Where would you rather do your last minute Christmas shopping – battling your way through over-crowded, under-staffed shops, the handles on impossibly heavy bags cutting into your fingers and the heating turned up inexplicably high? Or in the calm of the forest, a Starbucks red cup in hand, strolling between our shops under the twinkling lights of Winter Wonderland?
If you’re joining us for a break and want to tick off a few stocking fillers while you’re here, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite bits and pieces to tuck away under the tree this year.
A Chamilia charm bracelet could be the perfect gift, with dozens of unique beads and charms available so you can pick something meaningful. Our favourite is the adorable sterling silver pine cone charm – just the thing to remember your Center Parcs break in the forest.
Where? Time for Shade, £40 (bracelet sold separately)
Wear your heart on your sleeve
Is there a more elegant gift for someone you love than a beautiful watch? The Ormond from Radley features a silver case and red leather strap, for just the right amount of festivity but a classic style that will carry through the seasons.
Where? Time for Shade, £75
Fiorelli’s sleek lines, shiny hardware and statement colours have us lusting after every season as they hit the shelves in Spirit. Their Christmas collection doesn’t disappoint, featuring chic black, soft dove grey and this striking fire engine red.
Where? Spirit, £65
If she’s not much of a jewellery person, but you’re still after something pretty, look no further than the Cath Kidston gift collection. This flowery but functional backpack is big enough to cart around everything you need, but pretty enough to look sweet, not sporty.
Where? The Store Room, £45
The new man drawer
Help him keep his thingamabobs, whosits and doodads in order with one of these trays, complete with sweet message and neutral colour. Bonus points if you use it to serve up breakfast in bed on Boxing Day.
Where? The Store Room, £8.95 each
Put a sock in it
No one wants to get socks for Christmas – unless they’re these discretely festive, supremely soft Joules socks made with bamboo for freshness, of course.
Where? Spirit, £17.95
For little ones
Rufus and Rubie
Need to find something for the littlest ones in your life? The Rufus and Rubie Rabbit range available at The Store Room is the perfect place to start, with bibs, blankets, rattles and the sweetest plush toys.
Where? The Store Room, from £6.95
Play with your food
Make mealtimes rooting tooting fun with this charming tray from Cath Kidston. Separate compartments will keep food where it ought to be – or at least help!
Where? The Store Room, £6
An enchanting tale
The perfect Christmas story for your little ones, set here at Center Parcs. Follow Nutmeg the baby reindeer on his adventure around the forest in search of his antler, making friends and saving Christmas on his way.
Where? Santa’s Woodland Workshop and ParcMarket, £5.99
A model gift
Young or old, mini Michelangelo or artistically absent, playing with plasticine is universally addictive. Pop a packet of this brightly coloured plasticine into any stockings you’re helping Santa to fill this year for an instant win.
Where? Just Kids, £9.99
Let it snow
For the Scandi fan and hygge lover in your life, this organic-inspired snow globe is pretty and understated enough to leave out on mantelpiece of coffee table all year round. In case of bad day, give it a quick turn and enjoy the calming snowfall.
Where? The Store Room, £27.95