Festive gift ideas
The Christmas fair in East Princess Street Gardens is lovely to wander around - sip mulled wine and sample sweet and savoury delicacies while you browse. A trip to an antiques fair in the build up to Christmas is great for picking up unusual quality gifts, the next one takes place at Meadowbank stadium on Sunday 4th of December. For those on a budget charity shops in Stockbridge and Morningside are a cut above the usual charity shop, crammed with quality high street and designer items. For Christmas gifts with a distinctive Scottish feel handmade sweet treats like shortbread stars and Christmas trees, whisky tablet or Edinburgh rock look lovely presented in a box with tartan ribbon. Tartan ribbons also make lovely Christmas tree decorations. Traditional Scottish gifts are great for friends and family at home or abroad. Popular for men are cufflinks, sporrans and flasks. Accessory sets make a great gift and are good value too. An authentic kilt in the family tartan is a thoughtful gift which will last for years to come. If you are investing in a complete outfit there are some great Christmas offers available at this time of year. A kilt hire voucher to be used at a friend’s wedding or graduation is sure to be welcome. Harris Tweed is one of Scotland’s best-loved fabrics and Harris Tweed jackets, hats and bags are particularly popular at this time of year. For women you can’t go wrong with shawls, Celtic jewellery or a ladies mini or Billie kilt. Younger members of the family are also catered for boy’s kilts and full outfits and girls tartan dresses come in small sizes - loved by little ones they also look adorable.