The ultimate Christmas gift guide

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Find the perfect Christmas presents for your friends and family with our gift guide

If it’s beginning to feel a lot like you haven’t done any Christmas shopping, then consider this your seasonal secular gifting bible. We’ve scoured the capital’s high streets and its best independent retailers for a selection of original items that will survive into the new year. We’ve also tried to make sure there’s something here to suit all budgets, so you can spend your cash on what Christmas is really all about: turkey and getting merry. Happy shopping! Photos by Rob Greig.

Once upon a time they might have been more interested in the wrapping paper than what was inside – but not any more. Lo! A full page of presents for younger children which won’t offend the gender-neutral brigade.


  • Record player, £32.95

    Perfect for budding disc jockeys. Fisher-Price at Hop Toy Shop (020 8525 1347).

  • The New Born Gift Box, £20

    Keep tiny heads and toes toasty. Little Pine Cone (07981 228599).

  • Retro cash till, £44

    Guaranteed never to tell you there is an unexpected item in the bagging area.Pollock’s Toy Museum (020 7636 3452).

  • ‘Puss in Boots’, £8.95

    Sometimes the old ones are the best. This tale has lost none of its appeal, and is great if you’re all off to the panto.Liberty (07981 228599).

  • Moustache jumper, £49

    They’re never too young to invest in some hipster knitwear.Couverture (020 7229 2178).

  • Toadstool lamp, £32.50

    Some characterful ambient lighting for those who are afraid of the dark.Aria (020 7704 6222).

  • Pull-along toy, £22.95

    P-p-pull-along a penguin.Hop Toy Shop (020 8525 1347).

  • Gold knitted cape, £80

    A cute alternative to the superhero cape.Aravore (020 8347 5752).

  • Swan scarf, £52.50

    The most elegant neckwear.Donna Wilson (020 7749 0768).

Blow the budget!

  • Royal blue satchel, £95

    For once, a fashion craze that’s worth championing – this practical, beautifully made satchel is sensible while still conferring instant playground cool. Once its little owner is tucked up in bed, it transfers seamlessly to an adult outfit.
    The Cambridge Satchel Company at Paperchase (020 7467 6200).

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