Last minute gift ideas

Time is running out for shoppers to find that special gift for the special someone in their lives.

So JesmondLocal has compiled a list of the most desirable gifts that Jesmond shopping has to offer. From stocking fillers to special surprises under the tree, some of these are just so gorgeous you might just want to keep them for yourself…

For teenage girls/best friends

Mint Couture’s gift baskets are perfect for young fashionistas this Christmas. They contain everything a real party girl needs to look and feel a million dollars this festive party season. The gift baskets come in a range of sizes, with the smallest costing £20 and the largest £40. Each basket contains a number of essentials; false eyelashes, fake tan, nail varnish and shoe pads. The higher priced baskets also contain a gift voucher to be spent in store.

Call in to Mint Couture, Acorn Road, Jesmond – or email to pick up your basket today.

For grandad/father-in-law

Tesco Metro on Acorn Road has a large selection of gift ideas for low prices this Christmas. One fail safe gift that will being a smile to any man’s face this Christmas morning, (far better than receiving the predictable pair of slippers) is Tesco’s ‘Lagers of the World’ gift pack. The gift pack consists of four different beers from around the world, and is presented in a nice carry case. At just £5 this is an easy bargain present perfect for any grandad, father in law, or father, who wants to relax in front of the television with a good beer this holiday.

For grandma/mother-in-law

The Gosforth Pine Company on Forsyth Road, just off Brentwood Avenue, is a treasure trove of gifts for any hous proud lady. Hidden amongst the large range of furniture, mirrors and throws, are a fabulous range of pottery gifts, perfect as a small gift, or a special side present this year. The Emma Bridgewater pottery collection contains some delightful pieces which are both original and affordable. With mugs, teapots, bowls and plates to choose from decorated with delightful prints why not create a luxury tea set as a special gift.

Prices start at £14.95 for the decorated mugs, my personal favourite is the polka dot tea range.

For husband/boyfriend/brother

Jules B for Men on Acorn Road, stocks a large range of luxury gifts for men this Christmas. With Paul Smith cuff-links, Mulberry luggage, and Falke cashmere socks, you’ll find all your stocking fillers for those special men in your life under one roof. However, if you’re looking for something more personal to show your main man how much you adore him this year, why not purchase one of the many exquisite TOY watches available in store. The watches come in a number of colours and designs, with animal prints and diamante patterns alongside more traditional and professional gold and mother of pearl faces.

The watches start at £109.99 and range to £974.99 for the luxuriously stylish Black Diamond Mavi Ceramic Chrono TOY watch. Pick yours up in store today or order online at

For wife/girlfriend/sister

MeMeMe accessory store on Clayton Road next to Willi’s Coffee shop is one of the few stores to stock the most wanted accessory of this year, the Pandora charm bracelet. Pandora charm bracelets are beautifully crafted and a totally unique present this Christmas. With a large range of charms to choose from you can create an individual piece of jewellery which can be added to every year, and on every special occasion, making not only Christmas easy but also anniversaries, birthdays and celebrations.

There is a range of cute festive charms in store, with my favourite being the delightful silver snowman priced at just £20. There are also Pandora charm sets available consisting of a selection of charms perfectly complementing each other, for the less creative shoppers, starting at £60 and ranging to £610 for the Pandora Bond Street set.

To add to your special lady’s collection today with an individual Christmas charm, or buy a complete charm bracelet from £154 to £6703 for the Spoilt Rotten 14k gold bracelet visit MeMeMe or order on line at

For children

Oxfam charity store on Acorn Road has a large range of gifts for all the family at low prices. Why not have fun with the whole family this year and buy a ‘grow your own vegetables kit’ for only £12.99. This is a fun way to teach the children to be economical and you can all enjoy the products throughout the year.

Wooly Blue a delightful boutique on Clayton Road is perfect for all your festive dilemmas. With a large range of soft furnishings, and pretty decorations Wooly Blue may just be able to help fill your child’s stocking this year. However some products contain small parts and are delicate, so beware.

Tesco Metro stocks a range of toys this Christmas, many of which are half price.

For slightly older girls, aged eight and over who love to accessorise, Le Beado, on Acorn Road, is a fabulous place to create a unique gift. Create your own necklace or bracelet with your daughter and her friends using a vast range of colourful beads priced from 20 pence each. This is a lovely family experience so why not make it into an outing to make Christmas shopping all the more fun.

To create your own jewellery call in to Le Beado on Acorn Road or for more information visit

For Pets

Wooly Blue stocks a marvellous range of stylish presents for beloved pets this Christmas. Cat and dog bowls are available, decorated with sayings like; ‘Scruffy Mutts’ and ‘Magnificent Moggies’. Make sure your friendly feline or loyal dog is remembered on the special day, and treat them to a bit of your turkey in one of these luxurious bowls, priced £6.99 and £8.99.

To pick up a pet present visit Wooly Blue on Brentwood Avenue or purchase online at