Christmas this year will be quite unusual. But if we’re going to be stuck in our homes during the 2020 holiday season, we might as well decorate them with pure festive splendor. Whereasessential stores are closed during the lockdown, independent store owners across London continue to pack online orders and many have already stocked up on baubles and tinsel. Whether you are looking for traditional decorations, modern and elegant embellishments or Joe Exotic balls, these independent shops have decorations to your liking, and right now they need your help more than ever.
Christmas is the only time of year when it’s okay to be incredibly twee, and this small, family-run Upper Street shop is full of quaint Christmas decorations. Finish your tree with a furry panda or hanging squirrel or a felt penguin wrapped in a woolen scarf.
If we find ourselves locked in our apartments this Christmas, better to be hygge: the Danish concept which, roughly translated, means to feel good. This Putney boutique fully embraces all that is Nordic this Christmas, with golden baubles, sweet, scented candles, and intricate paper decorations.
You’ve stocked up on DIY meal kits, now stuck in a DIY wreath kit from this Rustic florist and gift shop in Exmouth Market. Like all of the products here, it was handcrafted and hand selected by owner Alice and will make your front door look like it could be in. She Decoration.
It’s entirely possible to walk out of the Covent Garden Stationery Choose Keeping after spending £ 45 on a stapler, like it’s the smartest buy you’ve ever made, and so are its Christmas decorations. From delicate mouth-blown glass ornaments to models of alpine homes, it’s packed with exquisite pieces you’ll want to bring out every year. We have an eye on the little macaroni and cheese pewter ball.
Do you love Christmas but hate all the states that come with it? Take clean-lined terracotta balls for your minimalist tree in this London design house.
Not an independent store, but a charity. Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House and Kensington Palace in London, faces a deficit of £ 95million this year. Support him by purchasing his opulent decorations, all with copious amounts of gold and an old-fashioned royal touch.
From holographic glittering glass balls and confetti crackers to scented Advent candles and ‘Eskimo Magic Balls’, this Tufnell Park gift shop has all the Christmas elements you could ask for – with a cool twist and design, of course.
This pastel-colored gift shop by Stoke Newington specializes in fusing quality design with everyday items, and its Christmas decorations are no different. Pick up delightfully twisted candles, cheerful Christmas cards, and sweet wooden animal figures.
The Nunhead Gardener
This small garden center hidden under the arches of the Nunhead Railway conceals a treasure of greenery. While it is closed during the lockdown, you can order Christmas trees, fairy lights, decorative wreaths and, less glamor but essential, the tree stands in line.
This Stoke Newington boutique filled its chic shelves with gold and silver taper candles, vintage glassware and hand painted baubles for Christmas. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on their website, message the store on Instagram.
This little gift shop really lights up Roman Road with its hot pink signage, and it will also help you brighten up your goof for Christmas. Head to her website for a nice selection of decorations, including delicate paper-cut garlands from local maker East End Press.
Inject some humor into the usual red and green festive dish by getting yourself some of the jaw-dropping Christmas tattoos from this Hackney boutique. Cannabis leaf balls, neon garlands and disco ball tree decorations are just a few of the pieces on offer. Or, if you really want to think about 2020, there are some very current decorations, like balls from Joe Exotic and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
We built this city
Souvenir shops in London were never cool until the opening of this pop-art paradise. The Carnaby Street store features affordable and charming artwork from over 250 London-based artists and its Christmas decorations are just as quirky as its memorabilia. Pick up all kinds, from Hendrix baubles to pop-up Christmas cards.
Not in the warm mood for Christmas shopping? These London pubs will warm you up with hot mulled wine to go.
While shopping for decorations, why not purchase a mail order mince pie kit to raise money for homeless people in London?
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