Still not finished that all-important Christmas shopping? Head to the Isle of Wight and combine a festive day out with buying the last of your gifts. On the Island you’ll find a variety of shops selling stylish and unique gifts that will go down a treat with your loved ones.
Far from the high street stalwarts, the Island has retail options to suit every taste and interest on your list, from quirky gift stores selling one-of-a-kind items, to farm shops selling fresh and local produce.
There are also plenty of cosy cafés where you can rest your feet and enjoy a nice cuppa before forging ahead with your gift list.
Reward yourselves after a long morning of shopping with a lovely lunch at one of the Island’s award-winning restaurants, many of which have incredible sea views.
The combination of fantastic opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking, as well as the speedy crossing with Wightlink of course, makes this a brilliant day out for families, friends, couples or solo shoppers.
Have a look at some of our top Christmas shopping recommendations on the Isle of Wight to help you tick those final presents off your list.
If you’re not feeling too Christmassy yet, a trip to Busy Bees Nursery is sure to do the trick. This Christmas hotspot is popular with locals and visitors alike and has grown to become the largest garden centre on the Island since its opening in 1987.
Selling everything from plants and garden furniture to bird feeders and pet accessories, there’s something for everyone on your list at this well-stocked garden centre.
It completely transforms at Christmas, with extraordinary decorations and a dedicated section for gifts, as well as a Santa’s Grotto which is ideal for families wanting to take a break from the shopping.
Looking for a present for someone who’s into wellness and skincare? The Liz Earle flagship store in Ryde has got you covered.
The Isle of Wight is the birthplace of this iconic beauty brand, so there’s no better place to pick up a top-notch Christmas gift. Combining an impressive range of high-quality products with expert skincare advice, you might even leave with a treat for yourself!
The Wonders of Winter collection products that use nature to visibly transform the skin – make a great gift for lovers of nature and wellness. You can even purchase vouchers for special treatments (ranging from massages to facials), which are sure to be well-received by anyone needing a relaxing post-Christmas treat.
If you didn’t guess from the name, this Island favourite sells relics of all kinds and has become a popular Isle of Wight attraction over the years, offering shoppers a quirky experience like no other.
The shop is crammed full of fossils and crystals from various eras, each with its own history that Jim, the charismatic owner, will happily share with you.
Shark teeth, dinosaur bones and tribal art fill this amazingly-decorated shop, which is a treasure trove of stocking fillers and gifts for anyone into their history and artefacts.
Got a sweet-toothed friend or family member on your gift list? You’re guaranteed to find the perfect present in The Chocolate Apothecary, a family-owned business in Ryde.
Offering a large selection of high-quality handmade chocolates and cakes that will make your mouth water, it might be worth doing a taste test of your own before deciding what to buy.
The shop sells artwork from talented local artists too, so it’s a good opportunity to tick off two presents at once! It’s also a lovely spot to take a break from your shopping and enjoy a luxurious hot chocolate or tasty coffee as you watch the world go by.
For shoppers on the hunt for a foodie-themed present, Quarr Abbey farm shop should be your go-to destination.
This rustic shop offers a variety of local Island products along with its own range of goodies. Choose from jams and chutneys that are made on site using the fresh allotment produce, or pick up a bottle of Quarr Abbey Ale, specially brewed on the Island.
With its own tearoom located in the Abbey’s walled garden, you can try most of the products before you buy to make sure you’re giving something truly delicious this Christmas.
With a diverse choice of unique gift stores and foodie-themed shops, one trip to the Isle of Wight is all that’s needed to get the Christmas shopping done this year. And, once you’ve ticked off everyone on your list, you’ll definitely deserve to reward yourself with some goodies of your own!
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