The Essential Edinburgh Christmas treasure hunt where you could win gift card worth £100

A Christmas treasure hunt is taking place in Edinburgh which could net you a gift card worth up to £100.

Thursday, 6th December 2018, 5:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th December 2018, 5:35 pm
Picture: Ian Georgeson

On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December, people who live and work in Edinburgh are being encouraged to join a ‘treasure hunt’, led by Essential Edinburgh via their @EdinCityCentre social channels.

One card per day will be hidden in a secret location in the city centre, with clues posted about their whereabouts on the @EdinCityCentre Twitter and Instagram channels.

Thursday’s card, valued at £75 will be hidden from 5pm, ideal for after-work late night shoppers - and Friday’s card, valued at £100 will be ready and waiting to be found from 12.30pm, making a lunch-time dash around town all the more exciting.

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Covering 70 outlets across the city centre, two lucky winners will be given a head start on their Christmas shopping.

Chief Executive Roddy Smith of Essential Edinburgh said: “The card has been introduced to showcase our vibrant and varied city centre and with over 70 businesses currently signed up, it really does.

“From retail to hospitality and beyond, there is a city centre business to suit all tastes and budgets and so the Edinburgh Gift Card makes a perfect gift option for those that are particularly tricky to buy for.

“As it’s the season of giving, I’m really excited to be able to give everyone who lives and works in the city the chance to get their hands on the cards with our treasure hunt. I’d encourage everyone in Edinburgh to head into the city centre on Thursday and Friday and keep their eyes peeled for the bright orange gift cards, and join in the fun!”

For those who can’t join the treasure hunt, but want to give the gift of the city centre this Christmas, the Edinburgh Gift Card can be purchased online via with values ranging from £10 to £500. The cards can be redeemed in a single transaction or spread out across the varied outlets.

• Full list of outlets:

ANTA Scotland

Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe

Hollister Co.



Aspinal of London


Hotter Shoes

Pride of Scots

Veeno The Italian Wine Cafe

Auld Hundred

Ernest Jones

Indian Lounge Edinburgh

Radley & Co Ltd

Xile Clothing

Badger & Co

eteaket Tea Room

Indigo Yard

ROX – Diamonds & Thrills

Why Not Nightclub


FOPP Edinburgh

Jamie’s Italian Edinburgh


Yo! Sushi

Bo Concept



The Huxley

Flight Centre

Bonkers Original Gifts

Fired Earth

John Lewis & Partners

The Basement


Fly London


The Body Shop


GANT Edinburgh

Le Monde

The Boozy Cow



Lyle & Scott

The Dome

Castle Thai Spa

Goodwins Jewellers

Macintyres of Edinburgh Ltd

The East India Company


Hamilton & Inches

Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel

Swatch Edinburgh Princess Street 99

Contini George Street

Hanover Health Foods


The Pen Shop

Copper Blossom

Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

Neal’s Yard Remedies

The Queens Arms


Headcase Barber


The Refinery St Andrew Square

Crabtree & Evelyn

Heads & Tales Gin Bar

Patisserie Valerie

The Voodoo Rooms

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