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When you come to visit us in Edinburgh you'll be amazed by the large number of gift shops offering a wide-range of Scottish goods.
However, you'll soon find that most of the standard gift shops sell the same familiar and rather predictable products. For those looking for a truly original and eye-catching gift for a friend or loved one, the search can soon become frustrating.
But help is at hand...
To help you find something that's affordable, easy-to-take-home, and unique, I've put together 5 Edinburgh Gift Ideas For Visitors.
- If your friend or family member is a fan of rugby then try and head along to First XV, the city's popular rugby shop. The shop can be found at 6/8 Haymarket Terrace (EH12 5JZ - 0131 337 4746) and offers up loads of original and official rugby kit from the national and district teams. Rugby is Edinburgh's most popular sport and at this store you'll find great clothing and accessory ideas that your friends back home will actually be delighted to receive and use over again.
- Do you have a friend who has everything? Then get them something quirky and unique that they certainly won't have, yet. How about an Edinburgh Paper Lantern from the Present Boutique at 18 St Mary's Street (EH1 1SU - 0131 556 5050)? The creative bunch behind this store revel in finding elegant and striking gifts for shoppers looking for something very different. Here's you're bound to something very interesting that will fit safely into your hand luggage.
- It's purely academic. If you're looking for an impressive gift that people will actually proudly use then head along to the University of Edinburgh's very own shop (6 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL). Here you'll find an array of clothing, stationery, jewellery, books and loads more, all emblazoned with the proud crest of our city's oldest University. Take home a stylish and affordable Edinburgh gift.
- Edinburgh is a haven for artists from around the world, and has been for centuries. Millions of people come to Edinburgh to enjoy the many galleries and art festivals. So why not take a piece of local art home with you? A great place to start delving is at The Red Door Gallery in the Old Town (42 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW - 0131 477 3255), here you'll find a wide array of affordable art, with screen, giclee and digital art prints among the many gorgeous items on offer. And, by the way, Victoria Street is one of the prettiest streets in Edinburgh and worth visiting in its own right - plus there are loads more cool gift shops available in the area if art is not the thing you buy.
- If you're looking for a traditional Scottish gift but with a twist then take a look at the stunning items that are available at 21st Century Kilts. Whereas the gift shops on the Royal Mile may offer kilt tea towels, you'll only find the most stylish of Highlandwear at the store on 48 Thistle Street (EH2 1EN). These bespoke kilts are the choice of film stars and rock musicians who want only the finest in attire.
I hope you find my list of Edinburgh Gift Ideas useful and inspiring. Have a great time here in Edinburgh and have a very safe journey home.
Below I have put together 11 Things To Do In Edinburgh Today!
- Take a look around Edinburgh Zoo - it's open 365 days of the year. Remember to book online before visiting to see the Giant Pandas.
- Tour Edinburgh Castle - this one was probably already on your list, if not, out it on. Edinburgh Castle is only closed on 25th & 26th December and the 1st of January.
- Walk up Arthur's Seat - you can do this any day of the year. Just take care and don't try it if the weather's bad. Remember your camera for all the stunning views.
- If the weather is a bit drab then head indoors to the Camera Obscura for some mind-bending fun.
- See how tartan and kilts are made at the Weaving Mill next to Edinburgh Castle. This is free!
- Do some boutique shopping, boutique eating and boutique drinking on fashionable Thistle Street in the New Town.
- Listen to some live Scottish music every night of the year and try a dram of whisky at the same time at the Whiski Bar.
- Enjoy afternoon tea in one of Edinburgh's top hotels.
- Discover more about Mother Earth at Edinburgh's fab science centre called Dynamic Earth.
- Take a dip in the brand new Commonwealth Swimming Pool - or The Commie as we locals refer to it.
- Take a walk, jog, run or bike along the beautiful Water of Leith from Balerno to Leith.
Yay, Christmas! And never is there a better time to have good old rummage around and see what statistics we can find that'll give us and you a bit of insight in to festive activities around the UK! Which is exactly what we've done...
We delved and scrabbled about like a six year old under a Christmas tree to see how our own jolly practices and traditions compare to that of the nation. With this infographic you'll be able to do exactly the same. For example, maybe you're among the 1% of people who don't open their pressies until the big day has been and gone! Yes, it's true. There are people out there who have that much will power!
How about your consumption of all that good food and booze? Does it stack up next to the national average or are you shovelling down too many Brussels sprouts? Come on you know you are! Find out what the UK makes of Christmas with this festive infographic.
The Edinburgh hotel market changes quickly, new serviced apartments open up every month, and cheap hotels are transformed into stylish budget accommodation at as fast a rate. 2015 looks to be a very exciting year for Edinburgh, with the summer festivals being enlarged and extended to host more venues, shows and audiences.
You may already be aware of some of the superb cheap hotels Edinburgh has to offer - there are loads of them, you'll be delighted to hear - but I wanted to bring to your attention, bargain hunters, a few of the recent and upcoming hotel developments coming to this fine city.
These 5 hotels I've highlighted below offer great-value-for-money as well as offering guests a stylish and elegant experience. Anyway, let's crack on with my 5 New Cheap Hotels Edinburgh For 2015 (in no particular order).
- Stay Central Hotel on Edinburgh's Cowgate is a newly refurbished property, with a smart cool youth feel to it. Great bargains by had hear for groups by reserving one or more of the hotel's 6-bed rooms. The hotel is right at the centre of Edinburgh's vibrant nightlife, and has its own busy bar and budget restaurant. The hotel has put a quirky twist on things, with characterful rooms and interesting fitness offerings (urban gym and cycle tours). Get in now before the word gets out to the rest of the world and their mother.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre - this was the old Point Hotel which had seen better days, but now it has been transformed into the very nice and very affordable DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre (quite a mouthful but certainly worth taking a look at for great room rates). The hotel is very central, as the name suggests, and is only a short walk from the Edinburgh Exhibition Centre - some of the rooms and suites have views of Edinburgh Castle. The hotel boasts its own Brasserie and entertaining bar (there's also a gym to burn off all the excess from the restaurant and bar). This hotel is guaranteed to be a rip-roaring success in 2015, get some of the bargain action and get it booked.
- Ocean Hostel - if you haven't explored Leith yet then take a look at the supremely cheap Ocean Hostel for a cheap stay. For thos of you who don't know, Leith is a town to the east of Edinburgh. The place of leith is a bit rough around the edges but the nightlife is great, with proper pubs and some of the finest restaurants in the Western hemisphere - I joke you not, just check out the Michelin starred restaurants down by the Shore area of Leith. The hostel itself is bright, basic and clean.
- Cloudberry Apartment - this property offers a truly unique stay as its the only one available on this site. The site is in the lovely Prestonfield corner of Edinburgh, in the south side of the city. Inside this 4-star Victorian property you can enjoy free WiFi throughout and a car parkave you a wee fortune in Edinburgh. the 2-bed apartment sleeeps 1- 4 people with the option of an extra bed for a fifth person. By staying here you're only a mile from the Royal Mile and a short stroll to Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park. Oh, and just across the road is the new refurbished Royal Commonwealth Swimming Pool, which is great for kiddies (there's a soft-play too).
- Fettes Apartments - just north of Edinburgh city you'll find the very affordable and very fun Fettes Apartments. They are, of course, just a short way from the famous Fettes School. The property I'm suggesting you look at is an elegant modern townhouse, which has its own roof garden - ideal for those long summer nights and for looking out at the gorgeous Edinburgh skyline. The house is an ideal base for families or groups with two double bedrooms, one bedroom with two single beds and three luxurious bathrooms. The accommodation provides luxurious surroundings and lots of technology for your tech-minded guests. Free on-site parking is available which will save you a good whack of change - lov
To be sure of getting the very best room deal in these cool and budget hotels, make sure to use our search tool (see above). Our search technology compares bargain room rates across 100s of travel websites all at once so that you're guaranteed the lowest online rate. Please try us today. Jill, xxxx.
Are you planning a visit to Edinburgh for New Year's Eve (or Hogmanay as we call it locally) 2015? If so, now is the time to book your accommodation!
Edinburgh's Hogmanay, the biggest street party in the world, runs for 3 whole days from the 30th December 2014 to the 1st January 2015.
Tip: Most hotels and apartments in Edinburgh require a 3 or 4 minimum night stay over New Year's Eve so please keep this in mind when planning travel.
Tip: Lothian buses run bus services from the city centre after midnight on Hogmanay.
Tip: To buy official tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2015 click here.