Here’s your last-minute Christmas gift guide! We gave you a huge list of ideas in this blog post, but if you’ve still forgotten to buy someone a present, and suddenly realised that we’re now well and truly on the final straight to Christmas, then never fear! We’ve got some great gifts that you can pop in, last-minute, to buy!
If you’re heading into the city then, to avoid the Christmas traffic, we suggest hopping on the train (Greater Anglia run a range of routes into Norwich, and the train station is only a 10 minute walk from the shops) or using the great park and ride facilities right into the main shopping area; both will make your journey here far easier, so you can save all your energy for selecting that perfect gift!
Image: Jo Malone in Jarrolds
There’s no end to the exciting presents you can pick up in the Norwich Lanes; from menswear in Phillip Browne (watch our video featuring Phillip himself here!) and Elements or unique hand-made gifts in the Norwich Gift Emporium, to pretty accessories in Lisa Angel and gorgeous jewellery in Sonkai, there’s bound to be something in one of these boutiques.
Located in the Norwich Lanes, but a Norwich shopping legend all on its own, is Jarrolds Department Store. A family-run business, it's packed to the brim with luxury clothing, handbags, accessories, makeup, perfume, art and craft materials, toys… pretty much anything you can dream of! We like to think of it as Norwich’s answer to Harrods… need we say any more?
In the beautiful art-deco Royal Arcade sits The Tannery, a boutique selling high-quality leather bags, shoes and accessories. Inside you’ll find carefully selected items from well-loved brands including Orla Kiely, Crockett & Jones, Church’s and many more, all at competitive prices.
Also home to the Old Skating Rink Gallery, the Victorian building (which houses Country and Eastern) has an amazing collection of homewares, decorations and clothing, based on the skills of communities South East Asian communities. The items are incredibly unusual and beautiful but reasonably priced, so would make a really unique present.
For award-winning whisky produced right here in Norfolk (in Roudham, specifically), look to the English Whisky Co. Their St Georges Distillery produces excellent whiskies, including their biggest seller, Chapter 6, and various award-winners and cask-strength variations, all of which can be purchased in their lovely shop. Head to the St Georges Distillery to visit the shop and try a taster or two!
Another Norfolk-based company which creates some amazing products, Woodfordes has a lovely on-site shop in their brewery. It stocks a wide range of bottled and boxed beers as well as other gifts, and is located in Woodbastwick, in the Broads. The company are one of just a few in the country to have been brewed two Champion Beers of Britain – look out for Wherry, their best-selling brew, and Tinsel Toes, their season Christmas beer!
Pop into the Tourist Information Centre, located in The Forum, to browse a range of Norwich-branded gifts and souvenirs, from keyrings to sweatshirts – plenty of budgets are suited here! They also have a brilliant online shop - which is ideal for browsing the full range of products - and to ensure you’ll get the items before Christmas why not Click & Collect before 5pm on the 23rd December?
For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on VisitNorwich.co.uk. There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!
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