Arts & Culture

Christmas Inspiration From Glasgow’s Best Independent Makers

High-street gift shopping takes the personality out of Christmas presents – here’s some of Glasgow’s best creatives to inspire you this festive season.

Claire’s charmingly quirky illustrations come in all forms; cards, bunting, tote bags and even earrings (one pair feature twin Buckfast bottles). But for a really special gift, consider commissioning her for a loved one’s portrait this Christmas. She can work from a picture so you can keep the gift a surprise, and occasionally hosts pop-up portrait sessions around the city, so keep an eye on her social media for details on those.

From their studio in Finnieston’s Hidden Lane Bonnie Bling create unique laser cut acrylic jewellery that pays homage to all things Scotland. Find slick Billy Connolly pin badges, Tunnock’s teacake earrings, and our favourite, the Barrowland’s necklace. They also create homeware and hats, so you’re sure to find something to please someone!

Toiletries are stocking filler must-have, and the Glasgow Soap Company has everything you need. Available on Etsy and in the Barras’ Braw Wee Emporium, this local brand creates beautiful soaps with less traditional scents like rum and coke, and strawberry daiquiri. Their mass of vegan products is also helpful when it comes to buying for friends who go cruelty-free.

Libby’s distinctive illustrations of iconic Glasgow cityscapes are intricately detailed and completely fascinating. Her signature style combined with some of the city’s best-known landmarks results in pieces that are perfect gifts for all kinds of Glasgow-lovers. Find a print of a place that’s special to someone you love, and put it on a mug, cushion or wall-hanging for a thoughtful present