Last week we shone a light on ten city centre stores, cafes and restaurants adapting to new ways of reaching customers with home delivery, click and collect or online retail while they had to close physical stores.
Here’s another top-ten selection of gift ideas and city centre destinations offering online sales or preparing for appointments, advance bookings or reopenings.
As ever, check with any store before visiting as opening hours may be different to usual.
12 Drams of Christmas
Fresh off the first sleigh from the North Pole workshop, this luxury box set from The Whisky Shop in Great Western Arcade is the perfect gift for your true love this Christmas. Featuring twelve 3cl bottles of some fantastic Scotch whiskies, one for each day of the season, 12 Drams of Christmas will keep the festive spirit going to January 5th!
A night overlooking beautiful Brum
Each Staying Cool apartment at the top of Brum’s iconic Rotunda is designed with style and soul and boasts jaw-dropping floor-to-ceiling windows. The interiors were inspired by the swinging ’60s – the decade when the Rotunda opened its doors.
Book now for a new year break to soak up the city sights: https://www.stayingcool.com/locations/birmingham/
Cocktails and cosmetics
The Pineapple Club Cocktail Bar & Beer Boutique in Great Western Arcade, headed by cocktail extraordinaire and entrepreneur Samuel Boulton, has teamed up with Lush Birmingham to offer the ultimate stay-at-home party packages featuring drinks and cosmetics to pamper a special friend.
You can pre-order at www.pineapplebrum.co.uk/collections/all
The Ivy Temple Row Birmingham
The Ivy gift card is the perfect way to treat food-and-wine loving friends and family for a special celebration. From afternoon tea to an intimate dinner for two or simply a bottle of something delicious, The Ivy Temple Row Birmingham’s inimitable service and vibrant surroundings create a touch of magic every time.
Visit https://gifts.ivycollection.com/vouchers/gift-vouchers/ for details.
Look to Hotel Chocolat for gifts from chocolate boxes to hampers via cacao-infused tipples, beauty and more. They’ve even created a barista-grade in-home drinking chocolate system, The Velvetiser, which melds real grated chocolate with your choice of dairy or plant-based milk to create a velvet-smooth hot chocolate, right from your kitchen.
Great coffee delivered to your door
How about great coffee, delivered to your door when you need it? Yorks Café on Stephenson Street offers a subscription box for exactly that. Simply choose the grind type and amount of coffee you’d like, and Yorks will send a different hand-roasted coffee every fortnight. You can dictate the amount you’d like by visiting https://yorkscoffeeroasters.co.uk/collections/coffee/products/yorks-coffee-roasters-subscription
Set your photos free
Jessops, on Temple Row, has remained open during lockdown for click and collect orders, and follows government guidance for safe spacing. It’s the perfect place to ‘set your photos free’ and create special memories from your phone pictures by turning them into wall art, prints, calendars or photo books, with some services completed same day.
Visit https://photo.jessops.com/?photo-navbar for details.
The Oyster Club
Treat your loved one to a voucher for lunch or dinner at The Oyster Club by Adam Stokes. With an Oyster Bar, a menu focussing on seafood and a stunning wine list, pop in for a few oysters after work, or celebrate a special occasion in the restaurant.
Visit https://the-oyster-club.vouchercart.com/app/ to buy vouchers.
The Pen Shop
When it comes to finding luxury gifts, The Pen Shop offers a wealth of choice. From elegant stationery to leather gifts and pen pouches your family will treasure, you can add an extra special touch with embossing and engraving services to personalise your gift pen.
Watches of Switzerland
Watches of Switzerland at Burlington Arcade is a horologist’s dream destination with every world-famous brand imaginable. While you can shop with Watches of Switzerland online, there’s nothing like that personal touch and the Birmingham store is taking bookings for its ‘By Personal Appointment’ service. Visit https://www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk/by-personal-appointment