Royal Victoria Place's 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 Royal Victoria Place.


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.

Shackets, striped jumpers, chunky boots and leather leggings are annual stapes. With gilets, sweater vests and quilted jackets on trend this winter. Head to Next or Hobbs to see what’s new in.

A woman wearing a fairisle style jumper and a white wool hat.

Image provided by Hobbs

You also can’t go wrong with a pair of fresh kicks. From high heels to trending trainers, head to OFFICE, to browse the full range of shoes from popular brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Timberland, as well as more luxury options from Kurt Geiger to Michael Kors at Fenwick.

A man wearing a checked scarf and a blue jacket from M&S.

A cosy scarf, a winter jacket and much more available at M&S (image provided by M&S).

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


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, have a range of eye-shadow palettes, blushes and lipsticks that would make the perfect Christmas gift this year.

Drops of Youth Festive Set from The Body Shop (image provided by The Body Shop).

For skincare, brands such as The Body Shop, are great for stocking up on those daily essentials such as moisturisers, make-up removers and face masks.

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. The team at The Perfume Shop will be more than happy to help, and will of course let you try before you buy.

Image provided by Lush.

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

A hand reaching towards a pile of small products from L'Occitane.

Christmas stocking gifts from L'Occitane (image provided by L'Occitane).

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


For a gift that lasts

A man embracing a woman, both are wearing jewellery from Ernest Jones.
Image provide by Ernest Jones.

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.

Ernest Jones has a wide range of jewellery from watches, bracelets and bangles, to necklaces and rings, the team 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, Burrells Jewellers specialise in luxury watches and rings.


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.

Three or O2 have a range of the latest smartwatches to help track your steps and sleep, calories burned and heart rate throughout the day, as well as during workout activities.

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. A half-zip to layer and some gloves and a hat are also great options for those who exercise outdoors in the winter too.

A family wearing trespass clothing, they stand outside a festively decorated house.

Image provided by Trespass.

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 Trespass. 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.

Everyone knows a spice fiend who would love a hot sauce set (image provided by Wilko).

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 The Terrace Restaurant at Royal Victoria Place for something to look forward to and help beat those January blues.

You could also consider treating them to a new kitchen gadget. A blender or air fryer from Fenwick are great ideas, or help them chop, dice and slice in style with a new knife set, and spice up their life with a spice rack from Wilko.


For the bookworms

Stationery stocking fillers can be found at Paperchase (image provided by Paperchase).

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.

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 WHSmith to take your pick.


For the house proud

A variety of candles and candle spinners shaped like stars.

Candles and candle spinner collection from Oliver Bonas (image provided by Oliver Bonas).

As the evenings get colder and darker, a luxury candle is the perfect present for making your home feel nice and cosy. Oliver Bonas 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.


For the little ones

Back to Hogwarts Board Game from M&S

Back to Hogwarts Board Game from M&S (image provided by M&S).

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.

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 Kids Stuff. 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. Head to Wilko. to see what’s on offer.

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

To browse the full range of retailers at Royal Victoria Place, visit our Eat, Drink, Shop page, or plan your festive day out with us.

More news