For Santa-approved gifts… it must be Hull

The countdown’s on and the letters to Santa have been magicked away… now is the time to think local if you don’t want to leave it too late to find the perfect presents for loved ones. Browse the city centre’s unique boutiques, beautiful Victorian shopping arcades, market halls and specialist sellers to find gift inspiration that would do Santa’s elves proud.

Hotspots for independent shops include:

🎁 The Humber Street and Fruit Market area. Look out for unique gifts including stationery from Form, homeware and fashion from 19.4 and green gifts from Plant and Paint.

🎁 Whitefriargate’s LW Plants, Wrecking Ball Music and Books and more.

🎁 The Victorian Hepworth Arcade – the only L-shaped arcade of its type in the country! – and vibrant Trinity Market where traders specialise in everything from new and vintage American clothing at Beasley’s, to specialist audio equipment at Fanthorpe’s Hifi, vinyl records at Spin-it, vintage-inspired boutique Roisin Dubh, craft beer from microbrewery and shop Vittles and Company, fair trade clothes and gifts at Near and Fair, or handmade chocolates at Cocoa Chocolatier, plus many more.

🎁 The Victorian Paragon Arcade for vinyl records from Out Of The Attic Music, children’s gifts from pop-up Bee Bees Boutique, jewellery from Segal’s and lots more.

🎁 Savile Street for vintage finds at Chinese Laundry, and menswear shops including Leonard Silver and Read’s Footwear.

Know what you’re looking for?

🎁 For stocking fillers: Dinsdale’s Joke and Trick Shop in Hepworth Arcade has been delighting customers of all ages for more than 90 years with its classic jokes, tricks, novelties and fancy dress numbers.

🎁 For book lovers: Wrecking Ball Music and Books in Whitefriargate and JE Books in Hepworth Arcade.

🎁 For vintage clothes: Dirty Cash Vintage in Trinity Market for super-rare band T-shirts, Chinese Laundry in Savile Street and Poorboy Boutique in Humber Street for pre-loved and re-worked outfits, as well as handpicked local designs which might include Dead Bod T-shirts, Friends on Every Street designs by Hull artists.

🎁 For comic fans: Amazing Fantasy in Anlaby Road is the place to go if you’re shopping for someone who loves comics, manga, or graphic novels.

Getting here…

Parking is free in Hull City Council-run multistorey car parks on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December 2022. In addition, the council, Stagecoach and EYMS have teamed up to offer discounted bus travel for Christmas shoppers – groups can travel from £5, just ask your driver about Hull Card deals.