Diaries at the Ready! Indie Christmas Shopping Events in Glasgow

Christmas shopping events in Glasgow

Earlier this month, you might remember that I shared my visit to The Hidden Lane and a peek into some of the retailers and studios that you can find there. I left with plenty of gift inspiration and I’ve been making a list of some locally-made goodies (and checking it twice!) to spoil my nearest and dearest with!

It’s safe to say that I’m well and truly in the mood to shop now and, with just a few weeks left until Christmas, there are lots of awesome pop-ups, markets and in-store specials going on around town that are just too good to keep to myself.

Diaries at the ready, this is my guide to indie Christmas shopping events in Glasgow…

Etsy Made Local (2nd and 3rd December): Back by popular demand, this yearly market showcases the very best of Scottish Etsy creatives all under one roof at The Briggait. Spread across two days, you’ll find the likes of Bonnie Bling, Nikki McWilliams, Heather Margaret Grace and so much more. Be sure to follow the Glasgow Etsy Team on Instagram for previews of the sellers you can expect to see on both days!

Boutique by Shelter Scotland’s First Birthday (2nd December): Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Boutique by Shelter Scotland opened their doors on Byres Road? It’s great to see an initiative like this thriving in Glasgow! This weekend, the shop is celebrating the festive season AND their first birthday with cake, mince pies and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

Christmas shopping events in Glasgow

Festive Fun at Sunshine No 1 (Sunday 3rd December): There’s a special festive day planned this Sunday at Mount Florida’s cutest gift shop! Shop for Christmas cards and stocking fillers while enjoying mulled wine and mince pies. The fabulous Claire Barclay will also be there drawing pop-up portraits, such a great idea for a present (or a treat for yourself!).

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza at Glad Rags (7th December): The Southside’s most stylish thrift store are throwing a special shopping evening next Thursday with a ton of bargains to be snapped up from 6pm to 9pm! All of their stock will be 3 for 2 and guest crafter Luna Viola Design will also be there with her signature marble effect jewellery. Why not round up your girl gang and make a night of it – The Glad Cafe (next door) is open until midnight…

The Glasgow Markets x Kiehl’s Xmas Pop Up Market (10th December): Both the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market at the Glasgow Independent Market have been a huge hit this year, attracting massive crowds to their monthly events at BAaD. On 10th December a range of the markets’ finest stalls will be popping up at Kiehl’s Buchanan Street with funds being raised for the MTV Staying Alive Charity. There’ll also be a DJ, cocktail bar and giveaways in signature Kiehl’s party spirit!

Hopefully you’ll fancy visiting one (or all!) of these Christmas shopping events in Glasgow over the next few weeks. Whether you love discovering local businesses, supporting good causes or indulging in a bit of holiday cheer, there’s something to suit everyone!


I Found The Hidden Lane – and You Can, Too!

the hidden lane

When people ask me what my favourite thing about Glasgow is (and it happens frequently!), I always say this: Glasgow is never boring. There’s always something exciting and unique, just waiting to be discovered – and, last weekend, I found that The Hidden Lane is the perfect example of that.

the hidden lane

If you’ve never heard of The Hidden Lane, let me bring you up to speed! Tucked behind the main streets of Finnieston, this hub of creativity is home to over 100 (!) independent businesses. Artists, shops, cafes, workshops and more occupy the brightly coloured buildings and quirky studio spaces.

But when there’s so much happening in the one place, where do you even begin? You call in the experts! For us, that was Mhairi, the fabulous ladyboss behind Bonnie Bling, who very kindly invited us along for a tour of the lane.

the hidden lane

We started with hot drinks and festive themed treats at The Hidden Lane Tearoom (the chocolate ganache was to die for!) before hitting the cobbles and checking out the curiosities and treasures at Tart’s antique store. They had a VINTAGE DISNEY POSTER in Spanish, you guys. We left and headed over to the super adorable Uptown Squirrel designs just in time – and my bank balance remained intact.

the hidden lane

As well as visiting some awesome stores (such as Decadent Riot, Cloud Nine Candles and Studio Number One), we also got a peek into some of the studios where the design magic happens. No room was off-limits! It was almost like an episode of Cribs – in fact, the only thing missing was Mariah Carey working out in a pair of ridiculous heels…


the hidden lane

Seeing the Bonnie Bling HQ with pieces of iconic Scottish jewellery coming hot off the laser cutter was a huge highlight (you know my love for the Bling goes way back!), as was getting a decorative bauble demo from Libby Walker in her bright studio.

the hidden lane

Visiting Vanilla Ink’s metal workshop space was a lot of fun, and I even had a go at making my own keyring! Gary took a sharp breath and stepped back when I was handed the hammer – and I think he was as surprised as me to see that I managed to come away with one keyring and zero injuries. Maybe I’m good with a hammer? Am I Thor now?

the hidden lane

After a few more visits, we finished up the tour at New Hellfire Club record store, before hitting Lean Factory for some lunch and fruit smoothies. Lean Factory is a fairly new addition to The Hidden Lane, and their pastel coloured cafe is the perfect place for a pit stop!

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Fancy exploring The Hidden Lane yourself? Get your diary ready…

On Saturday 25th November, The Hidden Lane are throwing a festive daytime event to launch their Hidden Christmas shopping extravaganza. There’ll be over 20 open shops and studios to explore, competitions, sweet treats, pop-ups, live music and you can even have a go at making your own keyring at Vanilla Ink.

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The fun starts at 12pm – though if you want to go along a little early to get a cuppa at the Hidden Lane Tearoom I fully support that plan!

Over the course of December, The Hidden Lane’s retailers will also be revealing special offers on their social media advent calendar – so keep your eyes peeled to @hiddenlanefinnieston on Instagram for more details…

Whether you fancy getting a start on your Christmas shopping, or want to discover some amazing local businesses and creatives, The Hidden Lane is the perfect place to start!

2016 Lifestyle Gifts for Foodies, Homebodies & Magpies

2016 lifestyle gifts

Can you guys believe that there’s 2 weeks to go until Christmas? If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, don’t sweat it – I’m here with the third edition of my gift guide to give you a helping hand! And if you haven’t caught up with my previous two instalments, you can read up on the best makeup sets here, and catch my bath, body and beyond extravaganza here.

Today, I’m sharing some of the finest 2016 lifestyle gifts for the foodies, homebodies and magpies in our lives. If you know someone who loves to get creative in the kitchen, fill their home with stylish pieces or just can’t say no to a statement accessory (ahem! Guilty as charged), then read on…

2016 lifestyle gifts

Smoked Diamonds Candle from Shearer Candles

Shearer Candles have so many scents to choose from that it can be difficult to pick just one out! What I love about this Smoked Diamonds candle is that not only does it smell AMAZING, but the mirrored packaging is also stunning – making it a great stocking filler for anyone that has moved home lately, or simply likes to have something pretty to keep on their desk.

Smoked Diamonds’ scent is described as a ‘blend of playful florals, sensual musks and sweet cocoa’ and is part of the latest collection from Shearer Candles, who make all of their products here in Glasgow. You can pick up the small (£10) or larger version (£15) of Smoked Diamonds online or in store.

2016 lifestyle gifts

Tatty Devine Home 

When Tatty Devine release something new, you better believe that I sit up and pay attention – but when one of my favourite jewellery brands announced that they were launching a line of accessories and homeware? Well, let’s just say that I was very excited!

Expect bold and playful designs in bright colours and even a sprinkling of glitter. What’s also awesome about the collection is how affordable it is, with prices ranging between £9.99 and £29.99, making the pieces ideal for treating your girl gang. This Soda Pop coin purse (£14.99) is guaranteed to make looking for loose change much more fun! Find out more online.

2016 lifestyle gifts

Frosty Garland & Yum Yum Club at Ulster Weavers 

Know someone who is the ultimate domestic goddess? Show your hostess with the mostess some love with the festive Frosty Garland range from Ulster Weavers. The bold robin and wreath designs on items such as tea towels, aprons and oven gloves are in vivid shades of blue and fuchsia – guaranteed to bring a touch of festive cheer to any kitchen.

Also at Ulster Weavers this season are Santa’s Cookie Jars by the Yum Yum Club. These are packed with almost everything needed (minus an egg and some butter) to make some baked delights, including a handy recipe. All of the ingredients have already been measured, making this an ideal gift if you know anyone who bakes with little ones. Explore Ulster Weavers’ winter wonderland here.

2016 lifestyle gifts

Bold, Fun Timepieces by Swatch 

If you were a child of the eighties or nineties, it’s likely that you will have grown up with the Swiss-designed Swatch Watches. Now, more than 30 years after the brand was born, they are still drawing inspiration from art and fashion to create their colourful collections.

From 1980s electro pop nostalgia, to more luxurious metal bracelet designs, there are seemingly endless pieces to choose from – making this a one-stop shop for gift inspiration when it comes to your most fashion-forward friends. Prices start at £32 and you can shop all current Swatch watches online, as well as visiting your local store.

2016 lifestyle gifts

I hope you’ve been enjoying my 2016 gift guides so far – I sure have loved sharing them. Would you be tempted to keep any of these picks for yourself? And be sure to let me know what else you’ve been popping in your shopping basket this season!