You know it as well as us: the festive season ain’t cheap. ‘Tis the season to spend, on everything from tickets to twinkling festive lights trails to steaming cups of extortionately-priced lukewarm wine. But when it comes to stuffing your Christmas stockings, there's no reason to panic buy tat online, splurge on overpriced festive fare that no one really wants or do a last-minute sweep of gift sets at your local supermarket (soz, Lynx).
Instead, you can source thoughtful gifts for all of your loved ones, your office secret santa, and even one or two treats for yourself by visiting this collection of brilliant shops. Here we've got the best of the best from all over the UK, from a second-hand superstore to an iconic London food hall, via charming book shops and intriguing gift stores. Happy present hunting!
🎄 The most magical Christmas markets in the UK
💡 The most dazzling Christmas light trails in the UK
❄️ The most beautiful winter walks in the UK
🏘️ The cosiest winter cottages to stay in the UK
Ellie Walker-Arnott is a writer and author based in London. She was previously Time Out's Travel Editor. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.