Exeter has a wealth of chic independent stores, perfect for getting unique gifts that cannot be found anywhere else - here's a list of just a few of our favourites!

Erin Cox Jewellery has a shedload of wonderful jewellery, including Gold, Platinum Fair Trade and Precious Stone and if that wasn't enough her workbench is on the shop floor and she’ll be delighted to work with you to create the perfect piece for that special someone! 

Georgie & Flo is a gift and homeware shop born from two friends love for all things ethical and handmade and offers a carefully curated collection of jewellery, ceramics, tectiles, candles, skincare, cards, lighting and much more!

Another great independent is Roly's Fudge. Not only do they make traditional flavours, like Vanilla Clotted Cream, Sea Salt and Baileys, but they make newer flavours such as Salted Maple and Pecan Fudge. Their festive favourites are Christmas are Christmas Pudding Fudge and Chocolate Mint!

Inspired by the variety of collections and exhibitions, RAMM Shop is full of hand-picked gifts, books and children’s souvenirs so you can be sure to find something for everyone.

Darts Farm Shopping Village is a family run business and is perfect for Christmas shopping because it is home to a selection of handpicked specialist retailers, including The AGA Shop, Fired Earth, Orange Tree, Cotswold, RSPB, Energy Hair and the Treatment Loft - and you'll want to do your Christmas food shopping while you're here, the food hall is bursting with local meats, vegetables, cheeses, chocolate and much, much more!

Exeter Gin is a great gift. Stocked at Darts Farm and other specialist retailers, they also have a stall at the Exeter Christmas Market, where you can taste before you buy to choose between their different flavours and strengths! It is also available to order direct from their website.

A bit like Exeter Gin, Otter Vale are an online store. They have a variety of products including delicious hand-made gluten-free chutneys, savoury jellies, mustards, and marmalade, suet-free mincemeat, piccalilli and a renowned Coronation Sauce! You can buy these products direct from their site or specialist retailers.

Sails and Canvas is another original indie based in Exeter. They use old sailcloth and colourful marine canvas to create a variety lifestyle products, which are hand made in the estuary sail loft workshop. Every sail used means less sailcloth ends its life in landfill and that is their other passion...reduce, reuse, recycle!

Another wonderful independent jeweller is Polkadot Gallery, where staff have jewellery making and art backgrounds and are passionate about the work they sell and knowledgeable about both quality and design.

Looking for a gift for someone who loves activity and adventure? You can find an extensive selection of kayaks, canoes, and all sorts of watersports equipment that cater to all needs from the beginner to the expert at AS Watersports

Exeter's shopping centres are great Christmas shopping destinations. Guildhall Shopping Centre has everything from fashion to food, with the majority under cover! 

Princesshay shopping centre has a great selection of independent South West retailers, including gift and lifestyle retailer InsideOut, Castle Fine Art, local Deli Chandos and Coffee 1 - they are also home to the UK's largest Fat Face!

Visit the Christmas Market on Exeter's Cathedral Green for a shedload of different stalls showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts!

For local food and drink, don't miss the Exeter Farmer's Market held on the Fore Street / South Street junction which flaunts a wide range of fresh produce, direct from the producers. Don't forget they have their special Christmas Farmers Market 9am-2pm on 23rd December!

You could also visit the Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint Arena from 29th November to 1st December. It promises 100s of exciting new lines, all in one massive marvellous market! 

Another great destination for independent shopping is the Magdalen Road Christmas Fair which will be on 7th December and full of street-food, drinks, live entertainment from bands and singers, fairground rides, presents to buy, music, hot wine and lots of other Christmassy food and much jollity!

If you're struggling to find that "perfect gift" or you just don't know what to choose, why not buy an InExeter giftcard? It is a mastercard based giftcard and can be used in over 50 independent businesses across Exeter!

Happy shopping everyone! 


Erin Cox Jewellery
Speciality Shop
Erin making Jewellery

Erin Cox was born and raised in Exeter and launched her Erin Cox Jewellery business from her back bedroom. Over five years and three different studios (one of which was on the other side of the world) she is now able to open her own shop and studio in Castle Street selling Gold, Platinum Fair Trade and Precious Stone jewellery. Erin’s Sterling Silver collections are now available at her Gift Shop Georgie and Flo on Upper Paul St If you can’t find the exact piece of jewellery you’re looking for, Erin’s workbench is on the shop floor and she’ll be delighted to work with you to create the perfect piece.

Georgie & Flo
Gifts and Souvenirs
Georgie and Flo logo

Georgie & Flo was born from two friends love and passion for all things ethical and handmade. Offering a carefully curated collection of gifts and homeware, customers can purchase beautiful and unique pieces with a clean conscience. Offering a selection of jewellery, ceramics, stationary, textiles, lighting, original prints and more.

Sails and Canvas
Independent Shop
Sails and Canvas bag on the beach

A collection of original lifestyle products, hand made from recycled sails and colourful marine canvas from our quayside sail loft in Topsham, Exeter, Devon.

Otter Vale Products
Local Shop
A selection of Otter Vale products

Makers of the celebrated Devon (Onion and Pineapple) Chutney and Devon Fire Chutney, Otter Vale are a third generation family business. Our range of delicious hand-made, gluten-free, award-winning chutneys, savoury jellies, mustards and more, is created with dedication and passion by our small team in our SALSA-approved kitchen 15 minutes outside Exeter.

Darts Farm Shopping Village
Buy Online
Darts Farm

Darts Farm is a vibrant, nationally award-winning Farm Shop based in the historic estuary town of Topsham, overlooking the beautiful Clyst Valley. A unique lifestyle shopping experience with a working farm at its heart, Darts Farm showcases the best food and drink the region has to offer and is home to a selection of handpicked specialist retailers. These include The AGA Shop, Fired Earth, Orange Tree, Cotswold, RSPB, Energy Hair and the Treatment Loft.

Exeter Gin
Local Shop
Exeter Gin presented in a glass with ice and a lime

Winner of the award for Best Classic Gin at the Great British Food Awards 2020, Exeter's own premium gin is made in small batches and produced in a traditional copper still.

The Shop at RAMM
Gifts and Souvenirs
RAMM's Shop

Situated on the ground floor near the Queen Street entrance, the Shop at RAMM is a haven for retail therapy, with a large selection of hand-picked gifts, books and children’s souvenirs, directly inspired by RAMM's collections and exhibitions.

Roly’s Fudge Exeter
Sweets & Confectionery
Making fudge

At Roly's Fudge, visitors can watch fudge being made right in front of their eyes. Using artisan methods, the fudge is a melt-in-the-mouth experience made in a variety of flavours.

Polkadot Gallery
Independent Shop
Polka Dot logo

We believe that jewellery should enhance your individuality, withstand the test of time and be something you can truly treasure. This is why we strive to ensure every single Polkadot Gallery customer comes away with jewellery that is beautiful, meaningful and a joy to wear. Fairtrade is an important part of our ethos and most of our makers use sustainable metals and ethical stones.

Shopping Centre
Princesshay Shopping Centre - with Cathedral View

The award-winning Princesshay is in the heart of the city, with over 60 stores including big brands such as Next and Zara, as well as smaller independent and regional brands. Princesshay is seriously stylish, featuring distinctive architecture, that complements Exeter's historic buildings, and landscaped European style squares with cafes and restaurants.

The Guildhall Shopping Centre
Outdoor Market
The Guildhall Shopping Centre - high street entrance

Guildhall Shopping & Dining is Exeter City Centre's largest concentration of shops, eating destinations and leisure operators and even a medieval church, St Pancras Church. This quaint church in a most unlikely setting, makes Guildhall Shopping Centre the only Shopping Centre in the world to home a 12th Century Church at its heart! From fashion to food, axe throwing to spa treatments, everything you need can be found at Guildhall Shopping Centre.

AS Watersports
Internal of AS Watersports

A S Watersports are the south west's premier canoe, kayak, sit on top and fishing kayak retailers. Over 30 years of experience means our friendly expert staff can give you the best advice.

In Exeter Gift Card
Independent Shop
InExeter Gift Card

Take the decision out of gifting and buy the InExeter gift card. A great way to support local independents and discover a huge choice of retailers from boutiques, artisan producers, lifestyle and homeware shops, jewellers, makers and crafters.

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green

Exeter Cathedral's popular Christmas Market is back for 2022, from Friday 18 November – Sunday 18 December. Taking place on Exeter's Cathedral Green, the Cathedral Christmas Market is wonderfully atmospheric, set among a labyrinth of winding lanes, festooned with fairy lights and laced with the seasonal sights and smells of festive chalets, showcasing a wide range of local, regional, national and international suppliers, offering crafts and gifts, and seasonal food and drink.

Exeter Farmers' Market
Farmers Market
Exeter Farmers Market (c) Jan Penny

Exeter Farmers Market is held at the junction of Fore Street and South Street every Thursday, 9am - 2pm. Shoppers keen on sampling Westcountry foods are able to try and buy a wide range of produce at the Exeter Farmers Market.



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