Shopping independent this Christmas goes beyond just gifting – it encompasses all of the festivities, from what you eat and drink, to how you decorate the home. Shop Bristol have put together an extensive list of independents across the city to shop with and you can read more about the campaign on our blog. Shopping independent isn’t just about what goes under the tree – here’s more ways your shopping habits can positively impact your local community.
The centrepiece of any festive home is the Christmas tree and, if you love the smell of fresh pine, there are loads of pop-up tree farms around Bristol where you can pick up a real tree. Dwellers north of the river can head to Clifton Trees at Bristol Zoo (who also provide a handy delivery service for those car-less or unable to leave home), or south Bristolians can visit Bristol Christmas Trees at the Steam Crane Pub on North Street.
Due to that global pandemic, many of us have not been able to see lots of our family, friends and loved ones as much as we like or, in some cases, at all. Sending Christmas cards is quite a traditional pastime, but why not resurrect it this year and send some to the people you’re missing the most? Local independent marketplace Bristol Pop-Up Shop’s online store has a whole host of Christmas cards designed by the city’s artists.
Did you know that most wrapping paper cannot be recycled and ends up in a landfill? FOLDS is an innovative business venture based out of Southville that makes beautiful, reusable wrapping paper out of cotton. Their wrapping material can be used again and again, passing on from person to person and, when the product reaches the end of its life, it is fully biodegradable. FOLDS is available online or at Zero Green on North Street.
For many, the jewel of the Christmas dinner crown is the meat and the best way to eat meat sustainably is to eat locally-sourced meat. There are plenty of butchers throughout the city but St. Werburghs’ Popti & Beast is one of our favourites for high quality cuts. Just like with any supermarket, make sure you get your order in before the festive rush!
There are plenty of local vendors to source fruit and veg from all year round and, whether you’re carnivorous, veggie or vegan, no Christmas dinner is complete without the trimmings. A few of our top spots for fresh produce include Judy & Wissam Supermarket on Stokes Croft, Bristol Sweet Mart on St Mark’s Road, The Banana Boat in Totterdown and Reg the Veg in Clifton Village.
For many families, the drinks are flowing all throughout the festive season and there are many beers, ales, wines and spirits made right here in the city. Not only are these delicious options for you to enjoy over Christmas and New Year, but they also make for great home-brewed gifts. If you haven’t already, you need to check out the tipples made by Espensen Spirits in St. George, the Wiper & True craft brewery in St. Werburghs and Brislington’s Lost and Grounded. For those more inclined to the fruity stuff, Corks of Cotham and Grape & Grind are local wine traders with an extensive regional and global selection.