Here are some of the best gifts to buy at Sheffield's Christmas Markets

The Christmas Markets are open until tomorrow in Sheffield – with a host of gift ideas to be found in its Alpine-style cabins.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:34 pm

There are over 50 stalls on the market, offering food, drink, crafts and more.

Among the traders is The Sheffield Candle Company, which has taken a cabin for a fifth consecutive year.

All of the company’s products are hand-poured in Sheffield using soy wax, a more sustainable material than paraffin wax, which is derived from fossil fuels. The range includes sprays, wax melts and burners to create a scented gift set.

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The Christmas Markets on Fargate in Sheffield. Picture: Scott Merrylees

The Tipsy Towers stall, meanwhile, stocks Sheffield-themed items. Shoppers can find Sheffield United memorabilia, bottles of Henderson’s Relish, and tea towels featuring tributes to music figures such as Alex Turner and Jarvis Cocker.

Helen Gilbert’s Handmade Jewellery and Gifts is the place for stocking fillers with its array of bright, colourful earrings and bracelets.

Perhaps the most unusual items for sale on the markets are ‘pet peas’ made from modelling clay that live in glass jars – ‘grump-pea’, ‘hap-pea’ and their friends are priced £1.50 each.

The markets are open from 10am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday, Monday and Christmas Eve.

As well as the shopping there is a Santa’s Grotto, a giant ferris wheel, the Alpine Bar and a traditional German sausage grill. Once a handful of stalls, the markets have steadily expanded each Christmas and now span the area from Fargate up to the Peace Gardens.

See www.sheffieldchristmasmarkets.co.uk for further information.