated with the one and only Leaf on Bold Street to launch their ‘Bold Str Chai Gin’ (which is unbelievable).

Instagram – @weareturncoat

Mi Vida
Mi Vida has been on Bold Street for a few years now, but I still feel that it deserves more recognition!  It has the most wonderfully unique gifts, homeware, stationary and even fresh flowers made to order!

They’ve started filling their shop with Christmas gift ideas including handmade ornaments for your tree

Instagram – @mividaboldst

Christmas Cards from the Digi Sloth
Local artist Katie has created her own business all from her home, creating quirky, hilarious cards that I absolutely love!

Instagram – @thedigisloth

Lucy Maggie Designs Greetings Cards

Lucy Maggie Designs

Christmas Cards from Lucy Maggie Designs

You may have read our feature on Lucy Spence earlier in the year (if not click here) her cards are brilliantly funny all year round and her Christmas collection is well worth checking out.

Instagram – @lucymaggiedesigns

Birdie Bakes
‘Baking the world a better place’, bespoke cakes for any occasion.  I spotted these cakes at the markets held at the Palm House that celebrates independent artists!

These cakes are perfect to give as a gift or your Christmas parties!

Instagram – @birdiebakesliverpool

Rheannon Ormond
Rheannon is an independent illustrator creating gorgeous prints either straight from her Etsy page or she can be reached on her Instagram for commissions! I recently spotted her selling some illustrated compact mirrors which would be make for a perfect stocking filler!

Instagram – @rheannon_ormond

Pinhead Liverpool enamel pins Pinhead Everton

P.i.n.h.e.a.d

A huge selection of enamel pin badges await at P.i.n.h.e.a.d.s store, there’s all sorts from Flight of the Conchords, Wes Anderson movie pins and most recently there’s Everton and Liverpool FC (Klopp) pins on sale. Absolutley perfect for Christmas stocking fillers.

Instagram – @p.i.n.h.e.a.d

The Makers Market
After it’s huge success last year we see the return of the makers market once again!  The Royal Albert Dock will be playing host to some of the finest artists in the city. From baked goods to unique artwork, you’ll definitely spot some perfect Christmas presents here.

Open December 9th and 16th.

The Ship In A Bottle

Ship In A Bottle Shop

This specialist bottled beer shop boasts a range of over 400 bottled beers both local and from around the globe.

Facebook – TheShipInABottle

MB Accessories
An independent children’s accessory store set up on Instagram by Michelle and running from her home in Liverpool.

They have just launched a brand new range of bows and headbands that are all Christmas themed for your little ones! They make for perfect stocking fillers or accessories for Christmas outings!

IG – @mb_accessories

Resurrection Liverpool

Resurrection Bold Street

Resurrection has been a part of Bold Street for years now, but they’re constantly bringing in new local and independent designers that you definitely won’t find on the high street! So if you’re after some clothing a little bit different for yourself or loved ones this year, it’s worth looking at!

Instagram – @resurrection-bold-st-liverpool

Aimee Atherton