Christmas shopping season is officially upon us, but it doesn’t have to be a trying experience. This year, escape the stress and head to Canary Wharf for all your gift-giving needs…
When it comes to Christmas shopping, people generally fall into two camps: those who start carefully planning their gift selections once we move past the midpoint of the year, and the brave souls who leave everything until the arrival of the festive season (or, let’s face it: the last minute).
We definitely fall into the latter camp, which is why we’ll be heading to Canary Wharf, where not only can you find a host of great gifting options - you can also ensure they look extra fancy…
From Saturday 19 - Wednesday 23 December, the pop-up will be offering a free, bespoke gift wrapping service* using furoshiki, the decorative Japanese art of fabric wrapping. The premise is simple: you drop off your gift, choose a vintage scarf as a sustainable alternative to paper, and let the professionals work their magic.
You can feel confident of shopping in safety thanks to a series of rigorous Covid-safe measures across the site, from one-way routes in the malls and widespread hand-sanitising stations, to an enhanced deep cleaning regime.
Of course, a little expert advice never goes amiss when it comes to the business of Christmas shopping, which is why Canary Wharf has enlisted the discerning eye of fashion editor, author and stylist Erica Davies, to point us in the direction of her go-to gifts.
Scroll down for the pieces that will please even the most particular people on your list…
The White Company cashmere bed socks
Do cashmere socks sound like unadulterated luxury? Yes, and they’re worth every penny.
Made from 100% cashmere, this heavenly marshmallow pink pair will keep toes super snug through the cold snap, and make you feel like you’re walking on clouds. Plus, you can add gift wrap and a personalised message at the checkout.
Monica Vinader Siren Muse large hoop earrings
Simple, refined and guaranteed to go with absolutely everything, gold hoops are an enduring wardrobe staple.
Sometimes, though, you fancy a slightly more off-kilter silhouette; and these 18ct gold vermeil earrings are just that. Not only are they stylish, but they’re handmade from recycled silver and responsibly manufactured. Jewels with a conscience? We’re into it.
L’Occitane Almond Voyage collection
The cold weather calls for beauty products that sooth and nourish, and almond is one of the best skin-softening ingredients that gets the job done.
With a fragrant shower oil, silky hand soap and hand cream, this gift collection will leave skin feeling soft, smooth and sweetly scented.
Kate Spade initial notebook
Know someone who loves making lists, taking notes and penning their daily affirmations?
This monogrammed initial notebook with gold foil accents will see them into the new year in perfectly organised style.
Maje mohair animal print jumper
The winter months call for chic, cosy clothes that make us genuinely excited about getting dressed in the morning.
With voluminous bishop sleeves and an elasticated waist, this 70s-style mohair leopard print jumper definitely fits the bill. Pair with some comfy flared jeans for the ultimate WFH outfit.
Lonely Planet Epic Bikes Rides of the World
While most of us have been grounded on home soil this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t transport ourselves far, far away.
Case in point: Lonely Planet’s Epic Bikes Rides of the World. Filled with epic trails, coast-to-coast routes and cultural insights from across the globe, it’s a bucket list dream for anyone who loves getting about on two wheels.
Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energising moisture treatment
Though skin may be dryer in the winter, slathering on a thick moisturiser isn’t always the answer.
Formulated with caffeine to reduce dullness, vitamin C to boost radiance and chestnut extract to help to neutralise free radicals, this light, vitamin-enriched facial moisturiser will replenish skin without a trace of greasy residue.
Cos cashmere contrast panel jumper
Slouchy jumpers are the ultimate throw-on-and-go piece for winter, but there’s no need to revert to a monochrome palette when layering up.
With a colour block design in navy, dove grey and lemon yellow, this cool cashmere jumper will make cold weather dressing feel infinitely more exciting.
Moleskine wine journal
Budding sommeliers will definitely appreciate this wine journal in an apt shade of Bordeaux red, which allows you to create a personalised record of all your top drops.
As well as helping you to build your own archive, the journal also contains useful tips on improving your wine tasting skills, and six informative sections on sparkling, white, rosé, red, fortified/sweet wine and spirits to help refine your palate.
Printworks chess set
If your social bubble inhaled The Queen’s Gambit as quickly as we did, then chances are you’ve already been bitten by the chess bug.
This deep green set comes with a chic glass chessboard and wooden hand-crafted pieces, so you can practice your pawn formations in style.
Ready to act on your gifting inspiration? Spread across five spacious malls, you’ll find everything you’re looking for at Canary Wharf, from high street favourites such as Zara, Mango and Cos, to premium stores like Maje, Sandro Paris and The Kooples. There’s a varied selection of bars and restaurants to take a pit-stop at, including The Ivy in the Park, Sticks‘n’Sushi and Franco Manca, then come nightfall, you can unwind with a wander through Connected By Light, a collection of captivating new light artworks from UK artists such as Elisa Artesero, Squidsoup and Baker & Borowski. Find out more at the Canary Wharf website and Instagram channel.
*Gifts valid for this service must be purchased at Canary Wharf, with a minimum spend of £50. Minimum spend can be spread across multiple purchases. Full T&Cs here.