With the festive season upon us, and Christmas a mere sledge ride away, there is no avoiding the pre-mass shopping madness that is just around the corner. Why do we do it to ourselves year after year? Delaying that inevitable Xmas shop until the last minute, only to be racing around the shops like head-less turkeys panic buying anything that's left on the shelves.
No no no, we're done with all that chaos. This year it is going to be different. So why not join us in avoiding the maddening crowds and getting your Christmas goodies in early. To make the whole upheaval even more stress-free tonight the shops of Barcelona will be staying open until 1am! So there really is no excuse not to be on top of this yearís festive shopping. Check out the best places in the city to get this yearís top high-street Chrimbo buys.Vincon- Designer Gadgets
Right up at the top of the main shopping strip, Passieg de Gracia you will find the amazing Vincon shop. The holy land of all things gadgetry, lifestyle and design. Make sure you make a stop here if you are looking for a particularly special gift. They sell everything from modern interior design items to funky furniture through to the best in home and kitchen gadgets. The unique setting of the place and the extremely helpful staff makes for a fantastic shopping experience.
If your loved ones are loopy about leather we have just the place. Beatriz Furest nestled into the cobbled streets of the trendy Born area is the land of luxury leather goodies. They have a stunning range of perfectly crafted leather bags, belts and purses. Pop in, you won't be sorry, but a word of advice; go with a budget in mind as you are likely to want to buy eeeeeeverything.
If you're hankering after some electrical goodies the Groupe SEB Factory Outlet will leave you feeling wired with their amazing array of discount prices. Every electrical appliance you could ever dream of is housed under one roof and all at bargain rates. Top brands such as Tefal, Moulinex, Rowenta can all be found with discounts from 20% to 70%.Vermont Outlet- Shoes
Shoe shopping in Barcelona can sometimes leave a little to be desired. Shoe shops can lack variety and can be overpriced, so when we discovered Vermont Outlet we were quick on our feet to check it out. This outlet in the Heron City shopping centre is just what the shoe doctor ordered, floor to ceiling high quality footwear with prices slashed up to a whopping 70% certainly kicked up a fuss.Les Topettes- Fragrances
If you're looking for something more fragrant then head on over to Les Topettes to smell your way through their divine selection of hand-made soaps, candles and perfumes. Their fabulous vintage packaging are a treat in themselves and the range of products are so sumptuous they are the perfect gift solution for your loved ones.
If you are looking for the sweetest of all gifts then Bubo is the place for you. The beautifully crafted cakes in the window displays will have you salivating before you've even stepped inside the shop. Their infamous attention to detail in their handmade chocolates and cakes make them the perfect present for your sweet-toothed sweetheart.
Calling all you Mango lovers, Mango 2 is the ideal place to treat your fashionable friends and family and all at sneaky-secret slashed prices. This place sells all of last seasonís stock at a fantastic 40% discount and that includes bags and accessories.Burberry Factory Shop- Fashion
From high street to high-fashion, Burberry has an outlet in Barcelona too. This classic British label has something for everyone with ranges available for women, men and children and offers discounts from 50% to 70%. Burberrys iconic rainmac can be found here from just 200 Euros.La Variete- Independent Boutique
This charming little boutique based in the Raval area is full of intriguing items that would make fantastic gifts. The Bangkok inspired handicrafts offer accessories, home furnishings and clothes with a modern twist. Definitely worth a gander.
Address: Pintor Fortuny 30, El Raval, Barcelona
So join us, get stuck in and look forward to a smug Christmas eve of relaxing with a nice hot mug of mulled wine, safe in the knowledge that youíre all set for a smashing Christmas.