‘Step away from the shortbread’ - Last minute Christmas gifts that look like they took months to plan

Looses Emporium, Magdalen Street, has two floors of weird and wonderful items from more than 60 deal

Looses Emporium, Magdalen Street, has two floors of weird and wonderful items from more than 60 dealers. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

With just five shopping days to go until the main event, time is running out for last minute Christmas gift hunters.

But step away from the shortbread biscuit tins and put down the novelty socks, because Looses Emporium on Magdalen Street might just have you covered.

This unassuming wonderland is bursting at the rafters with vintage oddities, quirky one off antiques and stocking fillers so unique the lucky recipient will never guess it was bought in a mad dash.

We headed down to rummage through offerings from more than 60 independent dealers, whose wares span two floors plus a salvage yard, to bring you our top picks for every type of person on your good list.

The Bond buff

1980’s Addidas track jacket in classic red white and blue, with the iconic Bayern Munich patch, £40.

1980’s Addidas track jacket in classic red white and blue, with the iconic Bayern Munich patch, £40. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant


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As well as a fantastic selection of classic 007 movie posters, Looses has one of the most comprehensive Ian Fleming collections we've ever seen.

Pick up early editions printed as early as 1956, starting at £3, to fill gaps in your bond fan's collection or treat someone to the full set.

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The sports fan

Retro sportswear has cemented itself as a solid favourite with those too young to remember the garb first time round and those who do will appreciate the nostalgia value.

1980's collectors will be drawn to this family of Natwest pigs, found in Looses Emporium. Photo: Nei

1980's collectors will be drawn to this family of Natwest pigs, found in Looses Emporium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

Our favourite was this 1980's Addidas track jacket in classic red white and blue, with the iconic Bayern Munich patch, for £40.

The Theatre aficionado

Treat the darling obsessed with bright lights and well trod stage boards with something with a truly unique story.

This selection of 1970's Ipswich Wolsey Theatre posters feature original artwork for productions ranging from Shakespeare to Pinter. At only £5 they are an affordable and unique way to get your hands on a piece of local theatre history.

This life sized Sully model will either delight or terrify Disney fans at Looses Emporrium. Photo: N

This life sized Sully model will either delight or terrify Disney fans at Looses Emporrium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

The green fingered gardener

Looses has a fantastic selection of garden gear including plants, unusual planters and gnomes ranging from the adorable to the grotesque.

For the gardener looking to bring a touch of class to their outdoor space our pick is these ornate rustic iron obelisks, going for £30. They come in a range of designs and scream timeless grandeur.

The shoe fiend

Ornate rustic iron obelisks found in the gardening section at Looses Emporium. Photo: Neil Perry

Ornate rustic iron obelisks found in the gardening section at Looses Emporium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

Chances are this person already has a wardrobe bursting with fabulous footwear, but for a one of kind pair, Looses is home to several dedicated fashion curators each with a unique array of shoes.

Our standout pick was this pair of killer platform boots, £20, and for the mini punk in your life, these patent pink genuine Doc Martins, £30.

The music fan

As the world moves online and our experiences become more and more confined to the virtual, we have never been so obsessed with 'real'.

A selection of 1970’s Ipswich Wolsey Theatre posters, featuring original artwork, found in Looses Em

A selection of 1970’s Ipswich Wolsey Theatre posters, featuring original artwork, found in Looses Emporium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

This beautiful 1960's Bush record player cabinet, £150, not only looks but will also play vinyl in all its raw, crackly glory. Fans of every genre are bound to find a favourite record after a quick rummage through the thousands in the Emporium's music section.

Looses has one of the most comprehensive Ian Flemming collections we’ve ever seen for Bond buffs. Ph

Looses has one of the most comprehensive Ian Flemming collections we’ve ever seen for Bond buffs. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

Looses Emporium has a massive range of movie posters, including this 1975 kung-fu classic. Photo: Ne

Looses Emporium has a massive range of movie posters, including this 1975 kung-fu classic. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

Our stand-out pick for shoe lovers was this pair of killer platform boots, £20, at Looses Emporium.

Our stand-out pick for shoe lovers was this pair of killer platform boots, £20, at Looses Emporium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Neil Perry

The mini shoe lover in your life probably needs these patent pink genuine Doc Martins, £30. Photo: N

The mini shoe lover in your life probably needs these patent pink genuine Doc Martins, £30. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

Two floors of rummageable antiques, furniture, clothes, jewelry and homewares at Looses Emporium. Ph

Two floors of rummageable antiques, furniture, clothes, jewelry and homewares at Looses Emporium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

Looses Emporium has a huge variety of unusual furniture, including this leopard print number for £85

Looses Emporium has a huge variety of unusual furniture, including this leopard print number for £85. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Archant

A vintage Corona typewriter with case, £60, is among the many on offer in the emporium. Photo: Neil

A vintage Corona typewriter with case, £60, is among the many on offer in the emporium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Neil Perry

Looses Emporium has a huge selection of board games, ranging from classic scrabble to unusual retro

Looses Emporium has a huge selection of board games, ranging from classic scrabble to unusual retro titles. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Neil Perry

A beautiful 1960’s Bush record player cabinet, £150, found in the music section at Looses Emporium.

A beautiful 1960’s Bush record player cabinet, £150, found in the music section at Looses Emporium. Photo: Neil Perry - Credit: Neil Perry

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