Gift ideas from Chiswick’s independent traders A-M

One of the things which makes Chiswick such a pleasant place to live is its quirky mix of independent shops. You can find some lovely original Christmas presents – and some highly unoriginal but oh so useful presents – and support local traders at the same time. We’ve put together a few ideas for Christmas presents from local shops.

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Antiques – Strand Antiques

There are four antiques dealers who share the space, providing a veritable Aladdin’s cave of interesting items – everything from silver spoons, Victorian glassware and fine china to the classic ship in a bottle. Ann Brown has run the shop for 45 years. Vanessa Costello is the most recent dealer to join. Among her stock is militaria, including cap badges recovered from Dunkirk, and antiquities, including Ming dynasty ceramic figures.

46 Devonshire Rd, Chiswick, W4 2HD
Tel: 0208 994 1912

Art – The Chiswick Calendar Art Directory

In Chiswick we are lucky to have a number of professional artists who live locally. While most have their work on display in galleries and exhibitions, they are also happy to sell from home and to arrange viewings by appointment. The Chiswick Calendar has put together a directory of artists so you can browse their work online.

Directory

Windowsill November by Christine Berrington

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Beds and Bedding – Naturalmat

W6 boasts an organic bedding shop. Naturalmat founders Mark Tremlett and Peter Tindall both sail and hated the synthetic mattresses found on most yachts. They started hand-making natural fibre products which wouldn’t sweat and would fit in a boat’s awkward spaces. The birth of Mark’s first child lead to a ‘light bulb’ moment. Why not devote the same clever thinking to baby mattresses? And with that, Naturalmat was born. They only use natural materials such as organic lambswool from sheep local to their factory on Dartmoor.


Tel: 0208 090 2845
naturalmat.co.uk

Books – Foster Books

Foster Books, established in 1968, is a family-run business which has now passed to a second generation of booksellers. The oldest shop on Chiswick High Road, the building dates from the late 18th century. Fosters specialise in antiquarian books, fine bindings, illustrated children’s books and first editions, as well as a general stock leaning towards literature and the arts. Everything on their website is in the shop and despite what you might think from the photograph, it is very well organised and they will be able to find it for you!

183 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, W4 2DR
Tel: 0208 995 2768
fosterbooks.co.uk

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Cameras – Chiswick Camera Centre

This year’s must have from the Chiswick Camera Centre is a smart phone picture printer. The Tomy Kiipix is a nifty little box; you put your phone on top, load a pack of Fujjifilm and press print. Instant pictures from your phone. £39.99 from Chiswick Camera Centre.

4 Chiswick Terrace, Acton Lane, Chiswick, W4 5LY
020 8995 9114
chiswickcameras.co.uk

Chocolate – L’Appetit Fou

L’Appetit Fou on Turnham Green Terrace was born out of a love for chocolate. This independent shop opened its doors in Chiswick in March 2014. It specialises in Belgian chocolate sold by the slab, bar and bite. It’s the perfect place for the perfect gift or little treat.

4 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, W4 1QP
020 8747 8846
lappetitfou.co.uk

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Dresses from De Joli

Diane Bardon has been in business in Chiswick since 1989. Born in Baghdad, she came to London at the age of 17 to finish her education, became interested in retail working for British company RAYNNE shoes, a Harrods concession, and decided to go solo. She sells women’s clothing at her boutique De Jolie. This year, under pressure from Westfield, E-commerce and high rent and business rates, she almost folded but has decided instead to sublet part of her shop as a concession. Gabriela Pascu is now open for business with her range of children’s wear and Diane plans to reopen the rest of the shop to continue selling women’s clothes from 1 December.

105 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, W4 2ED
020 8742 2251

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Eyewear – Maverick and Wolf

Maverick & Wolf is one of London’s leading luxury opticians. Carrying the world’s best eyewear from CHANEL to TOM FORD, Ray-Ban to LINDBERG. This Christmas they are offering 30% off for the Calendar Club and extended Christmas returns to the 5th January. Don’t forget to check out their Ray-Ban room located on the second floor.

50 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, W4 1PR
020 3441 1955
maverickandwolf.com

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Fitness and Health – The Hogarth Club

The Hogarth club have two unique offers exclusively for Chiswick Calendar club card members. One is for Hogarth Membership (six months or one year) and one is for a Gift Voucher for The Hogarth MediSpa Day access. For full details check out our club card pages

Airedale Ave, Chiswick, W4 2NW
020 8995 4600
thehogarth.co.uk

Furniture – The Old Cinema

The Old Cinema, open since 1979, is a unique department store on Chiswick High Road selling antique, vintage, mid-century, art deco, industrial and designer furniture, accessories, fashion and lighting. Visiting The Old Cinema offers a different experience to other shops.  You could spend hours delving through objects, flea market-style, to pick out your own little bargain or you could dash in for 5 minutes to buy a designer statement piece.  Or just get some inspiration!

60 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick W4 1PR
020 8995 4166
theoldcinema.co.uk

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Glassware and Homeware – Decorexi

Tricia and Lin have been in the home and giftware industry for over 20 years. Decorexi A World of Interiors was set up in 2003 and they moved their business to a fabulous corner location at 58 Chiswick High Road, five years ago. From this store, they are delighted to have decked out many houses in the area with their lighting, bespoke chairs and chaise longues, console tables, bedsides, side tables and mirrors. Decorexi are not just about furniture, mirrors and lighting though – they do a great range of giftware – picture frames and interesting animal skulls, ginger jars, lamps and the list goes on!

58 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, W4 1SY
020 7354 2112
decorexi.co.uk/collections/chiswick-store

Glassware and Homeware – Greige

Stylish living… naturally. Beautiful accessories for your Home & Garden and unique gift ideas. With over 800 products available on-line, including candles, lanterns, table linen, chopping boards, lamps, carafes, ceramics, throws and jewellery, Greige is a great place to go if you’re looking for inspiration.

1 Bedford Corner, South Parade, Chiswick, W4 1LD
020 3141 9030
greige.co.uk

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Hampers – Hammonds Butcher

Hammonds Butcher & Delicatessen has lovely hampers full of goodies – wine, handmade chocolates, local honey and other delicious treats. Large Hampers – £50.00, Small Hampers – £16.00. They also make up bespoke hampers if you go into the shop and pick your selection.

8 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford TW8 0FJ
020 8994 1105
hammonds.uk.net

Handkerchiefs – Billings and Edmonds

Billing & Edmonds was established in the 19th Century to attract gentlemen requiring the services of a high quality bespoke tailor as well as parents purchasing children’s formal wear and school outfits. Over the past 30 years, it has consolidated its retail operations to Harrow on the Hill, Eaton and Chiswick. Mr. Colin Edmonds is still associated with the company, and is the fourth generation to work for Billings & Edmonds, with over 40 years of experience to call upon.

112 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, W4 1PU
020 8742 0201
billingsandedmonds.co.uk

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Inks and Art Supplies – Turnham Arts and Crafts

Turnham Arts and Crafts is the number one source for all Artists Materials in Chiswick. From brushes to easels, inks to watercolours, all types of paints and papers, Turnham Arts and Crafts is the perfect shop for gift buying for any budding or professional artists.

2 Bedford Park Corner, Turnham Green Terrace, London W4 1LS
020 8995 2872
www.artistmaterial.co.uk

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Jewellery – Felicity Gail

Felicity Gail make contemporary jewellery with strong modern designs, using a variety of unusual materials. The necklace shown is made from piano wire and ceramic discs. Their striking jewellery, unique designs from the highly dramatic to fine delicate pieces are all hand made in their Chiswick studio.

felicity_gail@yahoo.co.uk / felicitygail.com

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Kitchenware – Borough Kitchen

Borough Kitchen opened in 2013 with the first store in London’s historic Borough Market. Surrounded by  – fresh, high quality produce, top quality restaurants & market stalls as well as people who shared a passion for cooking. Since 2013, two more stores have opened in Hampstead and Chiswick. Both of these stores also come with top-of-the-range kitchens supplied by Gaggenau, their in-house cook school.

186 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, W4 1PP
020 3538 9010
boroughkitchen.com

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Leather goods – Elias and Grandsons

Established in 1974, Elias and Grandsons offers the highest quality workmanship for shoe and bag repairs. Originally a shoemaker from Cyprus, Elias established his shop in Turnham Green, as a cobbler and is now proud that the craft and pride he invested in over 40 years of work is now being carried on by sons, daughters and grandsons. With all the expertise possessed by the family, Elias and Grandsons now offers both a bespoke bag and shoemaking service in their onsite workshop. They also carry wide ranges of styles and sizes in Men’s Loakes shoes and also stock high-quality real leather goods for both ladies and gentlemen ideal for gifts.

3 Chiswick Common Rd, Chiswick, W4 1RR
020 8995 2755

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Massages and beauty treatments – Urban Rose Beauty

Urban Rose are Chiswick’s first Champagne & Beauty bar. They offer a wide range of services from massages to waxing, manicures and pedicures to facials. Recently opened in Chiswick, Jennifer runs a very friendly and professional salon using only the best products.

229A, Chiswick High Road, W4 2DW
208 707 6426
urbanrosebeauty.com