Glasgow

Local Gifts

10 Jul 2019
Presenting your loved ones with gifts and seeing their surprised and happy faces is one of the most rewarding things. However, the process of finding those gifts can be more than a little stressful. Everybody has been there! So here is a guide to help you find some of Glasgow’s most unique places to find gifts. All of these places offer gifts that feature Glasgow, as well as ones that are more generic. And not only will you find some lovely gifts, but you might also get to explore some streets you've never been down before!

Maia Gifts
The gift shop Maia is situated on Bath Street, right in the heart of Glasgow’s busy city centre, and even holds the title of Scotland’s top-rated gift shop and was also awarded the title of Best Independent Retailer in Glasgow in 2019. Its doors were first opened by Soni and Samantha in 2009 after the pair met in India. The shop offers a variety of products for young and old from different brands. They range from cards for every occasion to toys for children, home décor and quirky niknaks. The shop’s uniqueness and its variety are the reasons why customers love the shop and keep coming back to it. From gifts that feature Glasgow to ones that are sustainable, this shop truly has something for everyone! They also have an online shop which you can find here.

Libby Walker
Libby Walker is an artist situated in the South Side in Glasgow and she showcases her art in her studio shop. Her prints are stunning pieces of art and manage to truly capture the vibrancy of Glasgow’s street. Besides prints, you can also find tote bags, greeting cards, mugs, candles and much more. Additionally, you can look up the stories behind the artwork online! She also has an online shop which you can find here.

Love & Squalor
Situated in the West End on Great Western Road, this shop features various unique items, from candles and scrunchies to clothes and baskets. All items are handpicked by the owner Rebecca Coyle and some are even handmade in the store! This ensures the high quality of everything sold and is therefore perfect if you want to give someone something that will stay with them for a long time! Rebecca also offers workshops where you learn how to make, for example, dungarees, trousers, skirts and Breton tops. You can find out more about the shop reading this interview with Love & Squalor owner Rebecca Coyle.

Braw Wee Emporium
Braw Wee Emporium is a gift and music shop. Founded by Jennifer, it has a dedicated and passionate staff of four and it is the shop’s aim to support the creative community. Here you can find books and music, beauty products, food and coffee, as well as cards and stationery, with a lot of these focussing around Glasgow and Scotland. However, if you fancy giving someone a self-made gift, you might want to take a look at the workshop’s the shop offers! You can learn how to make a lampshade or a bottle lamp or learn more about calligraphy. You can also find the shop’s blog on the website which offers, besides others, recommendations and DIY instructions.

Velvet Moon
Velvet Moon was founded by Brenda Wallace and can be found on Argyle Street in Finnieston. It is a shop that you cannot walk by without entering. It sells everything from Italian clothes, jewellery and handbags, to houseware, art by local artists and toys. If you have a nosey around, you will definitely find something!

The Willow Tea Rooms
If you are visiting Glasgow, the Willow Tea Rooms might be on your list already, since they are a must for anyone that admires Charles Rennie Mackintosh! However, besides being able to enjoy homemade goods and tea, you can also go on a little wander and find some gift items, such as jewellery and cards. It will come as no surprise that all of the items here feature Charles Rennie Mackintosh in one way or the other! You can find out more about the selection of gifts here.

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