The team behind the Buy Boro website have pulled together some suggestions that make it easy to shop local and get those last-minute stocking fillers in the bag.
The Buy Boro website - www.buyboro.co.uk - is a great way to find out about local shops, services and businesses.
It was set up in the summer by Middlesbrough Council and lists a range of independent businesses from jewellers to restaurants, to cafes, home furnishings, artwork and health and beauty businesses.
More help can also be found in the Independent Teesside card, set up by local lad Jon-Paul Salmon, which offers a 10% discount at over 120 business from across Teesside and you can pick up some quirky gifts from a range of shops.
Favourites from Teesside-based companies include mini house plants from Plantopia and retro-style artwork of Teesside icons like the Transporter Bridge from Turtledust - including their ‘Boro Butlins' print, and there's a huge 20% off all their artwork before Christmas.
Middlesbrough-based names that are signed up to the card include Triads, Sticky Fingers Bar, Mima Kitchen and Bloom Florists. The full list can be found at www.independentteesside.com.
Many Christmas deals and discounts are also being exclusively promoted through the websites and social media pages of independent businesses.
Geek Retreat comic book store and café on Linthorpe Road is a firm favourite with gamers and fans of superhero movies, anime and sci-fi and is offering up to 50% on all shop stock from December 14-24. Visit their website to find out more on their deals at https://middlesbrough.geek-retreat.com/
Michelle McPhee, Middlesbrough Council's Town Centre Manager, said: "We're delighted to be welcoming back shoppers to the town centre and we really need everyone to get behind our local businesses and support them as much as possible this Christmas.
"Buying gifts and decorations from our small independent family-run businesses is a fantastic way of not only supporting the local economy, but the wider community too, so please bear them in mind when you are putting your Christmas shopping list together."
Many of Middlesbrough's restaurants and bars are offering takeaways and deliveries in the run up to Christmas Day. Another simple way to support local that won't cost you a penny is by following businesses on social media, sharing their posts and telling friends and family about them in the run up to Christmas.