Shopping trips

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UK retailers face quieter Boxing Day amid cost of living crisis
An estimated £3.8bn will be spent on 26 December, down almost 4% on last year

Sarah Butler

26, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘Something special in the air’: new bars, art, music and restaurants are turning heads in Stockport
Creatives and a clued-in council are making things happen in the Greater Manchester town. Whet your cultural and culinary appetite with our guide to the best venues, bars and shops

Tony Naylor

15, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Shoppers’ delight: 10 of Britain’s best independent high streets
Looking for that special Christmas gift? These pretty towns are full of cool independents rather than the usual chains

Annabelle Thorpe

04, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Christmas travel gift guide: 25 brilliant presents for globe-trotters
Go vintage or sustainable with these beautiful gifts for the wanderluster in your life

Rachel Dixon

03, Dec, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Happy holly days: 10 of the best Christmas outings across the UK
Light trails, sparkly castles, pantos, vintage cinema and even a solar-powered ice rink … We pick dozens of events to get you into the spirit of Christmas

Phoebe Taplin

26, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Festive joy and genuine excitement’: Readers’ favourite independent UK shopping streets
Brilliant delis, art shops, cafes and more exuding the Christmas vibe from Penzance to Glasgow, delight our tipsters. Scroll to the bottom for the winning tip

Guardian readers

24, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Santa shops here: 10 of Europe’s coolest Christmas markets
Eerie caves, gorges and open-air theatres set the scene for this year’s festive shopping sprees, with plenty of ethical stocking fillers up for grabs

Michelle Tchea

23, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘We like anything with the Harrods name on it’: luxury brands report booming sales
Luxury goods firms report bumper profits as richest customers remain largely untouched by economic crisis

Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent

18, Nov, 2022 @2:28 PM

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British retailers welcome planned return of VAT-free shopping for tourists
Government to consult on long-called-for scheme which is likely to cost almost £1.3bn

Sarah Butler

23, Sep, 2022 @11:02 AM

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Love Island has embraced secondhand clothes? I’ve spent half my life in charity shops | Chitra Ramaswamy
They are not just the best places to pick up PD James novels or porcelain dogs, but for priceless encounters with strangers, writes Chitra Ramaswamy

Chitra Ramaswamy

26, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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A moment that changed me: I was crippled by negative thoughts – then I bought a silver bracelet
My self-esteem was at rock bottom, but on a break from my academic job I found myself in Paris. As I wandered through the city, an impulse buy gave me hope I could value myself again

Sarah Moss

12, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Certainly mitigates the stress’: how to give someone an app, subscription or other virtual gift
A virtual present can be bought hassle-free as late as Christmas morning, and with a bit of creativity, it can feel just as special as a physical gift

Rafqa Touma

23, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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