Once Halloween is over and the pyrotechnic displays of Guy Fawkes has come and gone, the growing threat of last minute Christmas shopping becomes an ever-present end-of-year reality. For many looking to get a jump-start on Christmas shopping in Edinburgh, the road to early Christmas shopping is paved with good intentions. But before you know it, November has come and gone and you’re stuck shoulder-barging your way through hundreds of retail outlets in an attempt to find anything to pass off as this year’s presents. To help you navigate last-minute Christmas shopping in Edinburgh, we’ve put together everything you need to know about reining in the retail sector this festive season.
Get Smart on Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh
First things first, get smart on Christmas shopping in Edinburgh. From High Street fashion and mainstream malls, to craft markets and re-gifting solutions, decide on a Christmas shopping strategy early and stick to it. Whether you decide to shop online, offline or from the back of your cupboard, a shopping strategy will help take the last-minute Christmas shopping edge off.
Christmas Shopping Street Smarts
Next, make the most of High Street fashion by hitting the high streets of Edinburgh. Home to flagship stores like Debenhams, Frasers, Zara, Primark, M&S and the historic Jenners, Princess Street’s High Street Fashion walk is not unlike a busy shopping mall on pay day. If Princess Street sounds like a retail headache waiting to happen, make your way along Edinburgh’s chic fashion hub on George Street, or enjoy luxury shopping on Multrees Walk. With a range of boutique stores, traditional retail outlets and fashionable hideouts, Christmas shopping in Edinburgh is a festive treat.
Put Christmas on the Market
If you’re looking for unique, quirky gifts and High Street fashion isn’t your style, make the most of traditional Scottish wares at the European and Scottish Christmas markets from the 20th of November until the 4th of January. The traditional, romantic European Christmas market is a long-standing Christmas in Edinburgh tradition. Stretching from the Mound, along East Princess Street Gardens and around the Scott Monument, its many crafters, artists and gift shops offers a unique Christmas shopping in Edinburgh experience.
Make a Weekend Of It
For some stunningly stylish retail therapy, hit the shop floor running with a Christmas Shopping Break from Parliament House Hotel. Cram all your Christmas shopping in Edinburgh into a two-night shopping break. From the 1st of December until the 22nd of December, you can enjoy a two-night stay in one of our double or twin sharing rooms, bubble Afternoon Tea at Eteaket, a Full Scottish Breakfast and a complementary dinner on the first night of your stay to help you work up a Christmas shopping appetite.