How to Shop Small in Manchester this Christmas


What a year it’s been…with everything that’s going on at the minute I wanted to create this guide on how to shop small in Manchester this Christmas. As a creative independent business I wanted to take the time to introduce you to some other amazing creatives and makers who I’ve met over the past few years and whose products I think would make great Christmas gifts this year. We should all try to shop small, independent and local this year and support all those talented creatives out there.

The drive to Shop Small is not just a good thing for the economy and the community but it’s also great for the environment. Products from local makers aren’t involved in a worldwide supply change, they are hand-produced usually in a home studio or in the local area. Most makers who I have met are very conscious about ethical and environmental issues when creating their products and selecting their packaging, what we create is not just driven by cost but by our ethics and morals. At Sketchbook Design I am always looking to develop my packaging and processes so that they are sustainable and utilise the most environmentally friendly products.

Lockdown Part Two is going to be particularly tough for small independent businesses as the Christmas shopping period is so vital for many indie businesses to exist. Lots of small creative businesses sell primarily at face to face events such as markets and pop-up retail events which are not possible at the moment. There has been a huge push on social media to #shopsmall this Christmas and I wanted to create a helpful guide on how to shop small in Manchester this Christmas. I’ve chosen several of my favourite makers and creatives from the Greater Manchester area but i’ve not even scratched the surface…there are so many more amazing businesses out there where you can find original Christmas gifts for your loved ones. I’ve also just focused on the Greater Manchester area…I was going to go nationwide but I’ll leave that to the pros, it was too overwhelming!

I’ve created a Manchester shop small photo guide and directory below. I’ve added links to all of the makers instagram page below so that you can check out more of their work. You can also check out all of our prints and products in our online shop.

Nordic Muse – Jewellery & Homeware

Ivy & Noah – Kids Decor

Nicola Briggs Ceramics

Christopher Walster – Architectural Drawings & Art Prints

Craig Barker Photography

Prints By Ged – Bespoke Illustrations

Ernie & Theo – Pet Gifts

Ben Sedmen Photography

Martin O’Neill Ceramics

Booze & Burn – Candles

Urban Bear Clothing

Curated Makers – Made Local Art & Gifts

Lesser Spotted – Gifts and Cards

Vintage Whatnots – Vintage & Antiques

String Effects – Jewellery

Betty Writes – Illustration

Don Grant – Pop Culture Art Print

B&V Trading – Pet Gifts

Aromas By Flo

S L Scott – Architectural Art Prints

Marwood Curno – Hand-crafted Homeware

The Hive by VH Interiors – Vintage/Antiques

Blu Beau – Ceramics & Jewellery

Fern & Thistle – Homeware and gifts

Amanda Mulquiney-Birbeck – Portrait Paintings & Art Prints

Nicola Fernandes – Illustration

Naked Candle Company

Mark Bird – Illustration

Ciara Clark – Jewellery

Myro Doodles – Illustration

Mishandled Design – Homeware

Room 356 – Homeware Store

The Chorlton Potter Ceramics

NQ Gallery – Arts and Gifts

Wren & Rye – Pet Gifts

Pop Tart Posters – Music Prints

Statement Artworks – Art Prints

Art by RK & KK – Illustration
How to Shop Small in Manchester this Christmas
Links to Makers Instagram

Art & Illustration
Prints By Ged
Amanda Mulquiney Art Prints
Pop Tart Posters
Don Grant
Statement Artworks
SL Scott
Chris Walster
Myro Doodles
Craig Barker Photography
Art by RK & KK
Nic Fernandes
Lesser Spotted
Betty Writes
Ben Sedman Photography

Chorlton Potter
Martin O’Neill
Room 356
Fern & Thistle
Naked Candle Co
Booze and Burn
Marwood Curno
Nicola Briggs Ceramics
Misshandled Design
Aromas by Flo

Vintage & Antiques
Vintage Whatnots
The Hive / VH Interiors

Ciara Clark
Blu Beau
String Effects
Nordic Muse

Gifts for Children & New Parents
Ivy and Noah
Mark Bird Illustration

Gifts for Pets
B & V Trading
Ernie & Theo
Wren & Rye
Independent Shops
Curated Makers
NQ Gallery
Chorlton Art Market

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