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We can finally talk about Christmas! The Dome’s columns will twinkle, Glühwein will flow freely and screams of terror will fill Princes Street as The Starflyer spins uncomfortably close to The Scott Monument. Christmastime in Edinburgh somehow makes the city even more enchanting – that’s right, the city that helped inspire J.K. Rowling becomes even more magical. So, with Christmas just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some Edinburgh Christmas gift ideas perfect for that special somebody.
Our Christmas gift guide will focus on presents with a strong Edinburgh connection, some may only be available (or redeemable) in Edinburgh – but there’s no harm paying us a visit if you don’t live here.
Who says Christmas gifts need to go under the tree? Why not fill a few with gin and use them as decorations. Last year, Pickering’s Gin created their innovative Gin Baubles, which sold out faster than it takes to pour a gin and tonic. This year, Pickering’s have brought their gin baubles back, there’s no chance of selling out in 82 seconds – this year Pickering’s have produced 1 Million Baubles (insert Austin Powers reference here).
Give somebody the gift of life skills and reap the benefits yourself when they come home with treats and a passion to feed you in the winter months. Edinburgh New Town Cookery School’s diverse range of courses offers something for every level of ability, from chefs to homemakers and students to food enthusiasts. A practical, professional approach will give students the skills to cook with confidence.
Cookery courses available at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.
There’s nothing more exciting than looking forward to a special meal. We’ve given each other gift vouchers for tasting menus at some of Edinburgh’s best restaurants each year and they’ve always gone down an absolute treat. We thought long and hard about which restaurant to recommend when pulling together our Edinburgh Christmas gift guide, but in the end, it was quite simple, go to Aizle (rhymes with Hazel).
A 5-course menu is £45 (plus £35 with paired drinks), which is pretty reasonable for an unforgettable meal. Obviously, you’ll need two vouchers – fingers crossed you get to use the other one.
Why not get high for Christmas and see Edinburgh from above? If you thought the city was stunning on foot, you’ll be amazed to see what it’s like to soar over the iconic landmarks in a helicopter. We did it a couple of years ago and loved every second of it. Gaining a new perspective on Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat were particularly special, as was the obligatory “Look! We can see our house from here moment”.
Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen is Scotland’s first brew-it yourself facility. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for a beer enthusiast or somebody who would like to learn more about the brewing process. Whilst you devise your own craft beer creation you’ll sample some of Stewart Brewing’s beers and play ping pong during your breaks. You’ll come up with your own recipe (don’t worry, expert help is on hand), design your own label (think long and hard about a good name) and revisit the brewery once your beer is ready to bottle and label your creation.
|40 Litre all bottled (around 72 x 500ml bottles)||£185|
|80 Litre split bottle and cask (around 72 x 500ml bottles + 41L Cask)||£220|
|80 Litre all bottled (around 144 x 500ml bottles)||£240|
For more info, visit https://www.stewartbrewing.co.uk/craft-beer-kitchen
If you’re looking for a Christmas present with a difference for the adventurous whisky fan, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has launched a new range of membership packages, which can be tailored with optional extras.
The Society is the world’s leading whisky club with a community of more than 26,000 malt-loving members around the world. The club, which was started by a group of friends in Edinburgh in 1983, specialises in single cask whisky and takes a unique approach to whisky by celebrating the flavours in the bottle through 12 unique flavour profiles.
The new membership packages are:
More info at: www.smws.com/whisky-club-
A cookbook is always a pretty safe bet for Christmas, even if the recipes never get made you can be sure they’ll be read. Our favourite recipe book with an Edinburgh angle has to be Perceptions by Mark Greenaway. I’ll be honest, we’ve not quite got round to making any of the recipes in this book, but we do love flicking through and marvelling at Mark’s creations – this is as close to art as food will ever get.
We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas in Edinburgh (and the rest of the world) when it comes. If you have any recommendations for Edinburgh Christmas gifts, leave a comment below, we’d love to hear them!