Wrap up your festive shopping at London’s best Christmas market and fair- Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Hyde Park gets glammed up once again with its annual Christmassy additions. Those of you read the second last post here, know that Hyde park is kitted out with rides and attractions, including a giant observation wheel and two circuses, plus the famous ice rink. But what makes me really feel like Alice in this winter wonderland is that the Christmas Market is back there, boasting a winning combination of homemade gifts and delicious food. The market sells almost everything from decorative items, sweets and festive treats as well as traditional German crafts and lashings of glühwein. If you are looking for inspiration what to buy this Christmas for your near and dear ones, then continue reading this post and go ahead with your Christmas shopping there! Instead of rushing to your nearest high street, start browsing the Christmas Markets at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
The Christmas Market at Hyde Park gives you plenty of choice across more than 200 fairylit Bavarian style wooden chalets. You’re sure to find all you need for the festive season. Get your mits on handmade crafts including pottery, toys, and pashminas, in addition to a variety of cheeses, chocolates, and chutneys. You’ll also find plenty of gift ideas to inspire you with an array of beautiful jewellery, accessories, clothing, handmade crafts, traditional Christmas decorations and more! After browsing through the stalls, I can say that there are some really unique items from across the world. So, I have come up with these Christmas gift ideas and I hope you’ll like them as much as I did.
Home decoration items are the most useful Christmas gifts you can receive as it can be used by all the members of your family. It is often seen that it’s very hard to shop for teenagers, most of the time you end up buying things they do not want or like. Buying a bed-side table lamp shade made in Morocco but bought in London for your teenage daughter or cousin’s bedroom or some decorative lights made in Nepal for your Christmas tree is always a good idea as Christmas presents. Hyde Park Christmas market has some amazing collection from handmade scented candles to colorful chandelier lighting, from handmade tableware made of clay to DIY plastic tealight lantern made from disposable/ reusable cups.
Given an opportunity to choose only one item from Hyde Park’s Christmas market, I would like to choose a thing or two or in fact the entire tableware set by Kari Ceramics– handmade by Kari Ytterdal in her studio in Amsterdam, this high quality ceramics collection is inspired by Norwegian nature, surrendering to rocky mountains, trees and the sea. Captured the organic forms, the entire collection of Kari ceramics tableware is handmade with love and care to shape the clay into its natural beauty. The best part of shopping Kari Ceramics from Hyde Park Christmas markets is that they give you an experience similar to high-street shopping as they come with beautifully packaged gift cards unlike other stalls.
Food gifts are the best gifts. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to eat. You don’t have to think about the gender, size, preferences of the person when you are gifting them food items, right! Hyde Park Christmas market serves up its regular selection of sustainably and ethically produced fine foods but with extra added seasonal goodies. Pick up gifts such as chutney, honey, cheese, traditional sweets with marzipan and craft beer to wrap up for your hungriest family members, and tuck into ready-to-eat treats such as mulled wine and mince pies while you shop. My top three picks are: cheese, honey and Chutney by The Cherry Tree made in Dorset, the cheese from Snowdonia Cheese Company and the Királyi marzipan sweets.
Accessories as Christmas pressie is a great idea as you don’t need to know about the size of the person you are buying this gift for. Ladies and young girls in your family will love getting a statement piece and some funky accessories as Christmas gift. The Handmade Jewellery stall had some drool-worthy pieces. It’s a must that you check-out their collection especially like me, if you also prefer friendly sales assistants or owners while shopping.
Take some time out from the excitement of the attractions of Winter Wonderland for a leisurely stroll around the Christmas markets.You’re sure to find some gift ideas for others and you may even be tempted to treat yourself. Avoid the peak hours (Mornings and week days are recommended) to allow you have lil extra time in hand to browse through all the stalls for that unique Christmas gift for your family and friends.
Happy Christmas shopping!!!