The Glasgow Fort
2023 festive gift guide
’Tis the season of giving… And we’ve got everything you need to tick off festive gifting all in one place.
From luxury-wrapped beauty and partywear fashion and winter cosies to sustainable gems, cutting-edge tech, stocking fillers with imagination, toys from Santa and more, head to Glasgow Fort for a twinkling winter wonderland of shopping, celebrations and unexpected Christmas finds they’ll love.
(With incredible bars, cafes and restaurants, special Christmas pop-ups, movies and surprises – don’t miss our joyful day and evening out guides for this winter…)
The best fashion gifts for Christmas
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A cosy comfy Christmas or glam luxe? Whatever your mood for the season, Glasgow Fort’s shops are full of this year’s most-wanted fashion.
For gorgeously soft cashmere knits, party-season dresses and stylish loungewear head to Marks & Spencer, Mango and Next. Barbiecore is going nowhere with her signature pink splashed across accessories, dresses, underwear and heels at H&M and River Island.
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Topping Santa’s biggest style requests in 2023 are cross-body bags, oversize metallic totes and handbags with chains at New Look and River Island; chunky boots from Clarks; Adidas Gazelles and Sambas, Uggs and Crocs from Office, schuh, Foot Locker and Footasylum; for warm cover-ups, think puffy down jackets at Quiz and ‘dad’ coats at Zara.
Snuggle up together in matching pyjamas and robes, soft socks and Oodies from M&S. For him, it’s all about athleisure, Zodiac chains, silk ties and blazers (discover ideas at Forty Clothing, JD Sports, Tessuti, Zara and Marks & Spencer).
Luxe jewellery and watches
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Who can resist a carefully wrapped box under the tree? Selena Gomezesque gold hoops, gold chains mixed with black jewels, pearls or a designer watch are the perfect way to make Christmas morning special. Head to Warren James, S&S Argento, Beaverbrooks, H Samuel, Pandora and Swarovski.
Beauty, skincare and make-up gifts
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It’s a bumper beauty season this Christmas: give the gift of scented candles from Yankee Candle with sparkling winterberry, cardamom and spice; discover beauty and skin-cycling skincare gift sets from Soap & Glory, Gillette, Drunk Elephant and Ted Baker at Boots (three-for-two mix and match); designer perfumes from Gucci, Burberry and Dior at The Perfume Shop and The Fragrance Shop; lifting and firming masks and eyeshadow palettes plus at-home nail kits.
Indulge them with fabulous sustainable vegan bath bombs and self-care essentials Holland & Barrett and Lush (including their new eco-friendly bath bot and and their limited edition Snow Fairy collection). For deep, soothing scents, Rituals’ body oils and diffusers are utterly transporting while The Body Shop has ‘create your own’ grooming, vegan, skincare and beauty gift bags in-store.
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Baylis & Harding’s Beauticology Mermaid Collection at Boots is full of fun and Superdrug has e.l.f cosmetics, Disney 100 and Maybelline with gifts starting from under £5 (perfect for Secret Santa). Or fill up beauty bags they can unwrap all Christmas day long.
Tech gifts they’ll love
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Bluetooth speakers, Nintendo Switch, Apple Airpods Max Over-Ear headphones and AirTag luggage finders are this Christmas’s biggest tech gifts. Find massagers, beard trimmers, smart watches, USB record players for vinyl and Dyson Airwraps at Argos, Boots and Asda Living. They’re all perfect finds for friends and family who have been very, very nice this year.
The biggest toys for Christmas 2023
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Stop by Smyths and Argos for everything on their wishlists… Inflatable Biggies, Sylvanian Family baby mermaid castle, Bluey houses, Furbies, Baby Paws’ cute interactive toys, Hot Wheels, Jellycat soft toys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Playmobil Space Mars Mission Station, Smashers Dino Island T-Rex Battles and Live Little Pets and Pets Alive are great for the under-10s.
Tweens will love anything from Smiggle and Claire’s plus the all-new Tamagotchi, Lego, Mad Beauty face masks and Style Bae dolls with crafting ideas such as Aquabeads, Edurino coding starter set and the Pen Creator Studio to keep them busy over the Christmas holiday. Plus, there’s lots of genius finds at Hobbycraft.
For babies, comforters and soft Christmas blankets are thoughtful gifts from Mamas & Papas (it’s also ideal for vouchers if you know someone who’s expecting).
For games the whole family can play together, don’t miss the very fun Bop It!, Exploding Kittens (Zombie edition), Throw Throw Burrito and What Do You Meme (adult and family edition) from Waterstones.
And then a little Christmas gin, cheese, wine, hampers and hot chocolate…
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Love their food and drink? Hampers full of gin (Hendrick’s and Sipmith), wine, whisky, cheese and crackers, artisan coffee, hot sauces and chocolate always bring festive cheer and, for those who love their kitchen, think Hotel Chocolat Velvitizer, bread makers, tableware and coffee machines. Be inspired at ProCook, Argos and Asda Living. Waterstones and WH Smith.
Or gift them gorgeous cook books by Nadiya Hussain, Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge and Diana Henry from Waterstones. Marks & Spencer’s joy-filled Christmas range includes Snowmen Steamed Bao Buns, Christmas Jumper Colin the Caterpillar Cake and the ever-popular £10 Marks & Sparkle Fizz. Cheers!
Stocking fillers for all ages
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Star Wars chopsticks anyone? Menkind has you covered. Think small for stocking filler fun at Smyths this Christmas with Mega Gross Minis and Mini Brands; Miraculous Chibi Playset and Disney Doorables. Go retro with Slinkies and discover chocolate coins and cute characters from Hotel Chocolat.
Merry Christmas gifting!
Glasgow Fort is open until 10pm on weekdays and many stores open until midnight from 18th-23rd December. With free parking available including plenty of disabled and parent-and-child parking. To get to Glasgow Fort by train, take the train to Easterhouse rail station from Glasgow Queen Street which run every 20 minutes. To check train times, visit the National Rail website. Buses run to and from Glasgow Fort frequently – find our bus services here.