Black Friday has arrived once again and the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping is definitely hotting up. Fear not, we’ve found you some alternative and unqiue Christmas gift ideas that don’t involve elbowing your way to the checkout or queuing from the crack of dawn. Surprise your friends, family and other halves with something a bit different this Christmas time and at the same time, explore more of what's on offer in NewcastleGateshead in 2019.

Shop Local

BALTIC Shop Newcastle Gateshead

Give the crush of the "usual" high street shops a miss and surprise your friends and family with a totally unique gift from local, independent retailers such as BALTIC Shop, 61side UpSide Down Presents, Souvenirs Upon Tyne , Grainger Market and Fenwick Food Hall. From Geordie souvenirs, original art, prints to brighten up any trendy home and much more – you’ll feel very smug with your purchases and have supported local while ticking off your Christmas list. Seven Stories' independent bookshop in Ouseburn is also a great place to visit and stocks many signed copies of favourite books and gifts for all your book-loving friends and family.

Something for the history buffs in the family: Newcastle City Guides Season Tickets

Newcastle city centre

Newcastle City Guides season tickets offer access to over 40 different heritage walks throughout the year, as well as the City Highlights tours which run daily during the summer. They make wonderful Christmas gifts for anyone interested in the history, heritage and culture of NewcastleGateshead.

Buy a Newcastle City Guide season ticket

How about a Gift Horse?

War Horse at Sunderland Empire in February 2019

Maybe not an actual horse but how about tickets to see one of the most moving stage adaptations? War Horse will be wowing packed audiences at Sunderland Empire when it charges onto the stage in February 2019.

Find out more and book your War Horse tickets.

Finals Newcastle 2019: A BIG Weekend of Sport at St James' Park

Finals Newcastle 2019

2019 is another big year for sport in Newcastle. Fans of a nail-biting sporting event will love the opportunity to watch live rugby union at the Toon's iconic stadium St James' Park. European rugby's showpiece finals, the European Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup, are coming to Toon. This is one of the biggest rugby occasions in the northern hemisphere outside of the international arena so you really should be there! Tickets to Finals Newcastle 2019 would make the perfect Christmas gift.

Blackfriars’ Cooking Classes

Blackfriars Restaurant Newcastle

Treat your favourite foodie this Christmas to a selection of workshops and events at award-winning restaurant, Blackfriars.

Why not book them into a jazzy session dedicated to the flavour filled cuisine of the American deep south - Wednesday Cookery Club: Creole, Gumbo and All That Jazz (Wed 6 February 2019), or for the gift that keeps on giving, book a loved on onto their Valentines Chocolate Making Night (Wed 13 February 2019) where they will make a beautifully decorated box of soft-centred chocolates.

Find out more about events in 2019 at Blackfriars on their website.

Gift of Drama, Escapism, Music and Imagination

Theatre Royal Newcastle Auditorium

A trip to the theatre or venue to experience live music and performance is a powerful gift which will create lasting memories and with so many different performances, concerts and productions to choose from, there is something for every taste.

Theatre Royal and City Hall

With highlights in 2019 to include The Girl On The Train (April - May 2019), Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (May 2019) and mulit-award-winning West End musical Les Miserable (August - October 2019), a gift voucher for Theatre Royal and City Hall is the perfect present.

Buy a Theatre Royal Newcastle and City Hall gift voucher.

Sunderland Empire

Let your loved one choose from a vast array of performances including 2019 highlights Calendar Girls, The Musical (March 2019), Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals  (June 2019) and An Evening with the Hairy Bikers (April 2019).

Buy a Sunderland Empire gift card.

Tyneside Cinema

Tyneside Cinema have some brilliant gift options for your favourite film-buff. Enjoy the very best of cinema at Newcastle’s most stylish independent cinema.

Buy a Tyneside Cinema gift voucher. Find out what’s on at Tyneside Cinema in 2019.

Northern Stage

Pick up a Northern Stage Season Pass for your theatre loving friend to help them save more when they visit Northern Stage in 2019. The new season is packed with drama including Trainspotting (March 2019), Equus (April - May 2019) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (May - June 2019).

Sage Gateshead

Music lovers, concert goers and want-to-be musicians would appreciate a gift certificate for Sage Gateshead this Christmas.

Give the Gift of Time

Sleeperz Hotel lobby Newcastle

Why not go the whole hog and treat a loved one or best pal to a city break in NewcastleGateshead to stave off those January blues? With hotels, self-catered apartments and B&Bs to suit all budgets, it along weekend or a staycation in the North East should be on the cards for 2019. Sleeperz Newcastle is ideally suited if arriving in the city by train as it is centrally located and stylishly decorated. Further afield, book a relaxing stay out in the beautiful Northumberland coast at South View House luxury self-catering lets. Discover a broad range of accommodation in Newcastle and Gateshead including hotels, apartments, cottages and quirky places to stay.

Annual Passes to the Best Attractions in the Region

Beamish Museum County Durham

A gift that keeps giving! Treat your family and friends to a year-long experience with an annual pass to brilliant venues across the region including Beamish Museum, Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children’s Books, Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle (closed for winter until 29 Mar 2019), English Heritage or National Trust.

Book a Tour of Wylam Brewery

Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts Exhibition Park Newcastle

Wylam Brewery is a 30 Barrel Micro Brewery that resides at the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park. Book your friends, family or partner on a Brewery Tour as the perfect gift for someone who loves quality, local brew.  Tours take place every Saturday at 11am and include an introduction to the brewing process, a brief history of the Brewery and the opportunity to sample four of Wylam's beers.

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