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!

 

Take 5 Indie Brooches…

5 Indie Brooches

Discovering new, exciting artists and companies is one of my favourite ways to spend time – it was one of the things that initially encouraged me to start blogging. And as most of you will know by now, if I find something really special I love to shout it from the rooftops!

Over the last month or two, I’ve been lucky enough to receive some ace jewellery by independent designers. Some of them were Christmas presents and others were kindly gifted by the companies themselves – but the one thing they all have in common? They are all brooches! Most of the makers are also completely new-to-me, which is even better.

While we’re on the subject: dontcha just love brooches? They can pep up the most tired lapels and I always think that adding a kitsch or vintage brooch is an instant outfit update.

Today I’d love to take these 5 indie brooches and share them (and their designers!) with you…

1. Pop Tart with Sprinkles brooch by ClaireyLou Creations. This cutie is super soft like a teeny tiny plush toy and is sprinkled with sparkly beads. I am a huge fan of Pop Tarts so having a miniature felt one to pin on my glittery cardigan makes me very happy! I’ll be checking out more of ClaireyLou Creations’ kawaii treats over on Etsy!

2. Koala Head brooch by James Brown for Lucie Ellen. When these two London-based artists collaborated, the result was nothing less than adorable! I love the oversized dimensions of this brooch, along with the bold colour and clean lines. The rest of this mini-collection features a yak, an owl and a fox – the perfect excuse to style your own menagerie on your coat…

3. Girl Talk brooch by Love Me Tender London. Do you remember that board game, Dream Phone? This sparkly brooch from Love Me Tender London’s Girl Talk collection reminds me of giggly conversations, sleepovers and eating sherbet with my BFFs. The company describe the collection as “the love child of Edie Sedgwick and Katy Perry” – I love it! I’m looking forward to seeing what these ladies come up with next.

4. Kitsch Kitten brooch by Miss Ella. When I unwrapped this sassy little wooden cat, I was squealing with delight! Designed with a victory roll, a headscarf and an “uh-uh, girl!” look, it’s the perfect pin for any girl gang to have on their leather jacket! Me-ow!

5. I Heart Mom Tattoo brooch by Vivid Please. Anything tattoo-inspired is going to get the thumbs up from me and this piece just screams quiffs, motorcycle rides and Elvis records. I’m going to wear mine on a denim shirt for a rockabilly-inspired look.

Are any of your favourite indie jewellery designers included in the brooches I’ve featured? Or are there any that you’d like to recommend I check out? Be sure to let me know!

Love, sprinkles and a permanently well-dressed lapel,

Miss West End Girl x