Ok, you’ve procrastinated long enough, there’s less than a fortnight until Christmas, it has to be done – the Great Christmas Shop of 2014 approacheth. Don’t think of it as a chore, think of it as... a day out with friends, full of guilt-free shopping and, if you plan things right, some pampering along the way. Here’s the game plan.
Starting the day off right, you’ll need a good, nutritious breakfast to keep you going. So if we’re gearing up for shopping anyway, why not have it in Trinity? You’ll end up in the new beating heart of Leeds anyway, and if it’s something fresh and different you’re after – think spicy, fresh, Mexican. The huevos rancheros at Giraffe will make your morning fry-up seem like it’s just not trying. There’s also a breakfast burrito to take on the go and munch on. We don’t recommend you do this, though, unless you feel like having your shopping trip cut short by egg-related incidents.
At this point, the sales will be a-calling. This time of the year, you’ll have to gear up to deal with the masses, out to snatch some last minute bargains. The bargains definitely make up for it though. If you’re feeling up to the task, you can snatch up to 70% discounts at your favourite high street shops. For the more indie among us, however, why not hit up the Kath Kidston pop up shop (in Trinity, where else) for vintage-y prints and super practical gifts for your loved ones?
If you want to go the extra hipster mile, however, there’s another option – the Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale – admittedly, they won’t have another stop in Leeds until January 28th (Riley Smith Hall, Leeds Uni), but a post-holiday shopping spree counts none the less. You’ll need to treat yourself after spending on everybody else, right? For the more testosterone-endowed among us, there’s Menkind – the shop that sells clothing and gadgets galore – from selfie sticks to remote control helicopters, to wallets emblazoned with the Jack Daniels logo. If you’re seriously stuck for gifts, this shop will probably get you unstuck. And if it’s geeking out you want, check out Forbidden Planet. The small-ish but thoroughly stocked geek culture hub in Leeds still isn’t getting the traffic of its London-based sister shop, but whatever you need for your favourite nerd – starting with Star Wars, Game of Thrones or LotR merch and moving on through comics, 90s nostalgia and that extra obscure brand of nerdcore that only your 13-year-old cousin would know about, they have it all.
After all that shopping, it’s time to drop. And why not do it in style at one of the most chilled out places the city centre has to offer? The Orchid Thai spa is a little oasis in the middle of the busy city, where you can receive all kinds of massage treatments in a safe, professional and thoroughly relaxing environment. More importantly though, the Spa currently offers 10% off on a range of its most popular treatment, including the Thai massage (recommended), making its already affordable treatments an unmissable pampering experience ahead of the holidays. Finish your day with a nice spa treatment and a gorgeous dinner (more on that in another post) and you’ll never think of the Christmas shop as a chore again.