Fenwick’s Christmas window has been revealed, Northumberland Street has turned into Santa’s workshop, and Michael Bublé is now the go-to at pre-drinks. Yes, the festive season is upon us.
While enjoying all that Newcastle has to offer this Christmas, from the markets to the ice rink, there is still the knowledge that you have a whole list of people to buy presents for. Parents, siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, secret Santa’s… the list goes on. Whether giving or receiving gifts is your thing, I am hopefully going to take some of your stress away by providing the best shops in Newcastle for personal, fuss-free, and affordable gifts guaranteed to make everyone happy.
First up, we have Fenwick’s. Loved by all in Newcastle, this department store is a staple around the Christmas period, providing five floors full of everything you could ever wish for. However, the lower ground floor is the place to be. This floor has turned into Santa’s grotto and will fulfil all your gift giving needs, from luxury gifts for your mum to quirky presents for your flatmates. Your shopping experience is also accompanied by Christmas music and the whole place smells of cinnamon, which is always a perk.
Tiger is the perfect shop for unique, light-hearted, and affordable secret Santa gifts guaranteed to make you the best gift-giver. Forget the impersonal bath bombs, get something that they can actually use and love! You will also inevitably buy yourself something at the same time - it has to be done.
3) BALTIC shop
BALTIC art gallery has the most amazing gift shop with all kinds of merchandise that would make perfect gifts celebrating Newcastle, art and general humour. If you’re looking for an individual and special present, definitely cross over the Tyne bridge and check them out.
Typo is a new addition to Eldon Square and is my new go-to shop for gifts. From cute notebooks to little trinkets, this shop is perfect for a clueless shopper looking for the perfect gift for someone special. P.S your girlfriend definitely wants the matching cactus stationary set.
Last but not least is Scribbler. This small shop near Monument may be easy to miss, but it is a gem certainly worth visiting. Now, I know what you are thinking – a card shop? Really? Trust me, this shop is perfect for a punny card or pocket-sized gift for that friend who is impossible to buy for. There’s no better way to say ‘merry Christmas’ than with Kanye West in a Santa costume or with a pug pun. Guaranteed smiles all round.
Written by Kate Baguley