Delight them with a Gift Voucher this Christmas
01 December 2020
Traditionally seen as a gift for that hard-to-buy-for relative, gift vouchers have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, from everything from afternoon teas to crafting workshops. With many of us unsure when we will be able to travel, vouchers allow you to take advantage of the gift at a time to suit you, as well as supporting local businesses – a real win, win situation!
We’ve rounded up a selection of some of the best gift vouchers in Edinburgh – guaranteed to put smiles on faces this festive season.
Who doesn’t love a night away from the cooker and sink?
For something special why not treat them to a voucher for The Witchery where you can choose from the 16th-century oak-panelled and candlelit Witchery dining room or the elegant Secret Garden room with its hand-painted ceiling and secluded terrace for dining or cocktails.
Wedgwood the Restaurant’s gift vouchers can also be used for their takeaway service. They are also offering a Wedgwood Food Hamper, which can be catered to order.
The Kitchin have a selection of vouchers to choose from Tasting Menu Experiences to Prestige Tasting Menu including Exclusive Matching Wine Packages.
For less formal, but no less delicious dining, steak-fans will be chuffed with a voucher for Chop House, which can be used in any of their three restaurants.
Modern Italian cooking using the very best of Scottish ingredients is on the menu at Contini George Street.
For fans of bars and brasseries, vouchers for Rabble Taphouse & Grill can be used on a boozy brunch, food at the bar or Dinner B&B. Brewhemia’s gift cards offer a real variety, allowing the recipient to use it to buy food, drinks, coffee or cake, a cocktail masterclass or drinks tasting. Sunday lunch, steak night, weekend stay – Angels Share give plenty of options. If dining at one of Edinburgh's oldest surviving watering holes has always been a wish, be sure to check out the vouchers on offer at The Sheep Heid Inn.
A voucher for afternoon tea is always a welcome gift, and there’s a variety on offer in Edinburgh. Prestonfield's sumptuous historic reception rooms and roaring open fires provide an indulgent setting to enjoy this traditional pastime. The Signet Library offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile, and their own Signet Blend tea is just delicious! The delectable afternoon tea on offer at Mimi’s stores in Leith and Corstorphine has to be experienced to be believed, or for something a bit different, indulge in afternoon tea on board the Red Bus Bistro – enjoy scones with fresh whipped cream and jam, finger sandwiches, Scottish smoked salmon blinis, mini quiches and more as you take in Edinburgh’s sights on a vintage bus.
Live like a tourist and explore Edinburgh’s attractions.
A ticket to one of Edinburgh’s attractions could be an excellent gift, and with everything from the zoo to ghost tours, there’s an abundance to choose from.
History buffs will be in their element with attractions such as Mercat Tours and The Real Mary King’s Close exploring the rich history of Edinburgh, as well as delving into some of the city's best kept secrets.
Gift E-Vouchers for Edinburgh Zoo could be ideal for all budding naturalists – they can be used towards anything from entry to the zoo, toys and gifts in the shop, or to buy lunch in one of the restaurants around the zoo. Feline Fans can experience the best of two of life’s pleasures – cats and cake - at Maison de Moggy, Scotland first cat café. Doggy lovers in need of puppy training will be soon be saying “walkies” with a voucher from The Tail Academy.
Tickle their funny bones with a voucher for The Stand Comedy Club, or if a night of dance, opera theatre, music is more to their liking, both Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell gift tickets, as do the Royal Lyceum Theatre, amongst many of Edinburgh’s theatres.
For something a bit different.
For those who relish taking part, as opposed to watching from the side-lines, how about a golf lesson gift voucher for Murrayfield Golf Academy, which are suitable for all ages and abilities from complete beginners to advanced players.
Foodies can become Masterchefs at Edinburgh School of Food & Wine or Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, both of whom offer a range of practical courses with something for every level of ability. Or how about an outdoor culinary adventure around Edinburgh with Wedgwood the Restaurant’s Wild Foraging Experience Days.
Craft lovers can indulge in a variety of hands-on courses – from Edinburgh Photography Workshops and jewellery making with Jewellery School Scotland to a range of botanically themed courses or workshops at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Or learn brand new skills to make, mend, and upcycle with a voucher for any of the skill-building workshops offered by Edinburgh Remakery.
Shop till you drop!
While many high street retails offer gift vouchers, it’s also definitely worth checking out Edinburgh’s range of independent and varied shops.
Book worms don’t have to go far to find an excellent book shop in Edinburgh – try The Golden Hare for an ever-changing stock of books, magazines and merchandise; the warm, modern, open space of Portobello Bookshop; or the tiny, but filled to the brim second-hand Armchair Books.
For the times when only Harris Tweed will do, a gift voucher from Walker Slater fits the bill; while diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, you’ll certainly find a jewelled paradise within Macintyres of Edinburgh.