Christmas Shopping for all the Family in Liverpool
Is your Christmas list getting longer and longer as you remember family members whom had completely slipped your mind? And, with less than a week to go before the big day, things are looking bleak. What’s your youngest cousin, niece or nephew in to these days? Is there anything in the world that your Dad doesn’t have?! What size is your sister? Does your mad uncle really need another pair of socks?!
Well, what, or who, ever the case may be, Liverpool has you, and your shopping, covered.
Your Dad who seems to have everything
Dads can be the hardest for anyone. What do you get someone has everything that they want? You get them something that they did not know they wanted. Men Kind on Lord Street is full of nifty little gadgets and accessories to fuel his imagination.
If this isn’t his thing, then check out the wide array of vinyl shops that Liverpool has to offer such as Probe Records, Dig Vinyl and of course, HMV. Getting him something from the good ol’ days is easier and even more relevant than ever with the resurgence in vinyl L.Ps.
Your Sister who’s going through her bohemian/hippy phase
It seems as though we all have one of them in the family. They’ve started wearing hemp jumpers, have had their nose pierced and are always travelling. Well, Liverpool caters to this market wonderfully, with vintage shops dotted around the city, especially on Bold Street (Pop Boutique, Sohos), as well as having the next quirky step in the likes of the Hippy Hole and Shared Earth. If you fancy taking it one step further then head down to the latest vintage offering behind Caines Brewery, Red Brick Vintage. This huge factory space has all manner of whimsical wonders within its walls.
Your Mum, who said she “doesn’t want anything”, she just wants to “spend time with you”
She’s been saying it for years and every year you end up getting her some perfume or a scarf; we’ve all been there. This year, take her up on this by booking in for some quality time. Afternoon Tea in Liverpool is a niche that one may not realise is on the up, so get in there now! The London Carriage Works, Cuthbert’s Bake House and OH ME OH MY are at the forefront of the renaissance.
If she’s in to something a little different, White Wolf Yoga offer quaint little vouchers for a set amount of sessions and, if she’s in to something really different, then check out Break Out Liverpool, the real time escape game. I know that’s quite a jump from Afternoon Tea, but we’re catering to everyone here!
Your Uncle who you have NO IDEA what to get
Whether it be an interesting IPA or a sumptuous stout, some form of beer finds its way on to my Christmas shopping list, generally for those whom with we want to share a token, but haven’t the foggiest where to begin. Ship In A Bottle, just past the Met-Quarter has managed to cram its shelves full of specialist ales and will also gift-wrap your cargo for you, job done.
Your Grandparents who you always struggle with
For this tricky one, a thoughtful token seems to be the best bet, rather than anything too extravagant. With the Christmas markets in full swing you’re sure to find such a thing. Or, if a souvenir is more appropriate, then head down to the Albert Dock where you will be greeted by the Tate Gift Shop as well as With Love From Liverpool, Impressions and The Gift Company to name but a few.
Your Brother who thinks he’s too cool for Christmas
For this one, I suppose you could go down the Men Kind route again, but if your sibling is likely to scoff at receiving a gift similar to his Father, then head down to Rex: The Concept Store on Bold Street. In this eclectic space you will find numerous independent shops under one roof, with your pick of quirky, hipster clothes, trinkets and accessories.
The In-Laws…enough said
Utility is the obvious choice. With two on Bold Street and one opposite John Lewis, you cannot, and will not, go wrong. Whether it is unorthodox cards, unconventional wrapping paper or unusual gifts, Utility has you covered, whilst still retaining a certain class. Mi Vida, a little further down Bold Street, has the same thing going on also, however this is for the more faint of heart. A little…safer, shall we say?
That Cousin that you only see once a year
This is a tough one. Now, I would be inclined to say Utility or The Christmas Markets again, however, I’m guessing that if you don’t see them very often then they’re not in Liverpool very often. So why not head down to L1 or Williamson Square to get a souvenir from either the Everton or Liverpool Club Shops? I’m not saying go whole hog and get them a kit, but you’ll find plenty of suitable souvenirs to keep them on side.
The latest addition to the family
The Disney Store is the obvious choice here as the film franchise dominates the merchandising world at the moment, especially with the new Star Wars films being a yearly, December release. Located in the heart of L1, the Disney store is also surrounded by the likes of The Entertainer, Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Lego Store (also with a film out this winter). That should be more than enough for any little one.
The New Partner
It’s your first Christmas with this person and the stakes are high. Well, although we can’t completely save you from this desperate time, we can help you make a start. Pop-up flower/plant shops are a saving grace, and easy start to get the ball rolling. The pop-up shops on Church Street and in L1, or the more regular MQ Flowers florist within the Met-Quarter, have an array of flowers and plants than can cater to the manliest or the mushiest.
Still a couple of days left to get the shopping in and don’t forget there is lots happening in Liverpool City Centre to give you the perfect Christmas Shopping break too. From Shrek at St George’s Hall to the winter pop unbar at Liverpool ONE and a feats of great food and drink to be had too including The Clubhouse, The New Cosy Club, Neighbourhood Liverpool, Sugar Hut and Hard Days Night Hotel.
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