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Lynne’s top twenty-ish christmas gift ideas

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It’s really 22 top christmas gift ideas because I am sneaking in

It’s Good 2 Give gifts –

how about making a small donation of just £1 or £2  for a message on our wishing tree – if you pay a wee bit extra we will even put it on our facebook page so you can share it with whoever you wrote it for!

or…..we have 2012 wall calendars with gorgeous photos of Scottish landscape scenes by Donald Ford – just £8 each or an insulated mug for these chilly mornings – £4 each.  Got a runner in the family?  Buy them one of our running vests – a great buy at only £12.

and if you like our events – how about buying a gift voucher for one of our afternoon tea events – £25 each and the recipient can choose from any of our 2012 afternoon tea dates once they are announced in January.  Email me if you’d like to buy one

Gift vouchers make splendid gifts – they are always welcomed and are easy to purchase (often possible to do online)

As you know, I love to promote local businesses  so, in no particular order, here goes-

1.   Hamilton & Inches, incredible jeweller in George Street.  Yes, they have utterly divine and expensive pieces of jewellery but they also have utterly divine and affordable silver jewellery – fantastic bracelets, earrings, charms, cufflinks.  And friendly, charming, wonderful staff.

2.   Renideo – what a wonderful gift to give or get – a voucher for time with Karen Finlayson a style coach who is, quite simply, fantastic and very interested in the self belief and self confidence of the person.

3.  Orocco Pier – great food and awesome views of the Forth Bridges

4.  Fifi Wilson – stunning clothes and accessories from this gorgeous boutique in the heart of Bruntsfield

5.  More gorgeous clothes – this time from Kakao by K inThistle Street

6.  All things kilt-y – and contemporary 21st century Kilts – just across the road from Kakao by K

7.  Food again – consider a voucher for one of the Fishers restaurants – Fishers, Fishers in the City or The Shore (my personal favourite is The Shore)

8.  Books your thing?  Consider a visit to the Edinburgh Bookshop at Bruntsfield – personal service and once you’ve been once or twice they will start to recommend books to suit you.  And if you need any recommendations for books – I thoroughly recommend Sara Sheridan‘s Secret of the Sands or The Secret Mandarin, Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First held Mine and for younger readers any of Cathy Cassidy’s books.

9.  Bruntsfield again (well it is a fantastic shopping area) – if you like Stollen then you must visit Falko’s bakery – and why not have a coffee while you are there.

10Craigie’s Farm has a huge range of products for christmas dinner and more.   Who wouldn’t like to receive a hamper as a gift?   Plus there’s the cafe too!

11. Keen photographer?   I can highly recommend the Kolo range of albums available at 50% discount from me.  They are truly stunning albums – lots of different sizes and colours

12.  Personalised stationery – how decadent.  and luxurious.  And gorgeous.  And available from luxury online stationer Magenta Ink

13.  If  you have relatives visiting Scotland in 2012, Timberbush Tours has a huge range of tours they could go on and in luxurious style too.

14.  Maybe you need to get fit in 2012 (yes, I know that’s got to be top of my list with the Kilimanjaro trek coming up in 2013) – if you live north west edinburgh consider joining Curves Barnton gym.  if you live south east then consider contacting Pamela Stafford of Fitness Bodies and enlisting her help.

15.  We all love a bit of pampering so consider a voucher for a treatment at one of the Zest health and beauty salons – the treatment list is long and there is something for everyone, even teens.

16.  Talking of teens, how about a voucher for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in George Street, Edinburgh?

17.  More clothes talk – at the West End of Edinburgh we have two stores to highly recommend – Sam Brown in William Street and The Cupboard in Stafford Street.  AS well as amazing clothes the personal attention and service is second to none.

18.  Still at the West End, how about a voucher for a hair treatment -the fantastic Charlie Miller salon in Stafford Street though there are also salons at Ocean Terminal, Bruntsfield and South St David Street.

19.  What about stocking fillers?  Lily -Mo has a lovely range of bracelets and if you mention It’s Good 2 Give she will give a donation to us for each sale- she can be found on facebook or email her lilymosparkle@yahoo.co.uk

20.  My ‘office in town’ and for me, the best coffee in town too.  (I’ve seen the hot chocolate and it looks sublime too) – Victor, Carina and their staff will make you feel like family.  Try Centotre in George Street and the Scottish Cafe at the Gallery on Princes Street.  Both well worth a visit.  You can buy a gift voucher for here too.  A pressie I would love.

21.  Last and certainly not least if you are in town around Frederick Street visit Dickson Reid hair and buy the lady in your life a voucher for a hair or beauty treatment or a set of GHD’s.  Super friendly and they are also promoting our Christmas Wishing Tree tags!

Wishing Trees in Edinburgh

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What?     It’s Good 2 Give Wishing Trees

Where?   St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh
Craigie’s Farm Shop and Deli, South Queensferry
Zest health and beauty salons, Haddington place and The Braids, Edinburgh

When?   Saturday 10 to Sunday 25 December 2011

Cost?      A donation of £1 or £2 appreciated per message

how to do it  Donate via our virginmoneygiving page and write a message – we will then rewrite the message onto one of our tags and hang it from our trees – and post a photo online so you can see it!

Want to celebrate christmas by putting a message for loved ones or a wish (one lady has wished for a kind, handsome man, many of course are wishing for health and happiness in 2012 but you can wish for anything you like) onto one of our tags and we will add them to our three trees in St Andrew Square gardens.  We have named these three trees Faith, Hope and Charity for the next two weeks!

We also have wishing trees inside Craigie’s Farm shop and Zest salons so feel free to pop along to them and add a tag to their trees.

Perhaps your business, school, university might consider taking some of our tags and asking staff to participate – please get in touch and we will gladly deliver some tags and a collecting box to you.

Our volunteers will be in the gardens (weather permitting ) most lunchtimes and part of the day at weekends starting on Saturday 10 December.

Here are a small selection of those already written

our very first wishing tree tag

a tiny selection of the first of our wishing tree tags


Faith, Hope and Charity wishing trees

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Thanks to Essential Edinburgh we are having a very special fundraiser in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  3 trees in St Andrew’s Square will become adorned with messages of faith, hope and charity/love.  For a donation members of the public can write a message and we will put it onto the trees.

What a very special way to celebrate Christmas 2011

Our team of volunteers have been very busy tying the ribbon onto the tags this week – this is one of our naughtiest helpers!   (more interested in untying the ribbon methinks)

If you would like to write a message on a tag – you can donate via textgiving  or in person and email me the message – I am  happy to write it for you and hang from one of our trees.

As well as the outside trees in the gardens we also have wishing trees in Craigie’s Farm Shop and at Zest’s two beauty salons in Edinburgh.

Please get wishing folks!




Thanks to all at Zest Health and Beauty

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What superb value the guests at yesterday’s event at Zest got.   Welcomed by a glass of sparkling wine, Bottlegreen soft drink or orange juice and chocolate coated strawberries they could try a treatment – many were able to try all the mini treatments on offer.  File and polish  or mini facial , face mapping or the truly amazing candle oil massage where Gail from Just Be oils dripped warm candle oil onto your hands and massaged them.

The Zest staff are so friendly and the salon’s re-vamping welcoming – free parking (and let’s face it, that’s a big deal these days!) – I heard lots of the guests signing up for future treatments.

They were also very generous – over £400 raised yesterday- thanks to all staff at Zest and especially owner Louise