As a popular tourist destination, York is a city familiar with the gift shop. The most visited hotspots are filled with keepsakes to return with for yourself or others. As fun as these souvenirs are, for York locals, regulars and serious shoppers, there are also a choice of great retailers providing an eclectic range of excellent presents. Whether for special occasions or just because, here are our recommendations for some impressive gift giving.
This family business on Goodramgate is a lovely visit to pick up a thoughtful gift. There are a range of personal home goodies, from rugs and throws through bags and scarves to decorations and jewellery. Top it off with a greetings card from unique artists, and if it really gets you into gifting, they even provide kits to make your own gifts.
In King’s Square, Daisy Taylor’s is a welcoming and homely shop with a lot of little gifts for all ages and interests. There are coasters, cards, cushions and candles, there are treats for children and pressies for parents. It’s a lot of fun and this happy place will leave you with a smile.
The tagline of Heima makes it an inviting prospect: ‘Eco. Useful. Indie.’ Indeed, this independent purveyor of useful stuff are equal experts in the ethical and the stylish. Their array of products are both practical and cool, perfect to gift for person or home. The place to go if you believe in the William Morris quote: ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be useful’.
On the bustling historic street Shambles, Little Saffrons is a cute shop with a positive energy. This is reflected in the friendly welcome to shoppers here and the charming stock inside. Signs of inspiration sit alongside decorative items, making for gifts great at Christmas, or for that special occasion, or for that perfect person.
Give the Dog a Bone
Fossgate is lined with many independent pleasures, and one such joy is the gift shop Give the Dog a Bone. These two fun-filled floors reveal quirky gifts, especially good for those who like to geek out. Cool cards too, for something that little bit different. As they say themselves: ‘for everything you don’t need but really really want’.
For those in your life who love cheese, go to Love Cheese. This Gillygate fromagerie offers cheese subscriptions, cheese hampers, cheese selections, cheese gift boxes, cheese vouchers… you can’t go wrong here. Wine, beer and spirits add to the appealing gift options too. This is the gift that keeps on giving for any celebration.
2 Many Wines
A bottle of wine is always a nice gift option for those who like a drink, At 2 Many Wines on Bishopthorpe Road, this is elevated to a special present. The knowledgeable owners will
help you choose that perfect bottle for the lucky recipient, and all budgets are sure to end up with a fine wine. A sure fire hit for birthdays, Christmas and special occasions.
York’s longest established artisan chocolatiers provide irresistible gifts to indulge the chocoholics in our lives. There are over 50 varieties of small batch handmade luxury chocolates to choose from for that Easter, Wedding, Valentines Day, or indeed anytime gift. The buying is a rather enjoyable experience too, thanks to smells and the samples at this Shambles temptation.
Cave du Cochon
This cosy wine bar on Walmgate is not only an elegant place to drink in, but is also a fabulous place to get a gift from. Their takeaway wine menu offers delicious bottles to collect or perhaps get a few delivered. Or if your giftee might like to enjoy the experience of Cave du Cochon, there are gift vouchers available too.
Avorium is a niche York store with mass appeal. Supplying the city with the most stylish and practical desk accessories, there are an abundance of wonderful gift ideas for workers and students of all ages and tastes. A visit to their Colliergate shop will help you curate and colour match your chosen items on a simple mission to a thoughtful and sustainable gift.
What better present is there than one which allows your loved one some quality pampering. A gift from Soul Organic does just that whilst making them feel beautiful and ethical. The range of skincare, haircare, bath and body and fragrance are all of exception quality, vegan and organic. Get yourself to Mickelgate to give the gift of wellbeing.
Betty’s is a well renowned Yorkshire institution, as a delightful tea rooms of English traditions. It’s also a lovely place to gift from, be it for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, thank yous… Head to their St. Helen’s Square store to discover hampers and boxes of afternoon tea, biscuits, chocolates, coffee, cake, and various Yorkshire deliciousness that your recipient won’t resist.
Born of Botanics
Some may know it as The Little Yorkshire Candle Company, which was a stunning store creating and selling their own natural candles. Now Born of Botanics on Stonegate, the shop is equally charming, inviting us in with wonderful aromas and helping us out with beautiful gifts of wellbeing and calm.
Photos: Heima, Monk Bar Chocolatiers, Born Of Botanics, Love Cheese