Scottish Brands

Ultimate Edinburgh Christmas Shopping Guide

Welcome to my ultimate guide to Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh, from independent retailers! Theres been a quote floating around the web lately that I adore:“When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance!” I’m so passionate about shopping local that I’ve attempted to get most of my Christmas shopping done from independent brands this year, and I think you should too. Many people, including myself in previous years, just stick to Princes Street and the likes, but don’t consider the small fries, that often depend on the festive period to tide them over for the slower spring.  Not only are you contributing to a more circular economy and closed loop, but your gifts will be more individual, special and unique too! 
 
For clothing and accessories, there is a plethora of indie shops popping up around Edinburgh. If it’s a gal pal you’re buying for, I recommend Ladyboss Collective, an eclectic little nail salon that also stocks designs from emerging Scottish fashion brands like Yellow Bubble and Dreamland, as well as cool cosmetics and gifts. 
 
One of my regular shopping stops is Godiva Boutique, and at the moment they have a fabulous selection of products from independent designers (and vintage gems) that are perfect for Christmas, like gorgeous Karen Mabon scarves and hand-knitted mittens for big kids and little kids by Eka.
 

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Kakao by K: Scandinavian Style on Thistle Street

Thistle Street in Edinburgh is a hidden gem of the city; full of independent fashion boutiques, cafes and stunning architecture. Amongst this treasure trove lies Kakao by K, a Scandinavian store selling minimalist designs and gorgeous handmade jewellery. Click here to shop online!

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