Ok, admit it – being one of those annoyingly organised people who has their presents wrapped and ribboned before most people have started to think about Christmas feels pretty good. And not having to battle the festive shopping crowds or panic-buy for that impossible-to-shop-for relative can make December far more enjoyable. Plus, by planning ahead, you can often take advantage of the best offers and promotions, and save yourself some cash in the process.
With all your gifts tied up with a bow before you’ve even heard your first Christmas song, you can sit back with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie (or two!), and properly relax and enjoy the festive season.
Here’s our guide to getting ahead of the game this Christmas.
Save your feet this autumn/winter and get your Christmas shopping done all in one place. Liverpool ONE has a fantastic choice of department stores designed to help you shop for everyone, without having to trek to the other side of the city or tackle the traffic.
Whether you’re looking for a special something for the man or woman in your life, a truly thoughtful gift for your mum or dad or a Secret Santa present for a colleague you don’t know very well, you’ll find a great selection of Christmas gifts for him and her at Debenhams on Lord Street. From great value beauty, fragrance and grooming gift sets and the latest fashions, to indulgent food and drink hampers, to must-have children’s toys, there’s something for everyone here. With novelty presents and experience gifts also available, buying for that friend who has everything can be painless.
For affordable luxury, head to John Lewis & Partners on South John Street. Whether you’re in the market for sentimental keepsakes, designer-label clothing or an in-store styling, beauty, home or nursery experience, you can get everything you need to please the whole family at one of the nation’s favourite department stores. If you want to make a chocolate lover’s Christmas that bit more magical, you can even create your own personalised Quality Street tin and fill it at the pick and mix station. Or how about finding the perfect gin and tonic combinations to create Christmas crackers with a difference this year?
For a full choice of high street favourites, get yourself to South John Street where you’ll find the Disney Store, The Fragrance Shop, Pandora and Victoria’s Secret, among others. Or get your fashion fix on Paradise Street at Levi’s, Guess, Arket and Urban Outfitters, to name a few. For premium fashion, you’ll find Armani Exchange, Reiss and Polo Ralph Lauren on Peter’s Lane. Take your pick from heritage brands such as Dr Martens, Fred Perry and Ben Sherman on Manesty’s Lane for the fashion-conscious amongst your family members.
While you’re shopping for those big-ticket items, don’t forget about those smaller things that can be used as stocking fillers or as gifts for unexpected visitors. And you don’t have to go down the socks and candles route if you don’t want to. From beard oil, to reusable coffee cups, to slime kits, there’s plenty to choose from if you’re looking for a little something extra that will make someone smile.
Consult the experts
If you don’t know exactly where to find that toy every kid wants this year, or you’re struggling to track down romantic Christmas gifts for tricky individuals, don’t despair. Every year, a team of dedicated Santa’s helpers set up a stall in the middle of Liverpool ONE to provide a dedicated Christmas Concierge service. They can help with everything from finding the shops you’re looking for, to gift inspiration, and they’ll even help carry your bags to the car. This completely free service will save a lot of time and energy.
Get your appointments booked
It’s not just Christmas shopping that can take up your time in the run-up to 25 December. With Christmas party season on the horizon, it’s time to get those hair and beauty appointments booked in. Luckily, Liverpool ONE has a choice of fab hair and beauty options for women and men, including Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols, Michael Franks and Barber Barber.
Get the admin of booking appointments out of the way early (it’s actually really easy, as you can book online for most salons and beauty bars here at Liverpool ONE) and look forward to a touch of festive pampering.
With hair, nails and skincare sorted, it’s time to think about Christmas party wear. If you need help putting together the perfect look for your office party, why not book an appointment with a personal shopper? Lots of your favourite fashion brands at Liverpool ONE offer free personal shopping appointments, including Armani Exchange, Debenhams, Hugo Boss, Topshop, Topman and many more. Sit back, relax and let an expert stylist put together some fantastic festive looks for you to choose from.
Book your personal shopping appointment early! Just like hair and beauty appointments, it can be a really busy time of year. Avoid a last-minute rush to find the perfect outfit (which hardly ever yields good results). With a little forward-planning, that gorgeous sparkly little party dress will be hanging in your wardrobe weeks in advance.
Ticked everything off your list? Now it’s time for some festive fun
With all your pre-Christmas prep done, you can treat yourself to a well-earned glass of fizz and really soak up the season. There are loads of exciting Christmas events in Liverpool and with all the prep out of the way, this year you’ll have plenty of time to get involved.
You’re all ready for the big day, so while everyone else is stressing, it’s time for you to take a leisurely stroll around the rustic Christmas market stalls on St George’s Plateau. Warm-up with something mulled, try a German bratwurst and browse the many craft and gift stalls.
Marvel at our iconic Christmas tree on Paradise Street (it really does get more beautiful every year) and get yourself front and centre for ONE Big Christmas Street Party on Friday 15 November 2019.
Liverpool ONE Christmas events feature live music, food, drink and even a chance to sample the luxurious après-ski life at the Austrian-themed Bar Hütte. This cosy spot serves up festive cocktails and lots of other hot and cold drinks. Wrap up warm and sip a mug of mulled loveliness as you gaze up at our magnificent 30-foot tree, knowing that your early preparation was all worth it.
With all this extra free time on your hands, there may even be a chance to get your skates on and glide across the sheltered ice rink at the Christmas Ice Festival. It’s held at Pier Head on the waterfront, so just a stone’s throw from the bars, restaurants and shops of Liverpool ONE. Bring the kids too, as the UK’s longest real ice slide will be set up and ready for action – you may have trouble dragging them away!