This year has been an extremely tough one for all of us, with local businesses taking a significant hit as a result. That’s why, this Christmas, I’m encouraging everyone to shop local when buying their Christmas presents. Local businesses in Warrington have a fantastic range of gifts that can brighten up somebody’s Christmas whilst helping our local economy too. So I thought I’d put together a list- but by no means an exhaustive one- of some of the Christmas presents you can buy locally.
There’s a great range of independent businesses throughout Warrington North, from the Dam Lane precinct and Rixton Village to Orford Lane and Norris Street. There’s Poplars Avenue, the CPS Shopping Centre in Culcheth and so many others across our town. Here’s a list of a few of them!
If you’ve got somewhere that you like to go to get your hair or nails done then why not buy a voucher for a friend at a local beauty store! Two of my favourites are Bamboo in Woolston and Kathryn Elizabeth Hair and Beauty on Padgate Lane
There is also a brilliant range of charity shops in Warrington North, including: Barnardo’s, St Rocco’s Hospice, Roy Castle Foundation, St Barnabas, Cats Protection and Mencap.
If you’re looking for some new kicks for children, Pip Squeak and Wilfred -an independent children’s Shoe Shop in Culcheth- have a great stock, as well as gifts and toys!
The Christmas Market at Bents Garden Centre is just superb, with everything from Christmas Trees to lights and decorations.
A brilliant young man Jacob Cannell, from Birchwood, has set up Jake’s Makes/a> which sells some gorgeous wreaths for the festive period.
Croft Christmas Tree Centre have some fantastic Christmas trees that are part of a process of up to 12 years that are very environmentally conscious.
There are so many amazing florists across Warrington North, including Daisy Chain Flowers on Church Street, who do some wonderful bouquets of flowers, as well as lovely floral decorations! Honey Bee Florists with their Christmas inspiration section and some really innovative designs at Forever Flowers in Orford.
Handy Apples gift shop in Culcheth have a Christmas section, which includes personalised Christmas stickers, Christmas stockings and Christmas Eve boxes!
If you’re into gin then 3Pugs have some awesome Christmas Gift Sets, as well as some handy personalised hand sanitisers!
Guitar and Music Lessons:
If you’re looking for guitar and music lessons then check out Dan Hare Music. Dan is an Orford-based musician with over 12 years of experience who offers great tuition!
I can say from experience that Graze Cheshire boxes are some of the loveliest nibbles you will ever taste. Embracing our counties history of cheese-making, their boards will really liven up your Christmas.Similarly, the shop at Kenyon Hall Farm have a spectacular range of hampers, including some really innovative Christmas Eve boxes.
If you’re looking for jewellery The Village Goldsmiths in Culcheth have a special Christmas Ideas section!
In addition PJ's Jewellers have been in Warrington Market (in Warrington South but the owners live in Orford) for over 15 years and sell a mix of new and pre-owned vintage jewellery.
Birchwood Leather are a family business with over 20 years experience selling great leather belts, bags and purses.
The hospitality trade has also taken a significant hit in recent months so it’s always worth asking local restaurants if they can do vouchers for a Christmas present.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth then Scoops n Sweets in Burtonwood sell an enormous range of sweets and chocolate, including ones that are pretty hard to come by!
Other Ways To Help:
There are also other great ways to help local businesses at this time. First, on social media, you can follow local businesses and like and share their posts with your friends and followers. You can also leave a positive review about a local business on social media or on the internet. Or you could tell family and friends about a local business that you like!
If you’d like your independent business added to the list- please email email@example.com