And as the ground turns frosty we're looking at Christmas gifts close by. If you're in need of a special gift for that special someone or you want to get your mam a Geordie keepsake with a twist then take a look at our top picks of great shops that won't have you stuck in the Metro Centre car park.

Upside Down Presents: 61 Side, NE1 3JE
If you're looking for locally inspired presents including local art, prints and handmade gifts then this is a great little shop for you.

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Baltic Shop: South Shore Rd, NE8 3BA
Attached to the Baltic Centre for Art you will find quirky, stylish and creative gifts for all ages along with great home accessories. The ideal place to shop for children as the selection of interesting gifts beats most high street toy stores. There really is something for all tastes here and the website offers a full range of what's in store:

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Sage Shop: St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR
The shop offers fantastic bespoke gifts themed around music, architecture and gifts from around the North East. With our ZeroLight 10% discount you're sure to find something special here.

Long Play Café: 48-52 Quayside, Sandhill, NE1 3JF
For all those music lovers this is a truly unique shop selling records from all genres and decades. Here you'll find anything from The Police to Elvis and the Stones; there's some fantastic vinyl's for sale here alongside Long Play branded t-shirts and gifts.

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Still not feeling festive? Take a walk up to:

Christmas & Grainger Markets:
These stalls will really get you in the spirit of Christmas! You will find lots of great food as well as great gifts ideas, unique cheeses and salamis as well as gifts for children.

There's also live entertainment and plenty of carol singing. With all this on our doorstep there's something to give everyone a very merry little Christmas…