When it comes to Christmas shopping, Coventry and Warwickshire has a wonderful array of beautiful places to discover thoughtful gifts that will delight loved ones…and wouldn’t it be great to start your Christmas shopping now? After all, the nights are getting colder, the days shorter, and the festive season is nearly here!
To make your Christmas shopping sprees a little easier, we’ve taken all the hard work out of finding Christmas gifts with a difference. So, sit back, relax and enjoy our top picks for Christmas shopping in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Afternoon Tea and a Browse
For a relaxed – and delicious afternoon of Christmas shopping, we have a range of Festive Afternoon Tea with Carols that begins in late November and throughout December leading up to Christmas (see our events page for all our dates). As well as enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea spread and enjoying (and joining in!) the carols, there will be a variety of stalls from local businesses selling everything from home goods to jewellery, as well bags and candles, which means you can browse at your leisure and buy some unusual and unique gifts. Foodie lovers are also taken care of with our easy to purchase range of gift vouchers that offer everything from cream teas and dinner for two, to Coombe Abbey experience vouchers that can be used on one of our themed nights out. We also offer generic gift vouchers that can be used in any of our restaurants or towards a stay with us.
This year saw a renewed interest in Peter Rabbit with the release of the highly successful Peter Rabbit film. Timeless Tales in Stratford upon Avon is an utterly lovely treasure trove of gifts for fans of Beatrix Potters’ delightful tales. They also stock toys and more from other timeless tales such as Paddington Bear, the Hungry Caterpillar and the Gruffalo. Visit their Facebook for more information. For Dolls House fans we have the perfect shop for you…venture down Spon Street on Coventry to Cejais Bears and Dolls Houses and discover an amazing display of dolls houses and vintage style bears that will be loved forever. Children will love this place but adults do too, especially the dolls houses and speciality bear collectors!
A Creative Quarter
Try Christmas shopping in Fargo village and discover a wonderfully eclectic mix of shops with something for everyone! Here’s just a few of the many shops you can find: Auntie Olive’s Attic: a fabulous range of 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s fashion and home-ware Abstraction – creative art to make, and buy! Fantayzia Designs – unique artwork and handcrafted jewellery Choc ‘n Roll – a delicious selection of chocolate, macarons, pastries and homemade hot chocolate Ronnie’s Stuff – vintage collectables and unique gifts The Paint Rack – model kits and crafts And, with plenty of food, drink and social spaces to enjoy, this is a fun day out in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Cheese lovers rejoice! Cheese on the Green in Rugby are purveyors of fine cheeses and if you know someone who just loves cheese and would love it as a gift, this is the ideal place to visit. Or for those with a sweet tooth, Roly’s Fudge make the crumbliest, creamiest fudge we’ve ever tried and as a gift, it always goes down a treat! Fat Moomoo in Leamington is also a treat for sweet lovers and as a specialist sweet shop, you’ll also find a range of sweets that are sugar free, gluten free, dairy free and vegan…perfect gifts for those who love sweets but may have certain dietary needs. For a range of food and drinks gifts such as pickles, preserves, English wines and gins – all sourced from local producers – visit Hilltop Farm in Leamington.
Shops for Gifts
Antigo in Kenilworth houses a wonderful range of gift ideas for women of all ages. Choose from Italian clothing and Italian leather bags, fashion jewellery, scarves, purses and more. For contact details, take a look at their Facebook page. For a stunning range of home interiors, pop into McIntosh and Paul in Leamington Spa. As soon as you step into this shop you’ll be spoilt for choice on what Christmas gifts to pick from the dazzling and unusual selection. Smithery in Warwick is another great find for Christmas shopping in Coventry and Warwickshire. The owners personally handpick everything they have, using carefully selected ‘Makers’ who hand make many of the pieces on sale. You can even join in on their workshops, learning new skills and creating something new for you or as a gift! This really is a unique and great place to try for unusual Christmas gifts for someone special in your life.
A piece about Christmas shopping in Coventry and Warwickshire wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Coventry Market! Home to such a diverse array of stalls, it really does offer a unique shopping experience and it’s the perfect place to visit when you need to do Christmas shopping for a wide variety of friends and family!
We hope our blog on Christmas shopping in Coventry and Warwickshire has inspired you and put you in a festive mood! We certainly feel festive here at Coombe Abbey Hotel and, we look forward to seeing you during the festive season. Also don’t forget that as well as our Festive Afternoon Tea with Carols, you can also enjoy so many other events such as our Festive Lunch with Santa, Christmas Mediaeval Banquets, Christmas Party Nights with JD from Free Radio, New Year’s Eve Dinner and New Year’s Event Black Tie Masquerade Ball to mention just a few! For more details, please refer to our events page. In the meantime… happy Christmas shopping!