Christmas gift guide
Season’s greetings, London! Struggling for Christmas gift inspiration? Relax – we’ve got this.
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Personalised gifts are an easy way to please even the fussiest family member on your Christmas gift list - after all, who could turn down a cosy custom-made jumper, or a monogrammed pair of pants? Here are five of the best Christmas customisation options - just remember to get your orders in early, as the personal touch takes a little extra time. For more festive shopping inspiration, try London's best Christmas markets and fairs, or bend your joyful footsteps to one of the capital's best shops for Christmas gifts. RECOMMENDED: More Christmas fun in London
Unmissable style events
Kat Maconie Pop-Up
Your commute is about to get a lot more exciting thanks to Kat Maconie’s disco-inspired pop-up shop in Old Street tube station. Head along to gawp at statement shoes from her latest collection – and don’t blame us if you don’t have enough money to top up your Oyster afterwards.
Pop Up Pattern Shop
Pattern pioneers Patternity are opening the doors of their creative studio on Redchurch Street for a weekend long pop-up shop. Inside, you’ll find a host of Patternity’s mind-bending printed products and cool collaborations, including stationery with Paperless Post, ceramics with Richard Brendon, patterned desert boots with Clarks Originals and the Dazzle camouflage collection with the Imperial War Museum. There’ll even be a Dazzle wrapping station, so you can baffle your family come December 25th.
Etsy Made Local
Crafty e-tailer Etsy comes to Soho for the latest in its series of offline shopping events. Everything on sale has been made in the capital, from toys and clothes to artisan foods and one-off homewares. There'll also be the chance to learn the art of wrapping or to personalise your gifts on-site, with fancy coffee and snacks to fuel some serious Christmas shopping.
Sample sales in London
Where do London's best-dressed fashionistas get hold of high-end gear on the cheap? At sample sales, of course. We've hunted down the essential dates for your designer diary, so set your alarm, sharpen your elbows and get ready to do battle over bargains.
Find yourself a second-hand steal at these fashionable treasure troves
Fancy dress shops
Halloween, New Year, or just popping out to one of the clubs in London, social occasions are at least twice as fun when there's fancy dress involved. Cast off your going out uniform and switch it for, say, a 1920s flapper dress. Or perhaps an Elizabethan doublet. In these top-notch fancy dress shops you can give yourself a giant wound, try on terrifying masks, and get involved in full character outfits. Choosing your ideal alter-ego will be the only dilemma... RECOMMENDED: Read our full Halloween in London guide if you're looking for a spooky outfit
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