3 places to help with your Christmas shopping in Wilmslow

PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:29 12 December 2016

Illustrated fox and ice skaters forest Christmas cards, £8 for six

Illustrated fox and ice skaters forest Christmas cards, £8 for six

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Wilmslow is full of gift ideas.

Miri Templeton of HomebirdMiri Templeton of Homebird


If you’re wondering what to wear this Christmas, then a visit to this famous department store is a must. Gill Peake-Steele, fashion manager at the Wilmslow store spoke to us about the trends that are hot this season.

‘The midi style dress and skirt is popular, it’s extremely on trend. Metallics are also great. People are leaning away from black but if they’re choosing to wear it, it has got some element of detail with it. Gold is making a massive comeback – in jewellery as well as clothes. It’s flattering for the skin tone, and mixing it with rose gold and silver is very in. Ted Baker has some lovely pieces at the moment, which are great for a gift.’

For any struggling partners out there, the perfumery is packed full of ideas, as is the lingerie section which has just been stocked with the Mimi Holliday brand. ‘Lingerie is always popular - the amount of men I see rushing in on Christmas Eve frantically trying to buy the correct size!’ If all else fails, pick up a Hoopers’ wish list where your partner can write little hints of what they would like from the store. You can even have it gift wrapped there and then. Simple!


Gill Peake-Steele, Fashion Manager at HoopersGill Peake-Steele, Fashion Manager at Hoopers


From snowglobes to inspirational table settings you can recreate, you will find everything for your home this festive season at Homebird. Miri Templeton, partner at the gift and interiors store, says that her favourite thing about Christmas is preparing the shop for all the new arrivals.

‘I love doing the tables, making them look gorgeous! It really sets the scene, and then you light it all with scented candles and it just brings a bit of magic into the shop.’

Miri said that if people need ideas for how they want their Christmas tables or interiors to look like that they can come into store and have something pieced together for them. ‘Things can be individually styled. At the moment we have quite a lot of Nordic style pieces and items with a European influence.’


Stephanie Cole working in her studioStephanie Cole working in her studio

Stephanie Cole Design

‘Wilmslow is such a friendly place. I love the artisan markets and exploring but it’s also great being so close to Manchester and places such as the Peak District,’ explained Stephanie Cole, who recently moved to Cheshire in June.

The designer-maker, who is originally from the Cotswolds, has spent time living around the UK with her partner who is an animator – and even two years in Helskini, Finland – but has chosen Wilmslow as the place to put down some roots.

It seems like the perfect location considering that Stephanie’s lovely work predominantly explores nature, patterns and colours – and we’re certainly not short of that in Cheshire. Inspirations for her home textiles, art prints, cards and brooches come from a mixture of farmers’ markets, British hedgerows and thought-provoking proverbs and words of wisdom.

‘I start working on Christmas items in July as you have to get it done early so it can all be printed on time. I put on Christmas music to get inspired,’ she explained. Although you can purchase her work online, it is also available at some markets and Stephanie is hoping to get into some independent stockists. Most recently she took part in the Wilmslow Arts Trail.

‘When I lived in Finland I was really inspired for Christmas, especially as it’s where Santa Claus lives.’


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