A Creative Tourist’s Dream

Add a little twist to your Christmas Shopping with our beautiful independent stores

Are you looking for that one special Christmas gift to buy for your loved one this year? Then look no further; these incredible independent stores are for you. Located mainly in the Northern Quarter and Ancoats, choose from hand-crafted pottery and festive feel-good gift boxes to aesthetically pleasing homeware. There is something for everyone, so why not shop locally and show your support for Manchester’s small businesses?

Here are just a few options which you can visit this winter…


Established in 1997, Oklahoma is now one of the biggest independent gift shops in Manchester. From handmade jewellery and retro tin toys to beautiful home and kitchenware, they aim to provide something for every individual. If you’re searching for a gift for someone who loves arts and crafts, be sure to visit Oklahoma this Christmas.

Cocoa Cabana

It’s all things chocolate. Located in the heart of Ancoats, if you’re looking for a sweet treat or gift for a loved one this Christmas, Cocoa Cabana is the place for you. All chocolates are handcrafted in their stores using locally sourced ingredients and come in all different colours, shapes, and sizes. Choose from an Artisan Chocolate Truffle selection box or get a little bit more creative and homely with a handcrafted chocolate Manchester Bee.

Northern Flower

If you’re looking for the perfect bouquet for your loved one this Christmas, then be sure to visit Northern Flowers. Located in the Northern Quarter, this little boutique flower shop will provide you with the best selection of gifts. Choose from a range of different sizes for your beautifully wrapped bouquets or go for something a little more seasonal for your partner and purchase a Christmas Wreath Workshop, great for getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Deadstock General Store

Located in the quirky streets of the Northern Quarter, Deadstock General Store offers a range of homely gifts and kitchen accessories from around the world. Choose from one of their luxurious candles and fragrances to a cosy plant pot for your living room. If you know someone who would love a housewarming present this Christmas, then head down to this unique store.

Fred Aldous

Also located in the Northern Quarter, Fred Aldous is everything arts and crafts. Ranging from jewellery-making sets to gorgeous stationery and puzzles, this is the perfect store for you if you love getting creative!