Glasgow gift guide
Glasgow gift guide
Our Glasgow Christmas gift guide is full of ideas of where to find the best festive gifts for loved ones this year. From unique sustainable gifts to foodie treats, we've got you covered.
Pick up an eco-friendly gift at Clydeside Collective, where products are made by local makers who share a passion to reuse, recycle, reclaim and resell. Opening times can be found on St. Enoch Centre's website.
Pick up low impact lifestyle goodies or sign up to a class to make festive decorations at Neighbourhood. Visit neighbourhoodshop.co.uk for details.
Treat a foodie friend to an evening of excellent Scottish cuisine at Mharsanta - take a look at their range of vouchers online. Mharsanta is just one of many Glasgow restaurants to appear on VisitScotland’s ‘Taste Our Best’ list celebrating the use of locally sourced food and drink - view the full list at visitscotland.org.
Pick up a retro outfit for a cool chum at one of the city centre's vintage stores. Try Mr Ben's in King's Court for a great range of second-hand fashions from different eras. Visit mrbenretroclothing.com.
For striking dried flower gifts check out the collection of flower wreaths, bell jars and Christmas baubles at Catkin's online store or pick up products from Glasgow stockists, Wild Gorse Pottery and Rawnchy.
Glasgow Plant Mama
In the Merchant city, you'll find a range of green goodies to help a loved one grow their indoor jungle. Visit glasgowplantmama.com for ideas.
Purchase an eco hamper for a friend looking to make the move towards a plastic-free lifestyle. Visit Society Zero in the west end or online at zerowastemarket.org.uk.
Send a friend a box of brownies for an indulgent and ethical gift from Social Bite, with every purchase helping towards their aim to end homelessness. Order from social-bite.co.uk.
Glasgow Museums' shops at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art are home to a range of gifts inspired by the museums' collections. Pick up unique presents in the knowledge that funds help support the charity Glasgow Life in its aims to inspire citizens and visitors to lead richer and more active lives through culture and sport.
City centre's sparkling offering
St. Enoch Centre
With over 70 stores, entertainment and eateries, the St. Enoch Centre is a brilliant family-friendly destination for Christmas shopping. From Hamleys to Hotel Chocolat, The Perfume Shop to Glasgow's very own candle makers, Shearers Candles - there is plenty to choose from. Visit st-enoch.com for more information.
Buchanan Galleries is home to over 80 shops, including The Lego Store, John Lewis and the Scottish Design Exchange, where you can buy locally-crafted presents in the knowledge that 100% of profits go towards the artists. Visit buchanangalleries.co.uk for more information.
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The stunning Princes Square is home to luxury shops and is worth a visit for the Christmas tree in the atrium alone! Pick up a statement gift, such as a graphic print bag from Kate Spade New York, a daring piece of furniture from the only Scottish Timothy Oulton store or a pair of trainers from Glasgow’s brand new exclusive sneaker store, Empire Glasgow. Visit princessquare.co.uk for a list of stores.
The Princes Square Collective
Running every weekend up until Christmas, The Princes Square Collective will feature up and coming makers, local artists, retailers and designers selling their unique ranges of jewellery, accessories, skincare, clothing and candles.
Turn someone's head this Christmas morning with a sparkling gift! Visit one of Europe’s oldest covered shopping arcades and choose a special gift from over 30 jewellers and diamond merchants, including Omega, ROX and Laings. Family-run Laings are encouraging people to send special messages to loved ones through their post boxes found within their festively decorated showrooms, as part of a charity partnership. Visit the Argyll Arcade website to find out more.
St Enoch Square Christmas Market
There's nothing quite like a trip to a Christmas market to get you in the festive spirit. Open from November 22 - December 23, visit St. Enoch Square where traders from across the globe will welcome you with festive trinkets, gift ideas and foodie delights. Find out more at glasgowlife.org.uk.
Merchant Square Craft Fair
Under a canopy of fairy lights in the beautiful Merchant Square, you'll find a range of handmade goods made by local crafters. Visit merchantsquareglasgow.com for details on the weekend market.
Mackintosh at the Willow
Tuck into afternoon tea for two within the cultural attraction, Mackintosh at the Willow. Book vouchers for this only-in-Glasgow experience on their website.
Red Bus Bistro
Take in the sights of Glasgow while enjoying afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster Red Bus Bistro tour - purchase a voucher online.
Glasgow Film Theatre membership or donation
For film lovers, purchase a membership to the city's original independent cinema, Glasgow Film Theatre or make a donation on a friend's behalf - details can be found on glasgowfilm.org.
Hotel overnight stay
From uniquely Glasgow to trendy, check out our hotels and accommodation page for inspiration and treat a loved one to an overnight hotel stay in the city centre.
The Loading Bay
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Live music in the UNESCO City of Music
For music fans, purchase tickets to the world famous Celtic Connections or the city's newest music festival, Colourboxx. Check out the lineup for Celtic Connections or buy tickets for Colourboxx online.
Glasgow Gift Card
The Glasgow Gift Card is the perfect gift for those tricky-to-buy-for loved ones, as it is valid across a range of top restaurants and leading attractions. Visit the Glasgow Gift Card website to purchase.
Food and drink goodies
Treat someone to a luxury chocolate gift box from Glasgow-based Ard Bakery or give an early Christmas gift of an indulgent advent calendar. Visit ardbakery.com to order.
Or how about a craft beer advent calendar by Grunting Growler, offering 24 varying brews. Collect from the west end store or order from gruntinggrowler.com.
Dear Green Coffee
Local coffee roasters, Dear Green Coffee have created some seasonal roasts that make for perfect stocking fillers. For speciality coffee, gifts and subscriptions visit Dear Green Coffee's website.
Whisky fans will delight in a voucher for a tour of Clydeside Distillery or a bottle of their first-ever distilled whisky release, Stobcross. Order a bottle of the lowland single malt from theclydeside.com.
The Glasgow Distillery Co
Contemporary urban distillers, The Glasgow Distillery Co have a great range of gift sets available for their Glasgow 1770 whisky, Makar gin and G52 Botanical vodka. Check out the range at glasgowdistillery.com.
Gifts from Glasgow independents
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.
Pick up some streetwear fashion from Glasgow-born Forty. Visit their flagship store in Royal Exchange Square or check out fortyclothing.com.
The craze of cool specs is well and truly here to stay! For an amazing selection of glasses, visit IOLLA's festive gift shop online or visit their store on Buchanan Street.
Sunshine No:1 stocks an array of Scottish made products, including skincare, jewellery, cards and more. Visit this little emporium of gifts on Cathcart Road or check out Sunshine No:1's online store.
Janet and John
The lanes in the city's west end are brimming with unique gift shops, including the likes of Janet and John, which you'll find in De Courcey's Arcade or online at janetandjohnscotland.com.
There are some brilliant finds in the city's east end. Pick up unusual mugs, vases and candlesticks from ceramic experts Estd Barras. Visit Estd Barras' Instagram to see what to expect at their weekend Barras Market stall.
Braw Wee Emporium
East end favourite, Braw Wee Emporium has a fantastic range of products, many of which have a witty Glasgow slant. Visit Braw Wee Emporium's online shop.
Maryhill Burgh Halls
In the north of the city is the community hub Maryhill Burgh Halls. Visit Maryhill Burgh Hall's online store and choose a black and white print of Glasgow people and places from a bygone era.
Article last updated: November 2021
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