Manchester is quickly becoming the cultural hot spot of the UK! From the Northern Quarter to Salford Quays, the city boasts a huge amount of attractions and opportunities.
So I have rounded up 10 awesome gifts based in and around the city that you or your cultured friends will love. There’s a wide range of experiences and price ranges that will suit everyone, and would make the perfect Christmas surprise!
1. The Lowry Shop
The Lowry Shop is little gem in Salford and the perfect place to browse pre or post show. They have a great selection from jewellery and prints to homeware. You are sure to find a unique present for your loved one here. I particularly like the Paula Bolton Bee Ring!
2. HOME Name a Seat
Does the person you have in mind love theatre? Want to remember a loved one or celebrate an occasion. You can have a bespoke plaque added to a cinema or theatre seat at HOME. It’s a little pricey starting at around £250 but you can pay in instalments and it would be a memorable gift.
3. Imperial War Museum North Poetry
Tony Walsh, a famous Manchester Poet, has written a brand new poem in response to historic footage. It will play as part of a 360 cinematic experience to mark the final year of the First World War Centenary. It’s free and will run daily, so make a little day trip of it.
4. The Royal Exchange Backstage
Any theatre goer would surely love a backstage tour, and the Royal Exchange runs regular sessions that give you a sneaky insight. Their building is beautiful and holds so much history so no doubt this would be fascinating. At only £5 for a two hour tour, it’s a bargain.
5. Dunham Massey Afternoon Tea
Dunham Massey is a stunning garden and deer park not far out of Manchester. Take a slow stroll through nature and take some time to have a proper catch up with your friends and family. The perfect way to accompany your visit is with tasty afternoon tea in the stable.
6. Chester Zoo Experience
Calling all animal addicts, Chester Zoo offer lots of close encounters with animals from red pandas and fruit bats to elephants and penguins. You can even be a zookeeper or gardener for the day. This is a really special gift that nature lovers would never forget.
7. Jodrell Bank Girls Night
City of stars, are you shining just for me? Jodrell Bank Observatory is an amazing place where it’s so remote you can see the stars. Learn about our solar system at their Girls Night Out on 8th March. Meet inspiration women, enter an inflatable planetarium and eat yummy cakes.
8. Manchester Evening Photography Walk
Know a keen photographer? Let them enjoy an evening walk around the city like no other. With the help of an expert, they will get a better handle of their personal camera and learn how to capture the perfect cityscape.
9. Manchester Central Library T Shirt
Central Library is housed in a monumental 1930’s building in the centre of Manchester. Not only is it the place to find books and take time out to read, it also has a cute little shop. I think bookworms would appreciate the beauty and significance of this Manchester Libraries T-shirt.
10. Craft and Design Centre Workshops
Se artists working in their studios and buy truly unique, handmade gifts at the Craft and Design centre in the Northern Quarter. They also run various half and full day workshops from glass printing to pewter moulding. A crafty type would be ecstatic with a gift like this.
I would be so pleased with many of the gifts suggested here *hint hint family who are reading this* Manchester really is the place to be when it comes to culture and it’s exactly why I love living here. I know present buying can be a really stressful time so I hope this guide has given you some inspiration.
Please let me know what you think of the gifts in the comments below.