The past year has shown us how important it is to support local business after the coronavirus pandemic.

West Cumbria has a whole host of independent retailers on offer to provide the perfect Christmas present for all of your family and friends this Christmas.

Here is my top picks of the best places to shop local this year:

1) Sinclair's Workington

The family owned jewellers provides a wide variety of collections that would make the ideal gift for that special someone this Christmas.

2)Fagans, Cockermouth

The delightful gift and cookware store has a whole host of gifts for all ages and price ranges.

3)Dixons, Whitehaven

The well known department store has over 200 Fashion, Beauty, Fragrance, Homeware and Gift brands on offer.

4)The Perfect Gift Co.Egremont

The store is one of two in West Cumbria- it stocks brands such as Katie Loxton and Bomb Cosmetics.

5)Yard Flowers, Whitehaven

The online business has gone from strength to strength since being established not so long ago. The company provides bespoke arrangements for a number of occasions.

6)Akitts, Workington

Stocking everything from Yankee Candle to Bomb Cosmetics you'll be sure to find a gift in this lovely retailer, with everything from stocking fillers for daughters and female friends to that perfect showstopper gift.

7)Richardsons, Whitehaven

Is there a wine lover in your life? head down to Richardsons to find the perfect festive tipple, with everything from classic wines to spiced rums on offer.

8)The Toy Shop, Cockermouth

This independent retailer will provide you with a wide selection of toys and well known brands for children of all ages- whilst also supporting your local high street, it really is a win,win.

9)The Cheesecake Queen Cumbria, Maryport

Why not give your friends and family a tasty treat this Christmas - from cheesecake filled brandy snaps to a festive cheesecake.

10) The Lakes Distillery,Bassenthwaite

Why not treat your loved ones to a gin tasting tour this year? with an experience day at the distillery.