"Once an independent department store and now an 'indoor market' jam-packed with boutiques and stalls - Afflecks, Manchester"

The Forum, Sheffield

Found at the heart of Sheffield's Devonshire Quarter, The Forum is a small but perfectly formed shopping centre stuffed full of quirky independent boutiques and shops. With an effortlessly cool vibe, this is the ideal place to browse for one-off items of clothing and funky homeware pieces - and there's a café bar, too, if you find yourself in need of sustenance.

Info: forumsheffield.co.uk

Victoria Quarter, Leeds

The opulent surrounds of Leeds' Victoria Quarter arcades provide the perfect backdrop for the stores they house - stylish and chic labels sure to get your loved ones' hearts racing come Christmas morning. From high-end high street stalwarts like Whistles and Paul Smith to designer darlings Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood, this is shopping at its most glamorous.

Info: v-q.co.uk

Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow

Widely thought of as Scotland's shopping capital, there aren't many high street names you wouldn't find in Glasgow. The Buchanan Galleries, at the heart of the city centre, are home to over 90 shops varying from children's toy stores (such as Hawkins Bazaar and Build-A-Bear Workshop) to home ware, fashion and jewellery. Ideal for a one-stop Christmas shop...

Info: buchanangalleries.co.uk

K Village, Kendal

The Lake District mightn't be the first place you'd think of for shopping purposes, but K Village near Kendal is an outlet offering plenty of bargains for those with an eye for them. Home furnishings, fashion and outdoor pursuits are all well catered for, and there's also a Cadbury factory shop, which may well come in useful when stocking the cupboards for the festive season.

Info: kvillage.co.uk

Afflecks, Manchester

Manchester's Northern Quarter is home to Afflecks, once an independent department store and now an 'indoor market' jam-packed with boutiques and stalls. Art, customised clothing, original jewellery and handmade luxury toiletries are all on offer, but better still just browse for an hour and see what hidden gems you unearth.

Info: afflecks.com


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