As the economic pressures of lockdown threaten local businesses, here is a list of some great independent shops and business from Edinburgh, East Lothian and beyond, selling a treasure trove of gifts for you. From sumptuous cheese and Christmas-themed coffee to festive trinkets and musical gems, this is a go-to local list for all your Christmas gifts this year.
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1. The Portobello Bookshop, Portobello
An independent bookshop based in the seaside community just outside Edinburgh, The Portobello Bookshop offers great literary treasures to give to your loved ones this Christmas- available online or in store (@PortyBooks).
Photo: Alix McIntosh
2. Paper Tiger, Stafford Street and Lothian Road
For cards, candles, books, chocolate, toys, wrapping paper and loads more, Paper Tiger is a go-to Christmas shopping wonderland with a huge selection on their website as well (@ShopPaperTiger).
Photo: Paper Tiger
3. Summerhall Christmas Market, Edinburgh
Online-only this year, Summerhall Christmas Market has over 60 local, independent stallholders taking part. With all sellers keeping 100% of their profits, this is a great way of supporting local businesses this Christmas (@Summerhallery).
Photo: Cat Thomson
4. Pippin, Haymarket
Independent gift shop in Haymarket which sells a unique mix of gifts perfect for Christmas- from cards and wrapping paper to jewellery, toys, candles, books, skincare, scarves, tree decorations and more. You can visit them in-store on Haymarket Terrace or shop online for delivery or collection (@pippingifts).