Season’s greetings from Brighton!
While this time of year usually springs cheery end-of-year work parties, advent calendars, carols and delicious festive feasts upon us, it can also sneak in a bit of gift-buying stress.
If you’re struggling for Christmas gift inspiration, we’ve got some great suggestions for you. If you’ve got family or friends who are notoriously tricky to buy for, consider our picks from retailers along Brighton’s iconic Church Street.
If you’re looking to give mum something that sparkles into the new year, perhaps Autumn Gallery Jewellery can help with their selection of handcrafted jewels that she’s sure to love. For mums who love a Parisian aesthetic, Blue Illusion has plenty of gift options: a pair of fluffy in-sole ballet slippers for lazy Sundays, some scented hand cream, or a book on the hidden secrets of Paris. For mums who would be delighted by a selection of new blooms, Brighton Flower Shop offers a variety of both year-round and seasonal fresh flowers with complimentary gift wrapping services. If your mum needs a bit of pampering over the holidays, treat her to a mani-pedi at Foxy Nails.
For dads who love local culture, perhaps a trip to the theatre is on the cards. Brighton Theatre Company has a brand new season premiering in 2017 which we think is worth checking out. If dad’s a bookworm, perhaps some award-winning literature from Top Titles may be a good idea. For the dads who are connoisseurs of fine wine, Vintage Cellars Brighton can help whether you’re looking for red, white or sparkling. You could also treat your dad to Toni & Guy’s barbershop styling services and complete the experience with take-home products to maintain the new look into the new year.
For your (grown-up) siblings
Shopping for siblings as they get older can get complicated – as tastes change, we need to up our game. Crumpler on Church Street has plenty of suitable gifts. Perhaps a sturdy new laptop case, a backpack to carry the daily essentials or an aerodynamically-tested umbrella to brave Melbourne’s weather. Whether they’re enthusiasts or looking to pick up a new skill, Brighton Cycles offers a range of both retro and modern cycles with custom services available. For the sister who has the perfect outfit but is missing the key accessories, Mimco has a glamourous selection of bags, jewellery (including gift sets), shoes and wallets. If you’ve got a sister who loves Mecca Cosmetica, why not treat her to an in-store makeup lesson or a masterclass?
For the kids
For the little ones this season, there’s great deals and gift ideas at Cotton On Kids (keep an eye out for their daily online 12 Days of Christmas offers). Rokabye in Brighton do clothing for kids, including newborns through to age 7. For young stationery lovers, Smiggle have new goodies arriving every week, including fold-up headphones, slapbands and snazzy backpacks. If your kids would love nothing more than watching their favourite films on the big screen, Dendy Centre Cinemas have plenty on this month, including Gremlins, The Princess Bride and The Wizard of Oz.
For friends or co-workers
‘Tis the season for office Kris Kringles and finding the perfect presents for your closest friends. Perhaps an annual diary planner from Kikki.K could be a thoughtful gift for the friend or co-worker looking to kick some goals next year. If there’s a friend you’re long overdue to catch up with, why not treat them to a long lunch in the Brighton area? We recommend the Railway Cafe & Bar – a cosy spot hidden away from the usual business of the central shopping district.
These are just a few of the many great gift options on offer in Brighton’s Church Street shopping precinct. With a variety of independent boutiques, popular high street fashion brands and an array of dining options, Church Street is sure to have something suitable for your loved ones this Christmas.