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Your 2020 Festive Guide to Local Gifts in Glasgow

Heather Young
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The festive season is nearly upon us! A huge part of the holidays for people in Glasgow is the gift of giving. This year, things are a little bit different (understatement!) and some businesses will need a bit more support given everything that has happened. When you’re in the market for some gifts for family and friends, why not give your local businesses a try? Those local, independent restaurants, bars, cafes and gift shops will all have options available which could make great gifts for your loved ones. Read on for our 2020 guide to local gifts in Glasgow.

Ideas for supporting local with gifts in Glasgow

If you’re looking for gifts in Glasgow this festive season, we’d love it if more people considered their local, independent businesses for potential gifts. We’ve put together a short guide that may help with some inspiration for what to get all those family members and friends on your ‘still-to-buy-for’ list.

Buy Glasgow Gift Vouchers

Vouchers are always a go-to for folks looking for great gifts in Glasgow. Buying gifts vouchers from local Glasgow businesses is helpful now more than ever because it gives them some cash flow now and the visit later when the grateful recipient comes in for a visit. If you’re looking for Glasgow gift vouchers, you can check their websites, or you can pop into local restaurants and grab a physical copy. Why not try out The Bungo in Glasgow’s Southside? Hint… You can earn cashback via Swipii if you buy the voucher in person from a participating business, including The Bungo!

cocktails on a tray in The Bungo make great gifts in glasgow

Visit Independent Glasgow Gift Shops

Depending on your area, you may only have non-essential shops open if you’d like to visit in person. You might also be able to visit! You can check your local area’s restrictions here. If we’re allowed, there are lots of independent Glasgow gift shops who will stock loads of quirky, interesting gifts for you to pop in your Christmas stockings. Many of them will also have online shops, so if you know there’s an independent shop near you that you’d like to support, have a look and see if they have an online store! In Glasgow, there’s Spirito in the West End, and Maia Gifts in the city centre, plus loads more across the city!

Visit Local Glasgow Restaurants for a Festive Lunch

If you’ve got a cafe or restaurant nearby who are open (make sure you check your area’s local restrictions), why not pop in for a visit! You and your household could visit a number of local businesses for a festive catch-up. In this case, your presence is the gift! You can always collect some festive treats too, and we recommend Brave Bakers when the mood calls for pastry!

baking like this cinnamon ring from Brave Bakers could make great gifts in glasgow

Make-Your-Own Gifts in Glasgow

Seen as we can’t always make it out and about these days, there are loads of options in Glasgow which will involve a bit of DIY! Restaurants like BRGR (who are on the Swipii app) and Six by Nico are offering kits to people in Glasgow to make their own restaurant-quality meals at home. If you can’t get to your family’s house to make them a boxing day brunch - why not send them the kit to do it themselves!

Find local Glasgow businesses with Swipii

The Swipii app is a great resource for folks who are looking for some local businesses to support this festive season! There are so many restaurants, bars and cafes from across the UK, and it’s super easy to find which ones are near you. Plus, as a reward for supporting them, each business on the app offers cashback on every single purchase you make by card in their business.

When you’re looking for those last-minute gifts in Glasgow, why not try out the Swipii app to find some inspiration. You’ll end up saving some money too!

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