As we fast approach that festive time of year, more and more of us are finding ways of doing our seasonal shopping in quick hasty swoops, often made possible by the online shopping found at the end of our tablets and smartphones.

By adopting these shopping habits we miss out on the opportunity to support our local shops and businesses, effecting our local economy and the future of our high street businesses.

When you’re next browsing your favourite sites for gift ideas, stop and consider what businesses you have on your high street and the shopping opportunities there are right on your doorstep.

For those must-have toys and games this year there’s The Entertainer toy shop & Kids Stuff Toys in County Square Shopping Centre, as well as Debenhams where you’ll find plenty of gifts and stocking fillers including toys, clothes, beauty products and accessories. Check out Waterstones for all the latest and greatest reads, Elegance Lingerie, Snap Jewellery and The Body Shop where you’ll easily pick up a treat or two for the wonderful ladies in your life. 

GAME on New Rents is stocked to the brim with all the latest games and consoles for those game enthusiasts, whilst The Music Shop and The Record Store are ready with the perfect gifts for the music and vinyl lovers you know.

If you’re after something unique, Made In Ashford is full of handmade gifts, crafts and prints that you won’t find anywhere else, or if you’re in need of some beautiful ideas for last minute visitors Happy & Glorious offer a stunning collection of homeware, soap, candles, diffusers and jewellery that will please even the fussiest of guests. 

Make it a family day out when you visit the town centre this Christmas by visiting Stag Coffee for one of their delicious coffee and cakes or The Little Teapot for hot chocolates and delightful homemade treats. If you’re dropping by later on in the day join us for tea at Pizza Express or Amici on North Street.

Don’t forget you can save your spare change with free parking available in Edinburgh Road and Flour Mills car parks everyday after 3pm and all day Sunday.

Don't take our word for it ... find even more shops and great places to eat using our Loveashford directory!

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