It’s fast approaching the time of warm festive feelings, and as we see Christmas appearing just about everywhere, our thoughts turn to preparing for the big day itself.

From water bottles to personalised jackets, I’ve made sure that there’s something for every skater – and every budget – at Two Birds London this Christmas.

That post by ‘money saving expert’ Martin Lewis has been doing the rounds again on social media, I’m sure you will have seen it… the one along the lines of taking a stand against unnecessary gift giving.  It may surprise you that, as a retailer, I agree with his sentiment! Because beyond the headlines, he’s not against thoughtful parcels from parents, grandparents and family friends.

Thoughtful Gift Giving

Thoughtful gift giving is more important than ever in our current climate to keep our budget, our small business economy and environmental impact in check. We don’t need to buy lots of cheap gifts (that will never be used) for that ever-widening circle of absolutely everyone we know.  As a parent myself, I know all too well how easy it is to feel like you haven’t done enough or bought enough, getting those extra gift vouchers or slipping cash into more envelopes.

As a skating mum myself, I’ve put a lot of thought into my gift guide this year, I want you to feel that when you shop with Two Birds London you are not only getting great value, but great quality, great service … and most of all something that will put a genuine smile on the face of the skater you love!  Here are my recommendations:

MY TOP PICK UNDER £60: PERSONALISED JACKETS

Make an extra special gift with our 5-star rated personalised jackets, available in pink, black and blue – As worn by Dancing on Ice’s celebrity skater, Brooke Vincent, and professional skater Ale Izquierdo!… as well as ALL of our 2019 Sponsored Skaters of course!

These jackets are so VERSATILE as well as at the rink figure skating, they’re the perfect to be worn when running, at gymnastics, dance, athletics and more!

Your skater will get so much wear from this gift, with its brushed fleece interior, and Italian super soft specialist performance sports fabric which is breathable and moisture wicking. 

Your personalisation options are vast – you can add a name to the back of the jacket in a range of fonts and colour choices to make it truly unique.

For even more sparkle, your jacket can also have a shaped design added underneath the name or down the arms!  Available in Ages 6 up to Adult XL at £55.00-£60.00. Get inspired by seeing what designs are available on our website here.

MY TOP PICK UNDER £50: GRACE PRISM TOPS

Our stunning new GRACE PRISM long sleeve top is the absolute must-have for Christmas 2019, with its on-trend geometric design and strappy detailing to the back. Rated 5-stars by our customers, Grace Prism is made from super-soft brushed lycra fabric, in a flattering fit with long sleeves and thumbholes. With a long line, it sits on your hip ensuring that you’re not flashing your tummy when you put your arms out to the sides or above your head.

Available in Ages 6 up to Adult XL, this top is selling fast at £44.99-£49.99. Shop now.

MY TOP PICK UNDER £40: SLOGAN HOODIES

Slogan Hoodies… The ultimate skaters’ hoodie that can be worn by kids, mums, girls and boys straight away on Christmas Day and throughout the long cold winter!

A beautifully soft and snuggly college hoodie in various colours and slogans made from soft, well-proven fabric with brushed fleece interior. They all feature ribbed cuffs and hemline, kangaroo pouch pocket at the front with hidden earphone and cord feed.  Hood is lined in colour matched fabric.

Available in all sizes from 1-2 years to Adult XL – there really is one for everyone. From £30.00-£33.00 – Shop Now!

MY TOP PICK UNDER £30: GARMENT BAGS!

Both stylish AND practical, our crystal Garment Bags are a great choice and a budget-friendly bargain from just £26!  

Our garment bags make life so much easier as you carry your precious costumes around! It comes in black and measures 100 x 60cm and includes a crystal design in your choice of crystal colours – you can even add a name for full personalisation.

The bag features a full-length zip and strengthened shoulder area.  It also has an eyelet which the hanger can slot through allowing the bag to be folded for easy carrying and a pop stud to secure the bag when folded in half.  An identification window on the zip side allows you to see what’s inside without opening the bag or can be name tagged by using the plastic slot on the inside.

If you want to create a custom colourway, just choose the design you want in any colour and leave us a message at checkout with your desired colours and we’ll make it happen for you! Shop the available designs now!

AND FINALLY, MY TOP STOCKING FILLERS UNDER £15…

Small/Medium/Large Black Glitter Bags:

A beautiful 100% brushed cotton canvas bag in black with vintage style metal zip and any name in glitter flake in a colour of your choice.  Perfect for competition makeup, a first aid kit or hair accessory bag keeping all your skaters bit and pieces in one place!

All designs are made to order and the name is made from glitter flake which is highly sparkly. The glitter is sealed onto the bag and will not shed.  Makes a perfect present and arrives in a clear gift bag.

From just £8.95! Shop Now!

Water bottles:

A fantastic option if you keep losing your water bottle or if you’re in a team and forget which bottle is yours.  You’ll never lose your bottle again with these personalised water bottles!

They feature a flip top lid with secure hanging loop and removable fruit basket in the centre of the bottle.  If you like flavoured water then fill it up with fruit or remove it for plain water.  Add your name in your colour choice.

Just £10 – Shop Now!

Blade Towels:

Keep your blades in tip top condition and free from rust by drying them with this blade towel every time you finish skating.  Made from luxury towelling fabric, the towel measures 30x50cm and features a metal grommet and hook which can be attached to the outside of your skating bag for easy access.  Hook can be removed if preferred. 

Just £9.99 – Add one to your order now!

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for your Christmas present list!  As always, don’t leave it too late if you want to customise your jacket or leggings – we get extremely busy between now and Christmas and we’d hate to disappoint.  The cut off for personalised orders is Thursday 12th December to allow us time to make and post your items before Christmas so don’t delay – get shopping today! 

Shirley x