In theory, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas parties would be less stressful if one could remove the legwork involved in getting “the perfect present”.
Of course, if you’re in Dubai, it’s a feat if you are caught unprepared. The city is jam-packed with gift shops, so it’s best to narrow down your search to a particular area that yields good variety and value. That’s why City Centre Mirdif is a great place to shop for presents – you get a broad range of gifting ideas for all occasions.
Here are some of the best gift shops at City Centre Mirdif.
Early Learning Centre
Why not get your child a gift that stimulates their curiosity and creativity? Early Learning Centre Dubai is a convenient hub for every type of indoor-outdoor children’s toys from hundreds of brands. ELC takes pride in the toughness of their products, tested according to the brand's website by being pushed, thrown, squashed, knocked over, poked and even licked!
Hallmark specializes in greeting cards but has a select range of gift items, stuffed toys, and souvenirs. The brand’s products tend toward classy and elegant, so they’re a safe bet for corporate gifting as well as anniversaries.
If you want to make a gift special, make it personal. Paperchase allows you to create customized stationary for your recipient from their online store. The brand retails stationary, greeting cards, gift items and craft materials which are beautifully designed and distinctly quirky. Bonus points for combining good looks with practicality.
You may not know Sanrio, but who hasn’t heard of ‘Hello Kitty’? The brand oozes cuteness in every product from school stationery and toys to home and lifestyle accessories, travel kits, cosmetics and even fashion clothing. ‘Hello Kitty’ is a good choice, unless your recipient is male and above thirteen years old - in which case, avoid it.
Virgin Megastore Dubai has an excellent collection of music CDs and DVDs as well as video games, collectibles, and gift items. But if you want to gift an experience instead of an object, Virgin Megastore also has a physical and online ticketing platform that gives customers access to the best music concerts, festivals, clubs, theatricals, sports events and theme parks.
Finding the perfect present doesn't mean you have to do tons of legwork. If you're in Dubai, gifting doesn't get any easier than this.