I’m the kind of person who always leaves things to the last minute so I feel a bit awkward talking about Christmas shopping in November but Penzance is packed with lots of fabulous independent shops and if you’re staying with us in the run up to Christmas, these should definitely be on your radar. Don’t worry if you can’t make it. Lots of them sell online too.
Clothing & Interiors
Handworked, 64 Chapel Street
Beautiful clothes and accessories including pieces designed and made in Penzance by owner Carole Elsworth.
Seven Stones, 54-55 Causeway Head
Clothing, homeware and books
Fishboy PZ, 10 Chapel Street
Contemporary clothing and accessories
The Planted House, 56 Chapel Street
Stunning house plants and accessories
Faded Vintage, 9 Chapel Street
Vintage furniture and home accessories from England and France
The Edge of the World Bookshop, 25-26 Market Jew Street
Award-winning and quirky independent bookshop.
Barton Books, 45 Causeway Head
A wide selection of books, mainly on art, landscape and nature.
Food & Drink
A Pocketful of Stones, 13 Causeway Head
Local distillery and cocktail bar. Tastings available.
45 Queen Street, 45 Queen Street
The deli & shop stock all kinds of delicious produce including owners Hannah and Sam’s own Tinkture rose gin.
Baker Tom’s 1 Causeway Head
Lovely baked goods and preserves including mince pies and stollen to die for.
Beauty and Skincare
Pure Nuff Stuff, The Egyptian House, Chapel Street
Natural skincare products and a chance to peek inside Penzance’s most distinctive building.
Sustainable hand and body products inspired by the coast and countryside and made in Cornwall.
For the little ones
Mackerel Makery, Captain Cutters, 52 Chapel Street
Cards, gifts and a wonderful range of children’s toys and books.
Children’s toys and accessories from Cornwall and Scandinavia and with plenty on offer for adults too.
The Artificers Collective Craft Workshop
A collective of skilled and artistic craftspeople, featuring Lou Tonkin (printmaker), Jamie Lovekin (wood turner), Lisa Wisdom (metal worker) and Lin Lovekin (basket maker) will be selling their beautiful wares on Saturday, November 18th from 10am -10pm.
Polgoon Christmas Evening Markets
Polgoon Vineyard on the outskirts of Penzance will be hosting a series of evening markets on Wednesdays in November and December featuring work by local artists and craftspeople. It’s also an excellent opportunity to buy some locally-produced wine or cider.
Morrab Library Christmas Craft Fair
Taking place on November 18th at the wonderful Morrab Library, there will be stalls featuring work by local makers as well as opportunities to buy books and archive photographs.
A bit further afield
A special mention to a couple of places not in Penzance but which always feature high on my list when I’m gift shopping.
The Leach Pottery, St Ives
If you like the Standard Ware crockery we’ve chosen for The Bell Tower then head over to the Leach shop where you can also buy work by individual potters.
Cloudberry Living, Falmouth
For fellow lover of Scandinavian design, a visit to Cloudberry Living is a must. There’s a wonderful range of brands in stock including Louis Poulsen, Ferm Living and Pappelina.
Origin Coffee, Helston
The Roastery is a must-visit for coffee lovers. As well as coffee, you can buy a gift experience such as a home espresso enthusiasts’ course
Mounts Bay Distillery, Portleven
Our friends Ben and Lisa make a wonderful range of rum and gin. The distillery isn’t open to the public but you can often find them at The Shipyard Market in Porthleven and, of course, order online.
Oh, and also a little plug for my own side hustle, Muddled Vintage, where my friend and I sell a carefully-curated selection of vintage glasses and barware. We’ll be listing lots of gifts and party essentials over the next few weeks. I’m always happy to show guests our stock but you can also buy online at www.muddledvintage.co.uk