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Christmas 2020 is going to be different and we are asking you to #LoveGlasgowThisChristmas. Whether you know what you are getting loved ones or browsing for ideas, Glasgow's amazing shopping scene will be sure to have that perfect something! Check out our Glasgow Christmas Gift Guide to find unique gifts from independents and high street brands.
City shopping centres and high streets sparkling offering
The city centre's shopping malls St Enoch Centre, Buchanan Galleries and Princes Square with their big brands and flagship Scottish stores, along with other city shops, will be open until December 24.
St. Enoch Centre is known for its great family-friendly shopping experience, being home to Scotland's flagship Hamleys and the Disney Store, ideal for getting the newest and best treats for the kids, and specialist retailers, such as Swarovski.
Sitting proudly at the top of Buchanan Street, Buchanan Galleries is home to over 90 big brand names including one of the most Christmassy shops of all, John Lewis! It is also home to flagship stores, such as LEGO Store and Victoria's Secret andspecialist retailers offering great gift and stocking filler options, such as Smiggle and Typo.
Scottish Design Exchange
Also housed within Buchanan Galleries is the Scottish Design Exchange, where local artists sell their products and receive 100% of the profits. The Scottish Design Exchange is where you can buy original, expertly-crafted Christmas presents for friends and loved ones and at the same time, support their social mission. From a Glasgow Taxi board game to a David Bowie cross-stitch, there are quirky and high-quality products on offer. Visit the Scottish Design Exchange website to browse the collections.
Known for its luxury fashion stores and designer brands, Princes Square houses Radley, COS, Vivienne Westwood and Kate Spade New York, within an architectural gem of a building.Two brand new stores that have taken up residence in the past month are menswear brand and lifestyle store, Ryan James Studio and high-end furniture and interiors company, Timothy Oulton.
In the year of changes, a knock-out gift of a watch, necklace or even a diamond ring may be just the right statement to bring joy to the end of 2020 for that someone special in your life. The Argyll Arcade is home to specialist jewellers, such as Rox, Laings and Fraser Hart.
We've all missed out on many experiences in 2020. Look ahead and buy the gift of an experience that can be shared and enjoyed sometime soon.
Support local businesses in the city by purchasing a Glasgow Gift Card. Valid in lots of great businesses across the city including top restaurants and leading attractions, it's the perfect treat for those hard to buy for friends and loved ones. Visit the Glasgow Gift Card website to purchase.
Being a tourist in your own city is a trend that is set to continue so gifting a voucher for the hop-on, hop-off City Sightseeing Glasgow bus tour is ideal for someone who will enjoy rediscovering the city and learning lots of fascinating facts from knowledgeable guides, when the tours resume in March 2021. Head to the City Sightseeing Glasgow website to buy a voucher.
Or to admire the sights of the city whilst enjoying a scrummy afternoon tea, why not purchase a voucher from Red Bus Bistro. You can enjoy delicious food while being driven around Glasgow on a vintage routemaster bus. Purchase a voucher from Red Bus Bistro website.
Mackintosh at the Willow
Mackintosh at the Willow also have their popular afternoon tea for two vouchers available as a Christmas gift. The top cultural attraction has just launched a brand new online store where you can buy vouchers and beautiful Glasgow-only gifts, such as Willow Pattern Burleigh China, which is a replica of the one used in the original tearooms in 1903. And they are currently offering 10% off when you use the code MATW10.
And after all these lovely afternoon teas, the gift of an outdoor exercise activity will be a welcome one to combat the excesses of the Christmas season. 2021 seems like a good time to try something new and adventurous, so visit Pinkston Watersports' website and choose from whitewater rafting, stand up paddleboarding, outdoor swimming and more at this fabulous facility in the north of the city.
Fans of the arts and dance will be delighted to receive a ballet-inspired gift from Scottish Ballet. It might not be a live experience, but every penny spent on a purchase from Scottish Ballet's online gift range, which includes calendars, cards, baubles and nutcracker dolls, will go directly towards supporting their work on stage.
Food & drink goodies this season
Glasgow's food and drink sector has faced a challenging year. Treat a loved one to a foodie or drinks treat this Christmas and help support the hospitality sector at the same time.
Glasgow's distilling and brewing businesses, working from tenement basements to prime tourist attractions, have many creative gift options. Drygate Brewery has launched a Four Seasons 16 can mixed pack, with an enticing winter brew of Hoppipolla & Peanut Butter Chocolate - have a look at Drygate's packs and vouchers on their website.
Writer and foodie expert Paul Trainer and The Herald newspaper have teamed up to create The Best of Glasgow City Guide and Cook Book, which includes reflections from well-known Glaswegians, neighbourhood guides and some recipes from chefs from top city establishments. Order The Best of Glasgow here.
Gifts from Glasgow's neighbourhood independents
The city's independent stores are stocked to the brim with unique gifts, many of which are made in Glasgow or Scotland. So not only are you supporting the local business owner but also local artists and creators! Here are just some of the city's independents.
For unique watches, check out independently-owned Paulin Watches who also specialise in wall clocks and leather goods. Find them on Great Western Road or visit Paulin Watches' online store for their product range. Please note their UK Christmas shipping deadline is December 21. The west of the city is also home to many more boutique shops down cobbled streets where collectives of creators sell their wares, from the likes of the Hidden Lane, Ashton Lane and Cresswell Lane. Janet and John in De Courcey's Arcade is one such shop that stocks Scottish goods from tea towels to tote bags, calendars to coasters. Order from John and Janet's online store.
In the south of the city, gift shops are abundant. Many artists own their studio shops, whilst places like Sunshine No:1 on Cathcart Road stock an array of local artists, including Cubby Salve skincare, jewellery from Silver Sky Creations and cards from Claire Barclay Draws. Check out Sunshine No:1's new online store.
The city centre may be best known for high street and big brands, but there is no shortage of independents to be found around the Style Mile and surrounding streets. On Bath Street is the award-winning MaiaGifts, whichstocks a great range of quirky and cute gifts - check out their online collection on Maia Gifts' website.
The east of the city is one of the most creative neighbourhoods and it's here that Braw Wee Emporium is based. Check out their amazing range of products, including greeting cards, gifts and homeware, many of which have a witty Glasgow slant, on the Braw Wee Emporium online shop. As well as some fab new gift boxes, they also sell the must-have Iron Brew candle from Glasgow Soap Company in collaboration with Shearer Candles. Braw Wee also run a range of online classes, which make an ideal gift from creative chums.
In the north of the city, there is an excellent community hub and heritage centre Maryhill Burgh Halls. Visit Maryhill Burgh Hall's online store to choose from a great range of black and white prints from their 'The Way We Were' exhibition, depicting Glasgow from years gone by.
For ideas and inspiration on how to enjoy and experience the city at the moment, check out our Glasgow Now section.
Article updated December 2020