We've put together a list of ten independent businesses in Bognor Regis where you're guaranteed to something special and unique to delight your loved ones this Christmas! Plus, you’ll get that that warm, fuzzy feeling knowing you’re supporting your local BRINDIE businesses - win-win!
Bubbles Bargain World
'Have you tried Bubbles?' seems to be an all-too-familiar mantra in Bognor Regis! And more often than not, whatever you're looking for to celebrate that special occasion, you'll find it in Bubbles! Bubbles is a family run business, who coined the term 'pound shop' before it was a 'thing'! They've been serving the Bognor Regis community for over a quarter-of-a-century, and are famed for many things, such as: being the largest supplier of blow-up balloons on the south coast of England, being the only retailer to design and sell their own Bognor Regis tea towel! And for being cheaper than a certain Scandinavian superstore for tinsel - selling 3m for only £1.49! Bubbles stock hundreds (if not thousands) of cards, a huge range of decorations, gifts, stocking fillers, gift bags, wrapping paper ... and so much more! We guarantee that you won't be disappointed when you visit Bubbles this Christmas!
Find Bubbles at 39 High Street
Clayden & Co
You'll find this established unique jewellery boutique and workshop, Clayden & Co, situated in The Arcade. Owned by Roger Clayden, Clayden & Co specialise in jewellery design, repairs, and engraving. The smallest shop in The Arcade is beautifully decorated in a traditional style and full to the brim of unique items, ranging from Storm watches, rings, necklaces and bracelets, to quirky gifts such as a silver “last Rolo”! Roger also stocks artwork by local artists and has an on-site laser engraving service to add a personal touch to any keepsake you choose!
Find Clayden & Co at 14 The Arcade
EcoSwap is Bognor Regis's local eco-friendly business, providing a range of sustainable, environmentally friendly and handmade items including a refillery for cleaning supplies, toiletries and food. With incense, jewellery, clothing and natural gourmet treats, EcoSwap have a huge selection of gifts perfect for everyone, and they’re happy to help you choose something special! This year they’ve put together handmade Christmas gift packages to make things a little bit easier for you, such as CBD gift sets, travel sets, and vegan gift sets. They also have a special area dedicated to local crafters so you can be safe in the knowledge that when you shop here, you'll be supporting your local artisans and start-ups!
Find EcoSwap CIC at 1 Sussex Place High Street (East End)
Good and Fair Shop
Good and Fair took over from Vineyard Fairtrade in October 2019, and offer an expanded range of fantastic gifts and homeware. They also provide a small coffee shop selling things such as homemade cakes, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, toasties etc. Good and Fair have built up their range of gifts and homeware over the last couple of years; most of their items are produced on a Fairtrade basis, and all have sustainability, working conditions and planet friendliness at the core. Their motto, 'Planet Friendly, People Friendly', is at the heart of everything they do, hence the name: 'Good and Fair'! Pop into Good and Fair to explore their beautiful selection of gifts, candles, decorations, gift cards (10 Whistlefish Cards for £10!), kitchenware, and homeware items and give a gift that puts a smile on everyone’s face this Christmas morning!
Find Good and Fair Shop at 2 High Street (East End)
Heygates Bookshop was founded in Bognor Regis High Street in 1968 and recently relocated to the iconic Grade II Listed Railway Station. With its high ceilings and extra space, there’s plenty of room to browse the neatly stocked shelves of pre-loved books, jigsaw puzzles, annuals, vintage comics, graphic novels, antiquarian and collectable books - not to mention new books, book-related gift idea and some excellent stocking fillers for this Christmas! So, if you’re looking for a book from your past, the year of your birth, or a treasured family read that’s long been lost, pop into Heygates Bookshop and explore what they have to offer. And if you can’t find it straight away, ask about the Heygates booking finding service!
Find Heygates Bookshop at Bognor Regis Railway Station
James Jewellers opened in 2003 and sells gold and silver jewellery at fantastic value! For a timeless, time-based Christmas gift they have the largest, (and best value) range of Rhythm Clocks anywhere, plus a huge range of discounted Sekonda watches, at lower prices than you'll find online! James Jewellers offer free ‘extras’ - such as bracelet adjustments - which can be done immediately. They also offer watch and jewellery repairs to a high, professional standard. 'No job is too small' according to James Jewellers, and they're always happy to help!
Find James Jewellers at 1 High Street (East End)
Katie & Faiths
Katie & Faith's is a beautifully presented, small, independent, vegan friendly shop on London Road. They stock a wide range of hand poured candles and wax melts, as well as a large range of incredible bath products. Katie & Faith's slogan is 'We Believe in You', and after working for several years in the health care sector, founder Katie wanted to bring that care to the high street and help make a difference in people's lives. Their range of products are suitable for all ages and lifestyles, and if it’s too hard to choose, they offer gift vouchers for all occasions! Follow the divine scents on London Road and pop into Katie & Faith's to discover their amazing products, from pick-and-mix bath bombs, wax melts, and candles - to speciality advent calendars. And you can always grab a great deal in their sale basket full of reduced goodies - perfect for stocking fillers!
Find Katie & Faith's at 78 London Road
Reeves & Sons Jewellers
Reeves & Sons is a small family run business in The Arcade that specialise in buying and selling second-hand jewellery, plus unique pieces designed and made by their in-house jeweller. They have a huge selection of beautiful vintage jewellery, and experts on hand to help you select the perfect present for that special someone. Offering excellent value for money, we highly recommend popping into Reeves & Sons for a unique shopping experience this Christmas!
Find Reeves & Sons at No.8 The Arcade
Opened since September 2021, Sajaroo Gifts is a small family run gift shop located at Queensway. Offering a vast selection of unique gifts, including locally hand-poured chocolate, beautifully scented candles, jewellery, homeware, gemstones, soft toys, fashion items, wall art and prints….and award winning locally made fudge, with lots of flavours and gift sets to choose from. They also have gift vouchers if you'd like to give the gift of ‘choice’ this Christmas! So pop in to Sajaroo Gifts and say hello (If you haven’t already) and see what lovely gifts they have this festive season!
Find Sajaroo Gifts at 15 Queensway
Snooks Gift Boutique
Treat yourself to the experience of a visit to Snooks Gift Boutique in The Arcade this Christmas! With beautifully sourced items for every occasion displayed from floor to ceiling, the shop is bursting with festive cheer! Treat yourself or special someone to their bestselling Ashleigh & Burwood Fragrance Lamps, or beautiful scarves or gloves, felt brooches or snow globes! You’ll find gifts - including their fantastic men's gift selection - homeware, jewellery, and greetings cards galore. And vouchers if it’s too hard to choose! Snooks Gift Boutique is a treasure trove that will inspire your Christmas shopping this year!
Find Snooks Gift Boutique at No. 7 The Arcade
From the BRINDIES team, we wish you and all the heroes of our fantastic indie businesses a very merry indie Christmas, and a happy new year!
All photography is by Peter Flude. Peter is local, and passionate about telling the stories of Bognor Regis's indie businesses. You can find out more about his work at www.fludefoto.co.uk and www.peterflude.co.uk and follow him at @fludefoto and @peterflude