As the clock counts down to Christmas, the Insider’s little elves raid Elektrownia Powiśle to stock up on gifts…
Face cleanser, zł. 185
Everyone loves Alba 1913. Founded in you-know-when, this brand draws on over a century of family herbal and pharmaceutical expertise to present premium natural cosmetics that have gone so far as to earn fans in Hollywood. Catering to both men and women, their products include catch-all solutions such as gift sets. For something more specific, the ‘velvety polisher’ contains dust from Baltic amber and is ideal for a deep cleansing of the face and neck.
Flora Point Home
Lamp, zł. 278
Plants are the main driver of Flora Point Home, but if your home already looks like a greenhouse then there’s plenty of other reasons to visit. From the home décor angle, their offer is off-the-wall in its sheer inventiveness. Not short on huge decorative animals and strange, beautiful lights, find those two things merging in the form of this flamingo lamp.
Candle, zł. 450
When it comes to house and home, candles are the ultimate mood enhancer; but what’s the ultimate candle? From Diptyque, of course. Produced using a 12-step manual process, the care put into these ensures each has a unique wax composition. As if that weren’t special enough, this limited edition Christmas candle features a rotating carousel that produces a magical play of light and shadow.
Jestem Slow Concept Store
Vase, zł. 340
The danger with concept stores is that you arrive with one thing in mind and leave with more. That risk is even more real in Jestem Slow: confident personalities will love their clothes, while more private individuals will glow at the sight of their little bits and bobs for home. That means beautifully scented natural candles from Dziki Las; comfy cushions from brands like Pluszanki; or a paper-like clay vases from the peerless Lui & Clay.
Pearl choker, zł. 280
Mokobelle achieve the unlikely by producing handcrafted jewelry that’s big on statement yet also elegantly subtle. Choice is immense, but this pearl choker with a crescent moon seems to sum up the brand with its sense of boho rebel and eastern mystery.
Keyring, zł. 420
Anna Orska’s artistic jewelry is a wild ride of originality and you could easily spend an hour browsing the collection: chic amber necklaces, dangly Vietnamese-inspired earrings, bracelets made from climbing ropes, or intricate pins cast from bronze… the list could go on. Doing a fine job of surmising her creativity, however, is this robot keyring made from salvaged machinery.
Christmas socks, zł. 25
Of all the Christmas gifts in the world, is there anything more reliable than the humble sock? But at Skarpetoholik, the sock is turned into something fun, artsy and occasionally outrageous (don’t believe us, then take a look at their full portfolio online!). For something safe but quirky, then their Xmas-themed socks aren’t just jolly, but also well-made and durable.
Trends 4 Kids
Silver racing car, zł. 503
Christmas is not complete without a great big surprise present lying under the tree waiting for the kids to open. Clothing is a forte, but so too are accessories and furnishings – often Polish, and often manufactured from natural materials, the quality is unimpeachable. And there’s fun stuff as well! Ideal for budding boy racers (and girls), this silver racing car is a tribute to the golden age of racing.
Notepads by Moleskine, from zł. 67
All your paper-related needs are catered for in Wariackie Papiery, but aside from calendars, cards, sketchpads, planners and diaries, it’s for their notebooks that the Insider visits. The choice of brands is abundant, but it’s with Moleskine that you know you’re dealing with the absolute best.
ul. Dobra 42, elektrowniapowisle.com