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Top 5 Christmas shopping finds in Edinburgh

10 November 2015

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It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts! Christmas shopping in Edinburgh can truly be a pleasure, from quirky markets and independent shops to luxurious department stores, our city is jam-packed with great places where you are bound to find that perfect gift. Take a look at some of suggestions for the best shopping spots in Edinburgh this festive season: 

Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair

Hopetoun Christmas Fair

Avoid the busy high streets and head out of town for a change of shopping scenery at the beautiful Hopetoun House. Built for the Earls of Hopetoun in the early eighteenth century, the house is truly magnificent and widely considered to be Scotland’s finest stately home. Their annual Christmas Shopping Fair, from the 27-29 November 2015, features over 60 stands offering a wide range of high quality and often unusual Christmas gifts to peruse while you soak up the wonderful atmosphere provided by their festive entertainment.  

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, EH30 9SL (website)

Cadenhead Whisky Shop

Cadenheads Whisky

Get into the Christmassy mood at one of Edinburgh’s best stocked, locally owned whisky shops. This charming old-world looking shop is full of some delicious spirits, rum and whisky sold straight from the cask and by the bottle along with some delicious gins.Cadenhead offer customers a chance to have personalised names on one of their whisky bottles, making it a perfectly special gifts to all dram lovers.

172 Canongate, Royal Mile, EH8 8BN (website)

Jenners Department Store

Jenners Xmas Tree 500

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas until you pop in to see the famous Christmas tree at Jenners on Princes Street!  Grab a Christmas hamper at the Volvona Crolla Food Hall, or get lost in your childhood memories in their Toy Department. With six floors of designer clothing, cosmetics, jewellery and Scottish crafts and produce, you’ll be sure find something special for your loved ones this Christmas. 

48 Princes St, EH2 2YJ (website)

The Edinburgh Book Shop

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New books really do make Christmas holidays a magical time. Why not take a look at The Edinburgh Book Shop nestled on Holy Corner in Bruntsfield for some ideas. A quirky shop with bright and colourful books enticingly displayed on wooden bookshelves and tables. This little shop stocks huge variety of children's books, from picture books and alphabet books for toddlers, short stories and educational aids for four, five and six year olds and a mix of fiction and illustrated books for school children. If you look closely you'll also find, science fiction and young adult novels for teenagers.  We definitely recommend talking to the staff if you are stuck for options, as they're really passionate and really quite wonderfully knowledgeable.

219 Bruntsfield Pl, EH10 4DH (website)

The Red Door Gallery

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As an alternative to Princes Street why not head down to the Grassmarket area where you will find a wealth of independent shops to spark your gift imagination. On Victoria Street you will find the Red Door Gallery which includes contents from cushions to unusual art prints and jewellery. This tiny shop is packed with the kind of lovely pieces that would make Christmas morning sparkle for art lovers. 

42 Victoria St, EH1 2JW (website)

Edinburgh has a great retail scene all year round. Take a look at our guide for some of our favourite shopping spots in the city >