Independent Gift Guide 2018 - Part 2 - High Street


As consumers, we are becoming increasingly aware of what we buy & who we buy from and as a general trend, we’re moving away from buying quantity from large multinational companies and towards buying quality from independent businesses.

The ‘Just a Card’ campaign ( was started 3 years ago and reinforces the message that all purchases, no matter how small, help independent businesses to survive. Even multinational company, Visa, have made the British high street the focus of their christmas advert this year (see here), with business owners singing Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. What they say is true: ‘when you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance’.

We’ve put together a list of some gorgeous local Leicestershire & Rutland brands and businesses who we think you’ll love this festive season.


Robinsons Jewellers

Robinsons Jewellers is an independent, family-run business, established in Leicester in 1973. They specialise in diamonds and pre-owned quality watches from brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Breitling. They also offer bespoke jewellery and watch repairs. They have three Leicestershire stores at the following locations:

Granby Street, Leicester

Church Street, Lutterworth

The Arcade, Leicester Road, Wigston



Skinny Whistle

This gorgeous little gift shop is brimming with beautiful jewellery, gifts and homeware and is situated on the Quorn High Street. As well as running the shop, Skinny Whistle also designs and makes their own unique collection of contemporary precious metal jewellery.



Harriman & Co

If you’re into interiors, you’ll probably already know Harriman & Co. Established in 2014 by Drew & James, the shop has become a leading name among the local independent shopping scene in Leicester's 'old town' lanes area. Stunning furniture and homeware for the considered home, hand-picked for their beauty and functionality.



Draycotts Florist

Providing stunning florals for any occasion, Draycotts are a family business based in Aylestone, Leicester. Their arrangements are creative, classic and their customer service is second to none.



Tinfish shoes

Set up in 1991 in Leicester, Tinfish Shoes now has two stores; one in Leicester’s Silver Arcade and the other on Francis Street in Stoneygate. They stock many brands including Loake, Birkenstock, Vagabond, Yokono, Camper, Irregular Choice, Ruby Shoo & Dr Martens, plus many more.




Owner Jarrod set up Randalls in 2015, and the brand has continued to grow ever since. Randalls stocks incredible american candy and grocery products at reasonable prices and always has something unique to offer. His first store is situated in Millers Yard  (Church Square, Market Harborough), and also has others in Kettering and Northampton.

(p.s you can read our interview with Jarrod, here)


Betty Brown Boutique

An independent fashion boutique with beautifully made garments, designed by owner, Sukhina Garcia. You can find Betty Brown Boutique on Francis Street, Leicester. Visit for a look you absolutely won’t find anywhere else.



Lily Loves Shopping

Self-delcared as ‘the home of awesome’, and we have to agree. This independent store sells scandi style homeware and gifts, which includes their own handmade products plus other independent brands.

Find them on Adam and Eve Street in Market Harborough.



The Home of Handmade

Based in Woodhouse Eaves, this gorgeous store stocks beautiful, high quality handmade products from the UK. Homeware, candles, jewellery, prints & cards - there is so much to choose from.



The Eyebrook Gallery

The Eyebrook Gallery on Uppingham’s High Street is owned and ran by Victoria and Adam. They have a huge variety of prints, originals, cards and gifts by talented independent artists, including local Rutland based artist, Alice-Rose Healey. They also do framing too, for all those who have prints lying around the house!



Ada Gallery

In the peaceful courtyard of Bennett's Place in Market Harborough, you’ll find Ada Gallery; a beautiful boutique style gallery where you can find beautifully crafted jewellery by owner Ruth Wood, as well as other highly skilled top & emerging designer makers from throughout the UK. You’ll also find an exclusive selection of handbags, scarves and metalware promoting the best of British craftsmanship. Perfect gifts for a very special someone.



The Bloom Project

Founded this year by young entrepreneur, Emma, The Bloom Project is a florist and plant store on Queens Road, Clarendon Park. Her dream is ‘to provide cool blooms and plants and share my knowledge and passion with Leicester’.



Amelia Nour Apothecary

Founder of Amelia Nour, Meesha Kanadia has created a brand and store which sells cult beauty and wellbeing products from some of the most innovative brands in the world. The products are results-driven, cruelty-free, ethically sourced, vegan, vegetarian, organic (where possible) and most importantly, luxurious. The products range from skincare, bath and body, hair, wellbeing, nutrition and home. Find it on Francis Street, Stoneygate.



Bowden Stores

Not only does Bowden Stores cook the best breakfast in Leicestershire, they also offer a great, edited range of high quality gifts and homeware. Definitely worth checking out (and make sure you grab a bite to eat whilst you’re there!)



chloë green