Chiswick, a half-hour tube ride from London's West End, boasts a chocolate-box assortment of gift shops. With a branch of exclusive boutique hotel and nightclub Soho House opening soon on Chiswick High Road, residents won't need to leave W4 at all. Delicatessen and fine-food merchant Mortimer and Bennett (33 Turnham Green Terrace, tel: 44 20 8995 4145) stocks a plethora of tasty goodies. Chilli-and-lime chocolate truffles by Hope and Greenwood (GBP8.95/$120) will leave you drooling for more. However, be sure not to eat too many choccies before visiting Second Skin (17 Turnham Green Terrace, tel: 44 20 8994 8118), a store that specialises in pretty lingerie and nightwear. Princess Tam Tam pyjama bottoms in a contemporary paisley print are a snip at GBP69.95. If the little ones need a wardrobe update, pop into Spanish chainstore Neck & Neck (47 Turnham Green Terrace, tel: 44 20 8995 8440). Tweed overcoats, pastel-pink shirts and corduroy trousers might not be practical for climbing trees, but at least junior will look snazzy while doing so. Melbury's (53 Turnham Green Terrace, tel: 44 20 8994 2747) is a funhouse of scrubs, toilet brushes and shaving equipment. At GBP18.95, Zoe Phayre-Mudge's playfully designed sponge bags in candy hues are a must-have. At Polomo (5 Chiswick Common Road, tel: 44 20 8995 1717), you'll find alluring contemporary homeware items by Neisha Crosland and jewellery by Lola Rose, as well as Babington House's Cheeky Cow nourishing body cream at GBP14.95. White Stuff (34 Turnham Green Terrace, tel: 44 20 8994 8028) is Abercrombie & Fitch for the Chiswick set. It sells men's and women's cotton basics, including simple woollen tops for GBP45. If all this wanton spending makes you feel guilty, head to the Charity Shop (46 Turnham Green Terrace, tel: 44 20 8995 8864), where purchases such as chocolate- and raspberry-scented candles (GBP2.99) and room dividers decorated with pictures of movie icons (GBP99) help those in need. Finally, pop into Snap Dragon (56 Turnham Green Terrace, tel: 44 20 8995 6618), a traditional toy shop in which local kids have been spending their pocket money for years. The stuffed-to-the-gills toy palace has been around so long Snap Dragon's original customers are now bringing their own children to shop.