Tony’s Stores (and Post Office) in Westhall Village for a good range of supplies as well as fresh milk, bread, and home-cured bacon and ham.
Halesworth has a good range of shops; there’s a big Co-op on the edge of the town and a very good range of smaller specialist shops within the town itself, including the Focus organic store (with a good gift selection and a clothes boutique next door), and the Country Kitchen Deli for good local cheeses and produce. There are two good butchers and greengrocers as well as Cooper's hardware stores and Huggy’s bicycle shop. There are antiques shops and gift/interiors shops and newsagents and a great second hand bookshop (James Hayward) at the top end of the Thoroughfare. And on the second Saturday of the month, there's a good local produce market with some very good food stalls including the East Anglia Good Food Award nominated Artisan Smokehouse.
Bungay has a number of antique and junk type shops as well as gift shops and is a great place to find unusual Christmas or birthday presents; Black Dog Antiques is one of our favourites. You can visit Clive Davies at work in his pottery and buy mugs, bowls, vases; he also takes commissions and is well worth looking in on. There are greengrocers, wholefood shops, butchers, fishmongers, a micro-brewery (The Green Dragon) and more.
Beccles sits right on the Waveney, and is famous as the Gateway to the Broads. There’s plenty in the way of shops – a big supermarket as well as many smaller individual shops catering for all needs. Bailey's Delicatessen is well worth a visit whether for shopping or eating upstairs.
Southwold is perfect for a holiday amble and shop - lots of seaside-y type things for sale as well as good butchers, delis, greengrocers and an amazing pharmacy. If you enjoy hand-crafted things, you must check out Craftco, a co-operative of arts and crafts people with a shop in the town which sells a fantastic range of gifts, art and crafts.
If you want to check-out the Best Independently Owned Shop of 2012 (according to GourmetBritain.com) visit Emmetts of Peasenhall, south of us down the A12. it's great for foodies and gifts.