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What's on this Christmas - at a glance

Find the perfect stocking fillers

Canterbury is a treasure trove for little treats. Here’s where to head for optimum festive gifts for all ages and pockets!

Toys

  • Elves and the Shoemaker – having teamed up with Adam’s Attic this fantastic independent shop stocks all sorts of children’s toys. 
  • Fenwick – the children’s toy department has some great little toys, cards, notebooks, kits and gadgets for keeping them entertained – and don’t forget LEGO! 
  • Whirligig Toys – dedicated to fun! The ultimate fun grotto for great puzzles, toys, pocket games, crafts, card sets, board games – it’s all in this jam-packed toyshop.

Beauty

  • Boots – mini toiletries, soaps and bath bombs, nail polish, makeup kits and so much more. 
  • Claire’s Accessories – hair accessories, jewellery, stickers, gloves, purses, nail polish and beauty bags. 
  • LUSH – the ultimate stocking filler, glorious bath bombs to fill the water with sparkle and colours. 
  • The Body Shop – little bottles of bubbles and bath treats, hand creams and fruity lip balm.

Stationery

  • Cowling & Wilcox – pens, pencils, paints and art supplies, notebooks, crafting kits, stickers. 
  • Flying Tiger –notebooks, sweets, stationery, toys, stickers, pencil-cases, masks and amusing gifts. 
  • Paperchase – pens, photo-frames, notebooks, diaries, stickers, ornaments, stationery. 
  • Ryman – plenty of little gift ideas in here under £10, alongside all things stationery. 
  • Smiggle – from stationery, toys and pencil cases to their annual bumper Advent Calendar. 
  • The Works – books, puzzles, pens, notebooks, jigsaws, stickers, craft sets, diaries. 
  • Typo – notebooks, keyrings, mugs, stationery and tons of fun stuff for teens. 
  • Waterstones – books will give pleasure long after December is over and don’t forget to check out their excellent stationery range.

Games

  • Level Up Games – not just a video game store, here you will find collectable characters, trading cards and more. 
  • Warhammer – tabletop gaming accessories and figures for painting. 
  • Dice & Destiny – trading card games and board games for teens and gamers, kits to paint.

Chocolate

  • Hotel Chocolat – chocolate reindeers, Santas, penguins and more! 
  • M&S –fun sweets, games and toys, books, bubble bath miniatures, socks, chocolate coins. 
  • Madame Oiseau – check out the hand-poured chocolate Christmas treats, from just a few pounds (we love the big bricks of luxury chocolate, for just £3).
  • The Fudge Kitchen and Roly’s Fudge Pantry – both offer locally made sweet treats .

Give the gift of choice with a Canterbury Gift Card – pop some money on a card and let them decide how to spend it!

Why do we hang a stocking up over the fireplace, or at the end of the bed?
The reasons are a little lost in the mists of time and storytelling. However, it’s believed to originate from the story of Saint Nicholas, who wanted to help a poor family with three daughters. He threw three bags of gold coins through their window, as he knew that their father would not accept charity. One of the bags of coins landed in a stocking, hanging to dry by the fire. Gold coins (chocolate ones sadly) still appear in stockings today.