Best places to buy unique Christmas gifts in Manchester.

Gift buying can be an exciting but tiring process, especially if you’re adamant about giving something perfect. If, like me, you always have a couple of people on the present list that can be particularly tricky to buy for, it’s easy to go into panic mode when there’s only a few weeks left until the big day. So, to keep your gift buying as  stress-free as possible, I have listed a few possible stores that may offer the unique present you’re looking for.

MAGMA started as a bookshop, and now offers a range of magazines, novels, artworks, t-shirts and some more bizarre items such as a wooden digital camera, a set of 12 spaceship temporary tattoos and a Daschund bookend. I would describe this place as a visual representation of a pop culture Internet forum. It’s a store that captures your attention immediately and makes you extremely curiosity of all their eccentric products.

Find them at: 22 Oldham Street, Manchester

Travelling Man is less of a store and more of a haven for some. Do you have any friends that consider themselves geeky? This is place to find them their perfect gift! Travelling Man houses comic books, graphic novels, games and cute dorky accessories for the well-established nerd.

Find them at: 4 Dale Street, Manchester

Fig & Sparrow is design store and speciality coffee house. In their own words, they offer Manchester shoppers “a unique curation of quality homewares and gifts.” The Scandinavian interior and homely coffee bar makes the shopping experience notably relaxing. Find a present here for those who love alternative fashion, handmade or recycled items and works by local artists.

Find them at: 20 Oldham Street, Manchester

Fred Aldous is known mainly for being an arts and crafts supply shop. However, it also boasts its own photo and laser studios, as well as offering a great range of books and design-led gifts. There are perfect presents here for the artistic or creative types.

Find them at: 37 Lever Street, Manchester

Insitu describes itself as “an architectural salvage and antiques shop”. This is an exciting store where you can discover all kinds of stylistic pieces to fit any preference. Despite being a second-hand store, the items are high quality and make completely unique gifts. Think of your friends interested in antiques and quirky interiors as you browse the art nouveau-style lamps, Victorian books and vintage tableware.

Find them at: 252 Chester Road, Manchester

Oklahoma is home to some of the most gorgeous home, lifestyle and jewellery gifts for the Christmas season. It is Manchester’s biggest independent gift store, so you’re likely to find something for everyone here. Some of my favourite items include: the 5-minute origami set, their collection of marbled notebooks and the floral fig scented candle. They have also recently added a helpful feature to their website that allows you to search for a gift by the ‘type’ of person – for example: ‘the foodie’, ‘the adventurist’, ‘the homemaker’ or ‘the animal lover’, which makes looking for a ideal present, that little bit easier.

Find them at: 74-76 High Street, Manchester