Lothian Recommends: Edinburgh's favourite gift shops

If you've got money burning a hole in your pocket, this week's Lothian Recommends is just for you.

Saturday, 5th May 2018, 1:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 5th May 2018, 1:45 pm
Gillian Norval, owner of The Creative Showroom. Gillian is talking about the 'Halo Effect' that the redevelopment of the Omni Centre and St James Quarter will have on local businesses. Picture Ian Rutherford

There is no shortage of gorgeous gift shops in the Capital showcasing creative talent and trinkets galore and when we asked Evening News readers to point us in the direction of their top spots, we weren’t left disappointed.

The Creative Showroom on Leith Walk was one of the personalised picks and it’s easy to see why. Dunc Stark said: “They stock amazing gift items at affordable prices, and even have artist studios on site.” Another fan Don McGratton added: “The Creative Showroom is an amazing shop selling gifts, homewares, jewellery and all kinds of crafts many created by local artists. Plus it has a wide range of arts supplies. Fab independent retailer and studio space, exactly what Leith and the Lothians needs more of.”

Maria Albiach said: “The Creative Showroom is an amazing shop that brings life to Leith Walk plus the history behind the shop is amazing.”

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Edinburgh weaver, James Donald, with his dog Dominoe. Image by: Malcolm McCurrach Mon, 7, April, 2014

We defy you not to lose hours in Hannah Zakari on Candlemaker Row. The independent shop sells swathes of must-haves including art, cards and artisan jewellery.

Margaret Semple is a big fan: “I can’t get enough of Hannah Zakari, it truly is my happy place.”

Zoe Jones agrees: “Love, love, love this shop. Not to be missed.”

Dedicated to promoting home-grown talent, Broughton Street’s Concrete Wardrobe has been delighting shoppers for years.

Pippin Gifts 1 SA : Erica Stahl of Pippin, Haymarket Edinburgh. Picture by Stewart Attwood All images © Stewart Attwood Photography 2018. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission. No Syndication Permitted.

Fan Alana Peden said: Concrete Wardrobe is an absolute haven! Run by two designers who still teach it’s a wonderfully embracing enterprise full of goodies for the eye and from the heart.”

Pippin on Haymarket Terrace is an small but perfectly formed gift shop that sells cards, gifts, jewellery, baby goodies, garden and homewares, to mention just a few. Frances Mitchell flagged up the boutique calling it a “super gift shop” while another fan Anna Caldwell agreed saying: “I love Pippin!”

Lots of readers drew attention to “hidden gem” Harbour Lane Studio, an art gallery in South Queensferry.

Kathleen Anne Pullen called it “terrific” and Annie Gray said it had “excellent variety and supported local artists with something for every budget.” Penny Robertson admitted the store was “becoming an addiction.”