Although cliché, there is a method behind the madness. Practical, cosy, and timeless— you just can’t go wrong with a fancy pair of socks. Besides, it would be rude not to take advantage of the wonderful wool and cashmere choices from Scotland. The perfect pair is waiting for your arrival just a stone throw away from Edinburgh at Belinda Robertson.
A cut above the rest, Ruffians has reignited the barber shop trend. Popular amongst hipsters and dapper rogues, this dashing hair-design den stocks its own pioneering products too. From styling paste and rough matt clay to Argan beard oil, make someone’s day with a myriad of men’s ablution items.
A treasure trove of hip arty finds, the Red Door Gallery on Victoria Street is a must-visit spot for Christmas presents. From utterly eccentric Christmas Jumper necklaces to minimalist brass grid numbers, you can be sure to find that perfect something for all sorts of folk. Don’t like jewellery? No problem. Opt for an arty print, in particular the anthropological Quing Of The Now Peoples by Scottish artist Kirsty Whiten.
Price: £20 / £70
Too big to squeeze into a stocking? Never! To make matters easier, Edinburgh Gin makes 20cl bottles, which happen to slip into an oversized sock rather easily. The new Plum & Vanilla gin liqueur is as seasonal as it is delightfully addictive. A top 2016 Christmas pick.
Compact yet useful, every Scotsman and woman needs a snazzy kilt pin. Slanj, a popular Highland wear store with branches in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow, has some excellent choices. From the sleek yet statement-making Bulldog Plain to the Tall Stag, you can feel cool, calm and collected that your kilt won’t go flying all over the place.
As heartbreaking as it may be, those still mourning the loss of Cadbury chocolate coins should have no fear. A traditional Scottish alternative to those festive tasty treats, tablet makes everything better. Sweet-toothed foodies will have a field day devouring this sugary confection.
It would be rude not to. After all, Edinburgh was the first UNESCO City of Literature and has produced some of the most prolific writers in history. Let the city inspire innovative ponderings and jot them down with an ultra fancy pen. Fulfill all your pen desires with an adventure to The Pen Shop on Multrees Walk. The Faber-Castell Basic Pearl Rollerball is a stunner.
A voucher for afternoon tea really is a no brainer when it comes to dream stocking stuffers. The only issue is choosing which venue. From luxurious and traditional at The Balmoral and swanky at The Dome, to sophisticated and sleek at Tigerlily, a gift like this will make you flavour of the month.