Bristol has Christmas wrapped up with top gift ideas
PUBLISHED: 13:54 23 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 February 2013
From glitzy and glamorous to quirky and fun, Bristol's city centre shopping area has Christmas all wrapped up with something for everyone. With Christmas markets and almost 500 stores, Bristol offers the widest shopping selection in the South West.
From glitzy and glamorous to quirky and fun, Bristols city centre shopping area has Christmas all wrapped up with something for everyone. With Christmas markets and almost 500 stores offering the best shopping selection in the South West, choosing those special Christmas gifts needs a little planning and inspiration.
With a huge selection of top brands, including Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser, as well as a vibrant mix of independents, Bristols City Centre shopping area offers extensive Christmas gift inspiration to suit all budgets. This year, there will be even more decorations, better events and brand-new attractions to give shoppers extra seasonal sparkle. A list of this years top Christmas gifts in Bristol has been compiled to help steer shoppers in the right direction.
Dr. Spafish, The Mall Bristol
If youre looking to buy something different, try this quirky treatment from Dr. Spafish. Hundreds of tiny fish nibbling away at feet to remove hard skin is the latest beauty craze to hit Bristol. As the fish have no teeth, this treatment is pain-free leaving just a light tingling and tickling sensation. Treat a friend or relative with gift vouchers for a unique foot massage experience. The treatment costs 10 for 15 minutes.
The Fashionista Hamper from Harvey Nichols, Cabot Circus
This luxurious selection of food and drink is a perfect choice for indulging the style-conscious in your life. Complete with speciality chocolates, tea, old-fashioned sweets, manuka honey, wine and much more, this food-lovers ultimate gift is packaged stylishly and available from Harvey Nichols at 60.
Dave the Cheeky Monkey from Hawkins Bazaar, The Mall Bristol
This remote-controlled monkey with its repertoire of funny gestures is poised to be this years festive sell-out. Built with cutting-edge robotic technology, this funky monkey sits on a shoulder and is guaranteed to entertain all ages. Available from Hawkins Bazaar at 25
Mutant Dolls from Pulp, The Horsefair
These charming Mutant Dolls have huge character and will be loved by children and adults alike. Available in eye-catching colours, each doll has its own distinctive feature and comes in a range of different sizes. Fun and quirky, Mutant Dolls are hard to come by, but a wonderful selection is available at Pulp 83 - 85 The Horsefair, Bristol. Prices range from 4.99 up to 14.99.
Christian Louboutin stud shoes from Harvey Nichols, Cabot Circus
The female love affair with a distinctive pair of heels is expected to reach a new level with these stylish stud shoes available from Harvey Nichols. An A-list favourite and most-lusted after shoe brand, the red-soles on these Christian Louboutin heels will send shivers down the spines of every fashionista. Available from Harvey Nichols at 690.
Judas Sinned T-shirt from Colonel Mustard, Penn Street, Bristol
This unique sought-after brand to Bristol is a favourite amongst celebrities, including Peter Andre. The T-shirt has been featured in OK! Magazine and other top fashion mags. This item is a popular choice for the fashion-conscious male and Colonel Mustard has received requests from all over the country for this hot Christmas item. Colonel Mustard also offers one of a kind Swarovski tees as well. The Judas Sinned T-shirt is available from Colonel Mustard, 23 Penn Street starting at 36.
Bristol Blue Glass gifts
Bristol Blue Glass is unique to Bristol and has been free blown in the city since the 18th Century. From jewellery and small animal figurines to goblets and plates, Bristol Blue Glass is perfect as a souvenir to gift friends and relatives from beyond the city. Available from Bristols Tourist Information Centre, Bristol Blue Glass gifts range from 7 to 85.
James Tudor underwear, boxer short or magnetic button-fly underwear from The Package, The Arcade
This range of bold and unique designer underwear for men is exclusive to The Package in Bristol. James Tudor uses classic styling details with modern engineering, including magnetic fastenings on the fly to create a funky set of underwear. Available at The Package in The Arcade, prices start from 21.50.
Gift vouchers from Art Original, Union Street, Bristol
Art Original is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. As the largest art dealer in the South West, the store has more than 600 oil paintings on display and is also home to a range of local Bristol scenes. Each frame is unique making ideal Christmas gifts for art lovers. Prices start from 29 up to 2,000 with gift vouchers available.
Coffee percolators from St Nicholas Market, Bristol
Percolate Coffee in St Nicholas Market has a range of percolators praised for their contemporary design in making authentic short coffee. The high quality moka pots feature a double bottom design which allows water to percolate through the coffee quickly without burning, creating the best taste. The range is available exclusively from Percolate Bristol in St Nicholas Market. Prices start from 23 to 37
Concert tickets to Colston Hall
A trip to the theatre makes an unforgettable gift. Next year, the original dream girl Mary Wilson is making a rare appearance in Bristol on 2nd March, bringing the hits of her band, The Supremes, to Colston Hall. For tickets and further information on events taking place at Colston Hall, visit colstonhall.org or call 0117 922 3686.
Limited edition chocolate tine from Guilberts Chocolatiers, Small Street
Guilberts Chocolatiers uses high quality ingredients and every chocolate is handmade and hand-dipped. This year, Guilberts celebrated its 100th anniversary in the city and released beautifully designed limited edition chocolate tins depicting scenes of Bristol through the ages. These tins make perfect gifts and are available from Guilberts Chocolatiers on 16 17 Small Street at 20.00 each.
In addition to an amazing shopping offer, Christmas in Bristol this year will be bigger and better than ever before with Christmas markets running until 22nd December, The lavish Santas Grotto in The Mall Bristol (formerly The Mall Galleries) is expected to captivate children as Santa takes up residence from the 19th November to 24th December.
Cabot Circus has created its very own winter wonderland with its first ever skating rink in Quakers Friars. The skating rink will add a new dimension to this years celebrations, giving visitors of all ages the chance to get their skates on and enjoy the fun and frivolities that the festive season brings.
Within easy walking distance of Bristols city centre shopping area, Carters Steam Fair will operate a family fun fair from the 11th December until early January. The high quality family fairground rides will be situated on Bristols historic Harbourside from Millennium Square, Anchor Square and through to Waterfront Square.
For a full list of Bristol shopping options, accommodation offers, and Christmas activity, log on to www.VisitBristol.co.uk. Visitors can also contact Bristols tourist information centre on 0906 711 2191 (calls charged at 50p per minute plus network extras) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.