Each year we’re filled with glee as we marvel at the wonderland that we call the Manchester Christmas Markets.
But behind all of the mulled wine and festive treats lurks an array of wonderfully quirky Christmas gifts.
Here’s 10 of the best.
Lighten Up, It’s Christmas
Glowing within the markets is Luminology, a stand where random objects are transformed into lamps.
From everyday objects like alarm clocks and cameras to our favourite night-time creatures, this stand has every lamp you will need to brighten up your Christmas.
Christmas is a time when it’s completely acceptable to demolish an entire tin of Celebrations without a single wink of judgement simply because ‘calories don’t count’.
This year surprise your favourite foodaholic with an assortment of weirdly wonderful fudge from The British Fudge Company on Exchange Square. From Dr Pepper to Amaretto, you’ll be sure to find the perfect selection to tingle your taste buds.
You Wood Not Believe This
Ties can often be boring, with the same colours and patterns loitering within every high-street store, so wouldn’t it be nice to find something a little different? On Albert Square, you’ll find just that.
From classic stripes to the Union Flag, you will find the perfect wooden, yes wooden, tie; a true delight for those who love a good gimmick.
Beneath the Starlight
Nothing beats those evenings spent watching cities illuminate with festive Christmas lights, but wouldn’t it be lovely to welcome those twinkling stars into your home?
On Exchange Square, you will find a stall shimmering with paper star lampshades and light chains, perfect for that friend with a with a delicate sparkle in their eyes.
Christmas Jumpers are so Cliché
Have you ever thought ‘instead of a jumper, I’m going to wear a playfully random t-shirt this Christmas’? Well if that’s the case, you’re in luck.
Within the markets on Exchange Square hides Grey Thread, where you will find a t-shirt with a panda dressed in a leopard print jumper playing a piano. Nothing is more wonderfully quirky than that!
All I Want for Christmas is a Skull
When somebody says Christmas, we don’t often find ourselves thinking of skulls dressed in a bowler hat and a pair of sunglasses, but maybe it’s time to start.
New Cathedral Street is home to an array of peculiar skulls, dressed in some of history’s most iconic styles, including cowboys, astronaut helmets and steampunk hats. Who wouldn’t want one of these?
It’s time to Sleigh
Down on Market Street lurks Bohemia Beauty, a stall filled with historical glass replicas, wooden chests, swords and shields, making it the perfect place to find a quirky gift for your favourite historian.
Tis the Season to Go Crazy
Inspired by local craftspeople and artisans from around the globe, Amazonas Gifts has created a number of unique t-shirts, jewellery items and bags, all of which would make a perfect gift for somebody hoping to add a little bohemian chic to their wardrobes.
I’m Dreaming of a Bright Christmas
Sparkling gracefully within the markets is Moonlighting, a stall in which glass bottles filled with LED lights are painted with intricate designs. From elephants and meerkats to delicate poppies, you’ll be sure to find that special someone the perfect Christmas gift.
He Knows When you are Sleeping
As much as we would all love to find a puppy beneath our trees on Christmas morning, we know that raising a pet is very difficult. So, instead, gift somebody a Precious Pet.
Located on Market Street, this stall is home to an array of sleeping toy pups, with Dalmatians, Labradors and Rottweilers all patiently waiting to be taken home for Christmas.