Thanet is full to the brim with creatives, makers, independent retailers and wonderful small brands. We think this makes it the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping! To help you along your way, we wanted to highlight some of our favourite local businesses that sell the best gifts. Whether you're shopping for your hard-to-buy-for Dad, sustainably-minded Sister or little ones of all ages, we're certain you'll find the perfect pressie for them right here...
43-45 Addington Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9JJ
This beautiful children's book shop is full to the brim with the best books for children of all ages. They are dedicated to raising equality in children's books: equality of access, representation and roles in the publishing industry. They also stock a small range of fabulous gifts for kids and parents including Maileg toys and natural toiletries.
Shop books online here.
20 Queen Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DR
Molly Pickle is a talented illustrator & printmaker. Inspired by her coastal home, Molly creates beautiful homewares, clothing and stationery that are perfect for gifting. Whether you're shopping for your friends, your Mum, your Grandparents or the kids, you're sure to find the ideal gift to delight your loved ones in Molly's gorgeous little studio shop.
26 Addington Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9JJ & 1-3 Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1EW
A wonderfully curated collection of premium second-hand clothing, right in the heart of Ramsgate and coming soon to Margate Old Town! Positive Retail is the perfect place to shop for the fashion-conscious people in your life in a way that is kinder to the environment. What's more, they're offering 10% off all in-store purchases on the first weekend of December to celebrate the opening of their new Margate store.
Keep up with them on Instagram here.
17 Military Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9LG
Home of one of Ramsgate's most delicious cafes as well as a beautifully curated homestore. Archive stocks a thoughtful collection of books, prints, stationery, kitchenware and more that is all perfect for gifting this festive period.
10 Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1BN
Looking for a gift that's got a little more edge? Look no further than our neighbours, Handsome Freaks! Stocking the best hand-picked, trendy vintage streetwear sourced directly from the USA. With a real focus on modern skate, street, sports and designer wear, you're sure to find the perfect gift for the trendsetter in your life. Plus, they offer a 10% discount on all cash purchases!
Browse their Depop selection here.
8 Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1EW
The Light Keeper offers a carefully chosen selection of new and vintage lights, along with a choice of lighting components, for both inside and outside lighting solutions. There's also a great range of gifting options available in store. Why not light up someone's Christmas with a truly unique gift?
Follow them on Instagram here.
40 Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HD
For all the design lovers in your life, Papillon Interiors have the ideal gifts. Trading in Margate since 2011 and with over 50 years experience in the interiors industry, they have a brilliant selection of the best contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories. Shop their gift guides For Him, For Her, For Children & For the Home on their website now.
12 King Street, Margate, CT9 1DA
ZIGZAG is an independent footwear retailer originating from West Sussex with their latest shop opening in Margate in 2021. If you're on a budget this year, they have a fantastic edit of gifts under £30 where you're sure to find something for all for the fashion-forward people in your life.
30 Hawley Street, Margate, CT9 1QA
This little pink shop is home to carefully curated fashion, accessories, skincare and homewares that are perfect for gifting to those who love some pampering. Choose from luxury vegan skincare products, bedazzled women's wear and gorgeous cashmere socks (to name but a few!)
34 King Street, Margate, CT9 1DA
Meaning 'friend of the people', AARVEN is an ethical homeware and jewellery brand founded by two adventurers, inspired by their artisans around the globe. From wood block printed textiles, recycled brass jewellery, to hand woven baskets, they design their joyful collections in collaboration with the worlds best artisans.
102 High Street, Broadstairs, CT10 1JB
This tiny botanical shop in Broadstairs is the perfect place to shop for gifts for your green-fingered friends & family. With a fantastic choice of houseplants & plant themed gifts from ornaments to growing kits to jewellery.
Follow them on Instagram here.
Unit 3, Eldon Place, Broadstairs, CT10 1NA
Little KIT is a lifestyle store that sells seasonal clothing for children, as well as a carefully curated selection of accessories, homeware & gifts. They also serve some seriously good coffee! With a real focus on quality & sustainability, we think they're one of the best places to shop for the little ones.
127 High Street, Broadstairs, CT10 1NG
Salt of the Earth makes sustainable shopping easy! Their low-waste store is packed full of vegan, planet-friendly products that are ideal for gifting to the eco-conscious people in your life. From foodie gifts to luxurious natural cosmetics, there's sure to be something for everyone.
Thank you for choosing to shop small this festive season! If you want to learn more about why you should choose to support local independent businesses, click here.
Header image by Rebecca Strickson