Get your Christmas shopping started early with thebestof Watford
31st October 2011
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Actually, we know of quite a few, overly-organised people who have already made a big dent in the Christmas shopping, but for the rest of us mere mortals, November is quite early enough to make a start!


If you’re struggling to come up with more than the usual slippers, bath-stuff and gift vouchers, read on for some inspiration, courtesy of thebestof Watford. Not only will you be giving people something that little bit different this year, but you’ll also be supporting local independent businesses at the same time.


We all love family photographs, so why not treat your loved ones to a photoshoot? With Alex Bray Photography, you can choose from Baby, Lifestyle, Portraiture and Boudoir packages, so there’s a photoshoot to suit just about anyone.


Alternatively, why not do what we did and use the photographs from a recent shoot as gifts for family members? Find a nice frame and you’ve got a highly personal gift that the recipient will treasure for years to come.


Do you have an aspiring Rory McIlroy in your midst? The ideal present would be golf tuition from TopGolf Watford! TopGolf is a revolutionary new game, with technology that tracks the ball as it’s hit, providing players with instant feedback on how far the ball was hit and how close it came to the flagstick.


Play on your own or with up to four others in your golf suite!


Alternatively, perhaps Zara Phillips is the hero of choice? If so, then how about riding lessons at Stanmore Riding School? A small and friendly riding school on Warren Lane, Stanmore Riding School offers lessons for all ages and abilities (from 4 to 74!).


Ok, so perhaps there is a gift voucher floating about somewhere... but what woman doesn’t like to be a little pampered, especially when the cold weather plays havoc with your hands! How about a set of Bio-Sculpture Gel Nails by Dani?


And of course, if none of these ideas appeal, there is always The Harlequin Shopping Centre in Watford to browse, which features a mix of over high street stores, independent shops and restaurants.

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