Independent Christmas shopping in Edinburgh

Christmas is such an important time for small businesses across the country. It can literally be make or break time for independent, where every pound we spend truly makes a difference. 

I see this first hand, both at the bricks-and-mortar level at my workplace Godiva, and through my online store here at Willow. Shopping small and shopping local means your hard-earned cash goes back into the local economy (independents are way more likely to support other independents, whether that's through packaging, business supplies or even buying lunch!) rather than gilding a millionaire's mansion or staffing a super-yacht. Plus, us little guys pay our taxes. ;)

I'm so lucky to live in Edinburgh and be surrounded by beautiful, quirky and unique independent shops. Here's a wee guide to ditching the high street chains and department stores (who wants to be fighting over the last "must-have gift" in John Lewis anyway?) and navigating Edinburgh's cobbled streets for something truly unique this Christmas - click here for the Google Maps version.

PS - check out the Holly & Co #campaignshopsmall hashtag on Instagram for a feast of independents from across the globe!


: 61 Thistle Street, EH2 1DY
Bill Baber: 66 Grassmarket, EH1 2JR
Epitome: 35 Dundas Street, EH3 6QQ
9 West Port, EH1 2JA
Jane Davidson: 52 Thistle Street, EH2 1EN
Kakao by K: 45 Thistle Street, EH2 1DY
Totty Rocks: 45-7 Barclay Place, EH10 4HW
Walker Slater: 44-46 Victoria Street, EH1 2JP

The Brotique
: 39 Queen Street, EH2 3NH
Dick's: 3 North West Circus Place, EH3 6ST
Kestin Hare
: Customs Wharf, EH6 6PL
Walker Slater: 16-20 Victoria Street, EH1 2HG

: 20 Thistle Street, EH2 1EN
Clarksons of Edinburgh: 87 West Bow, EH1 2JP
Fabhatrix: 13 Cowgatehead, EH1 1JY
Galerie Mirages: 46a Raeburn Place, EH4 1HL
Hannah Zakari: 43 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QB
Sheila Fleet: 18 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AL

Armchair Books
: 72-74 West Port, EH1 2LE
The Edinburgh Bookshop: 219 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DH
Golden Hare Books: 68 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AQ
Lighthouse: 43-45 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB
McNaughtan's Bookshop & Gallery: 3a & 4a Haddington Place, EH7 4AE

: 17 Clerk Street, EH8 9JH
The Beerhive: 24 Rodney Street, EH7 4EA
Cork & Cask: 136 Marchmont Road, EH9 1AQ
Cranachan & Crowdie: 263 Canongate, EH8 8BQ
I. J. Mellis
: 30a Victoria Street, EH1 2JW
I. J. Mellis: 330 Morningside Road, EH10 4QJ
I. J. Mellis: 6 Bakers Place, EH3 6SY

: 12 Bank Street, EH1 2LN
Elvis Shakespeare
: 347 Leith Walk, EH6 8SD
Underground Solu'shn
: 9 Cockburn Street, EH1 1BP
: 21 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AN

Curiouser and Curiouser
: 93 Broughton Street, EH1 3RZ
Curiouser and Curiouser: 106 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4ES
Paper Tiger: 53 Lothian Road, EH1 2DJ
Paper Tiger: 6A/8 Stafford Street, EH3 7AU
Red Door Gallery: 42 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW

: 54 Hanover Street, EH2 2DX
: 56 Rayburn Place, EH4 1HJ
The Cat's Miaou: 36 Elm Row, EH7 4AH
Elk & Wolf: 19 East Market Street, EH8 8FS
Flux: 55 Bernard Street, EH6 6SL
Life Story: 53 London Street, EH3 6LX
Mr Wood's Fossils
: 5 Cowgatehead, EH1 1JY
Present: 18 St Mary's Street, EH1 1SU

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