Shopping Local this Christmas

Posted on: Mon Nov 30



As a family business who have been in the Vale for over 115 years, we have seen our local community pull through some challenging times over our long history. However, there is no doubt that 2020 has been one of the most unusual and dare we say it, unprecedented years, in a long time. 


With the rollercoaster of COVID-19, social distancing and lockdown has meant that many of our local businesses have struggled this year. To show them some support and to give our local economy a boost this Christmas, we have put together a round-up of our favourite small and indie businesses here in the Vale, to help us all shop local and support our local community this Christmas. 



Looking for the perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler for a Barry-lover? Then look no further than the fantastic Barrybados. Bestsellers include the Barrybados window stickers and mugs – perfect stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts! Visit the Barrybados website here.


Black Tab

From accessories such gloves to full jackets, Black Tab could be the perfect pit stop for any motorbike enthusiasts in your life! Based in Barry, but with customers all over the world, you can be sure that you’re getting top quality bikers gear with Roland at Black Tab. Visit the Black Tab website here.


Haya Ltd

Perfect for little and big kids alike, Haya Ltd specialises in remote control toys! From toy soldiers to remote controlled tanks, Andrew has a huge range! Visit the Haya Ltd website here


Leake’s Luxuries

If you’re looking for the latest and trendiest toys and accessories, then Leake’s Luxuries is for you! From bedding to toys, Jimmy has everything that you could need for the little ones, plus offers local delivery every Friday. Visit Leake’s Luxuries here.


Griffin Books

Maybe you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Then Griffin Books, an indie bookshop in Penarth, is offering something special this festive period. They’re offering the opportunity to book a personal shopping experience or private browsing session of the shop – in person and over Zoom. Imagine a whole bookshop to yourself! Find out more here


UmpaLumpa Sweet Shop

Treat your loved ones to something sweet this Christmas with a range of sweets from traditional sweet shop, UmpaLumpa! From retro sweets to specially crafted Christmas selections, UmpaLumpa has something to satisfy any sweet tooth! Visit the UmpaLumpa Sweet Shop here

This year has been a year like no other, with lots of events being postponed or cancelled but, we couldn’t be prouder of our local community and to be part of the Vale. From local groups coming together, like Helping Hands Penarth, to support our vulnerable to the highlight of the week on a Thursday evening: all coming together on our doorsteps to clap for our keyworkers! Plus, don’t get us started on all of the rainbows and colourful artwork in the windows! Please join us in supporting our small and indie businesses this Christmas. 


If your Christmas shopping is already underway but with everyone at home you’re struggling to find a place to hide gifts away from your loved ones, then have you considered flexible self-storage? With units in a variety of sizes starting from just £5 a week and accessible 24/7, 365 days a year, Masons Self Storage could help you to keep Christmas under wraps until the big day! Email our team on: [email protected] or give us a call on 0800 533 5708 to find out more. 

Posted on: 30th Nov 2020