Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

With only four shopping days to go until Christmas it's time to get off the sofa, put on your wellies and brave the snow. To help you on your way here is my last minute Christmas gift guide and (in no particular order) four perfect shops to buy your presents from. What's more, they're local and they're fab - ditch the chain stores and get something a bit different in one of these four.

Hannah Zakari - if you like it indie and homemade, then you'll love HZ!

Hannah Zakari: Pay a visit to Candlemaker Row and take a wander around Hannah Zakari. For the quirky and the fabulous, this shop has some of the best individual gifts in the city. I'm loving this limited edition Edinburgh skyline screen print by Kate McLelland - a steal at £30.

Covet: This Thistle Street boutique celebrated it's 3rd birthday this month and launched a fantastic new website and I love it. With 1930s inspired jewellery from Rosie Fox at £8.85 to beautiful Belen Echandia leather shoulder bags up to £495 you're guaranteed to find something for your sister, mother or best friend in here.

Edinburgh Larder: For your foody friend who loves fresh Scottish produce why not buy a fabby hamper from the Edinburgh Larder on Blackfriars Street. With three hampers to choose from for the tea lover, the cheese lover and the chocolate lover, you're bound to find something delicious and with hampers starting at £18 - it won't break the bank.

Demijohn: For all things fluid, look no further than Demijohn on Victoria Street. The Christmas Spirit selection is a great present for those over 18. With three delicious drinks - Brammle Whisky Liqueur, Raspberry Vodka and Sloe Gin presented in a handmade cherry wood rack it's the perfect present to take when visiting relatives. 

Demijohn - pop in and taste what you can buy!

With all the snow problems hitting the UK, it's probably not the best idea to start online shopping now...or is it?

isubscribe.co.uk  I swear by this website for magazine subscriptions, not just because it's quick and easy to use but because they always deliver.  I've bought several gift subscriptions through this site and those receiving them have always loved the 'gift that keeps on giving'. Order right up until Christmas day for your brother, your mother or your best friend - perfect for that last minute extra! Print out the confirmation and pop it into a gift card and you're good to go.

Good luck with your Christmas shopping and feel free to add any other top tips on your favourite shops in the comment box below.

Merry Christmas!

The Ltd Lady