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The Drake Circus 2023

Christmas Gift Guide

’Tis the season of giving… And we’ve got everything you need to tick off festive gifting all in one place.

From luxury-wrapped beauty, partywear fashion and winter cosies to sustainable and independent gems, cutting-edge tech, stocking fillers, toys from Santa and more, head to Drake Circus for a twinkling winter wonderland of shopping, celebrations and unexpected Christmas finds they’ll love.

(With incredible bars, cafes and restaurants at The Barcode, special Christmas pop-ups, movies and surprises – don’t miss our joyful day and evening out guides this year…)

The best fashion gifts for Christmas

(Images: schuh, Quiz, Levis, JD) 

A cosy comfy Christmas or glam luxe? Whatever your mood for the season, Drake Circus’s shops are full of this year’s most-wanted fashion.

For gorgeously soft cashmere knits, party-season dresses and stylish loungewear head to Marks & Spencer and Next. And, of course, Barbiecore is going nowhere with her signature pink splashed across accessories, dresses, underwear and heels at River Island, H&M and New Look.

Topping Santa’s biggest style requests for 2023 are cross-body bags, oversize metallic totes and handbags with chains; combat boots, Adidas Gazelles and Sambas, Uggs and Crocs from schuh, Foot Locker, Footasylum and JD Sports; for warm cover-ups, think puffy down jackets at Quiz and ‘dad’ coats at Seasalt.

Snuggle up together in matching pyjamas and robes, soft socks and Oodies from Boux Avenue and Primark. For him, it’s all about athleisure, Zodiac chains, silk ties and blazers (discover them at BOSS, Jack Wills and Levi’s).

Luxe jewellery and watches

(Images: Pandora, Breitling, Ernest Jones, Tag Heuer)

Who can resist a carefully wrapped box under the tree? Selena Gomezesque gold hoops, gold chains mixed with black jewels, pearls or a designer watch are the perfect way to make Christmas morning special. Head to Breitling, Drakes, Ernest Jones, Fraser Hart, Omega, Pandora, Tag Heuer and Warren James.

Beauty, skincare and make-up gifts

(Images: Rituals, Lush, Boots and Boots)

It’s a bumper beauty season this Christmas: give the gift of scented candles; beauty and skin-cycling skincare gift sets from Soap & Glory, Gillette, and Ted Baker (head to Boots to pick three-for-two mix and match); designer perfumes from Dior, Gucci and Burberry at The Fragrance Shop and The Perfume Shop; lifting and firming masks; eyeshadow palettes, lip gloss and foundation plus at-home nail kits.

Baylis & Harding’s Beauticology Mermaid Collection at Boots is perfect for kids while Superdrug has the ever-coveted e.l.f cosmetics, Disney 100 and Maybelline. Gift sets start from under £5 (perfect for Secret Santa) or fill up beauty bags they can unwrap all Christmas day long.

Lush, Holland & Barrett and Rituals are essential destinations for self-care finds that’ll soothe them through the winter months. Indulge them with fabulous sustainable vegan bath bombs and self-care essentials (including Lush’s new eco-friendly bath bot and their limited edition Snow Fairy collection) or heady scents from Rituals’ body oils and diffusers.

Tech gifts they’ll love

(Images: Boots)

Bluetooth speakers, Airpods Max Over-Ear headphones and AirTag luggage finders from Apple are this Christmas’s biggest tech gifts. Also find massagers, beard trimmers, smart watches and Dyson Airwraps at Boots. They’re all perfect finds for friends and family who have been very, very nice this year. Plus pick up the fun, stocking fillers from Boots

The biggest toys for Christmas 2023

(Images: The Entertainer and M&S)

Stop by The Entertainer for everything on their wishlists…  Inflatable Biggies, Sylvanian Family baby mermaid castle, Bluey houses, Furbies, Baby Paws’ cute interactive toys, Hot Wheels, Jellycat soft toys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Playmobil Space Mars Mission Station, Smashers Dino Island T-Rex Battles and Live Little Pets and Pets Alive are all great for the under-10s.

Tweens will love anything from Smiggle and Mooch, the all-new Tamagotchi, Lego and Style Bae dolls with crafting ideas such as Aquabeads, Edurino coding starter set and the Pen Creator Studio keeping them busy over the Christmas holidays.

For games the whole family can play together, don’t miss the very fun Bop It!, Exploding Kittens (Zombie edition), Throw Throw Burrito and What Do You Meme (adult and family edition) at Waterstones.

And then a little Christmas gin, cheese, wine, hampers and hot chocolate…

(Images by M&S and Hotel Chocolat)

Love their food and drink? Hampers full of gin (Hendrick’s and Sipmith), wine, whisky, cheese and crackers, artisan coffee, hot sauces and a Hotel Chocolat Velvitizer always bring festive cheer. Be inspired by Marks & Spencer and Next.

Or gift them this year’s biggest cookbooks by Nadiya Hussain, Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge and Diana Henry from Waterstones while Marks & Spencer’s joy-filled Christmas range includes Snowmen Steamed Bao Buns, Christmas Jumper Colin the Caterpillar Cake and the ever-popular £10 Marks & Sparkle Fizz. Cheers!

Stocking fillers for all ages

(Images provided by Boots, Boux Avenue and FatFace)

Star Wars chopsticks anyone? Think small for stocking filler fun this Christmas with Mega Gross Minis and Mini Brands; Miraculous Chibi Playsets; Disney Doorables from The Entertainer; discover original ideas at Mooch plus chocolate coins and cute characters from Hotel Chocolat or pick up Percy Pig goodies at M&S.

Find other cute and practical ideas at Claire’s and Tiger and don’t forget cute cat, dog and other pet toys too.

Merry Christmas gifting!

More than thirty stores at Drake Circus will be open until 9pm on Thursdays from 16th November with gift vouchers available across the stores and in-store discounts for students, military and Blue Light card holders; there are 1,270 car parking spaces at Drake Circus and 400 at The Barcode plus easy access via train, bus and bike. Then enjoy a drink and something delicious at The Barcode…