About Us

As one of Birmingham's longest running and best loved gallery shops, Smithsonia has been trading as a successful independent family business for over 40 years. The business passed from mother and son to daughter and son in law, and there are times at Christmas when there may be sons, daughters, nieces, sisters and aunties. Plus, of course, our loyal staff who have all been with us for many years and feel like part of the family.


Opened in 1979


After a few years in a tiny shop in Harborne, Birmingham, Smithsonia opened in Piccadilly Arcade in 1982 and has gone on to establish an enviable reputation for offering a great selection of wonderful gifts, including silver jewellery, handmade glass, bronzes, ceramics, clocks and pewter items.

A lot of our customers say we are their first port of call when they need to buy a present - quite a compliment. Many of our wide range of beautiful products are designed and made in the UK. Verity and Mike spend a lot of time sourcing new and original stock from around the country, so things change throughout the year. You will be able to find original gift ideas for friends and family or to remind you of your visit to Birmingham. To provide the finishing touch we also have a lovely range of greetings cards, gift bags and gift wrap.

As a family run business Smithsonia takes customer service very seriously and we all strive to give a personal touch to your shopping experience. No shopping trip to Birmingham is complete without a visit to Smithsonia. Do come in and see us.