The Red Door Gallery
The kind of gem so bright that you’re reluctant to share it with the rest of the world, Red Door Gallery on Victoria Street is the number one go-to place in Edinburgh to buy gifts. From contemporary prints featuring local artists and delightfully unique jewelry to random hip finds and homewares that you simply can’t get enough of, expect to find everything you could ever want, and then some. First and foremost an art space, it seems only fitting to grab a myriad of magnificent home accents. Any print from Scottish artist Kirsty Whiten’s Wronger Rites series or a Scottish Mountain Digital Print by Susie Wright will make the perfect present for those with an affinity for all things creative.
The Red Door Gallery, 42 Victoria St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 477 3255
Up there with the crème de la crème of Edinburgh’s boutiques and a firm favorite amongst locals, Hannah Zakari is a ray of sunshine when it comes to shopping. This trendy little independent boutique champions works designed and crafted by indie designers. From hip tees and adorable pom pom hats to contemporary stationary, must-have art prints and a smashing jewelry selection, this is the kind of place that makes you believe in Santa.
Hannah Zakari, 43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 226 5433
Stepping into a Scandinavian home is always a breath of fresh air. Serene and effortlessly cool, recreate this iconic style in Scotland with a wide range of coveted wares from Spektakulär. Sourced from some of the most sought after Scandi suppliers, you can’t go wrong with any of their prints, home accents or unique gift ideas. This is the kind of place you’ll want to recreate in your own home. For mini-me Culture Trippers, its children’s store Lilla is second to none.
Spektakulär, 11 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 629 0941
Mr. Wood’s Fossils
Those determined to take the crown for ‘the most original gift’ award should opt for pretty much anything inside Mr. Wood’s Fossils. A true cabinet of curiosity, this little jewel of a place has been going strong since 1987. From trilobites and dinosaur fossils (yes, dinosaurs), to ammonites, minerals and meteorites, they have all your nerdy desires covered. Besides, no one will be able to guess what’s under the Christmas tree once these beauties are wrapped up!
Mr. Wood’s Fossils, 5 Cowgatehead, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 220 1344
Whether you’re finding that specific piece for a loved one or are on a never-ending hunt for curtains with that certain shade of blue, ANTA is a fine place to start. The brainchild of Annie and Lachlan Stewart, this upmarket line focuses on expertly designed furniture, ceramic stoneware, home furnishings and select pieces of clothing, all of which are hand crafted in Scotland. Go on — you know fine well that the Cream Thistle Latte Mug and Barra Pure Wool Throw will take to your living room like mistletoe to Christmas.
ANTA, 117-119 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 1862 832477
Those who favor the notion that there is no such thing as an over abundance of knick-knacks will take a shining to Museum CONTEXT; besides, you can never have too many globes or pocket watches! The kind of place that ignites a spontaneous urge to start collecting something, Museum CONTEXT, the masterpiece of Scottish architect Andrew McRae and his wife, is an outstanding emporium. From vintage home accessories and classic furniture to heritage inspired accents, consider this a one-stop shop for that perfect innovative present.
A breath of fresh air and wonderfully tempting, Daisy Cheynes is an excellent gift shop filled with a never-ending array of delights. Situated in Stockbridge, a wee visit here is always a day maker guaranteed to spark those perfect gift ideas. Everything is cleverly hand picked here and comes from a selection of deftly skilled designers from Scotland and afar.
Daisy Cheynes, 51 Raeburn Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 629 6758
By Tori Chalmers