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Shop local this Christmas

From sweet treats and paper art to experiences on the Thames, there’s lots of unique, quirky and interesting gift ideas you can find for your friends and family from local online businesses this Christmas.

When you shop locally, not only are you helping a small and independent business benefit from increased sales, you’re also contributing to more money being kept in the local community and helping these businesses to continue to provide local jobs. 

Small and independent businesses need your support more than ever. Here are some of the local businesses you can support by purchasing products or gift vouchers and memberships online. 

&Julia Florist
Why not brighten up the Christmas period with some festive flowers? Local florist &Julia offers contactless deliveries of seasonal bouquets and Christmas wreaths, swags, as well as bunches of seasonal scented foliage.

Aelita Jewellery 
Find hand-crocheted silver and gold jewellery as well as a collection of seaside-inspired unisex jewellery from a local jewellery stall. Gift cards are also available. 

Agnes Creations
Original creations with African fabric. Check out the three-dimensional artwork, Christmas decorations, African fabric jewellery and bags as well as a choice of unique colourful gifts handmade in Greenwich. 

Arapina, healthy lifestyle bakery  
With roots in reinvented Mediterranean cooking and offering free-from or low-in options, these sweet treats are perfect for any confectionary lover. Customer favourites include the skilfully preserved whole cherries soaked in an indulgent syrup and Caramel milk chocolate pebbles - layers of milk and caramel chocolate will melt in your mouth with the first bite.

The Becky Dell Music Academy
Know someone who wants to explore music? Gift a handful of fun, inspirational music lessons at home from this local music service which caters for all ages and abilities.

Better leisure membership 
Treat yourself or a loved one to a Better gift e-voucher at your local leisure centre. Buy e-vouchers online to be sent immediately via email to you or a recipient of your choice.

City Cruises
Exclusive gifts now available to purchase securely online from City Cruises. Personalise a gift voucher, add a message, preview and send it instantly by email, text or 1st class post. Also get 30% discount on undated dining tickets for Black Friday.

Department of Works
Unique printed T-shirts influenced by the pop culture that made us – from music to graphic novels, old b movies and more. Over the years they’ve clothed the likes of Nile Rodgers, Noel Fielding, Adam Ant and Rhys Iffans as well as many Greenwich locals. Residents get 15% discount until the beginning of December. Use the code: XmasEarlyBird on their online shop. #

Eltham Palace
Find lovely historic gifts related to Eltham Palace in their online shop or why not gift someone as many trips to the beautiful palace as they can fit in within a year by gifting them a membership.

Fair Cake, London’s premier cake school 
Learn modern cake baking and decorating with some of the best teachers in the business. Perfect gift for a baking lover – vouchers available. 

Fancy getting fit and topping up on some endorphins? Aylia Fox is a personal trainer who offers online training for clients who do not want to use the gyms, are unable to or they just prefer to workout at home via Zoom. When government guidelines allow, she also runs sessions in Better Leisure Centres – mainly the Waterfront in Woolwich and Charlton Lido.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice
From vintage toys, quirky treasures, great books to bespoke clothing and antiques - whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something special at the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice eBay store. You'll also be supporting a charity which provides holistic care that goes beyond physical needs – offering spiritual, social and psychological care, advice and support wherever needed.

Greenwich Printmakers Association
Set up in 1979, Greenwich Printmakers Association, run by 35 fine art printmakers, has had a shop at Greenwich Market for over 40 years selling hand-made original prints. Check out selected original prints from the winter exhibition and discover the 2021 Greenwich Printmakers calendar and Greenwich and the Thames booklet in the online shop.

InterContinental London O2
From family getaways to festive afternoon tea or Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, InterContinental London has got Christmas wrapped up this year. Don't miss out on the Black Friday sale this weekend (27-30 November) with 25% savings on gift vouchers and experiences. 

Made in Greenwich
Support local artists and makers by shopping at Made in Greenwich this Christmas. Find a beautiful range of locally made ceramics, photographs, paintings, jewellery, cards, candles, Christmas decorations and more. Get free postage on purchases over £25 and one-to-one shopping experiences can be arranged for you too!

MW Robinson Furniture
Discover beautiful and useful items for the home made with surplus materials from MW Robinson bespoke furniture makers. The range includes solid wood bottle openers and solid ash rolling pins to fulfil your beverage and baking needs. 

Old Royal Naval College 
Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece in the heart of Maritime Greenwich is home to over 500 years of history. The two shops at the Old Royal Naval College have you covered for all of your gift and souvenir needs. Whether you’re looking for gifts for a loved one, a treat for yourself, or something to do at home over the colder months, you are sure to find something to love at the Old Royal Naval College. All purchases make a vital contribution towards protecting our heritage for the future. Why not gift someone the Painted Hall experience, or perhaps give them the gift of choice with a voucher redeemable online or in-person upon reopening.  

Paper Moon 
Discover a handmade range of papercut and origami artwork inspired by Chinese paper art and European craft style. Elegant wall pieces and unique gifts for all occasions.  

Royal Museums Greenwich 
From children and adult’s clothing to nautical puzzles and astronomy books and gadgets, Royal Museums Greenwich has a range of gifts available on their online shop for all ages. Check out the range of telescopes which make fantastic present for all ages. There is now free delivery of orders over £50. Or treat someone to a present that will last all year with a Royal Museums Greenwich membership giving free entry to Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, planetarium shows and special exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum.

Susan Clark Interiors
Treat yourself or a loved on to range of homeware, home scents and bath and body products available from the online shop. 

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers
This Christmas give your friends and family a London experience to remember: a day out on the river exploring the city with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. A River Roamer ticket is perfect for all-day unlimited travel across 23 piers including Greenwich, North Greenwich, Tower, Westminster and Battersea Power Station. On board enjoy personal space, a café bar and the best views of London! Make it extra special with a River Roamer and Emirates Air Line gift voucher - sail down the Thames and then fly above London on the cable car.

Unicrafts London
Smart and unique handmade organisers and boxes covered in fabric to brighten up your space. 

Urban Self
This sustainable and handmade business brings plant medicine and the magic of nature into your lives through selfcare and home design products.