Five of the quirkiest independent gift shops in Edinburgh
Life Story Edinburgh

Whether you’re looking for quirky bespoke jewellery or unique home accessories, there’s no shortage of independent shops in Edinburgh to choose from.

Here, the Edinburgh-based team at Jewellery Scotland name five hidden gems around the city that may have slipped under your radar.

Lilies and Dreams

Go here for: Unique, trendy handbags and accessories of all sorts

Beginning with just handbags, this shop founded in 2008 has since expanded to include a whole range of accessories, from jewellery to a few shoe styles. Created to fill a need for unique pieces that couldn’t be found just anywhere, Lilies and Dreams is a great choice when searching for that perfect gift for the on-trend mum who appreciates cute motifs and bold colours.

12 St. Stephen Street, Stockbridge, liliesanddreams.co.uk/about-us

Life Story

Go here for: Beautiful Scandinavian-esque home goods, stationary, and art

Life Story is for the mum with a clean, minimalist style. Although they carry a range of products from many different designers, their main focus is on Scandinavian design, characterised by its functional beauty. With a great selection of surprisingly affordable home wares, this a wonderful stop for understated yet lovely Mother’s Day gifts.

53 London Street, Edinburgh, lifestoryshop.com

The Dragonfly Gifts

Go here for: Super quirky gifts with a retro edge

Dragonfly Gifts is perhaps one of our favourite entries on this list. The shop has a collection of the most unique pieces, carefully curated by owner Louise Nichol. From vintage alarm clocks to handmade beaded earrings, this place will definitely have something to please those mums with a decidedly funky taste in fashion and décor.

111A Broughton Street, Edinburgh, thedragonflygifts.co.uk

Flux

Go here for: An incredible range of unique items you never knew you needed

This hidden treasure actually has two locations, one in Leith and another on High Street in Dunbar. Both shops are packed to bursting with quirky stationary, gifts and trinkets. If you’re truly stumped on what to get her this Mother’s Day, Flux even offers a bespoke shopping service to take the pressure off.

55 Bernard Street, Leith and 80 High Street, Dunbar, get2flux.co.uk

Concrete Wardrobe

Go here for: A one-stop shop for crafts created by Scotland-based designers

Established in 2000, Concrete Wardrobe has become the destination for unique, handcrafted gifts. Here you’ll find beautiful handmade pieces, from accessories to ceramics, all with strong ties to Scotland. Founded by Fiona McIntosh and James Donald, both crafters themselves, this place is a must-stop on your Mother’s Day search.

50A Broughton Street, Edinburgh, concretewardrobe.com

When they’re not hunting down rare bracelets, necklaces and rings from the Orkney Islands, the Jewellery of Scotland team love to connect with the many incredibly creative people who call Scotland home – visit their site for more information.

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