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Amidst the clutch of Christmas markets, fairs and promotions that assault shoppers at this time of year, it can be difficult to identify the best source for that special gift. Searching for something unique can often be a fruitless task on the High Street, so thank Santa and all his elves for the wonderful range of independent makers and producers the North East is blessed with!

The Ouseburn Valley is home to a multitude of artists’ workshops and quirky gift-led events; a relatively new event to the calendar is SHOP at the Mushroom Works, tucked away on the industrial estate on St Lawrence Road (near the Free Trade, for those who need a pub/rest stop pointer). SHOP, or rather, Super Handmade Original Products by Ouseburn Practitioners, to give it its full title, is usually held on the first Saturday of the month, with extra opportunities to visit during the festive period (taking place on Saturday 6th and Saturday 20th December and Saturday 3rd January).

Those hungry for unusual and interesting gifts are encouraged to check out a range of ceramics, textiles, furniture, paintings, prints, greetings cards, personalised gifts and jewellery from a broad range of makers and doers including Muddy Fingers Pottery, furniture designer Nick James, artwork by a.musing, Majid Furniture, Cube Root Jewellery, fab t-shirts by Caiso Caiso, quirky illustrative accessories and cards from Just Look Twice (pictured) and many more.

As the title suggests, all products are handmade and affordable, priced between £1 and £100. Sounds like the perfect one-stop shop!

SHOP @ Mushroom Works is open on Saturday 6th and Saturday 20th December and Saturday 3rd January.

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