How will you spend this Christmas?

However we end up spending Christmas this year, whether in smaller groups, immediate or extended family, in tears or tiers (and if you do celebrate Christmas), you’ll know how you always end up spending much more money at this time of year buying gifts and food compared to any other time of the year.

Did you know, Totally Locally Teddington was launched 8 years ago, in November 2012, in response to hearing too many locals saying they were “popping to Kingston” or elsewhere to do their Christmas shopping.

We wanted to remind locals of what was right on their doorstep and encourage them to #ShopLocal first, whenever possible. Our town centre was then (and still is) filled with so many good quality, interesting, unique independent shops offering a wide range of products to suit every budget.

Over these last 8 years, we’ve watched how much online shopping has increased, along with hikes in business rents and rates which sadly resulted in the the closure of many of those Teddington independents.

We are lucky that we still have an interesting mix of independent retailers in Teddington and not the cloned chain centres which do dominate some towns. The 2020 global COVID pandemic has hit many businesses, traders and families hard. In a week’s time, many of our traders (deemed non-essential businesses which have been forced to remain closed) will be re-opening their doors.

Please do remember them while you’re making your list of gifts to buy for your family and friends. In Teddington, you can shop easily and safely whilst avoiding the thronging crowds and queues of the larger centres.

We guarantee you will be able to find almost any kind of gift within any price range from homeware, clothes, sports wear, giftware, food, wine, cheeses to vouchers for hair and body treatments as well as vouchers for meals at so many of our lovely local independent restaurants and cafes. All within walking distance.

We will be updating this page and RT’ing trader gift offers on the @TLTeddington twitter account. So please please please #shoplocal and support our independent traders whenever you can.

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