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Where to Buy the Best Gifts in Leeds

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Independents

Pick up the perfect present!

Chirpy, Chapel Allerton

Leeds is full to the brim with gorgeous gift shops, so why not try these gems out?

Let’s go shopping! You can find all sorts of original gifts in the shops of Leeds. Think stunning art and design photo books, lush-smelling candles made by hand and gorgeous plants to perk up any corner of your home, to name just a few. Whether it’s a birthday that you’re buying for, the festive season is looming or you’re looking for something to surprise a loved one, a unique gift is waiting to be found in an indie shop near you.

Colours May Vary

Colours May Vary

Nestled in new digs in the Corn Exchange, Colours May Vary has cult status in the Leeds indie gift shop scene. They’re known for their selection of beautiful art and design books, quirky magazines about everything from politics to plants, but they also sell a wide range of other gifts. Choose from psychedelic mugs, Copenhagen-made crystal blobs, colourful prints and more. Shopping here means you’ll pick up things that can’t be found anywhere else!

Colours May Vary, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

The Great Yorkshire Shop

The Great Yorkshire Shop, Leeds Corn Exchange

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If your loved one is Yorkshire-born, or a convert to Northern ways, The Great Yorkshire shop is the place to pick up a gift or two. Inside the Leeds Corn Exchange shop, you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of fine goods from local artists and makers. From Yorkshire cookbooks to amusing graphic babygrows, they’ve got everything you could need or want. They even stock food and drink, including Leeds-inspired coffee blends they’ve created themselves.

The Great Yorkshire Shop, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Giant Kitten

Giant Kitten

Giant Kitten is full of weird and wonderful gifts. Specialising in kawaii and quirky objects, they import new and vintage items directly from Japan, as well as supporting indie makers from the UK. Pop in and you’ll discover it’s loaded up with collectibles, novelties and apparel. Everywhere you look, you’ll see bright colours and cartoon characters, from Pusheen lunch boxes to Hello Kitty plushies. Hungry? You can pick up a key lime pie Kit Kat or a pack of Smurf Haribo!

Giant Kitten, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Indie Makers

indie makers the shop

This Leeds gift shop does exactly what it says on the tin. Proudly supporting solo businesses, Indie Makers is full to the brim with beautiful gifts, treats and trinkets. Whether it’s a plant with a face made from felt, a pair of polymer clay heart-shaped earrings or a handmade chocolate bar, you can pick up a totally unique gift for a loved one when you shop here. You’ll often find mini pop-ups from the makers themselves too, so you can meet the faces behind the gifts.

Indie Makers, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

On The Wall

On the Wall, Leeds Corn Exchange

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Want to grab a present for someone who’s styling out their walls? On The Wall is the gift shop for you. They have a huge selection of art prints, posters and greetings cards. Flick through the racks and discover anime film posters, vintage Vogue covers, legendary music icons and more. You can even take your gift game up a notch with a custom frame. Their framers are members of the Fine Art Trade Guild, so you know it’ll be a beautiful job.

On The Wall, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Chirpy

Chirpy gifts, skin care

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Found in the heart of Chapel Allerton, Chirpy is a design-led lifestyle store. It’s perfect for picking up gifts for the people who will appreciate locally produced, lovingly handmade items. Their offering is stylish, modern and fun, all from designers handpicked by the owner. Choose from pompom cushions, herringbone throws, patterned planters and more. You certainly won’t be stuck for choice at Chirpy! They host craft workshops run by local artists too.

Chirpy, 148 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.

Tandem

Tandem

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Tandem is a curated homeware shop in Meanwood. Run by two designers with a love for interior styling, you can guarantee that you’ll see something effortlessly cool to take home. The store has a modern bohemian vibe, with new and ‘rescued’ items sitting side by side. From beautifully speckled stoneware bowls to soft, patterned kimonos, their store is an education in aesthetics. Feeling peckish? The cosy coffee shop offers delicious baked goods to nibble on.

Tandem, 574 Meanwood Rd, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4AZ.

Simcha Gallery

Simcha Gallery

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Simcha Gallery is a contemporary gallery and studio, and if you’re shopping for unique, beautiful gifts in Leeds, this is definitely the place to go. Nestled in the cornucopia of Leeds Corn Exchange, this is the jewellery studio of master craftsman Stephen Roper. He makes stunning rings, necklaces and earrings inspired by nature. You can buy ready-to-wear pieces from the gallery or commission your own. They also stock ceramics, art cards and accessories.

Simcha Gallery, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Flavour Like Fancy

Flavour Like Fancy

With a mint green and watermelon pink shop front, you can’t miss the colourful Flavour Like Fancy in Meanwood. Filled with bright and beautiful items, it’s really puts the products centre stage, showcasing the many talents of local and national makers. You can pick up patterned pouches for make-up or stationary, fried-egg babygrows, original pin badges and more. Browse the owner’s own line of jewellery, Loon Moon, which features food made from polymer clay.

Flavour Like Fancy, 8 Stainbeck Avenue, Meanwood Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2PA.

Village

The Village Bookshop

Filled to the rafters with photobooks, magazines and zines from local and international artists, Village is one of the best places in Leeds to shop for gifts. Particularly perfect for those who love contemporary art, fashion or design, you can browse for hours until inspiration hits or the friendly staff can help you find something perfect. They’ve got rare, collectible and signed editions, if you’re looking for something particularly special to inspire joy and delight.

Village,10-12 Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.

Fabrication Crafts

Fabrication

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Fabrication Crafts is a two-in-one. A social enterprise and an absolute gold mine of goods from indie makers and crafters, it’s one of the best places in Leeds to shop for quirky gifts. They’ve been going for over ten years and have all sorts on offer. Whether it’s body butter to make you feel lush or driftwood art to adorn your home, finding that perfect gift for your loved one is easy here. You’ll probably find it hard to resist picking something up for yourself too!

Fabrication Crafts, 79 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AP.

The Plant Point

The Plant Point Internal

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The Plant Point is a rainforest right here in the city centre. Tucked away at the top of Leeds Corn Exchange, every nook and cranny is filled with plants to buy. From perfectly formed terrariums in unusually-shaped bottles to birds of paradise taller than you are, this is the perfect place to head if you’re buying a new home gift. Behind the leaves are two sisters and plant lovers, ready to help you pick out the right plant or to give you advice to make sure your plants thrive.

The Plant Point, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

The Pink Room

the pink room

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Need a gift for the independent woman in your life? The Pink Room is a shop and holistic therapy studio designed to be a safe and inclusive space for women. Every item in the shop has been created by a female-owned small business, based in the UK. You can pick up remedies, aromatherapy and modern witchcraft products like tarot, books, skincare and prints. It’s nestled in Leeds Corn Exchange, one of the best indie shopping destinations the city has to offer.

The Pink Room, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Yellow Sunrise

Yellow Sunrise

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Yellow Sunrise offers a beautifully curated collection of global goods. This stylish boutique is incense-scented, brightly coloured and packed with beautiful items from around the world. Everything is ethically sourced with environmental and societal impact in mind, whether it’s a sake set from Japan, a kilim rug made in India or a salt lamp from the Himalayas. They also sell intricately carved Indian furniture if you want to splash out on a truly special gift.

Yellow Sunrise, Central Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DX.

Our Handmade Collective

Our Handmade Collective

Our Handmade Collective is a treasure of a gift shop, right here in Leeds city centre. It’s home to over 70 different designers and makers and always has the most incredible window displays. Shop divine-smelling handmade lip balms, beautifully delicate silver jewellery and stunning embroidered hoops, just to give a flavour of the hundreds of products they have on offer. They always get seasonal stock in, so it’s a great spot to pick up some decorations too.

Our Handmade Collective,19 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.