What kind of shopper are you - meticulous planner or last-minute panicker? A recent survey revealed that one in five people in Britain have all their Christmas shopping finished by mid-November. But that still leaves four in five of us who save most of our shopping for December, a special time of the year when excitement is building, fairy lights are sparkling, and gift-buying begins in earnest.
Here at County Square, we're getting set for a magical Christmas season. The centre is beautifully decorated and we have a programme of free Christmas entertainment every weekend in December, including live choir concerts, dance displays, face painting and balloon modelling.
With over 50 stores under our roof, there really is no limit to the gifts you can buy here. If you're looking for inspiration, look no further! Here are just a few wonderful discoveries you can make at County Square Ashford this Christmas:
Choosing a piece of jewellery for a loved one or friend can be tricky, but our friendly retailers here at County Square will do all they can to help you find exactly the right item. We're lucky enough to have several jewellers in the centre - A Simmonds, F Hinds, H Samuel, Pandora and Warren James – all stocking a truly stunning selection to suit every taste and budget. So whether you're looking for a classy wristwatch for your partner or a personalised pendant for your best friend, we'll help you find something perfect at just the right price.
Buying for children? A huge selection of toys, books and crafts is available at County Square. The Entertainer, Waterstones, Smiggle, Debenhams and The Works are your top destinations for kids' Christmas gifts - and of course there are plenty of ideas for grown-ups in these stores too. Who doesn't enjoy a board game at Christmas, or the latest blockbuster novel when you finally get a quiet moment to snuggle up with a good book?
A new smartphone is often top of a teenager's wish-list, alongside games consoles, smart speakers and tablets. You can pick up these must-haves at competitive prices at various County Square stores including TD Electronics, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, 3 Store and EE.
Throughout December, Debenhams is hosting a series of free beauty events when shoppers can discover beauty secrets from luxury brands such as Lancome, YSL, Estee Lauder and Clarins. It's a brilliant chance to test out the latest make-up and skincare products and pick up some great offers – whether as gifts or as a treat for yourself. There are gorgeous gift sets at many other stores including The Body Shop, The Fragrance Shop and Superdrug. And don't forget there's always Poundland for bargain stocking fillers!
Amidst all the present-buying you might want to spend a little time shopping for yourself. Whether you're going to an office party or clubbing with friends, why not splash out on something seasonal? Fashion comes at great prices at County Square – check out our recent Alisha LeMay video for a selection of wintry highlights.
Finally, we'd like to say merry Christmas and thank you for supporting your local Ashford shopping centre throughout 2018. We look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year, when the January sales will be in full swing.
Have a brilliant Christmas and a happy 2019 from all at County Square!
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