Santa's Lap: Left It To The Last Minute?

By Lindsey Last edited 156 months ago
Santa's Lap: Left It To The Last Minute?

You're cutting it fine, aren't you? Climb up onto our collective lap for the last time and we’ll recap some of the stuff we've tried to move from our sack to your stockings…

Museum shops are well worth a visit if you're exhausted your soulless mall and can't face another day on Oxford Street. Get down to South Kensington and visit the V&A shop for the I Love London lunchbox or the ropey London Eye Cross Stitch kit.

The National Gallery's got this classy Moleskine painting trail notebook and lots of interesting colouring in and learning type books about art for the kids (erm, and adults in fact).

London Transport Museum and Science Museum shops are also fit to burst with brilliant stuff.

Find yourself in Spitalfields or Crouch End and you can still pick up some beautiful architectural mugs and plates from local shops.

If you're all out of ideas, take a trip to Peckham and go and see our favourite shopkeeper* presiding over Persepolis. From unique badly wrapped hampers to brilliant cookbooks, bizarre sweets, terrifying dolls, spiffing samovars and elaborate knickknacks: Sally will be pleased to see you and you won't leave empty handed, even if it's just with a box of Turkish Delight for yourself.

Finally, fire up your philanthropy this Christmas and try one of our charity gift ideas

*declaration of interest alert!

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Last Updated 22 December 2010