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2023 festive gift guide

’Tis the season of giving… And we’ve got everything you need to tick off festive gifting all in one place.

From luxury-wrapped beauty, partywear fashion and winter cosies to sustainable and independent gems, cutting-edge tech, stocking fillers with imagination, toys from Santa and more, head to Fort Kinnaird for a twinkling winter wonderland of shopping, celebrations and unexpected Christmas finds they’ll love.

(With incredible bars, cafes and restaurants, special Christmas pop-ups, movies and surprises – don’t miss our joyful day and evening out guides this year…)

The best fashion gifts for Christmas

Marks & Spencer Gold

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A cosy comfy Christmas or glam luxe? Whatever your mood for the festive season, Fort Kinnaird’s shops are full of this year’s most-wanted fashion.

For gorgeously soft cashmere knits, party-season dresses and stylish loungewear head to Marks & Spencer and Next with designer labels at Flannels.

Topping Santa’s biggest style requests in 2023 are cross-body bags, oversize metallic totes and handbags with chains at River Island; combat boots from Clarks; Adidas Gazelles and Sambas, Uggs and Crocs from Office, schuh and JD Sports; for warm cover-ups, think puffy down jackets and ‘dad’ coats. Meanwhile, Barbiecore is going nowhere with her signature pink splashed across accessories, dresses, underwear and heels at H&M and New Look.

Typo Loungewear

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Snuggle up together in matching pyjamas and robes, soft socks and Oodies from Typo and Primark. For him, it’s all about athleisure, outdoor wear, Zodiac chains, silk ties and blazers (discover ideas at Flannels, Marks & Spencer, Next, Mountain Warehouse and Nevisport).

Luxe jewellery and watches

Pandora Jewellery

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Who can resist a carefully wrapped box under the tree? Selena Gomezesque gold hoops, gold chains mixed with black jewels, pearls or a designer watch are the perfect way to make Christmas morning special. Head to Beaverbrooks, Goldsmiths, H Samuel, Pandora and Swarovski (don’t miss their gorgeous crystal ornaments for the tree).

Beauty, skincare and make-up gifts

Boots mens beauty

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It’s a bumper beauty season this Christmas: give the gift of scented candles; beauty and skin-cycling skincare gift sets from Soap & Glory and Gillette at Boots and Next; designer perfumes from Gucci, Burberry and Dior at The Perfume Shop and Superdrug; lifting and firming masks and eyeshadow palettes plus at-home nail kits.

Indulge them with fabulous sustainable vegan bath bombs and self-care essentials from Holland & Barrett. Baylis & Harding’s Beauticology Mermaid Collection at Boots is great for kinds and Superdrug has e.l.f cosmetics, Disney 100 and Maybelline with gifts starting from under £5 (perfect for Secret Santa). Fill up beauty bags they can unwrap all Christmas day long.

Tech gifts they’ll love

Dyson Airwrap Boots

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Bluetooth speakers, Nintendo Switch, Apple Airpods Max Over-Ear headphones and AirTag luggage finders are this Christmas’s biggest tech gifts. Find massagers, beard trimmers, smart watches, USB record players for vinyl and Dyson Airwraps at Argos and currys. They’re all perfect finds for friends and family who have been very, very nice this year.

The biggest toys for Christmas 2023

 Smyths Furby

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Stop by Smyths, TK Maxx and Argos for everything on their wishlists… Inflatable Biggies, Sylvanian Family baby mermaid castle, Bluey houses, Furby, Baby Paws’ cute interactive toys, Hot Wheels, Jellycat soft toys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Playmobil Space Mars Mission Station, Smashers Dino Island T-Rex Battles and Live Little Pets and Pets Alive are great for the under-10s.

Tweens will love anything from Boots, Typo and Claire’s plus the all-new Tamagotchi, Lego, Mad Beauty face masks and Style Bae dolls with crafting ideas such as Aquabeads, Edurino coding starter set and the Pen Creator Studio to keep them busy over the school holidays. Plus, there’s lots of genius finds at Hobbycraft with crafting, modelling, sewing and painting sets plus all the gift-wrapping you need.

For babies, comforters and soft Christmas blankets are thoughtful gifts from Mamas & Papas (it’s also ideal for vouchers if you know someone who’s expecting). And for games the whole family can play together, don’t miss the very fun Bop It!, Exploding Kittens (Zombie edition), Throw Throw Burrito and What Do You Meme (adult and family edition) from Waterstones.

And then a little Christmas gin, cheese, wine, hampers and hot chocolate…

Hotel Chocolat

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Love their food and drink? Hampers full of gin (Hendrick’s and Sipmith), wine, whisky, cheese and crackers, artisan coffee, hot sauces and chocolate always bring festive cheer and, for those who love their kitchen, think Hotel Chocolat Velvitizer, bread makers, tableware and coffee machines. Be inspired at Homesense, Argos, currys, ProCook and TK Maxx.

Or gift them gorgeous cook books by Nadiya Hussain, Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge and Diana Henry from Waterstones and WH Smith. Marks & Spencer’s joy-filled Christmas range includes Snowmen Steamed Bao Buns, Christmas Jumper Colin the Caterpillar Cake and the ever-popular £10 Marks & Sparkle Fizz. Cheers!

Stocking fillers for all ages

Percy Pig Marks & Spencer

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Star Wars chopsticks anyone? Think small for stocking filler fun at Smyths and M&S this Christmas with Mega Gross Minis and Mini Brands; Miraculous Chibi Playset and Disney Doorables. Go retro with Slinkies and discover chocolate coins and cute characters from Hotel Chocolat.

Find other cute and practical ideas at Hobbycraft, gorgeous handmade and recycled gems at local makers Leith Collective and don’t forget cute cat, dog and other pet toys at Pets at Home.

Merry Christmas gifting!

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