The Edinburgh Christmas Shopping Guide

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Welcome 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 independent brands 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 Ladyboss Collective, an eclectic little nail salon that also stocks designs from emerging Scottish fashion brands like Yellow Bubble and Dreamland, as well as cool cosmetics, art and gifts.

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One of my regular shopping stops is Godiva Boutique, and at the moment they have a fabulous selection of products from independent designers (and vintage gems) that are perfect for Christmas, like gorgeous Karen Mabon scarves and hand-knitted mittens for big kids and little kids by Eka.

If art and other goodies are more your thing, definitely check out Flamingosaurus Rex, a quirky gallery, studio and store stocking local design-led products, Coburg House for handmade art and craft, and the Scottish Design Exchange for over 120 Scotland-based artists and makers across fashion, fine art, interiors, product design, jewellery, books and music.

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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 Coco for ethically produced, fair-trade, organic chocolate treats. The Chocolate Tree is another great little shop producing authentically delicious handmade chocolates. You could also go more grown up and invest in adorable miniatures from local distillery Edinburgh Gin!

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For guys, head to Catherine Aitken, who creates quality gent’s accessories from satchels to scarves, as well as a huge women's handbag and purse collection. There's also Brotique for a beautifully curated men's fashion and lifestyle products.

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For girls, be sure to check out Dovecot Studios, an amazing gallery and tapestry studio space, for a selection of gorgeous Scottish made jewellery, Pad Lifestyle for stylish homewares and gifts, or Isle of Skye Candle Company for a vast array of fragrant fancies.

Finally, here is a list of some great upcoming events in Edinburgh to add to your diary for Christmas shopping galore:

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So, what are you waiting for? #ShopLocal this Christmas!

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Ruth MacGilp is an Edinburgh based student and blogger. She's a activist for all things ethical in the fashion industry, as well as supporting the #shopsmall and #shoplocal movements through her work.
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