Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is currently worth 194 billion dollars. That’s quite a lot of money, isn’t it? He probably doesn’t need your support this Christmas. But businesses in Stockport do, now more so than ever after the trials and tribulations of this year. Yes, it’s easy to buy stuff off Amazon, with the internet giant listing every product that’s ever been made. But that’s where The Viaduct comes in! Because we’ve made it just as easy to find all your Christmas presents in one place, with our ultimate Stockport Christmas shopping guide. This list will be updated on a daily basis every day from now until Christmas, with a fantastic selection of gifts for all of your friends and family this year. And you’ll be supporting Stockport businesses at the same time.
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Ate Days A Week is the brainchild of chef Andy James, with his first restaurant opening on Vernon Street in the town centre this year. It started with the idea of pairing food with musical stories/themes and has grown from there, with rave reviews all over social media for their fun, delicious dishes. Treat your loved ones to an Ate Days A Week e-Gift card and they can enjoy one of Andy’s mouthwatering creations over the festive period!
Based in Stockport, Baked By Leah produce homemade cakes and other bakes available to order. A cake might not be the first gift that comes to mind as a Christmas present, but it’s a fun idea, and look at this belter! A six inch chocolate sponge and buttercream cake, decorated with a variety of different chocolates. Hide it somewhere on Christmas Eve, and watch their face light up as they tuck into this for breakfast on Christmas Day!
That perfect Christmas present idea can sometimes be associated with an event you have coming up after the festive period – a birthday, an anniversary, a new arrival etc. Bamboosh Balloons have an extensive range of balloons suitable for any occasion, so a gift voucher could be a fun idea for the recipient to use for any event of their choice!
Based in Edgeley, Charlotte has over 7 years’ experience baking and decorating cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and brownies. And if you can’t indulge in some sweet treats at Christmas, when can you?! These cute little chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, all with a Christmas theme, will make a lovely gift this year, and something for all the family to scoff while you’re waiting for your Christmas dinner, or for dessert afterwards!
Struggling to think of Christmas present ideas? How about a gift voucher from Cosy Bella Home Decor, which can be used towards their range of luxury homeware items including bedding, giftware, throws, curtains and various products to be used around the home.
Who’s cooking the big dinner in your house this year? Mum? Dad? Brother? Sister? Whoever has the chore of taking on the turkey and the spuds in your house this Christmas, wouldn’t it be fun to have them cooking in one of these delightful aprons!
The Hope Inn, situated on the A6 between Stockport and Heaton Chapel, has its own prolific onsite micro-brewery that regularly produces award-winning ales. Pubs have obviously struggled immensely this year, forced into two separate lockdowns, but you can still support The Hope Inn by purchasing one of their lovely boozy gifts, perfect for Dad to get stuck into on the sofa after he’s had his Christmas dinner! We recommend this particular gift – a five litre mini keg of Monkey Business, which is a 3.9% light, hoppy session ale.
Cold winter weather. Tough, unloving footwear. The big food shop. Rushing round trying to get those last minute presents. Christmas can be an absolute nightmare on our feet, which is the perfect recipe for poor foot health. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for that special someone in your life this year, how about an hour long foot health assessment and treatment session? Sarah will identify and treat the vast majority of foot health complaints during the appointment at her clinic, leaving their feet in great health for the new year!
Everyone loves balloons, don’t they? Frankies Balloon Factory have a superb range of balloon columns, which can be made for any event. Why not see your kids’ eyes light up on Christmas Day with a magical balloon column waiting for them next to the Christmas tree. The columns come with helium and you can choose whichever balloon you’d like to sit on top of the column.
Okay, you’ve bought Mum some chocolates. Dad’s got some socks. Granny’s got something that smells nice. But now you’re looking for some fun stocking filler ideas for the family. Treat them to a pizza! Gift vouchers are available from the delicious I Knead Pizza, which you can use at their restaurant and takeaway in Reddish, or at any of the events and festivals they regularly cater at.
You’ll probably be sick of Christmas songs by the time December 25th comes around. The perfect remedy for that is grabbing yourself a copy of Mexican Scar, the brand new single from Stockport-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Jack B Dawson. His new single tells personal tales of Jack’s past, using a scar obtained from a childhood holiday incident as a metaphor for the scars engraved in our memories by those we want to forget. If you’re in Stockport town centre, Jack’s new single is available to buy in HMV, as well the Arndale Centre in Manchester. Also available in various formats on Amazon.
Jake Shoes is an independently owned and family run company set up in 1975 to offer a choice of shoes different from the rest of the high street, something they still do today from their stores in Stockport and Altrincham. Shoes are tricky to buy as a gift, if you’re not too sure of the size, so why not take the stress away and just buy a gift voucher instead? That way, you can have a shopping trip together after Christmas, and pop into Jake’s for some nice new shoes!
Gifts like alcohol, chocolates and fragrances are lovely to receive at Christmas, but they don’t last too long do they, especially the chocolates! If you’re looking for a gift that will last a bit longer, let us point you in the direction of Kala Walsh Ceramics, and this individual handmade vase with layered glaze to create a textured landscape effect.
Kate O’Brien is a Stockport-based artist who creates original and unique hand-painted artwork and gifts depicting the beautiful architecture and scenery in the town. If you have a friend or family member who’s passionate about our lovely town, treat them to this framed print of Turner’s Steps, which will look wonderful in any room of the house!
Are you spending your first Christmas with a special someone in your life this year? If you’re looking for something special to wrap up and put under the tree, check out the Hazel Grove based Magpie Sparkles 925, and this particular Sterling Silver and Swarovski Bee Charm Bracelet, made using 3mm Sterling Silver beads, with accent beads and Crystal AB Swarovski beads around a fabulous Bee charm.
Harking back to the heady days of the 80s club scene in Manchester, this Hacienda-inspired print from Frederick John is nostalgic for fans of Factory Records. You’ve probably got some older family members who caught the 192 from Stockport into Manchester back in the day, for those memorable nights at the Hacienda. See their light face up on Christmas Day with this lovely gift.
This is something you definitely need to buy for the County fan in your life this Christmas! County fans took to Twitter recently to vote for the club’s all time greatest team, featuring the likes of Mike Flynn, Jim Gannon and Kevin Francis. Penno Draws have created this stunning A4 print with the illustrations of all eleven players, as well as legendary manager Danny Bergara.
Now here’s one that will certainly tickle your tastebuds! A luxury boxed selection of Simon Dunn’s finest handmade truffles, made using only the very finest ingredients. The box contains 36 handmade chocolates, and can also be personalised with a short message.
Sugar Sparrow is run from a purpose built home bakery in Stockport and they create freshly baked goods for seasonal occasions, celebrations, local cafes and corporate events. For the loved one in your life with a sweet tooth, pop this delicious Treat Box under the tree for them, featuring yummy items such as Brownies, Rocky Roads and Rice Krispie Treats!
The Italian is an independent, family run traditional restaurant based at the start of Compstall Road in Romiley. It’s been there since 1987 as well, so you know the food is going to be good! A gift voucher for The Italian is perfect for Christmas, and you can look forward to a lovely meal in beautiful surroundings over the festive period – if Boris lets us!