The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.

You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!

Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.

Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.

The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.

The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.

There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.

You can book your magical potions experience online

9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ

01904 692192
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Uniquely Local is an independent Yorkshire business working with local suppliers, artists and makers to provide a range of Yorkshire based experience days and experience gift vouchers.

The business was founded by friends Rachel and Ema, both full-time mums living in North Yorkshire with young families. The idea for Uniquely Local came from their own desire to find interesting, memorable experience gifts that they’d be pleased to receive whilst promoting Yorkshire & supporting all the fantastic independent businesses based in Yorkshire.

“We had a vision to start a business that inspired us, offering quality experiences with a personal service. Something we would use ourselves and could be proud to recommend.”

The website has experiences to suit everyone; all ages, individuals, couples, groups and budgets. Whatever the reason Uniquely Local experience gifts make memories that last a lifetime; buy one as a gift for others, a treat to yourself, or to enjoy quality time with friends and family. It’s not just the thought, it’s the experience that counts.

0800 7720 825
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Wunderplay is a small boutique shop in the centre of York full of wonderful, environmentally conscious toys games for children. 

They have a carefully curated range of unique and high-quality toys that are full of character and can be passed down generations to come.

Their range includes beautiful wooden dolls houses, train sets, pirate ships, play kitchens and shops, pull along toys and more.

You can get 10% off your first order  when you sign up to their newsletter.

Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday: 10-5pm
Sunday: 11 – 5pm

39 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW

01904 624046
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Birdies Perch

Card and gift emporium.

Great for greeting cards to make someone smile and smaller gifts like Jelly Cat cuddly toys, chocolates and candles!

Opening Times:
Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: CLOSED

88 Clifton, York, YO30 6BA
T: 01904 612007

Blossom Street Gallery

We offer art which everybody can enjoy – from original pieces, to prints, to handcrafted and design-led gifts and cards, and innovative framing options and supplies. For budding artists, we also have a range of art supplies, in stock and to order.

There’s a blackboard wall to entertain the little ones while you browse.

2 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AE

T: 01904 623191

Butterflies Chocolates

Our luxury chocolates, bars, make at home kits and other chocolate treats are all handmade in Pocklington, using the finest quality natural ingredients and sustainably sourced chocolate. We also offer chocolate making parties for children, workshops for adults, talks and tastings.

T: 07960 747511

Choc Affair

Choc Affair is a York based, family run chocolate manufacturers, creating sustainably sourced chocolate treats for everyone. The heart is at the centre of what they do, as they continually give back to the community with their Inclusive Employment Initiative.

Choc Affair Ltd, Cocoa Corner, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DR
T: 01904 541541


A family run business supplying gifts and items for the home suitable for every budget. Many items are handmade by Cleggs and they also supply kits to make your own.

6 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LQ

T: 01904 629697

Daisy Taylor’s

Lovely cards and gifts in this independent shop on Kings Square (next to the chocolate story) Christening and newborn gifts and cards on the first floor. Open 7 days a week.

‘Daisy Taylor’s in town they usually have some lovely things.’

NM, March 19

4 Kings Square, York, YO1 7LD
T: 01904 638797

Demize Collectibles

Demize Collectibles offer you an array of collectible figures and toys from Batman to Monster High! We have Funko pops to Imaginext buildings and everything in between. We sell cool geeky baby clothing and tshirts, as well as jewellery and gifts. Plus we also take trade ins!

Bad Bargain Lane, York

T: 01904 864351

Fabrication Crafts

Open Wednesday to Saturday.

They sell locally made products by artists, crafters and photographers such as clothing, jewellery and homewares. They also run craft classes.

24 Coney Street, YORK, North Yorkshire, YO1 9ND

Frankie & Johnnys Cook Shop

A fabulous shop selling gorgeous cookware, homeware, gifts, cards and Polish Pottery. For children we have aprons, baking sets, animal cookie cutters and pocket money toys. Our famous cool bags are perfect for the kids packed lunch and we hire out numbered cake tins for the perfect birthday cake!

23 Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NA
T: 01904 676123

Gillygate Framing

Family-run business providing high-quality framing services. 3 people allowed in-store at one time.

Opening Times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9am-5:30pm

Thursday: 9am-1pm

Sunday: CLOSED

30-32 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

T: 01904 625722

Give the Dog a Bone

This shops stocks gifts, quirky knick knacks and unusual greeting cards. Give them a visit to discover things you didn’t know you wanted!

17 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA

T: 01904 610771


Vintage style for modern living. Selling gifts, furniture and homeware.

3-4 Bridge Street, York, YO1 6DD

T: 01904 631109

Monk Bar Chocolatiers

Luxury handmade chocolates that make perfect gifts for others or treats for yourself.

‘They make the most amazing chocolates and chocolate gifts.’

NG, June 2020

‘This is our favourite shop! 😋’

AW, June 2020

7 The Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ

T: 01904 634999

O+M Snowhome

O+M Snowhome offers an evolving collection of carefully and responsibly sourced products offering moments of expression, inspiration and delight.

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm (inclusive)

Sunday: CLOSED

42 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 671155


Beautiful rustic pieces for your home handmade from recyled timber, so each piece is unique.

Pallets and other reclaimed timber is upcycled to create beautiful rustic pieces. The ideal bespoke, unique gift. Commissions also welcome.

Purepallets is an idea that has developed from my love of natural materials and a creative passion to make things beautiful and practical.

Unit no 11. Cowper Lane YO23 2TX York

T: 07741485249

Soul Organic

Soul Organic is a beauty retail boutique filled with natural, organic and vegan haircare, skincare and body products suitable for sensitive and allergic skin. Everything in store is free from synthetic ingredients.

Monday: 10am-2pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10am-2pm
Thursday: 10am-2pm
Friday: 10am-2pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

69 Micklegate, York, YO16LJ

T: 01904 848989

Stonegate Teddy Bears

They stock a large collection of quality teddy bears including the popular Charlie Bear collection and much more. If you’re looking for a teddy as a gift for someone or yourself, this is the place!

13 Stonegate, YO1 8AN
T: 01904 641074

The Cactus Trading Post

Independent retailer specialising in pop and rock music merchandise such as mugs, t-shirts, stickers and gifts.

26 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

T: 01904 634915

The Giftery & the shop of small changes

This is TWO shops in ONE building… a gift shop with a zero waste lifestyle shop beside it.

We really hope you enjoy your time in our little shop. We hope we can make you smile and if we can help you in any way, please just holler!

177 Burton Stone Lane, York, YO30 6DG

T: 0777 181 2639

The Imaginarium

A magical emporium to discover homewares and gifts.

6 Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG

T: 01904 466642

The Little Green Weigh

Eco-friendly products and supporting lots of local businesses. You can shop in store or order online and collect your order or we’ll deliver it to your door.

Our product range includes food, beauty, toiletries, cleaning, household goods, kids and gifts. Order online for collection or delivery.

The Little Green Weigh, Unit 2, York Business Park, Rose Avenue, YO26 6RR

Opening times 10am-2pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

T: 07872895063

The Shop That Must Not Be Named

A great visit for families with fans of the Wizarding World selling officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise.

30 The Shambles, York, YO1 7LX

T: 01904 801562

Thora & The Prince

We are open, Monday -Saturday 10-5pm.

An independent Gift and Homestyle shop. Offering children’s wear, new baby gifts and nursery decor, including Fiona Walker & Jellycat.

Child friendly – Free parking.

Gifts & cards for every occasion.

20 The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 3HT

T: 07837 657177

Walter and May

I curate collections of beautiful home decor designed to create the perfect sanctuary for you, to thoughtful gifts and cards to send for any reason, or for no reason at all.

Working with independent businesses, design led and eco conscious manufacturers to curate a collection that inspires your gift buying journey and in a world where stress and overwhelm has become the norm, encourages us to just slow down, take time for us and our world.

T: 07840 988 984