Ultimate Edinburgh Christmas Shopping Guide
to my ultimate guide to Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh, from independent retailers!
Theres been a quote floating around the web lately that I adore:
"When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance!"
I'm so passionate about shopping local that I've attempted to get most of my Christmas shopping done from
this year, and I think you should too. Many people, including myself in previous years, just stick to Princes Street and the likes, but don't consider the small fries, that often depend on the festive period to tide them over for the slower spring. Not only are you contributing to a more circular economy and closed loop, but your gifts will be more individual, special and unique too!
For clothing and accessories, there is a plethora of indie shops popping up around Edinburgh. If it's a gal pal you're buying for, I recommend
, an eclectic little nail salon that also stocks designs from emerging Scottish fashion brands like
, as well as cool cosmetics and gifts.
One of my regular shopping stops is
, and at the moment they have a fabulous selection of products from independent designers (and vintage gems) that are perfect for Christmas, like gorgeous
scarves and hand-knitted mittens for big kids and little kids by Eka.
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If art and other goodies are more your thing, definitely check out
, a quirky gallery, studio and store stocking local design-led products, and
for over 120 Scotland-based artists and makers across fashion, fine art, interiors, product design, jewellery, books and music.
Got a Secret Santa you don't know too well? I find that chocolate is always a good go-to. This year, avoid the big confectionary brands and head to artisan chocolatier
for ethically produced, fair-trade, organic chocolate treats.
is another great little shop producing authentically delicious handmade chocolates .
Picture from http://www.mythirtyone.com/
More of an online shopping kinda elf? I don't blame you, what with the huge Christmas crowds in the city this month. There are tonnes of independent Scottish online stores too that have a great selection of gifts! For guys, head to
, a beautifully curated collection of contemporary menswear, or
, who creates quality gent's accessories from bags to scarves.
For girls, my ultimate fave is
, a mecca of boho fashion and rock n roll chic, also stocking a huge range of adorable homewares and gifts. I'm also loving the new collection from Nu Blvck designed by Hannah Louise Baxter, which is now available on their website
So, what are you waiting for? #ShopLocal this Christmas!