last minute Edinburgh christmas gift guide

It’s just under 2 weeks to Christmas, can you believe it? How organised are you this year? Not to worry if you’ve left a couple of things to the last minute – we’ve put together this essential Edinburgh Christmas gift guide to lend a hand. We’ve put together a list of the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones in Edinburgh which will allow your giftee to explore Edinburgh in all its glory.

We think we’ve covered everyone, from nieces and nephews, best friends to mothers and colleagues. Our last minute Edinburgh Christmas gift guide is sure to provide some inspiration.

Chocolate Tree bean to bar tasting

Chocolate tree bean to bar tasting

A tasting at Chocolate Tree will take your giftee on an exciting journey, from the cacao farm through to the finished chocolates. They will learn how to unlock the real flavour of cacao and will get to try a variety of premium chocolate, praline and gelato. Our tasting includes a complimentary glass of Brazilian bubbly, which in itself is incredibly unique! This is a real opportunity to learn about the precision and beauty that comes with chocolate making.

£18 per person

Tastings take place every month at Chocolate Tree, 123 Bruntsfield Place.

The Sound of Music, Edinburgh Playhouse

Theatre trip Edinburgh

Take a loved one to see one of the greatest musicals of all time. It returns to the stage in Edinburgh for 5 days only in January. Lucy O’Bryne, famous for her success on BBC One’s The Voice, takes on the role of Maria and Scottish heartthrob Gray O’Brien, famous for his roles in Taggart, Casualty and  Coronation Street plays the brooding Captain von Trapp. The Sound of Music is sure to please audiences of all ages, so is the perfect gift for a sibling, niece or close friend.

Tickets start from £13.40

Showing at the Edinburgh Playhouse 5th to 9th of January 2016.

Become a budding barista with Brew Lab


This one is perfect for coffee lovers. We’re incredibly privileged to have a hub of Baristas and coffeeologists in Edinburgh who are passionate about what they do and want to share their passion with you. Brew Lab’s coffee training lab takes place in the basement of their quirky South College Street cafe. They have a couple of masterclasses to choose from:

  • Espresso Masterclass: Choose this to get your hands on the incredibly rare and magnificent Slayer espresso machine. The masterclass, which is lead by their head barista, will leave you with the knowledge you need to make coffee like they do at Brew Lab. This is for serious, serious coffee drinkers.
  • Filter Brewing Masterclass: This one’s designed for home coffee enthusiasts. You’ll learn to appreciate filter coffee in a completely different way and you’re sure to never look back.

The espresso masterclass is priced at £85 per person and lasts 3 hours.

The filter brewing masterclass is priced at £65 for 2 people and lasts 2 hours.

Indulgent festive afternoon tea at The Signet Library

Indulgent festive afternoon tea at The Signet Library

If you’re thinking of indulging this festive season with an afternoon tea in Edinburgh, you MUST visit the Signet Library for their festive afternoon tea. Relax in the surroundings of this stunning building and enjoy all the festive delights you could ever want. The Signet Library’s festive afternoon tea includes mini game pies, turkey club sandwiches, Christmas stuffing balls, coconut snowballs, mini cherry trifles and much, much more! If you’re not drooling already, you can choose from a selection of festive cocktails, teas or a luxurious and warming hot chocolate.

£50 for 2 people, vouchers can be used until 29th February 2016.

Become a gin distiller at the Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Become a gin distiller at the Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Gin has all the ingredients of a festive drink: clove, juniper and spices and so it makes the perfect Christmas gift! Keep a loved one warm this Christmas by gifting them a gin making experience. Guests will enjoy an intimate look at the distillery before getting stuck into a tutored-tasting session. Each guest will become a gin distiller, leaving the tour with a one-off custom-made gin, which includes their very own personalised label. If they’re a good enough friend, they’ll likely share their creation with you, if you ask nicely.

£75 for a single gin making experience voucher.

Relax at Zen Lifestyle with one of our spa packages

Relax at Zen Lifestyle with one of our spa packages

We all lead busy lives and don’t often find the time to truly relax. Do you have a loved one who could use a bit of ‘me time’? The tranquil atmosphere at our salons will soothe your senses and calm your soul. Everything about our salons will help to relax you to your soul, including personalised music for your treatment and soft designer mood lighting.

We’ve got a number of spa packages to choose from depending on your price range. Our Mind, Body and Soul spa package is the perfect gift this Christmas and includes body brushing, an exotic lime and ginger scrub, a massage and a 30 minute facial.

Spa packages start from £49, vouchers available to purchase online or drop into one of our salons.

Enjoy the ultimate cinema experience at Dominion

Enjoy the ultimate cinema experience at Dominion

Nothing beats going to the cinema in style! Purchase a gift voucher for the Dominion cinema in Edinburgh. The Dominion is like no other cinema. Think luxury leather 2-3 person sofas and priority seating, you’ll never want to go back to a normal cinema! Their £50 voucher includes complimentary champagne, chocolates and nibbles for two. The perfect gift for a loved-up couple or the opportunity to take your best friend for a fun night out!

Vouchers start from £35 and can be used for their Gold Class Screens 1 & 2.

Give the everlasting gift of photography

Photo of Edinburgh city centre

If your giftee is a lover of Edinburgh, then one of these gorgeous Edinburgh prints is the perfect Christmas present. Choose from a selection of prints all created to capture the magic of Edinburgh, including prints of the Union Canal, Forth Road Bridge, Dean Village and much more. The variety available means you can personalise your print based on your giftee’s experience of the city. An unforgettable gift that your loved one can enjoy year after year.

Canvas prints start from £22.99.

Hopefully we’ve provided some food for thought for some of your last-minute Christmas gifts. Don’t forget, as well as spa packages you can purchase gift vouchers for any of our beauty treatments online, over the phone or at our salons.