We don’t want to alarm you, but… there are just five weekends until Christmas! With lights filling the high streets, store displays looking more festive than ever and the weather turning more and more wintery, there’s one thing stuck at the back of your mind that you should probably start doing isn’t there? Christmas shopping! Follow our handy guide to find some great places around London sure to offer unusual gifts for your loved ones.
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Southbank Winter Market
Southbank, SE1 8XX
20 November – 24 December
A favourite spot in the capital to go and get festive, the Southbank Winter Market is back this weekend. With all the festive food and mulled wine you can get your hands on, this is a great spot to browse for presents while you eat, drink and soak in the riverbank views. You’ll be able to find some of the best handmade crafts and unique gifts from a range of traders to really charm the people you’re treating this Christmas. And for the last minute buyers, you can even make a final dash before the market closes at 6pm on Christmas Eve!
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Surreal Santa’s Grotto & Family Christmas Fair
Sutton House, E9 6JQ
5 – 6 December, 11-6pm
Don’t miss this one! For two days only across the first weekend of December, you can visit Hackney’s historic Sutton House to find Santa in a double-decker caravan palace along with a jam-packed extravaganza of pop-up stalls from a range of local artisans. It’s a family-friendly affair, with an array of handcrafted gifts available – we’re sure you’ll find the gifts to suit almost everybody on your Christmas shopping list. The surroundings are stunning too, with warm drinks and crackling wood fires throughout the halls of the Tudor home. Sounds better than a crammed Oxford Street to us!
121 Upper St, N1 1QP
This little gem is billed as an ‘eccentric emporium’ in north London, where you can find all the toys, homeware, furnishings and curiosities you’ll have ever desired. With gifts for all ages, it’s a brilliant Aladdin’s cave to dive into and check those difficult-to-buy-for names off your Christmas list! With vintage numbers and toys from the past to new and quirky finds anybody would love in their home, we challenge you to do your entire Christmas gift shopping right here. We think you could do it! Have a browse through their online store for a sneak peek.
Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays
Columbia Rd, E2 7RG
2 December – 23 December, 5-9pm
With the aim of offering a unique and magical Christmas shopping experience, we couldn’t not recommend Columbia Road’s Christmas Wednesdays! For the four Wednesdays in December leading up to Christmas, the road transforms into a festive haven which celebrates the independent boutiques of east London. With more than 50 shops, cafes and restaurants on the road to explore, you can enjoy picking out some creative and unique gifts whilst Christmas delights go on all around – including local choirs carolling around the Christmas tree!
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Christmas Makers Market
East Village, E20 1DA
5 – 20 December, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-6pm
This year, East Village celebrates local craftsmanship to bring you their first ever Christmas Makers Market – right on your doorstep! The pop-up market with a difference will host a range of the best new and emerging brands and craftsmen that the capital has to offer. As well as being able to pick up a whole bunch of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else, you can also try your hand at some of the makers’ workshops and create your
own personalised Christmas gifts. We’d recommend it!
Where are your favourite places in London to find unique and unusual gifts? Let us know in the comments below!