Where to buy Christmas Gifts in Edinburgh

Are you feeling the Christmas stress yet? You know, the one where you realise you’ve only got a few more weeks until Christmas and you still need to buy loads of gifts? I am. I’ve been a little organised this year and bought some of my gifts but I definitely haven’t gotten them all. I tend to leave things to the last minute when I can rely on online shopping (mostly Amazon Prime, let’s be real). One thing that did save me from going into a complete meltdown was a fun little collaboration that came my way recently.

A few months ago This is Edinburgh got in touch to ask if I’d put together a Christmas edition shopping guide for them, which I happily said I would. It pushed me to get many of my gifts checked off the list in good time. Even though they shared my top shopping picks on their accounts last week I thought it would be a shame not to put it all together as a full post on my blog. So here we are! I’m hoping that you’ll find this useful if you’re still on the lookout for gifts this year. Without further ado, here are my favourite spots to get Christmas gifts in Edinburgh. 

Dahlia

 This is a great little shop for all the plant lovers out there (but they also sell candles, incense, skincare products, homeware stuff and some clothes). I feel like plants are having an extra *moment* right now and Dahlia is the perfectest perfect shop to get a little green friend as a Christmas present.
I first saw them on Instagram a while ago because @la_lunee works there and posts the nicest photos of plant corners from the shop. 

Address: 17 Roseneath St
Instagram:
@dahliathestore

Life Story

I’ve harped on about my love for Life Story in the past but it really is THE best shop in Edinburgh for any kind of gift emergency. Susan, the owner, is absolutely lovely and refreshes the stock regularly so you can go back month after month to get the gifts you need. 
My current favourites are the Poolside series of photos by @sooukdotcom (see above). Perfect for any home!

Address: 53 London Street
Website and online store: https://www.lifestoryshop.com/
Instagram:
@lifestoryedin

Broughton Street Shops

Speaking of Life Story, there are other great shops on the same street like Nice Stuff and Curiouser and Curiouser.
For example, Curiouser and Curiouser is great for prints from different Scottish designers that I’ve bought as presents for friends abroad.

Tartan Blanket Co.

Looking for something warm, super Scottish and that comes in a nice box? Look no further. The Scottish Tartan Co sell amazing tartan blankets, throws and scarves.
Really hoping no family members read this but for Christmas this year I ordered five different gift boxes as presents. There’s lots of different variations of what you can get – blankets, scarves, gift boxes with body products or with teas etc. In other words, something for everyone!

Address: 170B Great Junction Street
Website and online store: https://tartanblanketco.com/
Instagram:
@tartanblanketco

Armstrong’s Vintage

This is the spot if you’re a) lacking inspiration and b) want to get something that no one else has. I even recommend this shop to people that aren’t looking to get gifts because it’s worth a wander just to see the way the clothes are displayed. 

Address: 170B Great Junction Street
Website and online store: https://tartanblanketco.com/
Instagram: 
@tartanblanketco

Century General Store

A two birds one stone kind of place- get your coffee and have a browse in their little shop section at the same time. I actually didn’t even know there was a corner filled with lots of home and lifestyle goodies until I came in for a takeaway coffee one time and stayed for ages trying to convince myself I didn’t need another mug. Last year I also bought a fiddle leaf fig which miraculously is still alive! I usually go to the Abbeyhill shop but there’s also one in Stockbridge as a part of the newer Lovecrumbs coffee shop.

Address: Montrose House, 1-7 Montrose Terrace 
Instagram:
@centurygeneralstore

George Street

I know this is one of those tourist spots but whenever there’s a shopping emergency, I head to George Street. From clothes to home stuff (Anthro- heart eyesssss) to fragrance shops (Le Labo- mega heart eyesssss), George Street just covers everything. 

Edinburgh Christmas Market

And lastly, I can’t end this guide without mentioning the Christmas Markets. Not so much because of the shopping but only because it’s necessary to stop in for a hot chocolate/waffle/mulled wine after a day long day of Christmas gift hunting. 

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