Independent shops, Gifts
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The Creepy Wee Shop in the Graveyard26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QG
The creepiest wee place in Edinburgh in the graveyard of a former funeral bothy, famous for being haunted. Greyfriars Graveyards hosts this wacky emporium of ghostly souvenirs. Equally formidable to its sister store The Black Mausoleum.
Curiouser & Curiouser93 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RZ
A well-loved Broughton boutique and online retailer, Curiouser & Curiouser casts its net wide, selling kitchenware from Koloni and Sagaform, ethically-sourced homewares and textiles from Nkuku and Ayla, and a range of gifts, prints, bags and…
Damselfly and the Queen Bee380 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 9HT
Two shops in one; both stuffed full of arty, girly, crafty, gift ideas. As shopping experiences go, it's a little like walking in to a Victorian scrapbook.
Designshop UK116–120 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PU
Brilliant, dedicated, er, design shop for the most fabulously stylish households around. Design Shop UK is run by knowledgeable and trend-aware staff, and stocks thoroughly contemporary and progressive pieces by the likes of Phillippe Starck, Missoni…
The Dragonfly111a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RZ
The Dragonfly gift shop and boutique specialises in 'something different for everyone'. From beautiful clothing, baby ware, jewellery, cards, home-ware, unique art to candles, bath scents, books and much, much more. Gifts are sourced from near and far…
Eero & Riley7 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5PH
Friendly, brilliantly-priced (most items well under £20) shop with a tangible sense of humour, stocking homeware, gifts and jewellery. We love the Invisible Bookshelves, the astroturf-inspired toothbrush holder, and the fact that these things sit…
ElementsDe Courcy's Arcade, 5–21 Cresswell Lane, Glasgow, G12 8AA
Brightly coloured, crammed full of gifts, cards, candles and cutesy, sparkly, proddable 'stuff', Elements is the sort of store that sums up the Cresswell Lane shopping development. Designed for yummy mummies with a sense of humour. Prices range from £2…
Enchantment57 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
Dark, incense-scented fairy cavern full of statuettes of imps, pixies and assorted gnomes. Run by a woman so ethereal she might well be a fairy herself.
Eve Boutique8 Kildrostan Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, G41 4LU
Ladies’ clothing, jewellery, accessories and highly covetable knickers for the Pollokshields girl.
Far from the Madding Crowd20 High Street, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AE
Felix and Oscar459 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH
Eked out inside a beautiful old building by Kelvinbridge, this densely-stocked store is the absolute first stop for trendy WEndies hunting Cath Kidston chintz or Orla Kiely handbags. They also do nice lines in tongue-in-cheek pressies, Alessi…
The Glasgow School of Art Shop11 Dalhousie Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ
Some of the best artisans, makers, crafters and designers in Scottish fashion have come up through this venerable introduction, and it's now helping them pay back their student loans, with a great shop full of homeware and accessories.
Grace Flowers173 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TS
The window displays at this lovely wee indie florists are legendary on Byres Road, particularly around Valentines Day.
Hadeel123 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN
Hadeel is unique amongst fair trade shops: it is focused on marketing Palestinian hand crafts. Items for sale include silver and mother of pearl jewellery, embroidered bags and purses, olive wood carvings and hand woven woollen rugs. Also stocked are…
Helios Fountain7 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HY
Aaaah. Wholesome shop stuffed with beads, handmade toys, candles, crystals and more books than you could shake an incense stick at, including magically-illustrated children's books and a selection of complementary therapy reads. Just going in there is…
Honey Bea's HouseCresswell Lane Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8AA
Little sister to Kelvinbridge institution Felix and Oscar, and an essential stop for trendy WEndies hunting Cath Kidston chintz or Orla Kiely handbags. They also do nice lines in tongue-in-cheek pressies, Alessi kitchenware, and non-cutesy kids' fashion.
Kakao45 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
Kakao by K serves up an exclusive collection of super-feminine and stylish clothes, accessories and jewellery, all with a distinct Scandinavian flavour and not readily available in the UK. Kakao by K is focused on being a relaxed place for women to…
La La LandDe Courcy’s Arcade, Lower floor, Unit 1, Cresswell Lane, Glasgow, G12 8AA
Tiny fashion boutique stocking Lazy Oaf clothes, Coveted magazine, and gifts including lace bow necklaces and dress-up Lady Gaga paper dolls.
Laurel Gallery58 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL
A friendly, vibrant, and independent gallery based in Stockbridge with an eclectic selection of original art, crafts and painted furniture. The gallery also runs art, craft and paint technique workshops for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as well as being the…
Life Story53 London Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6LX
A beautifully selected mix of minimalist homewares, neon-trimmed ladieswear, locally designed stationery, and several hundred other small temptations. It's run by husband-and-wife team, textile designer Fee and interior designer Adam Storey.
Melle Cloche121 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TT
The bridal shop for everything but the dress, it ranges between vintage and modern designs. Wide selection of jewellery, lingerie and head-wear.
Mr Wood's Fossils5 Cowgatehead, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 1JY
Anyone for fossilised shrimp? Grab yourself a tiny bit of history with a fossil or two from Edinburgh's only purveyor of (you guessed it) fossils, and minerals, established in 1987 by the world-famous fossil hunter Stan Wood. A huge selection of…
The Old School BeaulyHigh Street, Beauly, Highland, IV4 7BX
Do you know that feeling when you find a wonderful hidden treasure? That’s the feeling you get when you come across The Old School Café. From our orchard and herb gardens to our private view of historic Beauly Priory. From savouries made from local…
One World ShopSt John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ
On the terrace of St John’s Church is a slightly different shopping experience from the big shiny chains on Princes Street – the largest Fair Trade outlet in Scotland. As well as books, gifts and crafts they sell a range of internationally sourced Fair…
Owl & Lion66 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LD
Owl & Lion Bindery, owned by Florence-trained bookbinder Isabelle Ting is the first bookbinding establishment to open in the city for decades. Isabelle offers bookbinding classes for all levels, as well as producing her own innovative ranges of…