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    Best Independent Shops in Cheltenham

    6 December 2022

    After years of Covid Christmases, we can finally celebrate lockdown free and make this year the best yet! Let’s use this time to stop buying our Christmas gifts over a photoshopped screen and get out there and support our local independent retailers.

    Over 2 weeks to go till the big day but don’t worry if you haven’t bought all your gifts because Relo has the latest scoop on the best independent shops in Cheltenham to buy locally all those last-minute knick-knacks! 

    Monty Smiths

    If bespoke Cotswold garments are what you are searching for, to put under your tree then stop here at Monty Smiths. Their large range of ladies’ clothing and accessories are perfect for hob-knobbing around the Cotswolds, whether it be a busy high street searching for the newest trends with their favourite people or popping into the newest bistro for lunch Monty Smiths can help you dress to impress.

    However, if menswear is what you are in desperate need of this Christmas, then Monty Smiths can save the day! Their variety of men’s clothing and accessories can fit both Christmas parties and walks in the country.

    Pop along to Bennington Streetor visit them at


    This family-run jewellery store is the oldest jeweller in the UK and is situated at the soul of Cheltenham’s prestigious promenade, dating back to 1804.

    This traditional jeweller has the best value and visual brilliance that money can buy, from radiant diamond cuts to marquise diamond cuts no one receiving a gift from Beards would be disappointed. Regardless of how much you spend, be it £300 or £300,000 they have something for everyone this Christmas.

    This store is easily accessible on Promenade so go now

    The Record Shop

    Specialising in 1978 Punk and Reggae music, The Record Shop is the perfect place to get a vinyl gift for Christmas. If ‘Santa’ doesn’t know what to buy that iPhone glued teenage or old grumpy grandpa then try The Record Shop for some quirky music gifts, although it’s not the 70s young people are vinyl mad! This independent shop stocks all sorts of music from The Beetles to Graham Coxon so pop in and see what they have, because every week they have a new mixed array of music wonders.

    To keep the conversation lively and up-tempo around the dinner table go to Shurdington Road, and see what they instore or visit

    Vinegar Hill

    “If they don’t have it, try Vinegar Hill.”- said every Cheltenham local

    Vinegar Hill is the store to be in at Christmas! It doesn’t matter what you need or want they have everything and even if you don’t need to buy any gifts just go in to see the wonderful window displays and the Christmas decorations. Santa has some competition!

    If you prefer to decorate your tree closer to Christmas, then this shop has the best handmade decorations.

    Vinegar Hill has the ultimate gifts for all our four-legged friends. Don’t forget about them, they need something to unwrap, and Vinegar Hill has all the bedding and accessories, your best friend needs.

    Support local, go to the Promenade now to get all those your gifts in one shop

    Bodega Womenswear

    Still need those sparkly shoes to match your Christmas party dress then Bodega is where you need to be. Situated on the corner of the Suffolk Parade you cannot miss the beautiful, elegant window displays of their unmissable fashion items.

    If you don’t know what you want to be wearing in 2023 and yes last year’s clothes won’t do now. New year, new you! Then ask the friendly staff or visit their website and view their ‘LookBook’ for the latest looks to help you pair their exclusive fashion pieces together.

    Walk on over to Suffolk Parade to pick up your Christmas knitwear for the big day or visit

    Make sure to shop locally in Cheltenham this season, post it and don’t forget to tag us @relo_rooms