Gifts & Homeware Shopping Shops


Candleworld is a charming, contemporary gift and accessories shop in the heart of Swanage, which stocks both local and designer items for the home.

What’s in store changes through the seasons, so you can find something new to refresh your living space or that elusive unusual gift, throughout the year.

Candleworld has a range of accessories including jewellery and scarfs as well as decorative ornaments from well known brands such as Gisella Graham.

Naturally, Candleworld sells an extensive range of decorative and scented candles, including locally-made Purbeck Candles, as well as beautifully-scented reed diffusers and handmade wax melts.

There’s also a good range of indoor string lighting, perfect for bringing a burst of colour to a child’s bedroom or adding a cosy glow to your home.

If you’re looking for that elusive not-on-the-high-street, artisan gift, this beautifully-styled shop is sure to have something unique. Its stunning window displays showcase the latest in-store items, whether that’s cute Easter bunnies and decorative spring birds, cosy autumn-themed displays, or all decked out for the festive season in the run-up to Christmas.

At the rear of the shop there’s a year-round Christmas section with an eclectic mix of traditional and novelty Christmas baubles, lights and tree decorations.

Location in town

📍14 High Street, BH19 2NT

Find Candleworld on High Street in the heart of Swanage town.

It’s right next door to Italian restaurant La Trattoria and close to both Swanage Beach and various other gift shops, pubs and eateries.

Park at any of the town’s main car parks to visit Candleworld – Broad Road is the closest long-stay car park, and Mermond Place is the nearest short-stay. You can park on High Street itself for free for up to an hour.

Candleworld location on High Street (credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

Gifts & Homeware Shopping Shops


Curiosity is an Aladdin’s cave of gifts, homewares and accessories in the heart of Swanage town.

With over 10,000 items in store you’re sure to find that perfect gift or a treasure for yourself that you didn’t know you needed.

The family-run shop is a popular place for children to spend their pocket money, with its range of novelty items, small toys and trinkets, and there’s a surprising wealth of home décor items, such as vases, candles and bathroom & kitchen furnishings, including light pulls, hooks, coasters, bottle-openers and crockery.

Curiosity also stocks a range of seasonal items, including Christmas decorations, as well as gift wrapping, so you can buy everything you need in here for a last-minute present.

If you’re in Swanage on holiday Curiosity is a great treasure trove of affordable souvenirs and mementos of your stay. You’ll find seaside-themed novelty items and Swanage & Dorset-specific soft toys and knickknacks.

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Location in town

📍 35 High Street, BH19 2LT

You’ll find Curiosity in the centre of town next to The White Swan pub, opposite the RNLI shop and just a short stroll from the beach.

It’s close to several other gift shops in town, including Raspberry Rose, Candleworld and Corfe Bears, as well as many of the main cafés, restaurants and pubs making it a great little spot to explore and make an afternoon of it.

There may be some parking nearby on High Street, limited to an hour, but there are both long and short stay car parks a short walk away.

Curiosity’s location in town (credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

Get in touch with Curiosity by phone or email or visit their online store:

  • 📞 01929 422356 (shop)
  • 📞 01929 425013 (office)
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