Whether you’re looking to save a few pennies, wanting to add that feel good factor to your present buying, or simply want to give something a bit more personal and unique this Christmas, our Alternative Christmas Gift List will provide you with some refreshing ideas.
Book a day out
The memory of a fantastic day out or experience can sometimes be better than any material gift you can buy, and Edinburgh offers some amazing options. Book a day at Escape Hour or Can You Escape? and stretch those brain muscles, get those endorphins flowing and book a climbing course at Alien Rock indoor climbing centre, explore Edinburgh’s hidden underground with The Real Mary Kings Close, take a crash course in Indian cooking at Punjabi Junction, or get your DIY on and book a place on one of our many crafty workshops at the Edinburgh Remakery.
If you’re handy with a whisk, bake some Christmas cakes or cookies. If you’re a grammar geek, write a letter or poem and frame it. If you prefer to express yourself through your art, throw all that emotion into a painting or drawing.
Alternatively, Christmas Jumpers and Christmas Tree Decorations make fantastic gifts – I know we keep harping on about it but, honestly, THEY DO! – and it just so happens you can make your own this Saturday 17th at the Remakery between 2-3:30pm.
Whatever it is, being created by your own two hands makes it infinitely more valuable and interesting than anything you can buy on Amazon!
Fill a jar
Some of the best things in life come in jars – Nutella is just one fine example – and you can DIY your own money-saving gift this year simply by grabbing an empty jar and filling it with goodies. Consider making a Sewing Kit in a jar for that crafty friend, a Brownie Making kit with a recipe attached for the food lover, a Memory Jar filled with photos and mementos for your oldest friend, or cram it full of sweets and treats for, well, anyone!
Shop local, Shop ethical
Get off the high street and support independent brands by shopping locally and ethically. Here are just a few places around Edinburgh that we love!