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Christmas is a comin’

Join us at the Dock this Christmas for unique gift inspiration and festive fun. From our local makers and Liverpool-inspired artwork to accessories, design and foodie gifts, we know you’ll find something for everyone...

Handmade in Liverpool

Head to Leather Satchel for a beautiful range of hand-made leather goods, including some great Christmas gift ideas. The beauty of master craftsman Keith Hanshaw’s bespoke style is that everything can be personalised: luggage tags are £15 and can be monogrammed; personalised pocket notebook covers are £25 and clutch bags – perfect for your Christmas night out – start at £40 and can be personalised while you wait.

monogrammed personalised pocket notebook covers
Leather Satchel beautiful range

Over in the The Nest

local artists and makers contribute to a unique range of gifts and homeware. Look out for intricate acrylic necklaces by Finest Imaginary, including the totally charming Fox Family Portrait necklace (£35) and the brand new, and completely unique, Sefton Park Palm House (£48) necklace.

We’ve also got our eye on these brilliant and bright binary code scarves for the techies in your life. There are three – Alan Turing, Herbert Lee and Ada Lovelace – each with a quote woven into the wool (£20). And Katherine Caldwell’s exclusive bone china Liverpool mug (£10) is a great stocking filler…

Classic Catalonian Christmas

Lunyalita’s Spanish flavours never disappoint, and its deli is the place to head for foodie gifts this Christmas, with a host of unusual gifts ideas, and some absolutely stunning packaging. Spoilt for choice, we picked out the paella pan gift set, packed with the finest bomba rice from Valencia –the home of paella – arbequina olive oil, Santa Domingo sweet paprika and a mouthwatering saffron-based paella seasoning (£30).

Paella pan gift set

The drinks selection is no less beautiful, with a gorgeous Vilarnau Cava from Barcelona and Padro and Co vermouth from Tarragona. This traditional aperitif is served in a short glass with lots of ice, an olive and orange – and its star anise and lemon flavours give you a taste of a classic Catalonian Christmas.

Spanish nougat – Torrons – and dark chocolate with freeze-dried raspberries, or passion fruit chocolate (£4.50) make great stocking fillers, alongside a beautifully-packaged range of patés – from truffle and Armagnac to Agromar’s sea urchin or tuna and piquillo pepper patés.

Can’t decide? Lunyalita lets you build your own hamper, so you can pick and choose to suit your budget from its authentic range.

Stocking fillers galore

Can you beat Quay Confectionary’s legendary range of Beatles and Liverpool-themed sweets when you’re searching for stocking fillers. The Let it Bean jelly bean tin always gets a smile (£3.50), alongside a range of fudge, tea, cookies and mints. A classic selection of American candy makes it a treasure trove of sweet treats, from Hershey’s, Reese’s and Airheads to rare-find Crispy M&Ms and Laffy Taffy. Oh, and a giant mallow snowman which we just couldn’t resist...

Beatles sweets

Coffee lovers will made a beeline for a packet of Peaberry’s Single Plantation Peaberry Bean from Fazenda Sertão in Brazil (£6). The coffee shop takes its name from the ‘peaberry’ coffee plant, a single-seed offering maximum flavour and an even roast, giving them a sweet toffee flavour with lemon-tart acidity.

Or pop over to our newest retailer, Owen Drew Candles, for an elegant votive candle that will both brighten up the winter months and make your home smell beautiful. Made from vegan, soy wax blended with essential oils, its wooden wick makes a cosy crackling noise as it burns.

Choose from classic Christmas scents like frosted spruce, golden amber, roasted chestnuts and myrrh – Eighteen Forty Three celebrates the year that Christmas ‘arrived’ in the UK. Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol and the first Christmas card was introduced to Britain. Drew describes it as a ‘bold and daring nod to the sights, smells and traditions of Victorian Britain.’ Think roasted chestnuts and coal fires, dark rum and exotic spices.

Holly and Ivy is a fruity number, harking back to elaborate festive garlands and wreaths, combining fresh cranberry, frosted spruce and earthy amber. Prince Regent pays tribute to the man who introduced us to the Christmas tree; fir and pine are blended with incense and myrrh for a right royal – and extremely elegant – Christmas. (All £40)

Owen Drew Candles
Owen Drew Candles

Arty ideas

The Tate Shop’s hard to beat for a creative Christmas cracker. Its exclusive Colours of Liverpool range, produced in partnership with local design team Dorothy, includes a poster, tea towel and tote bag (£10 – £25).

The Modern Artists range has something for everyone. We’ve already snapped up the twin enamel plant pot set; just the enamel mug, egg cups, salt and pepper pots and socks to go. There’s also a great kids’ range in the same collection, including play cards, teeny tiny socks and a pencil case. Freda Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol are just a few of the famous faces that appear on the range. (£8 – £30)

The Modern Artists range enamel plant pot set, egg cups, salt and pepper shakers
The Modern Artists range enamel mug

At local independent Liverpool Pictures, Keith Drury's vibrant Liverpool Nightfall catches the eye as soon as you walk through the door. His vivid colours ping from a giclee print on watercolour paper, in a style he’s christened ‘retromagic’ (£195). You’ll find a varied range of local prints and photography – Ian Fennelly’s beautiful originals and prints of Liverpool, Parkgate and Chester start at £29.99, Eli Pascall-Willis’ aluminium-mounted panoramas, and football fans will fall for John Johnson’s stunning Shankly Gates shot (£24.99). Ritchie Collins’ rock star coasters (£16) – including The Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones and Queen – are colourful, quirky and eye-catching.

Keith Drury's vibrant Liverpool Nightfall
Ritchie Collins’ rock star coasters

Something unique

You’ll find maritime gifts galore, including this cute copper-coloured Port Lamp, at the Merseyside Maritime Museum (£15) – put a tea light inside for a red glow and gather round as you sing a sea shanty. We’re also a fan of the Rules of the Inn tea towel (£5) – remember though, no skulking loafers!

copper-coloured Port Lamp
Rules of the Inn tea towel

And Harbour Accessories’ Upside Down Umbrellas are one of the most seasonally-appropriate presents we could find… these clever brollies fold down the other way – so you can hop into the car and collapse it, without standing in the rain. They also stand up on their own, so you’re much less likely to leave them behind (£8).

Harbour’s a goldmine of accessories for the party season, from the pretty line of parasols to glittering jewellery to update a favourite frock. But we’ll be heading back for the snuggly range of blanket scarves, in a wide variety of colours – including lots of lovely tartan (£5).


We’ve got something for everyone this Christmas. From our independent retailers and our unique Makers Markets (December 9 and 16) to a Festive Extravaganza on November 22, join us and start the festive feeling. Nobody does Christmas like Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.