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Shop local this Christmas

Whilst buying online or rushing around a vast shopping centre might be your go to for gift buying, this Christmas why not consider staying local and supporting independent retailers?

Not only will you be supporting local businesses and communities, but you are likely to find unique hidden gems rather than mass produced gifts.

Here is our selection of small East Lothian businesses that pack a big punch!

The Old Smiddy, Gullane

Located in the heart of Gullane in a former Blacksmiths, this gift shop is a treasure trove for all ages. 

From dazzling Christmas decorations to stylish jewellery, candles and scarves, and a cosy corner for all things kids including Squishmallows and Jellycat toys, you are sure to find something delightful.

Westgate Galleries, North Berwick

Affordable original art, prints, North Berwick candles, silk scarves, and exclusive Highland stoneware are a few of the gorgeous gifts on offer at this popular gallery, independently owned since 2003.

With an in-house café serving artisan coffee, handmade cakes, and light lunches, it’s easy to while away the hours. 

Gibson’s of Haddington

A family business on Haddington’s Market Street; Roka London, Katie Loxton, and Elie Beaumont bags sit side by side with JOMA Jewellery, Beatrix Potter gifts and much more in this much-loved store.

An integral part of the community for over 25 years you can be sure of a warm welcome and friendly service.

The Mart Farm Shop, East Linton

Quality local Scottish produce is the order of the day at this first-class shopping and eating destination.

Pick up delicious artisan cheeses, or Chrystal’s Scottish shortbread, try the speciality pastries or coffee. There is something to get everyone’s tastebuds tingling and you are supporting local growers, farmers, and suppliers.

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