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Get a Head-start on Christmas Shopping

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited October 2018 in General Discussion
Do you usually leave Christmas shopping until the last minute?  Yeah, me too.  This year though, I'm going to try and make a head-start and just pick up bits and bobs from my travel around Scotland to make the Christmas Eve scramble for presents a wee bit easier and less stressful!  Here's a few places that you can visit to pick up the perfect presents for a special someone.

Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh

Have a wee wander through this market in the north of Edinburgh and pick yourself up some sweet treats, handmade ornaments and even homemade soaps!

Barras Market, Glasgow

One of the most famous markets in Scotland, located next to the equally as famous Barrowland Ballroom in the east end of Glasgow.  Take the walk past the stalls and pick up a few goodies from the various food or antique stalls!

Victorian Market, Inverness

If you're in the Highlands, make sure to visit the Inverness Victorian Market.  Filled with an array of different independent shops and dating back to the 1890's, this market is a great place to get a picture for Instagram whilst you hand pick some great presents!

What are your favourite markets and places to shop in Scotland?
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  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I love the Stockbridge markets too!

    I also have a few favourite shops along Victoria Street in Edinburgh that are great to visit if you're looking for art, clothing, jewellery, candles and other bits n pieces made by local Scots!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • ailsaailsa Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Got to love the Barras Market! I've recently moved to Glasgow and have been discovering all the great wee places full of independent shops to browse in. One of my favourites is The Hidden Lane in Finnieston, which is full of artists, jewelers and makers where you can always pick up something really amazing and unique. The lane is open every day but I think they have special festive days during November and December where you can enjoy some extra festive fun!

    I'm also a fan of browsing around the west end, especially along Byres Road. There's some great vintage shops and a really good selection of charity shops as well, so you can feel good while you shop! On Byres Road you'll also find Òran Mór and Ashton Lane, loads of really good places to grab a bite to eat. You're also close to the University of Glasgow as well, so it's easy to grab a photo at their famous cloisters!

    You also can't beat the shopping in the city centre if you're looking for high street favourites. For any music fans, I'd also recommend a trip to Monorail Music in Kings Court (about a five min walk from Glasgow Central). It's run by real enthusiasts who are always willing to recommend something new - you might recognise some faces if you are a fan of the 80s indie band The Pastels or the recent Scottish Album of the Year winners Sacred Paws!
  • PirLPirL Member
    For picking up unique Scottish gifts I love browsing the stalls at the Merchant Square Craft & Design Fair each weekend, with all of the products made in Glasgow, and Merchant Square is full of places to eat and drink as well. 

    You can always pick up some great gifts at the Christmas markets in Glasgow too at George Square and St Enoch Square. I find if you go mid-week (away from lunch-time) they are usually quieter. 

    I am also a big fan of the shops in the smaller towns and villages, where you can pick up some great one-off gifts. Bridge of Allan, Callander, Pitlochry and Dunkeld are some of my favourite places to have a wander.

    Farm shops like Gloagburn Farm Shop near Perth, Blairmains near Stirling, Loch Leven's Larder, Auchengree Farm Shop Beith and Balgrove near St Andrews are all great for picking up supplies for a hamper packed with Scottish goodies! 

  • Sara84Sara84 Member
    I second The Hidden Lane in Glasgow, they've got some special festive shopping days lined up. Nearby in Finnieston you'll also find The Shop of Interest and Velvet Moon which are both good for picking up unusual gifts and products by local companies and designers. 

    On Cresswell Lane off Byres Road there's De Courcy's Arcade which has lots of great independent shops including a Harry Potter shop called The Root of Magic! Upstairs you've got Janet and John who specialise in locally produced items and Draw who stock art materials from Japan. 

    The Etsy Made Local Christmas market is on at The Briggait on December 1st and 2nd and is always really popular (there's usually a queue to get in) and there are festive markets on every weekend in December at Platform at The Arches which is also a street food market. 
  • VisitScotlandAliVisitScotlandAli Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @VisitScotlandLiam, The Barras in Glasgow, not been there for years, will need to try and go this year at some point, it is great for a wonder round.
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