The festive season is nearly upon us, and that means only one thing: Christmas shopping! Whether you are a vegan looking to tick some final things off your list, or you’re searching for something for the vegan in your life, there are plenty of places in Edinburgh to pick up a great gift or two.
Read on to get some Christmas inspiration…
GrassRoots Health Ltd
20 Lochrin Buildings, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh EH3 9NB
You may already know GrassRoots as that fab little café in Bruntsfield that has doughnuts, pies, cakes and raw treats – but they also have a great selection of bags and accessories that would make great Christmas gifts. They stock a range of products from Corkor, made from eco-friendly cork and a durable alternative to leather. Perfect for a special gift.
7A Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EY
Hotel Chocolat has claimed that their dark chocolate is vegan-friendly for quite some time, however it’s great to see such a broad range of dark chocolate Christmas goodies this year – all clearly marked as suitable for vegans! Gifts include dark chocolate reindeer, chilli chocolate penguins, advent calendars and these gorgeous looking dark rare vintage wreaths.
Hotel Chocolat has shops all over the UK, but you can support your local Edinburgh store on Frederick Street in the city centre.
115 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 3AA
Just around the corner on Princes Street, you’ll find another household name that also has a fab vegan range: Lush. Their bath and beauty treats make ideal festive gifts and all their vegan range is clearly marked as such. Choose from bath bombs, bubble bars and sweet smelling festive soaps. And just how cute are these snowmen bubbleroons?
Windsor Place, Portobello EH15 2AJ and Ratcliffe Terrace, Causewayside EH9 1SX
If you’d rather shop local this Christmas, Edinburgh-based food store Earthy also has a nice wee Christmas gift range. As you can see from the pic above, they have chocolate delights from Divine, Cocoa Loco and Vego.
Choose from a mouthwatering selection of dairy-free chocolates to make an ideal stocking filler that both vegan and omnivore chocolate lovers will enjoy!
Online at pacarichocolates.com
While they don’t have a physical store, Edinburgh-based Pacari have a range of chocolates that will satisfy the most discerning chocolate connoisseur. All of their rich dark chocolate flavours are dairy-free by default, so you can have your pick of the entire range.
They have a selection of gift sets and vouchers available, so head over to their website now and order in plenty of time for Christmas!
3-5 Sciennes, Edinburgh EH9 1NH
Staying on the chocolate theme for one more moment… one of Edinburgh’s newest faces, Considerit Chocolate, has confirmed they will be making gift sets of their famous dairy-free chocolates just in time for Christmas.
Pop into their new shop at 3-5 Sciennes and get some festive shopping done while enjoying a fresh doughnut and coffee. Delicious!
Go Vegan Scotland
Online at goveganscotland.com
Want to make a statement this Christmas? Don’t forget that Go Vegan Scotland has a range of merchandise from tops and hats to coffee cups and reusable bags. Every purchase you make will contribute to the grassroots movement of spreading the vegan message locally – so show your support this Christmas and pick up some stocking fillers from their online shop (link above).
Are there any places I’ve missed? Leave your suggestions in the comments below![Cover photo by Ben White]