Meadowhall's Christmas Gift Guide

Holidays are coming and however you approach your Christmas shopping – whether you’re an early starter or save it ‘til December – your Christmas gifts inspiration starts here.

Whether it’s Christmas present ideas for your nearest and dearest or gifts for colleagues in work, our ultimate Christmas gifts guide is here to help. From stocking fillers to beauty, booze, books and more, here’s our tips for finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list at Meadowhall.

For the fashionistas

If you know a stylish someone who keeps up with all of the latest fashion trends, update their wardrobe with some of this season’s must-haves.

Shackets, striped jumpers, chunky boots and leather leggings are annual stapes. With gilets, sweater vests and quilted jackets on trend this winter. Head to H&M and Zara to see what’s new in.

A woman wearing a fair isle style jumper and a white woolly hat.

A festive jumper or woolly hat is always a great gift (image provided by Hobbs).

You also can’t go wrong with a pair of fresh kicks. From high heels to trending trainers, head to Kurt Geiger or OFFICE, to browse the full range of shoes from popular brands including Doc Martens, Carvela, UGG, as well as more luxury options from VEJA, Jimmy Choo, McQ Alexander McQueen at Flannels .

A man holds the collar of his blue jacket, he also wears a checked scarf.

Grab a cosy scarf or hat from M&S (image provided by M&S).

Hats, gloves and scarves are always a welcome gift too, and you’ll find some fab sets and separates in Accessorize, Next, Joules and Fat Face.

For beauty lovers

The Body Shop stocking fillers

The Body Shop stocking fillers (image provided by The Body Shop).

Every festive season beauty brands bundle their most popular make-up, skincare and fragrances into Christmas gift sets – and the best part is they come beautifully packaged too.

A pink perfume bottle shaped like a star sits on top of books.

Mugler Angel Nova fragrance available at The Perfume Shop (image provided by The Perfume Shop).

And this year, Christmas parties are back and they’re the perfect excuse for getting glammed up. Brands including MAC, and Charlotte Tilbury, YSL, and Tom Ford within Flannel’s Beauty Hall, all have a range of eye-shadow palettes, blushes and lipsticks that would make the perfect Christmas gift this year. For skincare, brands such as Kiehl's, Estee Lauder, Dermalogica and La Mer, are great for stocking up on those daily essentials such as moisturizers, make-up removers and face masks.

You can’t go wrong with a popular fragrance set. From classics like YSL’s ‘Black Opium’ and Paco Rabanne’s ‘One Million’, there’s lots of different scents to choose from. Or for more luxury options, try scents from Le Labo, Jo Malone or Molton Brown. The team at Flannels will be more than happy to help, and will of course let you try before you buy.

If you’re looking for stocking filler ideas, Lush or The Body Shop are your go-to with a range of sets and miniatures, including hand lotions, bath bombs and oils, body lotions, shower gels and lip balms.

Snow Fairy lush gift set.

Snow Fairy Lush Gift Set (image provided by Lush).

Don’t forget those beauty electricals too for hair grooming and styling with a range of beard trimmers, hair dryers, straighteners and curlers also available at Boots and Argos.

For a gift that lasts

If you’re looking for a gift that will last a lifetime, a piece of jewellery is a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Beaverbrooks or Thomas Sabo offer a wide range of jewellery from watches, bracelets and bangles, to necklaces and rings, their teams will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect piece.

jewellery on a display stand.

Image provided by Beaverbrooks.

Or if you’re planning on splashing out on something extra-special for the one you love this Christmas, Goldsmiths specialise in luxury Rolex, Omega and Breitling watches or exquisite diamonds.

Gifts for gym-goers and fitness fanatics

Whether your loved one is an avid gym-goer, an at-home-yogi, or a weekend walker, there’s something for everyone when it comes to fitness, no matter what type of exercise they’re into.

For keen runners, gym-goers or weightlifters, you can find all types of gym wear from tops, shorts, sports bras, trainers and leggings from stores such as JD Sports or Sports Direct. A half-zip to layer and some gloves and a hat are also great options for those who exercise outdoors in the winter too.

From Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands to Cornish hiking trails, if your loved one has been making the most of what the UK has to offer over the past year, find a gift to help fuel their next adventure.

You’ll find a variety of specialist outdoor and hiking wear, from waterproofs to backpacks, at The North Face or Blacks. And not forgetting a reusable water bottle, a must-have for long days out exploring.

And for fitness accessories, consider a foam roller, yoga mat, resistance bands, or some protein bars for something a bit different.

For the foodies

A personalised food hamper for Christmas is sure to be popular with the foodies in your life. Pack it full of their favourite treats, from festive classics such as chocolate coins, mince pies and Tunnock’s Tea Cakes, to sweets, cheese and crisps. Don’t forget their favourite tipple too – whether it’s beer, gin, wine, or prosecco – to keep the celebrations flowing over the Christmas break.

Lakeland hamper of food.

Lakeland hamper (image provided by Lakeland).

Or if you don’t have time to pick and pack a hamper, why not check out the range at Marks & Spencer to save you time on wrapping too.

If eating out is more their thing, pick a date and book a table to enjoy a meal at Carluccio’s, wagamama or Fridays at Meadowhall for something to look forward to and help beat those January blues.

You could also consider treating them to a new kitchen gadget. A blender or air fryer from Lakeland are great ideas, or help them chop, dice and slice in style with a new knife set, and spice up their life with a spice rack from Marks & Spencer.

Ooni Pizza Oven

Ooni Pizza Oven from Lakeland (image provided by Lakeland).

For coffee-lovers, a coffee machine or some replacement coffee pods could be a great gift idea. You’ll find a whole host of options at Nespresso that will offer barista-grade brews from iced-lattes to cappuccinos at home. For something a little smaller, why not pick up a beautiful mug or coaster from independent Curated Makers, or a reusable coffee cup from Typo to help them enjoy their winter morning brew in-style.

For the bookworms

Books are one of the best Christmas present ideas as there’s endless options to choose from. You’ll be sure to find something to suit every literary taste.

Stationery stocking fillers from Paperchase

Stationery stocking fillers from Paperchase (image provided by Paperchase).

If you’re not sure on which genre to go for, you can play it safe by choosing one of the books tipped by publishers to be a best-seller for Christmas 2021.

This year’s top picks include John le Carré’s ‘Silverview’, Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s joint book ‘Renegades: Born in the USA’, and Sally Rooney’s ‘Beautiful World Where Are You’.

Michael McIntyre's new autobiography book.

Michael McIntyre's new autobiography is now available at WH Smith (image provided by WH Smith).

Head to Waterstones or WHSmith to take your pick.

Gifts for gamers and gadget-lovers

The Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch are once again the hottest consoles for Christmas.


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If you know someone that’s been lucky enough to get their hands on one already or will be receiving one for Christmas – level up their gaming with the newest games and latest accessories.

Gaming chairs, keyboards, special edition controllers, and headsets are popular choices. Or some of the big game launches this winter include FIFA 22, Call of Duty: Vanguard and Grand Theft Auto V. Head to Game to browse the full range of games and find out more about their launch dates.

For gifts for the gadget lovers in your life, must-have pieces of tech include wireless earphones, Bluetooth speakers or a smart technology home device such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Make sure you check out the range of features and latest festive promotions before choosing your gift.

Visit Menkind to see what other techy presents are on offer.

For the house proud

Christmas candle from M&S

Christmas candle from M&S (image provided by M&S).

As the evenings get colder and darker, a luxury candle is the perfect present for making your home feel nice and cosy. The White Company has a brilliant range of scents to choose from, including festive fragrances such as cinnamon, gingerbread and pine. If you’re looking for something that lasts a little longer, a fresh scented reed diffuser that can be used all year round is a great option too.

A picture frame is a lovely, simple and affordable Christmas gift, that is always appreciated. Why not go the extra mile and print a photograph of a special memory for your loved ones to treasure? Find a collection of photo frames to suit any home-décor style at Marks & Spencer and print out your chosen photo at Boots or Max Speilmann.

Gin and martini glasses from next on a tray.

Image provided by Next.

For those who love to entertain, new champagne flutes or gin balloon glasses from Lakeland, Next or Marks & Spencer are a great idea. Or if they’re into cocktails, treat them to a new cocktail shaker or a recipe book.

For the little ones

Whether you’re looking for Christmas toys for your own children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, we’ve got a few ideas to help you get started.

Art and crafts are a great way of keeping children occupied while also encouraging their creativity. From playdough sets to paint by numbers, there’s something to suit every age at The Entertainer. Pop fidget toys are also set to be a highly asked for present for children this Christmas.

Disney Frozen Monopoly board game

Disney Frozen Monopoly board game available at The Entertainer (image provided by The Entertainer).

For younger children, toys or anything else fun that’s branded with their favourite characters – from the Grinch, to Disney, Peppa Pig, Star Wars and Barbie – is a great idea. Head to Hamleys or Argos to see what’s on offer.

For older children, why not introduce them to traditional and classic boardgames which can be enjoyed by all of the family over the Christmas period. Or head down to the Lanes to discover a world of choice from our independents. Avalon specialises in film, TV and gaming merchandise, or head to The Fan Cave for a truly unique gift with authentic signed memorabilia.

For your furry friends

A dog wearing a festive dog jacket.

Get your four legged friend a festive jacket from M&S (image provided by M&S).

Christmas is not just for humans but for our furry family members too.

Head to Marks & Spencer to check out their range of accessories for your beloved pets including beds, bandanas and blankets.

Or for the dog or cat that already has it all, you can’t go wrong with some tasty treats or new toys for them to enjoy. Head to the BARKery at Frenchie Frenchie to pick up a WUFFle or a WOOFnut as an extra-special treat for your pups.

Something for everyone

meadowhall gift card image.

If you’re still stuck for Christmas present ideas after reading this guide, then look no further. Treat your friends, family or colleagues to any present they’d like with a Meadowhall Gift Card.

You can find them for sale at our customer services desk or our self-service kiosks around the centre.

If you don’t have time to pop down to see us, you can also buy them online to send out in the post or virtually. It couldn’t be easier!

Don’t forget to visit our independent retailers at Meadowhall too. There are more than 40 independent shops to choose from at Meadowhall where you’ll find something unique for even the most difficult to buy for on your list.

There’s everything from jewellery, artisan soaps and artwork available at Curated Makers.

The window of curated makers.

Or head to The Independent Yorkshire Shop or The Sheffield Independent Store to browse the best bits and bobs from the region.

A book called the little book of sheffield

Grab local produce at The Sheffield Independent Shop

There’s even a magical store to kit out the Potterheads in your life as The Shop Under the Stairs is packed with Harry Potter prop replicas, collectables, themed homeware and butter beer.

To browse the full range of retailers at Meadowhall visit our Eat, Drink, Shop page, or plan your festive day out with us.

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