2019 Dec 17
December, and the spirit of Christmas brings joy and merriment to everyone irrespective of race and religion. Streets filled with Christmas lights, shops decorated with wreaths and Christmas trees and fireworks are just a few sights one sees this time of the year.
With this season comes the tradition of gift giving and receiving. Be it Secret Santa at work, or exchanging gifts with family on Christmas day, we are here to make your lives easier.
While we are prepared to spend lavishly on the people most important to us, our bank accounts unfortunately may not be. Listed below are a series of shops you can check out, categorised by their price points to make your gift shopping experience more convenient.
- The Factory Outlet (LKR 250 upwards)
With branches in JaEla, Mount Lavinia, Pelawatta and Thimbirigasyaya, this international
franchise houses popular casual wear brands and accessories from Europe and the
United States and caters to all age categories.
- NOLIMIT (LKR 290 upwards)
Known as Sri Lanka’s biggest fashion chain, with multiple outlets around the country
and the biggest one located at DS Senanayake Mawatha in Borella, NOLIMIT is yet
another fashion and accessory megastore that will not ruin your wallet with its vast
range of products.
- Cool Planet (LKR 690 upwards)
Be it houseware, toys or clothing, this chain of stores is sure to cater to your needs
with the decent price range it has to offer. There are many Cool Planet outlets
within and surrounding Colombo, with its flagship store situated at Isipathana
Mawatha, Colombo 5.
- The Brands Warehouse (LKR 500 upwards)
With over 15 years of experience in the wholesale market, Brands Warehouse offers designer clothing at pocket-friendly prices. The store also stocks kidswear and toys apart from menswear and womanswear. And of you are ever stuck for gift ideas, they offer gift vouchers.
- Miniso (LKR 390 upwards)
If you are still unsure of what gift choices to make and clothes are not an option, look no further than Miniso. This Chinese/Japanese brand has a myriad of products to choose from, ranging from cosmetics to electronics.
- Arienti (LKR 1500 upwards)
Catered to the working woman’s needs, this store has made its way to the market providing Colombo’s woman on the go with stylish clothing. With its manufacturing plant based in Sri Lanka, all their products from dresses to skirts to jumpsuits are designed to suit everyone’s taste. Arienti’s flagship store can be found at 546, Galle Road, Colombo 3.
- GFlock (LKR 1800 upwards)
Keeping up with the rapidly changing trends in the fashion industry, the womenswear and menswear collections available at the store keeps changing every week, giving you a new range to choose from. GFLock is also situated in Colombo 3, at number 299, Galle Road.
- Cotton Collection (LKR 800 upwards)
Cotton Collection has been known to keep up with trends that are popular amongst the teenagers. This large department store stocks 100% cotton products ranging from clothing to homeware. Their flagship store is at 143, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7 with many other outlets around the cities of Colombo and Kandy.
- House of Gifts (LKR 650 upwards)
Be it an art sculpture to a dining set or even cakes and flowers, House of Gifts at 4A,
Bagatalle Road, Colombo 3, will have you going in unsure of what to get but leaving
with the best possible purchase for your hard earned money!
- Kelly Felder (LKR 1800 upwards)
One of the pioneer brands that produced progressive fashion-forward womenswear, Kelly Felder is going on its 12th year.
A popular choice amongst the young women in Colombo, this is the perfect place to shop for mid range womenswear.
- ODEL (LKR 1800 upwards)
From clothing to jewellery, stationery and island souvenirs, ODEL is Sri Lanka’s first retail company which later became the island’s first department store. With outlets all over the country, its biggest store – the ODEL Mall is situated in the heart of Colombo at No. 5, Alexandra Place, Colombo 7.
- Dilly & Carlo (LKR 1800 upwards)
Christmas gift shopping for parents is made easier with the wonder that is Dilly & Carlo. The store offers stylish, elegant womenswear and menswear that is not too outrageously priced. They also offer a batik collection which includes beautiful silk sarees which are priced higher.
- Barefoot (LKR 1500 upwards)
An age old favourite, the iconic weaving and vibrant hues of barefoot will make anything from this store a happily received present. As well as clothing, you can also find homeware, jewellery, stationary and toys. With the main store being located at 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3, there are branches sprinkled throughout Colombo for your convenience.
- The K-9 (LKR 1000 upwards)
This one is for all of those animal lovers. What better gift can you get them, besides
one for their pets instead? Get the best for their pet, whether it be a dog, cat,
rodent or bird from 86, Nawala Road, Nugegoda.
- The Design Collective (LKR 2500 upwards)
As suggested by the name itself, this store showcases various pieces of men’s and women’s clothing by local designers as well as designers from the rest of South Asia. Having stated
this, it is now easily the country’s best multi brand concept establishment which can
be found at 28, Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6.
- Avirate (LKR 1800 upwards)
This global fashion brand is completely owned and managed by one of the country’s
leading apparel manufacturers. Solely catering to women, Avirate’s flagship store can be found at number 30, Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7.
- Stripes and Checks Inc. (LKR 3000 upwards)
One of the island’s premier stores for menswear and accessories for all seasons will end your search for the perfect shirt for him. Stripes and Checks Inc. is located at No. 70, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7
- Urban Island (LKR 3000 upwards)
Showcasing excellent handmade Sri Lankan designs in fashion, houseware, furniture
and accessories, Urban Island promotes skilled artisans living in rural areas who
work alongside designers from Academy of Design (AOD). With its wide range of high quality products, your ideal gift may be purchased from the store 181, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7.
- PR Sri lanka ( LKR 5000 upwards)
One of the pioneers of luxury post war fashion, PR Sri Lanka is another extension of Paradise Road. Showcasing the exquisite creations of local and Indian designers, a gift from PR Sri Lanka is sure to make a statement, if you can afford it.
With shopping made convenient over the last decade with the rise of ecommerce, one tends to miss out on the joy and satisfaction associated with actually going to a store, feeling the products on the shelves, looking at price tags, mentally debating whether to buy it or not and finally getting it anyway!
We hope this list encourages you to visit these stores and bring back that feeling
this holiday season!