10 best shops for Christmas shopping in OxfordPosted on November 15, 2010 by Tom
When it comes to Christmas shopping, the greatest pleasure comes from finding unexpected or unusual Christmas gifts for friends and family. And finding those special presents usually means steering well clear of the chain stores and seeking out the independent shops with the creativity and freedom to sell truly great gifts. Here's my list of the best places to find Christmas gifts in Oxford.
- Northlight, 36 High Street - luxurious soft furnishings with a Scandinavian twist, this is brilliant mum / aunty gift territory.
- Boswells, 1-4 Broad Street - I used to spend pretty much all my pocket-money on Lego from Boswells and twenty years later it's still the best place in Oxford for toys.
- Comma, 247 Iffley Road - quirky name for a quirky store, this Oxford newcomer is a little out-of-the-way but worth the effort for beautiful design-led gifts, perfect for hip young things.
- Culpeper, 7 New Inn Hall Street - Done right, smellies can be a thoughtful, valued gift; Culpeper do it right. They even do aniseed-stuffed bones which are apparently a great doggy treat.
- Coco Noir, 77A London Road - Hand-made Belgian chocolates supplied by genuine chocolate enthusiasts. Enough said.
- The Gameskeeper, 105 Cowley Road - Specialists in role-play, The Gameskeeper also carries a good range of out-of-the-ordinary games including carrom boards of varying sizes *Santa take note*.
- The Whisky Shop, 7 Turl St - With hundreds of single malts to choose from, including many in taster-sized bottles, this is essential Christmas shopping.
- Aspire Style, 21 High Street - Shopping for ladies fashion isn't a particular strength of mine, but I have it on good authority that Aspire is the place to go for women's wear and accessories (and they do gift vouchers).
- Pod, 86-87 High Street - Funky home furnishing and accessories, the perfect place to shop for the person who has everything.
- Covered Market, Bit of a cheat I know, but no list of the best places to shop in Oxford would be complete without mentioning the Covered Market. Highlights for me include Helen & Douglas House (toys for toddlers), Palm's Delicatessen (delicious morsels and gift hampers), and The Cake Shop (for cake, obviously).
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