The Ultimate Indie Gift Guide

Looking for something unique to give your loved ones this Christmas? Look no further.

Here is your essential guide to finding the perfect present and supporting some of Exeter’s finest independent retailers.

Choccie Bar

Choccie Bar is a luxury chocolatier on Gandy Street, which is dedicated to hand-crafting fresh, exquisite and delicious chocolate: fit for a Christmas gift! You can personalise a chocolate bar, a selection box or even a chocolate sculpture. The velvety artisan chocolate looks just as yummy as it tastes. So, if you know a choc-a-holic who would love an edible prezzie this Christmas then Choccie Bar is the shop for you.

Hyde + Seek

Exeter’s much loved contemporary gift shop, Hyde + Seek, stocks all sorts of interesting and colourful gifts, as well as homeware items, toys, books, prints, cards and lots more. Hyde + Seek stole the number one spot this year in the Summer of Independents competition run by InExeter, to find Exeter’s favourite indie retailer. A browse through their selection of lovely and affordable artwork is a real must. Hyde + Seek is the ideal store if you’re on the hunt for stocking fillers, vintage-themed treasures or even homeware goods to create a cosy Christmas setting in your own house this year.


Lush is one of the UK’s leading independent cosmetic retailers renowned for its ethical ethos. Princesshay has recently become home to Exeter’s new Lush store, which is jam-packed with exquisite and all-natural beautifying products. In the lead up to Christmas, Lush will be stocking all sorts of exclusive gift sets, including their colourful bath bombs, which will be a perfect eco-conscious present for any cosmetic lover.


Specialising in eclectic fashion, accessories, homeware, furniture and gifts, Moko is an ideal place to seek out those hidden gems you can’t find on the High Street. This boutique is home to both well-known brands as well as its own exclusive items, and will be a fabulous way to switch up your shopping experience this Christmas.

No Guts No Glory

No Guts No Glory is an independent lifestyle shop packed with beautiful and eco-friendly items. NGNG is inspired by a message of sustainability, slow living & well-being. Their aim is to create unique objects which can endure the test of time while having minimal impact on the environment. NGNG offers a fantastic opportunity to find an ethical gift, from quirky prints to indoor plants, as well as boasting an in-house studio where you can get an image framed for the ultimate personalised present. A gander inside this store during your Christmas shop is essential. You may even want to grab a drink at their speciality coffee bar and imbibe the earthly goodness while you’re there.


Know a vintage clothing lover? This one’s for you. Sobey’s is a goldmine for on trend vintage and reworked clothing. From Levi jeans to retro Adidas jumpers, there’s countless garments to choose from  when looking for a  present.

Purity Boutique Spa

Purity Boutique Spa is a little slice of paradise located amongst the cobbles of the Cathedral Green. If you know someone who deserves a bit of relaxation time this Christmas then Purity is the place to send them. This spa provides a diverse range of luxury yet affordable treatments. It also offers special pamper packages: perfect for a Christmas present! Gift vouchers are available to purchase for specific treatments and packages, or, if you’re not quite sure what to pick you can put any amount up to £500 on a voucher too.

Silver Lion Jewellery

Silver Lion Jewellers is a long-standing retailer at the heart of Gandy Street, which strives to be unlike any mainstream jewellers. Their stock is hand chosen and many pieces are exclusive to the store. Silver Lion is also home to an on-site workshop where they create custom pieces. The Silver Lion workshop offers a personalised service, whereby staff and customers work together in creating the perfect item: an ideal gift for someone special this Christmas.


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