Independent shopping in Glasgow
Independent shopping in Glasgow
Glasgow is a city rich in artists and creators which makes for a thriving and exciting independent shopping scene. Read our guide and support some of Glasgow’s best independent stores.
Selling ‘gifts and lovely things’, Maia Gifts is the perfect store to find a unique present. It’s also a stone’s throw from Buchanan Street in the city centre. Head to Maia Gifts' website to find out more.
The Shop of Interest…
Working with a talented range of artists, jewellers and designers, The Shop of Interest… in Finnieston sells a range of products including prints, homewares and accessories. Browse what’s available online at theshopofinterest.co.uk.
The Good Spirits Company
Looking to buy a boozy gift? The Good Spirits Company specialises in fine drinks from all over the world and offers tasting sessions too. Visit thegoodspiritsco.com to find out more.
The Hidden Lane
Take a wander down Glasgow’s Hidden Lane and you’ll uncover a quirky mix of designers and crafters. Browse the collection of homewares, art and fashion at Porteous & Co, and be sure to check out House of Black, a sustainable fashion store. Visit the Hidden Lane’s website to discover more.
28 Langside stocks a wide-range of gifts and homewares, including Japanese ceramics, Charles Rennie Mackintosh clocks and tartan blankets. Visit 28 Langside on Instagram for an idea on what products they sell.
A gift shop in the heart of Glasgow’s southside, Stephen O’Neil sells his own work alongside a range of unique gift items. Visit the Stephen O’Neil website to shop online.
Centre for Contemporary Art
The Centre for Contemporary Art is a hub for Glasgow’s art scene. Within this creative venue you’ll find Welcome Home, an evolving retail space featuring work from new designers, and Aye-Aye Books, a specialist contemporary art bookshop. Head to cca-glasgow.com to find out more.
Find a huge magazine and photobook selection at Ripe Mags at the Barras Market. Ripe Mags was recently named as one of the 7 best independent magazine stores in the UK by the luxury travel publication, Suitcase Magazine. As the only Scottish store featured, Ripe Mags is described as being 'utterly contagious'. Visit Ripe Mags on Instagram.
The perfect place to find a gift for the music-lover in your life. Monorail Music is an independent record shop that works closely with some of the biggest names in Glasgow’s music community including Optimo, Mogwai and Chemikal Underground. Visit monorailmusic.com to browse online.
De Courcy’s Arcade
De Courcy’s Arcade on Cresswell Lane is home to a cluster of quirky boutiques, galleries and cafes. Head to Janet & John for gifts including jewellery, tea towels, coasters, prints and much more, or Lovesome Emporium for their impressive range of eco-friendly and plastic-free products on offer. Check out De Courcy’s Arcade’s Facebook page for more info.
Scottish Design Exchange
Head to the Scottish Design Exchange within Buchanan Galleries for unique gifts, where 100% of the sales proceeds go directly to artists and product creators. Check out scottishdesignexchange.com to find out more about the artists.
The Clydeside Collective
With sustainability at its heart, the Clydeside Collective within St Enoch Centre sells beautiful gifts from creatives who reuse, recycle, reclaim, and resell items that may otherwise have gone to landfill. Read more about this eco-friendly store on the St Enoch Centre website.
Timorous Beasties are famed for their Glasgow Toile and will give you some serious interior goals with their stunning collection of fabrics, wallpaper and soft furnishings. Check out timorousbeasties.com to see their unique designs.
Glasgow Furniture Collective
Based in the east end, the Glasgow Furniture Collective breathes life into tired homewares to sell upcycled furniture. Head to the Glasgow Furniture Collective website to find out more about this eco-friendly business.
With products chosen for their simple and functional design, the homewares on sale at Hoos will stand the test of time. Visit the store for some interior design inspiration or shop online at hoosglasgow.co.uk.
Wild Gorse Pottery
A ceramics workshop and shop in Glasgow’s southside, Wild Gorse Pottery create mugs, dishes, bowls, vases and more. You can browse what’s available online at wildgorsepottery.com.
From humble beginnings of producing cushions at the kitchen table, Bluebellgray now offers a full range of homewares at bluebellgray.com or in their Glasgow store. With bold and abstract designs, all products have a unique style.
Producing candles in the city for over 120 years, Shearer Candles have a range of scent collections available at shearer-candles.com and in their Glasgow stores.
Head to the Aperçu store in Glasgow’s southside to admire the range of beautiful indoor plants on offer. And shop in the knowledge that Aperçu is committed to building a sustainable and ethical business, with measures such as reducing plastic and supporting people over profit. Find out more at apercu.store.
William Chambers Millinery
William Chambers is one of the UK’s top milliners, creating handmade hats and headpieces available at the Glasgow store (currently operating by appointment only) and department stores including Harrods in London. Visit the William Chambers Millinery website to find out more.
Orzel is a men’s clothing store in the west end of Glasgow. They stock brands that have a passion for the items they produce and are committed to reducing their environmental impact. Shop online at orzel.store.
Ruby Woo Boutique
Head to rubywooboutique.com to shop for women’s fashion, shoes and accessories. Prefer to shop in person? There’s a west end and southside store to choose from!
Check out Paulin’s website and admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the watches they produce. A brand born in Glasgow, the timepieces are ‘simple, high quality and design-led’.
Nestled down the west end’s Cresswell Lane, head to Pink Poodle for a range of beautiful accessories, clothing and gifts. Go to pinkpoodleboutique.co.uk to browse online.
Sneakers Laundry offers a truly unique service, using cleaners, protectors, dyes and much more to keep your trainers in top condition, or even restore a pair which you thought were no longer wearable. They also have an in-store cafe. Find out more at sneakerser.com.
Forty is a streetwear fashion brand which was born in Glasgow. Many products feature a ‘monster’ badge which was originally drawn by an artistic 3-year-old. Check out fortyclothing.com.
House of Cashmere
Found on Gordon Street in the city centre, House of Cashmere sell the finest Scottish cashmere and woollens, with all products handmade or handwoven in Scotland. Visit houseofcashmere.co.uk to find out more.
MacGregor and MacDuff
Keen to have the full Scottish experience by wearing a kilt to a ceilidh or special event in Glasgow? Head to MacGregor and MacDuff’s website for everything you’ll need.
Sheila Fleet Jewellery
Head to Princes Square shopping centre to buy something beautiful from Sheila Fleet Jewellery. Choose from necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more, with everything made by hand on the Scottish island of Orkney. Browse the collections at sheilafleet.com.
Looking to send a Scottish gift to a loved one? WeeBox offer a worldwide delivery service for their monthly box of 5 handpicked goodies from Scotland. Check out the WeeBox website for more info.
The Root of Magic
Glasgow’s very own magic store, The Root of Magic, stocks all manner of enchanted goods, including Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise. They also have a bar and coffee shop which sells aptly themed drinks, and offer children’s potion classes. Head to The Root of Magic website to find out more.
Established in 1903, Glickman’s is Glasgow’s oldest sweetie shop, making it the place to go for a sweet treat. Try traditional Scottish favourites like Lucky Tatties and Soor Plooms. Check out glickmans.co.uk for more info.
Tam Shepherds Trick Shop
A historic hidden gem in the city centre, Tam Shepherds Trick Shop is a family-run business that has been in the same store since 1886. Visit tamsheperds.com and browse lots of fun items including magic sets, fancy dress and puzzles.
Article last updated: September 2021