Best unusual Christmas gifts in Edinburgh

Christmas is coming (yay!) and if you’re looking for the best unusual Christmas gifts in Edinburgh, you’re in the right place!

As a newbie in town, you might not know all the little nooks and temporary Xmas markets and that’s why we’ve created this list of all the places you should have a look for your Christmas presents.

Christmas Market Baubles

Markets for Unusual Christmas Gifts in Edinburgh

Aside from the German Christmas Markets on Princes street and in St Andrew’s Square (open from the 18th of November until the 6th of January 2018), there are wonderful temporary markets where you can find bespoke and handcrafted presents (you might be less distracted by all the mulled wine around!): 



Regular markets


With all of our technology, it’s getting easier and easier to find the perfect present for your loved ones (or the occasional awkward secret Santas).

Take advantage of the Black Friday fever (24th November) on Amazon and other merchants! It’s a good opportunity to spend less for something you might’ve bought anyway.

Christmas present boxes

If you’ve never browsed on Etsy for presents, now’s the time to do so! It’s a perfect place to find handmade and beautiful presents. It may be pricier, but you support artists all over the world rather than multinational companies.

*Tip: If you’re not going to your home country and wish to buy something for your family without paying for postage, you can always buy something online and have it delivered to their place. With Amazon, you can even ask for a gift-wrapping package with a personalised note inside.


If you prefer browsing in physical shops, Edinburgh is a great town to find the perfect gem. Some of our personal favourites are these:

Make your Own

While handicrafts might not be for everyone, definitely a great heartfelt present is one that you’ve made yourself. It’s definitely a good way to give unusual Christmas gifts!

Browse on Pinterest or Youtube to find how to make something great and stop at Hobby Craft to buy your material!

Some workshops are also available if you want to kill two birds with one stone.

Everyone offers presents in their own way, but it’s always the thought that counts. So get your mittens and boots out and go shopping! Christmas awaits!

Share with us your favourite place to shop for presents in Edinburgh!


Written by Judith Bellemare, Venture English

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