Looking for the perfect gift? We know exactly where you should go.
If you haven’t delved into these independents yet, you’re missing out. Each one is a treasure-trove of gifts for all occasions. From handmade jewellery to homeware with a Yorkshire twist, there’s something for everyone. They’re the best gift shops in Leeds, so why not check them out next time you have a present to pick up?
Nautical and Nice
When it comes to recreating the seaside, Nautical and Nice has it covered with homeware and decorations inspired by the coast. Think hand carved beach houses and seagull cushions, all in soft pastel colours. You can also pick up unique glass sculptures, as well as key-rings, money banks and mugs from designers like Herdy.
Nautical and Nice, Leeds Corn Exchange, The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Colours May Vary
Colours May Vary’s graphic print books and magazines are perfect coffee table fodder, but did you know they sell a range of other gifts? You can pick up tote bags, stationery and ceramic ornaments, all by independent artists. You can easily lose an hour rifling through the shelves of colourful designs that could brighten up even the most dreary home.
Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG.
The Great Yorkshire Shop
From Ay up! mugs to cityscape prints, The Great Yorkshire Shop is one of the best places to go gift shopping in Leeds. They have tea towels, aprons and prints, all with a local twist, and you can even buy edible treats, like parkin and handmade fudge. Need wrapping with that? You got it – and they have greeting cards printed with local sayings too.
The Great Yorkshire Shop, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Yellow Sunrise is a fair-trade gift shop filled with unusual gifts from around the world. From elephant globes to Moroccan lanterns, you can get it all. The walls are covered with bohemian-style decorations like mosaic mirrors and glass light catchers or you can pick up small ticket items like coasters and Karma incense sticks. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured it all stays true to their fair trade ethos.
Yellow Sunrise, Central Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DX.
Our Handmade Collective
Known for their iconic window displays, Our Handmade Collective brings pieces from 70 local designers all under one roof. They have a vast collection of handmade ornaments, alongside bath bombs, loose tea and jewellery, but why not try something a little bit different. With an ever-changing calendar of workshops for you to choose from, you could make your own gift at this quirky Leeds shop.
Our Handmade Collective, Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
On the Wall
On the Wall gives you plenty of gift-browsing material, with racks of posters to rifle through and a smattering of art prints on the walls. Their wall art covers virtually every genre, from vintage Vogue prints to rare Star Wars posters. It’s easy to lose track of time in this store, so this might be one of the lengthier gift shopping trips you’ll make in Leeds.
On the Wall, The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Chirpy is a vibrant gift shop filled with pieces made by independent designers. From eye-catching ceramics to baby clothes with witty slogans, there’s something for all ages. Want to craft your own gift? They run a series of workshops led by local artists where you can make gift-worthy items like wall hangings and concrete planters.
Chirpy, 148 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
Tandem is a cafe and shop, all rolled into one. The walls double up as a canvas to show off the work of local artists and designers – you’ll find scarves in the chimney breast, pottery on the shelves and art in the cupboards, so there’s plenty to choose from if you’re looking for gifts. And the best bit? You can have a cuppa while you browse.
Tandem, 574 Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4AZ.
Tucked away in the Corn Exchange, Simcha Gallery is an independent craft gallery with a working studio. It’s home to a textile artist and a jeweller, so you can pick up all kinds of handmade goods and even commission your own jewellery for a truly special gift. From intricate bags and purses to delicate earrings and cufflinks, there’s something for everyone.
Simcha Gallery, The Balcony, Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Fabrication is a social enterprise with gifts made by over 70 designers from all over Yorkshire. In their new store, soft furnishings are stored in the corner and the walls are covered with an eclectic mix of artwork. But that’s just the beginning. You can even pick up handmade pieces like glassware and jewellery, alongside jars of jam and bread from Leeds Bread Co-op.
Fabrication Crafts, 79 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AP.Cover image credit: Corvin Pamp