Retail therapy

Christmas shopping, though therapeutic, could get daunting in a new city or country.Nishitha Shrivastava collates a few places you could visit this Christmas.
Shopping is almost synonymous with Christmas! Be it refurbishing your home, scouting for stocking fillers, or just knick-knacks, the season is a lot happier when pockets get lighter, ironically!
“Gifting styles vary according to ethnicity. I have seen Ugandans buying really big gifts such as gas stoves, or even knockdown furniture. I guess people do not forget big gifts. We, South Africans, give small gifts. So it is really a matter of culture,” avers Ina Van Schoor, store manager at Game in Lugogo Mall.
Game and its neighbour Shoprite are probably your best bets for all things Christmas, from
food and drink to tinsels to a 10-feet-Christmas tree.
“This year, we are also doing a fully-decorated Christmas tree that you simply set up, for UGX 125,400 and also 21 different types of lights,” states Ina.
Shoprite has an exciting range of chocolates, from advent calendars to tree decorations to liquor/liqueur from German-brand Halloren. You could also find Christmas crackers amidst all the bits and baubles.
Since her first store in 1996, Suni states that her customers, at Banana Boat, like to buy hand-made items that are of a very high quality.
In an attempt to bolster their motto to support Ugandan craftsmen and women by designing products for them to make and providing cash-on-delivery, Suni has empowered a Ugandan family to create their beaded decoration.“We have a variety of beaded christmas decorations in red and silver, colours of the season, such as hot mats, bowls, coasters and napkin rings. The beaded reindeer looks great as a table centrepiece, as do the stars and bells for your tree,” states suni.
Whether UGX 3, 000 or 35,000, you could find something to suit your taste, need and budget.
Florence Butegwa of Rukundo Design and Decor, on Buganda Road, sees a definite spike in sale of their Christmas-inspired art pieces and figurines for the Christmas tree, as well as recycled glass items (aka Kitengela Glass), hand crafted floor rugs, among other decor items.
Another product that moves quickly during this season at Rukundo is decorative wallpapers.
“Wallpaper is one of the most impactful ways of making a wall statement.
It provides so many options for creative interiors. It is dynamic and breaks the monotony of wall paint, can be used creatively to line cupboards, tabletops, or add interest to old furniture,” says Florence.
For those who want to make a ‘green’ statement this Christmas, you could head to Good Glass on Bukoto Street, where they repurpose old bottles into household items and decorations. They also stock decorative Christmas trees made from glass bits.
This Street holds great promise for those shopping for gifts, be it Kampala Fair, where you can find clothes and accessories in traditional African prints or Kona, a store across the street that has something for the entire family and also to decorate your home, including personalised Christmas stockings, or the AKA art gallery
If art is a passion that you like to share with your loved ones, you could head to the gift store at Afriart Gallery on Kira Road.
With a price range that spans $100 to $5,000, you can take your pick from art pieces itself or works of
various artists in mixed media such as ceramic, wood, leather or metal.