I begin this years Christmas shopping in London
I begin this years Christmas shopping in London with a visit to Fortnum & Masons to buy a Chocolate Advent calendar for my girlfriend. And then we check out this years festive Fortnum and Mason Christmas 2015 windows and displays.
Christmas shopping at Fortnum & Mason
I’m starting this years Christmas shopping at Fortnum & masons store on London’s Piccadilly. Fornum and Mason is a grand old store and has become a popular destination for tourists as well as being a fully functioning department store much used and loved by Londoners.
First founded in 1707 by a former footman of queen anne, apparently the Royals liked fresh candles each day so William Fortnum had a side line selling the used ones and the profits funded the formation of this more respectable business with business partner Hugh Mason who was already trading in St James market.
And from a far more modest store in St James market and after 300 years of innovation and continued success they now call home 181 Piccadilly.
Shopping here is unique and although more synonymous with luxury and the exotic. The store is still a great place to pick up everyday items.
Fortnum and Mason Scotch Eggs
Fortnum and Mason claim to have invented the scotch egg which they still sell today. I love a scotch egg so thank you for that. The range right now includes a black pudding one which sounds interesting. So I may have to try one soon. And apparently they were Mr Heinz’s first distributor of baked beans here so they were responsible for introducing the UK to tins of Heinz baked bean.
Each year their amazing festive window displays alone attact many visitors. I’ve mentioned the store before. I really love the food hall on the lower ground floor but what they are particularly handy for is gifts.
Fortnum and Mason Hampers
Fortnum’s always have something a little special for every occasion. They put a lot of thought and effort in to minor details. Also their Christmas gift range is extensive and exceptional. Fortnum and Mason are world renowned for their hampers.
Every store does hampers these days but there is nothing ubiquitous about Fortum and masons hampers. The hampers are an amazing gift. I’ve given them before and the recipients always really loved them.
The first item of Christmas shopping as an advent calendar for my girlfriend chloe. I think I’ve said this before – “Christmas is about giving” and giving to get is bad form. However in the season of giving it can not do any harm to brighten up your partners day a little everyday in the weeks and the days leading up to Christmas. It may make the whole season merrier for you too.
So I’m visiting Fortnum and Mason to choose Chloe a chocolate filled advent calendar. I checked the range on their website before visiting and they have one containing a selection of Pink Marc de Champagne truffles, Passion Fruit truffles, Gin & Lime truffles, Hazelnut Marzipan and Vanilla Cream Fudge. All from their confectionery counter on the ground floor. I know Chloe likes Fornum’s chocolates as she shops here for them on occasion herself.
Fortnum and Mason have wooden advent calendars and musical ones too. The calendars look amazing and you can get a refill pack for them each year. They have tea filled versions and even a whisky or gin ones.
I think beauty product filled ones are popular the last couple of years. They don’t have them here and I’m not sure that’s a great gift idea unless specifically requested or you hope to see a marked improvement over the 24 days because that’s kind of what you will be inadvertently hinting at. So I’m eschewing popular culture and sticking with a tried and tested gift that has never previously failed – chocolates.
It looks like they have some amazing festive things in the Christmas department. Plenty of Christmas decorations for your home and tree. They look like they will brighten up any room over the holidays.
Games and gifts for dinner party guests, Christmas cards, Christmas crackers. Also some of those looked pretty luxurious, one set I noticed cost £1000 per half dozen and contained luxury gifts. If you get those your guests will probably take pulling them more seriously and they will no doubt be back at yours for Christmas lunch & dinner every year.
The advent calendars ranged from £7 – £160 pounds. The chocolate one I purchased was £35. Its not the most lavish one they have but I think it is the one she will enjoy the most.