Christmas in Cairo: Last Minute Christmas Shopping in the City
With less than 48 hours ‘til Christmas, that last minute shopping has never been so last minute. As the panic sets in, it can be difficult to keep a clear head about where to go; but worry, not we’ve put together a list of shops so that no time is wasted.
Although their maze of outlets might get your head spinning, when looking for a range of different presents, the colossal malls of Cairo are always a good place to start. Citystars, Mall of Arabia and Sun City Mall are some of the most popular – beware though, you might have to fight through the crowds to find what you’re looking for.
Now, what to buy?
For Her: we’d suggest just about anything fabulous. If you’re really looking to impress, you can’t go wrong with designer names; bags – or anything else – from the fashionable Michael Kors will bring tears to her eyes, as will any gift from Ego. Le Nez Fragrance Bar provides a range of exclusive Parisian perfumes, whilst Victoria’s Secret offers up well-known scents, too. For something more reasonably priced, Bath & Body Works and the Body Shop are fail-safes when it comes to bath time pampering, while Accessorize stock a range of bags and outfit accessories. When it comes to clothes we’d always recommend vouchers – women are fussy creatures – but Zara or H&M will usually do the trick.
For Him: why not treat your man to a console game or two from Play N Trade, or some other boys toys from Virgin Megastore. If he’s musical, the Yamaha showroom stocks a wide range of professional quality instruments and electronics. Kryptonite appeals to a niche market, taking men back to their childhoods with a range of old school comics and collectable items. Of course, as total opposites of women, most men love receiving clothes as gifts; try Superdry or Jack & Jones for some simple items.
For Him and Her: You can never go wrong with home accessories; newly weds and neighbours are often particularly house proud and every little helps. Zara Home has a large collection of chic accessories to please even the fussiest of shoppers, whilst IKEA stocks just about everything that anyone could need. In Zamalek, quaint home store House & Garden offers up some charming items, or pick up some modish, quality products from 50A Concept Store. For something a little more unusual, try Gezazy in Maadi for some quirky lighting and other accessories made from recycled materials.
In a chaotic city, for both men and women, gym memberships or spa treatments never go a miss. Why not treat that special someone to a luxurious gym membership at Fiber’s newest gym. Women’s only gym, Hers,provides a private work out space for the self-conscious and Bliss Spa is perfect for ladies’ beauty treatments. Up-market spa treatments can be found at a number of the city’s hotel spas; So Spa at the Sofitel, the Fairmont Nile City’s Willow Stream Spa and The Spa at the Kempinski Nile are renowned for their sumptuous, relaxing massages and facials.
For the Kids: Almost anything – and lots of it – will suffice for a very merry Christmas. Head to Toys R Us or Top Toys for a mind-boggling array of toys, guaranteed to keep the kids occupied through Christmas lunch at least. On the other hand, if ou’re looking to impress the parents, pricey, mini-me clothing can be found at Burberry Children. If all else fails, think sugar; both The Candy Shop and Sugar Spell sell a huge range of candy, ready to make those angels that bit sweeter.
Whatever happens, have a very Merry Christmas!