Its that time of year again, when thoughts turn to choosing offerings for loved ones, but the annual round of festive retail can become a bit of a bore – so why not do something a little different?
If you have trawled the local malls, exhausted the internet and cashed in all your discount voucher codes for the UK stores, you may be considering combining the rest of your seasonal shopping with a little getaway, then Europe has some exciting destinations on offer.
The cities of Europe present some great opportunities for festive retail therapy – as well as the perfect place to relax and recharge in advance of the hectic festive season. If you want to take a Christmas shopping vacation in a European destination why not consider one of the following countries.
France is perhaps the best place in Europe for Christmas shopping, a great destination for gift getting for yourself and others. There are a number of brilliant places to shop for gifts in France such as:
Chic boutiques and designer stores: City destinations such as Paris offer a great choice of upmarket retailers. As a country that is well known for its fashion sense, France is a good choice of destination if you are looking to buy for those who like the finer things in life.
Delicious delis and perfect patisserie: France is a nation of foodies so edible gifts abound here. Try small local retailers for a great selection of seasonal fayre.
Bargain brocantes and interesting antiques: If you are looking for an individual gift with personality then why not trawl the “Brocantes” or antiques fairs that are held across the country, alternatively, head for one of the country’s great “Marche aux Puces” (Flea markets) to bag a vintage-style bargain.
If Spain is your getaway of choice, take the chance to stock up on some of the following gift ideas in advance of the holidays:
Leather Goods: Spain has some amazing tanneries and artisans who craft amazing piece from the leather manufactured here. Leather goods rom shoes to handbags to clothing are beautifully made and on offer an prices beating those here at home.
Ceramics: Again, this country offers a wonderful selection of artisanal pieces that will compliment any home. Head for Toledo and Seville for the best selections.
Italy is a place where quality really counts and shoppers can secure some wonderful gift offerings from the retailers here. Ideas to consider include:
Wine and Spirits: Italy has some great vinos and aperitifs – so why not grab a bottle or two of grappa or a vat of Valpolicella to share with friends back home.
Art: The home of the renaissance remains a great place to find artistic talent. Head for the art stalls of cities such as Florence and Venice to bring back bespoke pieces.
If you’ve not considered Christmas shopping in Scotland not is the time. Items to head north of the border for include:
Whisky: The Scottish national spirit makes a great gift for connoisseurs with bottles on offer to suit all budgets.
Tweed: Hand woven Harris can only be made in the Western Isles and outlets in Scotland stock some of the best offerings.