It's no question that the holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year. From the sweaters and scarves, we wrap up in to watch Christmas movies with our family, to the hours we spend at work playing Christmas music and decorating our desks. It's a time of giving and sharing and spending time with those we love.
But as much as we love it, it can be hard to know what gifts to buy for those on your list. That’s why we’re here to help! We’ve created a gift guide that features some of our favourite places around Stockbridge, Edinburgh where you can find the best selection of gifts for every type of person. Take a look below and see what you think!
Whether it’s a pamper me a voucher, a Monthly Cheese Club membership, a one-of-a-kind pottery piece or a handmade dog collar in gorgeous Harris Tweed, Stockbridge has the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
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We are proud supporters of Campaign Shop Independent. This Edinburgh Stockbridge Christmas gift guide is a way to support small businesses and artists who we believe deserve more recognition for their work
Shop local and share your love for Stockbridge this holiday season!
For the Kids
Stockbridge is home to a variety of locally owned toy stores filled with fun for kids especially young ages. Willow Boutique has specialised in baby and toddler wear, wooden toys, teething jewellery and gifts. The shop is supporting local businesses and designers so stop by for a unique variety of toys.
Add a visit to Treehouse to purchase a product that is of high quality, educational, unique and without gender labels.
Insider’s Tip: Check out Ginger and Pickles Bookshop, an indie bookshop for children with carefully curated beautiful books to entice readers of all ages. It’s gorgeous!
For the Family
The gift of National Trust of Scotland membership is sure to provide family fun and lasting memories all year long! Let’s share your love for Scotland with someone you care about with the National Trust of Scotland!
Create memories that last a lifetime with National Museums of Scotland membership featuring access to three museums including the National Museum of Flight, National Museum of Rural Life, and world-class exhibitions at the National Museum of Scotland.
Do something amazing for the animals you and your family love. Check out the Edinburgh Zoo for memberships that include admission and extra perks throughout the year. Also, animal adoption is a great way to support RZSS, lasts all year and makes for a lovely treat or gift.
Insider’s Tip: Each of the above has its own gift shop. Stop in and pick up a Zoo or museum-themed item as an extra special gift for everyone in the family!
For the Fashionista
Make for a perfect gift for the vegan fashion trend-setter on your list and check out treen who uses vegan alternatives to celebrate slow, seasonless fashion.
Searching for a timeless piece? You won’t want to pass up Raeburn Place and St Stephen Street. The prosperous area of Stockbridge makes it a bargain hunter heaven for second-hand trippers.
While helping make a difference for an imperative cause, you can also save a few pennies in your pocket. If you prefer more recent fashion the Raeburn Place in Stockbridge is packed with second-hand shops and caters for everyone.
St Stephen Street is known as a mecca for clothing with a difference, especially for vintage classics.
An array of exciting and unique eye frames you’ll find at IOLLA, a gift card also available to purchase unique and fresh frames
For the Quirky
Celebrate Stockbridge quirkiness with unique gifts from An Independent Zebra. An Independent Zebra is a lifestyle boutique featuring all things quirky, original, fun and colourful. The shop stocks the work of over 125 small UK independent businesses in-store, from local designers who live within walking distance of the shop to other majorly talented makers from Scotland and the rest of the UK
For personal accessories, gifts and homeware head to Daisy Cheynes where you’ll find a collection of beautiful items. For authentic Mexican crafts and decoration visit Caoba including handmade ceramic tiles, beautiful silver jewellery, and a huge selection of candles.
Come and have a look around Gifted for beautiful handmade Orkney jewellery from Alison Moore. Also baby gifts and home fragrancing, handmade chocolate and educational toys as well.
For the Beautiful Objects Lovers
For the Spirits Enthusiasts
For the Foodie
To pair wine beautifully with farmhouse and artisan cheese go to I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger. You also can deliver a delicious present with a Monthly Cheese Club featuring expertly selected cheeses accompanied by carefully prepared tasting notes and pairing suggestions from cheesemongers. Located in Stockbridge and Morningside, a Cheese Club subscription is the perfect gift for any cheese lover.
Would you prefer a hamper for the vegetarian person? Then visit George Mewes Cheese.
If the foodie on your list also likes to cook, be sure to check out Herbie of Edinburgh. Wow, what a selection! The shop has hams hanging from the ceiling and has wines and oils on one wall and shelves of jam, chocolate, and other food-related essentials on the other.
Have you got on your list of Italian Kitchen lovers? Then visit UnKnown Italy filled with lots of valuable and delicious real authentic Italian goodies like cured meat, cheese, artisan biscuits, pasta sauces, pasta, gluten-free pasta and more
For the Pet Enthusiast
Show your love for the fur kids with handmade here in Edinburgh dog collar in gorgeous Harris Tweed. Just Dogs owned by devoted dog lovers and owners promotes responsible dog ownership who value the importance of looking after your dog in the best possible manner.
Dofos Pet Centre & Dog Grooming is another stop to add to your pet list as it’s the oldest pet shop in Edinburgh established in Edinburgh in 1953. With the best natural foods and treats, as well as natural grooming services the shop has been built on a reputation for providing the pet with the best nutrition on the market. With three locations, you’re sure to find a new gift (or gifts) for your furry friends this season.
For the Reader
Shop at bookstores like Golden Hare Books, and Rare Birds to pick up beautiful books and more for every reader on your holiday shopping list! Golden Hare Books, was awarded at the British Book Awards for the best indie bookshop in the UK. The shop also offers a PostBooks subscription that would make an amazing gift for the reading geek in your life
For the best new female fiction head to Rare Birds, the newest addition to Stockbridge bookshops. Taking the traditional book club online, the shop also offers subscriptions. Every month books are lovingly handpicked to push readers outside their comfort zones. You can choose between three, six or twelve-month prepaid subscription options. Beautifully wrapped books and a limited-edition postcard are included every month.
The place well-known among local people and often overcrowded on Sundays is a Shelter bookshop located in Raeburn Place. This is a must-visit place for everyone who loves books and does not want to spend a fortune buying them. Here, also rare books are available.
For the Well-Deserved Pampering
Gift a relaxing, pampering gift for your loved ones to relieve the stress of 2021. Book a treatment at Womankind Beauty offering Signature Treatment which combines all the firm favourites and incorporates a foot treatment, Back Neck and Shoulder massage and an Elemis facial.
Complete a spa-themed gift with a service or gift card to a Frenchy’s Beauty Boutique. Located in Raeburn Place is a small friendly salon for waxing, nail, massage and tanning treatments and more.
And be sure to check out Beauty Boutique by Victoria, a vibrant bespoke beauty boutique featuring hair, nail and skincare services, for a gift card and variety of products.
For the Beauty Lovers
Skincare isn’t the easiest gift to give, but here in Stockbridge, you’ll find real beauty gems. The Method offers thoughtful products to make you slow down and appreciate each step of your day. Their newest addition to the brand MODM is hand blended in Scotland in small batches. Already won several beauty awards.
Gorgeous hand-crafted yet innovative fragrances are at the heart of Jorum Studio. A perfume with a drop of Scotland in every bottle would make an amazing gift for either fragrance lovers or someone who left the country and needs some admiration of its childhood.
For the Jewellery Aficionados
Before you find yourself in the deep end of the jewellery internet shops, scrolling through websites of famous department stores, take a look at ætla, a range of luxury, designer jewellery created through sustainable and ethically responsible means. The shop also offers a bespoke jewellery service which means you get a beautiful, unique, one-off piece of jewellery.
In the former 19th century bakehouse you’ll find Galerie Mirages. Here, handpicked jewellery selection for the very best in unique or custom pieces sourced from worldwide markets
And be sure to check out Annie Smith jewellery shop. Each item is carefully designed, crafted and individually created in the owner’s workshop at the back of the shop.
Make for a perfect gift for the watch trend-setter on your list and check out Paulin watches who assemble simple, high quality, design-led watches.
Add a visit to Sheila Fleet boutique jewellery gallery to purchase a piece of jewellery dedicated to Scotland’s heritage.
For the Art Lovers
Find a one-of-a-kind ceramic piece at The Adam Pottery! The locally owned store has crafted contemporary and traditional ceramics ranging from practical domestic and garden ware, delicate porcelain vessels to an array of decorative and sculptural pieces.