It’s the holiday season, which means that it’s time to give some fantastic gifts to your loved ones, and London is the perfect place to stock up on them. From delicious food-related gifts to beautiful luxurious treats, there’s something in the capital for everyone on your list, with a huge range of shopping centres and stores around the city.
It doesn’t end with buying the right gift for each person though; you’ll also need to make sure that it’s perfectly presented. After all, half the excitement of receiving a gift from someone is the joy and surprise that comes with unwrapping a special package.
So if you’re visiting the Grand Park Hotel Hounslowand plan on going gift shopping in the city this month, make sure that every present is wrapped up perfectly. To help you get your presents looking truly special, read on for our guide to finding great gift wrap across London.
Paperchase is a popular and well established brand of stationary providers, and you’ll find several of their outlets across the city, including plenty by your accommodations near Heathrow Airport. The brand has a stylish and contemporary aesthetic, and is the perfect store to find bright, modern gift wrap, greetings cards and other items.
Look out for their cute and colourful range of gift wrap, featuring adorable cartoon characters. They also do some sleek, minimalist styles, that are perfect for someone who prefers things to be a little more elegant. And to make your present look that much more special, try swapping your standard adhesive tape for some of their charming printed tapes. But if you’re feeling all thumbs and can’t quite manage wrapping an awkwardly shaped gift, they also do a handy selection of gift boxes in attractive patterns and colours, ready for you to use. Just finish off with a pretty ribbon, and you’re ready to put a smile on someone’s face.
If you’re getting a gift for someone who really appreciates attention to detail and loves good quality materials, they will certainly value a gift wrapped in paper from this beautiful stationary boutique.
Papersmiths is a stationary store that is made for people who are serious about design. The small brand now has three fantastic shops across London, making it easy to get to one easily from your accommodations near Heathrow Airport. With locations in Chelsea, Kings Cross and Shoreditch, the store is a great place to indulge in all things paper and design-related.
The store carries a fantastic line of beautifully printed gift wrap, often on thick, luxurious paper, and is ideal for giving a gift a touch of luxury. While you’re there, be sure to browse their stunning range of notebooks, pens and pencils, as well as inspiring design and art magazines from all over the world.
Tate Modern shop
If you’re staying at the Grand Park Hotel Hounslow, then a visit to the Tate Modern is a must, and is easy to get to using public transport. The gallery is one of the most popular in the city, with a fantastic variety of free exhibitions on display, as well as other special shows put on through the year. And if you’ve fallen in love with any of the pieces in the gallery, then it’s worth heading to the gift store, where you can pick up a brilliant range of art-related products.
You’ll find bright and eye catching gift wrap, with stunningly artistic prints covering them, that almost look too good to give away to someone. They also have an excellent variety of products, so if you’re stuck on ideas of what to get someone as a present, there’s bound to be something for everyone in store. From books and clothing, to children’s toys, stylish home accessories and jewellery, the Tate has everything covered.
For anyone who loves a little contemporary luxury, indulge them by wrapping their gift with something special from Selfridges. The iconic department store has an extensive range of stationary and paper goods, including plenty of gift wrapping and accessories to finish your present off perfectly.
Browse through their lovely collection of fine printed gift wrapping paper, which features quirky and stylish designs, from delicate botanical prints, to colourful abstract graphics. For an extra touch of sparkle, check out their vibrant range of metallic printed paper, with the look of crushed foil to shine beautifully against the light.
As well as a wide range of wrapping paper to choose from, you’ll also find pretty printed tissue paper, to protect any fragile or delicate items, as well as matching gift tags. Before you leave, make sure to take a peek at their selection of washi tape, to add a colourful and stylish finishing touch to your present, or wrap it up the old fashioned way, with a twine knot.
Gift wrapping services
A few specialist stores and boutiques around London also offer gift wrapping services in store, giving you the option to have your item expertly packaged and presented for a polished look. This is especially worthwhile when you’ve bought someone something unique and valuable, as the last thing you’d want to do is wrap a valuable present poorly.
If you’re interested in a gift-wrapping service, it’s worth asking stores if it is offered. Premium stores, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols will often offer this, as well as smaller luxury boutique brands, such as most designer stores such as Aspinals. You can expect an extra touch of luxury, with foil printed gift wrap, exquisite silk ribbons, and personalised cards. For something truly unique, you can even have personalised gift-wrap printed for your gift, in Selfridges main store.
Once you’ve got the perfectly presented gift ready to give away, all you need is the special setting to make the moment extra memorable. Delicious Afternoon Tea Heathrow Hotelsare a lovely way to celebrate a special moment, and the perfectly wrapped surprise is sure to be the cherry on the cake.