Christmas gift guide

This year we‘re showing our support for London‘s amazing independent makers in the Time Out Christmas gift guide

Photograph: Gobinder Jhitta
Photograph: Gobinder Jhitta

After Christmas was literally cancelled in 2020, this year’s Yuletide is going to be a big one for Londoners. But if that year off has meant you’ve totally forgotten how to shop for your nearest and dearest (or the frolleague you’ve drawn in the office secret Santa), fear not! With the help of our bumper London gift guide you can spread joy and good vibes. Keep reading to discover items with extra feelgood factor: gifts by talented independent craftspeople and makers, from potters to PJ designers, as well as secondhand gems from some of the capital’s top curators. Get your skates on, though: some of these gifts are one-offs, handmade or sold in limited numbers.  

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Gifts for small Londoners
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Gifts for small Londoners

If you’ve got a burgeoning musician, artist or scientist in your family, browse this list of brilliant presents

Gifts for the houseproud
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Gifts for the houseproud

Seeing as we have spent so much time locked indoors recently, get your loved ones something special for their homes

Gifts for the epicurious
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Gifts for the epicurious

The best artisanal treats and nifty kitchenware from London makers, plus merch from local eateries

Gifts for culture vultures
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Gifts for culture vultures

A present from one of London’s cultural hubs or creators will earn you brownie points and also give back

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Gifts for tech heads
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Gifts for tech heads

Cool and unusual presents for those people in your life who are always whipping out a shiny new gadget

Gifts for the burnt-out
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Gifts for the burnt-out

Let’s face it: it’s been an exhausting and unpredictable year which has, no doubt, left some of us feeling worse for wear

Gifts for the style obsessed
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Gifts for the style obsessed

Treat those you love to wavy garms and sustainable threads from our round-up of ready-to-wear bits and bobs

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Christmas markets and fairs
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Christmas markets and fairs

Perfect for gift inspiration... and snacks

The best Christmas shops
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The best Christmas shops

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Christmas lights in London
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Christmas lights in London

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Where to buy a Christmas tree
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Where to buy a Christmas tree

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Christmas in London

Let the good tidings roll...

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Perfect tunes for wrapping gifts to