Loungewear and Christmas Pyjamas
Joggers are the new jeans and slippers the new heels, so treat yourself to some new winter season loungewear. You will find comfy clothing in loads of Belfast’s high street stores, such as Matalan in CastleCourt, and fluffy slippers in Victoria Square’s Accessorize and New Look. Or better yet, buy some cute Christmas pyjamas for the whole family.
Image: Accessorize doggy slippers, £15; M&S unisex pyjamas £14; New Look teddy joggers, £17.99.
With even more time for cheeseboards by the fire at home this winter, visit Sawers deli and stock up on delicious local and international cheese, chutneys, crackers, olives and charcuterie meats. Established in 1897 Sawers is Belfast’s oldest deli, packed with everything you need for a festive spread or Christmas hamper for a loved one.
The year 2020 has been the year of the new hobby and if you’ve picked up knitting or stitching, Sew ‘n’ Sew is a must-visit. This independently owned stored is an Aladdin’s cave of everything from wool to buttons, fabrics, linings and trimmings. Find a new patchwork design or have a go at quilting something for the winter – their friendly staff will have plenty of ideas to help you imagine your next project.
Something New for Your Living Space
Spending more time in our homes this year leaves some rooms feeling tired and over familiar, so treat yourself or a loved one to something new to brighten the place up a bit. Born & Bred has a colourful selection of prints by local artists, ideal for adding a splash of Northern Irish personality to tired walls.
Jigsaw puzzles have come back by popular demand this year! Offering some crucial indoor entertainment for the whole family, why not invest in a few more puzzles to get stuck into over the festive season? Debenhams in CastleCourt has a fun range of puzzles for cat lovers, dog lovers and inspirational women.
Image: Dog Lovers, Coffee Lovers and Inspirational Women jigsaw puzzles, Debenhams
Create a calming atmosphere with a scented candle inspired by the natural flora and landscapes of Ireland. These Field Day candles have comforting scents, filling your room with the aroma of fresh linen, wild rose and fresh meadows. Find them in the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre. Or find luxury scented candles in Avoca gift shop or Rituals in Victoria Square.
Go to Aunt Sandra’s Candy Making Factory in east Belfast for smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Handmade in their own chocolate room their delicious treats include classic chocolate bars with a few interesting flavours to choose from, such as honeycomb, Malteasers and even Tayto Cheese and Onion chocolate!
Celebrating the annual office Christmas party at home this year? Whether it’s Zoom drinks with colleagues or a rowdy night in with family, you’ll need a stash of your favourite drinks to get you in the party mood. Order premium red, white and rose wines from Direct Wine Shipments or treat yourself to a bottle of Shortcross gin from the Rademon Estate Distillery online shop.
We’ve been spending more time baking this year and learning how to cook up a storm in the kitchen, so why not expand your culinary journey with a new recipe book? Avoca on Arthur Street has a wonderful range of cookbooks for all types of cuisine, from world foods to vegan, healthy living or easy-to-follow recipes.
A Taste of Nostalgia
Step back to a simpler time in Old Time Favourites – a traditional sweet shop that’s been serving the city since 1905. Stock up on classic sweets (there’s over 300 jars to choose from) as well as local honeycomb, fudge and artisan products. Perfect for adding to a Christmas present, or taking a trip down memory lane and treating yourself to some of your favourites.