Shops: Christmas gifts at Harrods

Harrods Christmas WindowsIn the run up to Christmas I’m going to be reviewing some of London’s finest stores in a bid to help you find suitable Christmas gifts.  The store I’m taking a look at today is Harrods which encompasses seven floors across 4.5 acres and welcomes over 15 million customers each year.  Harrods was founded by Charles Henry Harrod, a grocer and tea merchant, who opened the store in 1849.

It’s very easy to visit Harrods, just get off the tube station at Knightsbridge, on the Piccadilly line, take the exit which says Brompton Road and as you come out of the tube station you’ll see the store on your right hand side – you can’t miss it!  For Christmas, the store is covered in hundreds of bulbs which look spectacular in the dark.  Do take time to admire the window displays which are always so opulent and luxurious.

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for men then start off at the Lower Ground which houses Menswear brands; Paul Smith, Armani Jeans, Hackett London, Hugo Boss, Vivienne Westwood and many more designer labels.  Louis Vuitton and Tom Ford have mini shops and Paul Smith shows a large collection.  I liked the Paul Smith Erwin Fieger Wash Bags – £110, Christy’s Caps – £39.95, Burlington Socks – £12-£17 and Eaton Ties – £74.99.  There’s also an area dedicated to casual men’s clothing with brands; For All Mankind, Paul & Joe, Diesel and Fred Perry plus more.

Harrods Christmas Gifts, Men, Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Men

Make your way up to the Ground Floor which also includes more men’s wear collections; Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry, Prada, etc.  This floor is also home to The Cosmetics Hall, The Perfumery Hall and Beauty Apothecary where you’ll find all the major international designer brands; Chanel, Tom Ford, Crème de la Mere, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, etc.  If you want to buy someone a beautiful bag then do take a look in the Luxury Accessory zones.  The Fine Jewellery and Fine Watch departments are also housed on this floor.

If you’re after branded Harrods gifts take a look in the Chocolates and Confectionary plus Tea and Coffee departments.  You can pick up Christmas presents to suit most tastes here.  I liked the Christmas Spiced Ground Coffee – £10.95, the Harrods Mugs – £9.95-£16.95, Luxury Hand Made Orange Curd – £5.95 and the Charbonnel et Walker Truffles – £12.50.  Make sure you visit the actual Food Hall which is just amazing.  You can also stop off here for a bite to eat and sit up at a bar to sample caviar and oysters.  If you want Harrods gifts for a child seek out the Harrods London Bear collection and for chocolate lovers you might want to buy something from the Harrods Gold range which includes giant chocolate bars which look like real gold bars.

Harrods Christmas Gifts, Food and Drink, Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Food and Drink

For women’s wear and shoes head for the First Floor which is likely somewhere you’ll want to have a browse around so you can find a few outfits for all those Christmas parties you’ve been invited to!

By the time you reach the Second Floor you might want to sit down for some refreshments and a bite to eat.  I stopped off at The Tea Room where I enjoyed a vegetarian pasty of winter roots with herbs and aged cheddar cheese, scones with clotted cream and jam plus a pot of tea for the total price of £27.57.  Other restaurants include a Pizzeria, Ice Cream Parlour, Canti Prosecco Bar, Godiva Chocolate Café and In-Q Café.

Cream Tea at The Tea Room in Harrods, Homegirl London

The Tea Rooms at Harrods, Cream Tea

Now you’ve refuelled it’s time to press on and track down more Christmas gifts.  You’ll find tableware, home decoration – bed and bath goods (a great place to shop for bath robes), kitchenware, books, stationery, travel gifts and Harrods gifts located on the second floor.  The stationery department stocks Moleskin and Aspinal of London and if you want bespoke stationery try Smythson.  I liked the Moleskin Notebooks – £7.99 for a small version, Aspinal of London Small Orange Notebook £39.  In terms of gifts for cooks you’ll find Joseph and Joseph and Le Creuset.  I liked the Spode Cake Stand – £44.95 and the Le Creuset Petite Casserole Dish – £20 for two.

Harrods Christmas Gifts, Aspinal of London Notebooks, Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Aspinal of London Notebooks

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Spode Cake Stand, Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Spode Cake Stand

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Le Creuset Petite Casserole Dish, Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Le Creuset Petite Casserole Dish

Onwards to the Harrods Shop which stocks branded goods like Teddy Bears – £14.95 and Harrods Bags – £17.99.

Harrods Christmas Gifts, Teddy Bears , Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Teddy Bears

On the Third Floor you’ll find a great selection of cameras in the technology department.  The Christmas World department houses Christmas decorations and the Toy Kingdom is just amazing and brimming full with every toy you could possibly think of.  They have a really good selection of Harry Potter toys which is worth a look, plus plenty of Lego.

Harrods Christmas Gifts, Harry Potter, Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Harry Potter Toys

The Fourth Floor houses the Disney Store which stocks all the favourites plus the new additions of animation film inspired characters.  The Christmas Grotto is also located here which is open until 24 December but unfortunately all the tickets are sold out – so best not let the kids see the grotto otherwise they’ll want visit Santa and he’s far too busy this year!  There’s also an extensive children’s fashion department if you need any special outfits for little ones.

If you need to buy a Christmas gift for a pet lover then do check out the Pet Kingdom because it’s really quite a revelation if you don’t have pets.  It’s crammed with little doggy outfits, collars and beds, including Harrods branded items.  The fourth floor has a large Fashion Lab showcasing younger fashion brands like Wild Fox and All Saints.  Christmas gifts for sport lovers can be found on the Fifth Floor which features all the major sports orientated brands from football to skiing.

Harrods Christmas Gifts, Harrods Branded Pet Clothes, Homegirl London

Harrods Christmas Gift Ideas, Harrods Branded Pet Clothes

Harrods is located at 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL.  Opening times Monday through to Saturday are 10am until 8pm.  On Sundays the store opens for browsing 11.30-12 noon and you can then shop up until 6pm.   For information take a look at the website www.harrods.com.  Credits: text and images by Homegirl London, Harrods Shop Window picture courtesy of Harrods.