Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Last Updated on : 19th November 2018

Welcome to the NappyValleyNet Gift Guide!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas on the shopping streets of Nappy Valley, so we’ve been pounding the pavements to bring you the best from our amazing local businesses. Whether it’s Granny or Auntie, your partner or your children, you won’t need to stray far to tick everyone off your list. And who knows, you may even find something to treat yourself to! Look out below for the specials offers available exclusively to NappyValleyNetters. Happy shopping!

MADE THE EDIT

One year on and Made The Edit is firmly established as the shopping destination for women who want original, exciting shoe designs without leaving our neighbourhood. Owner Lizzie Darby continues to delight us with her exceptionally well-curated collection of footwear, ensuring the perfect finishing touch to our outfits.

This season, we’re loving the leopard-print flats which are bang on trend and instantly update any ensemble. Enjoy Lizzie’s unique range of boots with decorative details such as gold leather trims or studded heels, and when it comes to a dose of festive funk, there are sparkly party shoes for you to dance the night away in, safe in the knowledge that her exclusive stock means you won’t share the floor with anyone else in the same pair! Made The Edit have shoes that are a bit different from the usual – they’re high quality but well priced, so expect soft Italian leather and suede, handmade processes and exquisite attention to detail. That’s why it’s a Northcote favourite.

Look out for their Christmas event on 13 December with festive offers – see in store or the website for further details.

madetheedit.com 79 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6PJ

PALMER

For 25 years, Palmer has successfully kept the men of SW11 suited and booted. Not one to rest on its laurels, this style destination continues to push the envelope of sartorial excellence. Owner David Cattaneo chooses brands that aren’t readily available in the UK to give his customers a refreshing choice of high-quality clothing. From leading shirt makers – Eton from Sweden and Orian from Italy – David’s choices are exceptional for a local business, stocking a level of quality manufacturing usually associated with Jermyn Street. Palmer’s suit deals are noteworthy: all suits are sold with two pairs of trousers thus you get two jackets and four pairs of trousers with an offer price of £795. Also, there is a business shirt deal with Eton (three shirts for £300, normally £135 per shirt). David believes in providing the best quality clothes and highest standard of service he can so these promotions are throughout the year and there are no seasonal sales.

When it comes to buying for the men in your life, it can be a daunting experience. Luckily, David and his team (Kerry, Ollie and Aysha) will guide you through their stunning range of accessories comprising of socks, ties, boxer shorts, cuff links, scarves, hats, perfume, and luggage as a new product for the shop. If you get really stuck there’s always a gift voucher so the man in your life can choose from the amazing selection of ‘party shirts’ (Italian, classic with a twist) or footwear (City brogues to loafers, suede shoes to chukka boots and Chelsea boots from RM Williams). For contemporary yet classic, unique yet wearable wardrobe options for men, this is your must-visit shopping destination.

palmersuits.co.uk 125C Northcote Road, London SW11 6PS (020 7978 4588)

NIFEISLIFE

Nifeislife (Nife stands for Nice Italian Food Everyday) is an exclusively online Italian supermarket that brings the best produce from Italy to your home. From fruit and vegetables (including bursting seasonal variety boxes, flown in every week for ultimate freshness) to bottled gourmet olive oils and jars of black truffle salt, you will be delighted by the extensive and exciting range on offer. The Deli Counter has the highest quality, handmade buffalo mozzarella and award-winning burrata direct from Puglia. The Baby section is jam-packed with every Italian mother’s favourite things, including organic baby food from Plasmon, one of the country’s most loved baby food brands. Meat and fish purees are complemented with vegetarian options, and there are even mini pasta shapes to keep little appetites satisfied.

At Christmas, Italians love to celebrate with panettone and Nifeislife stock a large range, including some gluten-free options. Bauli and Tre Marie are celebrated throughout Italy for their exceptional pannettone so whether you like yours with glazed almonds or without candied fruits, all the options are on Nifeislife. Why not give an Italian hamper for Christmas this year? Full of festive cheer, including Prosecco, pandoro, panettone, cantuccini and Baci (little individually wrapped chocolates with a loving message, baci means ‘kisses’), there are various combinations to choose from that will delight. With Same Day delivery in London and Next Day delivery elsewhere, your Italian online supermarket can bring you a taste of Europe straight to your doorstep.

For those of you who want to try Nifeislife for the first time, use code NAPPYVALLEY15 and get 15% OFF your first order of Italian food + a free gift!

nifeislife.com

BLACKBIRD

Blackbird is an independent boutique store on Webbs Road in Battersea, specialising in its own handcrafted metal furniture, lighting, homewares and jewellery – ideal for those special Christmas gifts you will not find elsewhere. Their furniture pieces, including tables, mirrors and lighting, are all designed and handcrafted at the design workshop, and can be customised by size and finish to create a truly bespoke piece. They also source and hand-pick high quality, unique homewares from across the world including Designer Guild cushions, McNutt of Donegal throws and Rathbornes candles, to name a few. Their handmade artisan jewellery includes exclusive collections, such as Let There Be Light and Hidden Power, as well as well-known brands such as Pearl & Queenie, Sushilla and many more.

They are also launching Licensed to Charm on Friday 23 November, a premium jewellery brand creating unique licensed collections in collaborations with many of your favourite brands.

Visit the store and enjoy 15% discount across all items when quoting NV2018 (in store only).

2 Ashness Road (entrance on Webb’s Rd), London SW11 6RY (020 7738 2105) blackbird-home.co.uk | blackbird-bespoke.com | licensedtocharm.com

OLIVIER’S LOUNGE

The thrill of searching for the perfect gift and the satisfaction of ticking people off your list can only be matched by the pleasure of knowing you have bought them something they will truly love. At Olivier’s Lounge, you will be so spoilt for choice when it comes to desirable, beautiful presents that you will probably struggle not to want much of it for yourself! Homeware takes centre stage in the newly launched and stunningly designed boutique this Christmas. There are baubles and decorations aplenty to add magic and sparkle to your house, and wonderful vases and candles too. For presents the options are endless: glassware and decanters in smoky colours for wannabe bar tenders, concrete wine coolers decorated in gold leaf for connoisseurs, contemporary picture clip frames and pen holders for teacher’s presents, and a huge array of gorgeous gifts for under £20. ‘Angels To Go’ are already a hit at £9, ideal stocking fillers!

It’s not all about other people though. Treat yourself from the great selection of party shoes and dresses, or get warm and cosy in their cashmere offerings.

The Christmas range of gifts and decorations is already available. Celebrate with Olivier and his team on 4 December from 6.30pm at his festive shopping evening when you can have a bespoke Christmas wreath customised while you browse the shop.

olivierslounge.co.uk Bellevue Parade, London SW17 7EQ (020 8767 7294)

AMELIE’S FOLLIES

Who doesn’t love new lingerie? It’s a wonderful feeling, to wear something close to your skin that someone has chosen especially for you. At Amélie’s Follies on Webbs Road, there’s also a wide range of nightwear, underwear, lingerie and swimwear to ensure the perfect present for her will be waiting under the tree. From PJs to negligees, robes to bodies, owner Catherine Aubert has curated a wonderful collection. Making shoppers comfortable is important as Catherine knows buying lingerie for a loved one isn’t always straightforward. She can tell a lot about bra size just from a picture on a phone, and by asking a few pertinent questions about lifestyle, she can help guide you towards the right style. Some customers choose to keep profiles with their size and preferred styles making it easy for someone to treat them at Christmas. Gift vouchers and gift wrapping are available as well as a varied selection of stocking fillers, such a bed socks, eye masks and dress-up solutions (for example, petals to cover nipples) and wash bags for machine washing bras (very useful!).

This year, Amélie’s Follies is 15 years old and celebrating being a finalist twice in prestigious industry awards, so for expertise, experience and a certain je ne sais quoi, why not pop in today?

Visit on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December for Small Business Saturday when you can enjoy 10% off everything full price while supporting your local independent retailers.

Special December opening hours until Christmas: Sunday 11am-4pm

ameliesfollies.co.uk 34 Webbs Road, London SW11 6SF (020 7924 3826)

W&W JEWELLERY

Our lives are a collection of stories – life-changing moments and significant milestones that are individual to each of us. Capturing these stories and translating them into a beautiful piece of bespoke jewellery is W&W’s speciality. Third-generation jewellers, Richard and Simon Warrender, with their team offer a bespoke jewellery experience at their studio in Battersea for those with a desire for the distinctive.

Whether it’s incorporating your children’s birthstones or commissioning a piece that reflects your passions, the design possibilities are endless and W&W’s strength lies in translating these ideas into a unique piece of jewellery, such as their recent commission to create a bespoke charm bracelet as a special wedding anniversary gift; each charm was thoughtfully considered and crafted to mark important lifetime milestones. Christmas provides the ideal occasion to present a gift with significant meaning such as bespoke or remodelled jewellery, with each piece designed and created to be unique and personal to the recipient, reflecting everything from their style, personality, family and interests. For many, the design process is as exciting as the finished piece – the experience of creating a bespoke piece of jewellery is a wonderful part of the gift. The journey starts with a consultation to capture your story and moves on through design and selecting gemstones, all of which involves you. With their workshop and highly skilled goldsmith on site this is the perfect time of year to get in touch with the team to create that must-have piece in time for Christmas.

 wandwjewellery.com 19 Webbs Road, London SW11 6RU (020 7924 2386)

NEAL’S NURSERIES

When it comes to a Christmas shopping for trees, wreaths, lights and decorations, head to Neal’s Nurseries off Wandsworth Common. Part of the Capital Gardens group, all their Christmas trees are responsibly sourced from the UK and are of the highest quality. Every year trees are planted and maintained meticulously throughout the growing seasons to ensure they have the finest choice available for customers. Neal’s Nurseries strive to stock the largest possible range of trees with regards to sizes and varieties meaning you will not leave disappointed.

When it comes to decorations, colours and themes are carefully considered and the team are happy to pass on their expertise. Try blue and silver for a nod to Tiffany & Co, or folk-style ornaments for a traditional German-style tree. Victorians favoured detailed decorations and the country style of glass balls with wooden ornaments and lots of flocking to simulate snow is also proving popular. There’s a wide variety of wreathes you can buy ready done or plain to personalise yourself. When it comes to lights – both indoors and out – there are myriad options from candle window lights to cluster cable lights for gardens.

capitalgardens.co.uk Neal’s Nurseries, Heathfield Road, London SW18 3HR (0208 874 203)

BEEBOON

For adorable children’s clothing, it’s got to be beeboon. The Instagram-worthy store on Northcote Road has us whipping out our phones every time we pass the window – but pop inside and you’ll be swooning over the timeless Spanish style in minutes. Our favourite detail about beeboon’s boutique is the vintage 1960s Vespa inside the shop that has been converted into a display table – ideal for showcasing clothes during the personalised service that beeboon is known for. Designed by the number one-selling designer in Spain, beeboon’s clothes have a classic appeal. The range consists of clean, smart tailoring in delicate prints and striking patterns. There are mix-and-match separates as well as dresses starting from a reasonable £27.95, ensuring the brand delivers high-quality children’s clothing at great value.

For twins or siblings, check out the matching items, such as boys’ shirts in the same fabric as girls’ dresses, and different styles in the same print so, whatever their age, your children can wear similar outfits without being too ‘matchy-matchy’.

Enjoy 15% off online and in store when you quote NV15.

beeboon.co.uk 155 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6QB

QT TOYS

When it comes to Christmas shopping for children, it has to be QT Toys – a Northcote Road institution! Now in its 35th year, Joseph and his team continue to source a wide range of toys for all ages to inspire Santa’s little helpers (and parents!). Traditional wooden toys, such as Brio train sets for toddlers, are always popular, but QT offer the latest gadgets and games kids want too. From Lego Star Wars to Paw Patrol, LOL surprise dolls to V Tech, there’s no shortage of ideas under this roof. Generation dolls are flying off the shelves along with Lottie dolls, and firm favourites, such as Hot Wheels and arts and craft projects, are stocked too.

Want to get the kids moving on Christmas Day? Check out the scooters and skateboards on offer. This year’s must-have scooter in the SwiftyIXI – a retro-style beauty of fantastic build quality with pneumatic tyres, a steel frame and birch plywood decks, available in a range of colours.

If it’s a multi-generational game you want to keep everyone busy on Boxing Day, give Monopoly a miss this year and check out the extensive board game section. And if the elves needs some stocking filler ideas, there’s slime and putty aplenty, as well as Top Trumps, puzzle balls and Nanodots.

In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, QT Toys will be closing at the later time of 6pm in the week and will open on Sundays until 5pm as usual.

qttoyslondon.com 90 Northcote Road, London SW11 6QN (020 7223 8637

BRINDISA

For the fine food lovers in your life, this Christmas Brindisa is bringing a taste of Spain’s very best food and drink with an exciting hamper offering. The Brindisa 30 Years Basket is the ultimate gift, containing 14 specially selected products that truly reflect Spain’s diversity. From classic Manchego, acorn-fed ham, fish, olives and almonds to mouthwatering turron and tortas de aceite – this really is the ultimate indulgence. With Emilo Hildago PX sherry and Cava Mas Macià Brut there are plenty of cork-popping opportunities to celebrate too. Brindisa Spanish hams and ham sets are also perennial favourites for the discerning palate – all come equipped with a ham stand, knife and DVD enabling you to carve your ham like an expert at home. The Artisan Selection Box includes the best sellers in each food category put into one box. Packed full of chilled food such as hand-carved Iberico bellota jamon, chorizo, and the sumptuous Cañarejal Cremoso cheese, it’ll be a challenge not to pick from this before the big day! For meat lovers, the Charcuterie Box is packed with of acorn-fed hams, cured sausages, game pate and pickles; everything you need to create a Spanish charcuterie board to suit all tastes. The Hildreth Street shop now also boasts freshly baked bread and a selection of delicious homemade sweet and savoury treats, Thursday to Sunday.

brindisa.com 6 Hildreth Street, London SW12 9RQ (020 8675 4178)

 

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