With only one day left until Valentine’s Day, we can’t be the only ones who are feeling the last minute panic to buy our loved ones the perfect gift. Lucky for you, Cupid works on a deadline at Monks Cross. Here are some of our last minute easy gift ideas:
Nothing shows that you really know your partner more than buying them an outfit to wear on Valentine’s Day. Picking out an outfit for your girlfriend is not only romantic but will make her feel great. Feel those 70s vibes with this heart print mini dress from River Island, this is dress can be worn for a more casual look with some boots or dressed up with some stilettos making it perfect for your Valentine’s Day plans.
To match that 70s vibe, nothing shows you know your boyfriend more than picking out the perfect patterned shirt to match his style. Not only is this Primark shirt on trend for Spring / Summer 2019 but it’s so versatile it’ll make a lasting impression on his wardrobe.
Valentine’s day is all about love and spending time together, so how about you treat your loved one to a BUYAGIFT experience from Debenhams. You can choose from a romantic meal out at The Shard or spend the day getting pampered at a local spa, perfect for spending quality time together!
Put your own unique twist on ‘I Love You’ by hand making your loved one a Valentine’s Day gift. From handmade cards, gifts to baking. Hobby Craft has everything you need to give that special someone a personalised gift that they’ll love.
For those on a budget, Poundland are offering some great Valentine’s Deals. Whether you feel like popping the question, they now sell engagement rings. Or you could make a hamper of all your loved ones favourite things, for some ultimate brownie points from your other half!
Don’t let the pressure of Valentine’s Day get to you, let the gifts speak for themselves by getting yours from Monks Cross.
River Island is known for its stylish and affordable fashion and the unique touches it brings to the high street. It is the perfect place to pick up everything you need for a complete head-to-toe outfit.
Offering women’s, men’s and kids ranges, along with amazing accessories, product is designed in-house and fabulous new items are available in store and online daily. River Island continues to bring trend-led fashion to more people with its Plus (size 18-28), Petites and Big & Tall collections.
For Spring Summer 2019, River Island effortlessly translates the seasons trends into an eclectic range for the style conscious individual. Both the Womenswear and Menswear collections encourages the wearer to experiment and refresh their individuality through personal style; via statement print clashes, oversized silhouettes and versatile utilitarian separates to contemporary sports-luxe pieces, sophisticated summer essentials and premium tailoring on menswear.
In turn, River Island’s SS19 Kidswear (3-12 yrs), Mini (0-5 yrs) & Baby (0-1 yrs) collections continue to reference the adult mainline ranges, with each piece designed with the mini fashionista in mind. From cute matching co-ords to grunge-gone-luxe denim to stand out tropical prints and gender-neutral separates on Baby, these collections ensure the little ones will look stylish whatever the occasion.
In store services include ‘Click and Collect’ meaning you can shop the complete collection online, and have your purchase delivered directly to store for your convenience.
Forget dry January, we’re doing Veganuary!
Whether you’re vegan, veggie, pescatarian, flexitarian, anything-else-atarian, or just looking to try something new this January, We’re here to make it as easy as possible for you.
Cheat on Meat
Something we couldn’t live without, even for a month, is Pizza Hut! So we’ve put in a word with the pizza experts themselves to see if they can pull some strings for us. They’re now offering at our restaurant a range of delicious NEW vegan pizzas, including:
- Vegan Jack ‘N’ Ch**se: Vegan ch**se, tomato sauce, BBQ jackfruit, sweetcorn, red onions, peppers and a BBQ drizzle.
- Vegan Veggie: Vegan ch**se, tomato sauce, spinach, sweetcorn, peppers, red onions and mushrooms.
- Vegan Margherita: Vegan ch**se and tomato sauce.Buttt unfortunately this offer is only running until the end of January so make sure you pop down and dig in before it’s too late.
Light Vegan Bites.
Not everyone has time to stop for a full meal when they’re out shopping, so we’ve had a browse around our two favourite coffee shops for some lighter bites that definitely make you popular with your animal friends.
Costa Coffee and Starbucks both offer vegan friendly options for food and drinks in store. Why not try Costa’s chipotle bean and butternut squash wrap or Starbucks vegan chocolate and raspberry cake?
Don’t forget to swap out dairy milk for their soy, coconut or almond so you can pair their delicious drink range with your snacks.
Beauty without Bunnies
Being vegan isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about the products you use, for example your makeup! Finding makeup and other beauty products that hasn’t been tested on animals can be difficult so we’ve searched high and low to find you all the brands that our stores stock that are cruelty free and vegan.
If you’re hoping not to break the bank when shopping for cosmetics then Primark is the first stop on our list. Their own brand cosmetics line, Primark PS, are 100% certified cruelty free and coveted with Leaping Bunny status. Read all about their decision not to test on animals here.
Boots stock a variety of products that are free from animal testing as well as not containing any animal products…
- Original Source
- Umberto Ginnini
- Maui Moisture
- Urban Veda
- Isle of Paradise
- Miss Patisserie
- Bleach London
- Shea Moisture
- St Tropez
Just like Primark, Superdrug’s own brand cosmetics line, ‘B’, is completely cruelty free and vegan. They’re strong believers in the ethical beauty campaign and have definitely embraced the vegan beauty lifestyle. They also offer a range of other brands that are clean, not mean! Below are all of the brands they stock which are cruelty free & vegan.
- Barry M
- Makeup Revolutions
- Lottie London
- Nip + Fab
- Tanya Burr
- The Balm
If you’re interested in detoxing your makeup bag and want to be sure which cosmetic brands don’t test on animals or contain animal products, you can check here.
We know how stressful the Christmas period can get, so we’re trying to make it run as smoothly as possible for you.
Make it Monks Cross this Christmas and browse our holiday gift guide for a touch of inspiration.
Men can definitely be tricky to buy for over Christmas, so to give you a little helping hand, we’ve had a browse around our stores and picked out some of our favourite gift ideas.
Show her how much she means to you this Christmas with presents she could only dream of. Whether you’re a ‘go big or go home’ kind of gift giver or a unique and thoughtful one, you’ll definitely find the perfect present at Monks Cross.
For your little elves
Christmas is all about the kids! We love treating the little ones over the festive period and watching their eyes light up with Christmas joy. So we’ve picked out some of our favourite bits that we know the kids will love.
For Secret Santa
Whether you’re doing secret Santa at work, with your friends or even with family, it can be hard to stick to a price limit. So we’ve had a browse and found some gifts that won’t break the bank and we know they’ll love.
Join us Monks Cross Shopping Park & friends at Minster FM for a weekend of Christmas fun, 15th & 16th December.
We have tons of free activity for all the family to enjoy 15th December. Have your picture taken with the fabulous christmassy ice sculptors, enjoy free face painting and enjoy some festive food from our pop up food sellers. On 16th December come and meet Santa’s Reindeer before they get ready to deliver presents!
And enjoy free painting and our selection of pop up food sellers.
What’s more all activity is FREE!
New store with Nail Bar and Brow & Lash bar to open in Monks Cross Shopping Park –
Thursday 6th December saw the opening of a new Superdrug in Monks Cross Shopping Park. The store, located in the heart of the shopping park has created 18 new jobs and will offer customers affordable health and beauty products and everyday toiletries, perfect for customers to pop in and pick up some party essentials and gifts in time for Christmas.
Customers will be able to choose from hundreds of Christmas gifts including stocking fillers and the perfect presents for her, him and kids from best-loved brands including Bloom Collection, B., Studio London, Flutter, Secret Santa, Fruity and Sweet Snuggles. Exclusive skincare and makeup brands will also stock an extensive range of products including B., Nip & Fab, GOSH, MUA and Revolution.
The store also features a brand new Beauty Studio area with a menu of professional beauty treatments at affordable prices, including a Nail Bar offering a file and polish from £12 and gel manicure from £20, as well as a Brow & Lash Bar offering tinting and threading.
Visitors will also have the chance to sign up to Health & Beautycard to be able to collect points to redeem on future purchases and also benefit from exclusive deals and offers. The Superdrug Mobile service will also be available to Health & Beautycard customers for just £10 offering no contract, unlimited calls and texts and a mighty 4GB of data every month.
Rachel Pennington, York Monks Cross Manager, said; “We are delighted to be opening our new store with three weeks to go until Christmas. We are sure customers are going to love our unique mix of health and beauty essentials at affordable prices. It’s perfect timing for those looking to do their Christmas shopping, or just pick up all their party essentials ready for lots of festive celebrations.
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 7pm
Sunday: 11pm to 5pm
Monks Cross Shopping Park is teaming up with York charity Snappy over the festive period. Shoppers are being asked to visit the Gift Giving Tree in the Shopping Parks Information Centre and collect a tag from the tree to donate a Christmas present.
Snappy is a registered charity working with children and young people of York with wide ranging disabilities, from learning difficulties to profound physical disabilities. The volunteers work to develop confidence, independence and social skills but mostly, to give the children and families the opportunity to enjoy new experience have fun and make friends.
Anne Stamp “We have worked with Monks Cross previously and customers have always been so generous in their support. As a self-funded local charity we are very grateful to anyone in advance to donates a gift, the difference they make is immeasurable and we hope to make this a great success.”
Katherine Sharp, Centre Manager of Monks Cross, comments “It’s great to see the local community coming together to support each other, especially at this time of year. Snappy have recently been subjected to a funding cut, so we really want to give them all the help we can this Christmas.”
Black Friday is just a few days away and the offers are already rolling into our stores at Monks Cross. So we’ve had a browse and found some of the best deals that are currently on at our stores.
You’re going to need to be quick if you want to get your paws on these deals though, they’ll be flying off the shelves.
On your marks, get set…. GO!
New Look offers you en vogue items destined to be your new favourites. Black Friday 2018 is guaranteed to make your Christmas shopping as easy as possible. Gift your mum that designer bag for half price and surprise your sister with those shoes she’s been pining after for months! The Black Friday sale at New Look has got you covered. Find discounts of up to 25% off across all departments, both online and in-store. Start preparing for the year’s biggest bargain hunt today!
We’ve got some must have offers on at Primark in the build up to Black Friday. Starting from 20th November 2018, they’ll have special promotional prices and reductions across the entire store!
They’ll also be opening at 8:30am on 23rd November to give you some extra time to bag your in store favourites!
Black is back at Schuh! There’s up to 50% off on selected lines in store.
Looking for a Black Friday deal already? We love your spirit, but like your birthday, this special event happens just once a year (sob). It’s not all bad news, you can still pick up a fresh style steal (or ten) with River Islands latest offers and savings – go on treat yourself, you deserve it…
Debenhams is treating your to their 12 day spectacular this Black Friday season… Check out their 12 days of amazing deals.
This Black Friday, Boots has some incredible offers in store just for you. Get up to half price (or better) off selected ranges! Pop in store and grab yourself some bargains.
To kick start Black Friday, Hobby Craft are giving you up to 50% off on selected lines!! Pop in store and check it out.
To keep up to date with our latest Black Friday deals and other amazing offers, check out our offers page!
High street favourite River Island has extended its kidswear offering with the launch of RI Baby clothes
There’s an exciting new baby range available on at our centre this autumn with the launch of RI Baby by River Island. Prices start from £5, and you can shop online & in store now. Get to it before it’s all gone – we predict a sell-out!