Glasgow Christmas Gift Guide 2018

T’is the season! It’s that time of year to make your Christmas list and seek out the perfect gifts for loved ones. From foodie treats to homely finds, from beauty needs to creative experiences – we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up for you!

Find truly unique gifts with a Glasgow twist to place below the Christmas tree this year by checking out our Glasgow Christmas Gift Guide.

Glasgow inspired gifts from independents around the city

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Known for its creativity and humour, it is no wonder that so many artists have taken their inspiration from Glasgow's places and patter to create unique products and gifts, sold within various independent stores across the city.

Opened earlier this year in the south of the city, illustrator Libby Walker creates intricately detailed drawings of Glasgow places, such as her popular Southside Coffee Shops print, which is then adorned across a range of products including tea towels, lampshades and Christmas baubles. 

Sunshine No. 1 is an emporium of Scottish sourced gifts, including Ross Muir’s Glaswegian take on classic artworks, such as Square Gogh, which sees Vincent Van Gogh sporting an Adidas tracksuit! Stephen O’Neil sells his stylish Glasgow landmark prints set against bold coloured backgrounds. Both these South stores stock Lake and Loch Ma Bit Beanie Hats, where you can tell the world ‘where you're fae’ by choosing from Anniesland, Govanhill, Dennistoun and more neighbourhood emblazoned beanies. 

Liquorice Tree on Great Western Road sells on-trend products, with Clyde Candles with rainwater scents and Glasgow Soap Company, with their Highland Toffee lip balm, just two such products.

For something truly unique to Glasgow but universal in the message, check out the Glasgow Women’s Library. Reflective of their bold and witty vibe, is their range of merchandise, including a limited edition tote bag celebrating the power of women who are runner-ups, which was created to mark being a finalist at The Art Fund Museum of the Year UK 2018.

For non-traditional and emblazoned with famous Glasga phrases, Gie It Laldy in Partick sell beautiful ornate vases with eye-catching phrases such as ‘Did ye, aye? and 'Gie it Laldy'. Meanwhile, Braw Wee Emporium, from their newly opened store in the East, sells a witty range of mugs, tote bags and cards with phrases such as ‘Braw Maw’, ‘Yer a Stunner’ and ‘Glasgow Girl’, as well as beauty products, books and jewellery.

Other hotspots for gifts include Glasgow Museums stores, which sell People Make Glasgow pens, tote bags, t-shirts and cufflinks, the Scottish Design Exchange at Buchanan Galleries, where 100% of proceeds go directly to artists and product creators, and the Glasgow School of Art pop up store in Princes Square. And if you just can’t decide, then go for a Glasgow Gift Card – which can be used across 80 food, drink, leisure entertainment and leading attractions.

The Christmas markets at St Enoch Centre and George Square are open now, offering the chance to enjoy sipping a mulled wine whilst browsing an eclectic range of gifts with a Germanic vibe. Even more Christmas Markets are popping up in the coming weeks where you can pick up unique gifts created by local traders - there's Super Market @ The Arches, The Big BAad Christmas Market, The Hidden Lane Christmas Market to name a few - check out Glasgow Loves Christmas for more. 


 Gift Experiences


For creative chums, pick up a voucher for an experience to remember. There are two Lampshade making workshops – both resulting in very different yet equally unique pieces of home lighting. There’s award-winning artist Kate Colins' lampshade workshop, where you create paper folded geometric shades, sure to make a centrepiece in any home. Or Braw Wee Emporium’s bottle lampshade workshop, where you turn your favourite gin bottle and bold piece of fabric into a bespoke standing lamp.

Perfect for both green fingered folks or for those who want easy to keep indoor plants, pick up a voucher for Little Botanica's terrarium workshop, where you make and take home miniature plantings placed within hand-crafted glass vessels. 

For adventurers, why not sign them up for individual Kayak lessons or courses at Scotland's only artificial whitewater course, Pinkston Watersports, based in the North of the city. 

Boutique Cinema Experience

The best attended independent cinema in Scotland and host of the Glasgow Film Festival, the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) offers a range of vouchers, as well as a Cinecard Gift Membership.

Newly opened in Princes Square, Everyman Cinema offers vouchers to attend their intimate screens, where you can order a glass of red wine and a slice of freshly made pizza served to your seat.

The Grosvenor Cinema in Ashton Lane offers screenings of new releases, independent films and kids' screenings on armchairs and couches, with gift options ranging from dinner and a movie to vouchers.

Food & Drink goodies this season

Clydeside Distillery Whisky and Chocolate tourClydeside Distillery

Discover the fascinating story about the Clydeside Distillery and its location before sitting down to enjoy delicious artisan chocolates paired carefully with selected drams of Single Malt Scotch Whisky at the Clydeside Distillery’s Whisky and Chocolate tour. If buying for a botanical lover, then head to the St Enoch Centre Christmas Market to the Makar Gin stall, where you can pick up a miniature gift set of the juniper-led tipple, which happens to be the first ever gin to be distilled in Glasgow.

For beer lovers, a Tennent's Brewery Tour voucher offers fascinating insights into the 450 years of brewing tradition at this world-famous brewery, including a refreshing pint and chance to view the brand new Tennent’s Story visitor museum.

The first ever Glasgow & West Coast Cook Book is now available to purhcase through The food and cocktail recipes within this 200 page beautifully produced book captures Glasgow right now, through our food.

A voucher for afternoon tea for two within the opulent surroundings of the world-class cultural and heritage attraction, Mackintosh at the Willow. Newly opened this year following an extensive refurbishment to meticulously recreate Miss Cranston and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s tearooms back to their original splendour, this is a gift and an experience to remember! 

For foodie gift hampers, head to Byres Road to collect an artisan cheese hamper from George Mewes or pop around the corner to Glasgow's original Vietnamese restaurant, Hanoi Bike Shop, for a Hanoi Hamper, including the likes of Vietnamese Coffee and Chilli and Lemongrass Oil.

For chocoholics then head to Kimble's at the St Enoch Centre. The family run local business specialises in providing the finest quality Belgian chocolates and stocks the largest range of fudge, tablet and macaroon in Glasgow. Also in St Enoch Centre and just around the corner on the ground floor of Princes Square is Hotel Chocolat, where you can pick up indulgent chocolate gift hampers, hot chocolate and vegan treats. Or head East to the oldest confectionery store in Glasgow, Glickman’s, for jars of nostalgia sweeties, such as Soor Plooms, sure to bring back memories for parents and grandparents on Christmas morning.


Dear Green Coffee merchandiseDear Green Coffee

The barista revolution is only growing in pace and in Glasgow you are spoilt for choice for coffee aficionados in the family.  You can pick up Keepcups for on-the-go coffee consumption at Gordon Street Coffee, Brewing Bundles for home brewing and coffee bean monthly subscriptions from Dear Green Coffee and gift vouchers from Thomsons Coffee at Argyle Street Arches.

Home treats for Christmas

For fresh floral prints that are joyful in colour, Bluebellgray on Hyndland Road has locally designed and made cushions, curtains and throws. For detailed and dramatic, Timorous Beasties on Great Western Road stock their range of wallpaper and curtains, including a Glasgow toile.

Mackintosh design chairs made by expert furniture makers are available to purchase at The Lighthouse, as are a variety of products inspired by the famous architect and designer. The stylish chairs can also be purchased at Mackintosh at the Willow, as can a range of gifts including Willow patterned teapots and cups, which take eight craftspeople to create and which are used in the tearooms themselves.

Aiming to make life a little greener, Tuck, offer stylish botanicals to bring positivity to homes from their newly opened store in Strathbungo.

Beauty and Style must-have pressies

For jewellery inspired by Glasgow and Scottish words, phrases, places and culture, Bonnie Bling has got you covered. The quirky and witty laser-cut acrylic accessories can be purchased from their studio in the Hidden Lane in Finnieston. The Barrowlands famous signage is the inspiration for a range of ‘rocking’ necklaces with matching earrings.

Head to the Argyll Arcade and treat a loved one to a piece of jewellery to treasure. With beautiful Christmas decor and more than 30 jewellers and diamond merchants all located under one roof, you'll be spoilt for choice!

For stylish yet affordable fashion head to Ruby Woo.  Found in two hotspots in the city in Shawlands and on Great Western Road, the boutique store brings handpicked styles from across Europe to the streets of Glasgow. 

Or for mega international, the recently opened flagship Scottish Victoria's Secrets store can be found in the prime location on Buchanan Street. Famous for their legendary fashion shows, Victoria Secrets brings their exclusive range of underwear to Glasgow.


 See the Sights Differently

Hop on board the Red Bus Bistro, a vintage 1966 Routemaster Bus, for a tour of the city’s sites, whilst enjoying one of their dining experiences, whether gin tea or afternoon tea. 

Learn how to take great photos whilst taking in a tour of the city with five Photo Walk Glasgow tours to choose from, including Street Art, Glasga by Night and the Clockwork Orange.

Glasgow City Music Tours are offering a special discounted Christmas voucher. Led by lively and knowledgeable guides, music fans explore the fascinating places, people, and performances which have shaped Glasgow’s musical landscape.

Hear the story of the city through beer on a Glasgow Beer Tour (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 Award) - the walking tour takes in two unique beer venues and tells fascinating stories.

This is just some of the many and varied tours available in Glasgow. Check out our Tours page for more.


Tickets for big events in the city in 2019!

Brave in Concert at Celtic Connections

Whether sporting or culture, there are plenty of big ticket events and annual festivals coming up in 2019 that make the perfect gift for a loved one, who is after an experience to remember.

The biggest winter music festival in the world, Celtic Connections, returns January 17 - February 3, with over 300 events to choose from. Tickets are on sale now for the festival, with the premiere of Brave in Concert, and well known names such as Graham Nash, Loudon Wainwright III, Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes and many more set to perform. The city's annual Glasgow Film Festival takes place from February 20 - March 3, with a number of special event screenings available to purchase ahead of the full programme announcement in January. Meanwhile, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival returns March 14-31, with tickets on sale for big name acts including, Reginald D Hunter, Ashley Storrie and Russell Kane.

For sports fans, there's the European Athletics Indoor Championships, which sees 50 nations compete at the Emirates Arena across three days from March 1-3. Celtic Park is the host venue for the final of the prestigious Guinness Pro 14 Rugby on May 25.

The SEC Campus will play host to a variety of major events, from music to comedy to sport, including the hugely popular Still Game: The Final Farewell at the SSE Hydro (Sept 27 - Oct 12) and the critically acclaimed National Theatre's War Horse at the SEC Armadillo (Jan 15 - Feb 2).

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