Xmas shopping guide: NCL

fenwickNewcastle City Centre has an array of shops that are perfect for those special Christmas gifts. You only have to walk down Northumberland Street and into Eldon Square in order to see. So, if you’re choosing to purchase your Christmas presents here in the North East you’ve got a great selection of shops to chose from. This ranges from your classic stores such as John Lewis or Debenhams to those quaint independent stores across the city. For a one-stop-shop, you’ve obviously got to go to Fenwick Department Store  – if you’re one of those last minute shoppers then this is the perfect place for you. The store has everything you could ever need for the festive season!

Presents range from expensive designer makeup brands that are perfect for spoiling our adored mums, to children’s toys that will provide great fun for little brothers / sisters. To add to the magic of Christmas, take a look at the festive window… As soon as Fenwick reveals their Christmas window you know that the end of the year celebrations are finally near! If you’re somebody who fancies bit more of an edgy vibe, take a trip down to Fern Avenue’s Antiques Centre in Jesmond. Here you can pick up some retro presents, for your friends who have more of a quirky, individual style. Grab yourself anything from Victorian over-mantel mirrors to your classic chesterfield arm chairs. This shop models itself on catering for those who are looking for the traditional antiques, and also the quirkier items too. Plus, supporting the local independent businesses of Jesmond is always a bonus!

“For a one-stop-shop, you’ve obviously got to go to Fenwick Department Store – if you’re one of those last minute shoppers then this is the perfect place for you”

If you’re taking a stroll through to West Jesmond, then you have a wide variety of stores to choose from. For those of you who are looking at spending a little more on your loved ones take a trip down to Strangers Cook Shop, by West Jesmond metro station. This independent shop operates as a more premium priced shop, which sells a range of house hold items, with brands ranging from Kitchen Aid to Joseph and Joseph. The items in this shop would be perfect for the cooks at Christmas, adding an extra sparkle to the magic day. It also has an amazing display in their window, to get you into that Christmas spirit if you aren’t already there. If you’re more of an arty type, I would recommend to take a trip to The Baltic Shop, in the Baltic Gallery on the Quayside. With presents ranging from books, posters and pens you’re bound to find that special gift in there, and you have the added bonus of getting to look around the gallery too. The real hidden gem in Newcastle City Centre has to be Central Arcade, just by Monument. Built in 1906, the Edwardian building isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it has a wide range of shops too. With classics such as Cath Kidston for beautifully floral print presents, or SpaceNK for the beauty lovers – it really does have something for everybody. Once you’ve finally finished your Christmas shopping, you can treat yourself to a warming refreshment from Starbucks, which is located there too.

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