To my lovely customers,

after 20 amazing and happy years at the helm of The Present, I'm retiring! My aim was to do 20 years and then rethink the next chapter and for me that is now wanting more time to pursue other interests and passions. 

For The Present to be what I wanted, it to be it has taken a lot of energy, enthusiasm and 7 days a week, giving it 100%, which I always have and have loved doing so.  However now I would like to have some more time to myself. 

This is not my goodbye yet, I will be having retirement drinks and cake in the driveway at the shop on saturday the 24th of July from 4pm to 6pm (hopefully, if restrictions allow) so please pop that in your diaries and come by for a glass of fizz to celebrate and raise a toast! You are all welcome to attend.

Much love, 

Louise x


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My Story

Back in 2000 I was at a bit of a crossroad in life work wise. I thought about my passions which were buying beautiful things for the home and fashion. Having lived in Barnet my whole life I felt that there was a huge gap on our High Street for a shop like The Present. Browsing through the local paper, I came across a tiny little advert advertising this beautiful building. I came to view it, fell in love with it straight away and that was the start of my Present journey!
Lots of planning, meetings with the bank, learning about retail, knocking down of walls, dust, painting and hard work later I opened my doors for the first time on Easter weekend 2001.
The Present has evolved and changed over the years to keep up with current trends. We buy things that we love and hope that you do too.
Customer service is hugely important to my team and we strive to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. I am genuinely thrilled when people come into the shop and love it and the things we've bought. We have a loyal customer following in Barnet but also have customers who travel in from further afield to shop with us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who have supported me on my adventure so far.


What's in store at The Present?

Whether you are looking for a thoughtful thank you gift, something for a special occasion or just treating yourself, we are confident you will find it here. From 'must have' socks to scarves, bags, jewellery, candles, bath bombs, toiletries, photo frames, homeware, stationery - our eclectic selection of gifts always means you'll find something for that someone special.

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Organic Candles

Handmade exclusively for The Present in Wiltshire, our candles are 100% organic and paraben free. Using natural plant waxes which include soy, rapeseed and high quality essential oils, they don't contain any harsh chemicals or colours. Made with cotton only wicks, all ingredients are as natural as possible and of course smell amazing!

Children & Baby

We have a beautiful range of gifts for Baby Showers, New Babies and Christenings including cotton sleepsuits, pram coats, blankets, baby socks, birth certificate boxes and melamine beaker and bowl sets - everything you need to build the perfect gift!

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Some of the brands we stock...

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We can deliver out to  EN4, EN5, EN6 and N20 postcodes and post out to other remaining areas in the UK.


To make your gift extra special, we offer a unique gift wrapping service in store.



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