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Glasgow gift guide

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.

Only in Glasgow

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Glasgow Museums

Pick up a gift inspired by the Glasgow Museums' collections and at the same time make a direct difference to the lives of Glaswegians. The sale of products help to fund the charity Glasgow Life, which in turn inspires residents to lead richer and more active lives through culture and sport. Find Glasgow Museum' shops in a number of city museums or shop online at shop online at shop.glasgowlife.org.uk.

Shearer Candles

Producing candles in the city for over 120 years, Shearer Candles have a range of scent collections available in their Govan store or online at shearerscandles.com.

Empire Glasgow

From eBay to pop-up shops to a store in Princes Square, Empire Glasgow is a Glasgow success story. Empire Glasgow caters for all your trainer needs. Visit empireglasgow.com.

Saola

Shop guilt-free at the brand new city centre sustainable shop, Saola. They stock plastic free items from Och Vegan, EarthKind, Zero-waste club and many more. Visit saola.co.uk for ideas.

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Søstrene Grene

Danish retailer Søstrene Grene will open their first ever Scottish store in St. Enoch Centre (Dec 2) bringing their 'hygge' inspired products to Glasgow. The home accessories and lifestyle brand is known for its Scandi-style and affordability. Visit sostrenegrene.com.

Hoos

Another lifestyle and home store inspired by Nordic design is Hoos in the west end. Check out hoosglasgow.co.uk for details of what this independent retailer stock.

Scottish Design Exchange

Buy locally-crafted presents with 100% of profits going towards the artists! Based in Buchanan Galleries, the Scottish Design Exchange stocks all kinds of products, from homeware to jewellery to art prints. Visit scottishdesignexchange.com.

The Clydeside Collective

Local creatives use their skills for reusing, recycling and reclaiming to create a range of beautiful products. Pick up a gift, ideal for sustainable chums, in store in the St. Enoch Centre.

Sunshine No: 1

Based in the southside, Sunshine No: 1 sells products from over 120 Scottish suppliers, many of whom live just round the corner! Choose from ceramics, candles, cards and more. Visit Sunshine No:1's website.

Ripe Magazine

Find a huge magazine and photobook selection at Ripe Magazine in the east end, which was recently named in the top ten 'best independent magazine stores in the UK' by Suitcase Magazine. Visit Ripe Mags on Instagram.

Ajounter

Ajounter in Shawlands is stocked up with Christmas gifts, with everything from handmade candles to novelty decor. They have some playful items like their Christmas house incense burners. Check out their Christmas collection at ajouterstore.com.

Maia Gifts

Based just off Buchanan Street and selling ‘gifts and lovely things’, Maia Gifts is ideal for unique presents. Head to Maia Gifts' website to find out more.

These are just a few of the many amazing gift shops in the city centre and neighbourhoods.

The Root of Magic in the city centre, Stephen O'Neil and Aume in the southside, Janet & John in the west end, Braw Wee Emporium in the east end and Maryhill Burgh Hall in the north all stock interesting local gifts.

Visit our independent shopping page for more places to shop.

Shopping fairs this season

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Merchant Square Craft Fair (every weekend in Dec and every day from Dec 16 - 24)

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.

Barras Market (Nov 26 - Christmas Eve)

For a truly Glasgow experience, head to the world famous Barras market in the east end. You'll find fashion, antiques and more to suit your tastes and budget Visit The Barras Facebook page for information.

The Glasgow Vegan Christmas Market (21 November)

The family and pet-friendly event takes place at Drygate for one day only. There will be 25 stalls with food, sustainable beauty, clothes, homeware, skincare, pet products and more. And everything is vegan! Purchase a ticket at eventbrite.co.uk.

Riverside Museum Christmas Market (26 & 27 November)

Expect festive funfair rides, food stalls and handmade local gifts at the Riverside Museum between 11am - 4:30pm. Visit glasgowlife.org.uk.

Craft and Flea (27 November)

With the motto, shop small and shop local, you can expect a great range of gifts from independent makers and creators at the lovely venue, The Briggait. Get tickets at eventbrite.co.uk.

This is Not a Craft Market Festive Edition (3, 10 & 17 December)

Taking place at The Deep End in the southside is the festive editions of This is Not a Craft Market. There will be 35 stalls selling sustainable products, with mulled wine and festive entertainment on the side. Find out more at govanhillbaths.com.

Glasgow experiences

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Celtic Connections tickets

Brighten up the winter for music fans by gifting tickets to the world-famous Celtic Connections. Choose from the amazing line-up of events at celticconnections.com/what-s-on. Highlights include: Anna Meredith, The Twilight Sad, Peatbog Faeries, Martha Wainwright and more. Can't decide which gig? Then purchase a Glasgow Life voucher and let them decide - details below!

Glasgow Life vouchers

Want to treat someone to an evening out but don't want to take the risk of choosing the event and date? Glasgow Life vouchers allow your loved one to choose from hundreds of events taking place at amazing city venues. Purchase at glasgowconcerthalls.com.

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Mackintosh at the Willow

Afternoon tea for two within the cultural attraction, Mackintosh at the Willow is a great gift. Finger's crossed the person you gift it to will take you along as their plus one! 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.

Crossbill Gin School Blending Experience

Handcrafted Scottish gins distilled in the Barras in the east end, Crossbill's gins are described as a celebration of Scottish nature. Purchase a voucher to their Gin School Blending Experience by visiting crossbillgin.com

Glasgow Film Theatre CineCard

For film lovers, purchase a membership to the city's original independent cinema, Glasgow Film Theatre. The annual CineCard gets users discounted tickets, free screenings and more. Details at glasgowfilm.org.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Give someone the gift of laughter with tickets to the city's amazing comedy festival. Tickets for the likes of Stewart Lee, Maisie Adams and many more are on sale now at at glasgowcomedyfestival.com.

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Gin Spa

Two words that go well together are gin and spa! Treat a loved one to a relaxing experience for the New Year by booking vouchers at the newly refurbished and reopened Gin Spa. The experience includes gin-inspired botanical treatments and drinks. Book at ginspa.co.uk.

Sumayya Usmani Cookery School

Buy a gift voucher for a cookery class held in Pollok Country Park by award-winning writer and cookbook author, Sumayya Usmani. The Pakistani and Persian cookery classes involve hands-on experience and demos. Visit sumayyausmani.com to book.

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Dinner out

Is there anything better than a meal out for free? Browse our restaurant pages for ideas and pick up gift vouchers to treat a friend to a meal out on you.

Hotel overnight stay

From unique to trendy, check out our hotels and accommodation page for inspiration and treat a loved one to an overnight hotel stay in the city.

Shopping centre's sparkling offering

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St. Enoch Centre

The St. Enoch Centre is a brilliant family-friendly destination for Christmas shopping. From Hamleys to Hotel Chocolat to The Perfume Shop - there is plenty to choose from. And then there's the entertainment and dining, with the Boom Battle Bar offering lots of fun competitive gaming, Vue Cinema and many eateries.

Buchanan Galleries

Buchanan Galleries is home to over 80 shops, including the most Christmassy of shops - John Lewis! John Lewis will host Curated Makers (until December 19), which will have products from 20 plus local creators. You will also find the family-friendly Lego Store and Build-A-Bear Workshop. Plus a range of prices, from exclusive bags from the likes of Radley London to affordable secret santa and stocking fillers from the likes of Typo and Flying Tiger. Visit buchanangalleries.co.uk for more information.

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Princes Square

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 with exclusive bags from Kate Spade New York, daring furniture from Timothy Oulton and make-up at the VIEVE pop-up (until December 11). Princes Square also run a number of festive events, including Elf School, where parents and carers can enjoy 2 hours of shopping, while their little ones enjoy games, crafts and music. Find out more at princessquare.co.uk

Argyll Arcade

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. Visit the Argyll Arcade website to find out more.

Food and drink goodies

Bare Bones Chocolate

This award-winning bean to bar chocolate company is based in Glasgow city centre. They have a selection of gifts for the season including 2 limited edition Christmas specials! A Salted White chocolate with notes of butterscotch and a dark chocolate with notes of sticky toffee pudding and cinnamon. Check out bareboneschocolate.co.uk for gift ideas, including hampers and hot choc kits.

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Cail Bruich seasonal gin

Michelin star restaurant Cail Bruich have teamed up with The Garden Shed Drinks Co to create a seasonal gin using ingredients from their kitchen and garden. Visit Cail Bruich's website to order a bottle of this fresh gin for a friend.

The Good Choice

Who doesn't love a hamper? For eco-friendly friends, a hamper from The Good Choice on Cathcart Road is perfect. The zero waste shop is a great alternative to mainstream supermarkets. Visit tgchoice.co.uk.

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.

George Mewes Cheese

The award-winning cheesemonger George Mewes Cheese in the west end stocks an incredible range. Choose from the best French and Scottish cheeses for individual purchase or create a hamper, complete with accompaniments. Visit georgemewescheese.co.uk.

Ard Bakery

For stunning chocolates that are almost too pretty to eat, order from Glaswegian fashion designer turned baker and chocolatier, Ard Bakery. You can also pick up an advent calendar - be sure to order soon as they sell out fast! Visit ardbakery.com to order.

Clydeside Distillery

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. Pick up gifts at their pop-up store in Princes Square or check out the range at glasgowdistillery.com.

Article last updated: October 2022

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