Drake Circus Christmas Gift Guide

Holidays are coming and however you approach your Christmas shopping – whether you’re an early starter or save it ‘til December – your Christmas gifts inspiration starts here.

Whether it’s Christmas present ideas for your nearest and dearest or gifts for colleagues in work, our ultimate Christmas gifts guide is here to help. From stocking fillers to beauty, booze, books and more, here’s our tips for finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list at Drake Circus.

For the fashionistas

If you know a stylish someone who keeps up with all of the latest fashion trends, update their wardrobe with some of this season’s must-haves.

A woman wearing a chunky knit white turtle neck jumper with tassles.

A chunky knit jumper always makes a great present (image provided by River Island).

Shackets, striped jumpers, chunky boots and leather leggings are annual stapes. With gilets, sweater vests and quilted jackets on trend this winter. Head to New Look, H&M, River IslandTommy Hilfiger and BOSS to see what’s new in.

You also can’t go wrong with a pair of fresh kicks. From high heels to trending trainers, head to Foot Locker or Footasylum, to browse the full range of shoes from popular brands including Adidas, Nike and Converse as well as more luxury options from Dr Martens, Steve Madden and Hunter at schuh.

A person wearing burgandy dr marten boots.

Image provided by Schuh.

Hats, gloves and scarves are always a welcome gift too, and you’ll find some fab sets and separates in Accessorize or FatFace.


For beauty lovers

Every festive season beauty brands bundle their most popular make-up, skincare and fragrances into Christmas gift sets – and the best part is they come beautifully packaged too.

And this year, Christmas parties are back and they’re the perfect excuse for getting glammed up. Brands including MAC, Benefit and Fenty, all available at Boots, have a range of eye-shadow palettes, blushes and lipsticks that would make the perfect Christmas gift this year. For skincare, Boots also stocks brands such as The Ordinary, Fenty Skin and Clinique are great for stocking up on those daily essentials such as moisturisers, make-up removers and face masks.

Mugler Angel Nova fragrance bottle

Mugler Angel Nova fragrance available at The Perfume Shop (image provided by The Perfume Shop).

You can’t go wrong with a popular fragrance set. From classics like YSL’s ‘Black Opium’ and Paco Rabanne’s ‘One Million’, there’s lots of different scents to choose from. Or for more luxury options, try scents from Dior, Tom Ford or Paco Rabanne. The teams at The Fragrance Shop and The Perfume Shop will be more than happy to help, and will of course let you try before you buy.

A lush gift set.

Image provided by Lush.

If you’re looking for stocking filler ideas, Lush is your go-to with a range of sets including hand lotions, bath bombs and oils, body lotions, shower gels and lip balms.

Don’t forget those beauty electricals too for hair grooming and styling with a range of beard trimmers, hair dryers, straighteners and curlers also available at Boots.


For a gift that lasts

If you’re looking for a gift that will last a lifetime, a piece of jewellery is a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Image provided by Ernest Jones.

Drakes, Ernest Jones and Fraser Hart have a wide range of jewellery from watches, bracelets and bangles, to necklaces and rings, the teams will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect piece.

Or if you’re planning on splashing out on something extra-special for the one you love this Christmas, Breitling, Tag Heuer and Omega specialise in luxury watches.

The new Breitling Store at Drake Circus (image provided by Breitling/Watches of Switzerland).


Gifts for gym-goers and fitness fanatics

Whether your loved one is an avid gym-goer, an at-home-yogi, or a weekend walker, there’s something for everyone when it comes to fitness, no matter what type of exercise they’re into.

For keen runners, gym-goers or weightlifters, you can find all types of gym wear from tops, shorts, sports bras, trainers and leggings from stores such as JD Sports and Marks & Spencer. A half-zip to layer and some gloves and a hat are also great options for those who exercise outdoors in the winter too.

From Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands to Cornish hiking trails, if your loved one has been making the most of what the UK has to offer over the past year, find a gift to help fuel their next adventure.

You’ll find a variety of specialist outdoor and hiking wear, from waterproofs to backpacks, at Mountain Warehouse and Cotswold Outdoor. And not forgetting a reusable water bottle, a must-have for long days out exploring.

And for fitness accessories, consider a foam roller, yoga mat, resistance bands, or some protein bars for something a bit different.


For the foodies

A personalised food hamper for Christmas is sure to be popular with the foodies in your life. Pack it full of their favourite treats, from festive classics such as chocolate coins, mince pies and Tunnock’s Tea Cakes, to sweets, cheese and crisps. Don’t forget their favourite tipple too – whether it’s beer, gin, wine, or prosecco – to keep the celebrations flowing over the Christmas break.

A gingerbread biscuit mix from Next.

Gingerbread baking kit from Next (image provided by Next).

Or if you don’t have time to pick and pack a hamper, why not check out the range at Marks & Spencer to save you time on wrapping too.

If eating out is more their thing, pick a date and book a table to enjoy a meal at Cosy Club, Zizzi or Las Iguanas at The Barcode for something to look forward to and help beat those January blues.


For the bookworms

Books are one of the best Christmas present ideas as there’s endless options to choose from. You’ll be sure to find something to suit every literary taste.

If you’re not sure on which genre to go for, you can play it safe by choosing one of the books tipped by publishers to be a best-seller for Christmas 2021.


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This year’s top picks include John le Carré’s ‘Silverview’, Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s joint book ‘Renegades: Born in the USA’, and Sally Rooney’s ‘Beautiful World Where Are You’.

Head to Waterstones to take your pick.


Gifts for gadget-lovers

For gifts for the gadget lovers in your life, must-have pieces of tech include wireless earphones, a smart watch, Bluetooth speakers or a smart technology home device.

Visit Apple to see what other techy presents and accessories are on offer.

For the house proud

A gold christmas themed candle.

Image provided by M&S.

As the evenings get colder and darker, a luxury candle is the perfect present for making your home feel nice and cosy. Boots has a brilliant range of scents to choose from, including festive fragrances such as cinnamon, gingerbread and pine. If you’re looking for something that lasts a little longer, a fresh scented reed diffuser that can be used all year round is a great option too.

A picture frame is a lovely, simple and affordable Christmas gift, that is always appreciated. Why not go the extra mile and print a photograph of a special memory for your loved ones to treasure? Find a collection of photo frames to suit any home-décor style at Next and Marks & Spencer, and print out your chosen photo at Boots.

various glasses next to an ice bucket on a tray

Image provided by Next.

For those who love to entertain, new champagne flutes or gin balloon glasses from Marks & Spencer or Next are a great idea. Or if they’re into cocktails, treat them to a new cocktail shaker or a recipe book.


For the little ones

Whether you’re looking for Christmas toys for your own children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, we’ve got a few ideas to help you get started.

star wars droid remote control toy.

Star Wars droid remote control toy from The Entertainer (image provided by The Entertainer).

Art and crafts are a great way of keeping children occupied while also encouraging their creativity. From playdough sets to paint by numbers, there’s something to suit every age at The Entertainer. Pop fidget toys are also set to be a highly asked for present for children this Christmas.

For younger children, toys or anything else fun that’s branded with their favourite characters – from the Grinch to Disney, Peppa Pig, Star Wars and Barbie – is a great idea.

Frozen Monopoly board game

Frozen Monopoly (image provided by The Entertainer).

For older children, why not introduce them to traditional and classic boardgames which can be enjoyed by all of the family over the Christmas period. Find games such as Monopoly, Cluedo, and Articulate at Waterstones or The Entertainer.


For your furry friends

A dog wearing a festive jacket.

Image provided by M&S

Christmas is not just for humans but for our furry family members too.

Head to Accessorize, Next and Marks & Spencer to check out their range of accessories for your beloved pets including beds, bandanas and blankets.

And for the pets that already have it all, you can’t go wrong with tasty treats or new toys for them to enjoy.


Something for everyone

A family- parents and children and dog all wearing matching festive pyjamas.

Get snuggled down in pyjamas for the whole family from M&S (image provided by M&S).

If you’re still stuck for Christmas present ideas after reading this guide, then look no further. Treat your friends, family or colleagues to any present they’d like with a gift card for one of their favourite retailers.


To browse the full range of retailers at Drake Circus and The Barcode visit our Eat, Drink, Shop page, or plan your festive day out.

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