JEDDAH: Many shops are getting into the Christmas spirit by showing support for the Saudi government’s new vision of celebrating diversity and cultural tolerance.
There are stores that offer discounts and gift hampers to create an experience that guarantees the shopper’s return in later years.
Fun, stylish clothing and footwear are always winners at the festive period. Next, Lefties, H&M, and Zara are some of the outlets offering cheerful pajamas, cardigans, sweaters and colorful footwear.
These stores are usually in malls across the Kingdom, but goods can also be ordered online from their official websites.
Candles are also one of the best options to grant the receiver a giant dose of festive spirit. This gift not only makes the home smell nicer, but also creates a relaxing and cozy environment.
Bath & Body Works has a bundle of options in its holiday collection. It also boasts fragrance products that are inexpensive and loved by all age groups.
Manal Hamad, who owns an abaya shop, said that she bought her employees sets of perfumes, lotions and shower gels from Bath & Body Works.
She said: “The shop has a festive vibe, and they offer great deals.
“I thought it was a simple gesture, just to show how much I appreciated them, especially the fact that they are away from their homes during this time of year.”
As an alternative to an individual gift, a basket or hamper containing several products may be the best bet. The most appreciated gift baskets may be sweet treats or selections of the best coffee.
Patchi and Godiva offer the best in chocolate, along with exquisite packaging, while buying for coffee lovers is simple with gift hampers from Starbucks and Barn, companies which also offer mugs or tumblers.
These gifts can be bought easily from stores in Jeddah, Riyadh, Makkah, and Dammam, or the companies’ websites.
Books for children may be traditional, but they still make cracking Christmas presents, from fantasy to thriller, adventure to classic.
Jarir Bookstore has books for adults and children on culture, fiction, academic subjects, and languages.
The store is one of the oldest and most cherished and can be found in 23 different cities across the Kingdom.
Jarir also sells stationery, educational toys for children, video games, mobiles, tablets and laptops — all great options for anyone searching for a gift.
Online store Booklee provides an alternative, offering books and simple crafts for children.
The latest gizmos could be on the Christmas list for teenagers, with AirPods, speakers, and mobiles providing the perfect present.
Virgin Megastore can be a real one-stop-shop, not only for gadgets but also for kitchen appliances such as juicers, rapid air fryers, smart pot multi-cookers, kitchen measurement scales and toasters, to name just a few.
The store also has scooters, puzzles, soft toys, adventure trivia board games, movie quiz night card games, educational games and the latest PlayStation items, Xbox and Nintendo.
Games can be bought either in person at the store or online from the official website.
West Elm is the perfect store for Christmas stockings, ornaments, pillows, holiday bedding, wreaths and garlands, along with dining utensil sets, blankets and quilts. This shop is the best place for those who are trying to purchase a unique gift for their loved ones.
Shoppers can also choose from a wide range of cushions, lighting and art essentials.
West Elm can be found in Riyadh Park mall, where the whole shopping center is a colorful mass of winter decorations.
Shopping online may save you the trouble of venturing out, and most items in stores are available to purchase in the comfort of your own home, at the click of a button.
The online experience can be less expensive and the perfect way to keep your purchases a great secret until the big day.
Noon, Amazon KSA, Floward KSA and Namshi are among the best virtual stores.
The stores also have sales at the moment, giving an opportunity to buy more for your money for all family members, friends and relatives. These websites also have gift vouchers or cards for sale.
Gift cards can also be bought from a variety of retailers within the Kingdom, such as Centerpoint KSA, Zara and Mango, while for mums-to-be, Mothercare and Mamas & Papas may be the best spot.
For beauty products, it has to be Paris Gallery and Sephora. These websites are awesome and just the place to shop until you drop.