Last-Minute Christmas Shopping – 9 Cool Ideas

Can’t find the perfect gifts for Christmas? Lack of ideas and time? Or just looking for something really special and memorable for someone who has a special place in your heart? Here are 9 shops from around London that will not leave you disappointed.

1. Forbidden Planet

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Who is it for?

  • Book lovers
  • Gamers
  • Collectors
  • Comic book and manga fans
  • Lovers of films and TV series

The world largest comic book, science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer. Toys, collectables, clothes and accessories, DVDs, video games, comics… and much more. You can find ton of themed gift here such as Marvel, Doctor Who, Rick and Morty, Star Wars, Harry Potter, just to name a few. Not quite a place of hidden gem but Forbidden Planet Megastore is a heaven of geek shopping and definitely a stop on your Christmas shopping tour list.

Where?

179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom WC2H 8JR

Web: forbiddenplanet.com

2. Lego Store

Last minute Christmas present Lego Store

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Lego store Christmas presents

Last minute Christmas shopping ideas

Who is it for?

  • Kids
  • Grown-ups with child heart
  • Collectors
  • Creative minds

Lego Store in Leicester Square is a must-stop destination when it comes to Christmas present for kids. Lego Store creates a really out-of-this-world atmosphere. The shop is really Instagramable with its interactive Lego sculptures: you can sit next to Shakespeare in the tube, make an imaginary phone call from a Lego telephone box or pose with Sherlock Holmes or a giant English dragon with hat and umbrella.

There are plenty of themed Lego sets to choose from: from Star Wars to Pirates of the Caribbean, from Marvel Avengers to Nasa Apollo 11 Lunar Lander. You can also have a chance to pick up your own monochrome Lego mosaic portrait or create customised Lego figures.

 

Where?

3 Swiss Ct, London W1D 6AP

Web: https://www.lego.com/en-gb

3. Stamp Centre

Cool last minute Chrismas present ideas

Who is it for?

  • Coin collectors
  • Stamp collectors
  • Autograph collectors
  • Sci-fi collectors
  • Lover of old watches

Stamp Centre is buying, selling and evaluate coins, stamps, autographs and watches. It also sells cool collectable props from films like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Doctor Who and many more. If your looking for cool and rare gift that can be a treasure for life, Stamp Centre is a choice.

Where?

79 Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2R 0DE

Web: https://thestampcentre.co.uk/

4. House of Spells

Who is it for?

  • Harry Potter fans
  • Game of Thrones enthusiasts
  • Fantasy lovers

How about Serpent Venom, Unicorn Essence or Basilisk Blood as a Christmas present for someone mad for all things fantasy? Well, make sure you stop at House of Spells and you can be sure you won’t leave the place with empty hands. House of Spells is Heaven itself for Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Game of Thrones lovers. You can find everything here from magic wands, to dragon eggs, but if you’re just on the hunt for something not particularly themed, House of Spells can still be an option. Maps and mugs; diaries with cool 3D designs and magical soft drinks and sweets are all waiting to be explored by last minute Christmas shoppers. What is more: the shop is open till late.

Where?

69-71 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0NE

Web: https://houseofspells.co.uk

5. Japan Centre

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Who is it for?

  • Lovers of Japanese food and drink
  • Maniac manga and anime fans
  • Explorers
  • Everyone with sweet tooth
  • Interested in Japanese culture then and now
  • Cooking enthusiasts
  • Lover of Asian culture

If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves exploring new countries, interested in Asian food and culture, fan of Japanese manga and anime or simply has a sweet tooth ready to discover new flavours, Japan Centre definitely has something for them.

Matcha flavoured Kit Kat, DIY candies, kawaii Japanese character themed sweets, food, drink and tableware, award winning sake with accessories, tea specialities and much more

Where?

35b Panton St, London SW1Y 4EA

Web: https://www.japancentre.com/en

6. Kingdom of Sweets

Who is it for?

  • Anyone with sweets tooth
  • For those who want to be on the naughty list this Christmas (wink)
  • London first timers
  • Candy specialty lovers
  • Themed candy lovers

Are your family or friends visiting you in London for the first time? Surprise them with authentic London themed sweets and tea selections. Crackers in a double decker? Tea bags in telephone boxes? They’re going to love it all.

Treat your loved ones with personalised chocolate bars that come with gorgeous designs or enframe their names in chocolate with alphabet chocolate mini bars. Or surprise them with a bouquet of candy gummy flowers.

Looking for stocking fillers? How about themed ones? Super Mario, Batman, unicorn, Superman, emoji etc.

Psst…if you choose to be naughty this Christmas, there are options to choose from at Kingdom of Sweets. Why not try something from the naughty adult section? (wink)

Where?

17 Villiers St, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6NG

7-14 Coventry St, London W1D 7DH

72-74 Oxford St, Soho, London W1D 1BR

270 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1C 1DT

75 Davies St, Mayfair, London W1K 5JN

Web: https://www.kingdomofsweets.com

7. Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾

Who is it for?

  • Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast series fans and collectors

Should I say anything about this shop? Well, Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾ is at Kings Cross station and sells everything in connection with the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast series imaginable: invisible cloak that makes you truly invisible with a little help of a mobile app, wanted posters of the most dangerous criminals in the magic world, quidditch ball kit, themed stationary and more.

Where?

Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AP

Web: https://www.harrypotterplatform934.com/pages/about-platform-934

8. Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolate Last Minute Christmas Shooping Idea

Who is it for?

  • Anyone with sweet tooth
  • Colleague, teacher, boss etc.

Absolutely no idea what to give to your boss, co-workers or a teacher for Christmas? A lovely chocolate selection is always a good idea. Hotel Chocolat offers gorgeous chocolate selections, unique gifts, advent calendars and more in all shapes and sizes.

Where?

Various locations all over in London. Please, check website: https://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/chocolate-shops

Web: https://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk

9. M&M’s World

M&M's World Christmas London

Who is it for?

  • M&M’s fans
  • Anyone with sweet tooth
  • M&M’s character fans
  • Kids

M&M’s in all colour and shape. M&M’s character themed gifts, accessories and clothes. Great gift for kids and child-hearted adults.

Colourful sweets wall with rainbow colour M&Ms, photo spots and fun candy dispensers.

How about surprising your loved ones with fun personalised M&Ms. How? Find link here.

Where?

1 Leicester Square, Swiss Ct, London W1D 6AP

Web: https://www.mms.com/en-gb/mms-world-store-london

 

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