Shop Local in Exeter and Devon #ShopLocal

Hello lovely Devon Dwellers,

As you know, it’s nearly Christmas and collectively (especially this year) we need to be saying: “NOOOOOO” to the tax-evading behemoth that is Amazon, and shop locally where we can.

With that in mind, I have compiled a list of local businesses from makers, to booksellers, to clothing suppliers that are local to Exeter and selling online. It isn’t exhaustible, and it is a work in progress, so keep checking back for more Christmas shopping inspiration.

Also: Look out for the special Exploring Exeter reader discount codes from Pipity and Crediton Community Bookshop.

*If you are a local indie business and you’re not on the list, it’s not because I don’t want to share the love, it’s because you haven’t sent me your information! Please message me on Instagram; be sure to include a brief description of your business and a link to your site – I will be copy and pasting what you write 🙂 *

Love, Steph x


Shops in Exeter

Peachy Tipi (Fore Street) is an eclectic mix of vintage clothing, homeware and furniture. Currently offering postage or click and collect Follow them on Facebook or Insta to see what daily goodies are available. There is also a range of funky jewellery!

Toot Garook (Queen Street) – Huge selection of Jellycats, Roka bags, clothing, fairy lights, sheepskin rugs, cushions & throws and so much more. 

Life Guitars Co (South St) is an exclusively second-hand guitar store which opened in July this year (what a time to open a new shop, right!?). Run by passionate guitarists, it is full of beautifully restored guitars, amps and effects pedals. The business has a clear and strong ethos of bringing new life to old and used guitar gear. Head to their site to browse the stunning array of gear that they have in stock at present!

The Belt Makers & Friends on Fore Street. For stock belts and other gifts, eg cufflinks, braces, handkerchiefs, pocket watches. Smart casual is the name of the game. Free click and collect / Free local next day delivery by ebike / Royal Mail deliveries for elsewhere.

The Black Pearl Exeter Sell Italian fashion and accessories (think lots of unique handbags and jewellery)! Delivering nationwide during lockdown, along with free local delivery in Exeter and click & collect!

Maker Maker (Magdelen Rd) – Beautiful collections that you will not find anywhere in the city. Cambridge Imprint, Merchant & Mills. St. Eval Candles and much more… including Cloth & patterns for making and Ukuleles to keep you singing!

Erin Cox Jewellry – Goldsmith, making contemporary gold and platinum Jewellery. “I’ve been based on Castle Street for 10 years now, and although the shop is shut (grrrrrr) I’m still there in the workshop making and the website is up and looking lovely.”

Leaf Streef (Magdelen Rd) – Jewelry, gifts, homeware, clothes, gifts for kids

Zero Exeter – A small independent family run business with huge ambition to ensure zero waste, organic and fair trading products are available to all of society.

Jackanory – a small independent business established in  St Thomas for over 30 years who buy, sell and part exchange Preloved Baby and Children’s Clothes, footwear, nursery equipment, toys, books, games and more . 



Emma Hewlett – is running virtual wreath-making workshops, she has a new collection of dried florals in the shop, DIY dried floral kits and some Christmas flowers.

Flowers by Sophie Millington – Wreath kits, bespoke wreath, festive floral bouquets and botanical gifts 



Mix Clean Green – make sustainable concentrate cleaning products. Vegan, non-toxic, plastic-free (except plastic triggers), SLS/paraben/palm/chemical preservative/colouring free.

Loam and Lore – “We are a small family-owned business born out of a passion for modern style and convenience, with a deep responsibility to protecting our environment. Our philosophy is to celebrate and enjoy beautiful products whilst at the same time making eco-conscious choices for our lives and homes. 



Nut Nut Designs – “I specialise in making wooden planters from sustainable timber. I work with eco-conscious wood finishes too, making my wooden planters great for those who are looking for a more considered product. It’s just me squeezing it in around a day job and mothering!… I’m offering free postage till end of the year too.”

Devonly Gifts – Customised Wood Slice Photo Gifts

Fallow Farer Designs – Hand made and hand-fired pendants

Heck Yes! Designs – “Our main business @giantdeckchairs has been hit massively by Covid, so we have diversified to making funky homeware and slogan banners, predominantly from the by-products of our handmade deckchairs. The banners are printed on fabric offcuts, we hate waste! The rustic letters are made from old pallets, and the magnetic picture hangers are from offcuts too. We have created a range of ‘paint your own’ products which would be great lockdown projects, or for kids Christmas crafts.”

Lissome Art Studio based in the city centre – Hand designed and produce art prints, bags, t-shirts and more based on the biggest and best and sometimes obscure musical artists and bands. 



The beauty lounge Topsham
Premium skincare, vegan body care, mineral makeup and tanning and nail care, as well as vouchers for our treatments. “We thoroughly researched and selected the absolute best brands for the salon. All ranges are affordable as well as effective and I wholeheartedly believe in all brands offered.”

Fika Salon is closed over lockdown but can do delivery or collection of Oway products. Call 01392 401642 or email

Willow Wellbeing offers holistic therapies from a tranquil cottage garden treatment room in the village of Silverton nr Exeter. Enjoy a deeply relaxing reflexology session, Indian Head Massage or heavenly holistic facial using award-winning, ethical and cruelty-free products. Special packages are available. Willow Wellbeing is closed during the lockdown period but gift vouchers with free delivery are available. / 07531 694947

A touch of Bali an Exeter based business offering a variety of massages, Dermalogica skin care and love to help peoples wellbeing! @atouchofbali



Knight’s Bites Yummy Brownies, FREE Exeter delivery (money donated to a mental health charity), Knight’s bites are also running a design a brownie contest with the chance of seeing your dream brownie become a reality which is super cool for kiddos!! 

Green Heart Kitchen – Chocolates made with hand-gathered wild botanicals from Dartmoor to make liqueurs & remedied to create Organic Vegan truffles. Made with so much love & care! 

*For a full list of takeaways and eateries, check out: Lockdown Exeter


Indies in Topsham

Pea & Mint is an independent boutique based in Topsham, selling ladies clothing, jewellery, accessories and lots of lovely gifts. Click & Collect and free local delivery to EX3.

Floren Studio – A new florists in Topsham, selling bouquets, cut flowers, plants and home decor. This Christmas also be selling fresh, handmade door wreaths and table decorations. 

Pawsome of Topsham, a pet shop selling eco friendly, “clean & green” pet food, toys and accessories for dogs and cats and Ilse Jacobsen outdoor wear, Twool hats and bags etc and their owners for their owners.

Sails and Canvas – Lifestyle bags and home accessories handcrafted from recycled sails from our sail loft in Topsham, Exeter.  @sailsandcanvas

Rare Pear – Women’s leather accessories that are designed and made in Devon. All the materials we use, are from Italy or England. Limited runs of a product and one-off collections.



Crediton Community Book Shop – Community-owned, having been ‘saved’ from closure by local people in 2013. It is a community interest company, which means it exists to have a social impact, so when you buy from them you know you’re buying from a bookseller which pays its taxes, supports local jobs and helps to keep the high street alive. It also does some amazing outreach work; taking authors on tours of local schools, running creative writing workshops and every year partnering with Crediton Foodbank enabling people to donate a book to those supported by the foodbank. Read more about Crediton Community Bookshop here.

Special Exploring Exeter reader offer: 10% off their book orders with this code EXEXNOV2020 and amazingly there is also free postage during November.

Emma’s Books –  Award-winning Usborne books for all ages. 


Children’s Clothes and toys

Hey Henry is a personalised clothing company for your little people and not so little people. Customising all sorts of different clothing, ‘our most popular range at the moment is our Christmas Pajamas”.

Adventure Boy – organic, sustainable eco-friendly clothing and accessories for little adventurers. Based in Exeter and currently, sell online.

Pipity goodies make fun an useful gifts and stocking fillers for girls and boys age 6+. Their portable, packable Activity Cases are great for keeping kids creatively busy when you’re travelling, eating out or for rainy day play at home. Activity books offer a variety of paper crafts, colouring drawing, games and puzzle activities, hours of screen-free fun that can be recycled after play. This unique range has all be designed by Kate, a Mum of 3 from her kitchen table in Topsham. 15% discount code to Exploring Exeter followers: EEXMAS. 

Eco Lelu is an online toy shop selling sustainable, organic and wooden toys, based in Copplestone (near Crediton) with local collection and delivery available. With lots of stocking fillers and Christmas present ideas perfect for your little ones.

Dinky Dreams Clothing is a clothing brand for primarily ages 0-7 using ethically sourced organic cotton with fun embroidery designs on. They even have a selection of matching female T-shirt’s too to match your little ones.



Board Basement, a snowboard, skate and wake shop on Marsh Barton and online.


Devon Businesses

Grace & Favour Home, a bricks and mortar store in Bovey Tracey plus website – we sell our own textile gifts and homeware plus bold, fun, colourful pieces from talented U.K. makers! We’re offering free U.K. delivery for the duration of the lockdown at our website 

Allotment – Allotment is an independent boutique with branches in Devon and Somerset and a new exciting website for 2020. We focus on great everyday casual clothing, accessories and lifestyle products from British and European brands.

B’stow – Dog accessories 

Gift me up – Gift box business, suitable for Women, Men, Teens and also Christmas Eve boxes for babies and children. 

Claire Lowe – Contemporary jewellery created with silver and resin in Exmouth, Devon. 

Greenhayes Garden Design is a professional company creating high quality imaginative & practical gardens throughout Devon & South West. For Christmas they are selling Design buddy gift cards. “We’ll take a stroll in your garden sharing our design ideas to kickstart your garden project”

Basically Wooden @basicallywooden – based in Woodbury.  Design and make unique laser cut wooden products, including gorgeous board game boxes and accessories, plus fabulous pendant light shades, and much more.


Other links

Online Christmas Fair

Online Christmas arts and crafts fair (Facebook)



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