Last minute local Christmas shopping

How much Christmas shopping have BCers done locally and do you have any advice for others looking for presents in the area?


We managed to buy a hairbrush from Geddes (we were under very specific instructions about what type to buy so we're not giving the game away) and we've been given an amazing goodie-box from El's Kitchen. Degustation has some great Christmas treats in-store, but that's as far as we've got, being woefully unprepared as usual.

On Twitter, Sue Luxton and Katrinna have both bigged-up Sunrise Ceramics on Algernon Road and Sue has reminded us that Mr Lawrence is a good place for wine gifts.

Share your recommendations here please.

31 comments:

Tamsin said...

Sounds Around is good for the unexpected (and usually good value). And there's Magi next door.

b. said...

as seen on twitter

@nburdy 100% recommend some of the speciality booze selection behind the counter at Mr Lawrence. Quality. (everyone listening?!)

BobFromBrockley said...

Head to Greater Brockley's southern fringe. As well as Mr Lawrence's offie, there's Jumping Bean at Honor Oak Park, which sells basically nothing other than Xmas presents, the Honor Oak Gallery for a nice print, and Talents Music Shop http://www.talentsmusic.com/ down near the Honor Oak pub, SE4's most underrated shop. (Actually, it's probably SE23 but you know what I mean.) And Yam Hill on Brockley Rise, which no-one goes to because it looks like a Caribbean takeaway is actually also a great health food shop/deli.

Brockley Nick said...

Yam Hill?! Will have to check that out, thanks.

Brockley Ben said...

I was stuck for a Secret Santa present last week so tried both Sounds Around and Magi, figuring one of them would have something to match the classy £5 budget we'd been set.

Sounds Around is bonkersly brilliant, the ideal place if you need a toy car, a single pingpong ball or some new flights for your darts, not to mention some classy electronic goods, picture frames and other geegaws. Nothing quite suited though.

Magi was frankly a bit classy for my needs and I was considering blowing the budget on a far-too-tasteful bottle opener when I saw the brain-freeze ice-cube trays. Ice-cube trays in the shape of brains. See what they did there? Perfect.

Both shops a bit odd. Both occasionally delightful. That's Brockley...

TJ said...

Used the 'I love Brockley' bags from the Broca as stocking fillers; Christmas tree decs from Magi also for stocking fillers.

IC3 said...

And Yam Hill on Brockley Rise, which no-one goes to because it looks like a Caribbean takeaway is actually also a great health food shop/deli.

It's just a throwaway remark and nothing is meant by it, but...

Anonymous said...

IC3 - it's Christmas - give people the benefit of the doubt as the guy is actually encouraging people to go.

D said...

I know exactly what he means - Yam Hill does look very different from the outside to how it does inside which may deter people. I've only ever had a quick look there as I'm not really a health shop or caribbean takeaway person.

It did look good though so give it a go if you are!

Brockley Nick said...

I think the point being made was that if it looks like a takeaway (of any sort) then people may not realise that it's a shop.

pip said...

Magi is great - only place in Brockley where you can get decent cards and wrapping paper, and while much of the merchandise isn't to my taste, there is generally something appropriate for last minute birthday and Christmas presents.

I wish there was more of a selection of jewellery - I love Pilgrim jewellery and it's amazing to have a shop in Brockley that stocks it, but there is only a tiny selection in there at the moment.

Balthazar said...

We three mungs from Ladywell are
Carbon-offset, not in a car
Organic seeds, we hope to please
Our cigarettes high in tar

Anonymous said...

If you can venture as far as Peckham try Persepolis, the amazing Persian shop. If you can't find something in there for anyone, kids to grannys, I'd be very surprised. Check out their cookbook 'Persia in Peckham.'

Anonymous said...

Persepolis is great.

Magi is useful for cards and wrapping paper but its selection of gifts has gone downhill in the last year or so. Whoever is doing the buying needs to get a bit more variety in. And the quality is a bit iffy these days too.

Anonymous said...

These people don't have a shop but their bits are cool seen them at various fairs and they live in New Cross so you never know they could do a last minute sale.

http://www.folksy.com/shops/alicecullen

http://shopjill.com/

Ladywell Borders said...

I got a great I Love Ladywell bag from Oscar's last year, which has since gone walkabout in my house, but was a treasured grocery bag! I'm pretty sure you can still get them.

Ladywell Borders said...

Oh I forgot to mention Gennaro's! It's slightly outside the Brockley/Ladywell area, but they have some very yummy gifts for the foodies on your list. Italian chocolates & pannetone, wine, a sausage or two!

Anonymous said...

And after you've bought the gifts...I've just had a visit from the local PCSOs. There's been 3 burglaries very recently in Tyrwhitt and Tressillian.

IC3 said...

The point alluded to regards representation. It was just a throwaway remark, but it does reveal cultural assumptions.
Take-aways & caribbean places are not used by the majority of people who feel comfortable to post here.

Yet these places are lasting, businesses in Brockley, ie they have customers, who we can reasonably assume to be Brockley residents.

Wendy said...

You're the one making all kinds of (wrong) assumptions. Read Bob from Brockley's blog if you want to know what he's really like.

Brockley Nick said...

@IC3 - let's assume for a second that your cultural subtext antennae are more finely tuned than others and you are correct in your interpretation of what was written.

In that case, rather than exposing the seething racial tension that lurks beneath an inner city community blog, what you've actually done is found another person as colour blind as you - because Bob is assuming that other people don't go in there for that reason - although clearly he does himself - and is urging people to put aside any prejudices they may have.

In other words, what you're really saying is that Brockley Central is home to the tolerant and a platform for people to champion the cause of diversity.

In any case, well done for politicising a thread about local Christmas shopping.

tit for tat said...

I read Bob from Brockley's blog once, almost every post seemed to be about being Jewish or antisemitism... it was a bit "tin foil hat" to be reading on a regular basis.

IC3 said...

Bob hasn't said anything wrong, he's written a throwaway but spot on remark about the perceptions and values of the majority of audience here.
Which is that the aesthetics of
Caribbean establishements and or take aways are not appealing to most here. Is this not true? Most people who are comfortable posting here don't fancy going into these places.

I picked up on that because there was thread about how representative this site is of Brockley as a whole, and that remark and response was useful in thinking about things.

Anonymous said...

IC3 - Chillout; if he'd said "...looks like a chinese takeaway" we wouldn't be having this discussion

Yu Wong said...

Who say?

Anonymous said...

Just back from Gennaro's, the senor juggling pannetone and an elderly Italian accordianist sitting outside playing Christmas carols

mintness said...

Cheers to one of the Anons for the "Persia in Peckham" book tip - bagsied a copy last night, me ma will be delighted.

max said...

I did all my Christmas shopping at Greenwich Market. Brilliant.
And a nice walk there and back.

Anonymous said...

@IC3 well really...give it rest..what is meant is that if you were looking for gifts you wouldn't go to a Caribbean Takeaway.

urbansurgery said...

if you've actually been there, you'll know the original yam hill comment is spot on. i've been in plenty now, but had walked past for ages thinking it was a takeaway (that happened to be caribbean).

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