The art of gift giving can be a tricky thing to master.
These quirky independent Leeds shops stock a wide range of interesting and unusual items, so you can easily find the perfect thoughtful gift
Selling an eclectic array of antiques, vintage items, collectibles, fashion, and furniture, this retro themed, family run store is the ideal place to head if you’re hunting for a gift that is one of a kind.
Visit: 8-10 Headingley Lane, LS6 2AS – facebook.com/Retro-Boutique
Perfect if you’re shopping for a music lover, Jumbo Records offers a broad variety of CDs, vinyl, music magazines and t-shirts, as well as tickets for a variety of gigs at around 80 local venues in Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, York and the surrounding areas.
Visit: Merrion Street, 1-3 Merrion Centre, LS2 8NG – jumborecords.co.uk
Our Handmade Collective
With handmade treasures from more than 70 local designers, makers and artists, at Our Handmade Collective you will find a gift that is entirely unique.
From quirky jewellery and clothing, to beauty and homeware items, there’s plenty to choose from.
Visit: Vicar Lane, LS1 6PG – ourhandmadecollective.co.uk
On The Wall
Selling a huge collection of art prints and posters, this shop is perfect for avid movie fans and art lovers.
They also offer a bespoke framing service so you can give your gift that professional look, as well as selling a range of t-shirts and quirky memorabilia.
Visit: 12 Boar Lane, LS1 6EN – onthewall.co.uk
This offbeat store in the Corn Exchange specialises in kitsch, kawaii and quirky gifts, including vintage toys, vinyl, clothing and jewellery – all items which you are unlikely to find elsewhere.
Visit: 11 Corn Exchange, Call Lane, LS1 7BR – giant-kitten.com
Located in Chapel Allerton, this lifestyle design store sells contemporary gifts and home accessories from British designers and makers, many of which can’t be found anywhere else in Leeds.
Visit: 148 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4NZ – chirpystore.co.uk
The Traditional Shaving Company
Perfect if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for a man in your life, you can pick up some grooming items from some of the UK’s largest and most prestigious brands at this Grand Arcade store.
From traditional shaving products (including brushes, razors, creams and soaps), to a selection of shower gels, moisturisers, deodorants and hair styling products, they stock everything a modern man needs.
Visit: Grand Arcade, 20 Merrion Street, LS1 6PG – traditionalshaving.co.uk
Specialising in antique gold and silver jewellery, as well as precious stone sets, diamond period pieces and marcasite items, you’re sure to find a precious gem that will put a smile on someone’s face at jewellery shop, Aladdin’s Cave.
Visit: 19 Queens Arcade, LS1 6LF – aladdinscavejewellery.co.uk
Ham & Friends
Home to both a popular food hall and wine shop, you can enjoy a delicious bite to eat and pick up a present for someone special with a visit to Ham & Friends.
The shop stocks a broad range of natural wines, a selection of food items, ready-made hampers, and a variety of homewares.
Visit: Grand Arcade, LS1 6PG – hamandfriends.com
The Great Yorkshire Shop
Offering bags, mugs, prints, beauty and homeware products emblazoned with amusing local sayings, these gift items are perfect for anyone who is Yorkshire born and bred.
Visit: Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, LS1 7BR – thegreatyorkshireshop.co.uk
Stocking a huge range of newly released comics, classic and hard-to-find back issues, magazines and graphic novels, this is a great place to find a rare and unique gift for a passionate comic fan.
Visit: 19 Thornton’s Arcade, 14 Briggate, LS1 6LQ – okcomics.co.uk
If you’re shopping for someone who loves food and isn’t afraid of fiery flavours, the Chilli-Shop sells a wide variety of sauces, chutneys, marinades and snacks which will spice up their life.
Visit: The Merrion Centre, 70 Merrion Street, LS2 8NG – chilli-shop.co.uk