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Last-minute Christmas shopping ideas

Anna Swindle and Kelly Leavitt

Instead of doing battle with the crowds in the West End, why not check out some of the Christmas shopping options closer to home?

Lower Marsh

For unique and affordable gifts Lower Marsh is an unexpected treasure. Twice the Siren is a trendy boutique with high style fashions at reasonable prices. From clothes to jewellery and accessories, Twice the Siren is a great place to find gifts for the young, hip women on your Christmas list. Another must stop shop for the women in your life is Silver Witch. Silver Witch specializes in high fashion jewellery for a low price. An especially good find is the large selection of earrings ranging in price from 4-5. After visiting the boutiques, stop by Book Warehouse where you are sure to find a personal gift for everyone on your list at reduced prices.

Oxo Tower Wharf

At Oxo Tower Wharf, shopping is made easy. The wharf contains many designer shops, and in many cases the designers both work and sell from their shops. This makes them available to help customers and customise their gifts.

Venus Yu is a jewellery store with classic and elegant pieces. It is a perfect place to find Christmas gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

For a fun, light-hearted gift, try the Glow in the Duck and i-Duck at the Locomocean. These bath toys light up and change colour in water and come in bright colors like pink, blue, green and yellow. The ducks are priced at 6.99.

Bagman and Robin (020 7401 8686) has practical and funky bags and other accessories. Their purses are functional but fun, and are great gift ideas because they can be personalised. If customers do not see a purse they like in the store, they can choose fabric combinations to create a one-of-a-kind bag. Prices start at 9.

Visit Bodo Sperlein to find ceramic pieces that will add flair to any home. Bodo designs things like vases, coasters, salt and pepper shakers, teapots and candle vessels, and his pieces are both delicate and unique. His best selling pieces are his candle vessels, starting at 20.

Shakespeare's Globe

The theatre patrons on your list may enjoy a gift from Shakespeare's Globe shop. Among the obvious Shakespeare memoribilia, some favorite finds are the selection of mugs ranging in price from 5-13, totebags for 5 and T-shirts from 10. The Bard Game, for 24.99, is a fun family gift.

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern Gift Shop appeals to all ages by inspiring the artist within. For adult family members and friends the shop features unique Christmas cards from 1.50 and art-themed calendars from 9.99 as well as a selection of art books and hand-crafted jewellery. Kids will love the fun and creative gifts the Tate Modern Shop has to offer. Hands-on crafts such as an oragami kit for 6.50 and a purse-making kit for 15 are sure to be big hits with the little artists that you know. This season the Gift Shop highlights its featured Henri Rousseau exhibition with jungle-themed T-shirts, coloring books and kaleidoscopes.

Southwark Cathedral

The Southwark Cathedral shop is the place to go for your Christmas preparations. You can find a variety of decorations, ornaments and nativity scenes which are sure to fill your home with the Christmas spirit.

Design Museum

The Design Museum Shop has a wide selection of one-of-a-kind gifts for men, women and children. Ranging from 4.50 to 120 you are sure to find a creative gift within your price range. Whether bought online or at the shop, the Design Museum can wrap your present in their special paper designed by Graphic Thought Facility.


To liven up a party any time of the year, make sure to buy a gift from the Vinopolis Vaults gift shop. The Champagne Game, Beer Game and Wine Game are sure to add laughter and fun to friendly get-togethers. A special feature at the gift shop is "Vinopolis in a Box", where you can choose from a selection of gifts from the shop and package it together with one of the Vinopolis tours to provide the full experience as well as adding a personal touch.

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