With Bristol’s proud identity and vibrant community of artists, it’s unsurprising that the city is full of unique gift shops. Whether you’re trying to get yourself a print for the house, a souvenir or a last minute gift, we’ve got you covered with our list of great gift shops where you can buy something special and spend some Bristol Pounds.
1 – Eclectic Gift Shop – Living up to its name, this gift shop on Hanham High Street works with over 60 Bristol based creative businesses and has a huge range of gifts and artworks. From Bristol themed books to natural candles and handmade homeware, there’s something for everyone at this quirky East Bristol store. They also host weekly modern creative workshops for kids and adults.
2 – Room 212 – Amongst a range of independent shops on Gloucester Road, Room 212 is an Aladdin’s Cave of Bristol art and creativity. The shop’s vibrant window displays feature local artists and follow various themes, from the seasons to different Bristol events, meaning you’re sure to find something new whenever you visit. Amongst the artists featured in Room 212 are Emma Burleigh and Mary Collett, both of whom designed artwork for Bristol Pound’s £B10 note.
3 – Kondi Gifts – Full of Bristol souvenirs, greetings cards, candles, jewellery and gifts for all ages, this shop on Henleaze road is a great place to pick up a present for just about anybody. Run by the same business, Cafe Kondi is next door where you can enjoy a coffee after a browse in the gift shop.
4 – Casper – If you’re looking for a unique greeting card designed by one of Bristol’s emerging artists, head down to Casper on North Street. This combined gallery and retail space has a diverse range of locally produced art for sale, alongside a variety of great gifts and a vintage clothing section.
5 – CoLab – Also celebrating Bristol’s artistic community is CoLab on Gloucester Road. Showcasing innovative artists and designers from around Bristol, Colab is full of treasures for any art lover. Or, if you’re gift shopping and find yourself lost for ideas, find inspiration amongst this colourful mix of cards, clothes, posters and prints. It’s also a great place to pick up a souvenir, as many of the artworks are Bristol themed, and the shop sells plenty of interesting books about the city.