A Very Pretty Shiny Christmas Gift Guide
Written by: Pretty Shiny Shop
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loath it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green’s very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it’s also all very affordable… so you won’t even have to pick a pocket or two.
Let’s start with one of the most important people you might be buying for – mother dearest. Oh, she says don’t worry about getting her anything but we all know she loves presents and I’d do anything for you, dear, anything. One of our favourite picks would be the Forget-me-not Teardrop Necklace from Shrieking violet. It’s very pretty (much like you mum) and comes with the whole “forget me not” message that makes it look like you have chosen very carefully. Or, if you’re part of a large brood of siblings, will remind your mum of your existence. It also comes in a lovely box and is only £24.99.
Dear old dad? I’m reviewing the situation… ah, never fear, we’ve got him covered too. Pretty Shiny Shop has a variety of little gadget-y multi tools starting at only £10, or perhaps he’d prefer the award-winning Salmon Curing Kit from Ross & Ross foods. Add in a punny apron to wear while prepping and you have a winner folks!
3. Grandma and grandpa
For your lovely nana we have some rather nice V&A garden shears or a stunning gift box filled with colourful, all natural and ethically sourced mini soaps artisan made in Ireland. If you’re lucky enough to have a grandpa in your life he’d probably appreciate a pair of Mr. Fix It socks. Unless he’s anything like our grandpa, in which case you’d be better off buying him a large pint glass and a bottle of whisky.
For those of you with sisters, girlfriends, aunts and/or wives perhaps you might consider buying her a scarf – with the added bonus of being able to ‘borrow’ it? Or consider pairing a gift of jewellery with a (pretty) shiny golden pineapple trinket dish to really look like you’ve put some effort into choosing the perfect gift, even though it was all conveniently sourced from the same shop. We have 5 cabinets of jewellery starting as low as £5 and topping out at £55. We recommend the Heart of Gold necklace at £24, with matching earrings available if you really want to splash out.
What to buy your brother, boyfriend, uncle or husband? How about some whiskey stones – which can also be used in beer or wine or anything else that you want to avoid being watered down by melting ice. Pair that with the Bottles Up key chain bottle opener and you may have actually given him something he likes instead of just says he likes and then leaves in a corner – never before has a boy wanted more! These might be good presents for grandpa too. Or even your mum/sister (I have a particularly boozy family).
6. Mates/children (similar mental age, am I right?!).
Your mates and/or kids will be spoilt for choice here at Pretty Shiny Shop. How about some Flamingo Drink Stirrers to class up their cocktail/lemonade game, or a beautiful notebook with a set of quirky pencils? A Winged Bulldog moneybox, an array of funny socks, aprons, mugs and artwork are just a selection of the unusual, funny and beautifully designs items that will delight your friends or kids and make them exclaim “it’s a fine life!”.
7. Secret Santa.
For those of you roped into the inevitable Secret Santa present giving fiasco, we got you. We have tons of things for £10 and under – heck, we even have sterling silver studs at £5, so it looks like you spent £10, but still have funds for a pint after the big shop.
Son, daughter, teacher, sister’s new boyfriend, son’s boyfriend, weird uncle, postman or perhaps even just to treat yourself (because you’re worth it). This local shop will save you the hassle of pushing your way through Oxford Street (shudder) and probably save you some money too. So, consider yourself at home, consider yourself one of the family and take a browse around this very Pretty Shiny Shop… and then be back soon.
Pretty Shiny Shop is taking part in this weekend’s #ShopStroudGreen Winter Trail (Sat 2nd and Sun 23rd Dec, 12pm – 5pm). Pop inside to pick up a trail map, a sticker (collect 8 stickers and get 1 x free drink at any one of the participating shops) and to pick up your free gift!
Pretty Shiny Shop
67 Stroud Green Road
+44 (0) 20 8616 7010
Photos by Michael Barry at The Barefaced Movement
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Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loath it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
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