Christmas Gifts

It is SO nearly Christmas β›„οΈβ›„οΈπŸŽπŸŒ²β˜ΊοΈ and I have almost finished my Christmas shopping, with only a few little things to find.

I really do like shopping very very much, but even I dread the prospect of panic trawling the shops the day before Christmas πŸŽ„ desperately hoping for inspiration.  The hoards of other people πŸ‘¦πŸ‘©, their children πŸ‘§, buggys and dachshunds 🐢 constantly getting in the way, the overwhelming amount of completely pointless STUFF πŸŽ€πŸ’„πŸ‘  to sift through, and Michael Buble singing ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ 🎀everywhere you go is enough to make even the most experienced shopper wish they’d bought all their presents online 6 months ago πŸ™ˆ.

So, to help you out, I thought I would put together a few ideas for last minute present 🎁 shopping in London – whether you are nipping out at lunch time 🍴 tomorrow, or spending a day of shopping on Saturday, the key is to know exactly what you are looking for and where to find it ☺️.  I would also advise ringing in advance, don’t fall into the trap of assuming the shop has the item in stock, just because they are displaying it on their website.

Good luck, and happy speedy shopping.

Alice xxx

Stocking Fillers

Go to Joy.  The shops are everywhere, and have all sorts things for girls, boys, random cousins and even your dog, don’t be shy just get stuck in.  Books on silly and serious things, accessories at very reasonable prices, and  both useful and useless gifts.  Tiny stocking fillers will be near the till, and they have very good cards.

Tangle Teezer – perfect as a stocking filler and a nice attempt to encourage your daughter to brush her hair more often
For your Sister

Oliver Bonas is the place.  They have great not-t00-pricey jewellery, make-up bags, self-help books and scarves in fun prints.

Amelia Travel Two Tier Jewellery Box – your sister probably doesn’t have one of these, and she genuinely might be very pleased to receive it
For your Great Aunt

Zara Home is excellent – rather than giving her Duchy Originals biscuits again, choose something homely from Zara.  She probably hasn’t heard of it, unless she of course is a proud older owner of #ThatCoat.

White Jasmine Diffuser – she may be slightly offended that you are giving her something to make her home smell nicer – but this really does smell very nice indeed.
Making it all look pretty

Peter Jones.  You need to go to the 4th Floor, I would recommend entering from the King’s Road and taking the lift to avoid the main Christmas mayhem.  They have one of the best selection of cards (they have the funny non-crude type), wrapping paper galore, and lots of ribbon. They also do an excellent selection of notebooks.

Deva Party Stars Wrapping Paper – I like this fun starry wrapping paper, but there is all sorts of festive paper to choose from, they have sellotape and scissors too.

For your cousin who has just had her third child

Kikki K is great and they currently have a pop-up in Covent Garden.  I am totally sold on everything about this brand.  The perfect present for someone who enjoys stationery with inspirational messages, or needs a very specific diary layout.

2017 A5 Weekly Family Diary – your cousin really does now need something to help her remember where all her children are supposed to be every day – this will help a lot
To bring to Boxing Day lunch

John Lewis Cheese Shop – you want to enter from Henrietta Place, go straight down the escalator into the food hall and on the right hand side is a wonderful room full of cheese, and they have all the right biscuits to go with it.

Toast for Cheese Crackers – these taste nice with cheese or on their own, the perfect cheese accessory
To Impress the In-Laws

Humble Grape does very good wine, and the people working there know about wine, so this is ideal if you need a bottle quick sharp.  There is one in Battersea and one in Fleet Street.

Allimant-Laugner Riesling, 2015, Alsace, France – a much better choice than just choosing a reasonably priced wine with a pretty label off the shelf at Tesco

Because you need something a little different this year

Potterton Books – books of all shapes and sizes, vintage and new, but more excitingly art work. They have prints and originals, big and small prices, you will definitely find something in this eclectic little shop.

Bronze figs – these are quite amazing. They are weightier than they look and sit satisfyingly in your hand. I would very much like one.

Because you took After Eights last year

Artisan du Chocolat – there are so many great chocolate shops in London, so you really shouldn’t be grabbing the most expensive looking chocolates off the shelf in Sainburies.  Artisan du Chocolat do all sorts of exciting things, and they taste great.  If you aren’t near a shop nip into the ground floor of Liberty, entering from Carnaby Street and pick up a box of Prestat.

Salted Caramel Milk Almonds – these are so good. Maybe just buy them for yourself.
For your nephews and nieces

TK Maxx, I know, I know, it sounds like agony – but it’s just a quick nip in, grab what you want and out.  I would recommend the wallets / clutch bags, usually near the door on the ground floor on shelves – if you see Kate Spade buy it.  And the headphones, either on a table near the door or hanging up by the tills, not expensive, you might even find some wireless ones.

Ifrogz headphones – personally I’m all about the colour, if you want really good sound quality, definitely look them up before you go

For your Aunt who is hosting Christmas

Appleyard London – bouquets and plants in pots, they do all sorts and they are still taking orders for Christmas.  Either take flowers with you or send as a thank you gift after.

Azalea in a pot – I just love that you can send a mini tree in a pot.  Your Aunt might not be too pleased, sometimes flora you have to try and keep alive is not welcome, but it’s not like she has to keep it forever, and isn’t it the thought that counts.  And it is just so pretty…

For the Uncle with a beautiful home

Any bookshop, they do still exist.  Books are excellent, but don’t just grab one at random, best to try and make it a bit personal.  A beautiful coffee table book is generally appreciated, as long as no one has to carry it too far.

Cecil Beaton at Home – I’ve seen inside this book and it’s very good indeed. Excellent for anyone who enjoys interior design, this not only looks at Beaton’s interiors (who knew he designed interiors) it has an assortment photos taken by him, and taken of him and his life.
The Intrepid Grandson

The British Library – they currently have an exhibition on called Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, and their shop is full of map type things.  They have two shops, one on the left as you enter and one on the right, have a look in both.

Atlas of Improbable Places – a very exciting read, keep them occupied for a little time before they are off on their next great adventure

The Irresponsible Godparent

Trotters – for smaller godchildren (age not stature) this shop has everything wonderful.  You could stick with clothes or a book, or you could make it really very fun.

Pink Mini Micro Scooter – this is the best, and I suspect would make any small person very happy indeed
For the host

The Conran Shop – there are many pleasing things in this shop, so if you are prepared to browse, you are sure to find something very nice.

Le Soleil Scented Candle – this smells great.  And it’s yellow, and sunny and particularly cheery.

For your Grandmother

Pentreath & Hall – this shop has charming things in all shapes and sizes – pretty card sets, notebooks, mirrors and stylish lampshades.  And make sure you drop into the Poplin pop-up shop next door, they have THE best pyjamas.

Tricolore Tea Cup – these are incredibly satisfying, AND there is a little person on the base inside
For the person who has everything

The New Craftsmen – they have the most beautiful selection of handmade pieces all made by British Craftsmen, you will absolutely come out with the present the person doesn’t already have.

Chelsea Jar No. 16 – this is beautiful, fill it with flowers or leave it empty, it’s going to look good pretty much anywhere
Something a little more special

Sophie Breitmeyer – Don’t just go to Pandora and buy another charm or buy the first thing the sale assistant suggests in Tiffany’s.   Do visit Sophie Breitmeyer and choose one of her wonderful creations.

Gold and diamond tear drop necklace – this is very beautiful, the perfect special piece.  Most girls love diamonds even if they don’t know it yet.

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