Prague Christmas Gift Ideas 2008

Some suggestions that might make your seasonal shopping go more smoothly

Gift Ideas | Vouchers | Dining | Traditions | Shopping

Jateční 33A, Prague 7

A trip to's headquarters has become a new Christmas tradition in Prague, with hundreds of shoppers heading out to Holešovice to pick up computers and other electronic gadgets from the online retail giant's warehouse. Last year, Alza provided free snacks for waiting customers; home delivery is also available.

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Revoluční 3, Prague 1

This Apple reseller offers iPods, MacBooks and other computer-related gizmos. (To get your hands on an iPhone, you'll have to deal with a mobile operator.) In addition to the Revoluční street location, there's an iStyle shop in Smíchov (Nádražní 23) and stands in the Palác Flora, Metropole Zličín and Palladium malls.

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Na příkopě 15, Prague 1

Produced from natural ingredients, this French chain's range of skincare products and fragrances are ideal for anyone in your life who needs a little pampering. As well as the store on Na příkopě, there are also branches in Prague's Nový Smíchov, Palác Flora, Palladium and Centrum Chodov malls.

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Revoluční 24, Prague 1

This store on the Old Town/New Town border has a wild circus of clever and amusing gifts. Find pirate piggybanks, crime-scene tape, rubber duckies and even a boss you can toss. There's zero chance you'll leave this store empty-handed. Alternatively, order online and get your gifts dispatched within 24 hours.

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Václavské námesti 41, Prague 1

Of the big Czech stores, the Neoluxor chain's "Palace of Books" stocks probably the widest range of English-language titles, and, on request, can also order books for you from the UK. There are also large Neoluxor branches in the Palladium and Nový Smíchov shopping malls.

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Morseova 245, Prague 10

Why not put a little tree under the Christmas tree this year? Out in Petrovice, on Prague's southeastern outskirts, Czech bonsai expert Petr Říha's center (open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm) offers a range of indoor and outdoor plants, plus advice on how to care for your tiny timber.

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Jungmannova 14, Prague 1

For fans of science-fiction and fantasy, this newly opened shop ("Collectors' Paradise") above the Knihkupectví Krakatit bookstore offers comic book- and cult movie-related figures, replicas and other collectibles, as well as a selection of merchandise from the equally colorful world of North American sports.

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Mánesova 42, Prague 2

All aboard! For model railroaders of all ages, this Vinohrady shop is a mecca, offering Prague hobbyists a wide range of locomotives, wagons, model buildings, landscaping and other scaled-down accoutrements. As well as trains, "At the King of the Railways" also offers scale models of automobiles.

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Vlkova 11, 130 00 Prague 3

This concept store/e-shop in Žižkov offers unique, affordable gifts you won't find anywhere else. FlamingoPark's products are handpicked from around the world, and range from home décor, fashion and gifts, right through to design items and lifestyle products.

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Slezská 28, Prague 2

For a friend or family member who's both fashion-conscious and socially conscious, this Vinohrady store should prove ideal, offering ethically sourced clothing, home décor and other gifts created using organically grown fabrics such as hemp, ramie and organic cotton.

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