It’s the biggest shopping weekend of the year – are you stuck for gift ideas?

Are you a last-minute shopper or has does it just seem there have been less weekends than last December? Every year, with the best of intentions, here at Shopappy we still need to do a bit of running around to get the gifts we want just in time for the big day. If you’re in that position, we recommend a stroll down to your local high street for inspiration. Much calmer, less cluttered and you avoid the traffic jams? If you’re still at work or looking at your phone during a Christmas movie, you can have a virtual stroll online – just have a look at for inspiration.

You could choose some gifts and collect your shopping tomorrow, or later on your way home from work from one single collection point (with a free drink thrown in).

We’ve just had a straw poll in the office for good last-minute gift ideas and here are our top 5…

Their favourite tipple

Who doesn’t appreciate a nice bottle over the Christmas period. If you don’t indulge yourself it’s nice to be able to offer a drink to family and friends. Amongst our favourites are gin – there are some lovely flavours and colours to discover – rhubarb and ginger, orange, pink – just some of the unusual gins waiting to be discovered. Prosecco is always a favourite or a nice bottle of wine. How about a bottle of port to accompany the cheese? has a fantastic array of local stores selling some great Christmas drinks!

Festive food, and lots of it!

Food is what Christmas is all about! It’s the only time of the year when you can get away with eating exactly what you fancy. What about a hamper filled with Christmas treats such as jams, chutneys and cheeses, oh and wine. A hamper is the ultimate decadent gift of the season, after all it’s one of those things you’d probably never treat yourself to and there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. If you go down your local high street you can make up a bespoke hamper for your favourite person who has everything or buy a hamper themed just for what they love – a curry subscription, a wine box, a taste of Spain, a hamper of crafty bits?

And when you buy local, a whole hamper of goodness comes back to your community so have a go and shop local at Lights, candles, action! We always feel like Christmas is here when we put up the decorations – from the tree to garlands and stockings. The house just feels that extra bit more homely with glistening lights, scent of pine and sparkly decorations. Are you still needing to buy your Christmas tree? Or a festive candle for a friend? Or some crafty bits so you can do a hand-made Christmas – there is a fab selection to see on ShopAppy.

Thoughtfully picked gifts

In the office Cathy says “The best gift I ever received was a handbag made with Yorkshire tweed. It may not have been the most expensive gift but that doesn’t matter to me. What I treasure are those gifts that someone has put real thought into and gone out to buy.”

We love those hand-crafted and unique gifts from independent stores where we know that someone has had as much enjoyment choosing them or making them as we have receiving them.

If you too are thinking of what to get that special person, head over to for inspiration – you will find something that extra bit special – we guarantee it.

FIVE gold rings (sung extra loud of course!)

We don’t think anyone expects 5!

For us we’d be happy with an individual piece of jewellery from one of your lovely independent jewellers. We love earrings, pendants and brooches in silver with semi-precious stones which look a million dollars but thankfully don’t break the bank. You will find something to suit your budget however large or small but the nice thing is that, whatever you choose is likely to be unique to you and you’re unlikely to bump into someone wearing the same piece.

It’s difficult to buy jewellery online, you can’t see the quality or get the fit quite right so your high street is definitely the best option for a browse and a try-on.

You can of course browse before you buy at

So remember if you are feeling rushed, like you have too many gifts still left to get, or just the one or two extras for someone extra special, head over to for shop local inspiration. If you are too busy just order then click and collect later.

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