It's no surprise that we love supporting independent businesses and startups. That's why we want to share some of our favourite independent shops in Exeter. If you're struggling for Christmas shopping inspiration then it could be time to ditch the familiar brands and head to some of these shops! 

There are so many reasons to shop independent this Christmas, from supporting the local economy to getting your hands on unique pieces that your family and friends will love. Some shops may even be offering special Christmas promotions. From the 6th-10th December, we are giving away free Sancho's tote bags with all orders over £30 online and in store!

So here are some of our favourite independent gift shops in Exeter...

No Guts No Glory

NGNG Design are actually our neighbours here at Sancho's! No Guts No Glory are all about embracing everything sustainable, and they focus on slow living and well being. Their shop houses their collection of greetings cards, books, independent magazines & journals, art prints & crafted homewares as well as an urban jungle of beautiful houseplants available to buy!

Location: 125 Fore Street

Opening hours: 10am-5:30pm, closed on Sunday.

Hyde + Seek

Hyde + Seek is a multi-award-winning gift shop situated offering fun gifts, homeware items, toys, books, stationery, prints, cards and so much more. Oh, and they love everything colour!

Location: 1 Paul Street

Opening hours: 9:30am-5:30pm Mon-Wed, 9:30am-6pm Thurs-Sat, 10:30am-4:30pm Sunday.


Located on arguably Exeter's prettiest street, you will find Moko, a lifestyle store offering an eclectic array of fashion, accessories, homeware, furniture and gifts. Here you will find familiar brands such as Orla Kiely along with the unfamiliar ones, some of which are exclusive to Moko!

Location: 17 Gandy Street

Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9:30am-6pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sunday.

Rivka Jacobs Wedding Hats

Rivka Jacobs offers stunning, elegant, stylish, handcrafted hats made for that special occasion. In their shop, you will also find jewellery, bags, purses and lots more!

Location: 34 New Bridge Street

Opening hours: 10am-6pm Wednesday-Saturday.

Quay Presents

Quay Presents probably wins the prize for the most picturesque location! This little gift shop is located by the river on Exeter Quay and is home to a whole host of unusual gifts at affordable prices.

Location: Cellar 2 Kings Wharf, The Quay

Opening hours: 10:30am-5:30pm

The Christmas Market

How could we write about the best places to find Christmas gifts without mentioning our very own Christmas Market? The Christmas Market is the best place to find both local and continental food, crafts and gifts! P.s. You might spot Sancho's there throughout Christmas. Come say hi!

Location: Cathedral Yard

Opening hours: 10am-7pm Mon-Wed, 10am-9pm Thurs-Sat, 11am-5pm Sunday.


And last, but by no means least, it's us! Of course, we had to add our lovely two shops to this list. We have a whole host of amazing gifts in our womenswear and menswear shops, from candles and handmade soap to scarves and socks. Remember, from the 6th-10th December, we are giving away free Sancho's tote bags with all orders over £30 online and in store! You don't want to miss out...

Location: 117 and 126 Fore Street

Opening hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm Sunday.