It’s never too early to plan your perfect shopping trip so why not find a place where the spirit of Christmas is still very much in evidence and shopping is a real pleasure?

With hundreds of independent retailers, a host of events and some fantastic festive accommodation deals, the Isle of Wight provides a magical backdrop for Christmas shopping.

Festive fun, winter wonderlands and twinkling lights bring Christmas cheer to Island towns and villages adding up to a full and satisfying day out for visitors.  Find unusual crafts at bustling Christmas markets and fayres and unique one-off gifts at stylish boutiques and independent shops which pride themselves on offering a personal and friendly service - from free gift wrapping to complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.

Christmas pantomimes provide the perfect excuse to sit back, relax and put your feet up, or stop-off at a warm and cosy pub for a pint of refreshment and some friendly chat as you soak up the Christmas cheer around the Island. 

Ryde comes into its own at Christmas when the town is filled with the sounds of carols and the sights of strolling performers. Home to Liz Earle’s flagship store which stocks a range of beautifully packaged skincare, this town on the beach has a great range of specialist outlets including jewellers, toy stores, antiques dealers, bookshops and countless fashion boutiques.

The Red Funnel Cowes Christmas Festival in December brings visitors the very best food, drink and gifts in one place. From stalls selling oak-smoked garlic and delicious dairy ice cream to a vintage Santa’s Grotto, choirs and children’s entertainment, it’s a great excuse to explore Cowes and purchase some truly unique gifts.

Quay Arts located on the River Medina in Newport is great for hand-crafted gifts, from locally made jewellery, ceramics, and textiles as well as cards and children’s toys. Newport also has a popular farmer’s market on a Friday in St Thomas’s Square and the areas around Watchbell Lane and Nodehill are interesting with a range of chabby chic, vintage and clothing shops to explore.

Over at Yarmouth you can discover a selection of boutique shops selling local food, fine jewellery, antiques and as you would expect from this historic harbour town, lots of nautically-inspired items.  Nearby Chessell Pottery Barns, which is open weekends in December, offers a wide range of unusual gifts and toys, as well as the opportunity to get creative and paint your own pottery. If you're shopping with the kids don't forget to stop off at The Needles Park's Wight Christmas and pay a visit to the "Real Santa Claus"!

If you can’t spare the time to visit, the Island has a huge choice of inspirational gift ideas that you can buy online. From relaxing spa days and boutique hotels to delicious afternoon tea and paragliding flights, there are lots of gift experiences on the Isle of Wight.  

An irresistible mixture of gifts can be ordered from Made on the Isle of Wight, including hampers containing the finest Island produce from Island cheeses and chutneys to wines, beers and hand-made chocolates. Their courier service will deliver your hamper – which can be personalised with your own message - to anywhere in the world.