Made in Edinburgh: a Guide to Buying Local this Christmas.

30 November 2021

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Going Christmas shopping today? Before you rush to your traditional high street brands, why not shop local this Christmas and get something special from one of Edinburgh's independent businesses, safe in the knowledge that you can't get these treats anywhere else!

Below you’ll find a list of shops and producers that bring character to the intriguing wynds and cobbled streets of the city. And remember, when you buy local, you’re supporting the local economy and helping to keep Edinburgh unique and diverse.


Food Gifts

Christmas is truly a time for indulging in sweet treats, festive bakes and savoury delights. Spoil the foody in your life with some delicious bites from these Edinburgh shops – if you’re lucky, they may even share them!


Mary’s Milk Bar

This gelato and chocolate shop is an Edinburgh favourite, with queues regularly outside the door. The flavours at Mary’s Milk Bar change each day and each season, so no matter when you go, you can be guaranteed of something unique.

Why not treat the chocolate fan in your life to a bag of Boozy Cherry Baubles or a bar of Cinnamon Pretzel Dark Chocolate? Or for an easily postable gift, the 4 Double Scoops Voucher has no time limit, so the owner can redeem at a time to suit them.


Chocolatiers Edward & Irwyn

Edward Irwyn

You can never have too much chocolate at this time of year, so head along to Chocolatiers Edward & Irwyn in Morningside for some extremely delicious handmade chocolates, including dark and milk chocolate shards, honeycomb coated in chocolate and bags of truffles. 

Using local ingredients wherever possible, all products are made without gluten and they also have a selection of vegan-friendly options.

Can’t make it in person? Don’t worry, their range can also be found online, with delivery or click and collect available.


Valvona & Crolla

If the person you’re buying for is a lover of Italian delicacies, then be sure to visit Valvona and Crolla, Scotland's oldest Delicatessen and Italian Wine Merchant.

One of Europe's original Specialist Food Shops, they were founded in 1934 and have an extensive online shop as well as an inviting shop at the top of Leith Walk. You’ll be sure to walk away with a basket full of goodies.



Eteaket Nutcracker Tea Image Credit Scottish Ballet

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Eteaket provides a high quality selection of ethically sourced and innovative loose leaf teas for the tea connoisseur in your life.

From delicious loose leaf blends to a delightful range of teapots & cups, as well as an extensive range of tea gift boxes to suit all moods, a cup of tea has never tasted so good.

If your tea drinker is also a ballet fan, they’ll be delighted with The Nutcracker Tea Trio - sachets of loose leaf tea themed around Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker.


I.J Mellis Cheese

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Cheese lovers will absolutely adore the high quality farmhouse cheese on offer at I.J Mellis Cheese.

An Edinburgh institution, the farmhouse cheese here differs from mass-produced factory cheese because the milk comes from a single herd rather than several different sources. Artisan cheese at its best!


Beer, Gin & Spirits

With gin and craft beers coming on in leaps and bounds in recent years, when it comes to buying a gift, the choice is phenomenal!


Bellfield Brewery

Bellfield Brewery Festive Gift Packs

Looking for delicious, classic IPAs, hoppy ales and crisp, refreshing lagers made in Edinburgh? Bellfield Brewery are an independent, passionate and committed team producing all of the above. And with a desire to produce exceptionally tasty beers that can be enjoyed by everyone, all their beers are certified by Coeliac UK and registered with the Vegan Society.

And as Christmas is a time for spreading joy, their Festive Gift Packs also contain products from other local independent businesses – the ideal accompaniment to go with their beers!


Pilot Beer

Pilot Beer Mochaccino Stout

Based in cosmopolitan Leith, Pilot Beer offers something different to your regular craft beer. With sensational flavours like peach melba and double mochaccino, these tasty little numbers would make the perfect gift for a beer lover.


Stewart Brewing

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Stewart Brewing is one of Scotland's most successful and reputable breweries.

Over the years, they have innovated and produced great beer, whilst upholding the traditional ethos of Edinburgh's rich brewing history. Check out their online shop and stock up on fabulous brews.


Holyrood Distillery

Holyrood Distillery New Make Gin

New kid on the distillery block, Holyrood Distillery opened in 2019 and is one to look out for if you’re buying for a whisky or gin fan.

Nestled right beside Holyrood Park, this city-centre distillery is located right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old distilling quarter. Along with bottled spirits you could buy an extra special gift for somebody if you’re feeling generous – an entire cask!


Pickering's Gin

Pickerings Gin

Based on an original 1947 recipe, Pickering’s Gin was founded in 2013, the first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years.

Since then, they have been quenching our thirst with their perfect gin range.

This year, treat your loved ones (or yourself, it is Christmas after all!) to their best-selling Festively Flavoured Gin Baubles. 



New books really do make Christmas holidays a magical time and whatever the age and interests of the person you’re buying for, Edinburgh is jam-packed with some great book shops where you’re bound to find that perfect gift.


The Edinburgh Book Shop

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Nestled on Holy Corner in Bruntsfield, The Edinburgh Book Shop is a cosy shop with bright, colourful displays and huge variety of books, from picture books & alphabet books for toddlers to adult fiction, autobiography and non-fiction. We definitely recommend talking to the staff if you are stuck for options, as they're wonderfully knowledgeable.


Elvis Shakespeare

Elvis Shakespeare are specialist dealers in rare vinyl and quality literature (the clue’s in the name!).

If you’re buying for someone who loves all things punk, alternative and indie, you should definitely check this shop out. Buy with confidence on their online shop or take a trip to Leith and see for yourself.


Armchair Books

A quirky and quaint bookshop in Edinburgh’s West Port, Armchair Books is one of those places you’ll never forget if you step inside. Providing all manner of titles for today’s bibliophile you can order online too if you’re unable to make the trip.


Golden Hare Books

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(Image Credit Golden Hare Books)

A charming independent bookshop in the heart of Edinburgh's Stockbridge area, the selection of books on offer in Golden Hare Books is thoughtfully curated by a team of passionate booksellers, with the newest titles in fiction and non-fiction available. Why not buy a gift voucher for someone special?


Typewronger Books

Typewronger Books

At the top of Leith is the one-of-a-kind Typewronger Books.

Edinburgh's smallest bookshop and Scotland's only typewriter repair shop, they sell new books, independent publications and zines, as well as their own branded t-shirts and hoodies. Prefect for cosying up in while reading your new purchases.


Discover more about the city’s captivating and eclectic range of books shops in our Guide to Ten of Edinburgh's Best Bookshops >


Clothes & Accessories

Something new to wear is always a treat at Christmas – add some sparkle to your loved ones wardrobe with some thoughtful gifts from these Edinburgh shops.



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Want to make a positive impact when you shop for stylish fashion? Then visit Treen, a vegan fashion retailer, offering a selection of style must-haves from a carefully selected group of brands that are ethical and sustainable. Based in Stockbridge, this is a great place to style out your wardrobe without hurting the planet.


W. Armstrong & Son

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Get that bohemian look down to a tee at W. Armstrong & Son.

Established in 1840, and with three shops situated around Edinburgh, they are one of the UK’s oldest and most loved vintage clothing stores. From swingin’ 60’s, 70’s bohemian beauty, or grungy 90’s, their eclectic range of ageless unique vintage clothes has something for all tastes.


Maddie & Marks

Give the wee people in your life a spring in their step with a pair of shoes from Maddie & Marks. 

Since opening in 2007, their enthusiastic, friendly and fully trained staff have been clothing children’s feet in beautiful and practical shoes and footwear. From first shoes, to school shoes and beyond, their range, and expertise, is fantastic.


House of Hound

They show us love, loyalty and devotion all year round, so this Christmas why not treat your 4-legged friend with a gift from House of Hound.

This purveyor of doggy goods offers the finest range of pooch paraphernalia in Edinburgh, from toys and bedding to food, treats, collars, and jackets. Their stock is hand-picked and internationally sourced, and a gift from here is sure to make your pup’s Christmas.  


Hannah Zakari

The perfect place to buy cute accessories, Hannah Zakari is all about indie​ design, with a carefully curated selection of jewellery on offer. ​ You can also bag yourself affordable art​ ​prints​, notebooks​, cute greetings cards, enamel​ ​pins​, embroidered patches and much more.


Homeware Gifts

A festive cushion, a scented candle or a colourful print - for the house-proud person in your life, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to unique and special gifts for the home, as Edinburgh is bursting at the seams with some very special shops:


The Red Door Gallery

Red Door Gallery Victoria Street Edinburgh

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As an alternative to Princes Street why not head down to the Grassmarket area where you’ll find a wealth of independent shops to spark your gift imagination.

On Victoria Street be sure to visit The Red Door Gallery which stocks art prints, jewellery, fashion accessories and more. This tiny shop is packed with the kind of lovely pieces that would make Christmas morning sparkle for art lovers.


Paper Tiger

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Another Edinburgh institution, Paper Tiger has been around since 1981. Pick up cards, stylish stationery, small gifts, toys and books from new and established Edinburgh and UK based artists, all carefully selected.

Know someone who's a little bit 'New Town', loves a day trip to Portobello beach or is obsessed with Stockbridge? Their Scents Of Edinburgh Candles are perfect - inspired by some of the most iconic neighbourhoods in Edinburgh, these luxury, handmade candles are 100% natural, made from plant based soy wax, scented with natural essential oils, and are hand poured in Scotland. They come in three sizes, from travel tins (perfect for stocking fillers) to medium and large.


Mr Wood’s Fossils

Mr Wood Fossils Grassmarket

If you’re after a unique and timeless gift, have you thought about buying a fossil? Yes, Edinburgh has its own dedicated fossil shop: Mr Wood’s Fossils.

Pick up ammonites, trilobites, dinosaur fossils, minerals and meteorites at this fascinating store.


The Cat’s Miaou

An independent gift shop with something for everyone, the small but perfectly formed Cat’s Miaou can be found on Leith Walk.

The shop has a variety of Scottish-inspired gifts that you won't find on the high street, such as Harris Tweed flasks and Highland cow keyrings, all made by hand in Scotland.


Scottish Design Exchange

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Looking for locally designed and made gifts? Look no further than The Scottish Design Exchange on George St.

There's over 100 diverse local artists work on display, including beauty products, jewellery, illustration, homeware, textiles and much more. And every penny you spend goes straight to the artists and directly benefits the local economy.


From the village-like feel of Stockbridge, to the bustling maritime port of Leith, Edinburgh’s diverse neighbourhoods all offer a different shopping experience. Discover more in our insider guides to Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods >