If that familiar knot is beginning to form in the pit of your stomach as you realise you won’t be able to put off thinking about Christmas presents for that much longer, maybe we can help.
Idea one: a little bit of luxury
Chiswick Auctions is holding an Affordable Luxury sale today (Tuesday 10 December) at 11.00.
Catalogue available here: Affordable Luxury
Telephone number: 020 8992 4442.
Among the items in the catalogue are two Christian Lacroix silk scarves. None other than Edina Monsoon’s favourite designer. Lacroix sweetie!
On Wednesday at 11.00 their Interiors & Antiques sale has everything from silver teapots and Victorian novelty silver bookmarks to George V full gold sovereigns: Interiors & Antiques catalogue
On Thursday 12 December at 2.00pm their auction of European Works of Art & Clocks includes this Italian Renaissance terracotta bust, which I think is just exquisite. European Works of Art & Clocks catalogue
Italian Renaissance terracotta Reliquary bust
If you’re more of a pragmatic present buyer, how about a warm, fluffy gilet or high lace up boots from Lizard women’s fashion in Turnham Green Terrace.
Or some essential item of clothing, such as a shirt, jeans or a jacket from LA Menswear. They stock brands such as Timberland, French Connection and Diesel, but sell them for real bargain prices.
LA Menswear, Turnham Green Terrace
Like Chiswick Auctions, both Lizard and LA Menswear are independent local businesses, and both happen to be members of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme.
Lizard is offering Club Card holders a discount of 10% off coats and knitwear
LA Menswear is offering 10% off everything
Sam Pennington has been to both shops and talked to the owners about what they have on offer how they choose their stock.