After a year of ups and downs, there is one thing that cannot be taken away from us; our Christmas Spirit! Its time to start writing your lists (and checking them twice) and start your Christmas shopping early so you can relax and enjoy the festive season. Now more than ever it is important to shop local and support boutique and independent UK businesses. Luckily Newcastle has some excellent local business that offer a more personal service and better quality goods than any multinational ever could.
Here are our picks of the best local gifts and places to shop in Newcastle for Christmas 2020:
Independent Toy Store
Did you know that even Santa shops in Newcastle? Great quality toys can be hard to come by these days with most popular toys being mass produced from plastic. If you’re looking for something a little different this year, Mr. Wolf’s Toy Shop is a great place to start. They are an independent toy store stocking high quality, interesting, inspiring gifts for kids of all ages. You’ll find everything from bestsellers to creative gifts, educational books, toys, puzzles and everything else you could hope for. It’s truly a wonderful experience even visiting Mr. Wolf and your little people will love any gift that comes from his amazing store.
If you’re buying a gift for the person who has everything, where do you begin? We always suggest looking for a gift that is unique and locally made, something you’re sure no one else will get them. The first place we recommend when looking for independent retailers is Grainger Market, about a 5-minute walk from our serviced apartments in Newcastle. Here you’ll find lots of local traders and small businesses, like florists, cobblers, jewellers, haberdasheries, artisan bakeries, vintage clothing shops and so much more. Grainger Market is also home to Marks and Spencer Original Penny Bazaar, the world’s smallest Marks and Spencer store. With over 100 small businesses under one roof, you’ll find something very special here.
If you’re looking for something to remind you of a wonderful time together in Newcastle, have a Geordie friend missing home, or you just want a piece of our wonderful city for yourself, check out Geordie Gifts. They have a huge selection of original Geordie gifts, designed and made in Newcastle, including greeting cards, Christmas cards, Geordie prints (framed or unframed), Newcastle artwork & photography and other gifts like printed bags, mugs and plaques, all with a Geordie twist. They’re an ideal memento of a holiday or a life spend in The Toon and everything is very reasonably priced with excellent customer service, definitely worth a browse.
Unique Gifts in Ouseburn
If you’d like to spend an afternoon immersed in Geordie culture and the best unique art, print and sculpture in Newcastle, head to Ouseburn and The Biscuit Factory. Here you can explore a world of hand-crafted gifts made by local artists, sculptures and illustrators. The Biscuit Tin is a supportive space for artists to create and sell their work and be part of a growing creative network. Wander into Ouseburn’s small independent studios selling their unique, one of a kind creations from painting and printing to glasswork and furniture making. You’re sure to find that perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.
It’s a bit of a walk from PREMIER SUITES Newcastle but you could spend a day in Jesmond, our upscale, affluent suburb and explore all things fashion. It has a great reputation for being the most fashionable suburb of Newcastle and a wander along Acorn Road confirms it. You’ll find plenty of quirky boutiques, independent retailers, and the world famous Oliver Bonas specialising in locally made clothes and accessories, fashionable jewellery and homewares. You’ll find the perfect gift for your fashion loving loved one in Jesmond, and likely pick up a few extra bits for yourself! You can make a day of it, stopping in some of the boutique cafes to refresh or stay late for the excellent nightlife.
PREMIER SUITES Gift Vouchers
Many of us have missed out on a lot this year and the best way to make up for lost time is to create new memories. This year give your loved one the gift of choice with a PREM Hospitality gift voucher. The voucher can be redeemed in any of our 27 properties in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and The Netherlands and can be used as payment towards any of our services, from weekend breaks to mouth-watering meals. You can buy vouchers on our website and send them directly to their email address so even if you can’t see them this Christmas, you can still spread Christmas cheer.
Contact our friendly staff, or visit our official website today to make a booking at PREMIER SUITES Newcastle, buy a voucher or learn more about our beautiful city. We wish all of our guests a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas and look forward to welcoming you.