Shop local this Christmas with our pick of the best of Bedford’s independent businesses


After last year’s Christmas lockdown, it’s more important than ever that we show our love and support to Bedford’s brilliant independent businesses this year.

So, if you’re looking for some inspiration to kick start your festive shopping, look no further.

Our guide features the best of Bedford’s independent shops and online businesses, stocking unique gifts and vouchers, offering exceptional customer service and giveing out guaranteed festive cheer.

From jewellery to homewares, clothes to food and drink, Bedford’s indie shopkeepers have got you covered…


The Old Arcade, Bedford High Street

Anorak is an independent womenswear store in the Old Arcade of Bedford, stocking mostly Scandinavian brands focussing on quality classic items and edgier fashion pieces but always sustainable.

Inside you’ll find a beautiful range of shoes, clothes, jewellery, hair accessories and skincare. Gift vouchers and styling experiences are also available. Follow Anorak on Instagram here. You can browse their website here.

The Store 

St Cuthbert’s Arcade, St Cuthbert’s Street

Bedford’s first and only zero-waste refill shop continues to trade both in-store and online for a click-and-collect service.

The Store focuses on selling food loose without packaging, from nuts, seeds, cereals, coffee, pasta, spices and chocolates to refillable cleaning products, beauty products and candles.

Find us on St Cuthbert’s St for eco friendly gift-wrapping as well as ethically made gifts!
Check out their website here and their Facebook page here

Magic Garden

The Old Arcade, Bedford High Street

Magic Garden is an independent flower shop in the Old Arcade at the very heart of Bedford.

We create unique flower bouquets and arrangements for all kinds of occasions and also sell a vast variety of house plants together with specialist advice on how to care for them.
Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

Close Encounters

All Hallows, Bedford

Close Encounters is Bedford’s premier supplier of genre fiction and merchandise, supplying Manga, comics, novels, trading cards and action figures.

A one-stop-shop for fans of everything from My Hero Academia to The Umbrella Academy, where you can get everything from the latest manga volume to political non-fiction – something for everyone. Find them on Facebook here. You can browse their website here

Cibo Deli and Kitchen

Newnham Street, Bedford

Cibo is proud to be stocking genuine Italian panettone from Fiasconaro, Dolce & Gabbana and Augusta – Italy’s most prestigious patisserie brands.

We have a large range of vegan, gluten-free and egg-free panettone available, alongside a selection of fine wines & Prosecco, cheese, continental meats & Italian salt cod.

Once you have finished the shopping, come and dine with us – serving freshly made seasonal gourmet sandwiches & sides and daily specials. Find us on Facebook here.
Check out their website here.

Bedford Cheese Company 

Bedford Cheese Company are specialists in the perfect hamper combinations. Whether it’s for a corporate team or a family member we have you covered this Christmas.

Order your hamper or Christmas cheese online and have it delivered or click and collect. Support local this Christmas. Check out their Facebook page here.


The Old Arcade, Bedford High Street

At IMPAKT interiors, saving usable items from ending up in landfill is our passion. In store we showcase our boutique range of high-quality recycled products as well as other items from brands within the environmentally friendly marketplace.

Pop in or check out our online store to not only view our products but discover more about our in store services such as private commissions and workshops.
Follow IMPAKT on Instagram here.

Tabitha Mary 

Tabitha Mary is already well known for her popular travel prints of Bedford, but this year she has created even more Bedford goodies for us!

Choose from limited edition Christmas cards, mugs, calendars, tea towels, coasters, notepads and more. All products available on her website while stocks last!
Check out Tabitha’s Facebook page here.

Jwllry by Jade 

Jwllry by Jade is an online bespoke jewellery brand that offers a number of jewellery services.

The Bedford based goldsmith, designer and jewellery tutor can assist with engagement ring enquiries, jewellery remodels and jewellery repairs.

Jade relaunched her wedding ring workshops this year, offering locals an opportunity to learn a new skill in hand making jewellery whilst creating new experiences together.

Workshop* dates are available to view on the website and subscribe or get in touch for more information. Check out her Instagram page here.

Or why not purchase a workshop gift voucher this Christmas and redeem in the New Year?

*Must be over 18 to attend a workshop.

The Arc

Howard Street (beneath Lurke Street car park)

Christmas at The Arc has landed in a shower of glitter and a giant pink Christmas tree.

Head to Howard Street for a great selection of Christmas cards and wrap plus unique gift ideas for everyone.

Need a guinea pig tree decoration? They’ve got it, alongside jewellery, homewares, wall art, children’s gifts and more.

Check out their website here and their Facebook page.

Otter and Moose

Otter and Moose are passionate about supporting local makers and specialise in creating beautiful gift boxes full of products sourced from Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties.

We can post gifts to anywhere in the UK complete with your choice of message, and we’re also very happy to make doorstop deliveries in the Bedford and surrounding area. Follow Otter and Moose on Instagram here.

You’ll find our Christmas range on our website.

Boyds of Bedford 

Boyds of Bedford are an apparel and lifestyle brand with the tag-line ‘Made By Hand, Inspired By Machine’ owing to their love of all things petrol powered.

They produce incredible quality, hand printed garments and accessories for both men and women, and do it in house, right here in Stagsden near Bedford. Spend over £25 online for free delivery.

Follow Boyds of Bedford on Instagram here.

Ready Steady Roll

Ivy Lodge Farm, Rushden Road, Sharnbrook, MK44 1ND

Ready Steady Roll is a Board Game Cafe and shop nestled away at the beautiful Ivy Lodge in Sharnbrook.

With Game Gurus on hand to recommend games to either play in the cafe or buy as a gift, they can find a game to suit every taste. You can even buy vouchers to give the gift of quality time! Click & collect and delivery available via their website.
Check out their Facebook page.

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