West Hampstead Christmas shopping

Given that it’s now December and it’s snowing, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to do a quick round-up of the best places for Christmas shopping in West Hampstead.

Since Dizar sadly closed, North West 6 on the corner of West End Lane and Blackburn Road is the only full-on gift shop on the street with a suitable collection of small bits and pieces, including jewellery, mugs, and Secret Santa sort of presents.

West End Lane Books should do a roaring trade this month – and don’t be shy of asking the staff for advice too. The bookshop even has a Christmas Shopping Day on December 9th when everything is 15% off from 9am-9pm  and there’s mulled wine and mince pies available in the evening *drool.

The Kitchener is fast becoming something of a local favourite. It is now rammed full of great things – not just basic kitchenware, but festive treats, spices, a good selection of cards and of course everything for the chef in your life. Want Christmas tree-shaped brownies? Get the moulds there.

If your loved ones are more into eating food than making it then you’re in luck. Peppercorns, LoveFood and Gustoso on West End Lane all sell foodie gifts. You can also order your Christmas meat and turkey from The Kitchen Stores on Mill Lane, and pick up chocolate, Christmas puddings and mince pies while you’re there.

For something more alternative and just a smidge further afield, why not go to Ms Marmite Lover’s Underground Farmers’ Market this Sunday afternoon , where there’ll be artisan wrapping paper, home-made liqueurs, cheese, sausages and Christmas puddings. Seriously, what’s not to like? You do have to buy £5 tickets in advance, and that will reveal the location – but it’s not too far away!

Of course the charity shops are a great source of gifts and cards, and heaven knows there are enough of them on West End Lane. Oxfam is probably the best for new (as opposed to second-hand) gifts. There are also Card Aid outlets at the Hampstead community centre and at the Hampstead Theatre in Swiss Cottage when open.

If you like your Christmas just a little bit retro then you have to go along to tea-room extraordinaire bake-a-boo on Sunday from 2pm-6pm for its “Walking in a Vintage Wonderland” event. There’ll be vintage clothing, jewellery, flowers, nostalgic gifts, one off pieces made from vintage fabrics and of course edible gifts.

While you’re on Mill Lane, check out some of the art for sale in Thou Art in Hampstead – it doesn’t just frame pictures, it also sells them.

Thinking about decorating the house? Christmas trees are available from Homebase and the Hampstead Garden Centre on Iverson Road. Any why not pop along to Achillea Flowers on Mill Lane for a winter wreath. Homebase (don’t turn your nose up) does cheap and perfectly decent decorations – that is if you don’t feel the need to go over to Habitat in the O2 centre for this year’s colours.

Don’t do all your Christmas shopping too early though – you’ll miss the main event on Saturday 11th. The West End Lane Christmas market on West End Green promises to be excellent and I can reveal that stallholders include Zana Boutique, The Pink Petshop, Fortune Green Interiors, Achillea Flowers, bake a boo, Kitchen Table, Mill Lane Garden project, Rooms Above and Chocolo. There will also be stalls from independent local craftspeople selling jewellery, bags, tea towels, stained glass, cards, and knitwear. There may still be room for a couple more if anyone’s interested? Contact moc.l1511192235iamg@1511192235tekra1511192235msamx1511192235daets1511192235pmaht1511192235sew1511192235 for more.

Local businesses in West Hampstead are also offering various discounts and promotions on the day, including West End Lane Books, Chez Chantal, David’s Deli, Walnut, Insight Opticians, Mill Lane Barbers, Holistic Hair and Beauty, Robert Brennan Fitness, The Alliance, Mill Lane Vets and Hair by Red.

So, whatever you want to buy this festive season why not buy locally where possible. Check out the local business directory for all the shops in the area, and LoveCamden for special offers.

Buying local might be a pound or so more than ordering online but it’s a lot more fun, you know it will arrive on time and you’ll be supporting local businesses at the end of what has been a very difficult year.

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  • I will be selling knitwear at the craft fair – look forward to seeing people there.
    You can see some examples here:
    http://leonora-textilecraft.blogspot.com/2010/05/fair-isle-sweater.html
    http://leonora-textilecraft.blogspot.com/2010/05/opera-shawls.html

  • Stop Press:

    Christmas Concert at Burgh House (Warren Mailley-Smith –piano)
    Sunday December 19th 2010 at 3pm
    Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, London, NW3 1LT
    “Join concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith for a special Sunday afternoon Christmas concert in the beautiful setting of Hampstead’s Burgh House to celebrate the release of his new Cd featuring three uplifting sonatas by Mozart.”
    Tickets: £15. Purchase online at: http://warrenmailley-smith.com/tickets.html and
    Ticket reservations on 07949 321142. Tickets available on the door, advanced booking advised as seats limited. Email: moc.t1511192235sinai1511192235p-ku@1511192235seiri1511192235uqne1511192235 , http://warrenmailley-smith.com/burghhouse.html
    Programme
    Mozart – Sonata in F major K332
    Mozart – Sonata in D major K311
    Mozart – Sonata in A minor K310

  • Nina Ivanova

    I will be selling hand crafted jewellery at the Christmas fair next week, here are some of my examples
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/jewellerybynina

    Nina

  • Marciamac

    Hate to be a grumpy old woman, but Kitchener rarely has what I want – and when it does, it is SO expensive, it is not worth buying. If they don’t have what you want, the staff try to sell you something else totally unsuitable. I find it pretentious and way over the top price-wise, and prefer to go down to Amy’s on Finchley Road. And I cook most of my meals from scratch and buy good quality fresh food from farmers’ markets, Borough Market and independent retailers, not supermarkets, so I should be an ideal customer for Kitchener.

  • WHampstead

    I also shop at Amy's, but it's a lot further away. I don't mind that Kitchener is aiming at the higher end of the market – it seems to be doing well so there's clearly a demand. At least it's an independent shop.

  • On Saturday at the Christmas Fair I bought a lovely litle pillow embroidered "For the Tooth Fairy" and then I stupidly forgot to take the contact details of the seller. I will want to buy more things from her so I'd be grateful if anyone can help me!

  • WHampstead

    Hi Maggie, it could have been from Fortune Green Interiors, which has a shop on Fortune Green Rd. Or from something on my list as "Cushions & Lavender", but I'm afraid I don't have any contact details.

  • Ah – cushions and lavender sounds right. It is my fault – I just handed over the cash and left! Thanks for your efforts. Perhaps someone else knows?

  • WHampstead

    Maggie, I think I've tracked it down. If you e-mail me your address (see mail link at the top right of this page) I'll send you the details.

  • Support your local independent shops this Christmas with the Hampstead Christmas Shopping Crawl. Find out more at http://www.independentshops.co.uk/christmas-shopping/hampstead/2012/