As the big day gets near, tick off those tricky buys with our Wimbledon guide to Christmas shopping.
Online shopping may be the height of convenience, but sometimes you just need to browse. If you’re searching for the perfect gift, you don’t need to look much further than Wimbledon.
With plenty of high street names, as well as more independent shops, the town centre and village have plenty of choice, not forgetting the celebrated Market on the Piazza for truly unique crafts and artisan items. Read on for our shopping guide – no matter how picky the recipient.
If you’re decking the halls – check out Elys Christmas shop. The landmark department store has been making the Christmas magic happen in Wimbledon since Edwardian times. It’s also the perfect destination for party wear plus a wide range of gifts from beauty to homeware.
Treats for foodies – head to the village for food heaven, Bayley and Sage whether you’re looking for gifts or stocking your seasonal larder. Look out for an amazing range of cheeses and deli items as well as wines and the all-important mince pies. If you’re catering this year, M&S in Centre Court is a good choice for making it stress free – order in everything from turkeys to party treats.
For little ones – If you’re looking for high street names, Jojo Maman Bebe on Wimbledon Broadway is great for gorgeous clothes and toys, including an extensive Jellycat selection. Or there’s Cath Kidston and Petit Bateau in the village. For something a bit different, definitely head for the Market on the Piazza, which specialises in gifts as cute as they are individual.
For tricky teens – stop by Centre Court for not one but three branches of teen favourite H&M as well as Accessorize, Oasis and River Island. If they’re not into clothes or accessories, check out Paperchase or Chickadee for stationery or gifts. Up your budget a bit, and Oliver Bonas has gorgeous costume jewellery, clothes and items for the home.
For bookish types – even if they aren’t avid readers, you can’t go wrong with a book, whether fiction, biography or cookery. Waterstones on the Broadway has a good choice, plus lots of gift ideas too. If you’re browsing, Wimbledon Books in the village is a lovely spot – they can usually order you the perfect title overnight too.
For people who don’t want stuff – as many of us try to live more lightly, experience gifts are a good alternative to unwanted things. What about theatre vouchers for the New Wimbledon Theatre’s 2020 programme or a membership to Wimbledon’s independent cinema, HMV Curzon? Spa Experience at Wimbledon Leisure Centre offers gift cards for treatments and packages. For horse fans, vouchers for riding at Wimbledon Village Stables are an idea too.
For a greener secret Santa – if you’ve been landed with the task of finding a gift for someone you hardly know for under a tenner, don’t add to the world’s plastic mountain. Oxfam on the Broadway and in the village has a great range of ethical gifts – from fair trade chocolate truffle making kits to bamboo bento boxes and reusable cups – some in their lovely Moomins range.
For sending overseas – for people around the world Wimbledon is the byword for tennis. Shop for championship memorabilia, including those iconic towels, at the All England Club’s onsite shop or online store, which offers worldwide delivery.
Dates for your diary
Don’t miss Wimbledon’s annual Christmas shopping events – Winter Wonderland in the town centre on 1st December and Christmas in the Village on 8 December. The Market on the Piazza will run over five weekends in the run up to Christmas.
Find out more
Wimbledon is great for Christmas shopping, but there’s so much more to this special area of South West London. To find out more about buying or renting here, take a look at our current properties or call us for a chat about your requirements.