Top independent stores to visit for gift inspiration

Still struggling to find that perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas? Here’s our guide on the top independent stores to visit for some unique gift inspiration.


Projekt21 – Great Western Arcade


Skating is no longer just for kids so check out the latest street and skatewear clothing at Projekt21. With a range of exciting brands including Staple Clothing, Dark Circle, RipnDip and Primitive, there’s a variety of high quality coats, t-shirts, caps and trainers to choose from.


Smithsonia, Piccadilly Arcade


One of Birmingham’s longest running gallery shops, Smithsonia stocks a range of beautiful products from jewellery to handcrafted silverware and striking sculptures. The store also sells unique gifts online, so why not take a look at the ‘perfect for giving’ section for some inspiration before you pay them a visit.


Onu, Stephenson Street

For all the fashionistas out there, Onu is the ideal place to shop. Located just a stone’s throw from Bullring, Onu stocks a stylish selection of menswear and womenswear. Take a look at the winter wear range so that your loved ones can keep up-to-date with the latest fashion trends and stay cosy this winter.


Liquor Store, Great Western Arcade


Dedicated to bringing customers some of the best and most exclusive brands, Liquor Store offers the finest denim, clothing, footwear and accessories from around the globe. Liquor Store brings an eclectic mix of heritage and next generation brands, including Levi’s, Dr Martens and Converse, as well as more exclusive brands such as Nudie Jeans, Orsman and Hiut Denim. There’s also a separate womenswear store so you’ll be sure to find something special.


Disorder Boutique, Needless Alley

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Award-winning Disorder Boutique is the ideal place to find that item of clothing your loved one will treasure forever. Offering ground–breaking contemporary tailoring that combines art and graphics to produce high-end fashion with an edge, Disorder Boutique stocks men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. For art lovers, take a look at Disorders stunning artwork collection online.


Cloudo Kids, Ethel Street

Keep the children wrapped up warm this year with an extra layer of comfort from Cloudo Kids. Stocking a range of festive clothing, including Christmas party dresses, warm woolly jumpers, and hand-picked hats, Cloudo sells clothing for new born children all the way to 16 year olds.


Autograph – Ethel Street


Recognised by FHM as retailer of the year and ranked by Esquire in the top 5 men’s clothing retailers of 2009, Autograph sells premium chic menswear worn by A-list celebrities, including Daniel Craig and Brad Pitt. Autograph stocks big designer labels, including Alexander Wang and Paul Smith, as well as unique brands such as Neuw, which specialises in high quality and affordable denim jeans. So, whether you’re after a smart stylish suit for your partner or luxurious knitwear, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Autograph.


Onyx Jewellers – Piccadilly Arcade

Onyx is a family-run business which specialises in silver, gold and platinum jewellery, including earrings, bangles, necklaces and bracelets, but if you’re looking to pop the question this Christmas, check out Onyx’s bespoke service to find the perfect engagement ring!


Chouchoute – Great Western Arcade

No matter who you’re buying for, you can’t go wrong with chocolates. Chouchoute hand makes a range of chocolates suited for all tastes. We recommend the sea-salted caramels or the hot chocolate pastilles, or try the prestige collection which features an assortment of 60 chocolates. Yum!


There are 140 independent stores to visit in Birmingham city centre. You can find the full list here:

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