Once December hits, it kind of feels like we’re on the fast train to Christmas Day! It always seems to sneak up on us and it’s a little frantic making sure we have just the right gifts for our nearest and dearest.

This year, we’re making it our goal to shop with as many small local independents as possible. With so much to choose from behind our Red Doors, we really do cater for all the family and of course its our first stop for Christmas Shopping.

ashley's gift guide, staff picks, christmas gift guide, shelflifeHere are some of my (Ashley’s) favourite picks from the Gallery this year.

It’s always nice to receive a hand-made gift, and this year I’ll be treating some of my friends and family to our SodaKitsch Lunch Bags. A versatile little bag it can be used for Lunch, Tools, Make up, Toiletries the list is endless really, It’s not only made here in Scotland, all materials are sourced from the UK too 🙂

lunch bag, soda kitsch, outdoors, picnics

Perfect for the Crazy Cat Lady amongst you. We love this new arrival from Charlotte Farmer. A beautiful limited edition screen print combing my two favourite things, Cats and Bright Neon Colours.

cat on cushion, cats, catitude, cushions, screen print, charlotte farmerCat on a cushion (Because he’s too goof for a mere mat)

We love the tradition of Gifting Christmas Decorations. It’s alway nice to look back on them when you unpack your Christmas Tree each year. We love the new addition to Hello Sunshine’s Christmas Decorations this year.

Christmas Tree, Car, Christmas Decs, Decoration, Acrylic, Wood, Christmas TreeA cute little VW carrying it’s Christmas Tree Home.

We all recognise this feeling, making it the perfect gift for most people on our Christmas list. This ever popular Gemma Correll design doesn’t hang around for long on our shelves. Get it quick!

nope mug, gemma correll, can't be bothered, fed up

A personal favourite and one I’ll definitely be gifting this year after so many admirers. These bold, graphic necklaces from the talented Monstrous Pencil will definitely put a smile on their faces. 🙂

bead necklaces, chalk stick, monstrous pencil

A beautiful Screen Print from Local Artist Susie Wright is sure to gain you some extra brownie points. We’ve all been lusting after this gorgeous Duck print for quite some time. There aren’t many left in the edition now. Act quick before it’s gone.

Duck, screen print, susie wright, limited editionWouldn’t you love to see this under the Christmas Tree?

If you’re looking for some edible treats to go with your Christmas Gifts this year. Check out the local Cheesemonger Mellis CheeseDemijohn for some local spirits and oils and Mary’s Milk Bar for some amazing Chocolates. The Greater Grassmarket has so much to offer.

melees cheese, shop local, on our street, victoria street, greater grassmarket

Make Christmas Shopping an enjoyable one! See my full Christmas Gift Guides here.