We love Christmas at Edinburgh Spotlight and have come up with some suggestions for gift ideas for family, friends and loved ones. Everything we suggest below is related to Edinburgh in someway and there’s something for every budget.
A selection of massage related vouchers from Onie Tibitt at Knot Stressed. Perfect for a relaxation session after the madness of Christmas and suitable for anyone. We can’t recommend Onie highly enough for aromotherapy massage , but she also specialises in pregnancy massage and for when the little one comes along, baby massage. You could also make use of her teaching skills and buy a lesson on how to massage.
Staying on the health theme, you could also opt for vouchers for sessions with Craig Ali from Total Health. Craig is Edinburgh based and has trained Mark Beaumont, so will be sure to get you motivated and fit! Lifestyle and nutrition advice is also available.
Why not treat someone to an afternoon tea at Anteaques in Clerk Street? Gift vouchers are available or treat a tea-jenny to a selection of their loose teas. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about tea, the staff are delightful with their knowledge and advice. A Morningside Loopy Lorna’s afternoon tea would also go down a treat with their cute tea cosies and freshly baked goodies.
Of course, there are many restaurants in Edinburgh you could visit and pick up the bill as a gift. Have a look at our food reviews for ideas, but you could also promise a night out at Charlie and Evelyn’s Table in 2011 (fully booked for 2010) which is an exquisite experience from start to finish.
You could visit the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market and let your friend or family member choose what they want from the fantastic stalls and vans. The last market before Christmas is on Thursday 23rd December from 9am – 2pm.
Staying on the theme of food, you could give vouchers for Valvona and Crolla, Peckhams or Earthy Foods, all of which are a foodie’s heaven. A trip to the Foodies Festival in early December would be a great pre-Christmas gift as well.
For more ideas that you can wrap up and give, why not browse some of Edinburgh’s excellent independent gift stores?
In central Edinburgh, we suggest Lava and Eden in Cockburn Street. At the top of Leith Walk, we love The Cat’s Miaow and round on Easter Road there is the fabulous Eero and Riley. In Bruntsfield, you have a wide selection of gift shops to get that ‘little something’ for friends and family. There’s Clementine, Halibut and Herring and The Bay Tree Company.
In the same area, you have the excellent Edinburgh Book shop for your book-loving friends. A slightly new and unusual gift is from Harris Tweet. Although the tweed used is from Harris to comply to their quality standards, the Christmas stockings are made here in Edinburgh. Other Harris Tweet gifts include a unique iPad case which we absolutely love.
Other hand-crafted goods can be found at Hannah Zakari which is a a boutique of handmade jewellery, accessories, bags and art made by the best independent designers.
Why not treat someone to a trip to the pantomime? At the King’s Theatre this year, the trio of Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are reunited for the first time in years for the production of Jack and the Beanstalk. On until January 23rd, it really is suitable for adults who will get all the jokes as well as being loved by children. Other productions on are: The Snow Queen at the Lyceum, A-Lad-In-Leith at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Mother Goose at the Brunton Theatre.
If there is someone new to town or moving here, why not treat them to a membership of Edinburgh’s leading social club – The Sunday Brunch Club. Perfect for putting the oomph into anyone’s social life, the club is also ideal for keeping fit with their weekly sports sessions.
Caring Christmas Tree
It needs to be ordered before 13th December, but a Caring Christmas Tree would be a great present for someone who cares that their tree is 100% carbon neutral. The bonus with buying a Caring Christmas Tree is that all the profits raises funds for Bethany’s Care Shelter, giving homeless people a hot meal, a safe place to sleep and much-needed advice over the winter months.
This list is by no means definitive, but demonstrates the great choices within Edinburgh, many of which ca be ordered on-line and from the comfort of your own home! Of course, you could join the masses in the Boots Christmas shop or panic on the 24th when there’s only Homer Simpson socks left in BHS. We prefer the thoughtful gift choice whilst supporting Edinburgh’s businesses.
Donate to Charity
If you don’t believe in giving gifts at Christmas, you could always donate some money to charity. We support It’s Good 2 Give all year round but will be making a special donation prior to Christmas. If you can afford £50, you could buy a pamper box for the parents we look after in hospital. It’s Good 2 Give present the wonderful pamper boxes to parents of children and teenagers with cancer.