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Newcastle’s hidden gems: uncover 5 indie shops for unique Christmas gifts

Shop small this Christmas.

Written by Beth Williams
Published 06.12.2023
Nucasa Jesmond

NUCASA

14-16 Brentwood Ave, West Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3DH

This Scandi-inspired lifestyle store is an Aladdin’s Cave, brimming with an array of homeware, gifts, and items you never knew you needed.

Nestled in the heart of Jesmond on Brentwood Avenue, this family-run business proudly boasts a beautiful range of ever-evolving, design-focused and one-of-a-kind items carefully curated by owner Laura from independent makers, both local and from around the globe.

From homewares and local art to handmade gifts, jewellery, skincare, and even pet goods, you’ll discover it all here. Plus, they offer greeting cards, books, magazines, and a refillable section stocked with eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries.

For every gift you tick off your list, you’ll find one for yourself too.

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The Find Ouseburn

THE FIND

59 Lime St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

Inside The Find you’ll discover a blend of vintage mid-century modern furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, and more on one side, sourced from renowned designers.

On the other, discover a light and airy space filled with beautifully displayed artisan goods from local makers, including handbound books, handcrafted soap, scented candles, and ceramics.

Owner Jess offers a treasure trove of hand-selected vintage treasures and artisan delights from the North East, from 25 local artists, makers and sellers that you won’t find anywhere else.

Expect a curated shopping experience that’s all about quality, craftsmanship, and supporting local businesses.

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Bellwoods Whitley Bay

BELLWOODS

94-96 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3QL

We’ve been a fan of Bellwoods since they first opened their online store during lockdown. Their passion for supporting independent designers and their respect for the creativity of the unique over the mass-produced had us at hello.

You’ll be sure to find a carefully curated heaven when you visit the store in Whitley Bay as owner Nathalie sources only the coolest things for you, your home and your life – solidifying your place as the coolest gift giver in the office.

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Behalla Whitley Bay

BEHÅLLA

99 Park View, Whitley Bay, NE26 3RJ

Behålla {vb} to keep; to maintain possession of.

This lifestyle store in Whitley Bay brings us consciously created goods under one roof. From second-hand clothing to beautiful pieces for your home, plants and goods from independent makers, Behålla makes it so easy for us to shop ethically this Christmas.

At Behålla you know you’ll be giving a unique gift with confidence that your friends and family won’t already own it – all whilst helping the environment. It’s a sure winner.

HLN Top Tip: Behålla is just over the road from Bellwoods meaning you can peruse both shops on the same trip.

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Local Jesmond

LOCAL NCL

18 Acorn Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2DJ

By locals for locals.

LOCAL NCL is a casual, old-school corner shop and coffeehouse sourcing the very best the North has to offer all from Acorn Road in Jesmond.

From artisan coffee to beers from the coolest local breweries and natural wines that will impress even that one friend who thinks they’re a sommelier – you’ll find everything you need to cater for the foodies in your life here.

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