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Glasgow Christmas Gift Guide

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

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.

Buchanan Galleries

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 and specialist 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.

Princes Square

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

Argyll Arcade

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.

For more details on each, visit the Buchanan Galleries websiteSt. Enoch Centre website, Princes Square website and Argyll Arcade website.

Buy the gift of a Glasgow experience

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.

A black gift box lying open on a tartan cloth.  In the gift box, there are a range of small gifts displayed including a small cylinder tin, a purple Harris Tweed face mask and a small silver chain alongside a silver tea infuser. 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. 

Radisson Red Glasgow have recently launched their new gift vouchers for either afternoon tea or overnight stays - the perfect Christmas gift, or just to treat someone special. Visit Radisson Red Glasgow's website for their full selection of luxury experiences

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. 

For a budding marine biologist or a family who would love a fun day getting up close with sharks, otters and rays, why not gift them a voucher for SEA LIFE Loch Lomond.  The recipient can choose their own date and time to visit and the voucher is valid for 12 months from purchase.  Visit the SEA LIFE Loch Lomond's website to find out more about the experiences and to buy.

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For your music-obsessed friends and family who are missing their gigs and live music, head to the Glasgow City Music Tours website to take advantage of their special offer on a voucher for two people to attend one of their tours next year. Meanwhile, Celtic Connections is going completely online. The largest winter festival in Europe will present concerts from across the globe every night from January 15 to February 2. They have just launched the line-up and a festival pass - so visit the Celtic Connections website to buy your early-bird tickets.

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. 

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Who doesn't like hamper? Wine bar Marchtown has launched eight themed gift hampers, including 'What a Year!', 'Delicious Decadence' and 'Not Going Anywhere', which can be ordered directly from the Marchtown website and delivered anywhere within the UK. Each of the hampers includes locally-made products from the likes of Boden Pale IPA, Illicit Gin, ArtChocolat, as well as a selection of fine wines. And if looking for the cheese to go with the wine, then check out George Mewes Cheese who have hampers available to order from their online shop for delivery or click and collect.

Glasgow's oldest restaurant Rogano has not yet reopened its doors to the public but you can still support this Glasgow institution by purchasing an exclusive Joseph Perrier Rogano Champagne gift set which is available exclusively through the Cockburns of Leith website. If you've walked by Rogano recently you'll have spotted a mural on display, which is the first in a series telling stories from Rogano over the past 75 years. Purchase a print of Ida Henrich's dinner party mural from Rogano's website.

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

If you've got a friend that is just crackers about gin or whisky, then Glaswegin and The Glasgow Distillery Company's gift sets of miniatures in bespoke crackers will bring a smile to their face. Browse and buy from the Glaswegin online store and The Glasgow Distillery's online store. Or why not give the gift of a virtual whisky tasting with Once Upon A Whisky. Their virtual tour, in partnership with The Glasgow Distillery Company, offers an insightful online journey across the history of an award-winning whisky.  Purchase a gift card or e-voucher from the Once Upon A Whisky website. Gift sets are available from Ellis Gin also, a small-batch gin distilled in Glasgow which shimmers and changes colour when a mixer is added - visit Ellis Gin's online shop to order

Coffee lovers will enjoy some Glasgow-themed blends from Dear Green Coffee. The local roasters have created some seasonal roasts, such as their Ballroom blend, named after the legendary Barrowland Ballroom, that will make the perfect stocking filler. For speciality coffee, gifts and subscriptions visit Dear Green Coffee's 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  Maia Gifts, which stocks 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