I'm not a big fan of shopping at this time of the year, apart from the excessive traffic surrounding city centres and manic shoppers it breaks my heart to think that anything purchased now will be on sale with up to 50% off on the 26th December, I know it's a depressing thought but it's true. I have to say most of my Christmas shopping has been done online this year, it's convenient, hassle-free and often much cheaper now that retailers are providing free delivery and numerous discount codes.
Online shopping is becoming more and more popular especially during the festive season and while I'm a fan of discounts and convenience I don't think retail therapy can be achieved online as often people shop for inspiration and the tangible things which contribute to the shopper experience. I've found some great examples of these below.
|Chanel's Karl Lagerfield window dressing|
|Fortnum & Mason's Alice in Wonderland window theme which continues in-store|
|Oasis, Regent Street (London) elegant monochrome theatrical window dressing debuting a new collection|
|Toys R Us, New York a giant piano made famous by the film 'Big' - I have always wanted to have a go on this.|
|Hamley's, the world's most famous toy store - stairs/escalators framed by a giant red bus|
Having just come back from late night shopping, I've concluded that whilst festive shopping can be stressful sometimes it's nice to chill out, relax and enjoy the bright lights and sparkles, it definitely helps when retailers like John Lewis provide mince pies and wine while you shop too.
Let the festive month begin ...