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Christmas shopping - why antiques make the perfect gift


Hemswell Antique Centres make a wonderful day out for your Christmas shopping, with a maze of rooms in each building just waiting to be explored. 

However, with the challenges that 2020 has brought us, and with fewer people physically venturing out to the shops, our online service is ideal for those looking to get ahead of the Christmas rush. Our website will take you through a huge selection of antiques and collectables, and with over 2000 items available to post for just £15, there’s never been a better time to shop from the comfort of your own home.

Everyone has that one person who is difficult to buy for, whether it’s your partner, Dad or younger sister. And we all have that one go-to present idea for each of those people; a pair of socks? a gift set of toiletries? a book token? While all of these gifts are wonderful in themselves, wouldn’t you like to be able to surprise your loved ones with something they hadn’t even realised they needed? Look through our handy guide to gift giving and be prepared to be inspired by some wonderful antique and vintage gift ideas.

For your favourite Uncle, the wine connoisseur

The world of antiques offers endless gift opportunities for the wine connoisseur in the family, to suit all budgets. From an art deco drinks cabinet to Georgian bottle coasters, silver decanter labels and wine pourers, Hemswell Antique Centres have something for everyone.

For Grandma, the keen seamstress

Traditional pastimes like hand-crafting, felting and quilting are not just popular with great aunts and grandmothers today, with many younger people taking up these hobbies. What could be more personal than the gift of an antique pin cushion? Or how lovely to receive a vintage needle case or sewing box?

For Grandad, the military enthusiast

Based on the former RAF Hemswell, the centres are a fascinating place for the collector of militaria to visit. Our extensive collections include uniform items, watches and jewellery, as well as trench art and furniture, plus much more.

For Mum, the bookworm and letter writer

Choose from an antique volume of a literary classic or, if you are unsure of someone’s reading tastes, how about a pair of bronze bookends, to help them display their prized collections in style? Alternatively for those who love to write letters or keep a journal, perhaps a stylish fountain pen or antique pen and pencil set.  

For Dad, the impossible to buy for

For the man in your life who commutes to the office daily, or who works from his home study, why not brighten up his workspace with a stylish desk model? Alternatively, in our vintage toys and games you can choose from vintage train sets, to antique chess sets, and everything in between, to send him on the ultimate nostalgia trip this festive season.

For your sister, the stylish trendsetter

For lovers of mid-20th century design, we have a vast selection of stylish pieces to choose from, including statement pieces in the form of repurposed lighting, and retro kitchen equipment. Or why not choose from a vintage telephone or Bakelite radio to really set the vibe in her on-trend home?

For the teenage brother

Whether the teenager in the family is music mad or goes wild for science, Hemswell Antique Centres have something to bring a smile to their face this Christmas. Vintage pop posters are becoming increasingly collectable with some of the harder to find ones becoming quite sought after, and enamel advertising signs, perennially popular, offer an alternative bedroom décor. For the scientist in the family, our scientific instruments department has some unique items, including telescopes, compasses and microscopes.

We look forward to welcoming you on site and online soon.

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