We Christmas Just like the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year largely because so many great things happen at Christmas. Here is a selection of some fantastic ideas that will help you whether you are looking for that perfect gift, trying to decide where to go for Christmas dinner or just wanting to indulge in some fun festive spirit.


EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP OFFER The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s foremost whisky club. With Members’ Rooms in Edinburgh and London, the Society exclusively bottles single casks from 128 different distilleries for its members. For a limited time, join for £100 and receive a SMWS single cask bottling too. Visit for more details.

CHRISTO'S GLASGOW 595 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 0141 579 0004,

Christo’s is an art gallery where it’s not difficult to discover items of incredible beauty. There are paintings and artworks from Scotland-based artists, individual jewellery pieces, plus a wide range of candles, bags, scarves and greeting cards. Get in touch for private customer views and events.

THE BUTTERCUP DAIRY 459 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 0141 339 8585

The Buttercup Dairy represents a new direction for the folks behind West End stalwart Felix and Oscar. It offers the cold, hungry shopper a sumptuous choice of home-made scones, cookies, cakes and muffins, as well as to-die-for hot chocolate with chilli, lavender or cardamom. Sip one while you browse their great range of cool and interesting gifts.

CIRCAVINTAGE 37 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, 0141 334 6660,

Circavintage Glasgow is one of the best and most well-established vintage shops in Scotland, with nearly 20 years experience in buying and selling quality vintage clothes, accessories and jewellery all available both in-store and online, and now in their new vintage boutique on ASOS Marketplace.

THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART SHOP Mackintosh building, 11 Dalhousie Street, Glasgow, 0141 353 4526, Twitter: @GSAshop

Housed in the world famous Mackintosh building, the GSA Shop showcases contemporary design by staff, students and alumni. From hand thrown ceramics to playful badges and delicate jewellery, you are sure to find that special something. Open 7 days, it’s fast becoming a beacon for design conscious shoppers, with every purchase supporting the School.


639 Great Western Road Glasgow, 0141 341 0687 ONCE UPON A TART 45 King Street, 0141 552 0305

Lupe is your one-stop fashion and gift shop for something that little bit different. They offer seasonal discounts, including a student discount of 20%. They've also opened a brand new kitchen bakehouse, Once Upon A Tart, serving up home baking and cooking as well as speciality teas and coffees.

SPOON CAFÉ BISTRO 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 0131 557 4567

Spoon sprawls like a loft apartment, fancifully furnished and decorated in a joyful jamboree of kitsch. Like the space it inhabits, Spoon’s fare is quality and quirky, characterised by evident effort and impeccable presentation. Now taking bookings for Christmas; three courses for £24.95 are available throughout December 2011. Please book early to avoid disappointment

OOH! RUBY SHOES 117 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, 0131 229 6909,

This festive season at Ooh! Ruby Shoes, enjoy a riotous mix of fabulous new styles, including luxurious shearling and bumper boots, cosy cashmere scarves and wonderful Billi Bi ruby platforms. Gift vouchers are available and you can also shop online at the website above.

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