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The Whiteley 2023

festive gift guide

’Tis the season of giving… And we’ve got everything you need to tick off festive gifting all in one place.

From luxury-wrapped beauty, partywear fashion and winter cosies to sustainable gems, stocking fillers, toys from Santa and more, head to Whiteley for a twinkling winter wonderland of shopping, celebrations and unexpected Christmas finds they’ll love.

(With incredible bars, cafes and restaurants, special Christmas pop-ups, movies and surprises – don’t miss our joyful day and evening out guides for this winter…)

The best fashion gifts for Christmas

A cosy comfy Christmas or glam luxe? Whatever your mood for the festive season, Whiteley’s shops are full of this year’s most-wanted fashion.

River Island fashion

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For gorgeously soft knit accessories, party-season dresses and stylish loungewear head to Marks & Spencer, Next and River Island. And, of course, Barbiecore is going nowhere with her signature pink splashed across accessories at H&M and Accessorize.

Adidas Gazelles Schuh

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Topping Santa’s biggest style requests in 2023 are cross-body bags, oversize metallic totes and handbags with chains; chunky boots from Clarks; Adidas Gazelles and Sambas, Uggs and Crocs from schuh and JD Sports and, for warm cover-ups, think puffy down jackets at River Island and ‘dad’ coats at Seasalt.

Fat Face pyjamas

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Snuggle up together in matching pyjamas and robes, soft socks and Oodies from Next and Fat Face. For him, it’s all about athleisure, Zodiac chains, silk ties and blazers (discover ideas at Moss, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Next and Mountain Warehouse).

Luxe jewellery and watches

Pandora jewellery

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Who can resist a carefully wrapped box under the tree? Selena Gomezesque gold hoops, gold chains mixed with black jewels, pearls or a designer watch are the perfect way to make Christmas morning special. Head to Beaverbrooks, Ernest Jones and Pandora.

Beauty, skincare and make-up gifts

Boots perfume

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It’s a bumper beauty season this Christmas: give the gift of scented candles from Next with festive notes of spices, white jasmine and pine; beauty and skin-cycling skincare gift sets from Soap & Glory, Gillette, and Ted Baker at Boots; designer perfumes from Dior, Gucci and Burberry from Superdrug; lifting and firming masks; eyeshadow palettes, lip gloss and foundation plus at-home nail kits.

Holland & Barrett is the perfect destination for comforting finds that’ll soothe them through the winter months. Indulge them with fabulous sustainable vegan bath bombs and self-care essentials or ‘create your own’ grooming, vegan, skincare and beauty gift bags in-store at The Body Shop.

Baylis & Harding’s Beauticology Mermaid Collection at Boots is great for kids while Superdrug has the ever-coveted e.l.f cosmetics, Disney 100 and Maybelline. Gift sets start from under £5 (perfect for Secret Santa) or fill up beauty bags they can unwrap all Christmas day long.

The biggest toys for Christmas 2023

Furby The Entertainer

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For newborns, there are thoughtful comforters and soft Christmas blankets at Mamas & Papas or, for babies and toddlers, discover sustainable wooden toys, interactive picture books and soft Jellycat toys at Jojo Maman Bebe. (Both stores are <the> places to buy vouchers if you know someone who’s expecting…).

Stop by The Entertainer for everything on their wishlists… Inflatable Biggies, Sylvanian Family baby mermaid castle, Bluey houses, Furbies,  Baby Paws’ cute interactive toys, Hot Wheels, Smashers Dino Island T-Rex Battles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Playmobil Space Mars Mission Station and Live Little Pets and Pets Alive are great for the under-10s.

Tweens will love the all-new Tamagotchi, Lego, Mad Beauty face masks and Style Bae dolls with crafting ideas such as Aquabeads, Edurino coding starter set and the Pen Creator Studio to keep them busy over the school holidays. Give them fun finds from Accessorize, Claire’s, Superdrug, Smiggle and Tiger too.

For games the whole family can play together, don’t miss the very fun Bop It!, Exploding Kittens (Zombie edition), Throw Throw Burrito and What Do You Meme (adult and family edition) at Waterstones and WH Smith.

And then a little Christmas gin, cheese, wine, hampers and hot chocolate…

Marks & Spencer food

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Love their food and drink? Hampers full of gin (Hendrick’s and Sipmith), wine, whisky, cheese and crackers, artisan coffee, hot sauces and chocolate always bring festive cheer and, for those who love their kitchen, think bread makers, tableware and coffee machines. Be inspired by Marks & Spencer and Tesco.

Or gift them this year’s biggest cookbooks by Nadiya Hussain, Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge and Diana Henry at Waterstones and WH Smith. Marks & Spencer’s joy-filled Christmas range includes Snowmen Steamed Bao Buns, Christmas Jumper Colin the Caterpillar Cake and the ever-popular £10 Marks & Sparkle Fizz. Cheers!

Stocking fillers for all ages

Percy Pigs Marks & Spencer

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Star Wars chopsticks anyone? Go small for stocking filler fun at The Entertainer this Christmas with Mega Gross Minis and Mini Brands; Miraculous Chibi Playsets; Disney Doorables; go retro with Slinkies and stock up on chocolate coins and cute characters from Poundland. Find other cute and practical ideas at Tiger, M&S and H&M and don’t forget cute cat, dog and other pet toys too at Pets Corner.

Merry Christmas gifting!

We’ll be open for late-night shopping from 4th December (Monday-Wednesday 7pm, Thursday-Friday 8pm, Saturday 7pm and Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm; from Monday 18th-Friday 22nd December, it’s 8pm). There are vouchers available across the stores and in-store discounts for students and Blue Light card holders.