Two-hour Westgate blitz!
Yes, doubters, it can be done! Memorise Muddy’s brilliant gift buying masterplan, grab your credit card, face mask and let’s do this.
You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice and, yep, you do still have eight million presents to buy for all the various offshoots of your family. Yikes!
But fear not, we’ve devised a handy two-hour festive shopping plan of action – you’ll have it nailed by lunchtime, promise. All you need to do follow our foolproof shopping trail for Westgate Oxford – handily split into location to minimise your time in a face mask.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR
Another indie cracker, this quintessentially English gent’s lifestyle and grooming store is perfect for gifts for all those tricky-to-buy-for men and teenage boys in your life. There’s loads of stylish belts, bags, beanies, boots and lots of other things that don’t begin with B but that are equally cool. How about a “mandle” – that’s a men’s candle? This one smells of macho Samphire.
Undoubtably the prettiest shop in Westgate (Scandi minimalism is always a hit with us), there’s loads of open space for social distancing as you browse, plus the beauty section is a hidden gem at super-affordable prices. We’re loving this Cherry Idéal lippy and shimmery eye colour cream in Elipse Foil for our festive slap.
Hurray for indie shops! This chocolaterie is run by two Wiltshire-based ex-chemists who cook up their chocolatey potions in their kitchen. The quirky “salamis” – a big ol’ sausage-shaped sweet treat – make good stocking fillers. We’ll take Millionaire’s Caramel Shortbread please. .
Have you been in Oliver Bonas recently? What was once a diddy greeting card and gift shop has blossomed into a bonafide lifestyle, fashion and interiors paradise. I especially love the stylish, affordable mugs and jewellery like these twinkling mismatched moon and stars earrings for under £20. Gift your bestie (and buy yourself a matching pair).
Planning a new year fitness kick? Then do it in style with New York’s favourite fitness activity Peloton. The showroom, which opened in Westgate last year, now includes a brand spanking new Peloton Tread running machine so head over to see what the fuss is about before they go on sale to the public from Boxing Day.
Timeless yet trendy, COS is our go-to for elegant wardrobe staples that’ll last more than just the season. The store is rammed with chic grown up clothes, like this cosy cashmere roll neck, that nails both home sloth and office in one fell swoop.
From new release cookbooks to kids books and family games for Boxing Day you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in this family-owned bookshop – ask the staff if you’re struggling, they really know their stuff and give brilliant advice on Christmas gifting.
We’re big fans of this beauty brand at Muddy. The candles and room diffusers are divine and make your house resemble a five star spa (well, if you squint a bit), plus how cute is this cracker shaped stocking filler, above?
Looking for something For Him? John Lewis is a dead cert and packs a pleasantly surprising display of indie brands in the top floor men’s department including super-cool outerwear and accessories brand Rains.
Hungry yet? Admittedly there aren’t any shops up on the roof but there are refreshments and corking views. We love Mowgli for Indian street food (don’t sit on one of the novelty swings though as you’ll spill your curry everywhere), floral-clad Victor’s or NYC-inspired Dirty Bones for a cheeky cocktail and Sticks’n’Sushi for a relaxed vibe and the best sashimi in Oxon. Now that’s one way to unwind after a long, hard shop.