1. Clockwise: Timberland Men’s Moose River Crew Sweater, EVE LOM Kiss Mix Star Set, Monsoon winter rose dress up set, Hobbs NW3 Fox Sweater, Swatch Holiday twist, Reiss Dexter knitted bow tie, Karen Millen The Brompton clutch
2. Selection from Uncorked
Christmas gifts at Broadgate
Keep calm, breathe. It’s only Christmas. And with all the shops at Broadgate bursting at the seams with brilliant gift ideas, you can zip round and gather a great Christmas haul in your lunch break.
Here’s our pick of some of the best gift ideas at Broadgate this Christmas.
Find a great selection of Christmas tipples at Uncorked, the exceptional independent wine shop that’s celebrating 20 vintage years at Broadgate. Friends in finance will love Bank Note blended whisky (£22.99) and any cognac connoisseur would be pleased to find a bottle of Frapin (from £48.99) in their Christmas stocking.
To get the Christmas festivities flowing, Edward from Uncorked recommends Pol Roger fizz (from £44.99), a 2011 Bourgogne Chardonnay from Domaine Bernard Moreau (£17.95) and two classic clarets from the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux: a 2008 Chateau Batailley (£34.95) and a 2010 Chateau Gaudin (£23.95). And if you’re partial to port, this year make it a 2009 vintage Niepoort (£49.95).
Join the beauty party
Head to Space NK for luxurious beauty gifts that are bound to impress. Cross Secret Santa gifts off your list with Eve Lom lip balm in a cute glittery star box (£16), a trio of Caudalie hand creams (£12), or a Ren mini gift set in beautiful crane packaging (£16).
Alexa Chung fans will love her exclusive Eyeko set in a leather cosmetic bag (£38). Treat your mother or best friend to a limited edition Diptique candle (£45) or give her the gift of sleep with the This Works Perchance to Dream gift set (£65). And for the ‘polished gentleman’ in your life, Royal Apothic offers a cologne and shaving cream set (£58).
Leather for her
Visit Karen Millen for a gorgeous array of leather and suede accessories. Choose butter-soft leather gloves (£55), a textured Saffiano leather zip-around purse (£55) or a sparkly pochette (£50) and tote bag (£99) encrusted with glossy black crystals.
And for the ultimate party clutch bag, go for a sleek suede Brompton (£99), available in colour pop shades of fuchsia, burnt orange, petrol blue and purple.
Adventurous clothing for him
If you know a man who loves the outdoors, kit him out this Christmas at Timberland. As well as the classic boots, perfect for that Boxing Day hike, they have all the clothing he needs to keep the chill, slush and mud at bay.
Choose a warm, lightweight Moose River Crew sweater in super-fine Merino wool (£125), a pair of heritage denim wash Thompson Lake jeans (£70) or some SmartWool hiking socks (£16). The rugged leather belts (£35) have a distressed pattern that goes well with jeans, or opt for a water-resistant backpack (£65) that’s perfect whether he’s travelling by air or hot footing it over the fells.
Fun, festive knits
For the young and young at heart, Hobbs has this year’s animal trend covered. Choose from a variety of super-cute woollens, from a silky penguin scarf (£49) to cheeky fox and rabbit sweaters (£69) and Christmas sock sets (£20) – all guaranteed to add some festive cheer.
Spoil your mum, sister or friend with covetable cashmere-rich knits in a variety of jewel colours (£79). Or make her day with one of the Hobbs range of affordable luxury leather bags, such as the bright red Bette (£249) or smart black Brunswick (£229). And while you’re there, make the most of free gift-wrapping in cream Hobbs boxes tied up with forest green ribbon.
Grab a mystery Swatch
While stocks last at the Broadgate Swatch shop, you have the chance to get a piece of Swatch history. If you buy a full price Swatch, you can pick a sealed mystery box containing a new, discontinued model. So you could get two Christmas presents for the price of one.
Which Swatch will you pick? Manager Andrew says that the classic brightly coloured Swatches are doing well, such as Pretty Charming and Pretty Sexy (£32) for women and the new Gent’s Original (£44.50). He also reports that kids’ watches are flying out of the store, especially the Flik Flak with their own Christmas stockings (£35-£38).
Iconic British jewellery
Find something different for the discerning man at Links of London. New in store is the Richmond, a stylish rose gold plated watch with a Swiss movement and elegant Roman numerals (£495). Or you could opt for an automatic watch winder (£295). This leather-covered cube is a safe and convenient way to keep his favourite watch ticking.
For women, have a look at the Diamond Essentials range (£150-£195). Here you’ll discover a glamorous selection of bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings encrusted with diamonds. Or for a really special gift, choose the Hope necklace (£695) that features a rose gold chain and sparkling black diamonds.
According to Sammy at Reiss in Broadgate, bowties are a massive trend this Christmas. They add a touch of old-fashioned glamour for men who want to inject some 007 style magic into their Christmas party outfit. Reiss has knitted, velour and silk bowties, all for £49. Pocket square handkerchiefs (£25) and felt trilby hats (£49) are also popular as Secret Santa gifts.
Three items stand out for women at Reiss this Christmas. The elegant long Zinnia leather gloves (£69) have a timeless appeal. The Minty silver clutch bag (£95) has a glamorous studded surface, and has a chain so it can also be worn across the body. Meanwhile, the Ivy Print court shoe (£159) adds an animal print edge to any party outfit.
Gift books and a party survival kit
Over at Oliver Bonas, there’s a great choice of gift books for people who love cooking, sprucing up their home or escaping from London. For example, you’ll find a range of Leon cook books (£6.99-£25), the Ginger Pig Meat Book (£25), Design Bloggers at Home (£19.99) and Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures (£15.99).
While you’re there, pick up a Korres Party Survival Kit (£19) for the party lover in your life. It contains guava shower gel and a host of other environmentally-friendly products to help them recover after festive over-indulgence.
For your little angel
Transform a child into a little angel this Christmas at Monsoon. You’ll find spangly, gauzy, glittery party dresses galore, including Starburst (£50) with its tulle skirt, Estella (£46) with a lace bodice, and Margeaux (£48) featuring net and embroidered lace. Complete the look with ballerina slippers (£17) and the Winter Fairy wing set (£17).
For parties, there are also great dress up sets, such as the fuchsia Winter Rose set (£17), complete with tulle tutu skirt, rose-trimmed wand and net wings.
Treats for chocoholics
Enter into the gold and red velvet kingdom of Charbonnel et Walker and treat your lucky chocoholic friends to some handmade English chocolates. Choose from the favourite Red Velvet box (£55) of milk and dark chocolates, a mini champagne and truffle set (£38) with a 200ml bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne, and a Christmas hamper (£80). Or go all out with the Christmas Golden box (£150), filled with a selection of Charbonnel et Walker specialities.
Get Christmas sorted at Broadgate
To discover more about the shops mentioned here and others, check out a full list of shops at Broadgate.