Yesterday was supposed to be my ‘day’. My ‘day’ - my time - to do Christmas Shopping, and get the great people in my life the great gifts they deserve. Since I was putting together Holiday Breakfast Hampers we curated at Qnola all morning, the ‘day’ I’d set aside was in fact an ‘evening’. But I think I had a better time anyway. It was a mild evening, I was hardly layered up at all - no scarf, no gloves. What month is this? Hang on, where am I? Whatever’s going on, the air was fresh, the shops weren't too busy and the music on my iPod seemed better than ever. It was one of those (perhaps rare) moments where you’re insurmountably happy and content in your own company. And my mood was only lifted when I managed to get pretty much everything on my list, got offered a glass of wine by a salesman in Aesop (good tactics - bought a lot), and discovered a few shops I’d never heard of, selling very ‘me’ things and lots of them (again - bought a lot).
For last minute gifts, head to Upper Street in Islington for a calmer shopping experience than more central London locations. Spend some time in NookLondon and Folklore - remember that you are buying for others and not yourself - swing by Ottolenghi or The Artisan Gluten Free Bakery for homemade healthy fuel anytime of day, and then browse what I think was a Christmas Market but didn’t have the chance to enjoy as markets are a day thing, and on this particular day I was a nighthawk shopper.