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Where I’ve Been Christmas Shopping 2020

It’s time for Christmas shopping 2020! Last year I put out both a Scottish Gift Guide and an Edinburgh Gift Guide to let all my local pals know about my favourite local shops. I always think it’s nicer to gift something from a small business: it’s always good to support small businesses and Christmas is a huge revenue boost for them, but it just feels more special as a gift receiver! I love learning about my family and friend’s favourite shops in their hometown and it feels more like they were out doing what they love and thought of me.

Buildings in Edinburgh with external red staircase

This year, I thought I’d share where I’ve been buying gifts specifically – so if you’re getting one from me, spoilers ahead! I’m the only person in my family who lives in Scotland, so I always buy Scottish-owned shops for gifts, and I’ve been isolating on and off so most things were ordered online. Here’s where I’ve been Christmas shopping in 2020.

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Edinburgh Gift Guide

This pot is from Nordic Living, and I filled it with some dried lavender from the florist around the corner.

I live in Edinburgh and I love shopping local, so an Edinburgh Gift Guide is a must! Give me farmers markets, Instagram sellers galore! I want to know the names of the people I buy from, I want to know exactly who I’m supporting when I buy. Sometimes, it’s just not feasible. But at Christmas, there are so many local crafters makers and creators, that you’re sure to find a gift for everyone! Shopping local is already shopping sustainable. It just so happens that makers tend to create long lasting, lifetime pieces. I’ve discussed my favourite Scotland brands in my Scottish Gift Guide, but this week we’re coming closer to home. For those of you living in Edinburgh, for those of you visiting the Christmas market, these are the places you can go to find gifts for everyone you love. Without further ado, I present the ultimate Edinburgh Gift Guide.

PSA – this is not a sponsored gift guide, I just really love gift giving and shopping local. Seriously

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