The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Shopping in Milton Keynes

Happy 1st December! I can’t believe we are on the home straight to Christmas. With the big ho ho ho fast approaching, it’s the perfect time for me to share my Independent Christmas Gift Guide and tell you the best places to shop for gifts in Milton Keynes. I think at Christmastime, it’s all too easy to gravitate towards big brands (I am guilty of it too!) but I always want to buy thoughtful presents that people love and will use, not just another off-the-shelf gift.

In this blog post, I’m sharing my independent Milton Keynes Christmas gift guide PLUS a little guide to the best independent shops for Christmas gifts in Milton Keynes.

Happy shopping!

The Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide

Shopping independent is so much better for the economy and the environment. And with Christmas being a time of mass consumerism, it’s so important to consider the smaller businesses that pour so much love into their products.

With this in mind, I have created the Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide! It’s packed with gift inspiration from independent businesses in and around Milton Keynes.

In the gift guide you will find:

🎁 Foodie gifts & experiences and festive tipples

🎁 Interior & home gifts

🎁 Eco-friendly gifts

🎁 Creative gifts

🎁 Gifts for him & her

🎁 A list of local Christmas shopping events

Download the gift guide.


Best Independent Shops to Buy Gifts in Milton Keynes

There are lots of really amazing independent shops in Milton Keynes that are great places to find unique gifts from local businesses. Here are some of my favourites!

Best All-Rounder: On the High Street

Stocking fantastic brands like Outhouse, On The High Street in Stony Stratford is definitely one of the best places to find products from small businesses. They only stock independent, so you are sure to find gorgeous gifts in there. From signs and prints to handmade jewellery, candles to quirky furniture, On the High Street is a real treasure trove of goodies.

Best for Festive Tipples: The Drink Shed, Pottersbury

A stone’s throw away from MK in Cherry Lane Garden Centre, The Drink Shed is home to independent drinks producers. Founded by Laurence and Alice of Wharf Distillery, this little shop is an Alladin’s cave of artisan drinks. You’ll find everything from Blackpit Brewery beer and Saxby’s Cider, to Foxdenton’s gin and of course, Wharf Distillery’s brands.

Best for Eco-Friendly Gifts: Branch Out MK’s Botanical Boutique

Branch Out MK is a social enterprise helping adults with learning differences and autism by teaching them horticultural skills. Branch Out now has a ‘Botanical Boutique’ in York House Centre in Stony Stratford. Open on Thursdays and Fridays, this is a great spot for finding locally-made products that are eco-friendly.

Read more: A Guide to Sustainable Businesses & Initiatives in Milton Keynes

Branch Out MK flowers

Best for Creative Gifts: MK Gallery gift shop

I love the MK Gallery shop – I think it’s one of the best museum/gallery shops that I’ve been to! It’s a great place for finding unique brands and gifts for the art lovers in your life.

I hope this Christmas shopping guide has given you plenty of inspiration for your gift-giving. I can’t wait to see what local gifts you give and unwrap this year!

Don’t forget to download your Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide!

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