Unique Gift Ideas From Leicester’s Independents

We love stocking up on unique gifts and celebrating with loved ones. When it comes to finding the perfect gift, Leicester’s independent shops offer an array of thoughtful and unique options. From charming cards to ethically sourced treasures, these local shops are brimming with delightful presents for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and beyond.

The Pot Pourri Shop

Located on Free Lane, The Pot Pourri Shop is one of the city’s finest hidden treasures.

Established in 1985 alongside his wife Caroline, this store started as a health foods haven and has magically transformed into a treasure trove over the years.⁠ The store is filled with an array of natural aromatherapy wonders, handcrafted trinkets, exotic spices, unique wines, and of course, delightful pot pourri! 

Louchea Rose

For a gift that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit, Louchea Rose is the place to go. Situated on Loseby Lane, they offer a range of holistic massages and readings, making it an ideal present for someone in need of relaxation and balance. Alongside these healing services, you’ll find therapeutic gifts, crystals, candles, and spiritual development tools that inspire tranquillity and self-discovery.


Located in the Highcross, Set is a bright and vibrant gift shop that stocks an array of quirky cards, jewellery and gifts that will make the perfect present for a loved one this Christmas.
Whether it’s for a fashion-forward friend or a style-savvy family member, Set has your gift-giving needs covered.

Just Fair Trade

Located on Silver Street, Just Fair Trade is the perfect choice for those who wish to shop ethically and sustainably.
Their three-floor store showcases a wide range of fair-trade products that are both unique and socially responsible. From handmade crafts and wooden toys to organic clothing and eco-friendly toiletries, every purchase at Just Fair Trade contributes to a better world.


For the fashion lovers in your life, PILOT is the perfect place to find a gift they’ll love. The store itself is filled with forward-thinking fashion designs as well as an array of high-brow brands that can’t be found anywhere else in Leicester.


Inspired by a love of the countryside and nature, Pomponette is a shop that offers stylish home pieces that are timeless and authentic. Their extensive range of candles and home fragrances will make the perfect gift for those who love their homes.

The Very Bazaar

One of Leicester’s best well-known Independents is The Very Bazaar, located in The Lanes. This is the spot for all things crystals, jewellery, fashion, incense and so much more!
Their eclectic mix of products makes The Very Bazaar a treasure trove for finding the unexpected, making it an excellent spot for one-of-a-kind gifts

23 Wine & Whiskey

Who doesn’t love an alcoholic gift? With a range of wine, whiskey, spirits and even gin, 23 Wine & Whiskey has the perfect gift waiting for you! They also have a huge selection of cigars, novelty glassware and other fun extras to go hand in hand with the perfect tipple.


Say it with flowers! Based on Loseby Lane, Flowerworks has a range of hand-curated bouquets that say it all – so whether you’re shopping for family, friends or colleagues you’ll find the perfect gift for all occasions what’s not to love.

Femi Health and Beauty

Pamper yourself or someone special with a unique gift from Femi!

With 12 relaxing treatment rooms, including a double treatment room for a joint experience, they offer everything from full body massages to salt scrubs and facials!
They also stock a wide range of luxury beauty/skin care products in store too. The team are incredibly knowledgeable and on hand to offer advice or answer any questions you may have.

Royal Mirage Bazaar

Embrace the Moroccan charm at Royal Mirage Bazaar, an exotic oasis in the heart of the city. Located in the Malcolm Arcade, this colourful shop features handcrafted pieces from self-taught craftsmen and artisans, preserving traditional Moroccan trades. Discover decorative homeware, stunning silk throws, handmade rugs, and authentic Argan oil, perfect for a luxurious and unique gift.

Shopping locally at these independent businesses is a win-win. You not only find thoughtful and distinctive presents but also support the community and promote ethical and sustainable practices. So the next time you’re searching for a gift for a special occasion, make a memorable choice by exploring these unique shops and discover the joy of giving from the heart. Happy gifting!

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