Shopping locally, while always a good thing to do, has taken on new significance this year. Our local businesses have had a tough year and need our support more than ever. So ditch the online giants and shop locally for all your Christmas gifts.
Here are a few tasters to help you on your way …
These lovely little pendants are inspired by togetherness and wanting to remember each other even when we are far apart. £10 from each sale is donated to NHS charities.
9ct rose gold £395
Recycled sterling silver £125
9ct yellow gold £395
Lavender on the Hill
Treat yourself and your loved ones this Christmas with Lavender on the Hill gift vouchers. Lavender on the Hill offers a range of treatments from pampering massages to rejuvenating facials. Gift vouchers can be bought in-store or online.
Primrose Hill Books
How about a book by a local author from our local bookshop? Suggestions include: Patrick Barwise, The War against the BBC; Alan Bennett, Two Besides: A Pair of Talking Heads; Lauren Child, The Goody; Selina Hastings, Sybille Bedford: An Appetite for Life; Noreena Hertz, The Lonely Century: Coming Together in a World That’s Falling Apart; Catherine Horwood, Potted History: How Houseplants Took over our Homes; Andrew Marr, Elizabethans: How Modern Britain Was Forged; John Mullan, The Artful Dickens: The Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist; Andrew O’Hagan, Mayflies; Katherine Rundell (editor), The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain.
Signed copies of the above books are available and Primrose Hill Books can ask the authors to write specific dedications if required.
Every year we design our popular velvet dressing gowns in Jaipur, India. They are made just for us! We have great fun choosing the cotton velvet prints and putting them together with a cotton block printed lining. They are stylish, original, cosy and warm. A perfect gift! More designs available in the shop.
Natasha Kumar Indian Art
“I have seen a celestial paradise on a clear night. I saw it from the roof of the world. And in the morning, among sublime peaks that rose from mist-filled valleys I watched monks play cricket, and pray for enlightenment.” Natasha Kumar, 2007 Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Lungta, prayer flag series. Blessings carried on the wind, A prayer for the swift fulfilment of all wishes. Screenprint with 22 carat gold leaf, edition of 10 – Prices from £850
St Mary’s Brewery
Buy your Christmas beer and help support St Mary’s Centre youthwork! From the Winter Warmers gift pack featuring festive brews to the Beer Advent Calendar, this is where to find the perfect gift for beer drinkers. Try a taster at Primrose Hill Farmers’ Market every Saturday. You can also buy online with free local delivery.
Press Primrose Hill
This lambswool cardigan is sheared and spun in Yorkshire by a family business founded in 1766, and speckles of undyed yarn are mixed with the dyed fibres to deliver a soft hue. The cardigan is made in Leicestershire.
Melanie Press, previously of labels such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs, conjured up this cardigan, which was called the “holy grail” by Anna Murphy, Fashion Director of The Times. She says, “I love a borrowed-from-the-boyfriend classic. There’s nothing more effortless than something we can snuggle into over all our fashionable stuff.”
There are two equally covetable versions, blue with green, and grey with grey, and it will soon come in nougat pink.
Upcycled I AM LOVE bags: Sadie Frost and Frances Dove have collaborated to create these beautiful I AM LOVE bags. They’re made from recycled food bags and are hand-embroidered by women’s groups in Marrakech. A percentage of the profits will go to help education in the surrounding villages. £165
Melrose and Morgan
This year Melrose and Morgan are offering a wonderful array of festive gifts and hampers. Shop online for a curated collection or pop into one of their shops and create your own bespoke hamper from some of the finest artisan producers, packaged in a luxurious wicker basket. All hampers can be delivered next day, nationwide. Corporate discounts for 10+ hampers. Call 0207 4851600 to discuss your requirements with our team.
Ethereal is the most relaxing hair salon. Why not treat a loved one to a voucher? It’s the perfect gift to lift the spirit of the one you love and includes a tailored hair treatment. Alternatively, restore balance to the hair this Christmas with our biodynamic range by Oway. Ethereal will be open on Sundays throughout December.
One-off originals, commissions and beautiful prints of local and coastal scenes by Primrose Hill resident and award-winning artist Sophie Levi, who paints atmospheric landscapes in oils, and commissions of your home, garden or favourite place.
BOUJO HAKE creates underwear and luxury basics. Minimal and understated these pieces are perfect gifts, made to last. From hand-knitted knitwear to organic cotton loungewear, these presents will be truly cherished. www.boujo-hake.com | @boujo_hake