So next up in my Shop Scottish Gift Guide, after yesterday’s guide to Christmas shopping in Glasgow, is a selection of my favourite fashion, beauty and accessories businesses. Scotland is renowned for its textiles, so it’s no wonder that we have some incredible emerging fashion brands creeping onto the scene. I like to think that I’ve pulled together a pretty good selection of small businesses to buy from this Christmas, but in all honesty, I’ve barely scratched the surface. There are so many amazing independent makers around in Scotland, but here are just a few of my favourites…
I couldn’t put together a Scottish focused gift guide without mentioning the incredible Bonnie Bling. With an impressive range of acrylic jewellery and accessories all made in Scotland (from lasers!), you’ll easily find something to capture the true Scottish spirit in Mhairi’s range. It’s all about fusing Scottish culture – old and new – to create bold acrylic pieces that are sure to gain a giggle or two. You can shop Bonnie Bling online, at The Hidden Lane or on the Sunday of Etsy Made Local in Glasgow. You won’t regret it!
Beth Lamont is an Edinburgh-based ceramic jewellery designer, bringing little splashes of colour to outfits with a clean, crisp style. Her work is absolutely stunning and makes a clear statement without being too overwhelming on the eye, which I absolutely love. I think she has a brilliant eye for colour, and her work is well worth checking out for something a little bit different to the usual high street fare.
As soon as I saw Scarlett Erskine Jewellery‘s work I fell in love with her use of texture to create stunning pieces of jewellery that are unlike anything else I’ve seen. Scarlett is an award-winning jeweller, and when you look at her pieces you can see why. She’s inspired by the skin, and creates her jewellery to feel as if its an extension of the wearer’s own skin. Scarlett also offers a variety of jewellery making workshops which would make a brilliant gift experience!
Half Stitch Embroidery is an ethical feminist brand, specialising in, you guessed it, embroidery. On their Etsy store, you’ll find the best collection of empowering t-shirts, patches, badges and embroidery hoops – full of sass and real talk. Who doesn’t want a cat-licking-butt tee in their life, I mean really?
Similarly, Grlclb is a Glasgow based t-shirt company who I could never explain any better than they already have. Seriously, go read their about page. Then go buy a kick-ass t-shirt. I’m planning on buying myself this “Going through stuff, growing through stuff” tee, because I don’t think any t-shirt has ever explained my life more accurately.
What I love about Textiles by April is her unique eye for pattern, drawing inspiration from Scottish geology and using her digital photography and design skills to create stunning designs. April has even been cited by Gok Wan as a designer to watch out for! I’m kind of obsessed with her use of texture and pattern to create eye-catching pieces that will capture your interest at first sight.
Whilst still fashion related, Sew Confident, is more about taking the DIY approach, instead. I think learning a new skill is massively valuable, and although I’m yet to master the ways of the sewing machine (yet another painful reminder of my failed fashion student days…) I love the idea of their masterclasses. Sew Confident is all about combatting busy lifestyles by learning a new hobby to help you destress and make some new pals, too. They have a variety of classes running in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen – find out more here.
Lake and Loch was born in Glasgow, inspired by Scottish cities and the countryside that surrounds them. Here, you’ll find beautiful scarves and blankets, alongside unique beanies dedicated to Glasgow’s many vibrant neighbourhoods. There isn’t one for my area yet, or else I’d be all over them! Maybe when I eventually move closer to town… In the meantime, the blankets are undoubtedly up my 22-year-old-grandma street.
If contemporary jewellery is your thing, then you definitely need to check out Marion Made Jewellery. I first discovered them on Instagram, and I’m kind of obsessed. If the stacking rings came in rose gold, I’d be ordering them in a heartbeat! Marion Made is based in Glasgow and offers a stunning range of fashion-forward, feminine jewellery inspired by shapes, patterns and texture. I like texture a lot, have you noticed?
If you, or your beloved, is bespectacled like me – or even just likes a good pair of sunnies – then Iolla is definitely one to check out this Christmas. It can be so difficult to find unique glasses that are still affordable, but Iolla ticks both of those boxes. If you aren’t clued up on what your recipient quite wants, you can grab a gift voucher for them instead!
Lucky Cloud first came into my life last year (check out my review here) and I’ve loved watching them go from strength to strength over the past 12 months. This Edinburgh-based vegan skincare company handmake all of their beautiful products in small batches with the best hand-picked ingredients to ensure the highest quality – and it shows. The founder, Lucy Cardwell, started her journey by making lip balms in her kitchen, but her experiences with dry skin led her on to test out body products too, and the range has since blossomed to include a selection of face and body products. You can grab their amazing range in handy gift sets too, which is perfect for treating people to this Christmas. Or yourself, I won’t judge.
Sara Hill Makeup is a bit of a cult favourite in the Scottish beauty scene, and it’s obvious why. Sara is on a quest to shake up the makeup industry, with bold colours and plenty of glitter. Shopping small when it comes to makeup can be slightly worrying, but Sara Hill products are of stupendous quality and are cruelty-free, too. I wear the Prosecco eyeshadow as my base most days, but I think it’s about time that I add some more to my collection too.
If fancy soaps are your jam, then Twa Burds Soaps is one for the shopping list this year. With an incredible range of artisan soaps, bath products, candles and even body lotion and beard care – Twa Burds Soaps has you covered for your smelly stuff. I was sold as soon as I saw the Parma Violets Epsom Salts! They’ve also got some super cute bath bombs if you fancy something a little bit different from the usual Lush gift box, as well as a whopping 3kg bath bomb with surprise toys! So cute.
I was first introduced to Beauty Kitchen at a blogging event four or so years ago, and just had to include them in this roundup. Again, based in my home of Glasgow, Beauty Kitchen create thoughtful, natural beauty products that actually work. Their beautiful products are incredible value for money and offer something for every skin type – you can even buy make-your-own kits! As well as their products, they also offer workshops in their Glasgow headquarters.