Hello lovelies. In general, I love shopping locally and I try to shop with local independent businesses whenever possible. I love buying gifts for people at Christmas and every year I try and buy more gifts from places around my area. I live in Dundee, Scotland and here is my Dundee Independent Business Christmas Shopping Guide.
It’s now well into November so we are allowed to talk about Christmas, but to be honest I have been talking about it since summer! This year is a big family Christmas at my mum’s house and me and my mum are planning big things! I can’t say too much as most of it is a surprise for our family but games, dressing up (mostly me), drinks and lovely food awaits and I am so excited.
I am almost finished with my Christmas shopping, I like to get it all done by the end of November so I can enjoy all of the lovely things that December has to offer. Some of my gifts are from these lovely places. Here are 10 of my favourite local places to shop this Christmas in Dundee:
I’m going to start off with my favourite wine in the world. (Technically its not in Dundee but its so close and also amazing) Anyone who knows me will know that I love wine, it is my drink of choice and for me, the sweeter the better. I first tried Cairn O’ Mohr when I was 18, one of my friend’s mum introduced us to it and we really loved it. Now the Raspberry is my favourite and I have an 11 year old bottle of the Strawberry in my cupboard awaiting a special occasion.
Cairn O’ Mohr is located in The Carse of Gowrie and makes “juicy-fruity, berry loaded, blossom scented, leafy layered, award winning country wines”. All I can say is this is the best wine ever; go and buy a bottle right now, except you cant just buy one as its so good you will need 2 or 3… Click here for more information.
The best way to keep memories is in photographs, and Karen Jackson Photography takes the most beautiful images for you to cherish forever.
Karen has a wonderful special offer on this December where you can buy a gift voucher for £25 instead of £50. This includes a photo shoot and a print and can be used for outdoor family shoots, pet shoots or boudoirs. Give the gift of pictures this Christmas. Either buy a shoot for yourself or give it as a gift.
This is my business, I specialise in bridal hair and makeup and I also provide hair and makeup for nights out and special occasions. If you are looking for natural and flawless or ultra glam then get in touch. I also offer make-up lessons, manicures, pedicures and gel nail polish.
This year I am running 12 days of Christmas special offers. There are 12 fantastic special offers that you can buy for yourself or as a Christmas gift including discounts on night out hair and makeup and money off make-up lessons. Click here to find out more about me.
Scarlett Erskine is an award winning Scottish jeweller who creates both wearable and statement pieces. Scarlett’s pieces are elegant and unique with gorgeous texture that makes them so interesting to look at.
Click here to visit her online shop where you will find beautiful and unique gifts and experiences that are amazing as Christmas gifts. My favourite is the design your own ring experience. I have personally had this experience and it is so interesting and fun, plus you have a beautiful ring at the end of it.
Knitting is so in fashion and it is taking over right now. Fluph is Dundee’s very own yarn shop that has everything you need from gorgeous yarn to patterns, to buttons, needles and magazines. It even runs workshops and has friendly knit night sessions.
Fluph is home to the amazing Rusty Ferret yarn which is the most beautifully coloured, hand dyed right here in Dundee by the lovely LJ, and the creative mastermind behind Fluph. click here to learn more.
There isn’t much better than the smell of a real Christmas tree. It just makes your house smell like Christmas! The Tayside Forestry is one of the UK’s leading Christmas Tree Suppliers with different trees on that you can buy, click here to find out what’s on offer.
The Forestry is also home to the Pine Cone Café and Gift Shop, I love this place, I went for the first time a few months ago and I just keep going back. The food and drinks in the café are so tasty, my favourite is the Nutella hot chocolate, it is to die for. Right now the gift shop is filled with the most gorgeous Christmas decorations and gifts, it has everything you need to have a beautiful house this Christmas.
My favourite thing about the Pine Cone Café is The Dog House. This is a purpose built area that welcomes dogs and dog walkers to come and have some tasty treats without having to sit outside. I take my puppy Lady, and her boyfriend Leon joins us. They love it as well. Just look at them.
I love vintage clothing, my favourite is that from the 1920s or 1950s. People were so glamorous back then. Nicely Eclectic offers affordable retro, vintage and contemporary clothing and they really do have some gorgeous pieces.
Nicely Eclectic recently worked on Schemers, Dundee’s first feature film which is set in the late 70s and early 80s, sourcing and supplying clothing from that era and working as part of the team styling the actors and actresses. Have a look at their Facebook page to see the upcoming vintage fayres they will be at.
Quirky Coo is the most gorgeous shop that is filled with unusual and eclectic items that make the perfect gifts. You can welcome the festive spirit to you home by displaying this quirky Santa with wooden base (made from soft wool and wood), or light up your life with these portable night lights.
My favourite has to be the retro street signs. Quriky Coo says, “Our postcode and football signs are one of the most popular items in the shop and make a great quirky gift for football fans or someone with links to the area. If we don’t have the sign you’d like, drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do to get something made up for you.”
Whoever you are shopping for you will find something in this shop. Don’t forget to check out their gorgeous Christmas cards also. They are open 7 days until the 24th of December, so pop in to have a blether with their super friendly staff. For more information click here.
Full of zing provides creative, delicious and vibrant platters/grazing tables that make the perfect gift or catering option for any occasion! They provide fruit & chocolate platters and mixed grazing platters; there’s something for everyone!
They also do festive themed platters and fruity Christmas trees which are the perfect Christmas gift and would look amazing on your Christmas table! Gift vouchers are also available to purchase which make the perfect stocking filler gift. Click here for their website.
The Hair Boutique is a modern and stylish hair salon offering a wide range of hair treatments in Dundee. Laura the owner is a friendly and experienced hair stylist who can create the perfect hair style for you, she is the only person I trust to cut my hair and give me a restyle.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my Dundee Independent Business Christmas Shopping Gift Guide. There are of course so man other wonderful businesses in Dundee that are fantastic, helpful and unique, I couldn’t possibly fit them all in. I would love to here some other local places in Dundee that you love. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought and where else you will be shopping this Christmas.