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Top 5 Edinburgh Christmas Gifts

09 December 2015

When you’re huddled around a Christmas tree and you hand a gift to someone special, seeing the look on their face as they open the paper can be really magical. Give something a little different this Christmas by snapping up one of Edinburgh's brilliant gifts, such as a distillery tour or a spa escape. In no particular order, here are five of the best gifts with a difference you can get in the city this festive season... 

1 - One Spa Voucher

One Spa Credit Facebook

[Image Credit: One Spa Facebook]

We all love a bit of TLC, so why not give someone a pampering session at the award-winning One Spa - part of the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa. After all the excitement, exuberance and excess of Christmas and New Year this gift would make the ideal way to unwind and re charge the batteries for the year ahead. A selection of spa treatments are on offer and packages include the use of the spa's rooftop Hydropool and Thermal Suite which offers unparalleled views of Edinburgh's West End.

0131 221 7777 (website)

2 - Stewart's Craft Beer Kitchen

Stewart's have a large range of Christmas gifts to suit all budgets, from bottle openers (£1.50) to brew-your-own-beer experiences. Or how about some shop vouchers which can be put towards any items and make ideal last-minute gifts. Not only this, but Stewart's also offers three different gift packs depending on the type of beer lover in your life - The Traditionalist, The Explorer or The Newbie. Stewart Brewing has also teamed up with Santa Claus to showcase their brew-it-yourself facility in a short promotional video, aiming to spread craft beer cheer this Christmas.

0131 440 2442 (website)

3 - Pickering's Gin Tour

Pickerings Distillery Credit Website

[Image Credit: Pickering's Gin]

Giving tickets to the Pickering Gin's tour in Summerhall Distillery would put a guaranteed smile on any gin lover's face this Christmas. The tour would give people the opportunity to see where the handcrafted, small batch gin is made. They'll take you through a potted history of gin and introduce you to Gert, their custom built copper still. You’ll explore the nine botanicals that go into this marvellously mixed gin, sample the finished product and end the tour with a perfectly poured Pickering’s and Tonic.

0131 290 2901 (website)

4 - The Royal Yacht Britannia 

The Royal Brow Credit Marc Millar

Treat your loved ones to a royal experience aboard the Queen's Royal Yacht Britannia for a private evening tour. The tour will include a red carpet arrival via the Royal Brow - the entrance previously reserved for The Queen and Royal Family, as well as a private guided tour, ending with a chilled glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne or Hot mulled wine. For royalists and history buffs alike, stepping onboard will certainly make for a unique experience. Dates are subject to availability and can be booked via their dedicated events team.

0131 555 8800 (website)

5 - Walker Slater

Walker Slater Crwebsite

[Image Credit: Walker Slater]

They say you can't buy class, but if you're looking for a smattering of Scottish elegance this Christmas then head over to Walker Slater. For relatives with a love for tweed and tartan, you're bound to find a gift that meets your budget with their selection of Highland inspired wares. Walker Slater caters to both men and women with their bespoke product range which includes satchels, tweed bunnets, tartan scarves and hip flasks to name but a few. From your grannie to your girlfriend, this place has you covered, making it a one-stop-shop for those special kind of gifts.  

0131 220 2636 (website)

Looking to shop locally? Take a look at Rebecca Christensen from Love From Indie Street's blog for ideas>