LibertyWhen it comes to Christmas decorations, especially for the tree, Liberty wins hands down. I spent so much time carefully browsing every single display and colour theme to ensure I hadn't missed the perfect decoration. Despite the luxury positioning of the store, I found lots of single decorations at under £5 and snapped up several for my own tree. In terms of food and gift ideas it wasn't quite right for the people on my list, but I do love the stationery department for quirky and thoughtful gifts.
SelfridgesMany of Selfridges' decorations are from the same brand as those at Liberty. However, there isn't quite as much choice and many of them are at the higher end of the price scale. I loved the wreaths, but at almost £50 a pop, I couldn't really justify the investment. The gifting area of the Christmas shop though is amazing. There are loads of stocking fillers and quirky gift ideas, as well as toys and games for kids. The window displays are also the best around. Although, the pink 'Destination Christmas' creative isn't actually very festive. Top marks also go to Selfridges for the food hall. Always a winner.
John LewisWhen I arrived at John Lewis it was their gifting department that stood out for me rather than decorations. The Oxford Circus store has a beautifully merchandised gift department. It definitely inspired me.
Marks & SpencerM&S is your affordable Christmas destination, and almost everything festive they sell (non-food) is on a 3 for 2 deal – and has been since back in October. There are some really nice tree decorations, priced anywhere from £2, but there aren't many that have the wow factor. Again, the food at M&S is to die for, and really reasonably priced too. It's definitely my first port of call for Christmas treats and foodie gifts
HarrodsI've not yet been to Harrods but it's usually on my list to check out. I've often been known to pick up a box of half price crackers there close to Christmas, or a little treat from the food hall.
Fortnum & MasonI love the atmosphere of Fortnum & Mason. It feels like you've stepped into a New York Christmas rom com. Again, I've not yet been this year but it's definitely on my radar. Of course, the Christmas hampers are what this store is well known for.
Where is your favourite place to shop for Christmas?