Christmas Gift Guide: shop independent in Harrogate

We know how it goes, you planned to buy your Christmas gifts early this year but then time just flew by and now it’s December already! Well not to worry, our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide is here to give you some inspiration and as you know, we like to shop local.

Harrogate is great for a day’s shopping, with a whole host of well-known high street stores and amazing independent businesses about town. You’ll find the majority of the independents in the quaint Montpellier Quarter and our Spirit of Harrogate store is located at 5-7 Montpellier Parade. So read on and you’ll have your Christmas shopping finished in just one trip to Harrogate.

Montpellier Mew Antiques Market

There are unique finds around every corner inside Montpellier Mew Antiques Market. Well known in the area for art, ceramics and the finest antiques, this is the place to find the perfect present for your loved one with a penchant for the out of the ordinary.

Inside you’ll find everything from fine jewellery, watches and vintage furniture, to one off vases, antique oil paintings and silver trinkets. We particularly love their pieces of framed lace, beautiful and so intricate, great for an interiors-loving friend.

Betty’s

It’s impossible to go Christmas shopping in Harrogate without popping into Betty’s! Their Christmas window is always a joy to behold. Betty’s always create some really special gift boxes for the festive season and this year is no exception.

Choose from their Christmas Gift Box, including spiced Christmas tea bags, Yorkshire gingerbread and more. The Christmas Essentials Gift Box, including a Betty’s bauble amongst other items. Or their Christmas Treats Box, which features fruit cake, spiced shortbread, dark chocolate almonds and many more treats.

Westmorland Sheepskins

Two minutes’ walk from the Spirit of Harrogate store, you’ll find the family run Westmorland Sheepskins. The store specialises in top quality sheepskin, leather and wool garments and homeware. And they’ve been trading for 30 years – a fantastic achievement for an independent business!

In here you’ll find gifts to suit every price range and every single piece oozes luxury. There are sheepskin gloves and mitts, earmuffs and slippers (perfect for the father-in-law!) for both men and women. And there’s also some real showstopping pieces for the home, such as sheepskin rugs, wool blankets and beautiful cushions.

Farrah’s of Harrogate

If you’ve got a foodie friend then look no further than Farrah’s. Famous for their Original Harrogate Toffee, Farrah’s was established in the early 1800s and is synonymous with the spa town. Their toffee is also favoured by the Queen!

But it’s their chocolate boxes that we’ll be buying for our friends this Christmas. Create a bespoke box of the finest Belgium and English chocolates that you know your loved one will adore. There’s a huge selection to choose from in store, with flavours like apricot cream, cappuccino and Turkish delight.

H2K

Another fantastic independent business, H2K was born in the year 2000 and we just love their skin care products. Well known for their use of Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, which has regenerating properties, any of their gorgeous products would make the perfect gift for your special someone that could do with pampering themselves.

Owner, Hazel, recommends items from the Organic Lifestyle Collection this Christmas. With cucumber, seakelp and aloe vera, the products in this range are soothing and hydrating for the skin. Choose from hand & body lotion, bath & shower gel or conditioning shampoo.

Covet

A gift from Covet is ideal for the friend or family member who has it all. Every piece in the store is sourced and curated by the owner, Lorraine, who has an eye for exquisite homeware and clothing. Covet champions fairtrade, ethically sourced, handmade and recycled items – which we love!

The shop, in the Montpellier Quarter, is just bursting with unique gift ideas. You’ll find candles in every colour of the rainbow, stunning glassware, quirky stoneware, jewellery, taxidermy, trinkets and so much more.

Spirit of Harrogate – Slingsby

If you ask us, there’s nothing better than gin for Christmas. But we might be a tad biased. Surprise your favourite gin fanatic with a gorgeous, limited edition Slingsby gift set. London Dry and Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin gift sets are available online and in our Harrogate store now, and Gooseberry and Marmalade gift sets are coming soon. Each set includes a 50cl bottle of gin plus two Slingsby branded highball glasses and are priced at £49.99.

Our 70cl bottles also make beautiful gifts as they come ready in a luxurious presentation box. Bottles can be purchased online or in store. Or why not gift something a little bit different like one of our gin experiences? Vouchers for our Spirit of Gin and Master Distiller experiences are available, here.

Thank you for supporting local businesses this year! Shop for your Slingsby gifts in store (our Christmas opening hours are just the same as our usual opening hours) or online - be sure to order before Thursday 19th Dec to ensure your gifts arrive in time for the big day.

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