Shop Local this Festive Season, in Aberdeen


Many of our winter guests fit in a little Christmas shopping during their stay in Aberdeen. Skene House is ideal for shopping breaks as our properties are so central, we’re close to all the shops, and a short walk from the ferry terminal, railway and bus station. With secure, free parking it’s easy to drive here, then load up the car with gifts for your return journey. As each suite comes with its own fully furnished kitchen, it’s perfectly feasible to store any perishable goods in your fridge, and perhaps pop in a few nibbles and bubbles for yourself. Our staff are on hand to help you find the best shops in Aberdeen to find the perfect gifts for your tribe.

Aberdeen city boasts some of the biggest brands, but also some wonderful family run shops specialising in the luxurious, the unique and the indulgent. Selling wares by local craftsmen, specialists and producers, we rush to support their creativity and individuality. So here’s a festive round up of some truly tempting and inimitable Aberdeen boutiques and luxury stores.

Finnies the Jewellers – Family owned and run for sixty years, Finnies is a bit of an institution in the Granite City. Its service is exemplary and choosing a thoughtful gift, or a stunning engagement ring, is an absolute joy. In amongst the rich pickings of gemstones, precious metals and designer watches customers can peruse pieces by Gucci, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Lalique, Georg Jensen, Links of London and Fope. A dazzling treasure trove of indulgence.
(10 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 15 from Whitehall and 21 from Holburn.)

Teasel and Tweed – For beautiful, local Scottish gift ideas nip across the road from Skene House Rosemount into this intimate gift emporium. With tasteful accessories in tweed and tartan, photograph frames crafted from whisky barrels, scented candles, and beautiful seascape cushions by Cath Waters, it’s an ideal spot for a festive browse.
(30 seconds walk from Skene House Rosemount, 5 from Whitehall and 15 from Holburn.)

Kenny’s Music – From drum kits and keyboards, to sheet music and ukuleles, Kenny’s Music on the Green, is an Aladdin’s Cave for any tuneful people in your life.
(15 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 20 from Whitehall and 15 from Holburn.)

Almondine – For those friends or relatives who already have everything they need in life, a perfectly presented and delicious edible treat may be the smart gift. Patisserie experts, Almondine on Thistle Street, offer a pastel haven for those with a classy sweet tooth. Their specialism is sumptuous macarons in a range of hues and flavours.
(10 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 8 from Whitehall and 5 from Holburn.)

Bellino – For global fashion, which isn’t found in every high street store, duck into Bellino on Thistle Street. For classic pieces with an imaginative streak, this fashion-forward boutique stocks womenswear, footwear and accessories for the discerning customer. Other stylish destinations on the same street include Hamish Munro and Esslemonts, so it’s easy to fashionably shop around in one eclectic location.
(10 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 8 from Whitehall and 5 from Holburn.)

Hardy’s Chocolate – You can’t really argue with chocolate at Christmas, but to receive rich chocolate sourced from Belgium, in a range of imaginative and tempting flavours, takes things to another level. Dip into Hardy’s Chocolates on Rosemount Viaduct to sample passion fruit, chai tea and mango, or ginger and chilli chocolate.
(1 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, 5 from Whitehall and 15 from Holburn.)

Annie Mo’s – If homewares get you hooked then you can’t leave Aberdeen without exploring Annie Mo’s on Union Street. With different themes, such as ‘Old Empire’, ‘Hygge’, ‘Industrial Furniture’, and ‘Coastal and Weathered’, find the quirky, the idiosyncratic and the charming, to add character and style to your home.
(15 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 20 from Whitehall and 17 from Holburn.)

Peapod – Step into the past in Aberdeen’s vintage emporium. Peapod is ideal for a shabby chic rummage, just minutes from Skene House Whitehall.
(8 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 5 from Whitehall and 15 from Holburn.)

The Closet – Another gem for vintage enthusiasts, this time selling clothes with a flair (or flare). Head to Jopps Lane to discover rich pickings from history’s wardrobe.
(10 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 15 from Whitehall and 22 from Holburn.)

Kafka – Leave the past behind for fashion ahead of the trends at Kafka. Established in 1990, this boutique stocks a considered collection of clothing, accessories and lifestyle products on Alford Place. (13 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 10 from Whitehall and 2 from Holburn.)

MacBeans – This coffee roaster and tea specialist is a hot brew of cafetieres, loose leaf teas and ECOffee cups. Six month coffee subscriptions are a novel gift for the coffee lovers in your life. Follow the scent of the beans down to Little Belmont Street to discover more.
(10 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 15 from Whitehall and 15 from Holburn.)

Curated Stories – Mix a dash of shopping delight with a generous helping of retail cool, and the result is Curated Stories on Claremont Street. Clothing, accessories, niche magazines, stationery, toys and homewares: this Aberdeen gift shop is the star of its own story.
(20 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, 20 from Whitehall and 7 from Holburn.)

These wonderfully independent shops are worth a browse at any time of year, but with so many of us looking to buy thoughtful gifts at this time of year, it could be the perfect time to shop local. Skene House is also family owned, offering quality accommodation in Aberdeen for over forty years. Discover more about Skene House accommodation in the heart of the Granite City by clicking here. Call +44 1224 659 392 or email for further information.



19 thoughts on “Shop Local this Festive Season, in Aberdeen

  1. Grant R says:

    It’s nice to see a shopping area which isn’t a generic high street full of chain stores. 🙂

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      We like spreading the word to visitors who aren’t familiar with the independent stores. Really lovely destinations too.

  2. London Mumma says:

    I am all about supporting your local community. Plus you can find some darling gifts for others and for you.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Agreed, some products are made on such a small scale and are so beautiful.

  3. Helen says:

    What a fantastic list – I also like to shop local, especially this time of year!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Gifts with a bit of personality for sure.

  4. I’m off to look at all these now and see who does mail order, we’re off to Scotland for Christmas and I’m on a mission to make Scottish Themed stockings for everyone as memories x

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      What a cool idea. The Cath Waters products are just lush.

  5. What a lovely range of retailers! WE love shopping locally and supporting small businesses x

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Nice to source something different, and support a local craftsperson at the same time.

  6. Kara says:

    I prefer to shop locally and support local businesses

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      And sometimes it doesn’t cost more than the big brands either.

  7. It;s always great to support local businesses, especially at Christmas time. It must be so hard for them to compete against high-street shops and it’s such a shame as they always have much nicer stuff on offer!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      They have some beautiful pieces, and quirky things you wouldn’t get elsewhere. Lovely for those more thoughtful gifts.

  8. Anosa says:

    You definitely can no thanks argue with chocolate on Christmas, absolutely love the idea of doing some shopping and then coming back to the suit

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Time to rest those weary shopped out feet!

  9. There are some great shops in Aberdeen by the sounds of it! We’ve never been!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Well, we hope you’ve given you some food for thought for when you do visit.

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