How to Find Unique Christmas Gifts in Inverness
It’s that time of year again that seems to cause equal amounts of stress and excitement: Christmas! On the one hand, the pretty lights and the prospect of good food and good company is thrilling, but on the other hand, the prospect of Christmas shopping coupled with the dark, cold weather can leave us weary.
We all want to give loved ones presents that are special and that they’ll cherish for a long time. Inverness is full of opportunities to find some unique and meaningful gifts for everyone in your family, which is why in today’s blog post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the places to find gifts for Christmas in Inverness.
We wanted to go beyond the well-known shops found at the Eastgate Shopping Centre and around it in favour of independent boutiques and some more unexpected places to find the perfect present for everyone in your inner circle. Without further ado, here are the best places in Inverness to find unique Christmas presents!
There are a good handful of independent galleries and artisanal shops in Inverness. The Castle Gallery on Castle Street sells paintings as well as art prints and jewellery from local, Scottish and British artists. Meanwhile, the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery shop sells lovely goods ranging from jewellery and Harris Tweed items to handmade toys for the little ones.
For original, handmade prints, visit the Highland Print Studio on Bank Street. This facility offers printing equipment for local artists and showcases their work. They also offer printmaking classes for all ability levels that would make for wonderful gifts for art lovers.
For book lovers, you can find the perfect gift at Leakey’s Secondhand Bookshop. Ranging from books straight from the bestseller lists to antiquarian volumes, this huge shop built inside an old church is home to over 100,000 books, so it’s bound to have something for the bookworm in your life. And for the person who still loves playing vinyl records, find them the perfect gift at Union Vinyl, run by a devoted vinyl fanatic whose mission is to share his passion with the world.
Food & drink gifts
Who wouldn’t love a hamper full of delicious food and maybe even a bottle of their favourite tipple for Christmas? For locally produced goods, pay a visit to Inverness Farmers’ Market – see their Facebook page for details on their next event.
The Food Hall & Deli at Simpsons Garden Centre stocks lovely cheeses, chutneys and preserves, Scottish sweets and biscuits, speciality teas and much more to stuff into your hamper or to use as stocking fillers. They even offer an in-store hamper-making service, with the best of the gourmet goods they offer beautifully presented in a simple basket.
For presents of the liquid variety, you’ve got a lot to choose from in Inverness. The Whisky Shop on Bridge Street sells an impressive selection of whiskies. WoodWinters is another good place to find the perfect whisky or a bottle of fine wine. Alternatively, get in touch with one of the many distilleries near Inverness: a guided tour of a whisky distillery would also make for a great gift for fans of the “water of life”.
Clothes, accessories & homeware
If you’re interested in giving your loved ones some decidedly Scottish gifts, head to the Highland House of Fraser, where you’ll find a selection of kilts, tartan goods and Harris Tweed products. Judith Glue on Bridge Street is another stockist of Harris Tweed items. Apart from these, this sweet little boutique sells Orkney knitwear, ethically-made clothes as well as items from independent Scottish crafters.
The Maggie & Suzi Boutique is another place to find beautiful clothes designed in Scotland that aren’t necessarily in tartan. The shop also has a well-curated collection of preloved items for some extra sustainability points!
And who doesn’t love a good scented candle? Visit the Isle of Skye Candle Company on High Street for scents ranging from beloved classics like rose and lemongrass to uniquely Scottish creations like heather & wild berries and Scots pine. For homewares, jewellery and collectables ranging from antiques to retro to modern stuff, head to The Merchant on Greig Street for one of a kind gifts.
Treat yourself whilst Christmas shopping in Inverness
Inverness is truly beautiful in the festive season, with Christmas lights lit from mid-November onwards lighting the gorgeous old buildings, making the town feel like it belongs inside an idyllic snowglobe. Make a day out of shopping for Christmas gifts by grabbing lunch, dinner or some luxurious afternoon tea at the New Brasserie and rest your weary legs after hitting the shops.
Make a night of Christmas shopping in Inverness
Running around after everyone else during the festive season can be exhausting so make time for yourself and book a shopping stay over! For some extra pampering, book yourself in at the Palace Hotel for a relaxing shopping break with friends. After you’ve found your gifts, you can relax in the spa or enjoy a delicious dinner before getting a good night’s sleep in one of our sleek and modern rooms.
And don’t forget that gifting your loved one a relaxing break at the Palace Hotel would also make for an excellent Christmas gift! With a range of seasonal and themed minibreaks available on our Special Offers page, there’s something for everyone. Have a look at our Christmas Gift Vouchers page, call us on 01463 22 32 43 or email us for more information.