Small Business Saturday takes place on the first Saturday of December each year, a grassroots campaign to support and celebrate all things independent. For one day, why not boycott the big brands and bring genuine joy to someone by supporting their enterprises and pick up some great gifts or a treat for yourself in the process. From specialist shops offering original and unusual finds, to quirky bars and charming cafes, exploring some of Nottingham's plethora of great independent businesses will give you a real taste of Nottingham's spirit.

Often these local gems lie a little off the beaten track and are the reserve of those in the know, but we’ve taken all the work out of exploring the best of Nottingham’s independent spirit with our handy Nottingham Independent Shopping Trail.  Wander through retro arcades, peaceful courtyards, and offbeat districts to find an array of niche, independent businesses offering unique handpicked goods that you won't find on the high street. Either pick up a paper copy from Nottingham Tourism Centre or check out the Guidigo App which lets you discover as you go straight from your mobile! We’ve picked just a small selection of Nottingham’s amazing array of local superstars to give you a taste of what’s on offer.

Debbie Byran Gift Shop

In Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, lies the award-winning creative gift shop and tea room, Debbie Bryan. Brimming with one-of-a-kind trinkets, gorgeous artisan homewares and beautiful items which showcase the best in traditional craftsmanship, its also embellished with details reflecting the local area's history of lace making. Pop in for a browse, enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or a sweet pick-me-up and check out what's coming up on their fantastic calendar of creative events, which features kitchen take-overs, poetry nights and their signature crafternoons. A special mention must be made for the exceptional range of hot chocolates on offer this year, including Turkish delight, candy cane peppermint, chocolate orange, and lavendar!


Delilah Fine Foods

Those seeking specialist foodie treats and local produce should be sure to take a trip to Delilah, packed floor to ceiling with exceptional foods and drinks: from self-serve olive-oils and cheeses from around the world; to honey, chutneys, meats and even wine made right here in the East Midlands. All their products are sourced from small artisan producers, locally and further afield, reflecting the commitment to provide authentic, flavoursome produce to excite and inspire the palette.


The Worm That Turned

Located just a short walk from the city centre on Derby Road, The Worm That Turned is on a mission to help you make any outdoor space absolutely gorgeous. While you might not being thinking about gardening any time soon, its worth popping in to simply get excited about the spring, and you're likely to leave bursting with ideas. The excellent selection of furniture, lighting and other outdoor décor on show is high quality and classically stylish, and sits alongside fine gifts and accessories for both the garden and home. They’ll even wrap them up ready for gifting if you ask nicely.


Dukki Visit Nottinghamshire

Nottingham's dedicated souvenir shop Dukki is a gem in the city's independent scene. So much so that earlier this year the company was chosen out of more than 5 million UK businesses to be included in Small Business Saturday's 'Small Biz 100', where it was acclaimed for its 'community heart'. The little shop on St James' Street is bursting with local humour, quirky colloquial gifts, and products that celebrate the local area, but its their local vernacular inspired offerings and 'Ay Up, Me Duck' catchphrase that really tickles us. Pick up colourful coasters, mugs, aprons, t-shirts, accessories and lots more, all designed in house and possessing the friendly, cheerful charm that defines Nottingham's character.


TIC Visit Nottinghamshire

Looking for even more Nottingham related gifts? It might not be the first place you consider when picking up gifts from independent sellers, but Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row is very much worth a browse. Intent on supporting the wonderfull creative community in the city, this year they added over 200 Nottinghamshire inspired products from local makers, including hand illustrated Christmas cards depicting sites like Wollaton Hall, stained glass tree decorations, brewed loose leaf tea, and calendars featuring stunning photography, all made in Nottinghamshire.

For more on independent shopping in Nottingham, please click here

This blog was written by Claire Jones, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire, and updated in December 2019.  


Debbie Bryan
Speciality Shop
Debbie Bryan in Lace Market

Number one for shopping in Nottingham, Debbie Bryan, are an award winning, independent creative retailer. With an in-house design studio, creative space and award winning Tea Room - they are a haven of gift giving, eating, drinking and things to do.

The Worm that Turned
Speciality Shop
The Worm that Turned

With a mission to help you make your outdoor space gorgeous and an edited selection of some fine garden gifts, The Worm that Turned is more Kings Road that Derby Road.



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