Best Places For Christmas Shopping In Leicester

Best Places For Christmas Shopping In Leicester

It’s that time of the year again when we’re all thinking of the presents we’re going to have to buy for our family and friends. But hay don’t let Christmas shopping stress you out! Why not use this handy list to make sure you find something perfect for everyone and get into the Christmas spirit yourself!

Christmas Farmers Market

Gallowtree Gate, Wednesday 17th December, Thursday 18th December

Great local produce for all the foodies and remember to keep cheese in the fridge and not under the tree…

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Leicester Vintage and Old Toy Shop

1-3 Odeon Arcade

Stocking collectables from the 1950s to the 1980s, because we’ve all got that one toy nerd in the family that would love something from here.

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John Lewis

2 Bath Lane

For when you want a hassle-free experience with everything you could possibly want under one roof.

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Nest

43 Francis Street

Beautiful gifts from British designers and independent businesses. You’ll be sure to find something special in this lovely little shop.

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Clarendon Park Christmas Fair

Sunday 4th December

Crafts, gifts and home made foods. Keep an eye out for Archer’s hog roast to keep the shopping energy levels up…

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Le Maison de Sacs

 38 Francis Street

A beautiful collection of specialist designer handbags, for when you want to splash the cash on someone special (hint to all the boyfriends out there).

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Highcross

 5 Shires LaneWith a collection of over 100 shops, this is

With a collection of over 100 shops, this is the perfect place to go to if you just want to walk around all day and tick everything off in one go! (Plus you can sneak in a trip to the cinema).

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Fenwick

36 Market Street

5 floors of premium shopping heaven. You’ll find everything from cosmetics to confectionery, but make sure yourself set a budget first! The two restaurants can be pretty tempting.

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Happy Christmas shopping! And don’t forget to set a budget and write a list of everyone you need to buy something for to avoid that classic Christmas Eve panic

Secret shopping havens in Leeds

Colours May Vary

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The Traditional Shaving Company

Get a shave from a professional or stock up on luxury beard related goodies in this beautiful shop

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Lambarts Yard

A beautiful creative lifestyle shop that supports emerging talent and even has a mini WAH London nail salon!

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Perfect for beer lovers when pre drinks need to be a little special

 

 

Blue Rinse

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Chirpy

Everything from cushions to beauty products made by local artists and creative – this is the place to go for quirky gifts and personal touches to your home

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10 reasons why learning to drive at Uni is terrible

Hot Fuzz
Getting up for a morning driving lesson after a night out = THE worst

1. Your friends mercilessly mock you for not learning to drive at 17

2. You had to cancel your lesson for being hungover… AGAIN

3. You spend your summer holiday learning, and then a year passes and you’re awful again

4. Your instructor will try and make polite chit chat about your degree when really you wish they’d tell you how to turn the wipers off

5. You see everyone you know and will inevitably see a Facebook post with your hands in the 2 and 10 position

6. You come back from your lesson and talk to your friends how pleased you are for only stalling twice, and then they laugh in your face, forgetting the hours they spent mastering the clutch

7. Having to turn down a night out to save money for your next lesson will leave you with mega FOMO

8. You struggle through the highway code to pass your theory test, only to find all of your driving uni friends don’t know what half of it means – is this really necessary?!

9. When you fail the first time you basically feel like giving up…

10. But when you finally pass you feel like you’re now part of the elite drivers club… Where’s the next road trip headed?

10 Obscure Career Options

 

Obscure Careers
Paper Tower Sniffer… an absorbing career choice!

We know you probably get enough people talking to you about your careers and what you’re going to do when you leave University, and it’s hard to figure it out! Mostly because a lot of us just don’t even know what’s out there… Here’s a list of really bizarre career choices you probably didn’t know existed. You know, just in case you needed some inspiration.

1. Professional snuggler

Kinda like prostitution but not really? Plus it pays well…

2. Golf ball divers

Key skills include: enjoying treasure hunting and not being scared of alligators.

3. Paper towel sniffer

Because paper towels need to be odourless and paper towel companies need employ people to keep up their quality control in this area.

4. Professional bridesmaid

Undercover “bridesmaids” offer personal assistant services for the bride – if the job involves a pretty dress why not?

5. Iceberg movers

International Ice Patrol (IIP) was founded the year after Titanic sunk to track the locations of icebergs and move them if necessary – seems quite smart TBH.

6. Pet food tester

Because obviously humans know what dogs like the taste of…?

7. Chicken Sexer

They’re hired by commercial hatcheries to determine the sex of a chick. Apparently it’s quite hard and their skills rely heavily on intuition.

8. Fortune cookie writer

Yep, some writer out there could be determining your future right now.

9. Cool hunter

These people spend their days trying to track down the next big thing, there’s big money to be made here…

10. Dog Surfing Instructor

YES YES YES. I have found my calling.

Make Your Own Energy Bars

Energy bars
Perfect as a snack between lectures!

We all know how difficult it is to strike a good balance between tasty and nutritious when it comes to our diets, especially when it comes to snack food (looking at you 3am cheesy chips…). These energy bars are super quick and easy to make, and the best thing about them is that you can keep them in the freezer for weeks and whip one out when you’re feeling peckish.

Ingredients:

  • 100g nuts – any combination you fancy out of hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts or almonds
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 100g fresh dates – Medjool dates work particularly well
  • 50g coco powder – you can use raw cacao if you’re feeling super healthy
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt

Technique:

1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 10 seconds until it turns

to liquid

2. Wizz all the ingredients in a food processor for about 3-4 minutes,

starting off pulsing, until the mixture comes together in a large clump

3. Line a tray with cling film and pop the mixture inside

4. Put another layer of cling film on top and flatten it using your hands

5. Leave in the freezer for at least 2 hours

6. Remove from tray and cut into bite size portions

7. Enjoy!