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Hidden Gems Christmas Shopping

Browse Lucky Finds in Blackpool’s Hidden Gems!

Christmas is coming, and with that comes lots of shopping to prepare for the most wonderful time of the year.

Do you tend to buy the same pack of socks for dad or the same hand lotion for Auntie Beryl? If you do your Christmas shopping in Blackpool, there are a whole host of hidden gems that provide unique and meaningful gifts for everyone in the family, as well as offering handmade and quirky decorations to make your home a cosy and twinkling grotto during the festive season.

It’s more important than ever to support independent shops in this current climate. Did you know that if shoppers spent £5 extra per week with small businesses, it would help many to stay open in the long-term? There are dozens of special stores to purchase presents throughout Blackpool, but here are some of our favourites. Make sure you show them some love when you’re next in town.


Blott Artist Studio

Christmas is on its way, and at Blott Studio, there is fantastic creativity on display! Much of it has been created here in the North, by well known/established local artists and creative artisans.  An amazing array of art and crafts, vintage Blackpool china and ceramic mugs, and jewellery, there will be an opportunity to buy some unique products and meet many of the artists. National artists are also represented, such as London-based Stewy and award winning Sarah Maple.

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Blueberries is the place to be if you prefer high-end brands. There are some high street favourites here, like Converse and TOMS, but you’ll also find some luxurious pieces from the creative minds of Vivienne Westwood and Diesel.

Whether treating yourself or someone else, the friendly staff will help you get your designer fix.

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Cake Tin Bakery

If you have, or know someone, with a sweet tooth, this place is for you. Located on Clifton Trade Park, this hidden gem is not one to be missed. Before you even step inside, you are greeted with an aromatic smell of baked sweet treats. Treat yourself to one of their signature ‘brookies’ – a mix between a cookie and brownie, tuck into a cute cupcake, or order one of their deliciously decadent layer cakes in advance to wow your loved ones.

For Christmas, they offer mouth-watering selection boxes or sharer boxes so you can pick ‘n mix to your heart’s desire, from Oreo Red Velvet to Biscoff blondie - we’re hungry already!

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Cake Tin Bakery cakes


In 1920s Britain, a charabanc was an early motor car, commonly used for sight-seeing to the seaside. Fitting, no? It has a beautiful frontage that’s recently been restored to its original splendour.

Charabanc celebrates local spirit and graft, from brightly-coloured Blackpool cushion covers to rings made from board game pieces – gifts to suit all pockets. Supporting local designers, the shop sells pretty and distinctive jewellery, clothing and homewares. 

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Grundy Art Gallery Shop 

Whilst browsing the gallery’s fantastic pieces that celebrate Blackpool’s unique relationship with light, there is also a great opportunity for a spot of Christmas shopping! Specialising in artist-made jewellery, the gallery shop also stocks beautiful art books and greeting cards.

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Grundy Shop

Houndshill Shopping Centre

The Houndshill Shopping Centre is home to more than 60 stores, including household names like Debenhams, River Island and Primark. However, the centre is also home to a range of smaller shops. Take a look in Smiggle, Australia’s most colourful stationery brand, filled to the brim with bright and bold stationery, bags, lunchboxes, and accessories. Need to upgrade your decor? Cherish Home Interiors specialises in soft furnishings and quirky seasonal ranges to add some sumptuous style to any room.

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Mrs Johnson’s Emporium

Know a knitaholic? Mrs Johnson’s Emporium offers a fabulous range of knitting paraphernalia, from unique yarns, educational books, knitted toys, a variety of knit kits suitable for all abilities, and more than 8,000 types of buttons to help with the finishing touches to your creations.

The Emporium is set in a beautiful former bank on Bond Street, just outside the Town Centre. Whether you know a knit whizz or you are looking to create a bespoke gift for your loved one, Mrs Johnson’s Emporium has all you need. All it takes is one visit and you’ll be itching to get stitching!

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Mrs Johnson’s Emporium

Records and Relics 

Purchasing vinyl records has had a huge surge in popularity, and a rare or unusual record would be a great gift for a music lover. 

Records and Relics has an enormous range of music from jazz to country, reggae to motown and everything in between. If your loved one is a big Blackpool fan, why not buy some great Northern Soul music and package it with some badges and patches available in store to create a sandgrown and special gift!

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The Regent

The Regent's fabulous art-deco emporium on Church Street houses over fifty fantastic stalls. Selling antique, vintage and handmade treasures, there is a quaint tearoom and newly refurbished, 1920s picture house. There’s something for everyone in this trove of delights.

During the festive season, the tearoom at The Regent will be serving Christmas goodies including mince pies and turkey and stuffing barms – yum!

The Regent Cinema is once again fully operational, and looks fantastic since its newly-revealed makeover. Known for showcasing classic films, The Regent helps us get into the Christmas spirit and with some festive movies!

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Sweet Memories

Searching for a sugar rush? Sweet Memories is a treasure trove for all things sweet. You will be the definition of a kid in a sweet shop when you see the vast away of sweets on offer. Pick from bon bons, liquorice allsorts, cola cubes, humbugs, wine gums, flying saucers, anything naughty but nice, they have it!

Located on Coronation Street in the Town Centre, Sweet Memories has all the hallmarks of a traditionally British sweet shop - from the jars stacked high on the shelves to their eclectic choice of traditional, vintage and retro sweets that would rival even Willy Wonka himself. Pick ‘n mix to create your own Christmas box or select one of their impressive hampers for a real sweet treat this Christmas.

The Tourist Information Centre

Your go-to place for Blackpool memorabilia, the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) located on the promenade next to the Wedding Chapel offers a wide range of Blackpool goodies for those who want to show their love for Blackpool loud and proud!

Home of the official I Heart BPL merchandise, the TIC offer cosy and comfortable t-shirts and hoodies, along with seaside souvenirs, unique Christmas cards, a range of educational books and authentic model trams of the Heritage fleet you still see on the tracks today.

Pop in to get your Christmas gifts and our friendly and knowledgeable team will give you a very warm, and festive, welcome!