Save yourself a trek and do all your Christmas shopping locally. Here are a few ideas to get your festive season off to a sparkling start. And don’t forget to treat yourself while you’re out there.
Juno Says Hello
Make sure you’re the belle of the ball in an original early 1950s cocktail dress. It features an off-the-shoulder neckline in velvet, with shoulder ties, jet beading on the bodice, and a stiffened taffeta skirt. Excellent condition; appears unworn. Will fit modern UK 8. £395. www.junosayshello.com
These lavender bags are made in Primrose Hill out of upcycled vintage Japanese silk kimono fabric. They’re embellished with cheerful pom-poms and tassels from India and filled with beautifully scented lavender from France. Each one is unique! www.gallery196.com
Primrose Hill Books
Most people love a good book and a signed first addition adds to the Christmas spirit even more. You can choose it and pick it up at the shop, order it online or have it posted to friends and family as the perfect present to spread some smiles! www.primrosehillbooks.com
Be the star on everyone’s Christmas tree with these rising sun earrings which hold the spectrum of the rising sun. The stud set with citrine sits high on the ear to reflect the sun at its highest point. The elegant drop matte disk reveals the cut-out detailing of the sun with mismatched citrine, orange sapphire, emerald and ruby stones set within. Made with care in 925 Sterling Silver with a 22k gold-plate. RRP £288. www.zoeandmorgan.com
Christmas simply isn’t complete without eggnog! Primrose Bakery’s Eggnog Cupcake contains a warming and delicious combination of spices and rum in both the sponge and the icing. Cheers! www.primrose-bakery.co.uk
What better way to light up your Christmas than with a Primrose Hill candle. Local artist Francis Katz designed the packaging to celebrate the iconic London skyline as seen from the top of Primrose Hill. (When you put the boxes together, you see the full panorama, but each box lid has its own individual design.) The candles are 100% natural wax and hand-poured in the UK. Choose from Fig Leaf & Tomato, Pomegranate & Chilli, Orange Blossom & Rose or Grapefruit & Basil. Candles retail for £28 with a 20% special promotion for readers and free local delivery. www.primrosehillcandles.com
Give a gift of healthy skin and body with Aesthetics Lab’s gift vouchers. With treatments ranging from pain-free laser hair removal to anti-ageing and skin rejuvenating procedures, your loved ones are sure to find this the perfect Christmas gift. www.aestheticslab.co.uk
For an extra special something for art and pottery lovers this Christmas, how about a unique and beautiful hand-thrown jar by leading British potter Nic Collins. It’s created from Meeth clay with a Shino glaze. £750 www.sylvesterfineart.co.uk
Primrose Interiors can create bespoke furniture for a tailor-made gift. Our luxuriously upholstered armchairs can be created in a choice of fabrics and finishes. Sink back with a cocktail and enjoy! Armchair from £925 plus fabric and delivery. www.primrose-interiors.com
Get yourself some Christmas brownie points by heading into Sweet Pea. With this fine chain bracelet made from 18ct yellow gold with ruby beads, you really can’t go wrong. £405 www.sweetpeajewellery.com
New in for Christmas are this exclusive collection of ceramics including various sized bowls and vases by super talented local artist Hannah Bould, who draws inspiration from the works of Matisse, Picasso and brutalist architecture. Prices vary. www.caveinteriors.com
Gary Ingham makes Christmas simple by offering Aveda gift cards (both locations) and Day Spa Retreats (Hampstead only). The gift cards are available to be purchased for a specific service, product or simply topped up with any amount, great for a stocking-filler or a big gift!
The day retreats are:
- The Big Gift £210 – 3 1/2 hours – A gift of pure indulgence from top to toe. Perfect to give, divine to receive. Suitable for all, even as a gift to yourself!
- Mother to Be £135 – 2 hours – Essential indulgence for expectant mothers; a helping hand to alleviate discomfort, aid relaxation and restore balance.
- Stress Fix £115 – 1 3/4 hours – A package designed to alleviate the stress and tension from everyday life, leaving you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the world.
- Men’s Grooming Experience £115 – 1 3/4 hours – An ideal combination of de-stressing and re-focusing treatments, providing relaxation and restoration in record time.