So, here we are, Christmas Eve. You’ve done your shopping, right? Ah, right, you’re the type who likes a last minute Christmas.
Good luck if you’re facing the high street today. Personally, I cannot think of anywhere I want to be less, and there are options even if you still have gifts to buy. Here are my favourites:
St Pancras and King’s Cross now have plenty of choices for great last-minute gifts. Personally, I’d be heading for Sourced Market to see what I could put together from there (I imagine that Paperchase or Kikki K would have something suitable to make some kind of hamper from). Even if only M&S was open, then you don’t have to rely on their pre-made gifts. Most big stations might give you options to find something suitable.
A bit the same as the railway stations, you could make some good options. If there’s a Waitrose or M&S, then sorted on the food front. You could buy a whole bunch of food and drink magazines at the newsagents. And the giant tubes of Jaffa Cakes seem a good standby.
These will probably be having a busy day too, but still not as hectic. We’ll be heading to one of our local ones to pick up the meat order, but they have great selections of craft beers and ciders on offer. There’s also good sweet choices, and jams and pickles. While these might not have been your first choice, they are better than no choices. Christmas Day cold shoulder is never good.
Your local shop
My local shop has a surprisingly good selection of gin, and not just Gordons and Bombay Sapphire. They also have good fizz, and some local jams and honey. For a really different gift, they also have Indian ready meals made by a small local company that are delicious. The naan bread is spectacular. Even if you don’t go in the rest of the year, then you might be surprised by what you can get.
Online vouchers for events, not things
There are loads of options still for being a voucher for something to do, rather than a thing. Better than the wrong fragrance any day. Or bad fragrance. Try Seasoned for great cookery courses or Not On the High Street for everything from a walking tour of London in four drinks to a Bristol foodie walking tour. Something for everyone, everywhere, with great downloadable vouchers.
So, there really is no need for rubbish, last minute gifts, particularly as it’s likely only to be the more expensive ones that are left. And maybe there’ll be a story you can tell about why this has all been so last minute.
Otherwise, see you at the farm shop, we’re the ones having coffee and bacon sarnies and looking chilled. Merry Christmas!